Statement of Student Responsibility

You and the University share responsibility for your education. Our most successful students recognize the responsibility they must assume for their own progress. At UC Berkeley, you have the freedom to make independent decisions about your academic career. With this freedom comes the need to be responsible not only about your academics, but also about the administrative duties you need to complete in order to graduate.

In the Office of Undergraduate Advising and in the College's academic departments, advisers are ready to answer your questions and help you get the most of your education.

As a student in the College of Letters & Science, you are expected to:
    •    Be aware of the degree requirements and all relevant policies. If you don't understand a particular policy or requirement, meet with an L&S College Adviser.

    •    You are expected to abide by the UC Berkeley Honor Code. If the Center for Student Conduct finds you responsible for academic misconduct, you will not be allowed to drop that course, change the grade option, or request an Incomplete (or freeze an Incomplete). If a dean grants a drop or approves a change, and you are later found responsible, the course will be reinstated to your record.

    •    Be familiar with the academic calendar for such information as add/drop/grading option and withdrawal deadlines, CalCentral registration dates, and the final exam schedule.

    •    Verify your course enrollments through CalCentral or Bear Facts at the beginning of the term and once again right before the drop deadline. You are responsible for confirming all course and wait list adds and drops, as well as all grading option choices, by the relevant deadlines.

    •    Meet with an adviser and Review your Academic Progress regularly for accuracy and to inform yourself of remaining requirements for graduation. Notify the Office of Undergraduate Advising, your undergraduate major adviser (UMA), and/or the Office of the Registrar of any discrepancy noted between our records and yours.

    •    Once you have been accepted into a major, remember to consult with your undergraduate major adviser (UMA) to make certain you are up-to-date on departmental requirements for graduation and changes in options for tracks and emphases within the major.

    •    Keep the Office of Undergraduate Advising informed of situations that may disrupt your academic work. Consult the office immediately if a serious problem (medical, financial, personal) affects your ability to attend classes or interferes with your ability to focus on your education and to do your best academic work.

    •    Ensure that your contact information and email address are up to date and review your UC Berkeley e-mail account on a regular basis for notices and updates.

    •    Be proactive, plan ahead, and take advantage of the many resources at UC Berkeley.

We look forward to helping you make informed and responsible decisions about your education at Berkeley.

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