Academic Policies


Students may acquire their grades in one of the following ways: 1) through CAESAR 2) talk directly with the instructor during their normal office hours.

Return of student work:

During the academic quarter, instructors will return essays and examinations during class or office hours. Your work will not be returned to anyone but you.

Students may acquire their work in one of the following ways: 1) directly from the instructor during class or normal office hours (essays and exams are kept by the faculty for at least one quarter) or 2) provide a stamped, self-addressed envelope in which your work will be mailed directly to you. Be sure that you include sufficient postage.

In calling for the direct return of student examinations and papers--either personally or through the mail--the department wants to ensure that students who wish to retrieve their work will be able to do so, and that unclaimed work will not find its way into the files of various residential houses on campus. There is obviously a question of security involved here, but it is a pedagogical issue as well.


Paper deadlines should coincide with class meeting times; however, if papers need to be turned in to the department office, papers must be turned in no later than 4:00 p.m.

Student work is not to be kept in the departmental office, nor is it to be distributed in any public place.

Reminder To Seniors:

Seniors who have not yet filed their Petitions to Graduate must do so immediately.

Teachers of large courses--and of courses taught with colleagues in other departments -- are responsible for the security of all student work in these courses. Normally this can be accomplished by asking one's teaching assistants and colleagues to return the specific work they have graded. Teachers may ask for the assistance of the departmental staff in returning work to students who have provided stamped, self-addressed envelopes. Faculty members who will not be on campus for the following quarter should make individual arrangements with the Chair of the department.

These guidelines were approved by the department in April 1984.

Please also be sure to review the guidelines on academic integrity provided by both the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences and by Northwestern University.