Catalog • 2011-2012
Transfer and Separation
Maximum Credit Transfer to the College and Final 30-Credit Residency Requirement
After matriculation, a student may transfer a maximum of 18 credits to Cedar Crest, provided the student has not transferred the maximum number of credits allowed (see below).Courses completed at LVAIC institutions (DeSales University, Lafayette College, Lehigh University, Moravian College, or Muhlenberg College) do not count as transfer credits. A student may not transfer any credit to Cedar Crest if within 26 of the last 30 credits of completing the required credit total for graduation. The Registrar can review transfer petitions from students who matriculated at Cedar Crest as freshmen, have completed more than the required credit total for graduation, and have transferred in fewer than 18 credits.
Traditional students transferring from two-year institutions may transfer up to 60 credits prior to matriculation. Students with an A.S. or an A.A. degree from a regionally accredited institution may transfer up to 68 credits. Once credit has been awarded, it may not be removed from the transcript. Students transferring from four-year institutions may transfer up to 90 credits prior to matriculation. Once the maximum number of transfer credits has been reached, they may not transfer any additional credits once they have begun their final 30 credits at Cedar Crest. CLEP credits are considered transfer credits.
Application for transfer of academic credit after matriculation
Study at non-LVAIC institutions: Matriculated students interested in studying at another institution shall consult first with their faculty advisor and/or major Department Chair. The student shall complete the Permission for Transfer of Credit form that is available in the Registrar’s Office. A faculty advisor, Department Chair, and the Registrar must sign the Permission for Transfer of Credit form prior to the student taking the course. Credit is transferable if the grade is “C” or better. Quality points are not transferred, and the grade is not computed into the cumulative average. The student is responsible to request an official transcript be sent to Cedar Crest Registrar’s Office upon completion of the course.
Study abroad at approved institutions: Matriculated students interested in study abroad at approved institutions shall consult first with their faculty advisor and/or major Department Chair. The student shall complete the International Programs Approval form with all appropriate signatures, prior to attending the semester abroad. Forms are available in the Office of Global Initiatives & Global Programs, located in Allen House, or the Registrar’s Office.
Credit is transferable if the grade is “C” or better. Quality points are not transferred and the grade is not computed into the cumulative average. The student is responsible to request an official transcript be sent to the Cedar Crest Registrar’s Office upon completion of the program.
Credit for Prior Learning: Cedar Crest College offers matriculated students several avenues through which to identify and evaluate learning that has taken place in private study and other out-of-classroom experiences, with the possibility of receiving academic credit for it. These avenues include College Entrance Examination Board Advanced Placement Tests (see details in admissions section of this catalog), proficiency examinations, College Level Examination Program (CLEP) testing, PONSI (National Program on Non-Collegiate Sponsored Instruction), DANTES (Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support), and credit for experiential learning. All credits awarded through these avenues are regarded as transfer credits. The student awarded such credit is subject to the rule that she must take her last 26 of her last 30 credits at Cedar Crest.
Voluntary Separation From The College
Official Leave of Absence: Degree-seeking (matriculated) students who find it necessary to interrupt their college studies for a term or more must apply for an official leave of absence if they wish to return under the same liberal-arts education requirements. Within 3 years of the student's official date of separation, the student must have accomplished one of the following steps: return to classes, submit a letter of intent to register for the upcoming term, register for the upcoming term, or request an extension of the leave of absence. Leave of Absence Requests are processed on MyCedarCrest via the Withdrawal Application; the Registrar approves requests for leaves of absence. Withdrawals from individual courses are not considered official leaves of absence.
The first day of class attendance, in the case of traditional students, or the date of the acceptance letter as a degree candidate, in the case of SAGE students, is the date of matriculation. This date is important if a student finds it necessary to interrupt her studies at Cedar Crest.
Official leaves of absence of less than three years permit students to graduate according to the general education requirements in effect at the time they matriculated. With approval from the department in which they are majoring, students may be permitted to graduate according to major requirements listed in the College Catalog and in effect at the time they matriculated at the College. Students may also choose to graduate according to policies and curricular changes enacted by the faculty and found in the most current catalog.
If matriculated students request and are granted an official leave of absence of up to three calendar years, they are not required to reapply for matriculation when they re-enroll at Cedar Crest. Students who re-enter the College after a leave of absence greater than three years, an unofficial withdrawal, or any absence not formally approved, as described above, must meet the general liberal arts requirements and major requirements in effect at the time of their re-enrollment in order to graduate.
Official Withdrawal from Cedar Crest: In order to withdraw officially from Cedar Crest College, all withdrawing students must complete an exit interview, which begins the withdrawal application on My Cedar Crest. Official withdrawal prior to the official deadline for course withdrawal will result in all coursework in progress being graded W (not computed into average). Withdrawal after the official deadline for course withdrawal requires completion of the process for administrative withdrawal. Unofficial withdrawal from the College at any time may result in all coursework in progress being graded F. If the student re-enters the College to continue the major after a withdrawal, the student will graduate according to general education requirements and major requirements in effect at the time of re-enrollment.
Re-admission Policy: Students who apply for readmission to Cedar Crest College after a separation of at least five years may elect, upon readmission, to retain all of their prior grades or to begin their academic career anew, retaining none of their prior grades.
Students who have been dismissed previously from the College must petition for readmission. Students who have been dismissed for poor academic performance must remain separated from the College for at least one calendar year before reapplying for admission. Students who have been dismissed for poor academic performance must complete 12 graded Cedar Crest credits with a "C" or better to be eligible for readmission.