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Office of the Provost | Communications

December 6, 2011

 TO:  American University Community
 FROM:  Scott A. Bass, Provost
 SUBJECT:  New Undergraduate Academic Regulations


I am pleased to announce that new Undergraduate Academic Regulations have been developed and will be implemented in Fall 2012.

The new regulations reflect best practices in policies that are significant to achieving a strong academic environment and strengthening the undergraduate student experience. In developing the regulations, the Faculty Senate examined and benchmarked academic policies of 25 peer institutions. As a document, the new regulations are succinct and can be navigated much easier than in the past.

A community-wide, inclusive process established by the university’s strategic planning created the framework for revising the Academic Regulations. Led by the Faculty Senate, faculty, staff, and students were involved throughout this process, which concluded this past October. In order to prepare for implementation of the regulations, deans, associate deans, the Registrar’s office, academic advisors, and staff launched a large scale training and technological development effort to ensure a smooth transition for our continuing and new students. Additionally, the Office of Information Technology (OIT) conducted countless hours of reprogramming for which I am greatly appreciative.

I also want to extend my appreciation to the Faculty Senate and the Student Government along with all of the faculty, students, and staff who worked together to create regulations that will help American University continue its upward trajectory as a leader in providing an unsurpassed undergraduate academic education.

I encourage you to view the Undergraduate Academic Regulations, which are available at