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 we​bsite.

Competency Limits

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 competency per course. Exceptions to this policy are

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

Dean's List, Honors and Honor Societies

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 invitation-only honor societies such as Alpha Sigma Lambda and Phil Kappa Phi. Students meeting the criteria may claim membership on the SNL Dean's List. 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 in DePaul courses, excluding grades of Pass and W. Students who received IN, M, or R grades for the quarter are not eligible. The Dean's List is not separately published.


Grades below C- in SNL and transfer courses do not satisfy competency and are not counted toward graduation. R grades can be submitted only for LL 250, LL 300, LL 390, FA 303/4, 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; competency L-1); Writing for Competence (course number LL 260; competency L-4), Critical Thinking (course number LL 270; competency 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; competency 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 303/304; competencies F-11 and F-12) and Summit Seminar (course number LL 390; competency 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 competency 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 (ILPs) and courses in the Lifelong Learning Area 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 (ILP) allows students to demonstrate evidence of a competency gained through college-level learning from life experience. Students who have activated their Academic Committees can submit an ILP assessment form, along with appropriate evidence of competency, to their Faculty Mentor. ILPs in the Focus Area are assessed by the Professional Advisor. Students pay a non-refundable assessment fee ($150) for each ILP.

A minimum of 25% of the School for New Learning undergraduate degree requirements must be earned through residential credit by taking courses at SNL (some programs may require more). A maximum of 75% of SNL undergraduate degree requirements may be met through transfer coursework, proficiencies, and ILPs. However, proficiencies and ILPs may not account for more than 25% of the total degree requirements.

Credits earned through ILPs and proficiencies are not eligible for Financial Aid, do not count for purposes of determining enrollment status, and they neither fulfill nor interrupt the residency requirements. While SNL will apply ILP and proficiency credit to SNL degrees, other DePaul colleges are under no obligation to do so.

Repeating Courses  

SNL follows the general specifications of the University policy​ in this area.

A student may repeat an SNL class as long as the registration is for the same competency as in the original attempt. In this case, the University policy stipulates that the second attempt is the one which determines the cumulative credit and GPA.

A student may not repeat an SNL class if the registration is for a competency different from the original registration.

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.

Because 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 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 Computing, BA in General Business, or BA in Early Childhood Development must complete competencies through SNL as described in the particular degree requirements.
  • BA in Computing students must also complete 5 courses through the College of Computing and Digital Media.
  • BA in Early Childhood Education students must also complete 9 courses throug the College of Education.
  • Students pursuing the Degree Completion Major programs complete 93 credit hours at DePaul.
  • BA in Decision Analytics students must complete 60 credit hours at DePaul.

Active Duty Servicemembers, Reservists and National Guardsmen

The School for New Learning is an active member of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Consortium and operates within the SOC policies and residence requirement parameters in its Individual Focus Area undergraduate degrees. Servicemembers can design degree programs in any area of interest and complete their requirements through a combination of on campus or online learning, documentation of relevant experience and independent study. Academic residency can be completed at any time while enrolled and does not exceed 25% of the academic requirements. SNL programs exempt from SOC participation include the BA in Computing, BA in General Business, BA in Early Childhood Development, and Degree Completion Majors in Applied Behavioral Sciences and Leadership.​

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.