Academics

BLUF: The following policies outline and define classroom expectations, academic requirements and resources for the Daytime MBA program. If you have questions about any of this information please contact the Office of Student Life (OSL).


The Fuqua Bulletin is the official academic handbook within which you will find a complete list of academic policies, procedures and regulations.
The academic calendar is available here. You can also access the academic calendar in FuquaWorld: https://go.fuqua.duke.edu/data/fuquaworld/Student_Resources/academic_calendars.html

During their time at Fuqua many students will utilize an academic resource of some kind for one, many or all of their classes. Below is a list of resources available to you. If you are confused about any topic, at any time, even on the very first day of class…..please reach out! You should also think of these academic resources as a mode of help instead of a sign of difficulty.

Teaching Assistants [TAs]: The TA’s are a resource to help you with your academic success. There is no cost to you to work with a TA and they can be tremendously helpful. They typically hold review sessions during the week and over the weekend. It is a good idea to get connected to your TA early in the semester if you are not familiar with the subject material as 1) you want to avoid falling too far behind; and 2) the TA supply is fixed and demand will rise as the semester progresses.

Professors: Of course the professors want you to do well in their class so if you don’t understand the material reach out to your professor and/or go see them during office hours.

Peers: Is there someone in your class that seems to be an expert on a topic that you are having trouble with? If so don’t be afraid to ask them for help > Team Fuqua!

Academic Fellows: These are SY students selected by faculty and their peers to assist all students in furthering learning objectives in each core course. This group of students also manages the TAs for all of the core classes.

The Office of Student Life: If you have tried the above resources and are still having trouble with class content please email the Office of Student Life so you can learn about other resources.

Note on In-Person Attendance Expectation for the 2021-2022 Academic Year

We are excited that Fuqua is committed to be back operating in person this academic year and that faculty will teach to the students who are in the classroom. There may be a small number of exceptions to in-person teaching where faculty may have an exemption to teach virtually this year.

Our in-person classes will be available virtually only under very specific conditions, which include an unavoidable delay in immigration or if the student is in isolation/quarantine due to COVID. In those cases, Fuqua will provide pre-approved students who are not in attendance the ability to watch and keep up with the class. The approval for accessing the virtual session will come from the MMS, MQM, or Daytime MBA program offices.

Aligned with our pre-COVID policies, the virtual format will be one-way from the faculty to the students utilizing our Panopto presentation technology. Students with virtual exemptions will be expected to virtually attend classes at the times they are offered, but will not be able to synchronously ask questions or interact with students attending the class in-person. Faculty will be able to answer questions after class via email and, in some cases, virtual office hours.

Promptness

  • Classes will start on time and end on time; breaks will end at the time specified. Students should be in their seats and prepared for class discussion before class starts and before the break ends.
  • Some classes have handouts and/or require you to turn in an assignment before class starts. You should arrive in time to pick up a handout at the front of the class or turn in an assignment. Don’t walk to the front once class has started.
  • If you arrive late, take a seat at the back of the classroom so as to avoid disturbing others. It is fine to move into a better seat at the break.

Courtesy – In General

  • Don’t leave the classroom while class is in session. Wait until a break or until class ends. If you are ill, or awaiting news because of a family emergency, let the instructor know before class and sit at the back of the classroom.
  • All electronic devices should be turned off during class. If you need to be in touch because of a family emergency, let the instructor know before class and keep your device on vibrate.
  • Eat before you come to class; beverages are okay.
  • Clean up after yourself and others.

Courtesy – Class Discussion

  • Listen carefully: to the professor, to your classmates.
  • Raise your hand when you want to speak and wait to be acknowledged by the professor.
  • Do not interrupt someone else who is speaking.
  • If someone else makes the comment you planned to make, put your hand down. Don’t repeat a comment someone else has already made.
  • Be respectful of others’ comments and ideas.

Preparedness

  • Come to class having completed all the assigned readings, cases and other assignments. A strategy to divide and conquer work within teams minimizes individual learning and is discouraged. All students should contribute to the work of the team and are expected to be able to explain and apply the nature of the analysis and outcome.
  • Bring all the necessary class materials with you to class including cases, readings and an extra copy of your assignment (if one is due).
  • Always bring your name tent.
  • Cold calls are fair game, though it is better if you initiate the discussion.
Students requesting to take more than three 3-credit courses in any given term (Fall 1, Fall 2, Spring 1, Spring 2) should request an overload. Course overloads are approved the week before drop/add ends for each term.   If you would like to request an overload, you can do so by submitting your request in FuquaConnect. Requests are approved the week before drop/add ends. Once approved, you will receive a notification of the approval.  This means that you can now add the additional course/s in DukeHub. It is not necessary to request an overload for the following courses. These course will be added to your schedule via the Fuqua Registrar’s office. Some of these courses are part of our Experiential Learning courses (EL). The professor teaching the course will alert us of the students who should be enrolled.
  • HLTHMGMT 716: Management of Health Systems and Policy (begins before term 3 starts).
  • Independent Study with approval. Visit Fuqua Connect for Guidelines. (EL)
  • Fuqua Client Consulting Practicum (FCCP) (EL)
  • Hlthmgmt 705 & 706 – Health Sector Management Seminar Series
  • Management 754 (Mentored Study) (EL)
  • Global Academic Travel Experience (GATE) (EL)
  • Hltmgmt 896 (DUHELP) (EL)
For additional Registration Policies, visit FuquaConnect.
BLUF: If you are registered for a class you will be charged for that course pack. Coursepacks are available to be picked up on the first day of classes at the start of each term. You will also be able to access the course pack online. All pre-assignments will be made available online until the end of the second week of classes..

COURSEPACK, PRE-ASSIGNMENT DISTRIBUTION & PAYMENT POLICIES.

Daytime MBA Program, Master Of Management Studies and Master Of Quantitative Management. Coursepacks and Pre-Assignments are distributed in the Building Management Office Copy Center, A09 (BMO) Pre-Assignments are distributed prior to the beginning of each term as follows:
  • Fall Term 1– Distribution begins two weeks prior to the first day of class, during the pre-term activities
  • Fall Term 2 – Distribution begins on the last day of Fall Term 1 classes
  • Spring Term 1 – Distribution begins two weeks prior to the first day of class
  • Spring Term 2 – Distribution beings on the last day of Spring Term 1 classes.
All registered students must purchase a Coursepack. After the Daytime MBA Drop/Add period, the Building Management Office will run the sales summary report for each class to assure that all students enrolled for credit or audit have purchased the Coursepack. Any student enrolled in a class who has not yet purchased their Coursepack will be charged to their Bursar account, and the Coursepack will be reserved for the student.

.RETURN POLICY FOR COURSE MATERIALS

A student may return a Coursepack for credit to their Bursar account if they drop the course. The window for returning Coursepacks will end after the 2nd full week of classes.

COURSE MATERIALS BINDERS

Binders are available for purchase by students via their DukeCard during the first 2 days of Daytime MBA Coursepack distribution for Fall Term 1-2 and Spring Term 1-2.  During this 2-day period, the binder charges may be placed on their Bursar account.

2020-2021 PRE-ASSIGNMENT & COURSEPACK DISTRIBUTION DATES

Pre-Assignments will be available for pick up in the BMO Copy Center, located in Room A09 on the lower level of the Magat Academic Center for two weeks beginning on the following dates:
Academic Term Available beginning
Summer July 19, 2021
Fall 1 August 20, 2021
Fall 2 October 11, 2021
Spring 1 December 28, 2021
Spring 2 February 28, 2022
All Pre-Assignments are also accessible to Students (and Faculty) online at Fuqua World until the end of the second week of classes.  This measure is being taken during the drop/add period to help you make your final course decisions prior to picking up the assignment and to allow you access to your assignment if you could not arrange to be on campus during regular distribution. You may only pick up a Pre-Assignment in the BMO if you are enrolled in or expect to add the class.

COURSE PACKETS

MBA, MMS, and MQM Coursepacks are distributed in the BMO Copy Center, A09, located on the lower level of the Magat Academic Center, beginning the first day of class and are available through the end of the second week of classes as follows:
Academic Term Available Beginning
Summer August 2, 2021-August 16, 2021
Fall 1 September 2, 2021- September 16, 2021
Fall 2 October 25, 2021- November 8, 2021
Spring 1 January 13, 2022-January 27, 2022
Spring 2 March 14, 2022-March 28, 2022

HOW TO ACCESS THE DIGITAL VERSION OF YOUR COURSEPACK

The cost of the course pack includes a printed and e-version of your course pack. The e-version of the student's course pack will be accessible via the Canvas course website. Should any questions or issues arise, contact Fuqua Technincal Support (help@fuqua.duke.edu).
Students may take up to 15 credits across all experiential courses that can count towards graduation requirements (i.e., GATE, Mentored Study, FCCP [Fuqua Client Consulting Practicums], P4E [Programs for Entrepreneurs], and Independent Study). Any experiential credits in excess of 15 do not count towards the graduation requirement.
Students who would like to request a grade review with a faculty member must follow the process outlined on FuquaWorld.

BLUF: To graduate students need 1) 79 credits; 2) no more than the pre-determined strikes per term; 3) all core classes completed, and 4) completion of the Applied Learning Degree Requirement, and 5) a minimum cumulative GPA of at least 3.0

To graduate, Daytime MBA students must complete at least seventy-nine credits and have a GPA of at least 3.0. More information on graduation degree requirements can be found here.

Students may be dismissed from the program if they fail to make satisfactory progress to this goal. Satisfactory progress is defined by the following two criteria:

  1. Students must complete a minimum of forty-five credits in the first academic year of the program and seventy-nine credits by the end of the second academic year. Courses designated as required must be taken at the designated times unless the student has earned an exemption from the course, either by receiving an administrative exemption based on prior coursework or by passing an exemption exam.
  2. Students’ grades must exceed a minimum threshold defined by the following “strike system.” Students receive one strike for each F they earn and 0.5 strikes for each LP; these strikes accumulate through the program. If the total number of strikes received meets or exceeds the thresholds specified below, the student will be immediately dismissed from the program. The thresholds for dismissal vary by term as follows:

Threshold for Dismissal

Year/Term Strike Threshold
First Year - Summer 1 and Fall 1 1.5 Strikes
First Year - Fall 2, Spring 1, and Spring 2 2 Strikes
Second Year 2.5 Strikes

Thus, for example, a student who earns one F and one LP in Summer 1 and Fall 1 of the first year of the program will be dismissed. A student who earns one F in Summer 1 or Fall 1 and one LP later in the first year would not.

Students who are dismissed from the program may appeal their dismissal to the Curriculum Committee. The Curriculum Committee will review the appeal and consider extenuating circumstances, if any. Appeals must be submitted in writing within two weeks of notification of dismissal.

Students who earn an F in a required course must retake and pass that course at Fuqua. Per University policy, Fs remain on the student’s transcript and figure into the GPA even after retaking the course. They also continue to count in the strike total.

Students receive a single laminated name tent at the beginning of each academic year. If you need to print a new name tent because your name has changed during the academic year or you lost your name tent and cannot locate it in the Lost & Found, you can print a replacement on FuquaWorld. To download the template, click “Academics”, and under the “Common Resources” menu click “Name Tent Template”. Simply type in your information, save the file and then send it to copy-bmo@fuqua.duke.edu. Once you submit the file to BMO, please allow a 24-hour turnaround time to have your new name tent printed and laminated. An email confirmation will be sent by the BMO to let you know when your new name tent is ready for pick up.
Students can request official transcripts and degree verifications via DukeHub. In Dukehub, under Academics, choose the Request Transcript Option. Use this help guide if needed.  Unofficial transcripts can also be generated from DukeHub. The Duke University Registrar and not the Fuqua Registrars manage the transcript and verification process.