Certificate Programs Program Policies

Attendance

Attendance is required at all class sessions. Unexcused absences are not accepted for students pursuing certificate programs. Excused absences will be evaluated on a case by case basis. If you are going to miss more than two class sessions, you should defer taking the course until a later date. Make-up exams and exam may be available; please refer to individual course syllabi.

Holidays

The School regularly observes the following holidays, during which classes will not be held:
New Year's Eve and Day, Easter Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Day.

Course Exemptions

A student may prove proficiency for up to 20 percent of coursework through transcripts from outside institutions, colleges, or universities or by passing proficiency exams through the Regenstein School. Please note: proficiency exams are only available for select classes and incur a $75 registration fee.

The purpose of a proficiency exam is to find out whether you have mastered a subject well enough to earn course credit. Examinations allow students to receive credit for knowledge acquired previously and to allow students to enroll in more advanced courses, or to add breadth to their academic programs. Proficiency examinations are optional and recommended only for students who are unusually skilled in the discipline in which the examination is taken. 

  • You may only take one proficiency examination each semester: Fall, Winter-Spring, and Summer.
  • You may take a proficiency exam only once.
  • Select proficiency exams may require a written project or performance examination.
  • Successful completion of an exam will be recorded as Pass Proficiency on transcripts.

To inquire about the nature of an examination, study guide availability or to schedule an exam, please contact the manager of certificate programs at certificateprogram@chicagobotanic.org.

Make-up and Proficiency exams

Make-up and proficiency exams are administered in the Lendhart Library during scheduled operating hours, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday thru Friday, and noon to 4 p.m. on weekends. Exams should be picked up from the library desk, taken in the library, and returned to the librarian on duty when complete. Exams are scheduled with the certificate programs office. Please note: Make-up exams are not available for every course. Please refer to your course syllabus or instructor for availability. 

Transcripts

Official Transcripts ($2 each) and Unofficial Transcripts (e-mailed to student only) are available year-round. Transcripts must be requested in writing and will be mailed within two weeks of request. Click here to request a transcript.

Student Work

Final projects or assignments returned to the registrar's office by the instructor must be picked up by students no later than eight weeks following the last day of the certificate class. After that time any unclaimed materials will be discarded.

Grading Scale
A100 – 90
B89 – 80
C79 – 70
D> 70

Grades

For the following certificates, a grade of at least 70 percent must be achieved for each core course: OPC, MGC, PGL1, PGL2, and GDC. For the Botanical Art certificate, students must achieve a mark of 'S' (satisfactory) for each core course. Grade letters are issued to students within four weeks of the last day of class. Exceptions due to holidays may apply.

Dismissal

The School is committed to offering the highest quality educational experience to all of its students. The School and its instructors reserve the right to dismiss any student who is disruptive during class sessions.

Academic Honesty Policy

Every student is expected to take their examinations independently.Using unauthorized notes or other study aids during an examination; using unauthorized technology during an examination; improper storage of prohibited notes, course materials, and study aids during an exam such that they are accessible or possible to view; looking at other students' work during an exam or in an assignment where collaboration is not allowed; attempting to communicate with other students in order to get help during an exam or in an assignment where collaboration is not allowed; and obtaining an examination prior to its administration is prohibited. Any failure to adhere to these principles will result in a failing grade on the examination in question.