Academic rules & procedures
All faculty and students, both undergraduate and graduate, are
urged to read the Academic Rules & Procedures carefully. This
section is intended as a handy reference guide for Institute
procedures, useful for both advisors and students. It also serves
as a description of the student's academic rights and
responsibilities and as a guarantee of equitable treatment for all
- Each section clearly enumerates Stipulations or Limitations so
you will not overlook important restrictions.
- Each section describes Procedures as well as rules, so you know
not only what can be done but how to do it.
- Each section contains, when necessary, links that refer you to
other sections which apply to the particular rule under
- Each section concludes with the name of the official or
committee under whose jurisdiction that rule or procedure falls and
to whom you may contact with questions or for exceptions.
Rose-Hulman maintains a strong commitment to take the individual
needs of its students into account, so that, with proper cause,
there is no rule to which exceptions cannot be made. By the same
token, these rules have been developed from a careful consideration
of the demands of the science and engineering curricula, tested
through years of experience, and approved by vote of the entire
Faculty. Exceptions, therefore, will not be granted casually.
Every attempt has been made to make these rules clear and
concise and to keep the procedures up to date. Any person who finds
a rule unfair, unclear, or unneeded is urged to direct suggestions
for improvement to the Chairperson of the Rules and Discipline
This current edition of the rules supersedes the all previous
editions. In general, all rules take effect immediately when they
are approved by the Faculty and in no case later than the
publication date of this booklet. A student who entered Rose-Hulman
before September 2011 and who finds a change in the rules that will
cause unusual hardship should appeal to the committee in charge of
that rule to have the earlier version of it applied.