Policies and Rules for Undergraduate Students

These policies and rules are meant to be a guide for undergraduate students  and faculty of The Pennsylvania State University.

NOTE: Graduate students can find academic policies and procedures on the Graduate School website, and  in the Graduate Degree Programs Bulletin



Senate Policies

Some policies within the Policies and Rules for Undergraduate Students include relevant links to procedures within the Academic Administrative Policies and Procedures. The administrative procedures have been established for implementation purposes.

Policy NumberPolicy Title
01-9901-99 Temporary Methods for Classification of Undergraduate Students and Verification for Admissions Under Emergency Circumstances
02-00Classification of Undergraduate Students
02-20 Degree Candidates
02-50 Degree-Seeking Provisional Student
02-80 Non-degree Student
05-00 and 06-00Degree Candidates
05-20 First-Year and Advanced Standing Admission
05-50 Baccalaureate and Associate Degree Candidates
05-80 First-Year Admission as a Baccalaureate or an Associate Degree Candidate
05-81 Minimum Entrance Requirements for Admission to Baccalaureate Degree Programs
05-82 Minimum Entrance Requirements for Admission to Associate Degree Programs
06-30 Advanced Standing Admission as a Baccalaureate Degree Candidate
06-57 Advanced Standing with Forgiveness
06-70 Advanced Standing Admission as an Associate Degree Candidate
06-20Articulation Agreements
10-00Degree-Seeking Students in the Division of Undergraduate Studies with Conditions
12-00Admission of a Degree-Seeking Provisional Student Change to College of Enrollment
12-30 Baccalaureate Degree Candidate
12-70 Associate Degree Candidate
14-00Non-degree Student Classification and Course Enrollment
14-10 Limitations to Enrollment as a Non-degree Student
16-00Degree Candidate to Non-degree Student
18-00Admission of Non-degree Student as Degree Candidate
18-30 Baccalaureate Degree Candidate
18-70 Associate Degree Candidate
20-00Resolution of Classroom Problems
32-00Advising Policy
32-00 Advising Policy
32-10 The University's Advising Program
32-20 The Nature of the University's Advising Program
32-30 Responsibilities of Advisers and Advisees
32-40 Assignment of Adviser
34-00Course Scheduling
34-10 Delivery Systems
34-20 Registration
34-30 Academic Registration Hold
34-52 Definition of Full-Time Students
34-53 Definition of Part-Time Students
34-58 Course Availability
34-60 Prerequisites and Concurrent Courses
34-68 Auditing and Visiting Courses
34-80 Course Enrollment and Schedule Changes
34-81 Enrollment
34-83 Change in Class Meeting Time
34-85 Schedule Adjustment
34-87 Course Add
34-89 Course Drop
37-00Entrance to a College or Major
37-30 Entrance to and Changes in Major Programs of Study
37-70 Academic Classification of Students by Semester
39-00Division of Undergraduate Studies
39-20 Admission
39-50 Enrollment Time Limit
39-80 Completion of Enrollment
42-00Acquisition of Credit
42-10 Course Uniformity
42-20 Credit by Instruction
42-23 Credit Requirements by Types of Instruction
42-27 Class Attendance
42-50 Credit by Examination (CRX)
42-80 Credit by Transfer From Other Institutions
42-81 Credit by Validation
42-82 Accredited U.S. Institutions
42-83 Temporary Extension of Credit Verification from Accredited U.S. Institutions
42-84 Accredited Institutions Outside the United States
42-86 Institutions That Are Not Regionally Accreditedv
42-88 Implementation of Policies 42-82, 42-84, 42-86, 42-92, 42-94, and 42-99
42-90 Other Means of Credit Acquisition
42-92 Advanced Placement Program of the College Board
42-94 College-Level Examination Program of the College Board
42-96 International Secondary Schooling
42-97 Credit by Portfolio Assessment
42-98 Educational Experiences in the Armed Services
42-99 Educational Credit for Training Programs in Non-collegiate Organizations
44-10 General Examination Policy
44-20 Final Examination Policy
44-25 Conflict Final Examinations
44-30 Non-Final Examinations
44-35 Conflict of Non-Final Examinations
44-40 Proctoring of Examinations
44-45 Examinations for Failure Elimination
44-50 Examinations for Awarding Credit by Examination
45-00 Faculty and Student
Responsibilities Regarding Cancelled Classes
When a Campus is Closed
A new policy was approved at the March 17, 2020 Senate meeting.
This policy is pending implementation procedures.
For more information, view the legislation.
47-00, 48-00, and 49-00Grades
47-20 Basis for Grades
47-40 Grading System
47-45 Grading System for M.D. Candidates
47-60 Definition of Grades
47-70 Online Student Progress Report (Formerly Mid-Semester Evaluation)
47-80 Repeating Courses
48-20 Failure to Complete a Course
48-30 Corrected Grades
48-40 Deferred Grades
48-50 No Grade (NG)
48-80 Symbols for Course Audit
49-20 Academic Integrity
49-40 Research Grades
49-60 Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory--Baccalaureate and Associate Degree Candidates
49-70 Supplemental Satisfactory Grade/Passing Grade/No Grade Grading System - Baccalaureate and Associate Degree Candidates
51-00Grade-Point Average
51-30 Method of Calculation of Grade Points
51-50 Cumulative Grade-Point Average
51-70 Grade Point Deficiency (Recovery Points)
54-00Academic Progress
54-10 Good Standing
54-20 Academic Warning
54-40 Academic Suspension
54-50 Academic Dismissal
54-56 Drops by Colleges
54-58 Notification
54-90 Academic Renewal
56-00Withdrawal And Leave Of Absence
56-30 Withdrawal
56-70 Leave of Absence
58-00Re-enrollment as a Degree Candidate
58-20 Persons to Whom Policy is Applicable
58-50 Conditions for Re-enrollment as a Degree Candidate
58-20 Persons to Whom Policy is Applicable
58-80 Re-enrollment from Warning, Suspension, and Dismissal
59-00Minors and Certificates
Requirements for the Minor
Requirements for Certificates
60-00Completing More Than One Undergraduate Program (Concurrent Majors and Sequential Majors)
60-10 Concurrent Major Program
60-20 Sequential Majors Program
65-00Schreyer Honors College
67-00Athletic Competition
67-10 Division I - Athletic Competition (University Park)
67-30 Division III and PSUAC - Athletic Competition (non-University Park)
82-00 and 83-00Degree Requirements
82-20 General Requirements
82-40 Cumulative Grade-Point Average Requirements
82-44 Courses Requiring at Least C Grades
82-60 Exceptions to Degree Requirements
82-80 Implementation
83-40 ROTC Credit
83-80 Limitations on Source and Time for Credit Acquisition
83-99 Temporary Suspension of Limitations on Source and Time for Credit Acquisition
86-00Candidate Responsibilities And Options
88-00Distinction and Honors
88-30 Graduation with Distinction
88-70 Graduation with Honors
89-00 Student Privacy
Letters of
A new policy was approved at the January 28, 2020 Senate meeting.
This policy is pending implementation procedures.
For more information, view the legislation.