Processes and Procedures

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This page is designed to help you navigate important processes and procedures in the College of the Liberal Arts. Students should use this information as a reference, but should always schedule an appointment with their advisor prior to acting on these procedures.

Change of Campus

For students looking to change their Penn State campus.
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First Year Seminar Substitution

For students who did not complete their first year seminar requirement. 
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Concurrent Major

For students who want to declare an additional major.
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Credit by Examination

Penn State students may earn credit for a course to fulfill degree requirements by earning a grade of C or higher on a comprehensive examination made available through the academic unit that offers the course. This examination is a substitute for completing the usual requirements of a course.

For more information, please consult your academic adviser

Credit by Portfolio

For students who feel they have gained knowledge equivalent to what they would learn in a specific course, and wish to earn credit through the submission of a portfolio.
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Declaring or Changing Major

For students declaring a major for the first time, adding majors, or changing majors.
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Declaring or Changing a Minor

Students wishing to declare a minor can do so in LionPATH. Students wishing to cancel a minor should contact their minor office. To graduate with a minor, you must be accepted in the minor before the late drop deadline of your last semester.
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Exceptions to Degree Requirements

For students seeking permission to deviate in any way from academic program requirements. 
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Leave of Absence

For students considering a leave of absence from Penn State.
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Petitions

A student petition is a formal request for a waiver of a Faculty Senate Policy.
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Re-enrollment

For former students looking to resume a degree program.
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Academic Progress

Information for students whose GPA is currently—or is in danger of falling—below 2.0
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Withdrawal

For students who wish to withdraw from Penn State. This action has significant consequences and could impact your financial aid and health insurance, as well as your standing at Penn State; consult with your academic adviser before completing the withdrawal form.

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