ACADEMIC INFORMATION

ACADEMIC SYSTEM

Assumption University has adopted the semester system. An academic year is divided into two semesters and a summer session. A semester lasts for approximately sixteen weeks.
• First Semester : begins in June and ends in October.
• Second Semester : begins in November and ends in March.

• Summer Session : begins in April and ends in May  (optional).

One credit hour requires a minimum of 15 hours of class attendance. A subject of 3 credit hours will require at least 45 hours in class. To qualify for the final examination in any subject, each student must have at least 80% of class attendance. In some exceptional cases, at the discretion of the Lecturer and/or the Dean of the Faculty concerned, this requirement may be waived.

NORMAL COURSE LOAD

A student’s course load may vary from semester to semester. The minimum for all full-time students is four courses (12 credit hours) per semester. The maximum course load is six courses (18 credit hours) per semester.    To enroll in more than six courses, written permission must be obtained from:
• The chairperson of the department concerned (for a
graduating student, or junior and senior students with a
cumulative G.P.A. of at least 3.25).

• In all other cases, the Dean of the Faculty corned must be consulted.

GRADING SYSTEM

Letter grades are used to show the academic standing of all students with the following meanings and values.

GRADEMEANINGVALUE
AExcellent - Exceptional Achievement4.00
A-Almost Excellent - Extensive Achievement3.75
B+Very Good3.25
BGood - Substantial Achievement3.00
B-Fairly Good - Acceptable Achievement2.75
C+Fair2.25
CSatisfactory2.00
C-Minimal Satisfactory1.75
DPoor - Minimal Achievement1.00
FFailure - Inadequate Achievement0.00
RCourse Repeated-
SSatisfactory-
UUnsatisfactory-
WWithdrawal with Permission-
WFWithdrawal from course after time limit0
AUDAudit and non-credit-
IIncomplete, used in case a student fails to complete his/her assignment within the time limit or is absent from the examination with approval from the University due to exceptional reasons.-
WPWork in progress
NRNo Report
TRCredits Transfer

Student grades are computed at the end of each semester, and may include:
•   Quizzes
•   Term papers
•   Book reports
•   Assignments
•   Recitation
•   Class participation
•   Attendance
•   Midterm and final examinations
These requirements may vary with each course


SPECIAL HONORS AND AWARDS

• Have fulfilled all the requirements for graduation within 4 years (5 years for Architecture).
• Have not been placed on probation in any condition.
• Have not received a grade lower than “C” for any course.
• Transfer students must have taken all the third and fourth year courses (or 72 credits) at Assumption University.
• Students who have graduated with a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher, regardless of a grade lower than “C” or “U” for non credit courses, or those who completed all requirements within 5 years of study for all 4-year undergraduate programs; and within 6 years for the Architecture program, are entitled to obtaining an Award of Academic Excellence.

ATTENDANCE

Students are required to attend all classes regularly. To qualify to take a final examination for any subject, a minimum of 80% class attendance is mandatory. There are no authorized cuts from classes. Irregular attendance may result in exclusion from classes. Any student who find that he/she can no longer attend a class must officially withdraw in writing through the Office of the Registrar. Failure to withdraw officially may result in a grade of “F” for the course. In case of unavoidable absence, such as subpoena requirements, illness or death of a member of the family, all work missed must be satisfactorily made up and it is the responsibility of the student to arrange for this.

WITHDRAWAL

Students may withdraw (drop) officially from a course, or all courses during the first two weeks without any penalty. Thereafter, until the final day of withdrawals as indicated in the University calendar, students will receive “W” grades. An official withdrawal must be carried out in person at the Office of the Registrar by the student himself/herself (not by someone else on his/her behalf). Failure to withdraw officially will result in a “WF” grade.

ACADEMIC ACTION:

Academic action can be both favorable and disciplinary. When a student is performing well, all action on him/her in the academic area is said to be favorable to the student. For example, when a student obtains a high GPA he/she is put on the academic List of Honors; when he/she consistently achieves very high marks, he/she is given higher honors. However, if his/her achievement is below standard, disciplinary action may be taken against him/her.

PROBATION

Students who obtain a cumulative GPA of less than 2.00 (1.99-1.50) but above the limits set for dismissal from the University will be put on probation, except during the first semester of the freshman year.

DISMISSAL

Undergraduate students will be dismissed from the
University under the following conditions:
• obtaining a cumulative GPA of less than 1.50 at the end of any semester except the first semester of the freshman year;
• obtaining a cumulative GPA of less than 1.75 for two consecutive semesters except the first semester of the freshman year;
• obtaining a cumulative GPA of less than 2.00 for four consecutive semesters except for the first semester of the freshman year. However, in certain cases, the President, in consideration of a student’ s potential to improve his/her academic performance and eventually graduate, may grant special permission for the student to carry on his/her studies at the University on probation condition.

REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATION WITH HONORS

• Have fulfilled all the requirements for graduation within 4 years (5 years for Architecture).
• Have not been placed on probation in any condition.
• Have not received a grade lower than “C” for any course.
• Transfer students must have taken all the third and fourth year courses (or 72 credits) at Assumption University.
• Students who have graduated with a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher, regardless of a grade lower than “C” or “U” for non credit courses, or those who completed all requirements within 5 years of study for all 4-year undergraduate programs; and within 6 years for the Architecture program, are entitled to obtaining an Award of Academic Excellence.

HONORS SYSTEM

The University, wishing to provide recognition to exceptional students, has established an Honors System. Undergraduate students are given awards for achievement measurable in grades beginning with semester grades and ending with cumulative grad es until graduation.

GRADUATION WITH HONORS

Undergraduate students maintaining a high scholastic average are eligible for graduation with the following Honors:

Summa Cum LaudeCumulativeGPA3.80-4.00
Magna Cum LaudeCumulativeGPA3.50-3.79
Cum LaudeCumulativeGPA3.25-3.49
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