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PART·TIME STUDENTS

Students enrolled at least half-time in a degree program is considered for most student financial aid programs. Students enrolled less than halftime are not generally eligible for student financial aid.

PARKING SERVICES – See http://www.umaine.edu/parking/

PASS / FAIL COURSES

It is possible to take some courses on a pass/fall basis under the following conditions:

  1. Students must have sophomore standing or higher and have a grade point average of at least 2.0;
  2. a student may not take more than one course a semester on a pass/fail basis;
  3. a course taken on a pass/fail basis may not be used to fulfill requirements set by the student’s academic unit (other than total hours required for graduation);
  4. pass grades will not be used in computing grade point averages but will be counted toward degree credit (a failing grade, although recorded as an “F,” will not be figured in the student’s accumulative grade point average);
  5. a student must indicate when registering for the course that he/she is taking it on a pass/fail basis. A student cannot convert from the pass/fail basis to standard letter grading or vice versa after the first two weeks of a semester.

PHONE SERVICE – See TELEPHONE SERVICE

PLACEMENT – See CAREER CENTER

PLAGIARISM – See ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

PLANETARIUM

The Maynard F. Jordan Planetarium and Observatory are operated by the Department of Physics and Astronomy as a resource for students and the public. The director and student staff conducts astronomy labs, present public programs and promote astronomy education for all. The Planetarium, located on the second floor of Wingate Hall, is a domed theater where visitors can look up to see an exact simulation of the night sky produced by a planetarium projector. The Jordan Observatory is the only public observatory in the state. A small domed building next to the Memorial Student Union houses a refractor telescope and several smaller instruments that can view many of the wonders in the Maine sky. Astronomy students use the facility for studies on week nights, but the facility is opened and operated by student volunteers on weekends in the Fall and Spring semesters for the public. Everyone is welcome to drop by for a look through the eyepiece. Current observing hours and conditions are available by calling (207) 581-1348.

UNIVERSITY OF MAINE POLICE DEPARTMENT  – See http://www.umaine.edu/police/

POSTING GRADES

Federal privacy law and UMaine policy do not allow the public posting of student exam grades by name or by student identification number (unless the numbers are arranged in numerical sequence rather than by the alphabetical order of student names). Neither can graded papers, projects, homework or other student work be left in a public place (such as on a table outside a faculty office) for students to collect if the grades or comments by the instructor can be seen by unauthorized individuals. The best practice is to return materials directly to students in class whenever this is practical. In no situation is a social security number to be used as a numerical sequence of numbers.

PRE·LAW

The Office of Health and Legal Professions provides support for pre-law students. Students interested in attending law school should contact this office and make an appointment to see the pre-law advisor. There are no specific undergraduate prelaw program requirements.

PRE·MED

The Office of Health and Legal Professions provides support for pre-med students and the Health Professions Committee. Students interested in preparing for medical school should register with this office to be assured of having a pre-med advisor assigned. Medical schools do not require specific undergraduate majors, but they do require certain specific courses that must be taken in the proper sequence. The pre-med advisor, who supplements the student’s academic advisor within the major, helps plan student schedules to make sure that prerequisites are met in a timely fashion.

PRE·VET

The Office of Health and Legal Professions provides support for pre-vet students. Students interested in preparing for veterinary school should register with this office to assured having a pre-vet advisor assigned. Veterinary schools do not require specific undergraduate majors, but they do require certain specific courses that must be taken in the proper sequence. The pre-vet advisor, who supplements the student’s academic advisor within the major, helps plan student schedules to make sure that prerequisites are met in a timely fashion.

PRESIDENTIAL PIN

The University recognizes sustained academic achievement with the Presidential Achievement Pin. Full-time and part-time students who meet certain criteria are eligible for this award. The award may only be granted once per student.

PRIOR LEARNING

Students present education, training and experience that they would like to have assessed to determine how much, if any, credit should be awarded. To assure that standards are maintained and that the process assures academic quality, a representative council, appointed by the provost, will be responsible for policy review and procedure development and monitoring. Credit may be awarded for demonstrated learning related to specific courses or to knowledge and skills incorporating a broad spectrum within a discipline. Any matriculated student may petition for consideration of credit for prior learning. This should be done through consultation with the student’s associate dean. Because of the nature of prior learning assessment, credit decisions cannot be made as quickly as traditional transfer credit. Departments usually assess an examination or evaluation fee.

PRIVACY See also POSTING GRADES.

In compliance with the Family and Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 (the Buckley Amendment), the University will not release academic information about a student without a signed request from the student. Certain information is considered public or directory information and includes: full name, dates of enrollment, enrollment status, and degrees earned is public. However, students may request through the Office of Student Records that even this normally public information be kept confidential. The full policy regarding all types of Student records at the University of Maine is available from the Office of Student Records. Advisors should check MaineStreet for the student’s status.

PROBATION – See Academic Standing

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

The University participates in several professional organizations on our campus. Students and faculty should check with their respective colleges for information.

PROVISIONAL CONTINUATION – See Academic Standing

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