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Darden School Regulations

Students of the University are subject to two sets of regulations, those of the University as a whole and those of the respective schools. Listed below are rules that apply within The Darden School. Appropriate excerpts from the University regulations are set forth in the next section.

Performance in the School


In addition to (1) following the University standards of conduct, (2) abiding by the obligations of the Honor System, and (3) meeting the standards of The Darden School for scholastic achievement, a Darden School student is expected to (4) perform in a manner that is consistent with the academic good order and educational processes of both the individual courses and The Darden School of Business Administration in general, and to demonstrate, by seriousness of purpose, that he or she is profiting, or likely to profit, from the instruction offered. Such behavior is referred to herein as performance.

The faculty has provided a process for the review of the performance of a student whose actions suggest he or she is not profiting, or likely to profit, from the instruction offered, whose neglect or irregular performance of duties indicates indifference, or whose character and habits are inconsistent with the academic good order or educational process of individual courses or The Darden School in general.

It is not intended that this process shall be used in cases that fall solely within the jurisdiction of the Honor Committee, the Judiciary Committee of the University, or the Academic Standards Committee of The Darden School. In such cases, proceedings brought before any of these committees shall preclude action under this review procedure.

The procedure shall not abrogate an instructor's rights and responsibilities for maintaining an effective and orderly learning atmosphere in class.

The process, in brief, provides for the establishment of an ad hoc committee of inquiry, which may include a student member, to hear the issue and, on behalf of the faculty, impose the penalty, if any, that it considers appropriate, up to and including enforced withdrawal from The Darden School.

The committee's decision may be appealed to the school's faculty. Full details of the procedure will be provided by the dean to any student whose performance is being reviewed or to anyone who has a legitimate interest.



Darden students are expected to attend all classes. The rationale of this policy is found in the commitment faculty and students make to the case method form of instruction. The case method is a group experience that depends heavily on the active participation of all members of the community, each of whom brings a unique perspective to the issues at hand.

The faculty recognizes that certain activities outside the classroom are an integral part of the Darden experience. These activities (e.g., field research for the Business Projects course, off-Grounds employment interviews, etc.) may from time to time result in a student's being unable to attend class. Other reasons for missing class include illness, personal emergency, religious holidays, and military service. In all cases, students are expected to make every effort to avoid missing a class. When a class is missed, for any reason, the student's actions in notifying the instructor, explaining the absence, and determining what additional work may be required should reflect the serious nature of the absence.

Instructors are responsible for communicating the rules associated with the implementation of this attendance policy, or the effect of missing class on student grades, to students at the start of the semester.

Grading System


The following letter symbols are used to grade students in The Darden School: A, B+, B, B-, C, F; lowest no-penalty passing grade: B-.

Credit/No Credit Grades Darden School students may not take courses on CR/NC basis.

Auditing Courses M.B.A. students and students enrolled in other schools of the University may audit elective courses with the permission of the instructor.



The dean's office may ask a student at any time to withdraw from a particular course or from the school because of unsatisfactory academic work or for other adequate reasons.

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