SPCL 395 is a one credit hour course for graduating seniors who find that they are one academic credit hour short of meeting minimum requirements for graduation at the end of their current term. SPCL 395 adds an additional hour of Pass/Fail credit to a course in which the student is currently enrolled. The course may not be used to lessen a student’s academic load or replace another course. A student can only pursue SPCL 395 if the instructor agrees to administer additional academic assignments, equivalent to one additional credit hour, within the course framework. The instructor must also agree to guide and evaluate the student’s work and submit their grade (PS or F) before the end of the exam period.

To qualify for the SPCL 395 process, the student must meet with an academic advisor. The academic advisor must identify SPCL 395 as the only path forward for the student to obtain the final credit required to graduate. The advisor then refers the student to Ben Haven in the Office of Undergraduate Curricula via email. Ben Haven will provide the student with instructions to begin the process and the learning contract application. Working with the identified faculty member, the student must complete the application outlining a work plan for the additional credit hour. The work plan needs to be agreed upon by the student and the course instructor and both parties must sign the application before the student brings it back to Ben Haven in Steele 3017. Once final approval is received from the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Curricula, the Office of Undergraduate Curricula will enroll the student in SPCL 395.