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Academic Policies

Students are expected to be familiar with university policies and to monitor their own academic progress. They should keep all records of official grades earned, degree requirements met, transfer credits accepted and actions taken on requests for substitutions or exceptions to university policies and regulations.

Academic Calendar

Summer Session 2009

May 18-19Registration
May 20Classes Begin
May 25Memorial Day, University Holiday
July 1Thesis/Dissertation Submission
July 3-4Independence Day, University Holiday
August 11Classes End

Fall Semester 2009

August 17-21Open Registration
August 24Classes Begin
September 7Labor Day, University Holiday
November 2Thesis/Dissertation Submission
November 26-28Thanksgiving, University Holiday
December 4Classes End
December 5-8Study Days
December 9-16Exams
December 17-January 10Winter Recess

Spring Semester 2010

January 7-8Open Registration
January 11Classes Begin
January 18Martin Luther King Day, University Holiday
February 15Presidents' Day, University Holiday
March 15-20Spring Recess
April 1Thesis/Dissertation Submission
April 30 Classes End
May 1-4Study Days
May 5-12Exams
May 14Commencement

Summer Session 2010

May 17-18Registration
May 19Classes Begin
May 31Memorial Day, University Holiday
July 1Thesis/Dissertation Submission
July 5Independence Day, University Holiday
August 10Classes End

Fall Semester 2010

August 16-20Open Registration
August 23Classes Begin
September 6Labor Day, University Holiday
November 1Thesis/Dissertation Submission
November 25-27Thanksgiving, University Holiday
December 3Classes End
December 4-7Study Days
December 8-15Exams
December 16-January 9Winter Recess

Spring Semester 2011

January 6-7Open Registration
January 10Classes Begin
January 17Martin Luther King Day, University Holiday
February 21Presidents' Day, University Holiday
March 14-19Spring Recess
April 1Thesis/Dissertation Submission
April 29Classes End
April 30-May 3Study Days
May 4-11Exams
May 13Commencement

Summer Session 2011

May 16-17Registration
May 18Classes Begin
May 30Memorial Day, University Holiday
July 1Thesis/Dissertation Submission
July 4Independence Day, University Holiday
August 9Classes End

Academic Calendars of the Professional Schools

Certain professional schools schedule the academic year according to differing calendars. These differences affect the deadlines for certain student actions (e.g., dropping or adding courses, registering for courses, obtaining refunds of tuition). Detailed information on these academic calendars is available from the individual schools.

Consult the Office of Student Affairs, Keck School of Medicine, for the academic calendars of professional medical degree programs. The graduate programs in biochemistry, cell and neurobiology, microbiology, nurse anesthesia, pathology, physiology and biophysics, and preventive medicine as well as the Primary Care Physician Assistant Program follow the university calendar.

The academic year of the School of Dentistry is divided into three 14-week trimesters. The graduate program in craniofacial biology follows the university calendar.

Independent Health Professions
Programs in occupational science and occupational therapy and biokinesiology and physical therapy follow the university calendar. However, certain programs require entrance to a post-summer session.