You must achieve a satisfactory record of academic performance each semester (semester continuation) and make satisfactory progress toward graduation each year (annual continuation) in order to continue in Trinity College.
Semester continuation requires that you pass a minimum number of course credits each semester to remain enrolled at Duke.
In the Fall or Spring semester:
Incomplete work (e.g., the receipt of an X or an Incomplete with a reversion grade of F) is considered a failure to achieve satisfactory performance in that course. Therefore, where continuation is in question, incomplete work must be completed such that a passing grade can be submitted to the Office of the University Registrar by the appropriate deadline:
In the Summer Session:
Your academic dean will notify you in writing if you do not meet continuation, and of the deadline that you are subject to. If you then fail to meet semester continuation, you will be dismissed for academic reasons for a period of two semesters. The summer may count as one semester. If you desire to return after the dismissal period, you may apply for readmission through the Time Away Office. If after readmission you again fail to meet minimum requirements, you will be ineligible to return to Duke, except in extraordinary instances and after a minimum of five years.
When you return from a period of study abroad on a Duke-approved program, the Global Education Office will convert the non-Duke transcript into equivalent Duke course credits and assign academic credit to you accordingly. Only after it has been determined how much Duke credit you have earned will your continuation at Duke be determined in accordance with normal standards for continuation. Thus, if you receive at least 3.0 Duke course credits following a semester abroad, you will have met continuation requirements. However, if the conversion of non-Duke to Duke credit results in the assignment of less than 3.0 course credits, you will not have met continuation and will be subject to academic dismissal for a period of two semesters. Similarly, if you study abroad during the summer, you are subject to the same continuation requirements as students who attend Duke in the summer. It is your responsibility when studying abroad to make sure you are enrolled in a sufficient number of courses to comply with continuation requirements. Not infrequently students studying abroad will need to complete 5 courses abroad in order to earn 4 credits at Duke in transfer. Note that it is not the number of courses taken abroad, but the received credit for those courses that applies to semester continuation.
Each year prior to the beginning of the fall term, you must have made satisfactory progress toward completion of the 34 credits required for graduation to be eligible to continue as a student. The minimum number of courses you must have passed each semester is as follows:
To begin this semester ...... you need these credits ......
Your progress for annual continuation is checked in May. If it is determined that you will not meet annual continuation before the fall semester begins, you will be required to attend one or both summer sessions at Duke to make up the required credits. This course work must be completed at Duke specifically in order to enable you to meet this strict deadline. If you fail to satisfy annual continuation requirements by 4 p.m. of the weekday before the first day of fall classes, you will be dismissed for academic reasons for two semesters.
There are limits on the ability of some courses to count toward annual continuation. Of the 34 course credits required for graduation, you may count no more than:
Courses taken beyond these limits (e.g., a third physical education course or more than 2 courses with D grades) will appear on your Duke transcript and will count toward semester continuation requirements and curriculum and major requirements as appropriate; however they will not count toward the 34 credits required for graduation.
If you have interrupted your study at Duke with a voluntary or involuntary separation, the continuation requirement must still be satisfied before the beginning of each fall term. The number of courses needed to satisfy the continuation requirement is determined from the table above, based on which semester you will enter in the fall term. Note that a semester in which you did not meet semester continuation requirements and were involuntarily dismissed from Duke does not count as a completed semester for annual continuation purposes.
Any student excluded from the college under the provisions of these regulations may on request have the case reviewed by the senior associate dean of Trinity College of Arts & Sciences.