Update on Credits, Advising, and Graduation for Faculty

March 23, 2020

This semester is certainly very challenging for us all. There are a few changes that have been made after consultation with our faculty leaders and Faculty Senate that impact students and faculty.

For students, the following changes and reminders about important dates was sent out:

The due date for undergraduate students to elect to take a class under a credit/no credit (CR/NC) grade scheme was extended to Friday, April 10. Download the election form.

Additionally, the two course maximum for the CR/NC grading option has been lifted and students may seek approval from faculty advisors to count courses passed in this way to fulfill major or minor requirements.

The last day to withdraw from a class with a W is Friday, April 10. After that day, students withdrawing receive a WF which counts as an F grade in GPA calculations.

Graduation applications are due April 1 for those intending to graduate at the end of the Fall 2020 semester.

To allow additional time for remote advising meetings, registration for Summer and Fall classes has been moved to start at 7:30am on Monday, April 6, according to the following schedule:

  • April 6 – Graduate Students and Seniors
  • April 7 – Juniors
  • April 8 – Sophomores
  • April 9 – Freshmen

All forms required in the Registrar’s office can be sent as an attachment to email to registrar@westminstercollege.edu. In lieu of signatures clear indications of support can also be sent via a Westminster email account. As you’re working with students, if you need students added or removed from your advisee list in Self-Service, send a request to the Registrar’s office.

We recognize that many faculty will be teaching in new modalities that have been unexpectedly thrust upon them, and we will be providing great flexibility with respect to student evaluations of teaching. Faculty under review for promotion already have the choice of which evaluations to include in their promotion materials. That flexibility will be extended for contract renewal as well. Faculty can elect to include or not include evaluation materials for any or all classes that are taught during Spring/May 2020 in their contract review materials. The choice of which evaluations to include or exclude don’t need to be made until faculty are preparing their materials for their next contract review.

Please reach out myself, Christie Fox, or Michael Santarosa if you have any questions or if we can provide further assistance in some way.

Debbie Tahmassebi, PhD

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