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Frequently Asked Questions

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Important Dates for Spring 2020 Registration

  • Tuesday, November 12, 8:00 pm: Priority registration opens for sophomore students
  • Wednesday, November 12, 8:00 am: Regular registration opens for sophomore students
  • Wednesday, November 12, 8:00 pm: Priority registration opens for first-year students
  • Thursday, November 13, 8:00 am: Regular registration opens for first-year students

 

Email advising@dukekunshan.edu.cn if you want to contribute a question.

How many majors do we have?

We have 14 majors now. Each major may have multiple tracks. Please refer to this major list (updated April 2019).

How many credits are required for graduation?

Class of 2022:

For Chinese mainland students to meet the requirement for a Duke Kunshan University Bachelor’s degree, there are additional credit-bearing requirements: (i) Military training (2 credits); (ii) Two Chinese Society and Culture Courses (4 credits each, 8 credits in total); (iii) eight half-credit physical education courses (4 credits total, 2 of which can count toward the 136 credits for the Duke degree), and passing the physical proficiency test set by MOE. The total required credits for Chinese mainland students is 148, inclusive of the 136 credits required for all students.

For students from Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan to meet the requirement for a Duke Kunshan University Bachelor’s degree, they must meet the same requirements as students from mainland China. However, they may substitute 2 credits selected from designated Chinese culture courses in place of the military training. The total required credits for students from Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan is 148, inclusive of the 136 credits required for all students.

Class of 2023 and later:

For Chinese mainland students to meet the requirement for a Duke Kunshan University Bachelor’s degree, there are additional credit-bearing requirements: (i) Military training (4 credits); (ii) Two Chinese Society and Culture Courses (4 credits each, 8 credits in total); (iii) eight half-credit physical education courses (4 credits total, 2 of which can count toward the 136 credits for the Duke degree), and passing the physical proficiency test set by MOE. The total required credits for Chinese mainland students is 150, inclusive of the 136 credits required for all students.

For students from Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan to meet the requirement for a Duke Kunshan University Bachelor’s degree, they must meet the same requirements as students from mainland China. However, they may substitute 4 credits selected from designated Chinese culture courses in place of the military training. The total required credits for students from Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan is 150, inclusive of the 136 credits required for all students.

How do I advise a student on Overload?

Please refer to Credit Overload Document (requires university login). This document is internal to advisors and should not be shared with students.

How to do I advise a student on Independent Study application?

Please refer to the Independent Study Guidelines on the Registrar’s Office website.

How to do I advise a student on Course Load? How many credits should they take in each semester?

See FAQ for Registration for Fall 2019 above.

How do I advise a student who may be thinking about taking a Medical Leave?

Each student case has different circumstances. Please consult with the Senior Coordinator for Academic Advising and the Associate Dean for Academic Advising.

How do I advise a student on study abroad?

Academic advisors will receive basic training from the Study Abroad Office staff during the year about advising students on study abroad. The Study Abroad Office will offer info sessions for students (e.g., applications) and advisors throughout the year.

For Duke programs, students will work with their advisors to come up with a plan including which semester and/or summer they wish to attend, and whether they wish to attend Duke University or the Duke Marine Lab, and also a set of courses they plan to register for, keeping in mind that the chances of getting into any particular course may vary according to the subject area.

For non-Duke summer programs, students will work with a list of recommended programs provided by the Study Abroad Office. They will choose a program and work with their advisor to do so, and the advisor will sign a request form that the student will fill in and hand to our office, which includes a list of courses the student intends to take while on the program. Then our office will send the course credit transfer request forms to the division chairs or Don for their review. These are done per course on an individual basis and should include a full course syllabus. The chairs will then fill in and return those forms to our office and we will notify the student whether or not the courses were approved and if so for how many credits.

If a student wishes to select a summer program that is not on our list and transfer credits from that program, our office will have to review that program carefully according to Duke and DKU policy requirements (4-year accredited university, program length, rigor, and other factors).

If a student wishes to attend a regular semester program outside of Duke University, this will have to go through an even more careful process involving the student’s advisor in addition to the process I outlined above. The student will have to work out whether he/she can attend that program and still fulfill the Duke credits requirement, and also we will have to review the program and the course choices for approvals.

If you have any questions about study abroad, contact Dr. Andrew Field, Director of Study Abroad and Outreach at dku-studyabroad@dukekunshan.edu.cn.

Student Question – I’m wondering whether the grade of CHSC 101 and 102 be counted in our GPA or not?

Summer courses are not included in your overall GPA that is used to determine ranking or honors, such as Dean’s List. They may be included in the future to calculate overall GPA per Ministry of Education requirements, but right now the grades from these two CHSC courses are not included in your GPA.

Student Question – I wonder about the updates on the behavioral science major. Will we, class of 2022, be able to major in it if it is open?

Your class will not be able to major in behavioral science. There will not be enough classes offered in the area for it to officially become a major by the time you graduate. You are welcome to take classes offered in behavioral science to explore your interests, as well as take classes offered at Duke or elsewhere in this area when you study abroad. In terms of major, you will need to explore within the currently existing ones.

No, the class of 2022 will not be able to major in behavioral science.  We just cannot guarantee that we can offer them the full curriculum. They will be able to take courses starting this upcoming year.  It is likely that the class of 2023 will also not be able to select the newly approved majors. We have not advertised them during recruiting/admissions.

What is the condition for students to go on Academic Suspension, Probation, or Warning?

We are NOT counting NC in PE when determining academic probation/warning.

A) Academic Suspension

Condition: Students who do meet continuation requirements

Check for students who have NOT passed at least 12 credits in Spring 2019. (page 38, “after the first semester at Duke Kunshan University, a student must passed at least 12 credits”);

Then check for students who have NOT passed 24 credits cumulative. (page 39, “To be eligible for the 3rd semester at Duke Kunshan, a student must have passed  at least 24 credits”).

The first check is based on credits passed per semester, and the second check is based on cumulative credits passed.

B) Academic Warning

A grade of NC is treated as an F when determining students’ academic status. (page 39, “In determining whether a student should be placed on academic warning, probation or dismissed for academic reasons, a grade of NC earned in a course, whether that course is offered only on the CR/NC basis or the student elects to take it on the CR/NC basis, is considered equivalent to a grade of F.”)

A student who receives a single grade of F (or NC which is equivalent of F) while enrolled in four or more courses or a second (or more) D will be issued an academic warning.

“A second (or more) D” means a second D overall. So grades of all current and previous terms have to be reviewed together. For example, if a student has a D in Spring 2020 and a D back in Fall 2019. The student should go on Warning.

C) Academic Probation

For a student enrolled in 16 or more credits, the following grades will result in academic probation for the succeeding semester: during the first semester of the freshman year, grades including DD, DF, or FF; during any subsequent semester, grades including DDD, DF or FF (as long as the student has passed other 12 credits); and during two consecutive semesters, grades including DDDD, DDDF, or DDFF.

A grade of NC is treated as an F when determining students’ academic status.

What is the sick leave policy? What is the student’s responsibility?

See Sick Leave Policy for details.

What is our Early Alert Process?

Please refer to this document (requires university login) for information on the early alert process.

How do I work with a student on academic risk?

Here are some topics you can engage with students on academic risk.

  • Class Attendance
      • Are they missing any classes? How about their class participation?
  • Study Habits
      • Where do they study? How do they study?
  • Academic Support
      • Are they using the tutoring services?
      • Are they using writing support in the Writing and Language Studio?
  • Wellness
      • How long are they sleeping?
      • Have they been using the counseling services?

What is Academic Coaching?

The Office of Undergraduate Advising staff will reach out to first-year students who are in danger of receiving or received a grade of C- or below at mid-term or as a final grade to offer optional academic coaching opportunities. These are periodical one-on-one conversations offered by an Academic Advisor or a professional Academic Success Tutor to talk with the students and help them with devising an academic improvement plan. Topics may include: time management, stress management, referral to resources, etc.

What is the Updated Credit/No Credit Policy?

Effective October 2019. Major update is highlighted in bold italics.

In order to encourage students to explore the richness and variety of Duke Kunshan University’s curricular offerings without worrying unduly about grades, students may elect to take up to four credits each semester and summer session on a Credit/No Credit basis. No more than sixteen credits (in either two-credit or four-credit courses) towards the 136 credits requirement may be taken on a Credit/No Credit basis. The limit of sixteen credits does not apply to courses that are only offered on the Credit/No Credit basis.

All students will register for regular graded courses on a graded basis, and faculty will assign regular grades throughout the semester, as well as a final grade for the course. However, a student may elect to change the grading basis to Credit/No Credit at any time up until the end of the Drop/Add period of the first session of the subsequent semester in which the student is enrolled.

In the fall or spring semester, a student must be enrolled in no less than a normal course load of 16 credits to be approved to change the grading basis of a course to CR/NC.  In order to receive a CR (Credit), a student must have received a grade of C- or better in the course. A grade of D+ or below will be reflected on the transcript as NC (No Credit). Neither CR nor NC will be factored into the grade point average. Students who receive NC will receive no credit for the course and will be ineligible for Dean’s List in that semester.  Students who receive CR may still be eligible for the dean’s list if they have completed at least 16 credits for a regularly assigned grade (see section on Dean’s List).

In their first year (two semesters), students may use up to eight of the sixteen CR/NC credits for any course, up to a maximum of 4 credits per semester.  For students in their 3rd semester and beyond, CHINESE 201A-B and CHINESE 202A-B may also be taken on a CR/NC basis.  Courses taken on a CR/NC basis from the 3rd semester onward (except those courses offered only on this basis and the previously mentioned 200-level Chinese language courses) do not count toward general education requirements or any other degree requirements (major, including prerequisites), unless by special permission from the Office of Undergraduate Studies. For students in any year, courses in which a CR is earned do count toward the requirement for 136 credits and continuation requirements.

A course for which a grade of NC is assigned cannot be used to satisfy the prerequisite for another course, even if the original grade was a passing grade (D+, D, or D-).  Students studying abroad may not receive credit for courses taken on a CR/NC (or Pass/Fail or Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory) basis.  A student who has taken a course on a CR/NC basis and earned a CR may not retake the course.

The change of grading basis to CR/NC can be done through filing a form with the registrar, but students need to get approval from their advisors.  Students who receive a NC (by changing a grade of D+ or below) should be mindful of continuation requirements, e.g. that they may be subject to academic suspension (see section on Continuation), or that they may have to take an extra course the following semester or during the summer in order to ensure that they graduate on time. Once a student has notified the registrar to change the grading basis to CR/NC, it may not be changed back to a regular grade. Students are especially encouraged to make use of the CR/NC option in their first year to take courses they feel might lie outside of their areas of perceived interest, strength, or expertise.

What the impact would be if a student wants to use their CR/NC option on a foundational course for the major they intend to take?

Students are permitted to apply the Credit/No Credit grading basis for any course (e.g., core, major, and elective requirements) taken during their first year.

The CR/NC option is intended to encourage students to explore the richness and variety of DKU’s curricular offerings without worrying unduly about grades. Students may elect to take up to one course CR/NC each semester, up to a limit of four courses that count toward the 136-credit requirement for graduation. All students will register for regular graded courses on a graded basis, and faculty will assign regular grades throughout the semester, as well as a final grade for the course. However, a student may elect to change the grading basis to CR/NC at any time up until the end of the first week of the subsequent semester in which the student is enrolled.

In order to receive a CR (Credit), a student must have received a grade of C- or better in the course. A grade of D+ or worse grade will be reflected on the transcript as NC (No Credit). Neither a CR nor an NC will be factored into the grade point average. Courses replaced with a grade of NC do not earn credit and cannot be used to fulfill prerequisite requirements for subsequent courses. Courses with a grade of CR (Credit) can be used for any prerequisite requirement.

Students who receive a NC will receive no credit for the course and will be ineligible for Dean’s List in that semester. To be eligible for the Dean’s List, undergraduates must earn a grade point average for a semester that places them in the highest third of undergraduates and in addition must (1) complete at least 16 credits for a regularly assigned grade (i.e., no Credit/No Credit courses); and (2) receive no incomplete or failing grades. If a student is enrolled in 20 credits and chooses to take one course as CR/NC, it will not disqualify the student from consideration for the Dean’s List. If the student is enrolled in 16 credits and chooses to take one course as CR/NC, he/she will no longer be included in consideration for the Dean’s List.

All questions related to registration can be found in the “Registration and Enrollment” section of the Manual.

How using the CR/NC may affect fulfilling the continuation requirements?

The change of grading basis to CR/NC can be done through filing a form with the registrar, but students need to get approval from their advisors.  Students who receive a NC (by changing a grade of D+ or below) should be mindful of continuation requirements, e.g. that they may be subject to academic suspension (see section on Continuation), or they may have to take an extra course the following semester or during the summer in order to ensure that they graduate on time. Once a student has notified the registrar to change the grading basis to CR/NC, it may not be changed back to a regular grade.

For example, to be eligible to continue to the third semester at DKU, a student must have passed 24 credits. Student A has above D grades for 20 credits and a D for a 4-credit course. If the student does not use CR/NC, he/she can continue to the third semester as he has 24 credits with passing grades (D is considering passing). However, if the student wants to use CR/NC on the D grade, then it will be converted to NC (A grade of D+ or worse grade will be reflected on the transcript as NC meaning “No Credit”), he will not be allowed to continue because he now only has passed 20 credits.

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