16 Credit Hour Limit Policy Initiative

Erskine Students,

It has come to my attention that yesterday (Thursday, May 9, 2013) the Erskine faculty passed a motion on behalf of the students requesting that the policy requiring students taking over sixteen (16) credit hours be removed.  In concordance with this motion, I have passed a SGA Presidential Directive and have organized a petition to the administration to change this policy over the summer.

Here is the Presidential Directive.

Here is the text of the Petition.

The petition will be in Moffatt TONIGHT for dinner (Friday, May 10, 2013; 5-6pm) and TOMORROW for lunch (Saturday, May 11, 2013; 11:30am-12:15pm) if you would like to sign it.  Please also feel free to contact me directly via email at sga@erskine.edu or at dprohaska@erskine.edu.

I would also encourage all students to send a respectful email to Dr. Christie (nbc@erskine.edu) and Mr. DeCiantis (deciantis@erskine.edu) expressing your concerns over this policy.  Here is a suggested email:

Dear Erskine Administration, Dr. Christie, and Mr. DeCiantis,


As a student of Erskine College I respectfully request that you change the current policy requiring students taking over sixteen credit hours to pay additional tuition fees.  I am concerned about this policy for several reasons.

First, this policy hinders students’ abilities to earn a double major unless students decide on a double major their freshman year; which places an undue burden on new students.  Second, this policy makes it more difficult, and at times impossible, for students who wish to do so to graduate early to pursue their professional careers or their personal lives.  Third, this policy adds an additional and unnecessary financial burden on students seeking to maximize their education at Erskine by taking more than 16 credit hours.  Finally, this financial restriction remains unnecessary due to the GPA requirements already in place for students seeking to take more than 16 credit hours.

Students have been concerned about this policy since it was initiated, and we have found since its beginning it has been more of a hindrance to students than a help.  Please consider changing this policy as soon as possible.

Thank you for your time.



Remember, BE RESPECTFUL no matter what!  We can work towards real change with careful, deliberate action taken in the appropriate way.  Again, please feel free to contact me any time about any concerns you have here at Erskine.

I wish everyone luck on their exams and hope everyone has a great summer!



Daniel Prohaska

SGA President, 2013-2014

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One Response to 16 Credit Hour Limit Policy Initiative

  1. We have received a swift and effective response from the Administration about this policy: Dr. Christie will remove the fee on going over 16 hours!!! The 3.0 GPA requirement will still be in affect, but you will not have to pay! Please take the time to thank Dr. Christie when you see him (and now that it has been changed, please do not fill up his email with requests to change this policy).

    It should be noted that Dr. Christie was planning on changing this policy before the action of the Erskine faculty and students, so again, please show him your support for hearing your concerns when you get the chance.

    God bless and have a great summer!!!

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