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Academic Policies

The School for Professional Studies adheres to the University's undergraduate academic catalog for its undergraduate policies and procedures. Find the most current version of SLU policies in the Undergraduate Academic Catalog. Graduate students will find the academic policies for graduate students in the Graduate Education Catalog.

SPS Attendance Policy:

Student success in each course will heavily depend on attendance and participation in the classroom. Students are expected to be present for every meeting of the course. If unable to attend a class or late for a class, the student must notify the instructor in advance. The instructor reserves the right to accept or decline an assignment that is turned in late due to the student's absence from class. Unexcused absences may result in failure of the course.


SPS Courtesy Expectations:

Students will treat their classroom obligations as they would treat any serious professional engagement.

That includes:

1) Preparing thoroughly for each session in accordance with the instructor's request;
2) Arriving promptly and remaining until the end of each class meeting;
3) Participating fully and constructively in all classroom activities and discussions;
4) Displaying appropriate courtesy to all involved in the class sessions. Courteous behavior specifically entails communicating in a manner that respects, and is sensitive to, the cultural, religion, sexual and other individual differences in the SLU community;
5) Adhering to deadlines and timetables established by the instructor;
6) Providing constructive feedback to faculty members regarding their performance.

Academic Support:

In recognition that people learn in a variety of ways and that learning is influenced by multiple factors (e.g., prior experience, study skills, learning disability), resources to support student success are available on campus. Students who think they might benefit from these resources can find out more about:

  • Course-level support (e.g., faculty member, departmental resources, etc.) by asking your course instructor.
  • University-level support (e.g., tutoring/writing services, Disability Services) by visiting the Student Success Center (BSC 331) or by going to

Students who believe that, due to a disability, they could benefit from academic accommodations are encouraged to contact Disability Services at 314-977-3484 or to visit the Student Success Center. Confidentiality will be observed in all inquiries. Course instructors support student accommodation requests when an approved letter from Disability Services has been received and when students discuss these accommodations with the instructor after receipt of the approved letter.

Grading Assessment & Academic Integrity Policies:

As a Catholic, Jesuit institution, Saint Louis University prepares students with the intellectual, ethical, and spiritual foundations for a successful personal and professional life expressed in service to others. Its undergraduate degree programs reflect Saint Louis University's mission and values. The extent to which students achieve these desired outcomes is central to the University's and the School for Professional Studies' mission.

Student outcomes assessment is a continuous process of evaluating achievement expressed through expected competencies including intellectual and spiritual abilities, personal and professional development, and social action.

Measurement of outcomes is undertaken regularly and becomes the basis for review of program offerings to ensure a high quality learning experience. Students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with these measurements within their specific degree programs.

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