Academic Policies

Undergraduate Academic Policies -- The following academic regulations apply to students in the Stockbridge School of Agriculture. It is the responsibility of all students to adhere to them. All regulations require interpretation; however, students who feel that extenuating circumstances warrant an exception to any of the following regulations should discuss their situation with the Stockbridge School Director. The University's official policlies are updated yearly.

Code of Student Conduct -- The University of Massachusetts Amherst strives to create an environment of academic freedom that fosters the personal and intellectual development of all community members. In order to do this, the University protects the rights of all students, faculty and staff to explore new ideas and to express their views.

Academic Honesty Policy -- All members of the University community must participate in the development of a climate conducive to academic honesty. While the faculty, because of their unique role in the educational process, have the responsibility of defining, encouraging, fostering, and upholding the ethic of academic honesty, students have the responsibility of conforming in all respects to that ethic.

Classroom Civility and Respect -- When students and faculty come together, the expectation is always that mutual respect and civility will prevail to ensure that every student has the optimum opportunity to learn and that each faculty member has the best opportunity to teach. Disruptions of any kind affect the atmosphere of civility that is expected and interfere with the opportunity for learning and growth to which both faculty and students are entitled.

Class Attendance & Absences -- The attendance of students at all regularly scheduled classes is expected and may be required by individual instructors. Faculties have the right to require formal, written documentation from students who request to be excused from class due to illness or other reasons. State Law (Chapter 375, Acts of 1985), requires that the University excuse any student who is unable to attend classes or participate in any examination, study, or work requirement because of religious observance. Students have the right to make up examinations, study, or work requirements that they miss because of religious observance without any adverse or prejudicial effects. No fees may be charged to the student for the makeup exercise. The law also provides that such makeup work may not create an unreasonable burden upon the University. Students should inform their course instructors in writing of the days they will be absent as early in the semester as possible and always prior to the day(s) on which they will be absent for religious reason.

Withdrawing from School -- Withdrawal can be either voluntary or administrative.  Voluntary withdrawal: a student who wishes to voluntarily withdraw from the university at any time must meet with the Director to discuss the process and re-admission if they intend to return. Student must provide a signed letter of Withdrawal.  Administrative withdrawal: students failing to meet their financial obligations to the university will be administratively withdrawn. Notification of administrative withdrawal will be sent by email and the student can see their withdrawn status in SPIRE. Students must resolve their outstanding financial obligations with the Bursar and then see the Director.
The student will be unable to register or pre-register for any subsequent semester until the administrative withdrawal is resolved. Notification of administrative withdrawal will be sent through the mail.

Six-Semester Limit  -- An Associate of Science student shall be allowed no more than six semesters as a full-time student to complete all graduation requirements cited at the time the student entered. Continuation beyond this limit will be with the written approval of the Stockbridge School Director.