Registration and Class Information

Abandoning a Class

A student who simply stops attending class without completing the paper work to drop or withdraw from the course will receive a grade of "F" for the course and will be financially responsible for all charges associated with the class.


Academic Credit Totals

The standard program of study is five courses or 15 academic credits per semester. For determining full-time or part-time status and assessing fees, however, 12 credit hours constitute a full-time load. No student is permitted to schedule an academic credit overload (over 21 credits) without permission of the Assistant Dean of Student Success and Retention or Registrar. Courses from which a student withdraws impacts student financial aid; students who wish to withdraw from a course should consult with an advisor and a member of Student Financial Services. Students registering for over 19 credit hours will be assessed an overload fee. Exceptions to this policy are applied music courses, study abroad courses with a travel component paid for by the student, Performing Arts productions and practicum, Dance Company, Forensic Speech Team, Crestiad, independent research credits, and athletics. In addition, credits of courses taken to fulfill scholarship requirements in Dance, Performing Arts, Literature and Writing, Communication, Business and Forensic Speech will not be counted.


Attendance Policy

Regular attendance at classes is expected of all students, regardless of whether attendance is a factor in the student's grade for a course. If attendance is used to compute the final grades for the course, that fact must be reflected in the course syllabus. When an academic or extracurricular activity is scheduled in conflict with a class, the class takes precedence; however, arrangements with the instructor may be made in advance to enable students to attend the conflicting activity.

Students who are aware of potential conflicts due to college-sanctioned activities should report and discuss these conflicts as soon as they are known. The College encourages students to participate in sanctioned activities and encourages faculty to make arrangements to facilitate these experiences where possible.

When there is a conflict between two scheduled events and the professors in charge cannot come to an agreement, the student shall be protected by the provost, who shall require the two professors to resolve the matter at a joint meeting with the provost. A student who is absent from classes for reasons such as illness or a family emergency must contact Academic Services, who will then verify the reason for the absence and notify the student's instructor. Faculty members who receive such notification should understand that the notification signifies that the information given by the student is creditable; the notification does not, however, serve to exempt students from any of their course requirements. Faculty members should develop policies for excusing students who miss classes or coursework for reasons beyond their control and should inform students about these policies.



A student may, with the permission of the instructor, audit a course on a space-available basis for a tuition charge. In such courses as studio arts, laboratory sciences, and applied music, appropriate fees may be charged to all students as applicable. Registration for audits is through the registrar’s office. A grade of “S” (satisfactory) or “U” (unsatisfactory) is recorded for auditing. An auditor is not required to take examinations and is accorded only such class participation as the instructor may offer. A student may, with the permission of the instructor, change from audit to credit until the end of the second (2nd) week of classes (deadlines for accelerated, winter terms, and summer sessions differ). It is the student’s responsibility to make up any assignments the student may have been exempt from as an auditor. Adjustment of fees to the level of full course cost will be made where applicable. A student may, with the permission of the instructor, change from credit to audit up until the deadline for withdrawing from courses. No refund will be given in the case of a registration change from credit to audit.


Classroom Protocol

a. Learning Environment and Appropriate Classroom Behavior

Cedar Crest College maintains a classroom and learning environment dedicated to scholarly, artistic and professional inquiry. The College's community of learning is founded upon the intellectual freedom of students and faculty in pursuit of knowledge and understanding. Such an environment depends upon the insights of the liberal arts disciplines, as well as a respect for the global diversity of viewpoints and cultural backgrounds.

The College expects students to conduct themselves in a manner that best realizes their own and other students' education. Appropriate classroom behavior includes, but is not limited to, the expectations for students: to attend and be prepared for all classes, to arrive and leave on time, to treat the faculty members and other students with respect, to refrain from any activities within the classroom that do not directly pertain to the business of the class, to use language that is respectful and non-abusive, and to otherwise refrain from any behavior that disrupts or jeopardizes the learning environment as determined by a reasonable faculty member. Academic programs or individual faculty members may establish additional behavioral policies for their courses, including those which take classroom behavior into account for a student's academic evaluation.

If a student would like to bring a guest to class, permission must be secured from the instructor prior to that class time.

b. Response to Disruptive Classroom Behavior

Faculty members are entitled to respond to disruptive student behavior. Responses can range from a verbal warning to requiring the student to leave class. Faculty may further choose to treat dismissal from class as an absence for the purposes of attendance policies. If a student refuses to leave when requested, the faculty member is to call campus security and have the student removed. Unless it should be necessary to protect oneself, the faculty member should not make any effort or threat to remove the student physically.

If the faculty member desires that the expulsion extend beyond the class period or that it be permanent, the faculty member must first notify the chair of his or her department, and then make such a request to the provost prior to the beginning of the next meeting of that class. If the provost concurs, the student is to be notified of procedures by which she may appeal. Under some circumstances, some disruptive classroom behavior may warrant dismissal from the College.

c. Notification of Classroom Protocol

Faculty members are expected to make clear expectations for specific classroom decorum and repercussions for non-compliance, including the impact disruptive behavior may have on students' academic evaluation. Faculty members should be aware of setting boundaries and procedures for exceptions to policies stated in the syllabus.

The following statement (or similar language) should be conveyed to students at the start of each term: "Appropriate classroom behavior is implicit in the Cedar Crest College Honor Code. Such behavior is defined and guided by complete protection for the rights of all students and faculty to a respectful classroom environment. That environment is free from distractions such as late arrivals, early departures, inappropriate conversations and any other behaviors that might disrupt instruction and/or compromise students' access to their Cedar Crest College education."


Cross-registration within LVAIC

Full-time traditional students, other than first-year students in their first semester, who are in good academic standing may register for courses at other institutions of the Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges (LVAIC), provided those courses are not available to them at Cedar Crest. (Other LVAIC participating institutions are DeSales University, Lafayette College, Lehigh University, Moravian College and Muhlenberg College.) Traditional students will pay the comprehensive tuition to their home institution, but may be required to pay applicable fees to the host institution. Transportation is the student’s responsibility. Details and forms for cross-registration are available in the Registrar’s Office.

Student teaching is not available through the LVAIC cross-registration policy. For more information regarding the LVAIC policy, contact the Registrar.


Cross-Registration with OCICU

Traditional students, who are in good academic standing may register for online courses offered through the Online Consortium of Independent Colleges and Universities (OCICU), during the summer sessions only, provided that a suitable course that meets the academic needs of a student is not available at Cedar Crest.

Students will pay the applicable Cedar Crest College tuition rate, but may be required to pay additional fees to the host institution. Details and forms for cross-registration are available on My Cedar Crest or in the Registrar's Office.

All credits and grades earned via OCICU courses will be computed into the student's cumulative average. Credits earned via OCICU courses will not be treated as transfer credits.

If students want to use an OCICU course to satisfy a degree, certificate, or general education requirement, they must receive approval in advance from their academic advisor and the appropriate Department Chair at Cedar Crest. Student teaching and field experiences may not be satisfied through the OCIUC cross-registration policy.

Individual departments reserve the right to determine how and whether students may use OCIUC courses to satisfy academic requirements for majors, minors, masters and certificate programs.


Dropping/Adding a Course

Drop/Add Period: Students may add a course only during the first week of the course, space permitting. Students may drop a class during the drop/add period, or prior to the start of the class without the drop appearing on students' transcript. Dropping one or more classes may affect a student's eligibility for financial aid; students should visit the Student Financial Services office for information.


Off-Campus Study

Internships: The Career Planning Office offers many internship opportunities for sophomores, juniors, and seniors. The main outcome of the internship program is to have students integrate real-world experiences with their academic work. Students may even be able to earn college credit. Internship experiences increase students' personal and career growth through interpersonal and intellectual challenges, acquisition of practical skills, and exposure to related career fields. Under the supervision of a faculty member, the organization's representative, and the Career Planning Office, students gain related experiences which will help them to be more competitive when conducting their job search or when applying for graduate school. For more information on internship procedures and requirements, refer to Internship Guidelines,– a publication available in the Career Planning Office in the Allen House and on the Career Planning home page on the Cedar Crest College website or on My CedarCrest. All students planning to participate in the internship program are encouraged to attend an internship seminar and must complete Internship Contract forms, also available in the Career Planning Office.

LVAIC Cross Registration:Through the Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges (LVAIC), the course offerings and library holdings of five other area private colleges are available to degree-seeking Cedar Crest students who have reached sophomore standing and are in good academic standing.  Students matching this criteria  may register at other LVAIC institutions for courses not available to them on their home campus. All Cedar Crest students may use any of the LVAIC libraries at no extra charge. Participating institutions in addition to Cedar Crest include DeSales University, Lafayette College, Lehigh University, Moravian College and Muhlenberg College.

Hawk Mountain: Courses are offered at the 2,000-acre Hawk Mountain Sanctuary through an affiliation between Hawk Mountain and the Cedar Crest College biological sciences department.

Students planning to earn academic credit should register through Cedar Crest College. Other interested students should call Hawk Mountain directly at 610-756-6961.

Study Abroad: The Office of Global Initiatives & International Programs encourages students to take advantage of the many exciting opportunities available for study abroad. Students may participate in programs offered through Cedar Crest College, the Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges (LVAIC), and many other institutions and program providers. Students interested in study abroad should plan to attend a study abroad information session or contact Dr. Jenny Weatherford at to set up an appointment to discuss their options. Students will need to work closely with the Office of Global Initiatives & International Programs to choose programs, get the necessary approval and make provisions for credit transfer. In the past few years, Cedar Crest students have enrolled in programs in Australia, England, France, Italy, Ireland, Japan, Mexico and Spain. Full-time Cedar Crest College students may apply for study abroad scholarships, ranging from $250 to $2,500. The Office of Global Initiatives & International Programs also assists students with applications to national scholarship competitions like Fulbright, Boren and Gilman for study and/or research abroad.


Proficiency Examinations

Proficiency Examinations: Information about the availability of proficiency examinations for specific Cedar Crest courses is available in the Registrar’s Office, along with application forms. Students must be enrolled and matriculated at Cedar Crest to apply for proficiency exams. A nonrefundable fee of $30 per credit attempted is charged for each proficiency examination. For courses that require a laboratory or clinical assessment, there may be an additional fee, payable with application. By taking a proficiency exam, students cannot receive credit for the following liberal arts curriculum and college wide requirements:  writing two, technology, and information literacy. If a student fails a proficiency examination, it may not be repeated.

College Level Examination Program Testing: The College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) awards college credit to students demonstrating achievement in a subject by means of a computer-based exam. Students who have not previously transferred in four credits during the final 30 credits may transfer up to four CLEP credits within the final 30 credits.

Cedar Crest awards credit for specific examinations, department-approved, that are applicable to the liberal arts curriculum when students receive the minimum required score. Students should refer to the minimum score requirements located on the Academic Services section of MyCedarCrest.

The following subject examinations have been approved by departments for transfer credit:

  • American History I
  • American History II
  • American Literature
  • Analysis and Interpretation of Literature
  • Business Law
  • Calculus with Elementary Functions
  • English Literature
  • Freshman College Composition (essay required)
  • General Biology
  • General Chemistry
  • Introduction to Educational Psychology
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Principles of Accounting
  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Spanish*+ (Level 1) French+ (Level 1) German+ (Level 1)
  • Western Civilization I
  • Western Civilization II

* Student may petition the Director of International Languages for credit for SPA 201/202 in place of 101/102
+CLEP exams in languages do not fulfill the global studies liberal arts curriculum requirement.

Credit for Experiential Learning: Cedar Crest awards up to 12 credits for experiential learning. Experiential learning is knowledge acquired outside of the formal classroom. To apply, a student must be matriculated and have at least nine earned Cedar Crest credits. Interested students should contact the School of Adult and Graduate Education for further information on earning credit for experiential learning. Credit for experiential learning is available only when all other methods of awarding credit are not applicable. There is a non-refundable $50.00 application fee. The per credit rate is computed at 50% of the current evening/weekend rate.

PONSI and DANTES: Cedar Crest will award credit to matriculated students applying for PONSI or DANTES credit. Each request will be reviewed individually. Contact the registrar's office for more details.


Withdrawal From a Course

Course Withdrawal: The deadline for course withdrawal occurs on the established date and time for a course as indicated below. In courses with significant group participation and when success is dependent on the participation of each student, instructors may set withdrawal dates earlier than the established date for a course. Any exceptions to established course withdrawal deadlines will be explicitly indicated in a course's syllabus. When a student withdraws from a course after the drop/ad period, but before the official withdrawal deadline, a grade of "W" will be recorded on the student's permanent record and a processing fee will be assessed for each course. The grade will not be computed into the cumulative average. Withdrawing from one or more classes may affect a student's satisfactory academic progress requirement for receipt of financial aid; the student should visit the Student Financial Services Office for information. Dates for the withdrawal deadlines will be posted in the college calendar. If a student withdraws from a course and the instructor discovers academic misconduct either before or after the withdrawal, an instructor's grade of "F" for the course supersedes the "W".

Course Withdrawal Deadlines by course schedule format*

  • 14 Week - Friday of twelfth week
  • 10 Week - Friday of eighth week
  • 7 Week - Friday of sixth week
  • 6 Week - Friday of fifth week
  • 5 Week - Friday of fourth week
  • 4 Week - Friday of third week
  • Two Weekend - Saturday of second weekend

*In the case of exceptions to the established withdrawal deadlines, and for course schedule formats not listed above, the dates will be established by the Department Chair, in consultation with the course instructor and Registrar.

Administrative Withdrawal: After the withdrawal deadline, students who experience extenuating non-academic circumstances beyond their control may petition the Provost for an administrative withdrawal. Students may be able to withdraw from one or more courses with a grade of "W." A "W" will appear on the student's transcript and will not affect the student's cumulative average. Students are expected to initiate an academic withdrawal before the last day of classes. A decision must be rendered by the date grades are due for the problematic term. Administrative withdrawal from one or more classes may affect a student's satisfactory academic progress requirement for receipt of financial aid; the student should visit the Student Financial Services office for information.