Important Academic Terms

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the foundation of learning, research and scholarship. At Marquette, much is encompassed by academic integrity, but it mainly means you must adhere to honesty and responsibility in scholarship. For more detailed information about academic integrity, consult the Undergraduate Bulletin.

Academic Misconduct

Academic misconduct includes, but is not limited to, individual violations, helping another student with any form of academic misconduct, failing to report any form of academic misconduct, or intentionally interfering with the educational process in any manner. The Undergraduate Bulletin lists examples of academic misconduct.

Academic Standing

All undergraduate students are expected to maintain a minimum of a 2.000 cumulative grade point average (GPA) in all Marquette course work. Students maintaining a 2.000 cumulative GPA or higher are considered to be in good academic standing. Failure to maintain the 2.000 cumulative GPA, failure to follow academic integrity policies or partaking in academic misconduct may result in academic censure.

Academic Censure

Marquette defines academic censure in one of three categories:

  1. Academic Probation (two types): College Probation and Reinstated on Probation
  2. Academic Dismissal (two types): Required to Withdraw for Academic Reasons and Required to Withdraw for Academic Misconduct
  3. College Academic Alert

Understand more about academic censure.

Add

Adding means registering for a course that is not already on your schedule, increasing the number of credits students are enrolled in.

Add/Drop Period

During the first two weeks of every semester, you are free to make changes to your schedule and add or drop any courses as needed.

Appointment Time

In order to register for fall or spring terms, you must have an appointment time. To view your appointment time for online registration, click the link under Enrollment Dates on the main Student Center page of CheckMarq.

Attendance

You are expected to attend all class meetings for courses in which you are registered. The obligation to attend class begins once you are registered for a class, and you can add classes until the close of the registration period. Marquette does not require faculty to take attendance; however, if faculty use an attendance policy for a class, they must include this policy on the course syllabus, which must clearly define the consequences for nonattendance and include their policy on issuing WA grades (withdrawn for excessive absences). For more detailed information about attendance, particularly excused absences, see the Undergraduate Bulletin.

CheckMarq

CheckMarq is an integrated system designed for students. It is accessible 24/7, except during periods of scheduled maintenance. Your Marquette username and password allow you to log in to CheckMarq, where you will be allowed to register for courses, plan for future terms, request your transcript, view your grades, and view your financial aid and bursar accounts.

Dean’s List

Dean’s List honors are awarded twice per academic year, upon completion of the fall term and the spring term. Dean’s List criteria are different for each college. Think about it like honor roll in high school.

Desire2Learn (D2L)

D2L is a web-based tool which facilitates and supports online education. Each course at Marquette has its own D2L course site with facilities for interactive communication, access to course documents uploaded by faculty, secure submission of student assignments to faculty, and online quizzes.

Drop

Dropping means taking a course off your schedule, reducing the number of credits you are enrolled in. Dropping a course during the add/drop period removes the course from your schedule and means the course does not appear on your transcript for that semester.

Faculty

Faculty includes any instructor who teaches a class for credit at Marquette and is responsible for assigning grades.

Full-time/Part-time

This refers to the number of classes you are taking in a certain semester. A full-time student is enrolled in at least 12 credits, and a part-time student is anyone enrolled in fewer than that.  

Grade Point Average (GPA)

Your GPA is calculated by dividing the number of grade points you have earned in a given period of time by the total number of credits taken. Grade points equal the point value of the grade multiplied by the total number of semester hours of credit. For example, a grade of A (with a point value of 4.0) in a three-credit course yields 12 grade points.

Holds

A hold may restrict you from registering for classes and/or obtaining a transcript. To check for holds, click the details link under the Holds section on the main Student Center page of CheckMarq, and follow up with the appropriate office.

Incomplete

Generally, failing to complete an important course assignment would result in a lower grade in the course with no option to make it up. However, if you obtain prior permission from your instructor and merit the opportunity to make up the assignment, you may be assigned an incomplete (I) grade. If you are given the incomplete, you must clear it with the college offering the course by the date noted in the academic calendar. If you do not complete the necessary course work by this date, the grade of I will be changed to a grade of F.

Midterm Grades

Marquette requires that midterm grades be assigned to students in most undergraduate courses. Midterm grades are assigned midway through both the fall and spring semesters. These grades are not final and will not appear in your transcripts. They are meant to be an indicator of your performance in the class. If you are not earning the grade you want, use these midterm grades as motivation to modify your class preparation.

Office Hours

These are scheduled hours during the week when your professors will be in their office and available for questions, to talk about the course or talk about your performance.

Also see information regarding establishing relationships with faculty and staff.

Prerequisites

A course that a student must complete before taking another. Prerequisites are there to make sure you are prepared for the courses you are enrolled in and to ensure your success. When enrolling in classes in CheckMarq, click on the title of any course for course details. Prerequisites will be listed in the Description section and/or Enrollment Information section.

Swap

Swapping classes allows you to drop one class and exchange it for another class until the close of registration. For more information on how to swap classes, visit marquette.edu/mucentral/registrar/reg_swap.shtml.

Syllabus

A syllabus is usually both handed out on the first day of class and uploaded to the course D2L page. It is both a schedule of what will be covered in the course and an agreement between you and the professor about what is expected. The syllabus should outline all the course requirements, required readings, assignments, due dates and grading scale. It will also include the instructor’s office hours, contact information and any other important information.

Withdrawals

There are three types of withdrawals: class, university and unexcused. Class withdrawals are like dropping classes, except you do so after the add/drop period and will appear as a withdrawal grade, “W,” on your transcript. You must officially withdraw from classes using the Undergraduate Single Course Withdrawal Form. For more information on any of these withdrawals, consult the Undergraduate Bulletin.