|Definition:||The purpose of this policy is to establish guidelines for the maximum number of units students can take during Winter Intersession.|
|Authority:||The President of the University.|
|Scope:||This policy applies to undergraduate and graduate students and curriculum.|
|Responsible Division:||Academic Affairs|
|Signature Page/PDF:||View Signatures for Maximum Number of Units During Winter Intersession Policy|
I. CALCULATING THE COURSE REGISTRATION LIMIT FOR STUDENTS
Prior to the development of the Winter intersession course schedule, Academic Programs, Extended Learning, and Enrollment Management Services Operations/Registrar will jointly set the maximum student course load for the intersession at the greatest integer less than (10.5 N)/37.5, where N is the number of calendar days between the first workday after January 1 and two workdays before the start of the Spring Faculty Preparation Period, inclusive.
II. STUDENTS EXCEEDING THE COURSE REGISTRATION LIMIT
Students desiring to register for units in excess of the limit computed in section I must obtain approval for a course overload from their academic advisor. Before approving a course overload, the academic advisor must discuss with the student the feasibility of successfully completing the requested courses in light of the definition of a credit unit. If such requests are denied, appeals may be made to the appropriate college dean (or designee) of their major. In general, only students with superior academic records and a demonstrated need for such excess enrollment will be allowed to enroll for course overloads.
III. OFFERING A COURSE WHICH EXCEEDS THE COURSE REGISTRATION LIMIT
If a course with units in excess of the limit computed in section I is offered for the intersession, then the department will provide advisors with guidelines to be used in determining when a student is likely to be able to meet the learning requirements of the course in the condensed timeframe. A factor that can be considered in the case of on-line and hybrid courses is expanding the length of the session by having the course begin in December (but after the end of the Fall semester). These advising guidelines will also be provided to Extended Learning, which will be responsible for archiving them until the completion of the next WASC review so that the campus can show how these offerings are consistent with the Credit Hour Policy.
10.5 is the limit on the number of clock hours that a student can be expected to be studying each day; 37.5 is the number of clock hours corresponding to 45 (50-minute) academic hours.