About Morehouse

Academic Policies

The Academic Schedule
The academic year of Morehouse is divided into two semesters: the first beginning in late August and ending before Christmas, the second beginning in early January and ending in May. A six-week summer session usually begins in early June.

Courses at Morehouse generally meet 50 minutes three times each week or 75 minutes twice each week. Students are advised to plan their schedules carefully. It will not be possible for students to secure their first preference for course meeting times in every instance. While the faculty is sensitive to the many obligations that students have, the course schedule is planned each semester to provide greatest access to the courses offered to the greatest number of students.

Some classes, such as science laboratories, meet at irregular hours. Meeting times for all classes are listed in the pre-registration materials distributed each semester. Class schedules for the other Atlanta University Center institutions are available in the Office of Records and Registration.

In hyphenated courses (e.g., ENG 101-102), the student is usually expected to complete the first half of the course prior to enrolling in the second half. Students are not permitted to enroll in courses requiring prerequisites that are not completed without the written permission of the department chairperson.

Academic Advisement
The College Catalog is the best source of information regarding the requirements in the major, in the core curriculum and for graduation. Academic advisement at Morehouse College is designed to assist students in making appropriate and timely decisions about the course of study in the major sequence and in the core curriculum. First-time freshmen are assigned faculty advisers in the academic departments of their intended majors during the New Student Orientation period. Faculty advisers work with freshmen to help them finalize class schedules for their first two semesters at Morehouse. Transfer students receive academic advisers and the evaluation of transfer credits in the major department. All students who have not declared majors receive advisement from the dean of freshmen. Students with undeclared majors will be encouraged to declare a major by the end of the first year, or at least to determine in which academic division the possible major is likely to be located.

Following the first year, students continue to receive academic advisement from faculty members in their major departments. Academic departments require academic advisement prior to class selection for subsequent semesters.

Academic Honesty
Morehouse is an academic community. All members of the community are expected to abide by ethical standards both in their conduct and in their exercise of responsibilities toward other members in the community. The College expects students to understand and adhere to basic standards of honesty and academic integrity. These standards include but are not limited to the following:

  • In projects and assignments prepared independently, students must never represent the ideas or the language of others as their own.
  • Students must not destroy or alter either the work of other students or the educational resources and materials of the College.
  • Students must not take unfair advantage of fellow students by representing work completed for one course as original work for another or by deliberately disregarding course rules and regulations.
  • Unless directed by the faculty member, students should neither give nor receive assistance in examinations.
  • In laboratory or research projects involving the collection of data, students must accurately report data observed and not alter data for any reason.

When an instructor concludes that the above standards have been disregarded, it is his or her responsibility to make the evidence available to the student and also to report the incident to the dean of student services. The instructor is free to assign any academic penalty, including failure in the course, for violations of the academic honesty regulations.