Academic Policies

Academic Calendar

Important Fall 2021 Deadlines (16-week semester):

  • August 24 – Last day to add or drop a class
  • September 13 – Last day to submit “Intent to Graduate” forms for May 2022 graduation
  • November 15 – Last day to withdraw from a course
  • December 2-9 – Final Exams
  • December 11 – December Commencement Ceremony

Important Fall 2021 Term I Deadlines (8-week term 1):

  • August 20 – Last day to add or drop a class
  • October 1– Last day to withdraw from a course

Important Spring 2021 Term II Deadlines (8-week term 2):

  • October 22 – Last day to add or drop a class
  • October 29 – Last day to withdraw from a course

Academic Catalogue

All Undergraduate and Graduate Academic Policies are available in the respective catalogue:


Undergraduate Attendance Policy (p. 17 – new 2020)

Regular class preparation, attendance, and participation are the best predictors of student success; therefore, students are expected and encouraged to attend all of their Methodist University classes. If students must miss class sessions, they are expected to give faculty notice about the absence as early as possible and must communicate with each faculty member to ensure that they complete all required work in preparation for subsequent classes. Students with excessive absences, as described in the course syllabus, are at risk of receiving failing grades. The following types of absences are considered excused:

  1. Illness or accident with supportive medical documentation;
  2. Death of a close relative (grandparent, parent, sibling, spouse, child);
  3. Military duties when certified by a student’s commanding officer;
  4. Scheduled participation as a Methodist University Student-Athlete in intercollegiate competitions that conflict with a student’s class schedule;
  5. Scheduled participation in co-curricular events or activities sponsored by Methodist University that conflict with a student’s class schedule

Faculty are required to give students with excused absences reasonable opportunities to submit missed coursework or to make alternate arrangements for classroom activities (e.g. labs, presentations, examinations). The student is responsible for notifying faculty of the absence, communicating with faculty about materials and assignments, and completing all missed coursework. Students who fulfill these responsibilities within the time frame agreed upon with their instructors may not be penalized for an excused absence.


Honor Code & Academic Integrity (p.12)

Plagiarism and cheating in academic work, theft, and academic misrepresentation (lying) are offenses that fall under the jurisdiction of the Methodist University Honor Code. See Academic Year 2021-2022 Catalogue for Details.


Title IX Non-Discrimination Policy


Equal Opportunity

Methodist University does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, gender, national or ethnic origin, religion, sexual orientation or disabilities for otherwise qualified persons in the administration of its admissions, educational policies, scholarships, loan programs, athletics, employment or any other university-sponsored or advertised program.