2012 - 2013 Academic Policies and Procedures
Withdrawing from Courses | Medical Withdrawals | Leave of Absence | Holds | Credit/No Credit Option | Directed Studies | Auditing Courses | Academic Load | Graduation | Academic Advising | General Information
One credit hour is given for one 50-minute class per week for 14 weeks or equivalent. Most courses at the college vary from 2 to 4 credit hours.
Certain courses at the college have prerequisites. The prerequisites for a course are listed in the academic catalog, the class schedule, and the course syllabus. Students are permitted to pre-register for a course that has prerequisites provided the prerequisite coursework is in progress at the time of the registration session. Only grades of C- or better are considered to satisfy prerequisite requirements. Students are responsible for making sure they have met prerequisites and grade standards prior to the beginning of each semester. The college reserves the right to withdraw a student from any course for which prerequisites and grade standards have not been met.
For Fall and Spring registration, students are registered in order of class standing at the time the registration session begins. Registration for May/Summer is on a first come, first served basis. Students are notified by postcard what their class standing is and their dates to register. Registrations are accepted via the college's web system (WebAdvisor) or in person.
Registration for Fall Semester occurs in March.
Registration for Spring Semester occurs in October.
Registration for May/Summer Terms occurs in February.
May term is offered for undergraduate students during the month of May as a short, interim term between Spring and Summer semesters. May term is designed to help students fulfill upper division elective requirements, as well as to offer unique courses where students can gain in-depth knowledge of interesting topics in classes which are not offered during a regular semester. May term also gives instructors the opportunity to teach courses that devote focused attention to a subject that emphasizes their areas of expertise. May term classes are typically two credits, and meet for six hours in class each week.
In addition to regular course offerings, we also offer several international and domestic study tours each May term under the direction of Westminster faculty. May term study experiences have taken Westminster students to places such as southern Utah, California, New York, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, China, and many countries in Europe. The cost of a study experience is not included in May term tuition.
Please note that if a student wishes to use a May Term Study Experience to receive foreign language credit towards fulfilling his/her foreign language requirement, then that language must be the native or predominant language of the country of destination, and a foreign language faculty member must co-teach the course, and a student must have already passed at least one semester of foreign language instruction in the same language at the college level.
Students can apply their earned May term credits to either the May term or to the Summer semester. Payment of full-time tuition for Fall and/or Spring semesters earns two hours each, for a possible total of four hours. To apply 2 earned hours to the Summer semester, students must register for a minimum of three total credit hours. To apply 4 earned hours, students must register for 6 or more credit hours.
Students may register until the end of the first full week of classes. Specific dates are listed in the Academic Calendar. Beginning with the first day of classes, students must obtain instructor permission to enroll in any classes by obtaining the instructor's signature on an Add Card.
Confirmations of Class Schedules
Students can check their schedule and print a confirmation at any time via the web using WebAdvisor, or they may come to the Registrar's Office during office hours to receive a copy. Students are expected to check these confirmations carefully and report discrepancies to the Registrar's Office. The computerized confirmation reflects the courses for which the student is actually registered.
Once a class has closed, a student has the option of being put on a wait list for that class. As space becomes available, students are added in the class automatically by the Registrar's Office during the pre-registration period. Once classes begin, a student must turn in an add card with the instructor's signature in order to be officially enrolled in the class. Although many students get into their classes from the wait list, students are encouraged to choose alternate courses whenever possible.
Students may add courses until the end of the first full week of classes. Specific dates are listed in the Academic Calendar. Beginning the first day of classes, students must obtain instructor permission before adding and can no longer add courses via the Web (WebAdvisor).
Students may withdraw from classes without penalty before the second full week of classes. Students may still withdraw from classes through the eleventh week of class and receive a W, which does not affect a student's GPA. Students who withdraw after these dates receive a grade of WF, which is calculated as an F in the GPA.
Specific withdrawal deadlines are listed in the Academic Calendar. In case of illness or injury, family members may complete the student withdrawal from the college. In case of duress or special need, an administrative withdrawal may be initiated by the Dean of Students.
Students who fail to withdraw from courses they have not attended are liable for all tuition and interest charged to their accounts. Grades of F are assigned at the end of the semester for any classes that students fail to drop.
Withdrawing from College
Students who wish to withdraw from Westminster entirely must complete the Withdrawal from College form and obtain all the required signatures in order to be considered officially withdrawn.
Students who are unable to complete a semester due to serious health problems and who are not eligible for grades of incomplete may request a medical withdrawal. Students seeking a medical withdrawal should contact the Dean of Students. Written verification from a physician or licensed mental health professional will be required. A medical withdrawal usually constitutes withdrawal from all courses for the semester, and withdrawals are made retroactive only to the last date of attendance. Requests for medical withdrawals must be submitted within six weeks after the end of the semester in question. If a medical withdrawal is granted, reevaluation by the student's physician or counselor may be required prior to re-registration.
In order to appeal for a medical withdrawal, students must submit, in writing, to the Dean of Students Office:
- A detailed letter (usually 1–3 pages in length) describing why the student is unable to complete his or her academic work during the semester. Because the petition is based on this written document, it is essential that the student include as many details as possible. In addition, the student should specifically state what he or she is requesting of the College regarding grades, scholarships, account, etc.
- A written note from a medical professional (M.D., LCSW, FNP, counselor, etc.) detailing the following:
a) Medical professional's name, title, phone number and address.
b) A clear summary of the diagnosis and how/why this condition is affecting the student's academic pursuits.
c) A detailed account of when the medical professional saw the student
Meetings to examine petitions are held approximately once per month. A medical withdrawal usually constitutes withdrawal from ALL courses for the semester (as it is difficult to be medically unfit in one class but medically fit for another). Approved petitions will be made retroactive only to the last date of attendance and tuition charges are adjusted according to Westminster College's posted refund schedule found on the Student Account Services' webpage. If a medical withdrawal is granted, re-evaluation by the student's medical professional will be required prior to re-registration.
Please forward all information via email, fax, or mail to:
Dean of Students
1840 South 1300 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84105
Fax: 801.832.3103 (Attn: Mark Ferne)
Westminster College recognizes that students occasionally find themselves in circumstances that require a voluntary leave. A voluntary leave of absence at Westminster College is defined as an interruption of continuous enrollment for less than three regular semesters (does not include May term or summer term). A voluntary leave of absence may be requested to engage in short-term military service, or for personal, medical*, employment, or financial reasons. An approved voluntary leave of absence does not defer college loans and students should consult with the Financial Aid Office regarding their eligibility to maintain their current financial aid award.
*Note: Students experiencing serious emergent illness should consult with the Dean of Students to request a medical withdrawal rather than a leave of absence.
To be eligible for a leave of absence, students must be a currently registered, degree-seeking student. Some academic programs may impose restrictions upon a leave of absence, so students are encouraged to consult with their academic program or department prior to submitting a request for voluntary leave. A leave of absence is not required for summer term. Students under voluntary leave are not required to readmit upon return and may stay enrolled in their declared governing catalog provided they return within the three semesters. Access to Westminster email and technology accounts remain active during a short-term leave of absence. Students who fail to return to school after an approved leave of absence will be considered withdrawn by the institution and will be expected to reapply.
National or Religious Service
Students may engage in national (such as military service) or religious service for an extended period of time (longer than three regular semesters) but will be required to re-apply to the college upon their return. Westminster will hold institutional scholarships, provided you do not attend another school before returning to Westminster. In most cases, students are expected to be readmitted under current, existing catalog requirements in effect at the time of re-admission.
Applying for a Leave of Absence
- Discuss your desire to apply for a leave of absence with your academic or program advisor.
- Complete the Leave of Absence Form available on-line and in the Start Center or Registrar’s Office.
- Meet with representatives in the Financial Aid Office, Student Account Services, and Campus Housing (if applicable). Students with outstanding financial balances will be required to sign promissory notes and make adequate financial arrangements prior to taking leave.
- Completed forms must be turned in to the Registrar’s Office to complete the leave process.
Note: Students who are unable to apply for voluntary leave in person, may designate an individual to apply for them, provided there is a Release of Information Form (FERPA) on file for that designated individual.
The college may place administrative holds for students with outstanding financial obligations, overdue library books, library fines, bad checks, or other obligations to the college. Once a hold has been placed, students may be prevented from registering or obtaining diplomas or official transcripts until the obligation is met. Unofficial informational transcripts are available on the campus web site through WebAdvisor.
Students are expected to attend all sessions of each class. Specific attendance requirements are established by each instructor, and such requirements are enforced by the college. Students who do not attend class during the first week may be considered "no-shows" and dropped from the course by the instructor to make room for students on wait lists; however, it cannot be assumed that all instructors will do so. Students are ultimately responsible for making sure they have dropped courses that they do not plan to attend.
Students must elect the credit/no credit (CR/NC) option by the deadline posted in the Academic Calendar, approximately nine weeks after classes begin. The credit-no credit option may not be changed after the deadline. Courses taken CR/NC may not be applied to the major or the minor. Students who later declare a major or minor that includes a course they took CR/NC may be required by the program to repeat the course. See Credit/No Credit Option under the Grading and Academic Standards section of this catalog for details.
A completed Application for Permission to take a Directed Studies Course form, signed by the instructor and School Dean, must be submitted to the Registrar's Office. (Undergraduate directed studies courses are numbered 401; graduate program directed studies courses are listed in the Academic Catalog.)
Students may elect to audit courses at Westminster according to the guidelines listed below. Courses that are entered on students' permanent records as audited (AU) earn no credit and fulfill no requirements.
Students may register for a regular audit (one-half of credit tuition) according to the following guidelines:
- Subject to space availability, students may sign up to audit a class on the first day of class.
- Students wishing to audit an activity course such as a physical education, art, theater, writing, or computer science course must obtain written permission from the instructor.
- Only students accepted to Masters degree programs may audit graduate classes.
- Students who are not nursing majors may audit nursing courses with permission of the instructor.
Students who graduated from Westminster and who are not currently pursuing a degree may register for an Alumni Audit ($125 per class, plus a $50 technology fee for Fall or Spring semesters) according to the following guidelines:
- Students must register through the Alumni Relations Office. Registrations accepted by the Alumni Office will be verified the first day of class and are subject to space availability. Alumni will not be added to waitlists when a course is considered full.
- Alumni Audit applications must be received within two business days before the first day of the semester.
- Students wishing to participate in the Alumni Audit program are required to adhere to all college deadlines for withdrawal and payment of tuition and fees. Students who fail to withdraw will be charged accordingly.
- Students currently pursuing a graduate degree may not participate in the Alumni Audit program for an undergraduate course while taking classes at the graduate level.
- Not all classes are eligible for Alumni Audits. For example, it is not possible to take music lessons or independent art courses at the Alumni Audit rate due to the costs of hiring instructors. Please contact the Alumni Office for eligible courses.
- It may be possible for students to audit graduate level courses. Please contact the Alumni Office to inquire about eligibility and availability.
|Less than half time||5 or fewer|
|Maximum for students on probation||13|
|Full time for students with financial assistance||12|
|Full time for students with veterans' benefits||12|
|Minimum for international students||12|
|Maximum number of hours||6|
(Financial Aid requires 12 hours for full-time status)
|Maximum recommended number of hours||12|
|Full time||7 or more|
|Less than half time||3 or fewer|
Students who wish to register for more than the maximum number of hours must have at least a 3.0 GPA. Students who wish to take more than 20 credit hours in a regular semester (Fall or Spring) must also have the permission of their academic advisor and the dean of the appropriate school.
Applying for Graduation
Candidates for graduation should apply to the Registrar's Office two regular semesters prior to their planned completion date. Students can apply for December, May, or August graduation dates. Application deadlines are posted in the Academic Calendar.
To apply for graduation, students must obtain degree audits for all academic programs, including the honors program. Graduation applications are available in the Registrar's Office. Students are expected to meet with their academic advisors to review and sign all required paperwork. Paperwork that is unsigned or incomplete will be returned to the student. Candidates are notified of remaining degree requirements and their status within four weeks after applying for graduation.
To be eligible for a bachelor's degree, students must satisfy the following conditions:
- complete a minimum of 124 semester credit hours, 30 of which must be upper division courses (numbered 300 or above) from a four-year institution (see Quantity Standard below).
- fulfill all liberal education requirements
- maintain an overall grade point average of 2.00 or above (see Grade Point Average section below).
- meet all course requirements and grade point average requirements in the major and minor (see individual major and minor listings).
- fulfill the residency requirements currently in effect.
Note: Only letter grades of C- or better may be presented to satisfy major, minor, or LE requirements (with the exception of Nursing, which requires a grade of C or better; and Education, which requires a grade of C+ or better in all education classes).
The final responsibility for being informed about, and adhering to, graduation requirements rests with the individual student.
A minimum of one hundred twenty-four (124) credit hours of college work is required for graduation. Thirty (30) hours of this number must be earned in upper division courses (courses numbered 300 and above). Although some lower division transfer coursework from two-year institutions may be accepted as meeting upper division major requirements, these hours will not be counted toward the 30 upper division hours required for graduation. Students with 123.51 or more hours have completed the quantity standard for graduation.
Students must present a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 in all work completed at the college. Students must present a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.3 in their major unless otherwise specified in the major program. Students should check their major programs for grade point average requirements.
Graduating with Honors
Honors noted in the Commencement program are based upon the grade point average at the end of the spring semester. Honors designations noted in the program are subject to change based on the calculation of final grade point averages for students attending May and Summer terms.
Grade point averages are not rounded in order to achieve honors.
Students Who Started at Westminster College Before Fall 2010:
Honors are awarded to undergraduate students only upon graduation and are determined as follows:
|Summa Cum Laude||3.850 cumulative grade point average or higher|
|Magna Cum Laude||3.750 cumulative grade point average (up to but not including 3.850)|
|Cum Laude||3.500 cumulative grade point average (up to but not including 3.750)|
Undergraduate students can achieve honors in two ways:
Completing 60 hours of coursework at Westminster with letter grades and achieving a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.500 or higher (as noted above).
Transferring in with a transfer cumulative grade point average of 3.500 or above and completing 35 hours of coursework with a cumulative GPA of 3.500 or above at Westminster. Note: The Registrar will re-calculate grade point averages from all institutions and will include any recently taken coursework to determine your final transfer grade point average.
Students Who Started at Westminster College in Fall 2010 or later:
Honors are awarded to undergraduate students who complete 60 hours of coursework at Westminster with letter grades and who meet the following criteria:
|Summa Cum Laude||Top 10 percent of eligible students*|
|Magna Cum Laude||Second 10 percent of eligible students*|
|Cum Laude||Third 10 percent of eligible students*|
*Eligible students are undergraduate students who complete 60 hours of coursework at Westminster with letter grades.
The grade point averages necessary to meet honors criteria are based on the previous year's graduating class GPA. The GPAs required to receive honors for graduation is determined after the entire class has been graduated in August and are published at the beginning of the Fall semester.
Note: Students who started school at Westminster prior to Fall 2010, but later elect a newer catalog because of new academic policies or new academic programs not previously offered, will be allowed to use the honors policy in effect when they started school.
Westminster College does not rank its students.
The Dean's List is an academic honor list computed after Fall and Spring semesters. To qualify for the list, students must complete at least 12 graded credit hours and achieve a 3.5 GPA or higher for the term. Courses graded credit/no credit are not counted toward the 12 hours.
The commencement ceremony is held in late May or early June. All students who complete requirements for graduation and are entitled to receive degrees are expected to be present at the commencement exercises. Students who, due to extenuating circumstances, are unable to attend must request that they be excused. Requests must be made in writing to the Registrar's Office.
December and April graduates will receive their diplomas following the ceremony. Students attending May term will receive diplomas mid-June. August graduates completing their degree requirements during the summer term may attend the preceding spring ceremony but will not receive diplomas until mid-August.
Academic advising is crucial to Westminster College's student-centered mission. It is a developmental process during which advisors (faculty, staff, and peer) work with individual students to create curricular choices designed to match the student's life and career goals. In partnership with students, advisors will:
- Share knowledge about the institution and the curriculum
- Link students to college and community resources
- Provide accessible advising
- Demonstrate sensitivity to differences among diverse student communities
All first-year and new transfer students receive individualized academic advising in the START Center after admission to Westminster. All freshmen participate in a unique educational development program called Pathfinder, designed to help them make the transition to college. Each May, new students meet with advisors to learn about college and departmental resources, program requirements, explore educational alternatives and select courses.
Continuing students receive academic advising in the START Center or choose a faculty advisor. By the junior year, students must formally declare a major and meet with a faculty advisor in their academic programs. Faculty advisors work with students to map out remaining requirements and plan course sequencing to graduation.
These advising sessions generally:
- Review the requirements for the degree, any special options, and possible electives
- Identify any deficiencies in the student's record and ways to correct them
- Discuss career and graduate school options
During Fall and Spring semesters, final exams take place during the final week of the semester. The final exam schedule listing the dates and times of exams can be found on the Registrar's Office website. Students are responsible for knowing the correct day and time a final exam will be offered. Students with conflicting exams are also responsible for talking to their instructors to create an alternate schedule.
Students can use WebAdvisor to search and register for classes, view and print class schedules, view and print final grades, print unofficial transcripts, print degree audits, change their address, and pay tuition. WebAdvisor requires a login name and password, which can be obtained through the Information Services department.
Westminster has implemented a Learning Management System (LMS). Faculty can opt to use this to enhance their classes and share online documents, syllabus, discussion boards, quizzes, and communicate with students. Faculty are automatically added to their LMS courses but it is up to them to publish the course for students to gain access. The LMS database is not connected to the official main college database directly. Students dropped from the LMS are not considered dropped from courses officially and are still responsible for all tuition charges.
Each student is provided with a Westminster College email account. We encourage students to check their campus email frequently because important information, such as registration deadlines, campus events and activities, or general school announcements, is sent to students via email. Instructors also use email to contact students with specific class information. For instructions on how to check your student email, please refer to the Help Desk in the garden level of the Giovale Library or call the IT Support Phone at 801.832.2023.
Student ID cards are available in the Health, Wellness and Athletics Center. The card gives access to the fitness center and acts as a library card (giving access to all academic libraries in Utah), a meal card, an activity card, and official college identification. A semester sticker on the back of the card indicates that the card has been validated through the term indicated. Identification cards must be validated each semester. Replacement cost is $10.
Parking Stickers & Bus Passes
Please visit the campus patrol web page for information on parking passes.
Westminster offers annual bus passes, good for all UTA buses except ski and paratransit buses, for free. Visit the Health and Wellness Center (HWAC) for more details about this year's current costs as well as how to obtain a new "swipe card" to serve as a pass. In some cases, you may be asked to show your college I.D. card to use the pass.