In the Architecture, Art, and Planning
AAP College Policies
The following policies apply to all students in the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning.
Ownership of Student Work
All drawings, models, paintings, graphic art, and sculpture done in the studios and drafting rooms as a part of the instructional program are the property of the college until they have been graded and released by the instructor. Certain works may be selected by the college for retention for archival purposes.
Exhibitions of Student Work
Exhibitions of student work are held each semester in the two galleries in Tjaden Hall. Additionally, there are eight LCD screens located throughout the college for digital exhibitions. There are two additional galleries (John Hartell Gallery and Milstein Hall Gallery) which exhibit faculty work or other work that is relevant to the college pedagogy.
AAP has moved to a mobile, cloud-based computing environment. As a result, all students are expected to have a personal laptop computer powerful enough to support the demanding video and computational requirements necessary for coursework, as well as have room to accommodate new software releases. For additional information, please refer to the AAP Student Laptop Recommendations on the college website.
AAP Undergraduate Academic Policies
The following academic policies apply to all undergraduate students in the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning.
Good Academic Standing
To be in a good academic standing, an AAP student must:
- successfully complete a minimum of 12 academic credits* each semester; and
- earn a minimum semester grade point average (GPA) of 2.300; and
- comply with college and department curriculum and rules.
In addition, a minimum GPA of 2.000 is required for graduation.
*Please note the following college policies on nonacademic credit and repeated courses with regard to good academic standing.
Nonacademic Credit refers to all Cornell courses numbered 1000–1099, all physical education courses, and Reserve Officer Training courses offered under the subjects of Air Force Science (AIRS), Military Science (MILS), and Naval Science (NAVS) unless cross-listed with an academic department.
- Courses numbered 1000–1099 count toward the minimum 12 credits/semester required for good academic standing and full-time status; however, they do not count toward the total number of academic credits required for graduation.
- Physical education courses do not count toward the minimum 12 credits/semester required for good academic standing or the total number of academic credits required for graduation.
- Nonacademic Reserve Officer Training courses do not count toward the minimum 12 credits/semester required for good academic standing or the total number of academic credits required for graduation.
All courses are included on the official transcript. If taken for a letter-grade, all courses are included in the calculation of the GPA.
Repeated Courses are courses taken a second (or subsequent) time, even if a passing grade was earned.
- Repeated course credits count toward the minimum 12 credits per semester required for good academic standing and full-time status.
- Credits earned from repeating a course do not count toward the minimum number of credits required for graduation.*
*Exception for Architecture Design Studio Courses. In the case of Architecture design studio courses which are repeated because the minimum grade of ‘C’ or better was not achieved, the credits from the course with a non-advancing grade count toward the minimum number of credits required for graduation. Those credits will be applied as departmental elective credits, not design sequence credit, for B.Arch. students.
- If a course is repeated, both courses and both grades are included on the official transcript (i.e., if a course is repeated, the second course does not replace the first course on the official transcript).
- If taken for a letter-grade, both grades are included in the calculation of the GPA.
AAP students studying on campus in Ithaca are required to enroll in a minimum of 12 and a maximum of 20 academic credits. AAP students studying off campus may not enroll in more than 18 academic credits per semester while away from Ithaca; additional program restrictions may apply.
The following college grading policies apply to all AAP students, in addition to all university grading guidelines .
For letter-graded courses, the minimum passing grade is “D-.” For S-U–graded courses, a grade of “S” is required for passing. In addition, Architecture design studio courses require a minimum grade of “C” in order for the credit to be applied toward the design sequence and to advance to the next design studio in the sequence. For more information, see exception for studio courses above.
Satisfactory-Unsatisfactory Grade Option
The satisfactory-unsatisfactory grading option may be used only with free electives; all other courses must be taken for letter grade. For additional information, please refer to the university S-U guidelines .
Each semester’s work is an entity and grades are to be assigned for work completed during the normal period of the semester. Subsequent changes in a grade may be made only in the event that the instructor made an error in assigning the original grade. As a matter of equity, grades must not be changed after the end of a semester because a student may have subsequently done additional work.
The grade of incomplete is appropriate only when two basic conditions are met:
1. the student has substantial equity at a passing level in the course with respect to work completed; and
2. the student has been prevented by circumstances beyond the student’s control, such as illness or family emergency, from completing all of the course requirements on time.
An incomplete may not be given merely because a student fails to complete all course requirements on time. Such a practice would be open to abuse; by deferring completion of some major course requirement, a student could gain advantage over his or her classmates by obtaining additional time to do a superior job.
An incomplete is not an option that may be elected at the student’s own discretion. While it is the student’s responsibility to initiate a request for a grade of incomplete, reasons for requesting one must be acceptable to the instructor, who establishes specific make-up requirements and deadlines for completion. Generally, students are allowed a maximum of one calendar year or two semesters for completion of coursework. However, the instructor may set a shorter time limit.
The consequences of failure to complete all course work within the time permitted or prior to graduation will depend upon the policy of the student’s college. For AAP students, the grade will convert to the grade indicated by the instructor on the Incomplete form. Once a grade has been assigned, the option to make up the work is lost. It is the responsibility of the student to see that all incompletes are made up within the deadline and that the grade change has been properly recorded with the AAP Registrar’s Office. When a grade is submitted, an asterisk appears on the official transcript next to the grade to indicate the initial incomplete grade.
Important note regarding sequence courses. The grade of incomplete in a sequence course prevents a student from enrolling in the next course of the sequence unless the student petitions the appropriate department faculty to be allowed to continue in the sequence.
For additional information, please refer to university guidelines on incompletes .
The Dean’s List is calculated after each semester. Students who complete a course load of at least 12 academic letter credits with no grades of incomplete (INC), no failing grades (F, U, or UX) (excluding PE courses), and no missing grades (NGR); and who earn a grade point average of 3.800 or better will be placed on the Dean’s List. This honor will be recorded on the official transcript. Students with grades of INC and/or NGR will be reevaluated for the Dean’s List when grades are officially recorded with the AAP Registrar’s Office.
In order for transfer credit to be accepted by AAP, the coursework must:
• Be completed at a regionally accredited institution; and
• Be completed for a letter grade of “C” or better; and
• Be equivalent in rigor to a Cornell course, as judged by:
o Course content; and/or
o The use of a textbook similar to that used in the parallel Cornell course; and/or
o The use of examinations, writing assignments, projects, portfolios, or other submitted work that is substantially similar to those required in a similar Cornell course; and/or
o Substantial similarity in meeting hours of the Cornell and non-Cornell course.
All transfer credit is evaluated by the designated Cornell faculty member in the appropriate subject area through either an AAP Transfer Credit Request form or Department Course Equivalency form. Procedures and additional restrictions vary by department, so students should consult department-specific policies and procedures in this catalog. Questions should be directed to the AAP Registrar’s Office.
Transfer Credit for Courses Taken While in High School
Cornell University DOES NOT ACCEPT credit for courses sponsored by colleges or universities but taught in the high school to high school students, even if the college provides a transcript of such work.
Course work completed while in high school may be considered for credit if there is sufficient evidence that:
- The course was a standard course available to all students registered at the college/university;
- The course syllabus, text(s), examinations, and evaluation processes are the same for all enrolled students at all teaching sites;
- The course instructor is a faculty member (includes adjunct) at the offering college; and
- The course was not used to fulfill high school requirements.
Students must submit an Application for Credit Earned while in High School and an official college transcript to the AAP Registrar’s Office, 235 Sibley Dome, Ithaca, NY 14853. Please contact the AAP Registrar’s Office for forms and additional information.
After all documentation has been verified by the AAP Registrar, a petition to apply the credit toward your degree must be filed with your department.
Advanced Placement Credit
Advanced placement credit refers to college credit that students earn before they enter Cornell. Advanced placement credit may be earned from Advanced Placement (AP), General Certification of Education Advanced Level (“A” Level), International Baccalaureate (IB), and Cornell department (CASE) examinations. Its primary purpose is to exempt students from introductory courses and to place them in advanced courses. Its value is that it allows students to include more advanced courses in their course of study.
Advanced placement credit is applied as free elective credit only, with the exception of one First-Year Writing Seminar for B.F.A. and B.S URS students. AP credit may not be used for courses in the humanities and social sciences (CA, FL, HA, KCM, LA, SBA), physical and biological sciences (PBS), or mathematics and quantitative reasoning (MQR).
For additional information, please refer to the following university guidelines regarding AP credit.
Leaves of Absence
The College of Architecture, Art, and Planning grants four types of leaves of absence.
- Voluntary leaves of absence for personal reasons may be granted for a variety of reasons. The student may request a voluntary leave of absence by submitting a completed Leave of Absence/Withdrawal Request form to the AAP Registrar’s Office no later than the third week of instruction in the affected semester. The college and department may set conditions for completion of work, new and incomplete course work, community service, or internships while the student is on leave. The registrar’s office sends a copy of the approved form to the student, academic department, and faculty advisor to verify that the request has been granted. It is the student’s responsibility to communicate with other university offices regarding the leave.
While on leave, the student may not attend classes at Cornell through the School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions. The term limit of this type of leave is five years. Following the end of the fifth year, the student will be automatically withdrawn from the college. Students wishing to return from this type of leave within the five-year period should submit a written request to the AAP Registrar’s Office, 235 Sibley Dome, Ithaca, NY 14853-6702. Requests for spring-semester return must be made by October 1, and requests for fall-semester return must be made by March 1.
- Voluntary leaves of absence with conditions may be granted for students who request a voluntary leave, but are not in good academic standing or wish to take a leave after the third week of the affected semester. Conditional leaves are at least two semesters in length. Together, the college and the department will set conditions for completion of work, new and incomplete course work, community service, or internships while the student is on leave. Students may be granted conditional leaves of absence after the 12th week of the semester only in highly extenuating circumstances and with the approval of the student’s department and the Academic Review Committee (ARC). While on leave, the student may not attend classes at Cornell through the School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions. The student’s academic status is subject to review at the time of the leave and upon the student’s return. The term limit of this type of leave is five years. Following the end of the fifth year, the student will be automatically withdrawn from the college. Students wishing to return from this type of leave within the five-year period should submit a written request to the AAP Registrar’s Office, 235 Sibley Dome, Ithaca, NY 14853-6702. Requests for spring-semester return must be made by October 1, and requests for fall-semester return must be made by March 1. The request should clearly state how the conditions of the leave have been satisfied and should include any required documentation. The AAP Registrar’s Office will forward such requests to the academic department for review. If it is determined that the conditions of the leave have not been satisfied, the request will be denied. The student may appeal in writing within two weeks of the decision. The decision on the appeal is final. Students denied readmission can request a return in the following semester.
- Voluntary leaves of absence for health reasons may be granted by the college upon the recommendation of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) or Gannett Health Services. They are usually no less than six months in duration. The college and department may set conditions for completion of work, new and incomplete course work, community service, or internships while the student is on leave. While on leave, the student may not attend classes at Cornell through the School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions. The student’s academic status is subject to review at the time of the leave and upon the student’s return. Students wishing to return from this type of leave must notify Gannett Health Services in writing via email at firstname.lastname@example.org by June 1 for a proposed fall-semester return and by November 1 for a proposed spring-semester return. All required documentation must be submitted to Gannett by July 1 for a proposed fall-semester return and by December 1 for a proposed spring-semester return. Students should also keep the AAP Registrar and their academic department informed of their intent to return. A checklist for returning from this type of leave can be found online at www.gannett.cornell.edu/services/leaveofabsence.cfm.
- Required leaves of absence for academic reasons. The Academic Review Committee may vote for a required leave if the student is not in good academic standing. Please see the detailed description in the Academic Review section.
At the end of each semester, the college’s Academic Review Committee (ARC) goes over the record of each student who is not in good academic standing and decides an appropriate action, among those described below:
- The student is issued a Warning. This means the student’s performance does not meet expectations. Unless improvement is shown in the subsequent semester, the student may be placed on Final Warning or given a Required Leave of Absence from the college.
- The student is issued a Final Warning. This indicates the student’s record is unsatisfactory. Unless considerable improvement is shown in the subsequent semester, the student may be given a Required Leave of Absence or Required Withdrawal from the college.
- The student is placed on a Required Leave of Absence. The student may not continue studies in the college and may not attend classes at Cornell through the School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions. The ARC and department may set conditions for completion of work, new and incomplete course work, community service, or internships while the student is on leave. The college may impose additional conditions appropriate to the individual situation. The minimum length of a required leave of absence is two semesters, and the maximum term limit is five years. Following the end of the fifth year, the student will be automatically withdrawn from the college.
A return to study in the college after a required leave is at the discretion of the college’s Academic Review Committee. Students wishing to return from this type of leave should submit a written request to the AAP Registrar’s Office, 235 Sibley Dome, Ithaca, NY 14853-6702. The student must submit evidence that time has been well used. If employed, the student must submit a letter from the employer(s). If coursework has been completed, credit is not granted automatically. Prior to enrolling in coursework, students should review the college transfer credit policies and consult with the AAP Registrar. Then, upon receiving permission to return, a student must petition the department and include an official sealed transcript and appropriate course syllabi to request credit for courses taken. Requests for spring-semester return must be made by October 1, and requests for fall-semester return must be made by March 1. The ARC decision regarding readmission is final and cannot be appealed. Students denied readmission can reapply the following semester. A second required leave of absence is a de facto dismissal, and the student will be permanently withdrawn from the college.
- The student is placed on a Required Withdrawal. The student is dismissed from the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning and is permanently prohibited from continuing studies in it.
The above actions are not necessarily sequential. A student who has received a warning may be placed on a required leave of absence at the end of the next semester if the performance during that semester is deemed to be grossly deficient. Similarly, a student may be placed on a required leave of absence without first having been issued a warning or placed on final warning.
Appeals. A student who has been placed on a required leave of absence or a required withdrawal from the college has one week from the time of the decision to appeal the ARC decision in writing. The appeal should explain any extenuating circumstances that contributed to the student’s academic performance. Only new information will be considered in the appeal. To ensure timely receipt of the appeal, the appeal should be submitted to the ARC electronically c/o the AAP Registrar’s Office at email@example.com or by fax at (607) 254-2848. The ARC decision on the appeal is final. No further appeals will be considered.
A student who has been denied readmission from a required leave cannot appeal that decision. The student can reapply for readmission in a subsequent semester.
In exceptional circumstances, graduating seniors may be eligible for prorated tuition in their final semester of study. Students must have already completed the minimum number of semesters expected by their degree program. Specifically, students pursuing the B.S. or B.F.A. degree who have completed 8 full-time semesters (or equivalent) may be eligible for prorated tuition in the 9th and final semester; students pursuing the B.Arch. degree or a concurrent degree who have completed 10 full-time semesters (or equivalent) may be eligible for prorated tuition in the 11th and final semester. Students may apply to prorate up to 9 credit hours during the final semester. Students applying for prorated tuition are required to meet with the AAP Registrar to confirm eligibility. The application deadline for prorated tuition is the third week of classes in the affected semester.
Deviating from the Curriculum, Policies, or Procedures
Students wishing to deviate from the prescribed curriculum or request exceptions to any college or department policy or procedure, must petition the academic department for permission. All petitions must be submitted prior to the act, and course enrollment petitions must be submitted within the university add/drop period. Further, students wishing to take more than the standard number of credit hours should have a cumulative grade point average of 3.000 or better. Petitions should be submitted only if there are clearly extraordinary circumstances that merit special consideration. In order for a petition to be approved, circumstances must be extenuating. Once submitted and acted upon, petitions can only be reversed by subsequent petition. Petition forms are available in the AAP Registrar’s Office, 235 Sibley Dome.
Appeals. A student has ten days from the time of the petitions decision to appeal the decision in writing. Appeals should be submitted directly to the academic department for review and vote by the faculty. The faculty decision on the appeal is final. No further appeals will be considered. Failure to comply with any petitions decision may result in review by the College Academic Review Committee.