Graduate Policies & Procedures

Academic terms

Fall and spring terms: Registration material for each term is distributed to students by their departments. Students must make certain that they meet the medical requirements for registration.

A student who has not completed registration by the end of the first week of the term will be assessed a late fee. A petition is required to complete registration after the fifth week of the term; a late fee will be assessed. An individual who has not completed registration by the sixth week of the term will be considered withdrawn.

Independent Activities Period: Referred to as IAP, this four week period in January, following fall term final examinations, is when faculty members and students are freed from the rigors of regularly scheduled classes for flexible teaching and learning and for independent study and research. Although students must register explicitly for courses offered for academic credit during IAP, this period is not an official term. Rather, it overlaps the regular fall term’s final two weeks and the spring term’s initial two weeks. For administrative convenience, spring term registration follows IAP.

Students should follow directions published in the IAP Guide regarding registration. All subjects giving credit during IAP are to be graded following the grading system approved for that subject number.

Summer term: Many graduate students register in the summer term in order to make more rapid progress toward their degrees. Students who use the summer term to actively work towards satisfying degree requirements must be registered. Details of summer registration procedures may be obtained from the departmental graduate registration officer, or the Registrar’s Office.