——————  Honor Code  —————-

” I have neither given or received, nor have I tolerated others’ use of unauthorized aid.”

This statement is written on all homework, quizzes, and exams at Valparaiso University. Every student must write out the Honor Code in full and sign it for all work submitted for academic credit. The Honor Code expresses the promise of the student not to cheat through either action or inaction. The use of these words expresses the faith of the faculty in the student body.

Valparaiso University is proud to be one of a select few universities to operate under a student-run honor system. The Honor Code was established in 1943 by students with the support of the faculty. Signing one’s name to the honor code not only ensures academic pride and integrity of oneself and others but also one’s commitment to a future composed of honest work and integrity.

The Honor System is a cherished tradition of Valparaiso University. Covering all work submitted for academic credit, the Honor System is based on the highest principles of ethics and honesty in class work and campus life. The Honor System is also regarded as an expression of the Christian character of the University.

The purpose of this website is to guide you. Below you’ll find information on how to report a violation, what to do if you are accused of a violation, our constitution, and the Spring 2014 statement on proctoring quizzes and exams.

 Grading System and Quality Points

The course grades reported and recorded in the Office of the Registrar are as follows. The corresponding number of quality points per credit hour is also indicated

For Grades Description, Click here
For Academic Policies, Click here

All students, degree and non-degree seeking, must maintain a grade point average of 3.00 (B = 3.00) in all graduate work undertaken at Valparaiso University.

Grades A through C generate semester credits and quality points in meeting degree requirements, but no more than three credit hours of C or C+ may be counted toward meeting degree requirements. Grades of C- and below do not constitute credit toward the degree, but are included on the student’s transcript and are calculated into the student’s official cumulative grade point average.

A student who receives a grade of C+ or lower in a second course is placed on academic probation and receives an official notice from the Graduate School. The student must replace one of these grades within one academic year or will be dropped from the program. Receipt of a third grade of C+ or lower will result in dismissal from the Graduate School.

Final Examinations

      3 credit courses

     2 credit courses

     Online courses

  • Will be held in class.
  • Exam times are determined by the Office of the Registrar and do not occur during typical class days/times.  The final exam calendar is available at: Registrar’s Website
  • Final exams are not required, but instructors may include them as part of the evaluation process of the class.
  • The exam times are during the normal class meeting days/times.
  • Online classes that are three or more credits will have final exams.

Academic Calendar

Important dates, including registration periods, semester start/end dates, university breaks, form deadlines, and graduation details, are available both in the Catalogs and in the calendar.