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Academics

Since 1837, education at Knox has sought to call forth the very best in the individuals who come here. Professors in all fields nurture individual inquiry, and the learning process takes place in a remarkably cooperative environment. Students are invited and encouraged to think of themselves as responsible adults -- engaged not in competition, but in serious yet congenial conversation.

Affirmation of the value of a Knox College liberal arts education comes not only from Knox graduates, but from professional schools as well. These schools consider a Knox education to be among the best preparation for further study toward professional careers. About 60% of Knox graduates have earned or are studying for advanced degrees within five years of graduation.

Academic Honor Code
Knox College relies upon each student’s personal integrity and commitment to academic honesty. Students developed the Honor Code in 1951, and students enforce it.

The Honor Board -- a committee of nine students and three faculty members -- hears cases involving alleged violations of the Honor Code such as cheating or plagiarism. The Board makes judgments and assigns penalties ranging from written warnings to dismissal from the College.

Academic Reporting (Grades)
Evaluation of your student’s progress is measured by grades, recorded as A,B,C,D and F at the end of each term (First-term students also receive mid-term grade reports). The College sends students their grades at the end of each term. If you would like to receive copies of your student’s grades, please contact the Registrar’s Office at (309)341-7205 to complete the appropriate paperwork. Your student’s written consent is required.

Advising
All entering students are assigned an academic advisor, usually on the basis of the student’s potential area of academic interest. The advisor helps students plan their curriculum and course selections. When a student declares a major (usually near the end of the sophomore year), an advisor from the student’s major department is assigned. Students may change advisers by speaking with the Associate Dean of the College, who monitors the academic progress of all students. The Office of Student Development focuses on personal and social issues but can also assist students with academic issues and concerns.

Off-Campus Study
Knox offers a wide variety of off-campus programs, both abroad and in the United States. The purpose of off-campus study is to broaden and deepen the experiences beyond those offered through on-campus major and minors.

Students who wish to participate in an off-campus program must be in good academic standing, have completed the prerequisites for the program of interest to them, and submit a proposal in which they provide a strong rationale that describes how their off-campus experience will strengthen their course of study. Permission to study off-campus is granted on the strength of the student's preparation and the quality of their application.

We encourage participation in off-campus programs, and encourage you to discuss them with your student.