After the first two weeks of a semester, or equivalent period in a summer
session, students are permitted to withdraw from a course by executing
the appropriate form obtained in the Scheduling Office. If the withdraw-
al form is submitted between the beginning of the third week and the end
of the tenth week of a semester, or the equivalent period in a summer
session, the withdrawal will be approved, and the course will appear on
the student's academic record with the grade of W (withdrawal).
After the tenth week, or the equivalent period in a summer session, with-
drawal from a course will be permitted only for extenuating circum-
stances. Approval for such withdrawal must be obtained from the advi-
sor, department chair, and school dean. A grade of WP (withdrawal pass-
ing) or WF (withdrawal failing) will be recorded on the student's aca-
Students who withdraw from a course will be eligible for a refund only
if the withdrawal meets established criteria of the refund policy.
Students are advised that a withdrawal fee of $25.00 per course will be
charged after the add/drop period has ended.
Withdrawal From All Courses
Individuals desiring to withdraw from or drop all courses and leave the
University shall inform the Enrollment Management and Retention
Office. Appropriate offices will be notified after each case has been
properly evaluated and classified. An official withdrawal from all class-
es during the last five weeks of the semester, or an equivalent period dur-
ing a summer session, will result in the student receiving grades of WP
(withdraw/passing) or WF (withdraw/failing). If a student officially
withdraws from all courses and at a later date wishes to return to the
University, the student must make application for reinstatement to the
reinstatement officer in the Office of Records and Registration.
Independent Study Program
The Independent Study Program aims to serve those students whose
scholarly bent seems most clearly adapted to independent work.
Students enrolled in the Honors Program are eligible for independent
study participation. Other students are permitted to participate on the
basis of recommendations from their faculty advisors and from instruc-
tors best acquainted with their abilities. Undergraduate students may not
start an independent study experience before they have earned 64 cred-
Application to enroll in an independent study project should be made on
the appropriate form. It is available from the department chairperson and
the Office of Records and Registration. The student is to consult with
his/her advisor to determine the appropriateness of the student's request
for independent study. The advisor will initiate the approval process by
signing the independent study application form. The completed applica-
tion should then be circulated through the proper channels as indicated
on the form. The approval of the School dean in which the study is
undertaken is required on the form before the study is undertaken. After
approval for a specified number of credit hours, the student will register
no later than the last day of registration for approved Independent Study
Under the independent study program, the student's achievement is eval-
uated by the Study Committee described above. This committee will
review the quality of work submitted as a result of the student's inde-
pendent work in the studio, laboratory, library or in field investigation.
Independent study may also cut across departmental lines; e.g., a semes-
ter of research on some phase of "Elizabethan England" might be eval-
uated jointly by members of the Art, English, History and Music depart-
ments, if the work submitted involves interrelated study related to each
of these several disciplines. In such interdisciplinary cases, the commit-
tee would be composed of representatives from each department con-
The grade will be determined by the supervising instructor in all cases.
Auditing Undergraduate Courses
Edinboro University undergraduate students may audit undergrad-
uate courses, and Edinboro University graduate students may audit
undergraduate or graduate courses. Auditing involves participation
in a course without accountability for credit purposes.
Students must have the approval of their advisors and the instruc-
tors of the courses to be audited.
An audited course will not be counted as part of the student's aca-
demic load and no credit will be received. Audited courses will be
recorded on student transcripts as "AU."
Students scheduling for audits will be given lowest priority for seat
After the expiration of the "add" period, students may not change
audit status to credit or credit to audit.
Students, with the exception of those age 62 or above and receiving
social security or equivalent retirement benefits, must pay the
Bursar's Office the established course credit fee for auditing cours-
Petitions for credit by competency examinations will not be hon-
ored for courses audited by students.
The policy of the Board of Governors of the State System of Higher
Education encourages the seamless transfer of students between accred-
ited Pennsylvania community colleges and System universities and
between and among System universities. To that end, community college
and System students who meet the established eligibility criteria shall be
granted an Academic Passport, which shall provide entry to a System
university and, pursuant to the guidelines below, ensure the transfer and
acceptance of course credits.
The following sections outline the eligibility criteria for the Academic
Passport and the procedures under which credits earned at one institution
may be accepted by and applied to a degree program at the receiving
Students Transferring with an Associate Degree
Students are encouraged to complete an Associate of Arts (AA) or
Associate of Science (AS) degree program prior to transfer.
Students who earn the AA or AS degree in a transfer or college par-
allel program from an accredited public Pennsylvania community
college and who apply in accordance with the established universi-
ty time frame shall have an Academic Passport that provides entry
into any university in the State System of Higher Education.
System universities will recognize and honor the Academic
Passport by admitting such students and shall, consistent with G.5
(Guiding Principles) apply credit towards graduation for all college
parallel coursework completed for the associate degree.
Up to a maximum of 45 general education credits and liberal arts
course credits earned at the two-year college shall be used to meet
lower division university general education requirements, even if
the receiving university does not offer the specific course being
transferred or has not designated that course as general education.
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