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.
In most four credit hour undergraduate
courses at SNL, students may enroll for a maximum of two competencies. However,
students may enroll in only one FX competence per course. Exceptions to this
- In travel
courses, students can enroll in three or four competencies if two of them are
L10 and L11 (Externship).
courses offered in the Adult Bridge Program, which are semester long, SNL
students may register for three competencies.
four-credit hour courses offer only one competence; these include Writing to
Competence (L4), Critical Thinking (L5), Quantitative Reasoning (L6), and
Writing Workshop (H3J).
two-credit hour courses, including Guided Independent Studies, five-week
courses, and December-break courses, may be taken for one competence only.
University Internship Program courses offered for two FX competencies, students
are enrolled for both FX competencies.
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.
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
Learning Seminar (course number LL 103; competence L-1); Writing to Competence (course number LL 260; competence
L-4), Critical Thinking (course
number LL 270; competence L-5), Research
Seminar (course number LL 300; competencies L-8 and L-9), Externship (course number LL 302;
competencies 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; competencies L-2 and F-1), Advanced
Project (course number FA 303; competencies F-11 and F-12) and Summit Seminar (course number LL 390;
competence L-12). These courses 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
For SNL students, competencies
awarded for Independent Learning Pursuits (ILPs) 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.
When SNL undergraduate
students repeat competencies, 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.
SNL undergraduate students may take and apply several of the same competencies
to fulfill program requirements, GPA recalculations for repeated competencies
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
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 competencies through SNL as described in the particular degree requirements.
- Students pursuing the BA in Computing must complete 13 specific competencies 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 competencies. 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 for the pre-assessed competencies.