Common Syllabus Policies

Credit Hour Requirements

Suffolk University has established processes to comply with the U.S. Department of Education’s credit hour definition, according to which a credit hour “reasonably approximates no less than
(1) One hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out of class student work each week for approximately fifteen weeks for one semester or trimester hour of credit, or ten to twelve weeks for one quarter hour of credit, or the equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time; or
(2) At least an equivalent amount of work as required in paragraph (1) of this definition for other academic activities as established by the institution including laboratory work, internships, practica, studio work, and other academic work leading to the award of credit hours.”

For more information on the U.S. Department of Education credit hour definition, please visit the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education at the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and their Policy on Credits and Degrees.

Participation/Attendance Policy

Students are expected to attend all classes as attendance is an integral aspect of enhancing academic success. Requirements for attendance and class participation are established by the instructor in each course, but there are common policies covering absences for religious observance, student athletics, and jury duty that can be found in the Student Handbook.

Disability Accommodations

If you determine that you need formal, disability-related accommodations, it is very important that you register with the Office of Disability Services and notify your professor of your eligibility for reasonable accommodations. You and your professor will then be able to plan how best to implement your accommodations.

The Office of Disability contact information:
Office Location: Stahl Building, 73 Tremont Street, 9th floor
Phone: 617-573-8034
Fax: 617-994-4251

Academic Misconduct Policy

Suffolk University expects all students to be responsible individuals with high standards of conduct. Students are expected to practice ethical behavior in all learning environments and scenarios, including classrooms and laboratories, internships and practica, and study groups and academic teams. Cheating, plagiarism, unauthorized collaboration, use of unauthorized electronic devices, self-plagiarism, fabrication or falsification of data, and other types of academic misconduct are treated as serious offenses that initiate a formal process of inquiry, one that may lead to disciplinary sanctions.

Please review the Academic Misconduct Policy in the student handbook.

Academic Grievances

There is a formal process students must follow for grieving a grade. Please review the Academic Grievance Policy in the student handbook.

Confidential use of assignments for assessment purposes

Select assignments in this course may be used by our accreditation team for institutional assessment purposes and will be handled confidentially.

Additional Suffolk University Policies

Please review the additional University Policies that pertain to students in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Sawyer Business School.