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Alpha Sigma Lambda
Alpha Sigma Lambda is the premier national honor society for adult students, founded in 1945 to "recognize the special achievements of adults who accomplish academic excellence while facing competing interests of family, community and work." More than 550 SNL undergraduate students have been inducted into DePaul's chapter, Delta Lambda Pi, since its inception in 2002. Membership is by invitation only. Student members must be in the highest 20% of students who have 36 graded quarter hours, not including transfer credits, and a minimum grade point average of 3.7 on a 4.0 scale. See also Honors. Questions? Email: alphasigmalambda_SNL@depaul.edu
Changing Competencies in Completed Courses
Students who successfully completed
LL 250 Foundations of Adult Learning and activated an academic committee may
request to change a competence in a previously-completed SNL class. The request must be made within one year of completing the class, and is not automatic. The instructor must be a current SNL faculty member, and the requested competence must come only from those already offered in the course. To make a request, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Continuing Activity Status
Students who choose not to register in courses should register for this status to ensure they remain active students. Students can only register 3 consecutive quarters and 6 total quarters for this status. No fee required. See the registration summary for the quarter for instructions.
Course Assessment Forms
At the end of a quarter, SNL faculty complete an assessment for each student in their class. These assessments outline learning experiences showing how students developed competence, evidence submitted for how competence was demonstrated and evaluated, and how a student performed in the course. Assessments are available to view in BlueStar.
Because of federal regulations regarding financial aid, DePaul is unable to drop a student with credit from a class
after the posted deadline dates regardless of financial arrangements or status. SNL students who need to withdraw from courses must consult the Academic Calendar for deadlines. Additionally, students who withdraw from 11-week late-starting classes within the first two weeks after class has started should contact email@example.com, and students who withdraw from five-week classes within the first week after class has started should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Exceptions Committee is a college-based committee mandated by DePaul’s Faculty Council. It considers requests on a case-by-case basis when events beyond the control of the student make an exception necessary out of fairness. Requests for exceptions must be sent to email@example.com. In each instance, the decision of the committee is final. If approved, a student can receive only one exception during matriculation at SNL. This committee does not duplicate the work of the Grade Appeals Committee.
Grade Submission and Changes
Grades are submitted online by faculty through Campus Connect and are available to students online after posting. In general, grades are due one week after the 11th week of the quarter. According to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (Buckley Amendment), SNL cannot report grades over the phone or email. Grades below C- in SNL and transfer courses do not satisfy competence and are not counted toward graduation. R grades can be submitted only for LL 250, LL 300, LL 390, FA 303, Guided Independent Studies and SNL Study Abroad courses.Grades are not changed because of a reassessment of course work, the submission of extra work or by the retaking of an examination. In very rare cases, an instructor may request to make a change of grade, but it requires approval by the
SNL Exceptions Committee
(see Exceptions above).The
SNL Exceptions Committee will entertain grade change requests from instructors but only where either the student or the instructor has made a compelling case with adequate written supporting documentation that a grade change is warranted for equitable considerations. The mere fact that a student's IN or R grade has reverted to an F is not, in and of itself, sufficient grounds to warrant such an exception. If a grade change is deemed appropriate by the Exceptions Committee or through an incomplete contract, faculty enter the grade change directly in Campus Connect. Assessment forms must be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grade Point Average (GPA) Recalculation
When a SNL competence is repeated, a GPA recalculation is automatically triggered after grades have been posted at the end of the quarter. Courses must be completed with a letter grade that is not W, INC or R.
Leave of Absence
Students who plan not to enroll for more than one quarter must request a leave of absence through Campus Connect under For Students>Withdrawal/ Leave Request. If not enrolling for only one quarter, apply for Continuing Activity Status.
Negotiating a Competence
Students nearing the end of their program may request to take a competence not offered in a course. This is called “negotiating a competence.” Such requests are reserved for students who have successfully completed LL 250 Foundations of Adult Learning and held a First Committee Meeting. Requests are reviewed by SNL's Exceptions Committee and must be approved by the student's faculty mentor, the course instructor and, in the case of focus area competencies, the professional advisor. The negotiated competence must be relevant to the subject matter of the course, fall within the instructor’s area of expertise and, for a Focus Area competence, be relevant to the student’s focus of study. Students may negotiate only one competence per course but should temporarily register for a competence already offered in the course to reserve a space in it. Students should submit the request to negotiate a competence when registration for the quarter begins. Since this process may take up to four weeks, no request will be accepted after the end of the 4th week of the quarter. Negotiated competencies in travel courses are negotiated directly with the teacher of the course and do not require this form. See Negotiating Competence Request Form
Pass / Fail Grades
Three SNL courses are always assessed pass/fail and may not be taken for letter grades assessed on the A-F scale:
LL 250 Foundations of Adult Learning, FA 303 / 304 Advanced Project and
LL 390 Summit Seminar. Download a letter explaining pass/fail grades. Six other courses are assessed pass/fail, but may be taken for letter grades assessed on the A-F scale:
LL 103 Independent Learning Seminar,
LL 140 Writing Workshop, LL 260 Writing to Competence, LL 270 Critical Thinking, LL 300 Research Seminar and
LL 302 Externship. In addition, students have the option of taking all other SNL undergraduate courses, up to a total of 20 credit hours, as pass/fail even if a class is initially structured for a letter grade assessment of A-F. In these cases a pass is awarded when competence is demonstrated at a level that would otherwise earn a grade of C- or higher. Competencies awarded for Independent Learning Pursuits and in the Lifelong Learning (LL) subject area do not count toward the limit of 20 hours. In deciding to select pass/fail grading, students should be aware that competencies assessed in a course as pass will earn credit hours toward degree completion but will not be included in computing grade point averages. Attempted competence demonstration assessed within a class as fail will not only be recorded as credit hours attempted but will also be included in computing a student’s grade point average. If a student wishes to switch to or from pass/fail, this must be requested from the instructor in writing during the first two weeks of the quarter. The assessment scale may not be changed after this period, without exception.
To change your program plan, login to Campus Connect and choose: For Students, then Records and Registration, Change College, Major or Minor, Select College, Degree Program, Concentration or Minor. Select your options, and confirm the change. You will receive a confirmation email, and your Degree Progress Report will reflect new requirements.You can change programs within SNL (BAIFA, BAC, BAGB). For the BAC, select a focus area track, called a concentration. Review the available tracks and consult with your advisor before making the change. For the BAECE (early childhood education) program, select the College of Education and then BAECE SNL Joint Degree program. For the SNL DCM (degree completion majors), call (312) 362-8001 or email email@example.com. You can also select minors offered by other DePaul colleges or to move to another DePaul college. Note the "What-If " Degree Progress Report does not provide the maximum-allowed placement of courses into your new program. Contact an advisor to find out how your courses will apply.
Research Involving Human Subjects
To protect the rights and privacy of individuals who participate in research studies, DePaul University's Office of Research Protections Institutional Review Board (IRB) has established guidelines and procedures for the protection of human subjects. Students seeking to use human subjects in any aspect of their undergraduate study should consult with their faculty mentors regarding the required procedures pertaining to the protection of such subjects. See Institutional Review Board
Tuition and Fees
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.Assessment Fee for Independent Learning: $150 - note ILPs carry no tuition credit and do not count for half-time status. Proficiency Exam Fee (L4, L5, L6, S5): $150 - note proficiency exams carry no tuition credit and do not count for half-time status.Financial aid disbursements require students to be registered at least half-time per quarter (6 undergraduate credit hours).