Students may only use their pin for courses they have discussed and cleared with their academic advisor. Students who register for courses without their advisor’s permission are in violation of the student code of conduct.
By university rule, a student who uses his/her PIN to register for courses that do not count toward a degree in Engineering will be notified by the Associate Dean of an inappropriate schedule. The student in this case will be dismissed from the COE at the end of the semester in which the discovery is made. That is, there can be an unconventional “try out another major” semester for a student, but (s)he will need to apply and be accepted in another college at Villanova to remain at Villanova. The normal procedure for a student who wishes to change a major from Engineering is to speak to a representative from the college of interest, then, if truly interested, apply and be accepted in the other college. The reason for this rule is clearly the negative impact on the tuition payer, coded college, university, and other constituents (even the student) when a student is not taking courses, as advised, to obtain an undergraduate degree in four years or less.