Academic Policies

Academic Regulations
Academic Dishonesty
Advisers
Attendance
Approval for Summer Courses at Other Institutions
CD and D Grades
Grade Appeal Procedures
Professional Standards

 

Academic Regulations
Students in the J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication are expected to comply with the academic requirements and regulations listed in the University section of the Undergraduate Bulletin.

Academic Dishonesty
The college adheres to university policy on academic dishonesty, found in the University section of the Undergraduate Bulletin.
Ethical behavior is essential to any communication professional, and it is expected of students in the College of Communication. Cheating, plagiarism, unapproved collaboration or falsifying work in whole or in part are infractions that can result in failure in the assignment
or course or even dismissal from the college.

Advisers
You are assigned a faculty adviser with whom you should confer at least twice each term. Among other duties, the faculty advisers help you plan and accomplish your program of studies. However, it is wholly your responsibility to know and fulfill the requirements for graduation specified for your selected program. For more information, visit the Advising page our website.

Attendance
Courses in the Diederich College of Communication often include faculty-guided performance in the classroom, theatre, studio and laboratory,
as well as on- and off-campus professional activities. You are expected to attend all meetings of the courses in which you are registered.
Any absence, regardless of the reason, prevents you from getting the full benefit of the course and can result in university censure.
A student who is excessively absent from class may be withdrawn from the class with a grade of WA (withdrawal due to excessive absences). Majors in this college are bound by these expectations in each course they take, in each college in which they take courses.

Attendance policies will be announced by individual teachers in their syllabi and in their first class meetings. You are responsible for understanding each course’s absence regulations and are bound by the policies for that course and/or college. In general, you may, for serious reasons, be excused from four 75-minute periods or from six 50-minute periods in a three-credit course, or from four 50-minute periods in a two-credit course, or from eight 50-minute periods in a four-credit course.

Approval for Summer Session Study at Other Institutions
If you plan to take courses during the summer at other institutions, you are strongly urged to have the course approved before enrolling. Otherwise, there’s no guarantee Marquette will accept the credits you earn. Approval is based on course descriptions in the institution’s current bulletin. Download the approval form here.

You are also responsible for having the institution send official transcripts sent immediately upon completion of any courses to Marquette University, Office of the Registrar, P.O. Box 1881, Milwaukee, WI 53201.

CD and D Grades
Courses in which you earn a D are not normally counted toward fulfillment of your Diederich College major or minor credit hour requirements. Students who receive D grades in their major or minor should contact the department in which the grade was received. The department chair will recommend whether the course should be accepted, repeated or replaced with another course. Credit will be given only once for repeated courses. See the University section of the Undergraduate Bulletin for additional information on repeated courses.

While the Diederich College of Communication accepts CD grades toward fulfillment of majors and minors within the college, other Marquette University departments do not. If you receive a CD in a major or minor outside the Diederich College, check with that department to see if the hours will be counted toward fulfilling your requirements.

Grade Appeal Procedure
A student in the J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication may appeal a final course grade that he/she feels was assigned in error. The student must exhaust all possibilities of resolving the problem with the faculty member assigning the final course grade before embarking on the formal appeal process. Please download the Grade Appeal Procedure.

Professional Standards
All papers produced by students in all College of Communication classes are expected to conform to professional standards of lucidity, coherence, grammar, spelling and punctuation. Oral presentations are expected to conform to professional standards of lucidity, coherence and grammar. Instructors will consider these factors, as well as substance, in grading written and oral presentations.