Academic Rules - Graduate

Graduate Rules and Regulations

This is the official version of the academic rules and regulations based on the requirements of the Graduate School governing graduate students effective for the 2010-11 academic year. It supersedes all previously published versions of these rules. Departments, schools, and colleges within the Graduate School often have additional requirements. Academic units may have policies that are more restrictive than those included in the Academic Rules and Regulations of the Graduate School. It is the responsibility of the individual student to confirm that all appropriate degree requirements are met. Graduate students must also observe the “General University Regulations” and “University Rules” found in the Syracuse University Student Handbook, which can be accessed online at Regulations for the College of Law may be found in the publication Handbook of Academic Rules and Student Judicial Code.

All-University Disclaimer
The information concerning academic requirements, courses, and programs of study contained in this publication does not constitute an irrevocable contract between the student and the University. The University reserves the right to change, discontinue, or add academic requirements, courses, and programs of study. Such changes may be made without notice, although every effort will be made to provide timely notice to students. It is the responsibility of the individual student to confirm that all appropriate degree requirements are met.

Institutional Accreditation
Syracuse University is chartered by the New York State Board of Regents and accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia PA 19104; 215-662-5606. Professional accreditation for each of the professional colleges and schools accords with the regulations of the appropriate professional association. For further information, contact the dean’s office of each school or college.

Compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990
Syracuse University is committed to compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. These legislative acts mandate in general that no otherwise qualified person with a disability in the United States shall be excluded from participation in, be denied benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance solely by reason of being disabled. Students who may need assistance should contact the Office of Disability Services, Room 309, 804 University Avenue; 315-443-4498, 315-443-1371 (TTY),

Academic Advising
Academic advising is an essential component of a Syracuse University education. The University is committed to providing the individual advice and assistance that students need at every step throughout their degree programs. A successful system of academic advising is highly dependent upon a shared commitment of students, faculty, and staff to the process and the availability of timely, accurate information.
    STUDENTS are responsible for scheduling, preparing for, and keeping advising appointments; for seeking out contacts and information; and for knowing the basic requirements of their individual degree programs. Students bear the final responsibility for making their own decisions based on the best information and advice available and, ultimately, on their own judgment.
    ADVISORS are responsible for developing a thorough knowledge of the degree requirements within the students’ program of study and a working knowledge of academic options and resources throughout the University. Advisors are expected to involve students by encouraging them to ask questions, gather information, and explore options so that they may develop a meaningful academic plan. Advisors will be available to students on a regular basis, monitor their advisees’ progress, assist in considering career options, and make appropriate referrals to other campus offices.
    THE UNIVERSITY, through its schools and colleges, pledges to support a campus-wide network of faculty, staff, and student peer advisors by providing them with a clear and firm foundation of information regarding policies, procedures, resources, and programs. The University is committed to help faculty and staff develop effective advising skills, to evaluate its system of academic advising and support services, and to make improvements where necessary. The University also acknowledges the important contribution advisors make to the community through appropriate recognition within the institutional reward system.