In the Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management.
The Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, students, and administration support and abide by the University Code of Academic Integrity. Absolute integrity is expected of every student in all academic undertakings; students must in no way misrepresent their work, fraudulently or unfairly advance their academic position, be a party to another student’s failure to maintain academic integrity or violate the principle of academic integrity in any other manner. The following actions are examples of violations of the Code of Academic Integrity. This is not a definitive list:
- Knowingly representing the work of others as one’s work.
- Using, obtaining, or providing unauthorized assistance on examinations, papers, or any other academic work.
- Fabricating data in support of laboratory or fieldwork.
- Forging a signature to certify completion of a course assignment or a recommendation to graduate school.
- Unfairly advancing one’s academic position by hoarding or damaging library materials.
- Misrepresenting one’s academic accomplishments.
The Essential Guide to Academic Integrity at Cornell is a print-friendly document that includes the actual Code of Academic Integrity.
The Dyson School expects all of its students to maintain good academic standing, which is defined as:
- Semester GPA of at least 2.00.
- Cumulative GPA of at least 2.00.
- Satisfactory completion of a minimum of 12 or more academic credits per semester.
- Reasonable progress toward meeting the requirements to graduate. Reasonable progress means completing courses to meet both college and major requirements to facilitate graduating within eight semesters.
Committee on Academic Achievement and Petitions
The Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management is committed to helping each student reach his or her full academic potential. Students are encouraged to give thoughtful consideration to their academic and personal goals leading them to take responsibility for their academic choices and decisions. The Dyson Committee on Academic Achievement and Petitions, in consultation with the CALS Committee on Academic Achievement and Petitions, has two main tasks: (1) to decide on students’ petitions for exceptions to college or major requirements or rules and (2) to review the records of students who fail to maintain good academic standing and to take appropriate action. For students not making satisfactory progress, the committee takes appropriate academic action. It accomplishes both tasks with attention to each individual situation.
Students with extenuating circumstances that necessitate exception to normal rules may be eligible to submit a petition to the Committee on Academic Achievement and Petitions. College and University policies guide petition decisions. The Committee on Academic Achievement and Petitions reviews the petition and determines whether the evidence would warrant an exemption or other action.
The degree requirements and policies of the Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management were established with an educational purpose and should only be adjusted in very rare extenuating circumstances. Cost of attendance, completing additional coursework (second concentration, minor, or double major) or previous understanding of the material for a required course, are not reasons to expect a petition will be approved.
If the committee does not believe the case warrants review, the petition will be denied. All decisions are final. Students may appeal a decision only if they can present new information or documentation.
For more information, please see the Forms and Petitions section on the Dyson Launchpad or contact the Dyson Office of Student Services, B34 Warren Hall.
At the end of each semester, the Committee on Academic Achievement and Petitions reviews the records of all students and takes appropriate action, including but not limited to issuing warnings, placing students on academic probation, granting students leave of absence, advising students to withdraw, or placing students on a required academic leave. Students are urged to explain their academic performance.
Leave of Absence/Return/Withdrawal
Students wishing to take a leave are required to request a voluntary leave of absence with intent to return in a future semester. A leave of absence is granted for up to five years. A request for an extension of the leave past five years must be submitted in writing prior to the end of the last semester on leave. A leave exceeding five years results in an official withdrawal from the University. Due to changing curriculum and major requirements, readmission from a leave five years or greater requires reapplication through S.C. Johnson College of Business Admissions. Students on a leave of absence may not enroll in any courses offered by the University. Students on a leave of absence are not eligible for services such as housing, dining, library, and transportation services. To satisfy Cornell degree requirements, courses taken at an external institution must be pre-approved. Credit for courses completed at foreign institutions during a leave of absence will not be accepted for transfer credit unless students are returning to their countries of permanent residence during their leave of absence.
Types of Leaves
Voluntary leave. A voluntary leave may be taken for no less than one semester and no greater than five years. During the semester, a student may request to take a voluntary leave of absence through the last day of the term. Students who are in good standing with the college at the conclusion of a semester may request to take a voluntary leave to suspend their studies prior to the start of the upcoming semester. Submitting the form serves as appropriate notification to university offices and assures that the leave is reflected appropriately on the student’s official transcript. Once a leave of absence granted during the semester has been approved, the effective date of the leave is backdated to the date the student submitted the form.
Voluntary leaves are issued in two ways:
- Unrestricted for students in good academic standing with no restrictions placed on the length of leave up to five years, or activities pursued.
- Conditional Leaves are granted on an individual basis. The Office of Student Services will communicate a clear expectation of conditions required for eligibility for return.
Required Leave refer to the Academic Standing section for more information.
Health Leave. Health Leaves cannot be requested with the University health leave form. Students with health concerns must pursue a Health Leave of Absence through Cornell Health. The Dyson Office of Student Services will grant and readmit a student from health leave only upon the recommendation of Cornell Health.
Return from Leave
A student requesting to return from a leave of absence, voluntary, or conditional must request to return. All requests for readmission must be received prior to the start of the semester in which the student would like to return. Returns from required and conditional leaves are reviewed by the Committee on Academic Achievement and Petitions. Students on a health leave must receive clearance from both Cornell Health and the college to be readmitted. Students should initiate the return process with Cornell Health and then submit the request to return.
All grading/incomplete policies are in effect during all types of leaves. If you have questions concerning the make-up of incomplete grades, please speak with an academic advisor in the Dyson Office of Student Services.
Voluntary withdrawal. A student who decides to withdraw from Cornell University for personal reasons or matriculation in another institution of higher learning, with no intention of returning, must submit the online University Withdrawal Form. Students not requesting a leave and who fail to become registered will be withdrawn from the university.
Required withdrawal. Refer to the Academic Standing section for more information.
Non-Cornell (Transfer) Credit
The Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management and Cornell University reserve the right to determine, in their sole discretion, whether course credit earned at other schools, either secondary or post-secondary, meet the College’s and the University’s academic standards and will, therefore, be eligible to be applied toward Cornell degree requirements.
Applicants and matriculated students should not assume that, because a particular course is taken at another accredited institution listed as a recommended course or a foundational course, will necessarily be eligible for Cornell credit.
Non-Cornell (transfer) credit is defined as:
For non-Cornell (transfer) credit to be accepted by Dyson:
- The coursework must be completed at a regionally accredited, degree-granting institution in the United States or the student’s country of permanent residence;
- Courses taken outside the United States, and not through Cornell sponsored study abroad programs, may be evaluated provided that the coursework is taken at the college level and recorded on an official transcript. Additionally, students who wish to transfer credit(s) from outside of the United States may be requested to submit an international credential evaluation or proof of accreditation for the institution where the coursework was completed.
- The coursework has been taken through a Cornell approved study abroad program and approved prior to departure for a fall or spring semester.
- The credits do not duplicate course work already completed at Cornell;
- Quarter-system credit is equivalent to 2/3 semester-credit.
- The credits have not been applied toward high school graduation requirements. (Please note: A student earns credit in high school for successfully completing the AP class. If the student receives a sufficient score on their AP exam, the student will be given credit/exemption out of a course).
Be equivalent in rigor to a Cornell course, as judged by:
- The use of a textbook similar to that used in the parallel Cornell course and/or
- 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
- Substantial similarity in meeting hours of the Cornell and non-Cornell course.
- The course is completed for a U.S. letter grade of “C” or better and
- An official college transcript is sent directly to Cornell University.
A student may apply a maximum of 60 non-Cornell (transfer) credits towards their graduation requirements.
- Students are limited to 15 advanced placement credits (this includes all non-Cornell credit earned before matriculation as a first-year student from an accredited college/university).
- Global Learning study abroad program credits are limited to 15 credits per semester, 30 per academic year.
- If more than 60 non-Cornell credits have been completed, the Dyson Student Services staff will work with the student to determine which credits best fulfill graduation requirements.
- CLEP and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCS) are not eligible for transfer credit.
Transfer credits are recorded and can be applied toward CALS credits and distribution requirements, and/or Dyson core and concentration requirements.
- Non-Cornell courses that are similar to courses offered in CALS are recorded as CALS credits and count toward the minimum of 55 CALS credits required for graduation.
- Non-Cornell courses that are equivalent to Cornell courses that fulfill distribution requirements are recorded under the appropriate distribution area.
- Non-Cornell courses that are equivalent to endowed courses can be applied toward distribution requirements or general electives.
Students who matriculate to Cornell as first-year students are limited to 15 transfer credits towards the Dyson core requirements, including foundational courses, i.e. calculus, statistics, microeconomics and macroeconomics, that also count towards CALS distribution requirements.
- If a course has no comparable course at Cornell, the Dyson Office of Student Services will determine how the credit should be applied.
Additional course materials may be required to review the course including textbooks, syllabus, etc.
Credits earned through Global Learning study abroad programs, including Dyson/CALS Exchange can be applied toward Dyson core and concentration requirements.
No core courses may be taken abroad from the Dyson core management and economics requirements.
3 credits of applied economics requirements may be taken abroad.
6 credits total in a concentration may be taken abroad, but no more than 3 credits of required courses in a concentration.
Rare exceptions may be made by petition.
To Pre-approve Non-Cornell (transfer) Credit
Students who plan to take courses at another regionally accredited institution should have prospective transfer courses pre-approved so that you can be certain they will transfer. The form to have college requirements pre-approved can be located through the Dyson Launchpad. An official transcript from the offering institution (bearing the institutional seal and Registrar’s signature) must be sent to the Dyson Registrar at Dyson_Registrar@cornell.edu before official transfer credit will be awarded.
College Credit Earned 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 an official college transcript.
Coursework 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 is taken on a college/university campus with matriculated degree students and is taught by a college/university professor.
- The course instructor is a faculty member (includes adjunct) at the college offering the course.
- The course is not listed on the high school transcript as a course counting towards the high school diploma.
Credit may be awarded only after the S.C. Johnson College of Business Freshman Admissions Requirements for Secondary School Subjects criteria have been met. Students must submit the Dyson application for credit earned while in High School for each class along with an official college transcript to Dyson Office of Student Services, B34 Warren Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
College Credit Earned by Homeschooled Students
If a student is enrolled in college or university courses during their homeschool experience, non-Cornell credits may be awarded only after the S.C. Johnson College of Business Freshman Admissions Requirements for Secondary -School Subjects criteria have been met. Transfer credit cannot be awarded toward courses used to satisfy secondary school/General Education Diploma (GED) requirements. If a General Education Diploma is awarded, students may be able to apply a maximum of 15 non-Cornell credits, earned before receipt of the General Education Diploma.
AP/IB/Credit by Examination
Dyson students can earn up to 15 Advanced Placement (AP) credits. These credits are awarded by achieving high scores on placement exams or completing college-level coursework that meets the guidelines for transfer while still in high school. Credits can be applied toward distribution requirements. More information and scores can be found on the Dyson Launchpad.
The academic advising team within the Office of Student Services supports all Dyson undergraduate students, supports the faculty advising system, and offers consultation and support for academic issues including the college petitions process. There are several staff members available to assist students in understanding college/university policies as well as provide an additional network of support and referral throughout a student’s undergraduate career.
Academic advisors in the Office of Student Services work closely with students throughout their time in Dyson as part of an intentional and developmental process to help students succeed. Academic advisors also assist in short- and long-term course planning, verification of degree requirements, processing petitions, connecting students to on-campus academic and wellness support services, and providing general support.
Career development services are available to support all students and alumni of the College in exploring careers and developing strategies to reach one’s career goals. Services include self-assessment, support with career exploration, decision making, and transition to employment as well as graduate and professional school. An active on-campus recruiting program brings more than 135 employers to campus each year to interview students for full-time positions and internships. Services are designed to assist students and alumni in developing the career planning and job search skills necessary to manage one’s career.
Faculty advisors help students explore the intersection of their academic and career interests. Faculty can facilitate networking with other faculty, staff, and alumni. The faculty/student relationship is valuable in supporting a student’s development, networking, career tips, job references, letters of recommendation, graduate school applications and more.
To support students’ diverse interests, needs, and desires, there are a variety of international opportunities available to Dyson students. While a semester or academic year may be the more traditional approach to an international experience, this is not the only option. We encourage students to look at all of the opportunities available to them based on their needs, interests, and goals. Having a meaningful international experience can increase a student’s independence, ability to be flexible, and marketability in the workforce.
See Grading Guidelines.
S/U (Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory) Grades:
The purpose of the Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) system is to encourage students to venture into courses outside their main areas of familiarity without great risk to the academic record.
- S means satisfactory, as defined by performance that would be graded C- or higher, and U means unsatisfactory, as defined by performance that would be graded below C-.
- Cornell does not issue grades on a Pass/Fail basis; the S/U threshold for successfully completing and earning credit for a course is a minimum grade of C-.
- Grades of S and U are not given grade point values or considered in computing grade point averages.
- Students earn credit toward the fulfillment of graduation requirements for course grades of S, but not for course grades of U.
- Students must select their grading option by the end of the drop-deadline of the semester. No exceptions to this deadline are permitted.
- Within the 120 credits required for the degree, a minimum of 100 letter credits must be earned.
More information is in the Grading Guidelines section of the catalog.
The symbol of Incomplete is only appropriate 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 their control, that prevents them from completing all of the course requirements on time. While it is the student’s responsibility to initiate a request for a grade of incomplete, reasons for requesting one must be approved by the instructor. The instructor will establish specific make-up requirements and deadlines for completion.
Dyson students should not re-enroll in a course where they have received an incomplete (INC). Instead, coursework should be completed under the direction of the course instructor. Generally, deadlines are two successive semesters, but instructors may require shorter deadlines. Once a Dyson student has graduated, no additional work can be completed. Evidence of an incomplete remains permanently on the transcript. When the course has been completed, a grade is entered with an asterisk, indicating that it was not completed during the regular semester.
For additional information, please refer to University guidelines on incompletes found under Grading Guidelines.
Changes in Grades
To avoid the influencing of grades by improper consideration or student pressure, a grade, once given, may only be changed if an error in the original grade is confirmed by the instructor. The instructor should be willing to review the basis of an assigned grade with an inquiring student and correct the grade if an error is found. As a matter of equity, grades must not be changed after the end of a semester on the basis of a student’s subsequent completion of additional work. Upon graduation, all courses and grades on a student’s transcript are frozen and may not be altered. For additional information, see faculty legislation regarding Grade Changes.
Each semester, students are recognized for academic excellence by inclusion on the Dean’s List. The following criteria determine eligibility for the Dean’s List in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences:
- a minimum enrolled course load for the semester of 12 letter-graded credits.
- achievement of a semester GPA of at least 3.50; and
- achievement of an S grade, or a “C-” or better grade in each course (including physical education), with no “Incompletes,” “Withdrawals (W),” or “NGR grades.”
Registration and Enrollment
University registration is the official recognition of a student’s relationship with the university and is the basic authorization for a student’s access to campus resources. Students can check their registration status using Student Essentials.
To become a registered student at Cornell University, a student must:
- settle all financial accounts, including current semester tuition
- satisfy New York State and university health requirements
- have no registration holds from their college, Cornell Health, or the Bursar.
Enrollment in courses does not constitute or imply university registration. Further information can be found on the University Registration page.
Students may add and drop classes during the specified enrollment periods (pre-enrollment and add/drop) of each fall and spring semester through Student Center enrollment pages or submission of a completed add/drop form. Students select and enroll in up to 18 academic credits during the pre-enrollment* period through Student Center and up to a maximum of 22 credits during Add/Drop. Students must enroll in at least one CALS course each semester until 55 CALS credits have been earned. Review or supplemental courses (1000- to 1099-level courses and Physical Education (PE) courses) will not count toward the 12-credit minimum required for full-time status.
*Pre-enrollment is an enrollment request; it is not a guarantee of enrollment. Before the beginning of each semester, course requests are evaluated by the offering college department. At the beginning of the Add/Drop period, it is the student’s responsibility to confirm their schedule in Student Center. Students can electronically enroll in 18 academic credits during pre-enrollment and are limited to a maximum of 22 credits during the Add/Drop process.
Specific deadlines and further instructions regarding course enrollment are available in the Course Enrollment and Credits section of this catalog and the Class Roster each semester. Note: individual courses may have add/drop deadlines separate from the University dates.
Minimum number of credits per semester
Students must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 academic credits per semester to be considered a full-time student in good academic standing. Students should enroll in an average of 15 academic credits per semester to be on track to graduate in 8 semesters.
Maximum number of credits per semester
First-year students may not enroll in more than 18 academic credits (including PE, project teams, etc.). Students with sophomore standing or higher may not enroll in more than 22 academic credits. If a student wishes to exceed 22 academic credits (up to a maximum of 24 academic credits) in one semester, they must submit a request to add the additional course(s). To be eligible for consideration, the student must be in good standing with Cornell University and Dyson and have:
- Completed one full semester in Dyson
- Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.75
In general, petitions based upon a desire for early graduation, additional certifications (double major, double concentrations), cost of attendance, or early entry to graduate programs are not extenuating circumstances to be granted to enroll beyond 22 credits.
Taking a course more than once (repeated)
Students wishing to pursue research opportunities may enroll in Cornell courses such as research or independent study more than once. For more information go to the section in the courses of study.
Repeated courses are courses taken a second (or subsequent) time, even if a passing grade was earned. It is the student’s responsibility to inform the Dyson Office of Student Services that they are planning on repeating a course. Note:
- Both classes 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) and calculated as part of the cumulative GPA.
- If a student retakes a course in which a passing grade was earned, both grades will be recorded and calculated accordingly as part of their cumulative GPA (grades of U and UX have no impact on a GPA).
- Credits earned from repeating a course do not count toward the minimum number of credits required for graduation.
- Repeated course credits count toward the minimum of 12 credits per semester required for good academic standing and full-time status.
- If a student repeats a course with a non-Cornell (transfer) class after the course has previously been passed at Cornell, the course will not transfer into Dyson.
Students will not be able to enroll in two classes that meet at the same time. If you have an exceptional situation that requires enrollment in conflicting classes, submit the time conflict form located on the Dyson Launchpad. The completed form must be received by the add deadline for the current semester. Contact the Dyson Office of Student Services with any questions.
The university offers a broad range of diverse courses. Many of these courses have overlapping content, and students must make their selections carefully to ensure that they will receive credit for each course they take. Students who enroll in courses with overlapping content will only receive credit for one of those courses. Please refer to the list of courses with overlapping content.
Students may enroll in a course that is considered to be an overlap. It is the student’s responsibility to inform the Dyson Office of Student Services that they are planning on enrolling in a forbidden overlap course. Note:
- Forbidden overlap courses count toward the minimum of 12 credits per semester required for good academic standing and full-time status.
- Both courses and both grades are included on the official transcript (i.e., if a class is repeated, the second course does not replace the first course on the official transcript) and calculated as part of the cumulative GPA.
- Completing a forbidden overlap course will increase the number of credits required for graduation by the number of credits in the class.
- Credits earned from a forbidden overlap course do not count toward the minimum number of credits required for graduation.
Undergraduate students may not audit courses.
A student is held responsible for and receives a grade for enrolled courses unless the student officially changes their enrollment.
All changes in courses, credits, grading options, or sections must be made by the student using the online Add/Drop through Student Center or by submitting the official course Add/Drop form at the Dyson Office of Student Services, B34 Warren Hall. Approval from a student’s Student Services academic advisor may be required to change course enrollment. Department or course instructor approval may be required for select courses.
- Brief add/drop periods exist for half-semester courses.
- Students may add courses and change credit hours, if applicable, during the first 15 days of the semester.
- Drop courses and change grading options through the 57th calendar day of the semester.
- Requests to add a course to previous semesters enrollment are not permitted.
- After the academic drop deadline, through the withdrawal deadline for a given term, students may request to withdraw from a class by submitting a petition to the Dyson Office of Student Services.
- If the drop results in a student going lower than 12 academic credits or there are issues of Academic Integrity at stake, a student will be required to meet with a Dyson Student Services Advisor before the petition is processed.
- Courses with “no drop” policies or early drop dates are not eligible for this process.
- Courses officially dropped after the academic drop deadline will be permanently noted on the transcript with a “W” where the grade would normally appear and there is no impact to the student’s cumulative grade point average (GPA).This is a matter of record and is permanent.
- A meeting with a Dyson Office of Student Services advisor might be required if there are questions about the above criteria.