Policies and Regulations

Current students are able to view a list of one-time changes to academic policies, effective during the spring 2020 semester, in my.mtholyoke.

A.B. Degree Requirements
Degree requirements include completion of a first-year seminar, courses for distribution, a course in a language other than English, a course satisfying the multicultural perspectives requirement, PE units, a major, and credit requirements.

Adding or Dropping a Class
You can add or drop a class within the add/drop period each semester on my.mtholyoke. After the first two weeks of the semester, you will need to petition the Academic Administrative Board to add a class. Before submitting a petition, be sure to meet with your class dean. Between the 15th and 50th class days of the semester, you may withdraw from a class by filling out the Change of Registration form and obtaining your instructor’s approval. A “W” will be recorded as the grade for the class.

Credit Overload (Excess Credits)
Students may take 21 or more credits (other than first-year students in their first semester), if they have approval/signature of their faculty advisor and class Dean. A completed Request for Excess Credits form must be completed, signed by the faculty advisor, class dean, then submitted to the Registrar's Office. Students may take 24 or more credits if they have approval from both their faculty advisor and the Dean of Studies.

Honor Code
Upon matriculation, students affirm their intention to abide by the Honor Code, “I will honor myself, my fellow students, and Mount Holyoke College by acting responsibly, honestly, and respectfully in both my words and deeds.” The Honor Code applies to both the academic and social spheres of students’ lives. It forms the foundation of the Mount Holyoke community. The Proper Use of Sources Tutorial provides information on different forms of academic dishonesty with links to helpful websites for further information. The Honor Code Council, a student judicial board, hears and resolves complaints about students’ violations of College policies of social conduct. Its mandate and procedures are described in the Student Handbook.

Privacy of Student Records
The federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) was enacted to protect the privacy of and limit access to the educational records of students. The College may not share educational records without the express written consent of the student, except as specified in the law. All institutions of higher education in the United States are subject to this law. Mount Holyoke College’s policy on privacy and access to records is published in the Course Catalog and at the registrar’s office website.

Transfer Credits
All transfer credit for courses taken at other institutions is subject to final evaluation and approval by the Registrar. Before enrolling in course work at other institutions, students should be sure to review the policies governing transfer credit summarized on the Registrar’s Office website

Ungraded Option
A student may elect to take one course ungraded in each of four semesters during her college career, as long as the course is not being used to fulfill distribution, language, or multicultural perspectives requirements, is not counting towards the minor, and is not in the major field. To elect the ungraded option the student must submit the Ungraded Option Form.