Registrar's Notes

December 1, 2008

As we approach the end of the fall semester, here’s a summary of end of the semester information, also available on wmich.edu/registrar/wrapup200801.html.

Information on Grading:

  • Grades are due by noon on Tuesday, December 16.
  • Note that grades not submitted on time can cause problems for students with graduation, financial aid, as well as academic standing.
  • All grades must be submitted online, through GoWMU.
  • A list of instructors who do not meet the grade deadline will be sent to the Provost on Wednesday, Dec. 17, as always.

What’s the difference in an ‘E’ and an ‘X’ ?

  • Use a grade of ‘E’ as a failing grade, use a grade of ‘X’ when a student either never attended or ceased attending and is not eligible for an incomplete.
  • Both the ‘E’ and the ‘X’ grades count as a 0.0 in a students gpa.

What is an incomplete and when is it given?

  • Temporary grade, given for reasons beyond control of the student.
  • Not to be given as a substitute for a failing grade.
  • Must be removed by instructor who gave it.
  • Students receiving an “I” must not re-register for the course.
  • So, when giving an incomplete, complete the Report of Incomplete Work form, which is found on the faculty menu in GoWMU. This form is completed online; when submitted a copy will go to the instructor, a copy to the Registrar’s Office and a copy to the student.
  • Incomplete grades can be removed using the Change of Incomplete Grade Form, also found on the faculty menu in GoWMU.

Information on FERPA, posting grades, retention of student work:

  • No posting of grades by any part of SSN or WIN
  • If you must post grades, use a randomly generated number known only to you and to the student.
  • Do not leave any graded student work in a public place for pickup
  • WMU’s policy on retention is that student work which is not returned must be retained for at least one semester. See the catalog language:

“Students have the right to have all their examinations and other graded material made available to them with an explanation of the grading criteria. Faculty will retain all such materials not returned to the student for at least one full semester (or through spring plus summer sessions) after the course was given. Faculty are not required to return such material to the student, but must provide reasonable access.”

  • Any student work to be discarded after the 1 semester time frame must be shredded.

Information on Final exams:

  • Final exams are scheduled for all classes during the week of Dec. 8-12.  The final exam schedule can be found on : wmich.edu/registrar/finalexam.html.
  • All final exams are held in the normal classroom, unless other arrangements have been made with the Registrar’s Office.
  • All final exams must be held as scheduled in the final exam schedule.
  • Contact the Registrar’s Office with any questions, 387-4310.
  • Use of classrooms for review sessions must be scheduled through the Registrar’s Office.

If you are concerned about a student

A new online form has been developed for faculty, staff and students to share their concerns about a student whose behavior is troubling and persists despite efforts to intervene. Information recorded on the form, which is confidential, goes to the office of the associate dean of students, who reviews the concerns and determines the next steps to take. The link is studentworld.wmich.edu/health.html. Click on the link to 'Student Concern Form' on the upper right of this page. You will be asked to enter your Bronco NetID and password. This is the ID and password used to access GoWMU.

If you are teaching Spring 2009:

  • Classes begin on Monday, January 5, at 8:00 am
  • Last day students can drop/add is Friday, January 9
  • MLK Day is Monday, January 19, no classes
  • Spirit Day is Friday, February 27, no classes
  • Midterm grading open, Feb. 16 – March 8
  • Spring Break, from March 2-6, no classes
  • Class lists can be accessed through GoWMU
  • Check the schedule for class room assignments.
  • Many classrooms now have keypad code access, please check with your department scheduler for these codes.

Questions?  Call the Registrar’s Office, 260-387-4310, or email, registrar-info@wmich.edu

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