Section 3 – Academic Information

Methods and Practices

For undergraduate students, the academic year begins in late August and ends in late May. It is divided into 2 semesters, each approximately 15 weeks in length, with an optional brief term in January known as “Winterim”. In addition, there is a summer session, which is not considered part of the regular academic year. Visit the Academic Calendar for detailed information on term dates and vacation periods. During vacation periods, most of the residence halls and the dining hall are closed. Contact Residential Life for housing options during these times.Graduate students study on a term schedule. International graduate students must be continuously enrolled in full time graduate study for three consecutive terms prior to being able to take a term off for vacation. For additional information please contact the College of Graduate Studies.Course Load, Educational Methods and Practices

All international students must be enrolled in a full-time program. International students may only enroll in one online course per semester or term. English is used in all classes except in advanced foreign language courses. If you are not fluent in English, you need to have completed the highest level of English as a second language from an accredited institution in the United States. Plymouth State University requires a minimum TOEFL score of 520 for undergraduate students and 550 for graduate students.

Plagerism

At Plymouth State University, all students are personally responsible for educating themselves about plagiarism. Plagiarism means to use another person’s words or ideas as your own. Cite the sources you use because there are academic consequences for knowingly or unknowingly committing plagiarism.Visit Lamson Library and Learning Commons online to review the style guides for how to cite sources. For international students there may also be immigration status consequences in addition to the academic ones.The PSU Student Handbook contains University policies related to plagiarism. Make yourself familiar with them!

Useful PSU Phone Numbers

If calling from an off-campus location, telephone numbers will require 535 to be dialed prior to the 4-digits.PSU telephone numbers can be dialed as the number “5″ plus the last 4-digits only when calling from an on-campus location (example: Admissions is dialed as 5-2237).

Admissions
Russell House
2237
Athletics
PE Center
2770
Bagley House (exchange students) 2336
Belknap Hall 2283
Blair Hall 2575
Bookstore (Follett )
HUB
2266
Bursar
Speare
2215
Campus Ministry
2673
Centre Lodge (Student Apartments)
2320
Computer/IT Services 2222
Counseling Center 2461
Dean of Student Affairs/Judicial Programs 2206
Dining Services
Prospect Hall
2710
Emergency ONLY
911
Financial Aid
Speare
2338
Graduate Studies Advising office 2636
Grafton Hall
2924
Samuel Hall Hall
2878
Health Services/Infirmary
2350
Hospital (Speare Memorial, Plymouth)
536-1120
HUB (Hartman Union Building)
2376
Int’l Student Services (undergraduate and graduate)
3372
Lamson Library 2832
Langdon Woods 3297
Mail Room
HUB
2223
Pemi Hall 2567
PASS (Plymouth Academic Support Services) 2270
Physical Plant 2254
Plymouth Police 536-1626
Police (Campus) (business only) 2330
Print Shop (ID cards)
HUB
2273
Registrar
Speare
2346
Recreational
HUB
2959
Residential Life 2260
Silver Center for the Arts 2787
Smith Hall 2354
Storm Line (weather/campus closings) 3535
Student Accounting 2362
Telecommunications 2222
Undergraduate Advising Center 3065
Voice Activated Telephone Directory 3333
Weather Forecast (recorded) 2599