All SNL undergraduate students assume responsibility to know and meet both the general and particular regulations, procedures, policies and deadlines set forth in these materials. In addition, all SNL undergraduate students are expected to adhere to the Student Code of Responsibility (available in the DePaul University Undergraduate Student Handbook)  to follow the policies, procedures and regulations of the University. Failure to do so may be grounds for dismissal from the applicable degree program.

Additional program information and regulations applicable to specific programs can be found on the SNL website. 

Competence Limits

In most four credit hour undergraduate courses at SNL, students may enroll for a maximum of two competences. However, students may enroll in only one FX competence per course. Exceptions to this policy are

  1. In travel courses, students can enroll in three or four competences if two of them are L10 and L11 (Externship).
  2. In courses offered in the Adult Bridge Program, which are semester long, SNL students may register for three competences.
  3. Certain four-credit hour courses offer only one competence; these include Writing to Competence (L4), Critical Thinking (L5), Quantitative Reasoning (L6), and Writing Workshop (H3J).
  4. Certain two-credit hour courses, including Guided Independent Studies, five-week courses, and December-break courses, may be taken for one competence only.
  5. In University Internship Program courses offered for two FX competences, students are enrolled for both FX competences.​ 

Continuing Activity Status

Students who need to interrupt their programs of study for any reason should register for “continuing activity status” (CAS) during the quarter(s) of interruption. This is a minimal registration (nominal fee) which enables the student to maintain his/her Active status during the interruption, and thereby maintain access to his/her Faculty Mentor, the DePaul libraries and computer labs.

Dean's List, Honors and Honor Societies  

Eligibility for the SNL Dean’s List requires a GPA of 3.5 for the quarter based on a minimum of 8 graded credit hours, excluding grades of Pass and W. Students who received IN, M, or R grades for the quarter are not eligible. Students meeting the criteria may claim membership: a Dean's List is not separately published.  SNL does not offer graduation designations such as 'cum laude' or 'magna cum laude' (with honors, with high honors) because of the great variety of student transfer learning. Recognition is offered to eligible students through the Alpha Sigma Lambda and Phil Kappa Phi honor societies.


Grades below C- in SNL and transfer courses do not satisfy competence and are not counted toward graduation. R grades can be submitted only for LL 250, LL 300,  LL 390, FA 303, Guided Independent Studies, and SNL Study Abroad courses.
Grades are not changed because of a reassessment of course work, the submission of extra work or by the retaking of an examination. In very rare cases, an instructor may request to make a change of grade but it requires approval by the SNL Exceptions Committee.
The SNL Exceptions Committee will entertain grade change requests from instructors but only where either the student or the instructor has made a compelling case with adequate written supporting documentation that a grade change is warranted for equitable considerations. The mere fact that a student's IN or R grade has reverted to an F is not, in and of itself, sufficient grounds to warrant such an exception. If a grade change is deemed appropriate by the Exceptions Committee or through an Incomplete Contract, faculty enter the grade change directly in Campus Connect.

Pass/Fail Grades

In most undergraduate courses at SNL, grades are assessed, by default, on the A/F grading scale, but students may request, instead, assessment on the Pass/Fail (PA/F) grading scale. In SNL undergraduate courses, grades of C- through A represent passing performance on the PA/F scale.

There are nine undergraduate courses at SNL in which grades are assessed, by default, on the PA/F grading scale, but students may request, instead, assessment on the A/F grading scale. These courses are:  Independent Learning Seminar (course number LL 103; competence L-1); Academic Writing for Adults (course number LL 150; competence L-4), Critical Thinking (course number LL 155; competence L-5), Research Seminar (course number LL 300; competences L-8 and L-9), Externship (course number LL 302; competences L-10 and L-11), Writing Workshop (course number LL 140; competence H-3-J), Professional Portfolio Development (course number DCM 320), Capstone Planning (course number DCM 321), and Capstone Project (course number DCM 322).

A student who wants to request a change in grading scale, either to or from the Pass/Fail option, must make the request to the instructor in writing by the beginning of the third week of the quarter or, for courses fewer than ten weeks long in duration, by the beginning of the second week of the course. The grading basis may not be changed after these deadlines, with no exceptions.

There are three courses within SNL’s undergraduate curriculum that are always assessed on the PA/F grading scale: Foundations of Adult Learning (course number LL 250; competences L-2 and F-1), Advanced Project (course number FA 303; competences F-11 and F-12) and Summit Seminar (course number LL 390; competence L-12).  These classes may not be taken for assessment on the A/F grading scale.

Competencies assessed in a course as Pass (PA) will earn credit hours toward degree completion but will not be included in computing students’ grade point averages.  Attempted competence demonstration assessed within a course as Fail (F) will not only be recorded as credit hours attempted but will also be included in computing the student’s grade point average.

For SNL students, competencies awarded for Independent Learning Pursuits and courses in the Lifelong Learning Domain do not count toward the university’s specification that only twenty credit hours may be earned through the PA/F grading option. All other courses do count toward the university limit of courses that can be taken PA/F. 

Independent Learning Pursuits  

An Independent Learning Pursuit or ILP is a submission of proof that the student has earned competence from college-level life experience. Students who have activated their Academic Committee can submit an ILP assessment form, along with appropriate evidence of competence, to their Faculty Mentor. ILPs in the Focus Area are assessed by the Professional Advisor. An ILP is not a course and does not carry credit hours nor apply to financial aid. Students pay a non-refundable assessment fee ($150) for each ILP.

Repeating Courses  

When SNL undergraduate students repeat competences, all grades achieved are recorded on their academic records. Recalculations of the GPA will be made according to the following guidelines: (1) Upon the initial repeat, only the second grade will be used to calculate the GPA. (2) Upon further repeats, the second and all subsequent grades will be used to calculate the GPA. These guidelines apply whether students took the competences for pass/fail or A/F grades.

Because SNL undergraduate students may take and apply several of the same competences to fulfill program requirements, GPA recalculations for repeated competences are made on an ad-hoc basis only. Recalculations are initiated at the request of students, mentors, and advisors and performed by the SNL Student Records office.​

Residency Requirements     

Students must complete the following work in residence at DePaul University:
- Students pursuing the BA with an Individualized Focus Area, BA in General Business, or BA in Early Childhood Development must complete 13 specific competences through SNL as described in the particular degree requirements.
- Students pursuing the BA in Computing must complete 13 specific competences through SNL as described in the degree requirements, and 5 courses through the College of Computing and Digital Media.

Transfer Coursework Process  

SNL accepts courses from other colleges as satisfying most competences. Transfer courses must have a grade of C- or better, be 2 semester hours or 3 quarter hours, and must be from an accredited institution. SNL faculty have pre-assessed certain courses for particular competencies. Courses on these lists do not require completion of Transfer Coursework Assessment Forms.