University Academic Policies

Questrom courses and programs follow Academic Policies as approved by Boston University. The most common university policies are found here. For a more details, visit

Absence for Religious Reasons

The University observes the Massachusetts Religious absence law as set forth in the Policy on Student Absence due to Religious Observance, available at Marsh Chapel.

Policy on Grade Grievances for Undergraduate Students

The grade grievance process for undergraduate students is for students who allege a grade to be arbitrary as defined in the policy.  The process encourages faculty and students to work together to resolve concerns and to also engage the Department Chair.

Incomplete Coursework

An incomplete grade (“I”) is used only when the student has conferred with the instructor prior to the submission of grades, offered acceptable reasons for the incomplete work, and completed an incomplete grade contract.

Policy on Pass/Fail Courses for Undergraduate Students

To encourage intellectual exploration, Boston University permits students to elect up to 8 credits of academic coursework on a P/F basis to satisfy requirements for the bachelor’s degree. Questrom students may use P/F for non-management and free elective requirements only.

Accommodation of Student Athletes

Boston University takes seriously its objective to foster personal development of its student athletes while ensuring they are on target in their pursuit of their degree. Student-Athlete Support Services offers tutoring services, study spaces, and handles letters associated with missed classes due to travel or recuperation periods. For more information visit our Student Athletes Support Services page.

Accommodation of Disabilities

If a student in your class has identified him/herself as having a learning disability, and has presented appropriate University documentation, you are required by law (the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990) to provide any and all reasonable accommodations required by the student in order to successfully complete your course. Please note that the ADA also applies to students with physical and psychological disabilities.

In general, it is best to discuss with the student, in private, the accommodations s/he will require. Typical accommodations include untimed exams, oral exams, time-and-a-half on exams, non-multiple choice exams, and taping record lectures and discussions.

If you require assistance or have questions regarding a disabled student’s needs, the Office of Disability Services can assist you.