The College offers tremendous opportunities and resources to help you succeed, but as a student, you hold the keys to your own success.

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Academic Integrity

Julia reflects on being a member of Penn's community of scholars.

As a College student, you will take charge of your education, ask for help when you need it, and seek advice and information from as many University sources as possible. It is up to you to connect with resources and come to them informed and prepared to make the most of their services.

Your faculty also want you to understand your responsibilities in producing your own work and attributing the work of others, which is why the University has a Code of Academic Integrity. Adhering to this Code means not only respecting the values of the University community but doing the best, most original work you can do.

College students are expected to:
 

  • Understand the structure and purpose of the College curriculum.
  • Read the emails sent from the College Office.
  • Become familiar with the information available on the College website. Reference the site throughout their undergraduate career.
  • Be aware of registration-related deadlines.
  • Use Penn InTouch to make course and grading status changes and confirm the accuracy of their registration.
  • Keep appointments with their pre-major advisor and come to advising sessions prepared with a list of questions and issues to discuss.
  • Come to walk-ins, make appointments with or send email to assistant deans for advising in the College Office if they need advice outside the expertise of their pre-major advisor.
  • Make appointments with or send email to major advisors to discuss their progress in the major program.
  • Know the Code of Academic Integrity and, when unsure what is appropriate in a given course, ask the instructor to clarify the rules.

Students should make note of the following important milestones in their academic careers.

All the steps you need to take for academic advising and planning can be found on Compass, the primary guide for incoming students throughout the summer.

Students should:

  • Have a discussion with their pre-major advisor during the first few weeks of the semester and again during Advance Registration in October and November, to discuss course selection for the upcoming semester. Freshmen will be on registration hold, which keeps them from being able to participate in Advance Registration, until they meet with their advisor.
  • Let their pre-major advisor know of any problems they are having that are affecting their academic work.
  • Investigate study abroadresearch and other academic options.
  • Apply to become a peer advisor and help a freshman entering Penn.

Students should:

  • See their pre-major advisor before Advance Registration in March and April to discuss courses for the fall semester. Freshmen are on registration hold until they have an advising discussion with their advisor.
  • Investigate majors of interest. Start talking to faculty and students in their prospective majors. Attend one or more of the College’s Majors Dinners and More events to learn about programs of interest. Attend classes in the major and get the student’s perspective through the Major Advising Program (MAP).
  • Investigate study abroadresearch and other academic options.

Students should:

  • Meet with their pre-major advisor to discuss progress toward finding and declaring a major and meeting the degree requirements during Advance Registration in October and November. This meeting is also an opportunity to explore options such as minors, research and study abroad. Until meeting with their advisor, Sophomores will be on registration hold which keeps them from being able to participate in Advance Registration.
  • Become completely familiar with the rules and requirements for their potential major. These are available on the department websites.
  • Investigate study abroadresearch and other academic options.
  • Apply to become a peer advisor and help a freshman entering Penn.

Students should:

  • Meet with their pre-major advisor before declaring a major to discuss their plans during Advance Registration in March and April. The pre-major advisor will update the student’s academic planning worksheet and make it official. This must be done before the student goes to the major department to declare.
  • Go to the major department to declare. Departments have different processes for declaration. Check the department websites for more information. The major department will lift the registration hold during this process. Students should plan well in advance to make appropriate appointments with pre-major and major advising before the end of Advance Registration.
  • Investigate study abroadresearch and other academic options.
  • Check with Career Services and the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships for information about internships.

Students should:

  • Review their academic planning worksheet to check that all requirements are fulfilled and appropriate progress is being made toward graduation, including the necessary number of College and overall credits.
  • Meet with an advisor in the College Office for help filling in the worksheet or for answers to any other academic questions or concerns.
  • Meet with their major advisor to confirm they are making progress in fulfilling major requirements.
  • Continue to explore academic options like study abroad and research.
  • Check with Career Services and the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (CURF) for information about internships and graduate study.
  • Check with CURF if considering research or information on post-graduate fellowships and scholarships.
  • Consider sharing their major with underclassmen by becoming Major Advising Program (MAP) advisors.
  • Apply to become a peer advisor and help a freshman entering Penn.

Students should:

From the end of junior year through to graduation, students should confirm that their Academic Planning Worksheet on Penn InTouch is updated and accurate. This includes meeting with the major advisor to be sure that the major section of the worksheet has been updated with all relevant courses. The College will conduct an audit of rising seniors’ worksheets during the summer and inform them by email of any missing requirements, as well as other graduation-related issues the students need to address.

Students should:

  • Meet with their major advisor to make sure all requirements for the major will be completed and to discuss future plans.
  • Review the academic planning worksheet to check their progress toward fulfilling requirements before the end of the Course Selection period. Seniors should have received an email from the College Office in early August outlining where things stand with their degree requirements.
  • Confirm that their intended graduation date and local address are correct on Penn InTouch.
  • Visit the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (CURF) if considering research or information on post-graduate fellowships and scholarships.
  • Consider applying for Senior Awards.
  • Check with Career Services for information about internships or graduate study.
  • Consider sharing their major with underclassmen by becoming Major Advising Program (MAP) advisors.

Students should:

  • Meet with their major advisor to make sure that they will complete the major and to discuss their plans for the future.
  • Make sure to submit their Application for Graduation by the appointed deadline. The Application is on the web; a link to it is emailed to seniors early in the spring semester.
  • Before the end of the Course Selection period, confirm that they have the courses they need to graduate.
  • Visit the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (CURF) if considering research or information on post-graduate fellowships and scholarships.
  • Consider applying for Senior Awards.
  • Check with Career Services for information about internships or graduate study.
  • Participate in the College Graduation Ceremony.

Students are encouraged to get to know and communicate regularly with their instructors by taking advantage of office hours and via email. The following tools also facilitate that communication:

  • Course Absence Reports are used by student to notify instructors about absences.
  • Course Problem Notices are sent by instructors when they have a concern about how a student is doing in their course.
  • The Hub is used when the College wishes to communicate sensitive documents to students.