Religious Observance

In accordance with the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Amherst College subscribes to the following statement:

Special Exception for Reasons of Conscience

It is never easy to resolve conflicts between the conscience of an individual and the principles of a group. Colleges are, as they should be, especially sensitive to such difficulties and will always strive to avoid solutions that maximize administrative simplicity or tidiness at the expense of the individual whose actions, expressive of deep personal commitment, do not fit the general pattern. The general rules of the College have been adopted to deal humanely and expeditiously with the normal patterns of Amherst students and faculty. They must not be abrogated easily.

Grade Deadlines

Deadlines for receipt of grades in the Registrar's Office have been established as follows:

1. First semester: By noon of the first Monday of January.

2. Second semester: By 9:00 a.m. of the Monday after the last day of examinations for senior grades; by noon of the Wednesday after the last day of examinations for all other grades.

Completion of Work; Policy on Extensions

In conformity with the practice established for the first semester of 1971-72, and as a general practice of this and subsequent semesters, the Faculty rules that all course work in a given semester must be submitted by the last day of classes at 5:00 p.m. Extensions beyond this time will be given only for extraordinary reasons, and only when the student has obtained the signatures of the instructor in the course and the Class Dean. Work not submitted by the date set in the extension will not be accepted for credit.

Final Examinations

1. At the end of the semester there will be scheduled a five day examination period(including Sunday). An instructor may choose to:

Classroom Attendance

Each member of the Faculty is free to state his or her policy with regard to absences. It is assumed that students will make the most of the educational opportunities available by regularly attending classes and laboratory periods. A faculty member may take such action as deemed appropriate in the event that a student disregards the announced regulations. Continued or unexplained absences should be reported to the Dean of Students. If students are absent because of illness or family emergencies, they are asked to notify the office of the Dean of Students.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree

The requirements for an Amherst College degree as set forth annually in the College Catalog. Course requirements and special degree programs are set forth there in detail. In addition, a supplement to the Catalog is published in April of each year giving course changes for the following academic year.

Teaching and Advising

1. Teaching Load. Amherst tries to keep the teaching load at a level that permits the Faculty to devote considerable time outside of class to students and to scholarly or creative work. Generally, Faculty teach two courses each semester. Departments have historically adapted this norm to their individual circumstances. Faculty are encouraged to teach outside their own departments through participation in interdisciplinary and interdepartmental courses and seminars.

Academic Regulations

1. Statement of Intellectual Responsibility (Voted by the Faculty 1966; amended April 1987) Every person's education is the product of his or her intellectual effort and participation in a process of critical exchange. Amherst cannot educate those who are unwilling to submit their own work and ideas to critical assessment. Nor can it tolerate those who interfere with the participation of others in the critical process.

Introduction

The College values faculty members who demonstrate a commitment to the life of the mind and concerned involvement in the general life of the College. Over the years, the Faculty has adopted several statements that are deemed to govern different areas of college life. Together, these statements, which appear below and are published annually in the Catalog and Student Handbook, also form the College Honor Code.

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