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UW-Whitewater Registrar Policies

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General


Graduate students who enroll in undergraduate level courses, and undergraduate students who enroll in graduate level courses, will be registered for such courses with a grade basis of Course Non Career. Grades earned will be part of the student's official academic record but the student will not earn course credit toward his/her undergraduate or graduate level program. These grades will not be computed into the student's term or cumulative grade point average. 


FERPA is the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act that sets forth requirements regarding the privacy of student records. FERPA governs the release of student education records maintained by the University and access to these records.

Students are afforded certain rights concerning their education records, including:

    • the right to inspect and review the education records
    • the right to seek to have the records amended
    • the right to have some control over the disclosure of the information from the records

FERPA Information


For the purposes of fee calculation and enrollment verification, UW-Whitewater considers a graduate student to be registered on a full-time basis when the student is enrolled in at least nine (9) UW-Whitewater units during a fall or spring term and at least five (5) UW-W units during the summer term. An undergraduate student is considered full-time when he/she is enrolled in at least twelve (12) UW-W units during a fall or spring term and at least six (6) UW-W units during the summer term.

For purposes of financial aid, in accordance with federal regulations, a graduate student must be enrolled in a minimum of nine (9) units in any term (i.e., fall, spring, summer) to be considered full-time and a minimum of four-and-a-half (4.5 units) in any term to be considered half-time. An undergraduate student must be enrolled in at least twelve (12) units in any term (i.e., fall, spring, summer) to be considered full-time and a minimum of six (6) units in any term to be considered half-time. 






Each term, all faculty and course instructors will verify attendance (or non-attendance) for all students enrolled in each of their courses and report it through the Student Information System (WINS).  When a student earns an F grade or otherwise stops attending, the faculty member or instructor will indicate the last date of the student's attendance in WINS on the final grade roster.

Attendance, in this case, is defined as academically related activities including but not limited to physically attending a class where there is an opportunity for direct interaction between the instructor and students; submitting an academic assignment; taking an exam; completing an interactive tutorial, or participating in computer-assisted instruction; attending a study group that is assigned by the school; participating in an online discussion about academic matters; and initiating contact with a faculty member to ask a question about the academic subject studied in the course.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to verify the student is attending each day? No. You only need to verify that each student was in attendance at least once during the first three weeks of the term. Attending at least once establishes that the student began attendance in the course.

How do faculty report attendance? An attendance roster will be available in WINS for each course. By default, students will be pre-assigned as “attending” on the roster. Instructors will need to update the roster by indicating which students (if any) were not in attendance at any time during the first three weeks of the Fall and Spring terms. After completion of the first three weeks of the term, instructors will be given another five business days to submit their course rosters.

How do I verify attendance in any class? A student is considered to be attending if they do any one or more of the following: are in attendance face-to-face when you take roll, complete a quiz or any assignment face-to-face or online, complete an online learning activity, post a message to an online discussion board, view a video or lecture online, send an e-mail communication about the course to the instructor Note: A simple log-in to the course management system or online course is not adequate to determine attendance.

Does this policy apply to all types of courses? Yes, it applies to any credit-bearing course where any student might potentially receive financial aid. The policy includes independent studies, thesis, internships, labs, field experience, online courses, etc. The instructor must verify student attendance based on course participation. This may include: submission of an assignment for the course, contact with the student about the placement/field experience/student teaching, verification from the site supervisor that the student is working at that location, face-to-face verification of the student at the placement/field experience/student teaching, other examples previously cited

What about shorter terms? Attendance must be verified for shorter terms as well. For each type of shorter term or session (e.g., Winterim, Summer, 1st or 2nd 8-weeks of Fall or Spring, etc.) the period for instructors to verify attendance will be up to the last day to add a course for that term.

What are the consequences for not submitting attendance verification? Students whose attendance is not verified during the first three weeks of a regular semester may lose Title IV federal financial aid funds if they are attending the course but not verified by the instructor. Students not in attendance will be contacted by the Registrar, Financial Aid or other offices to ensure they are enrolled and attending or not.


Undergraduate


Incomplete Grade -- Use of the Grade "I"

If a student has been doing satisfactory work until near the end of a term, and then because of illness or other unavoidable circumstances has been prevented from completing the work, the instructor may give the student an "Incomplete" and extend the privilege of completing the work by a later date. Instructors are responsible for entering the grade of "I" on the grade roster. In no case should the "Incomplete" be given to students who, through their own fault, failed to complete the requirements of a course on time or who failed to report for the final examination as scheduled.

By action of the Faculty Senate, when a faculty member issues an incomplete, a contract must be made with the student specifying the work needed to complete the course and the date by which the work is to be submitted. Your contract needs to be submitted to the Registrar's Office, contracts are available from your department ADA's and the Registrar's Office.

For undergraduate students the grade change forms must be submitted to the Registrar's Office no later than one full week before the start of exams for the next term (excluding summer and winterim); graduate students have one calendar year. However, the faculty member may assign a shorter period of time. NOTE: THE DEADLINE IS AUTOMATICALLY A MAXIMUM OF 30 CALENDAR DAYS FOR ALL STUDENTS PLANNING TO GRADUATE IN THE TERM FOR WHICH THE "I" GRADE HAS BEEN ISSUED. The "I" grade will carry 0 honor points and will not be computed in the G.P.A.

If a grade change is not received by the deadline, the "I" grade will automatically be changed to an "F" grade, unless a default grade was entered on the Incomplete Contract, with both the semester and the cumulative grade point averages adjusted accordingly. (See Section IV-E for grade changes after the deadline). A blank default grade will also lapse to an "F" grade.An "F" grade may not be changed back to an "I" grade.

Faculty may extend the make-up deadline by submitting a new contract form with a specified date in writing to the Registrar's Office at least one week prior to the termination of the make-up period, either defined by the date specified on the contract or before the deadline outlined above.

A grade of NN is recorded by the Registrar's Office when an instructor does not report a grade for a student officially registered for the course. The student must take the initiative to remove or change any IP, I, or NN grades. The grading symbol for audit is X. This grade is not calculated in the grade point average and no credit is earned in courses registered under this option. 



Fall/Spring:

An undergraduate student's academic standing determines the maximum number of units in which he/she may enroll in a fall or spring term. Students admitted on academic probation or students with less than a 2.00 cumulative grade point average may enroll for a maximum of 15 units. New freshman with both a high school percentile rank and an ACT or SAT score below the 50 percentile are limited to 15 units. Students with a 2.00 cumulative grade point average or above may register for a maximum of 18 units. Exceptions to the number of units in any of the above circumstances require permission of the dean of the student's major.

Summer:

The unit restriction standard is the maximum of one unit per week for each of the three and six week sessions, with the exception that a student may enroll simultaneously in one three and in one six week course. During the summer term, students are limited to a total of 12 units. Requests for overloads made by undergraduates require approval of the dean of the student's major.


The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents Excess Credits Policy requires that resident undergraduate students who earn more than 165 credits toward their first undergraduate degree pay a surcharge for all credits beyond 165. The surcharge will approximately double the tuition that resident undergraduates pay and will be applied to students in the term following the one in which they reached the earned unit limit.

The Excess Credits Policy covers all earned credits from UW-Whitewater as well as earned credits from other UW System schools or Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) schools that are accepted toward the first baccalaureate degree. Units transferred from other colleges outside the UW System or the WTCS do not count toward the 165 credit limit. In addition, advanced placement, retroactive credits, credits by examination, and remedial credits do not count toward this limit. If a student has already been awarded a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, they are exempt from the tuition surcharge. A student may appeal for an exception to this policy only after the student has earned a minimum of 145 credits, not including credits in progress.  The student should submit the appeal packet, including the Excess Credit Appeal Form and a personal statement, to the Registrar's Office no later than 30 days before the start of the term in which the Excess Credits surcharge will be billed.  

See the Excess Credit Appeal Form (165 Credit Appeal) for additional information. Students who have questions about the policy should contact their college advisor.


Grading System Policy

NOTE FOR GRADE ROSTER PURPOSES ONLY: “FX” and "NCX" grades are to be given to students who fail the course due to NO attendance.  “FS” and "NCS" grades are to be given to students who fail due to STOPPING attendance anytime during the semester, including exam week.  A Last Date of Attendance MUST be entered for all "FS" and "NCS" grades.  These grades will show as an “F” on the student grade reports and transcripts.


Special permission is not needed to enroll for a course on a satisfactory/no credit basis. The S/NC option may be selected by using WINS. See Course Add and Drop, Grade Basis Change, and Refund Deadlines in the Schedule of Classes for each semester for last day to add or change to S/NC. The S/NC stipulations are as follows:

  • The S/NC option will be limited to a maximum of fifteen (15) units in an undergraduate degree program. Developmental courses (e.g., MATH 40 or ENGLISH 90) that do not count toward the minimum credits necessary for graduation and credit courses offered only on an S/NC basis are not included in the fifteen unit limitation.
  • Courses that are used to fulfill a student's major/minor requirements, lower/upper BBA degree requirements, any College of Business and Economics course attempted by a BBA student, and General Education core courses may not be taken on an S/NC basis unless the course is offered only on an S/NC basis by the department. Proficiency, General Education options, unique major/minor, and elective courses may be taken on an S/NC basis.
  • The S/NC option is available to any student without regard to grade point average or class standing. The decision to take a course for S/NC must be recorded on WINS by the deadline published in the Schedule of Classes. After the deadline to change the grading basis, the S/NC basis will not be changed to a conventional grade basis or vice versa.
  • Satisfactory (S) is the equivalent of a grade of C or better (C- is not acceptable). The S will be recorded on the academic record but it will not be computed in the grade point average. Course work that does not merit a C or better will be graded NC. The NC grade will appear on the academic record but the course credits will not be counted in earned credits or the grade in the grade point average.
  • The S/NC option cannot be used to repeat a course taken for a conventional (e.g., ABCDF) grade. Veterans should refer to the VA Educational Assistance section of either the Schedule of Classes or the University Catalog, or check with the Veterans Certifying Official in the Registrar's Office.

*Awarded in Fall and Spring terms only*

Undergraduate students having earned a 3.400 or above term grade point average with no grade below C (e.g., C-, D+, D, D-, F, I, NN, or NC), will be granted Term Honors for that term. To be considered for Term Honors, students must have successfully completed a minimum of 12 unit hours of work for the term, at least 9 of which must have been taken on a regular/conventional letter grade basis.


Graduate

Graduate students are allowed to repeat at most two courses in their degree programs. Courses may be repeated only once. When a course is repeated, the original course and grade remain on the transcript; however, the last grade and credits earned replace the original and are the only ones used in computing the overall grade point average and the grade point average in the major or emphasis. Students who have been dropped from a degree program may not use the course repeat process to gain readmission into that degree program.

A course taken for undergraduate credit may not later be changed to graduate credit. Courses taken for undergraduate credit may not be retaken for graduate credit, although exceptions may be granted by the degree program coordinator when the field of knowledge has changed to the degree that the course content has changed substantially from the first time the student took the course to the present. Graduate courses may not be retaken unless indicated otherwise in the Graduate Catalog.


In-Progress Grade -- Use of the Grade "IP"

In courses designed to extend beyond the term of registration, e.g., thesis research, instructors may assign a grade of IP to indicate "in progress" toward completion. In courses not designed to extend beyond the term of registration, instructors may assign a grade of I to indicate a student's course work was incomplete due to documented extenuating circumstances. Neither IP nor I grades are calculated into the term or cumulative grade point averages. An I grade is accompanied by a signed contract in which the instructor specifies the work to be completed by the student. An IP or I grade is replaced by a regular grade when the course work is completed. The grade point average for the term in which the course was registered, as well as for subsequent terms, and cumulative grade point averages will then be retroactively computed using the regular grade replacement. A regular grade cannot be changed to an IP or I on a temporary basis. With the exception of 799 Thesis Research, course work must be completed within one calendar year from the time the IP or I grade was assigned. Students may petition instructors for extensions of this deadline. Instructors granting extensions will then inform the Registrar's Office. The Registrar's Office automatically changes an IP or I grade to an F when the work has not been completed by the deadline.

A grade of NN is recorded by the Registrar's Office when an instructor does not report a grade for a student officially registered for the course. The student must take the initiative to remove or change any IP, I, or NN grades. The grading symbol for audit is X. This grade is not calculated in the grade point average and no credit is earned in courses registered under this option. 


Fall/Spring:

A graduate student in good standing may register for up to 15 units, while a student on probation may not take more than 12 units. Graduate Assistants must register for at least nine, and no more than 12, graduate units. Up to three units of individual studies may be taken in a term. Requests for exceptions to these limits must be made in writing to the Graduate School.

Summer:

The unit restriction standard is the maximum of one unit per week for each of the three and six week sessions, with the exception that a student may enroll simultaneously in one three and in one six week course. During the summer term, students are limited to a total of 12 units.

Overload requests by graduate students must be approved by the dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Continuing Education. Note: Graduate students may not carry more than 3 units of individual studies in a single term. Not more than 4 units in individual studies, not more than 6 units of special studies, and not more than a combined total of 9 units of individual studies, workshops, and special studies may be applied toward the completion of a degree. Departments retain the prerogative of allowing fewer than 9 of these types of units to apply toward their respective graduate degrees.


Grading System Policy

NOTE FOR GRADE ROSTER PURPOSES ONLY: “FX” and "NCX" grades are to be given to students who fail the course due to NO attendance.  “FS” and "NCS" grades are to be given to students who fail due to STOPPING attendance anytime during the semester, including exam week.  A Last Date of Attendance MUST be entered for all "FS" and "NCS" grades.  These grades will show as an “F” on the student grade reports and transcripts.


  • Graduate students registered for a course on a pass/fail basis will receive either a grade of S or F.
  • A grade of S denotes the student has passed the course; a grade of F indicates failure.
  • Grades of F count in computing grade point averages; S grades do not count. Instructors decide what constitutes a grade of pass for their courses.
  • Workshops may be taken on a pass-fail basis. Other courses made available by departments on a pass-fail only basis are so indicated in advance in the Course Offerings portion of the Schedule of Classes.
  • Since the decision whether a course taken on a pass-fail basis will count in a degree program rests with the major or emphasis department or college, students should attain appropriate permission prior to taking a course pass/fail.