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General RegulationsAdmission and Classification




Following are certain general regulations governing residence and study in the academic departments. These regulations, unless otherwise stated, concern both graduate and undergraduate students.


The status of all undergraduate students shall be probationary during their first year of residence. At the close of the probationary period the question of the status of each student shall be reviewed by the Committee on Study-Lists of the college in which the student is enrolled, and his status shall then be determined by the Faculty, acting upon the recommendation of said committee.

Persons admitted to the University who, in the judgment of the Board of Admissions, have satisfactorily completed one year's work of collegiate grade shall be regarded as students in the second year of the course.

Persons admitted to the University who, in the judgment of the Board of Admissions, have satisfactorly completed two years' work of collegiate grade shall be regarded as students in the third year of the course.

Students who are classed as juniors shall be regarded as students in the third year of the course. Students who have attained junior standing are in the upper division, which includes the third and fourth years of

the course.

Regular undergraduate students and students at large retain their privileges as students so long as they maintain good standing in the l'niversity. The university membership of all special students and limited students

, on the other hand, terminates at the close of each academic year, but may be renewed from time to time at the discretion of the proper



Any student may be transferred from one college of the University to

upon the approval of the Dean or other responsible officer or committee of the college to which admission is sought. A form of petition for such transfer is supplied by the Recorder.

A student at large, special student, or limited student may at any time attain the status of regular student by satisfying all the requirements imposed upon the regular members of the class he desires to enter.


No student of the University may undertake any work or examination with a view to credit for a university degree without registration for such work or examination with the Recorder of the Faculties; such registration must be accepted by the proper faculty before the work proposed is undertaken. Students of good standing with a limited amount of regular class work may be permitted, on the basis of private study outside of university classes, to take certain matriculation or university examinations for the purpose of gaining advanced standing, but in all such cases the authorization of the proper faculty must be secured by written petition before preparation for such examination is begun.

All students shall register with the Recorder of the Faculties their choice of courses to be pursued in any half-year, on blanks provided for the purpose, at such time and place as may be designated for such registration. Registration at a later date can be effected only through special application to the Dean of the college in which the student is enrolled. A fee of two dollars is charged for late registration.

Students in year courses must register with the Recorder for such courses in January as well as in August.

Students are sometimes permitted to register for year courses in the second half-year without having been registered in the first half-year. In such cases credit is given for the work of the second half-year only.

The names of students who fail to comply with the regulations governing registration will not appear on the official class rolls.

No person will be admitted as a student to the exercises of any professor or instructor, except as authorized by the official certificate of registration and duplicate study-card furnished to each student by the Recorder, subject to the approval of the proper Study-Lists Committee.

Simultaneous enrollment in resident courses and in extension courses is permitted only when the entire programme of the student is duly approved by the proper dean or study-list officer, and registered with the Recorder of the Faculties before the work is undertaken.

After the study-cards are filed, students will be given an opportunity to make changes, by formal petition, duly approved by the instructors concerned. But after the expiration of the period assigned for such changes, all additions must be distinctly approved and recommended by the instructors; and for every course added or dropped from the studycard a fee of one dollar will be charged.

Every regular student shall include in his study-card all required work appropriate to the college and year of his course. [The rules governing the choice of studies of regular students are stated in the description of the curricula of the several colleges.] The Committee on Study-Lists of his college is authorized to withdraw such study-cards as do not comply with this regulation.

When a student's study-card is withdrawn he is thereby suspended from participation in all university exercises.

UNITS OF WORK AND CREDIT; STUDY-LIST LIMITS Both matriculation and university work are measured in “units.” In the University a unit of registration is one hour of a student's time at the University weekly, during one half-year, in lecture or recitation, together with the time necessary in preparation therefor; or a longer time in laboratory or other exercises not requiring preparation. Credit for 120, or more, units distributed according to the requirements of the college in which the student is enrolled is necessary for a degree.

Regular students who are free from deficiencies in their university work may register for not to exceed 19 units of new work, except in the College of Agriculture, where the limit is 18 units. But in no case may a student in the upper division of the colleges of Letters and Science and Commerce register for more than 16 units, including repeated units if any. Regular students with deficiencies will be limited to 16 units, including repeated work. Freshmen and sophomores who are taking the prescribed courses in physical education, hygiene, or military science may, with the express approval of the Study-Lists Committee, add these courses to the maxima as stated herein. Any work undertaken in the University or elsewhere with a view to credit toward a degree must be included in the maxima, as above. Work reported by the instructors as “incomplete" is regarded as deficient work.

Special students have free election, subject to the requirement that they confine their attention to some special study and its related branches.

Limited students have all their studies elective, but may take not more than thirteen units a week.


All intrants to the colleges at Berkeley must, at the time of their first registration in the University, present themselves for examination in Subject A: English Composition. Further provisions are as follows:

(1) Students who pass Subject A with grade 1 or 2 are not required, but are advised, to continue their training in oral and written composition. (2) Students who pass Subject A with grade 3 are required to take English 1x during their freshman or sophomore year, and junior standing will not be granted them until they have passed the course. (3) Students who receive grade 4 or 5 in Subject A are conditioned in the subject, and they will not be granted junior standing until they have passed the examination. They will be required to take, without credit, a course in English composition, especially designed to meet their needs, and calling for one period of class instruction per week, together with written exercises and conferences, until they have passed in Subject A. Those who pass with grade 3 will not be granted junior standing until they have fulfilled the requirements under 2 above. No student who has not passed Subject A will be admitted to any university course in oral or written composition other than the course described above, except that foreign students may be permitted to eleet a course especially designed for them. (4) Intrants who fail to present themselves for the examination at the time appointed will be charged a fee of two dollars when they enter the examination for the first time. (5) For students who enter with advanced standing Subject A is a requirement for junior standing. To those who pass with grade 3 English 1x is prescribed. (6) Failure in the examination does not prevent admission to the University. (7) The examination will be given at the University, at the opening of the Fall and Spring sessions, on the Saturday that precedes the beginning of instruction. (See announcement of entrance examinations.)

The examination will be composed, set, and judged under the direction of the Committee on Subject A, and its requirements and penalties will be enforced by the deans and other proper authorities of the several colleges, including the study-lists committees.


All undergraduate students shall, upon admission to the University, report immediately to the proper officers for enrollment in military science, physical education, and hygiene, following the Freshman Circular or the announcements which may be posted on the University bulletin boards.. A deposit (about thirty-three dollars) must be paid at once to the Comptroller of the University to cover the cost of the uniform and text book to be used in military courses. Students shall list these courses upon their study-cards with other University courses.

Petitions from students for excuse from, or deferment of, military science, physical education, or hygiene, filed by the petitioner after the expiration of two weeks following the date of the student's registration, will not be received except for illness or physical disability occurring after such date. Students who petition to be excused from these subjects or from any of them should nevertheless present themselves to the proper instructors for enrollment during the pendeney of petitions.

In case a student subject to these requirements shall list the prescribed course or courses on his study-card and thereafter without authority shall fail to appear for work in such course or courses, after a reasonable time, the neglect shall be reported to the Recorder, who, with the approval of the President, shall forthwith withdraw the study-card of the student. When a student's study-card is withdrawn he is thereby suspended from participation in all university exercises. Of such suspension it shall be the duty of the Recorder to inform immediately the Study-Lists Committee in charge of the student's programme. With the approval of the professor in charge of the work, the Recorder is authorized to reinstate the student, and shall notify the Study-Lists Committee of such reinstatement.

[A circular containing information concerning the requirements in military science, physical education, and hygiene, including a statement of the grounds upon which students may be excused from this work, may be obtained from the Recorder of the Faculties.]


No student will be permitted to enter upon the study of any subject if the officer of instruction in charge of that subject is satisfied that by reason of lack of preparation he is not competent to undertake it. This rule takes precedence of all others.

Every student is required to attend all his class exercises and to satisfy the instructor in each of his courses of study, in such way as the instructor may determine, that he is performing the work of the course in a systematic manner.

Any instructor, with the approval of the President, may at any time exclude from his course any student who, in his judgment, has neglected the work of the course. Any student thus excluded shall be recorded as having failed in the course of study from which he is excluded, unless the Faculty shall otherwise determine.


Final examinations will be assigned for all undergraduate courses excepting only such seminary, laboratory, and other courses as shall have been exempted by authorization of the Academic Senate, and shall have been so listed in the annual Announcement of Courses. They will, so far as praeticable, be conducted in writing, and a maximum time will be assigned beforehand for each, which no candidate will be allowed to exceed. Except in laboratory courses, the time for examination sessions shall not be more than three hours.

In the five-hour language courses there are no final examinations, and students are graded upon their term work and mid-term examinations.

In the year courses of the professional curriculum in jurisprudence mid-year reports may be made without formal examination, and such reports shall be final.

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