Graduate Academic Regulations
Course Enrollment & Final Registration
On the days announced for advising and arranging course programs, the student should check the Office of the University
Registrarís on-line site for current information: www.virginia.edu/registrar. Next, the student should confer with the
authorized representatives (either the chair or the graduate advisor) of the studentís major department to select a recommended
course of study from the session; this recommended program should then be submitted in person to the dean for approval. To be
enrolled as a graduate student it is necessary that at least half of the course load be in graduate-level courses.
Registration is not complete until all fees have been paid or satisfactory arrangements have been made with the bursar. A studentís
registration record and consequently the fee determination will become fixed eight weeks after the first day of classes. Changes in a
studentís registration record after the final day for dropping a course can be made only with the approval of the dean.
Every graduate student, resident or non-resident, must be registered in the Graduate School during the semester in which he or she is
an applicant for a degree. Non-resident degree applicants should register at the beginning of the second semester, as ordinarily
registration will not be accepted later in the session. See section on readmission after voluntary withdrawal.
Students are expected to attend classes throughout the session with the exception of University holidays. When necessary,
excuses for absence from class are arranged between the student and the instructor of the course in question. Routine excuses
for illness are not furnished by the Department of Student Health either to the student or to the instructor. On request of the
dean, the Department of Student Health will evaluate the effect of any illness upon a studentís attendance and academic
performance. Failure by students to attend lectures and other prescribed exercises in the courses for which they are registered
may subject them to penalties for non-attendance.
Attendance Upon Examinations
Written examinations are an essential part of the work of most courses in the Graduate School, and attendance at them is
required of every student. Absence from examination will not be excused except for sickness on the day of examination attested
by a physicianís certificate or for other cause which the graduate faculty by special action may approve. An unexcused absence
is counted as a failure.
The standing of a graduate student in each course is indicated by one of the following grades: A+, A, A-; B+, B,
B-; C+, C, C-; D+, D, D-; F. B- is the lowest satisfactory grade for graduate credit, and students with a grade point average
below 3.0 for an academic year will be considered as not making satisfactory progress toward a degree.
For certain courses in which the department does not require a final examination, permission can be granted to grade those courses on
an S/U (satisfactory/unsatisfactory) basis. A report of IN (incomplete) on a graduate course is changed by the university registrar to a
failing grade if the course is not completed by the end of the next semester (including the summer session). Unsatisfactory performance
during any semester may be considered sufficient reason for enforced withdrawal from the University.
Application for a Degree
Any graduate student who wishes to become a candidate for a degree must file the degree application with the dean on a form
available in the Enrolled Student Office, 438 Cabell Hall. All graduate degree applications must be submitted not later than
October 1 if the degree is to be conferred in January, February 1 if the degree is to be conferred in May, or July 1 if the
degree is to be conferred in August.
The degree application must include a program of work arranged in accordance with the degree requirements outlined in the following
pages, and must state the title of the thesis or dissertation. A transcript of the applicantís previous academic record, attesting the
content of his or her baccalaureate degree, must also be on file in the Graduate School Office.
Graduate degrees are not conferred merely upon the basis of the number of courses passed, or the length of time spent in resident or
non-resident work, but primarily upon the basis of the quality and scope of the candidate's knowledge and the ability in the chosen
field of study. The applicantís graduate record should be better than a minimal passing average to be accepted as a candidate, and the
department responsible for the student's graduate program must qualify him or her for candidacy. The degree application, approved by the
candidate's advisory professor and the chair of the department, is submitted to the dean.
Candidates who do not receive a degree in the semester for which their application has been approved must renew their application in
proper form at the beginning of the semester in which candidacy for the degree is desired. Candidates who find that they will not be
able to receive their degree in the semester for which their application was approved must remove their name from the degree list by a
specified date in the semester.
A graduate student may not voluntarily withdraw from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences later than one week immediately
preceding the beginning of course examinations. An official application to withdraw must be obtained from the Office of the Dean
of the Graduate School of Arts and Scienceí and must be approved in writing by the dean, with a statement of the reason for the
withdrawal. A student under 18 years of age must have parental approval of such withdrawal. The student must report to the
Office of the Dean of Students for an exit interview. All student identification cards are to be deposited with the Dean of
Students at the time of withdrawal. The official withdrawal form will be forwarded to the university registrar, who notifies all
other administrative offices of the withdrawal action.
A student who withdraws from the University for reason of ill health must notify the Department of Student Health, and subsequent
medical clearance from the Department of Student Health is among the requirements for readmission of all students. To apply for
readmission to the University, the student must submit an application to the academic deanís office at least 60 days before the next
University scheduled class registration.
Failure to comply with the above regulations will subject the student to suspension from the University by the Vice President for
Readmission After Voluntary Withdrawal
Readmission to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences is not automatic; after absence of a semester or longer, a former
student must apply for readmission to the Graduate School. This statement does not apply to graduate students pursuing graduate
work in summer only.
The student may be required to withdraw from the University if the academic advisor, the responsible departmental members and
the Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences determine that the student is making unsatisfactory progress toward a
degree (See Grades, Voluntary Withdrawal, and University General Regulations).
Eligibility for posthumous degrees extends only to students enrolled in B.A. and B.S. programs.