Courses are available for scheduling through three delivery systems: Resident Instruction, Continuing Education, and World Campus.
Revised: 2/5/74 (as Rule B-1)
Students register at specified times and locations for credit courses. Although the registration procedures are generally uniform, there are variations at some locations. Information on registration for courses offered through Continuing Education is available from the Office of Continuing Education at each location or service area.
Students are strongly urged to consult with their adviser before registering for any credit course regardless of delivery system. No student shall be permitted to be enrolled for more than a typical credit load (see Section 34-52) in any one semester by all delivery systems without consultation with the student's academic adviser.
No student is permitted to register for another student or to permit anyone to register on the student's behalf. Students are expected to register during the assigned time.
Students are not considered officially enrolled unless tuition and charges for the semester have been paid or arrangements for payment have been made.
Revised Editorially: 3/2/76
A full-time undergraduate student is defined as one scheduling course credits at the rate of 12 or more per semester in all delivery systems of instruction as defined by section 34-10.
The typical load for a full-time undergraduate student is defined to be from 12 to 19 course credits per semester.
A part-time undergraduate student is defined as a student scheduling course credits at a rate of less than 12 per semester in all delivery systems of instruction as defined by Section 34-10.
Initial Legislation: 12/9/75
Every scheduled course in this University is open to any student except as follows:
Prerequisites are approximations of the necessary specific or general academic knowledge, background, or semester classification required to succeed academically in a specific course. Concurrent courses are courses required to be taken in the same semester. The course instructor has the right to limit the students in the course to those who have the stated prerequisites. If this limitation is exercised, it must occur before the end of the course add period.
Revised: 4/14/55 (as Rule I-7)
No course may be added for audit and dropped for credit, or vice versa,
after the first ten calendar days of a fifteen-week semester or the same
percentage of time if the course is offered under a different time
schedule. A student enrolled for official audit may be required to
participate in class discussion, do practicum work, submit written work,
and take examinations. See also Section 48-80, symbols for Course Audit.
An official record of course participation (grade or symbol) is limited to a student who is officially enrolled in a course according to an official University registration procedure. Except as provided for in Section 48-40, the student must be registered for the course during the semester in which the course requirements are completed and the grade or symbol must be assigned at the end of that semester.
No instructor has the right to change the regular scheduled meeting day and time for a class or to allow students to attend other sections of the same course without the consent of the dean of the college or the campus executive officer in which the course is taught, except when a student is directed to change from one section of a course to another section of the course by the instructor's department head.
Once a course has started, a student who wants to add or drop that course from his/her
schedule must follow the guidelines for Course Add (34-87) or Course Drop (34-89).
Course Add and Course Drop do not apply to a student who wants to change from one section of a course to another section of the same course. This section change is processed through the department offering the course.
Revised: 8/7/73 (as Rule J-1)
A student may add a course to his or her schedule during the course's Add Period. This period begins on the first day of classes for the semester and ends eight hours after the end of the Drop period (see Policy 34-89). In other words, the Add period continues from midnight to 8 a.m. after the end of the Drop period. A course may not be added to the student's schedule after this Add Period, except under the following conditions:
|Revised: 3/5/53 (as Rule J-3)
Revised: 3/6/73 (as Rule J-3)
Revised: 8/7/73 (as Rule J-2)
Revised: 11/12/74 (as Rule J-2)
Revised Editorially: 10/20/09
Revisions to Policy 34-89 were approved by the Senate on April 29, 2014. Implementation pending ACUE action. To view revisions, see the legislative report.
A student may drop a course without academic penalty during the Course Drop period (however, a tuition penalty may be assessed according to Penn State’s tuition policies – see http://www.bursar.psu.edu/adjustments.cfm#PENALTY). This period is the first ten (10) calendar days of either the fall or spring semester, if the duration of the course is equal to the duration of the semester. For all other courses (those not equal in duration to a semester of which they are part and all courses offered in the summer), the duration of the Drop Period is calculated by multiplying ten (10) days by the duration of the course (in days) divided by seventy-five (75) days, and then rounding up to the next higher whole number of days.
There is no limit to the number of courses/credits that can be dropped during this period and courses dropped during this period do not show up on the student's academic record.
The Late Drop period for a course begins with the first calendar day after the Course Drop period and ends on the day when 80 percent of the duration of the course is attained. During the Late Drop period, the student may drop a course (Late Drop), and a WN symbol will be entered on the student’s academic record. Specific rules regarding the use of Late Drop credits are as follows:
Note: By exercising a Late Drop, a student may be seriously jeopardizing
his or her expected progress toward graduation. It is possible that a student will
not be able to schedule the dropped course in the succeeding semester for a
variety of reasons, thereby delaying progress toward graduation. In addition, financial aid may be affected. Therefore, students with financial
aid are strongly urged to consult with Penn State’s Office of Student Aid.
A student may not drop or late drop the last/only course on his/her schedule. Dropping or late dropping the last/only course must be done through a withdrawal (policy 56-30).
|Revised: 3/6/73 (as Rule J-2)
Revised: 8/7/73 (as Rule J-2)
Revised: 4/2/74 (as Rule J-2)
Revised: 11/12/74 (as Rule J-2)
Revised: 10/14/75 (as Rule J-2)
| Revised: 11/11/75 (as Rule J-2)
| Revised: 10/6/81
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