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Academic Integrity Code

Academic integrity essentially means "intellectual honesty": honesty in the use of information, in formulating arguments, and in other activities related to the pursuit of knowledge and understanding. It is a core principle that underpins how we live and learn in a community of inquiry. As members of an academic community, we are entitled to a wide degree of freedom in the pursuit of scholarly interests. With that freedom, however, comes the responsibility to uphold the high ethical standards of academic conduct. American University's Academic Integrity Code sets forth standards of academic conduct, defines academic violations, and outlines the adjudication process for academic offenses. More about the code

CONFIDENTIALITY OF STUDENT RECORDS

Students at American University have the following rights regarding their education records in compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (“FERPA” or “Act”): 1) to have access to their education records, 2) to consent to release a record to a third party, 3) to request nondisclosure of directory information, 4) to seek amendment of information in an education record which the student demonstrates is inaccurate, 5) to be notified of their privacy rights, and 6) to file complaints with the Family Policy Compliance Office of the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by American University to comply with the Act. Read more

EVALUATION OF GRADUATE STUDENTS: GRADE POINT AVERAGE

A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00 in a graduate program is required to maintain good standing at both master's and doctoral levels. The calculation of the cumulative grade point average is specific to the program in which a student is enrolled. Read more


GRADUATE Student LOAD

The normal load of full-time graduate study is 9 to 12 credit hours per session; however, a particular teaching unit may declare circumstances under which full-time involvement in thesis or dissertation research constitutes a full-time standing.


LEAVES OF ABSENCE AND MAINTAINING MATRICULATION for Graduate students

Once enrolled in a degree program, a graduate student is expected to make progress toward his or her degree objective by maintaining continuous enrollment at American University. Normally a student maintains continuous enrollment by registering for at least one semester hour of credit each fall and spring semester until the degree objective is reached. Read more


COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATIONs for Graduate Students

All SOC graduate programs require successful completion of one comprehensive examination, the nature and scope of which is determined by the division (i.e. Journalism, Public Communication, Film & Media Arts)