A semester hour of credit is given for attending one class period a week
for at least 15 weeks or the equivalent in other time blocks. The
duration of a lecture class period is 50 minutes. Two to three hours of
outside preparation are expected of the student for each lecture class
- Freshman - has completed less than 30 semester hours.
- Sophomore - has completed at least 30, but less than 60 semester hours.
- Junior - has completed at least 60, but less than 90 semester hours.
- Senior - has completed at least 90 semester hours.
Course number classifications
The University gives credit for all courses numbered 100 through 699 in
each academic department.
- Courses at the 100-200 level generally provide a foundation or
overview of a discipline. They are intended primarily for freshmen and
- Courses at the 300-400 level frequently assume prior knowledge of the
field and a higher level of analysis and difficulty. They are intended
primarily for juniors or seniors.
- Courses at the 500-600 level are considered graduate courses. They
generally involve individual research projects, critical discussion of
issues and oral presentations.
Students are expected to attend all classes for which they are
registered. Decisions regarding absences from class are left to the
Withdrawal from a course must be initiated by the student.
because of late registration, illness or any other reason must be made
up. The student is responsible for contacting the instructor to make
Official commencement ceremonies are held once a year at the close of
spring semester, whether students completed graduation requirements in
December or May or will complete them in August. Responsibility for
fulfilling requirements for graduation rests with the individual
Extension campus commencement ceremonies take place in December and May.
Students wishing to attend both the extension campus and Lacey campus
ceremonies may choose to do so.
Academic advising is the responsibility of both faculty members and the student.
Faculty members are prepared to help students explore various academic majors, make
appropriate career choices, explain University requirements and provide
guidance in selecting classes.
Advisors are expected to provide accurate information to students and
help them make informed choices about majors, programs and courses.
Students, however, are responsible for keeping themselves informed about
policies, policy revisions, academic and graduation requirements and
for seeking help from their advisor.
Students are responsible for meeting academic regulations. They also are
expected to truthfully complete all documents pertaining to their
University studies and activities. Failure to do so may constitute
grounds for disciplinary action.
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
Saint Martin's University is in compliance with the federal Family
Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974. The University guarantees
each student the right to inspect and review his or her personal
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