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Academic Integrity

Plagiarism, cheating, forgery, or other forms of academic misconduct are not tolerated at Drexel. If allegations of misconduct related to academic integrity are upheld, a student may be expelled from the School. It is the responsibility of each student to ensure that their study and participation in the academic process is so conducted that there can be no question concerning their integrity.

All assignments, unless clearly designated group projects, are expected to be the work of the individual student. Any use of ideas, data or wording of another person must include explicit acknowledgement of the source. Failure to give such credit is plagiarism. Any alteration/fabrication of data or inaccurate reporting of actual participation in an assignment are examples of academic misconduct. Any violations of the above will be addressed utilizing the procedures outlined here.

Course Evaluations

Course evaluations are distribute to students at the end of every semester/quarter through AEFIS (accessible via Drexel One). Course evaluations are essential for Dornsife’s faculty and professional staff to understand the student educational experiences and should be completed. Information collected will be used to improve the overall quality of courses. An evaluation takes about 10-15 minutes to complete and the process is anonymous.


The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.


A student’s level of performance is expected to increase throughout the program, with a concomitant expectation of steadily increasing ability to integrate and apply the critical elements from all preceding classes. Students are graded on their performance in all aspects of the curriculum:

  • Students are expected to comply with the University Attendance Policy.
  • It is expected that all assignments are submitted on time. Failure to do so may result in a lower grade.
  • If a student receives a grade below C in any class, they must retake that course. The course remains on their transcript and is averaged in with all other courses.

Leave of Absence

On recommendation of the student’s Graduate Advisor and Faculty Mentor, a student may take a leave of absence for up to a maximum of one year consecutively or separately for master’s candidates, for reasons of:

  • military service,
  • family care,
  • serious illness, or
  • another reason deemed adequate for interrupting graduate studies.

Financial obligations to the University for past periods of matriculation are not waived by a leave of absence. Furthermore, a leave of absence does not extend the time limits allowed for completion of degree. Students on F-1 or J-1 visas may be eligible for a leave of absence. Please see the Vacation and Leave of Absence page for more information.

Vacation Policy for PhD and Doctoral-level Students

Effective Fall 2019, the vacation policy for PhD and doctoral-level students, linked below, applies to all PhD and doctoral-level graduate students, with the exception of students enrolled in the JD and MD programs. The policy only applies to students enrolled in the MD/PhD program during their PhD years.

Registration and Dropping or Withdrawing from Courses

For more information on course registration, check out the Classes and Registration page.

Course Registration

Students are expected to register for courses according to the plan of study for their program. Click here for information on how to register for courses. Information for your specific program and your plan of study can be found via the course catalog. Please check back for the course catalog and registration ticket times for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Dropping a Course

Courses may only be dropped during the “drop period,” lasting from the beginning of the enrollment period through the end of the first week of the quarter. Courses are dropped via DrexelOne during Week 1. Dropping a course results in the course being removed from the student’s academic record. Dropping required courses in a given academic year may result in a student being unable to complete the program on time. For more information on dropping a courses, click here.

Withdrawing from a Course

Graduate students may withdraw from a course during the “withdrawal period,” lasting from the beginning of the Week 2 through the end of the Week 7 of the quarter, or Week 9 of the semester. Withdrawing from a course causes both the name of the course and the grade of “W” to appear on the student’s transcript.

Before withdrawing from a course, students should consult with the instructor. All students must obtain their Graduate Advisor’s and Instructor’s signature on the withdrawal from (form will be generated by the graduate advisor). Withdrawing from required courses in a given academic year may result in a student being unable to complete the program on time.

If a student is receiving Financial Aid assistance, they should discuss the implications of withdrawing from a course with Drexel Central. lease refer to the Tuition Refund/Credit Schedule on the Bursar’s Office website for more information.

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