Loyola University Chicago

School of Communication

Advising FAQs

Students interested in transferring into the School of Communication or adding a major currently housed in the School of Communication with a major in another school can download an Internal Transfer Application or a Multiple Degree Application on the Current Student Applications. The completed form should be turned into the Dean's office in the School of Communication. 

No, you can minor or take a second major in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Business or one of Loyola's other schools.

The School of Communication requires 120 credit hours to graduate. All School of Communication students are required to complete a language competence requirement, UCRW110 (Core Curriculum requirement) and two writing intensive courses. These courses must be completed with a C- or better. For more information on these requirements please visit the Undergraduate page.

Students can find their Academic Requirement Report in LOCUS. If you are currently not a student in the School of Communication, you can look on the SOC website under the major in which you are interested for current requirements. 

A basic mission of a university is to search for and to communicate the truth, as it is honestly perceived. A genuine learning community cannot exist unless this demanding standard is a fundamental tenet of the intellectual life of the community. Students of Loyola University Chicago are expected to know, to respect, and to practice this standard of personal honesty.

 Academic dishonesty can take several forms, including, but not limited to cheating, plagiarism, copying another student’s work, and submitting false documents.

Academic cheating is a serious act that violates academic integrity. Cheating includes, but is not limited to, such acts as:

  • Obtaining, distributing, or communicating examination materials prior to the scheduled examination without the consent of the teacher
  • Providing information to another student during an examination
  • Obtaining information from another student or any other person during an examination
  • Using any material or equipment during an examination without consent of the instructor, or in a manner which is not authorized by the instructor
  • Attempting to change answers after the examination has been submitted
  • Unauthorized collaboration, or the use in whole or part of another student’s work, on homework, lab reports, programming assignments, and any other course work which is completed outside of the classroom
  • Falsifying medical or other documents to petition for excused absences or extensions of deadlines
  • Any other action that, by omission or commission, compromises the integrity of the academic evaluation process

Students who commit an act of plagiarism, whether deliberately or accidentally, will still be held responsible. Ignorance of academic rules, or failure to fact check work, sources and citations, is not an acceptable defense against the charge of plagiarism. It is true that every thought probably has been influenced to some degree by the thoughts and actions of others. Such influences can be thought of as affecting the ways we see things and express all thoughts. Plagiarism, however, involves the taking and use of specific words and ideas of others without proper acknowledgement of the sources, and includes the following:

  • Submitting as one's own material copied from a published source, such as print, Internet, CD-ROM, audio, video, etc.
  • Submitting as one's own another person's unpublished work or examination material
  • Allowing another or paying another to write or research a paper for one's own benefit
  • Purchasing, acquiring, and using for course credit a pre-written paper

The above list is in no way intended to be exhaustive. Students should be guided by the principle that it is of utmost importance to give proper recognition to all sources. To do so is both an act of personal, professional courtesy and of intellectual honesty; any failure to do so, whether by intent or by neglect, whether by omission or commission, is an act of plagiarism. A more detailed description of this issue can be found at:

http://luc.edu/english/writing.shtml#source

In addition, a student may not submit the same paper or other work for credit in two or more classes without the expressed prior permission of all instructors. A student who submits the same work for credit in two or more classes without the expressed prior permission of all instructors will be judged guilty of academic dishonesty, and will be subject to sanctions described below. This applies even if the student is enrolled in the classes during different semesters. If a student plans to submit work with similar or overlapping content for credit in two or more classes, the student should consult with all instructors prior to submission of the work to make certain that such submission will not violate this standard. 

Plagiarism or any other act of academic dishonesty will result minimally in the instructor’s assigning the grade of "F" for the assignment or examination. The instructor may impose a more severe sanction, including a grade of “F” in the course. All instances of academic dishonesty must be reported by the instructor to the chairperson of the department involved, and to the Dean of the School of Communication.

The office of the Dean of the School of Communication may constitute a hearing board to consider the imposition of sanctions in addition to those imposed by the instructor, including a recommendation of expulsion, depending on the seriousness of the misconduct.  In the case of multiple instances of academic dishonesty, the Dean's office may convene a separate hearing board to review these instances.  The student has the right to appeal the decision of the hearing board to the Dean of SOC. If the student is not a member of the SOC, the dean of the college in which the student is enrolled shall be part of the process.  Students have the right to appeal the decision of any hearing board and the deans of the two schools will review the appeal together.  Their decision is final in all cases except expulsion.  The sanction of expulsion for academic dishonesty may be imposed only by the Provost upon recommendation of the dean or deans.

Students have a right to appeal any finding of academic dishonesty against them. The procedure for such an appeal can be found at:

http://www.luc.edu/academics/catalog/undergrad/reg_academicgrievance.shtml

The School of Communication maintains a permanent record of all instances of academic dishonesty. The information in that record is confidential. However, students may be asked to sign a waiver which releases that student’s record of dishonesty as a part of the student’s application to a graduate or professional school, to a potential employer, to a bar association, or to similar organizations.

 

*The School of Communication policy is based entirely on and is consistent with the Academic Integrity Policy of the College of Arts & Sciences.

If you are a freshman or sophomore, you will be assigned an advisor in First and Second Year Advising. The advisor for Juniors, Seniors, and transfer students in the School of Communication are Assistant Dean Lauren Sanchez and Academic Advisor Kat Fraser. To make an appointment to meet with them you can contact Doretha Tyler-Gant at 312.915.7734.

Who will answer questions from current and prospective students about transfer credit and classes?

  • For current students, these questions will be answered by Assistant Dean Lauren Sanchez  or Academic Advisor Kat Fraser
  • For potential students, these questions will be answered by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

For current students, these questions will be answered by Assistant Dean Lauren Sanchez.

Currently internships in the three majors are overseen by faculty: Herb Ritchell (Advertising and Public Relations), Cheryl McPhilimy (Communication Studies), and John Slania (Journalism).

Please see the School of Communication internship site. Students in Ad/PR typically go into jobs that are professionally directed and focused through their experiences in that major. Journalism students are expected to have a second major or minor based on the principle that writers need to have an area of expertise to write about. Communication Studies majors go into the most diverse areas of professional life (even journalism or ad/pr jobs). They often go on to graduate school in education, law, business, counseling, or social work. Many secure professional positions in a range of areas because of their strong speaking, writing and critical thinking skills.