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File: Academic Policies / Curriculum Policies
Course Scheduling - Fall and Spring
Fort Lewis College schedules courses in the Fall and Spring semesters in full terms and standardized parts of term to minimize time conflicts for students and ensure compliance with federal credit hour and financial aid disbursement regulations.
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
April 26, 2017
2016-2017 Academic Year
c, pvpaa, course, scheduling
Scheduled for Review
1 Subregulatory guidance includes Federal Student Aid Handbook, 2015-2016, Vol. 3, Calculating Awards and Packaging; and General Provisions, Rederal Register, Vol. 61, Number 231, Page 60581.
2 The U.S. Department of Education classifies institutions' academic calendars as 1) standard, 2) nonstandard, 3a)non term - clock hour, and 3b) non term - credit hour.
3 The approval of this policy will simultaneously effect a revision of the "Grades, Quality Points, and Grade Point Averages - Undergraduate" policy that eliminates the grade of IP, which is defined as a grade assigned to a student enrolled in a course approved to conclude after the "Last Day of Classes" on the academic calendar.
Reason for Policy
This policy recognizes the need for part-of-term scheduling in the Fall and Spring semesters when necessary and justified, but requires such scheduling be standardized to minimize time conflicts for students and ensure compliance with federal academic credit hour and financial aid disbursement regulations.
For following the policy: All personnel who schedule courses
For enforcement of the policy: Registrar
For oversight of the policy: Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
For notification of policy: Policy Librarian
For procedures implementing the policy: Provost, Chair of Uniform Scheduling Committee, Registrar
Full Term Courses - Fall and Spring – Full term courses begin the first day of classes and end the last day of classes as indicated on the academic calendar. Full-term Fall and Spring courses also meet during final examination week, unless the course is of an instructional type exempted by the Final Examination Policy.
Part of Term Courses – Fall and Spring – Courses scheduled for a period less than the first day of classes and the end of the last day of classes as indicated on the academic calendar. There is no designated final examination period for part of term courses.
Instructional Types – The instructional type (e.g., lecture, lab, internship) is assigned to a course during the curriculum approval process. A comprehensive list of instructional types are specified in the Academic Credit Hour policy.
The policy approved August 17, 2016 was titled Course Scheduling and applied to scheduling for the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters. The revision approved April 26, 2017 splits that policy into Course Scheduling - Spring and Fall and Course Scheduling - Summer. In the revision, no significant changes were made to the requirements for Fall and Spring scheduling.