General Academic Regulations

The Academic Year

Two semesters of approximately 15 weeks each constitute the academic year. The unit of instruction is the semester hour, which signifies one recitation a week throughout the semester, or equivalent.



During the semester, examinations and quizzes are arranged by the faculty. The last week of the semester is designated as Final Examination Week.


Prep Week

The last week of regularly scheduled classes during fall and spring semesters is designated as Prep Week. Except for makeup examination tests in self-paced courses, post-tests in the English Composition Program or laboratory exams, no major examinations (accounting for more than 20 percent of a student’s grade) may be given during this period.

Papers, projects or presentations assigned well in advance (at least two weeks) of Prep Week may be due during this period.