5.5 Extended Academic Program
Normally students must take enough courses each semester to graduate in three years. Students who face serious hardship caused by finances, family responsibilities, or the like, may seek the dean's permission, at any time after acceptance to the school, to take a reduced course load for one or more semesters, thereby extending their academic program over a maximum of four years (or a maximum of five years in the case of students who extend their academic program and who are granted a Planned Educational Leave pursuant to paragraph 5.2). Students must earn at least 10 credits per semester and meet the grade point requirements stated in paragraph 4.1. Not more than five percent of the total student body may take a reduced course load under this rule at any one time.