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Quantity of Work Rule

The policies described in this section apply to undergraduates and graduate students. Quantity of work rules for law students are given in the Law School Catalog.

Maximum hours in the fall and spring semesters. An undergraduate student may not register for more than seventeen semester hours in any long-session semester without the approval of his or her dean, unless the degree plan published in the Undergraduate Catalog for the student's major specifies otherwise. The maximum course load for a graduate student is fifteen semester hours. A heavier course load must have the recommendation of the graduate adviser and the approval of the graduate dean. It is permitted only under exceptional circumstances.

Maximum hours in the summer session. Except as permitted by his or her academic dean, no undergraduate student may register for more than fourteen semester hours in a twelve-week summer session (exclusive of credit by examination) or for more than eight semester hours in either six-week term. A student whose maximum period of summer registration is nine weeks may not register for more than ten semester hours except as permitted by his or her academic dean. The maximum course load for a graduate student is twelve semester hours in a twelve-week summer session. A heavier course load must have the recommendation of the graduate adviser and the approval of the graduate dean. It is permitted only under exceptional circumstances.

Minimum hours in the fall and spring semesters. An undergraduate student may not carry fewer than twelve semester hours of coursework without the approval of his or her academic dean. An undergraduate engineering student may not enroll in fewer than fourteen semester hours of coursework except with the written approval of the dean. Twelve of the fourteen hours must be applicable to the degree.

Failure to obtain approval for a reduced course load may jeopardize the student's continuance in school. A student who is a minor must present a written statement from a parent or guardian accepting the conditions under which permission to carry a reduced course load is granted.

Course load requirements for graduate student academic employees are given below. Graduate students who are not also academic employees are not subject to minimum course load requirements.

An international student must have written permission from the International Office as well as from his or her dean to carry fewer than twelve hours as an undergraduate or fewer than nine hours as a graduate student.

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Minimum hours in the summer session. There is no minimum course load in the summer session.

Graduate student academic employees. A "graduate student academic employee" is a graduate student who is also employed by the University under one of the following titles: assistant instructor, teaching assistant, assistant (graduate), academic assistant, and graduate research assistant. To hold one of these positions, a student must have no unfulfilled conditions imposed by the Graduate School, must be in good academic standing, and must be making satisfactory progress toward a degree. Graduate student academic employees must be registered for at least nine semester hours in a long-session semester or at least three semester hours in a summer session, in any combination of summer terms.

A student's appointments as a graduate student academic employee may not exceed twenty hours a week in the fall or spring during the first year or thirty hours a week in subsequent years. International students may not exceed twenty hours a week without the approval of the International Office and the graduate dean.

Graduate student academic employees may not accept payment from a student for tutoring services, except on the recommendation of the department chair and with the approval of the graduate dean. If approved, the student may tutor only in a course with which he or she has no connection.

Other student employees. An undergraduate student's combined University employment and semester-hour course load may not exceed forty hours a week in any semester or summer term. Any academic unit may require a lower work-study load of their students who are employed by the University. A student who wishes to exceed the maximum work-study load set by his or her college must have the approval of the dean of the college.

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