Section I: Introduction
General Statement of Policy
Richard Bland College of William & Mary is an equal educational opportunity institution. In keeping with this policy, the College makes no distinction in the admission of students, or in any other of its official activities, on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age, religion, political affiliation, handicap, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, or other non-merit factors. All standards and policies governing student employment, recruitment, admissions, financial aid, and support programs are applied accordingly.
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Special Notice to Students
The Richard Bland College Catalog is intended to describe the work of the College and to be a digest of its regulations. Although the courses announced and the regulations given are usually continuous from year to year, none of them is valid beyond the publication of a new Catalog, which will supersede all previous Catalogs.
Ordinarily, students may complete a degree in accordance with the degree requirements in force when they were admitted to the College or in any subsequent Catalog published while they are students. Students who have not been enrolled at Richard Bland College for a period of five years or more must fulfill the degree requirements in effect at the time of their readmission.
Students who plan to complete a baccalaureate degree at a four-year institution are urged to study carefully the degree requirements of the institutions to which they will apply in order to plan appropriate programs of study at Richard Bland College.
NOTE: This Catalog provides announcements for the 2014-16 calendar years. Because programs and policies change from time to time, Richard Bland College reserves the right to withdraw or change any requirements or provisions in this Catalog at any time.
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The Calendar is subject to change as necessary to fulfill the College’s educational objectives.
|August 4||Tuition due by 5 p.m.|
|August 6-18||Late Registration/Class Changes for Fall. Payment (with 10% late fee, $100 maximum) due the day of registration.|
|August 10||Start of faculty contracts|
|August 10-11||Faculty development|
|August 11||Move-in Day (residence halls open 9 am)|
|August 11-13||New Student Orientation|
|August 14||Fall Classes begin|
|August 25||End of add/drop period|
|September 1||Registration Begins Late Start Fall Courses|
|September 4||Labor Day - No Classes|
|September 8||Fall 2017 Late Start Registration Begins at Registrar’s Office only (no self-service registration)|
|October 7-10||Fall Recess—administrative offices open|
|October 11||Late Start Classes Begin|
|October 23||Spring Registration begins (continuing students-tuition due January 5th)|
|October 27||Last day to drop or withdraw from College w/out academic penalty|
|October 28||Deadline to apply for December graduation|
|October 30||Last day to drop/audit or withdraw without academic penalty for late start courses|
|November 6||Admissions Priority Deadline for Spring 2018 (new students)|
|November 22||No Classes. Residence Halls close 12 noon|
|November 23-26||Thanksgiving Recess (college closed). Residence Halls reopen 9 a.m.|
|December 4||Last Day of Classes|
|December 5-8||Final Exams|
|December 11||Grades submitted by noon. Winter Intersession Term begins|
|December 14||Residence halls closed (5:00 p.m.)|
|December 23||College closed for winter break|
|January 2||College reopens following winter break|
|January 5||Tuition due by 5 p.m.|
|January 6-22||Late Registration/Class Changes for Spring. Payment (with 10% late fee, $100 maximum) due the day of registration.|
|January 12||New Student Orientation; Faculty Development.|
|January 14||Winter Intersession Term ends. Residence Halls open 9 a.m.|
|January 15||College closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day|
|January 16||Classes Begin|
|January 22||Last day to add/drop a course|
|February 3||Deadline to apply for Spring & Summer graduation|
|February 17||Summer Teacher Recertification Registration Begins|
|March 10||Summer Registration begins|
|March 13-17||Spring Recess. Residence Halls close March 11 at noon and reopen March 19 at 9 a.m.|
|March 19||Last day to drop a class or withdraw from college without academic penalty|
|March 27||Fall Advising/Registration Begins for continuing students|
|May 5||Last Day of Classes|
|May 7 - 10||Final exams|
|May 12||Grades submitted by 8 a.m. Residence Halls close at noon|
|May 13||Richard Bland College Commencement. Residence Halls close for Commencement participants at 3 p.m.|
|May 15||Summer Classes Begin|
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Richard Bland College Vision
As an extension of William & Mary, Richard Bland College is in the vanguard of learning-outcomes based liberal arts education for university transfer and a model for testing and applying outcomes-driven solutions in higher education.
Richard Bland College Mission
To prepare students for university transfer through academically rigorous programs grounded in the liberal arts tradition of William & Mary and to expand access to college credentials through strategic partnerships, specialized programming, and scalable innovation.
- Integrity & Honesty
- Exploration & Discovery
- Student & Faculty Engagement
- Diversity & Openness
- Student Engagement and Success
Shared Responsibility for Student Success
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