Defining Academic Terms in Which Courses Are Recorded

Section III. Appendix L.

Guidelines to determine in which academic term a course would be recorded if it started or ended on a non-standard date.

Fall Semester: A course is recorded as a fall semester course if it begins anytime after the previous spring degree date and ends after the summer degree date (but no later than the spring degree date).

Spring Semester: A course is recorded as a spring semester course if it begins after the previous summer degree date and ends after the fall degree date (but no later than the spring degree date).

Summer Session: A course is recorded as a summer session course if it begins after the previous fall degree date and ends after the spring degree date (but no later than the summer degree date).

The above three simple rules are predicated on these two principles:

A class designated for a particular academic term must end no later than the degree date for that term. [For example, to be called a fall course, a course may not end after the fall semester degree date.]

A course may span two academic terms [e.g. a course may start July1 and end August 31 – and would be recorded as a fall course]. But no course may be scheduled to meet during more than two academic terms {e.g., starting October 1 and ending June 30}; such a proposed course should be broken up into a sequence of two or more classes.