Deletion of Untaught Classes From the Graduate School Catalog

Policy Memorandum No. 11

Recommended by the Commission on Graduate Studies and Research: February 27, 1979
Approved by University Council: April 2, 1979
Approved by the President: April 2, 1979
Effective: Immediately

On recommendation of the Commission on Graduate Studies and Research, University Council approved the following Resolution:

WHEREAS, the listing of courses not currently being offered in the Graduate School Catalog creates confusion for students formulating a program of study and misleads potential students as to the courses offered by the University; be it therefore

RESOLVED, that any course currently listed in the Graduate School Catalog that has not been taught in the last three (3) years or twelve (12) academic quarters be LISTED in the catalog under the heading of AVAILABLE UPON DEMAND. Courses so LISTED must be taught within four (4) subsequent academic quarters if the required minimum number of on-campus students request that the course be offered by contacting the appropriate department head and the Graduate School, or the course will be deleted.

RESOLVED, that on or about March 1 of each year, the Dean of the Graduate School shall, in consultation with the appropriate department head, submit to the Commission on Graduate Studies and Research a list of courses recommended to be deleted or to be listed as AVAILABLE UPON DEMAND under the above criteria, and that this list be sent to each of the Deans and Department Heads in the University.

This policy addresses a problem reported by a number of graduate students in finding that certain courses, scheduled in their academic programs, are not available when needed because of insufficient demand or enrollment. This policy is designed to alert graduate students that these courses are "available upon demand," meaning conversely that they are not available when there is sufficient demand. As spelled out in the Resolution, these courses would be deleted after passage of time, if they continue to be untaught.

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President's Policy Memorandum

URL: http://purl.vt.edu/vtdocs/policies/ppm11