2013–2014 Academic Policies and Procedures
Registration | Credit Hours | Pre-requisite Requirements | Registration Sessions | May Term | Late Registration | Confirmation of Class Schedules | Wait Lists | Withdrawing from Courses | Medical Withdrawals | Holds | Class Attendance | Academic Load | Directed Studies | Auditing Courses | Graduation Academic Advising | General Information
One credit hour is given for one 50-minute class per week for 14 weeks or the equivalent. Some graduate programs, such as the MBA program, have developed
Certain graduate courses at the college have course and skill 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. 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.
Registrations are accepted via the college’s web system (WebAdvisor) or in person. Students are notified of their dates to register in advance by email. Currently enrolled students are given priority registration rights.
Registration for 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, or for classes that start later in the semester, up until the day before the second day 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.
Students can check their schedule and print a confirmation at any time 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.
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).
For full-semester courses, students may withdraw from classes without penalty before the second full week of classes. For classes that meet in 7-week blocks, students may withdraw without penalty before the second class session. Please refer to the Student Accounts Services web page for the tuition refund schedule.
For full-semester courses, students may still withdraw from class through the eleventh week of class and receive a W. For classes that meet in 7-week blocks, students may withdraw from class before the sixth session 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. See page 47 for information on tuition reviews.
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:
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 Mark Ferne, Associate Provost for Student
Fax: 801.832.3103 (Attn: Mark Ferne)
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
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 are responsible for making sure they have dropped courses that they do not plan to attend.
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.
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. Course numbers for graduate program directed studies 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:
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:
Academic advising and mentoring 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:
Faculty advisors work with students to map out degree requirements and plan course sequencing to graduation. These advising sessions generally:
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:
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.
Grade Point Average
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:
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:
*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.
During Fall and Spring semesters, final exams take place during the final week of the semester for 14 week courses. A schedule listing the dates and times of exams can be found on the Registrar’s Office website at westminstercollege.edu/registrar/. 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. Graduate programs offered in the 7 week block format do not adhere to the exam schedule.
Students can use WebAdvisor to search and register for classes, view and print class schedules, print unofficial transcripts, print degree audits, change their address, and pay tuition. At the end of the semester, all final grades are posted in WebAdvisor. WebAdvisor requires a login name and password, which can be obtained through the Information Services department.
Canvas is Westminster’s online learning management system. It includes online tools such as syllabi, discussion boards, electronic reserves and more. Students and faculty are automatically loaded into their Canvas courses at the start of a semester; however, as students add and drop, this may not be reflected in Canvas. The Canvas database is not connected to the official main college data base directly. Students dropped from