2022-2023

Michael Speaks
Dean and Professor

Kyle Miller
Associate Dean and Associate Professor

Daekwon Park
Undergraduate Program Chair and Associate Professor

Julie Larsen
Graduate Program Chair and Associate Professor


CONTENTS

PREFACE

This handbook contains policies and rules for students in the Syracuse University School of Architecture.

Other University publications such as Academic Rules (undergraduate and graduate); Tuition, Fees and Related Policies bulletin; and the Syracuse University Student Handbook are also available online. You are encouraged to become familiar with their contents.

Students can find resources to help stay academically, emotionally, and financially fit, browse events, link to resources, connect with friends, and get involved at syracuse.edu/life/students.

1 NON-ACADEMIC RULES AND POLICIES 


1.1 STUDIO USE + POLICIES

Slocum Hall Hours

The building is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Beyond those hours, students can access the building via card swipe.  Hours of access to facilities within the building are posted on the entrances of the King + King Architecture Library, computer facilities, laser cutting room, and wood shop. Facilities are closed to non-architecture students and faculty outside of business hours. Anyone not associated with the School of Architecture should be accompanied at all times.

Building Security

Slocum Hall is intended for the use of School of Architecture students, faculty, and staff only. For safety reasons, all doors must remain closed and locked after hours and personal belongings must be secured when not in use. Security cameras have been installed in stairwells and at all entry doors to aid in deterrence. Please report suspicious activity to the Department of Public Safety at 315-443-2224, #78 (#SU) from your cell phone or by dialing 711 from a campus landline. Please note that removal of any University property from the building is considered theft and will be reported to the Department of Public Safety as well as to the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities.

Desks

Every design student is assigned a workspace with provision for locking drawers or locked storage units. Students are responsible for proper maintenance of their workspace and the prompt reporting of any problems or damage. Workspaces must not be damaged through cutting or other model-making activities; each studio will have a designated cutting surface for model building and students should own a cutting mat. Desk repair request forms are available in the Dean’s Suite (204 Slocum); see Beth Pierson.

Partitions
Independent partitions in the studio, built by students, are not permitted under any circumstances and are subject to removal. For fire safety reasons, all aisles, passageways, and exits must be kept clear of obstructions.

Sound Equipment
In consideration of other students, audio of any kind may only be played into personal headphones or earbuds. This rule applies 24 hours a day.

Use of Electrical Devices
The use of multiple electrical devices requires the use of a surge protector. All surge protectors must be grounded (3-prongs). For safety reasons, the use of extension cords is prohibited. Violations of these practices create serious fire hazards and are subject to appropriate judicial procedures.

Studio Cleaning and Recycling

During the semester, custodians remove all items from studios that are either in a trash receptacle or on the floor, and they adhere to these instructions strictly. Anything left on the floor will be discarded. Trash accumulated on top of desks and under desks will not be removed. Please deposit trash in the designated receptacles to avoid fire hazards, increase work space, and maintain an orderly environment.

Recyclables (glass, cans, plastic, and paper) should be placed in the appropriate containers, which can be found throughout the building. Used cutting blades, batteries, and aerosol cans should be deposited in the white discard containers located within each studio. Do not dispose of blades in the regular trash as they are hazardous to the custodial staff.

At the end of each semester, students must remove all supplies and other belongings from Slocum Hall as directed by the building coordinator so that studios can be cleaned and maintained. Any items left behind will be discarded. The School will store studio chairs over the winter holiday and over summer break, free of charge.

Injuries

For minor cuts and injuries, first aid kits and medical supplies are available in all studios, faculty suites on the third floor, the wood shop and in the main office. For more serious injuries or if you are in need of medical transportation, please call 911 or the Department of Public Safety at 315-443-2224, #78 (#SU) from your cell phone or by dialing 711 from a campus landline. The Student Health Services Center, 111 Waverly Avenue (315-443-2666) is available during the day and some evenings. It is closed on Sundays. For off-hour medical needs, several other medical facilities are available in the university area, including Crouse Prompt Care (Irving Ave and Waverly Ave), Crouse Hospital and University Hospital.

Syracuse University students are encouraged to download Orange Safe a free mobile app where users can stay connected and receive important campus notifications, communicate with campus safety, and gain access to resources needed most.

Hazardous Materials
Slocum Hall is equipped with a ventilated spray booth which is accessible 24 hours a day next to the wood shop on the ground floor. All spraying must be done in the spray booth to avoid damage to property and serious risks to health. Spray painting and use of spray adhesives in other areas inside or outside Slocum Hall (especially the back loading dock and back stairwells) is strictly forbidden. Flammable materials should be kept in the fire closets also found in the Slocum wood shop. Use of these materials outside of the designated area can be extremely dangerous to everyone in Slocum Hall. Any violations are subject to appropriate University disciplinary action.

Use of the following hazardous waste materials in Slocum Hall is RESTRICTED to the spray booth:

  • solvents and flammables: mineral spirits, acetone, and turpentine
  • art chemicals: oil-based paint, brush cleaner, pigments, glue, epoxies, and resins
  • oil-based products: varnish, urethane, stain, surface coatings and adhesives
  • aerosol cylinders or pressurized containers of adhesives
  • two-part epoxy resin (sold at Slocum Hall bookstore) only

In Case of Theft

Report thefts to the Department of Public Safety desk located in Sims Hall. The University is not insured against loss of student personal property. Do not leave valuable items (including books) unsecured in the studios; desks and lockers should be locked when unattended. There is no secure storage available between semesters or academic years; personal belongings left in the building during the mid-year break or during the summer cannot be presumed to be safe.

Removal of any University property from the building is considered theft and will be reported to the Department of Public Safety as well as to the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities.

1.2 COMPUTING

Computer Lab Policies

The School of Architecture offers 24-hour access to two computer labs in 004 Slocum and 014 Slocum.

Plotting Policies

Studio Computer Use
Students may bring their own computers and use them at their studio workspace (laptops are strongly preferred, and wireless capability is required).

School-Wide Computer Practices & Recommendations

The School does not distribute or support unlicensed copies of software. Pirated software and cracks may contain malware that can affect the performance of a computer, as well as steal personal information or attempt to infect other machines on the network. Students must keep the original sales receipt of software purchased for their own computer if it is to be connected to the school network. Instructors of course work that use computing media may require students to provide a copy of the purchase receipt(s) for relevant software programs. This requirement is necessary for the School to avoid licensing violations and comply with software copyright laws. Copyright law forbids the copying or 'borrowing' of software programs owned or licensed by the School on lab or other school computers. Any student found copying, attempting to copy or in possession of illegally copied software may face disciplinary action by the School and University, including criminal prosecution.

The School of Architecture assumes no responsibility for theft or damage of equipment left unattended in studios or computer labs. Students must secure their machines by using lockers or other lockable methods. Students who wish to have insurance should seek personal policies or check for coverage under existing policies. Students are reminded, as with all studio security, to take collective responsibility for excluding people who don’t belong in the studio. All problems should be reported to staff in 201 Slocum and/or the Department of Public Safety at 315-443-2224, #78 (#SU) from your cell phone or by dialing 711 from a campus landline.

These regulations are subject to change as the School’s computing environment and practices evolve. Refer to the latest Computing Acceptable Use Policy and Practices: soa.syr.edu/accounts. Students engaged in one or more prohibited computing practices may have their accounts suspended, removed and/or face disciplinary action through the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities.

1.3 FABRICATION LAB

The Slocum Hall Fabrication Lab comprises four rooms located on the west end ground floor (006, 008, 011 and 012 Slocum). After safety orientations and training, students may use the shop to complete assignments that involve physical and digital fabrication.

The shop is specifically intended for School of Architecture students’ school-related projects and can accommodate work ranging from small-scale models to full-scale working prototypes. The shop is staffed by two full-time technicians during the day and a part-time technician and qualified student monitors during the evening and/or weekend hours. For more information about use of the shop facilities, students should refer to the wood shop training and safety protocols posted on the School’s website.

A two-hour woodshop orientation session is required for all students. After completing this session, students are free to use the facility and receive training as needed. Fabrication lab staff technicians are responsible for training and authorization on lab equipment. Students must abide by the shop rules and seek training from the staff before attempting to use unfamiliar tools and equipment. Failure to do so could result in injury, machine damage or restricted use of the shop.

A secondary digital facilities orientation session arranged by faculty is also available.

The fabrication labs are open only when a qualified monitor is on duty. Any student using the labs without a monitor on duty, using the machines and tools in an unsafe manner, and/or leaving the space in disarray or vandalized will lose lab privileges and/or face disciplinary action through the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities.

Laser Cutter
The School maintains four laser cutters located in 011 Slocum. These are sophisticated digital fabrication instruments that are available to architecture students and faculty on a scheduled basis through a strict set of operating protocols. The laser cutter protocols and list of acceptable materials can be found at soa.syr.edu/laser.

3D Printer
The School’s 3D printers in 012 Slocum are available for use by architecture students and faculty on a first-come, first-served basis. There is a fee required to use the printers. Students can submit files to a queue, and digital fabrication staff will print the models and update the online queue located on the SOA digifab website (soadigifab.syr.edu) when models are completed. Students are invited to help with post-processing of the models in order to get hands-on time with the machines. The 3D printer protocols, instructions for use, fee structure and job submittal form can be found at soa.syr.edu/3d.

CNC Mill
The School has two CNC mills located in 006 Slocum, a large 4’ x 8’ mill, and a smaller 4’ x 4’ mill. Details on use of the mills, fees for use, and job submittal form can be found at soa.syr.edu/cnc.

Formech 450 Vacuum Former
The School’s vacuum former in 008 Slocum can handle plastic sheet materials up to 18” x 18” with a maximum pull depth of 9”. Details on use and acceptable materials can be found at soa.syr.edu/vacuum.

Etiquette
The fabrication lab/model shop can be a stressful environment, with sharp tools, heavy equipment, and a high noise level during busy times. Respect of others in this space is critical for the shop to function properly. The shop’s staff members are trained to assist students with their projects, provide guidance in the safe and proper use of equipment, and perform maintenance on equipment when needed. They are also responsible for workflow logistics, and need to know in advance what people plan to do.

Please avoid last-minute work. This interferes with normal workflow and can create a hazardous environment. All users are required to clean up their work after each session.

Additional policies:

1.4 SUMMER USE OF COMPUTER LAB AND FABRICATION RESOURCES

Students must be registered for a summer architecture course or employed by the School of Architecture in order to use the School’s facilities over the summer. This includes the computer labs, plot room, laser cutters, CNC, wood shop, etc. Working for a faculty member without being paid by the school does not qualify. Working on a competition, taking a summer course at another university or college, or working on thesis also do not qualify. This is a matter of University policy and relates to questions of legal liability.

1.5 EMAIL

Syracuse University has established e-mail as a primary vehicle for official communication with students, faculty and staff. Each registered student and active faculty and staff member is assigned an official Syracuse University e-mail address by Information Technology and Services (ITS) according to a naming convention regulated by ITS. All official University email communications will be sent to the assigned syr.edu address, including but not limited to communications from faculty to students registered in their classes and from administrative units to students. Please do not use the SU Google Apps @g.syr.edu account for emailing.  Improper use of computing systems, including e-mail, as described in the Responsible Use of Information Technology Systems and Resources policy is prohibited and may result in disciplinary action.

2 ACADEMIC POLICIES AND RULES


2.1 ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

In addition to the University’s Academic Integrity Policy, students in the School of Architecture are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that reflects the ethical ideals of the profession of architecture. Any breach of academic integrity is a violation of an assumed trust between the School and the student.

It is important to remember that the Academic Integrity Policy applies to all academic work. In studio the student may not copy, paraphrase, or reuse outside sources or the work of other students unless credit is clearly given. All media, including text, images and video, whether scanned from a book, downloaded from the internet or obtained by any means, must be properly credited in all presentations. If a student receives help in the execution of the design presentation (i.e., assistance in preparing drawings, images, digital or physical models, animations, or work of any kind), proper credit must be given at the time of presentation. Proper credit must be given if work is the result of a collaboration. Students at all levels are not permitted, under any circumstances, to offer compensation for assistance by other individuals in the preparation of any project. Presenting someone else’s work, in any medium, as one’s own work is plagiarism, and will be considered by the School to be as serious a breach of academic integrity as cheating on exams. Students may not present the work of others either as their own academic work or without proper citation in any context, including coursework, but also the preparation of a portfolio, website, or presentation outside the confines of an academic course. Such acts will be considered plagiarism, and treated as a breach of the Academic Integrity Policy.

Theft of Intellectual Property: Credit to Collaborators
Design and production collaborators for academic projects, thesis assistants, and work produced for a firm must be credited specifically. Credit must appear on sample pages and portfolios, or posted on the wall during thesis reviews. Examples:

Students who believe they have observed a violation of the Academic Integrity Policy should report the case to their instructor or the associate dean immediately. Students who believe they have observed a violation outside the confines of an academic course should report the case to the associate dean.

2.2 GRADES

Grading Guidelines for Design Studios
The following grading guidelines used by all design instructors when awarding grades in all Design Studio courses:

A

Work that demonstrates consistent and clear integration of core course concepts, and drawing standards, and design objectives as outlined in the syllabus and project assignment documents. The work evidences substantial integration of feedback from the instructor(s) and consistently meets and exceeds the expectations and requirements established in the goals, rubrics, and learning objectives outlined in the course syllabus. The work successfully satisfies the course learning objectives.

B

Work that demonstrates consistent improvement in regard to course concepts and development based on instructor feedback. The work is characterized by sustained accordance with course goals, rubrics, and learning objectives. The work largely evidences success in achieving course learning objectives, but gaps or minor deficiencies are present.

C

Work that demonstrates moderate understanding of course concepts, integration of feedback, and/or development of projects and other coursework. While all course learning objectives are addressed, the work only moderately evidences success in achieving them. Inconsistencies and gaps in the work are noticeably present. 

D

Work that demonstrates minimal understanding of course concepts and generally lacks in adherence to course learning objectives. The work produced is predominantly characterized by inconsistencies and minimal integration of instructor feedback. (Undergraduate Only)

F

Work that demonstrates a substantial lack of understanding of course concepts and integration of feedback. Significant incompleteness is evidenced in the work produced and in meeting learning objectives.

Studio work is graded on the basis of performance rather than potential, and considers individual student improvement throughout the semester. Here, performance in this case is defined as a combination of intention, participation, and production, as well as level of completeness.

Incompletes

A student may request an’ Incomplete’ if the student has exceptional circumstances that prevent them from fulfilling all course requirements on time. Students will work with the instructor to determine if an ‘Incomplete’ is warranted, and if so, the terms of the ‘Incomplete’ agreement (e.g. provisional grade, remaining work to be submitted, and deadline to submit outstanding work).  ‘Incomplete’ should only be granted if the student has completed enough course content to have a grade assigned based on the work to date.  An ‘Incomplete’ is not available if the student has not completed enough work on which to base a grade. The instructor calculates a grade for the student based on work completed to date, counting unsubmitted work as zero. A maximum of one year is allowed for removal of the ‘Incomplete.’

Auditing
Auditing a course allows students to expand their knowledge without having the responsibility of fulfilling the academic requirements for that course. No academic credit is earned. Audited courses appear on grade reports and transcripts with no credit hours and a grade of ‘AU.’ Audited courses do not affect the student’s GPA and do not count towards any School or University requirement.

Students must be enrolled in the class prior to requesting to audit.  The course instructor will approve the request to audit, and the signed Audit Request Form must be submitted to your academic advisor by the Grading Option Deadline.  Once the request to audit is processed, the decision is final and cannot be rescinded. Students may withdraw from an audited course in the usual manner. Full-time undergraduate students are not charged for auditing during the academic year. Students registered for less than 12 credits pay for audited courses at 60% of the regular per credit fee. See the Tuition, Fees and Related Policies bulletin for details: bfas.syr.edu/bursar/tuition-fees-and-related-policies-bulletin. Students will not be permitted to audit an architecture elective if there is an active wait list for that class with students who need to take the class for credit.

Mandatory Archiving Policy
The school collects and archives student work. Students are required to upload their work towards the end of each semester to a designated set of course folders on the network. Detailed steps to accomplish this, including file naming conventions and file formats, are distributed by faculty towards the end of each semester. Archiving must be completed in order for a student to receive a grade.

Grade Appeal Policy
The following set of statements is aligned with normal practice at Syracuse University for a student seeking resolution to a grievance of a course grade.

  1. The assignment of grades at SU is the responsibility of the faculty; once assigned by a member of the faculty, a grade cannot be changed without their consent, except by due process as detailed below. In cases where the instructor of record is not a member of the faculty, the faculty member charged with oversight of that instructor is ultimately responsible for the assignment of grades.
  2. A course grade is based upon the instructor’s professional assessment of the academic quality of the student’s performance on a body of work. Such assessments are non-negotiable, and disputes about them do not constitute valid grounds for an appeal. Valid grounds can arise, e.g., when an instructor fails to provide or implement uniform and consistent standards, or bases an assessment on criteria other than academic performance.
  3. Unless there are issues of a personal nature, the appeal process for a grade dispute begins by submitting a written appeal to the instructor of record/faculty member in charge of the course that describes the basis for the grievance. Failure to comply with this may be grounds for denial of subsequent appeals. Any appeal beyond the instructor of record must be initiated in writing to the department chair before the last day of classes of the academic semester immediately following the one in which the aggrieved grade was received by the Registrar. This written appeal should describe the basis for the grievance, the informal steps taken to resolve the dispute, and the remedies sought.
  4. If satisfaction is not obtained at this or any subsequent level, the appeal always moves to the next level of authority. The levels in succession are: the instructor of record, faculty member in charge of the course, the program chair and the associate dean of the School.
  5. At each level of appeal, a fair and thorough hearing of all views is sought before a decision is made. This may, but need not, require a face-to-face meeting of the parties directly involved in the dispute. A decision may be reached if both student and instructor agree. If such a decision cannot be reached, a panel designated by the college for this purpose shall hear the case.
    1. The panel shall have a quorum of three faculty members.
    2. All voting members of the panel shall be tenured faculty.
    3. No member of the panel shall hear a case who has been involved in a previous stage of the appeal.
    4. Membership of the panel shall be fixed and made public in a given academic year, though replacements may be made in the event of resignations.
    5. Membership of the panel shall be approved by the faculty of the school or college, or by a representative group of the faculty, in each academic year.
    6. The Senate Committee on Instruction shall approve the manner of selection and charge of a school or college’s panel before its first case. The committee shall also approve any subsequent changes in the manner of selection or charge of each college or school’s panel. The panel may, at its discretion, meet with the aggrieved parties either separately or together. The decision of this panel, either to deny the student’s original appeal or to authorize the Registrar to change the grade, shall be final. The panel shall inform both the student and the instructor of its decision in writing. The panel shall also summarize the case and its outcome in a written report to the Senate Committee on Instruction. Said committee may include summary statistics on grade disputes in its final report to the Senate.
  6. The only grounds for any further appeal shall be irregularities in the above procedures.
  7. In such cases, either party may appeal the final decision of the faculty panel to the Senate Committee on Instruction. The Senate Committee on Instruction may either deny the appeal or insist that the procedure begin anew at the point the irregularity occurred.
  8. All stages of the appeal process shall be kept confidential to the maximum extent possible, consistent with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.

2.3 PETITIONING PROCESS

In those instances where an individual is requesting a waiver of School policy, a review of an academic action, or special consideration, it is necessary to file a Petition to the Faculty form. This standard form is available here: https://registrar.syr.edu/students/student-forms/. Any supporting documentation should be attached to the form. Petitions are submitted via email to your academic advisor to be reviewed by the Program Chair.

3 UNDERGRADUATE ACADEMIC POLICIES AND RULES


3.1 GRADES

Design Grade Requirements
During the first two years in design studio (ARC 107, ARC 108 and ARC 207, ARC 208), a semester grade of ‘D’ is a passing grade provided a cumulative design GPA of 2.0 is achieved for the two-semester academic year.

If studio GPA for the year is less than 2.0, the design faculty for that year will review the student’s work and performance for the two semesters involved and decide whether repeating one semester or the entire year is required, or whether the student may advance to the next design year with the requirement that the missing grade points be made up during the subsequent year’s studios. The decision of the faculty is final; students are not present during these reviews. Students are advised to keep records of the year’s work for possible faculty review and, if necessary, should be prepared to make the material available for review before leaving campus in May.

A minimum grade of ‘C’ is required in ARC 307, ARC 407, ARC 408, and ARC 409. In cases where students are required to repeat design studios, one 6-credit studio may be petitioned as open elective credits toward the degree.

Thesis Preparation and Thesis Grade Requirements
In ARC 505 Thesis Preparation, a minimum grade of ‘C’ must be achieved before being allowed to enroll in ARC 508 Thesis. In Thesis and ARC 498 Directed Research, a grade of ‘D’ is passing and acceptable.

One of the requirements of thesis is the submission of a document that outlines the thesis, compiles the relevant research and analysis completed in Thesis Preparation and Thesis, and documents the final design produced during the thesis semester. Submission of the thesis document is a prerequisite for passing the course. It must be completed in order for any student to receive a grade and for certification of degree.

Pass/Fail Grading Option

Student may elect to take a class Pass/Fail. Only Open Electives may be taken Pass/Fail. Students should visit their MySlice portal, Student Home/eForms to elect or rescind the grading option for pass/fail.

Graduation Requirements
In addition to fulfillment of all specific course requirements, graduation from the School of Architecture requires a minimum overall GPA of 2.0 in three areas: in all courses (including all architecture and non-architecture coursework), in all architecture courses (including thesis), and in all design studios (not including thesis).

Repeating Courses
Students may retake a course for grade improvement. (Note: Students receiving a TAP award should contact their financial aid advisor for financial implications of repeating courses). The lower grade remains on the official transcript, but only the higher of the two grades is calculated into the GPA. Students must re-register for courses they wish to repeat; under no circumstances are students allowed to merely ‘sit in’ on a course in a subsequent semester, and have a new grade submitted.

Students may not retake an architecture course after completing a more advanced course in the same sequence (design, building technology, structures, history/theory). Students should check with their academic advisor before retaking a course. A student may not register for the same architecture course more than three times. For more information on repeated courses, please refer to the Academic Rules section of the course catalog.

3.2 ACADEMIC STATUS

Academic Probation
A student will not be considered in good academic standing, and will be placed on Academic Probation for the following semester, when any of the following conditions exist:

The student will return to good academic standing, and probationary status removed, if the semester GPA while on probation is at or above 2.0 and their cumulative GPA is at or above 2.0.

College Suspension
After two consecutive semesters not meeting all criteria to maintain good academic standing,  the student will be suspended for one year from the School of Architecture.  Additionally, students who earn less than a 1.0 GPA in any single semester will be suspended from the School of Architecture immediately.

Under most circumstances, students may appeal their suspension.  Such appeals must be made in writing, by the assigned deadline, for review by the school’s faculty administration. 

A student suspended from the School of Architecture may, under certain circumstances, petition to register for university courses outside of the school.

After the required term of suspension, students need to request readmission to the school, in writing, 30 days prior to the start of the semester which they plan to return.  Students will remain on academic probation for the semester which they return.  After a total of four (4) semesters not in good academic standing, students will be permanently suspended and no longer eligible to continue as a student at the School of Architecture.

For more information on policies that relate to probation, suspension, and other academic actions such as leave of absence, withdrawal, and readmission, please refer to the University Academic Rules.

Full-time and Part-time Status
Each student in the School of Architecture is required to register as a main-campus student for 10 semesters. Registering for less than 12 credits in a Fall or Spring semester will change the student’s status from full-time to per-credit, and students will be charged the main-campus per-credit tuition rate.

Rate Exception
Bachelor of Architecture students who need an 11th semester to finish degree requirements may petition for University College rates for their final 11 credit hours. This may only happen after completion of 10 full-time semesters. Petitions must be submitted to your academic advisor for review.

3.3 STUDIO ASSIGNMENTS AND OPTIONS

For the first five semesters, each student will be assigned to a specific studio section. These studios must be taken in sequence as shown on the curriculum chart. Efforts are made to ensure that no student has the same studio instructor twice. Studio sections are determined by the school and are final. Students are notified of their studio assignment via email prior to the start of each semester.

Third- and fourth-year studios (ARC 407 and ARC 408) may be taken on the main campus or one of our global campuses. Studio assignments for the main campus visiting critic studios are made on the basis of a balloting system, with first-choice being given whenever possible.

3.4 GLOBAL PROGRAMS

The School of Architecture offers a variety of opportunities for off-campus study. These include regular semester-long programs in Florence, London, and New York City. To participate in off-campus programs, students must be in good academic standing, with a GPA of 2.5 or higher.

While every attempt will be made to accommodate accepted students for the semester of their choice (fall, spring and/or summer), the School of Architecture reserves the right to apportion students among semesters to create balanced enrollments.

4 GRADUATE ACADEMIC POLICIES


4.1 GRADES

Advanced Standing and Credit Evaluation Exams

Advanced standing is determined at the time of admission after a complete review of the applicant’s portfolio by representatives of the faculty. Students who are accepted with advanced standing will receive credit for ARC 604, ARC 605, ARC 621, ARC 681, and ARC 650.3, along with 1 history elective, 2 professional electives, and 2 open electives. 

Credit evaluation exams in the areas of Architectural History and Structures are offered during the orientation week prior to the first week of classes. Students who receive a grade of “B” or better on these exams will receive equivalency credits in these subject areas that can be applied to the total number of credits required to graduate. Students entering with advanced standing who receive a grade of “B” or better will be able to waive specific courses in these subject areas, but will need to substitute elective credits, as 76 credits is the fewest credits with which the M.Arch. degree can be completed.

Graduation and GPA Requirements

All graduate students at Syracuse University must achieve a 2.8 GPA in the first 30 credit hours of graduate work in order to maintain matriculated status. Equivalent credit is not included in the computation of the GPA for graduation.

Students must also maintain a GPA of 2.8 for any one semester or they will be placed on academic probation

Students on academic probation who do not achieve a GPA of 2.8 in their probationary semester will be required to take a one year leave of absence from the program. Details on academic probation appear elsewhere in this handbook.

Students in the M.Arch.  program must maintain a design GPA of at least 2.8 for the first two consecutive studios in the curriculum (ARC 604, 605 OR ARC 606, 608). Otherwise, one of the two studios must be repeated and completed with a grade sufficient to achieve the 2.8 average.

The minimum passing grade for graduate students is “C-”, however, in order to graduate, students must achieve a 3.0 GPA overall, excluding transferred credit.

4.2 ACADEMIC ACTIONS

Academic Probation
Students in the School of Architecture will be placed on academic probation when their fall or spring semester GPA is less than 2.8, and will be advised of this action in a letter from the Chair of Graduate Programs. Grades received during the summer, including study abroad, are not included in this policy. Students with a GPA of less than 2.8 for two consecutive fall and spring semesters will be required to take a minimum one-year leave of absence. Re-admission after such a leave of absence will be on a two-semester trial basis during which the student must take a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester and satisfy the minimum academic GPA requirements mentioned above to remain in the program. Students in the latter stages of the program who satisfy the previously mentioned criteria, but have a cumulative GPA below 3.0, will be required to submit a plan for attaining the 3.0 GPA required to graduate. For more information on policies and procedures, please refer to the section, Academic Rules, in the Graduate Course Catalog.

Leave of Absence
Students can initiate a leave of absence for financial, health, or personal reasons. This is usually granted for a maximum of one year. The official Leave of Absence form requires a description of conditions of re-admittance into the program, determined by the chair of graduate programs, or the dean, and agreed to by the student. If the leave is for health reasons, submission of a medical statement is required. Students receiving financial aid must inform the Office of Financial Aid. To initiate re-admittance, the student must file an application for readmission form with the graduate program and the graduate school. The effective date of any leave of absence is recorded on the student’s transcript.

4.3 GLOBAL PROGRAMS

Scholarships are available for Global Programs, however, students must be registered for their program by April 15 in order to be considered for any scholarship for the upcoming summer (programs offered between May and August).

4.4 GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIPS

Graduate Assistantships (GAs) are appointed in the areas of teaching and research. GAs in teaching (teaching assistants, or TAs) are awarded for academic merit and demonstrated excellence in a core area of study: Design, Media, History, Theory, Technology, Structures, or Computing. GAs in research (research assistants or RAs) are awarded for academic merit and capacity to assist a particular faculty member in his/her area of research. TAs in design are awarded on an annual basis in a student’s final year, while TAs in other fields are awarded at the beginning of the academic year. A GA in the School of Architecture requires a commitment of between 10 to 20 hours per week and provides between six and 12 credit hours of remitted tuition and a stipend each semester. 

Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA, and may not be enrolled in more than 13 credits during the terms in which they serve as a TA. This may have the impact of extending a student’s program by one semester. All new TAs are required to attend an orientation program administered by the Graduate School, and all new and continuing TAs are required to attend a School of Architecture orientation. GAs are assigned by the Chair of Graduate Programs and are administered by the School of Architecture graduate program office.

Eligibility

TA positions are generally awarded to continuing Masters students, with rare exceptions made for outstanding first-year students should the need arise.

Students assigned TAships may not register for more than 13 credits during the academic year terms in which they are serving as a TA. (International TAs who are required by the graduate school to enroll in English language coursework in parallel to their TA assignment must register for no more than 13 credits total, including the language coursework.)

Students must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA to maintain eligibility for a TA assignment.

To be eligible for a TA appointment for a course, a student must have successfully completed with a grade of B or better, have received equivalent credit from the school's equivalent credit evaluation process, or have transferred equivalent graduate coursework from another institution for the course in question or the MArch equivalent of the BArch course.

Students must have held and successfully completed at least one three-credit course TA assignment to be eligible for a TA assignment in the ARC 107/108 studio sequence.

End of term student evaluations and faculty assessments of TA performance are weighed heavily in the assignment of TA positions.

Students must not be on probation for Academic Integrity or Student Conduct Violations. 

Additionally, students are expected to inform the school of any open Academic Integrity or Student Conduct investigations at the time they are applying to a TAship, and if violations are confirmed during their contract.

4.5 RESEARCH INTERNSHIPS

Research and Design Internships are awarded each semester to provide an opportunity for students to assist faculty with their scholarly and creative work outside of the RA program. These are positions that require a smaller time commitment than an RA, and do not include a tuition award or stipend. Research and Design Interns (RIs) are paid an hourly rate for up to 10 hours per week. In advance of each semester, the graduate office solicits applications from students and faculty.

While all graduate students are eligible for program-sponsored RIships, we prioritize the awarding of RIships to academically qualified students who are not already assigned research or teaching assistantships. Teaching assistants who apply for an RIship are considered on a case by case basis to help ensure the integrity and quality of the RI program. It is strongly recommended students enroll in no more than 13 credits while assigned a Research Intern position.

4.6 GRADUATE TUITION SCHOLARSHIP RENEWAL

Master of Architecture Graduate Tuition Scholarships awarded upon admission are renewable for each academic year (consecutive fall and spring semesters) of the student’s degree provided the student maintains full-time status and a cumulative GPA of 3.0. If a student’s cumulative GPA falls below 3.0, the Graduate Tuition Scholarship will not be renewed. Following a mandatory advising meeting with the Graduate Program Chair, a revised scholarship offer may be made.

4.7 SUMMER TUITION SCHOLARSHIPS

Students who are enrolled full-time in a required summer of study and are not on academic probation are eligible for a summer tuition scholarship. The scholarship amount is correlated to both the Graduate Tuition Scholarship offered upon admission and the number of summer credits in which the student is enrolled seven days after the first day of the summer registration period. If a student is not enrolled in at least nine credits by this date, they are not considered eligible for summer tuition scholarship support.

4.8 TUITION SCHOLARSHIPS FOR STUDENTS AWARDED TEACHING ASSISTANTSHIPS

Graduate Tuition Scholarships awarded to a student are replaced by the remitted tuition component of an awarded Teaching Assistantship. If, in a subsequent semester, a student in this situation is no longer assigned a Teaching Assistantship, the Graduate Tuition Scholarship originally awarded during admission will be renewed, provided the student is enrolled full time and maintains a cumulative GPA of 3.0.