Faculty Attendance and Grade Reports

Members of the Faculty not on leave are required to attend the opening convocation, all faculty meetings, and the commencement exercises. Any member of the Faculty unable to meet one of these obligations should inform the Dean of the Faculty or the President of the reason.

Members of the Faculty are expected, barring emergencies, to meet all scheduled classes.

Members of the Faculty are expected to report their grades to the Registrar within the period of time at the end of each semester voted by the Faculty (See Section H).

The Cooperative Doctor of Philosophy Degree

A cooperative Doctor of Philosophy program has been established by Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges and by the University of Massachusetts.
When a student has been awarded a degree under this program, the fact that it is a cooperative doctoral degree involving Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts will be indicated on the diploma, the permanent record, and all transcripts, as well as on the commencement program.

Foreign Study and Exchange Programs

With the approval of the departments concerned and of the Dean of Students, a student may arrange to take an academic leave from Amherst College to spend a semester or a year at another institution and to receive transfer credit for work satisfactorily completed there. Amherst College does not as an institution have any sustained commitments to particular exchange or overseas programs beyond the Associated Kyoto Program, which makes possible an undergraduate year in Kyoto, Japan.

The Honors Thesis

When required as a condition of candidacy for honors, a student must submit the original copy of a typewritten or laser-printed thesis to the Registrar. To ensure archival preservation, the thesis copy to be deposited in the Archives should be on acid-free bond paper of 20 pound weight. Details of the format and materials are available from the Office of the Registrar. Theses are available to members of the Faculty for perusal until the degree meeting of the Faculty, and thereafter placed in the College Archives.

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.