Students are required to follow the rules, regulations and academic requirements of both the university and the college in which enrolled as described in the catalog of initial enrollment. You may however, elect to follow the rules, regulations, and academic requirements specified in subsequent catalogs. If you interrupt your progress toward a degree by withdrawing from the university and then re-enroll at a later date, you must abide by the catalog in effect at the time you re-enroll.
All course changes must be cleared officially with the registrar; otherwise grades of "F" will be recorded. Normally students are not permitted to enter courses after the fifth day of classes of any term.
Students may drop a course prior to its beginning or at the drop-add session at the start of each semester without the instructor's signature.
A $15 fee for dropping each class will be charged.
Students will be required to pay the drop fees before the course is actually dropped. The drop fee will be charged only during the period from after the tenth instructional day of the term through the end of the eighth week of that term.
If a student registered in a course withdraws from that course in the first two weeks of class in that semester, that course shall not appear on the student's grade printout for that semester and hence will not be recorded on the academic transcript.
If a student registered in a course withdraws from that course any time after two weeks of class, but prior to the end of the eighth week of classes, a notation of "withdrawn" will appear on the student's grade printout and hence on the academic transcript.
Students may withdraw from the university through the eighth week of the term. Students withdrawing from the university at a later date are given the grade "F" in all courses; only in extraordinary circumstances and with the consent of the instructor and the dean of the college may students withdraw at a later date and receive a grade other than "F." For Veterans Administration purposes, students receiving educational entitlement from the VA must report to the VA if they fail or withdraw from all courses after mid-term when enrolled in two or more unit subjects.
Students wishing to change their major should contact the Registrar's Office for a change of major form and instructions.
All off-campus courses offered by other accredited colleges and universities will be accepted by UW-Platteville provided a grade of "C" or better is earned and they are approved by the department housing the major. UW-Platteville does not offer correspondence courses, but UW-Extension does. Permission must be obtained from the registrar prior to registering for correspondence work.
Students enrolling in off-campus or correspondence courses are responsible for making certain such courses meet the requirements of the curriculum in which they are enrolled. In case of doubt, students should contact the registrar, an academic adviser, or the chairperson of the department in which they intend to major.
The University of Wisconsin-Platteville entered a consortium agreement with the Southwestern Vocational-Technical College at Fennimore, Wisconsin, whereby they would provide instruction in English and Mathematics to students judged deficient in the above subject areas.
Entering new students at UW-Platteville who do not meet the minimum English and mathematics placement test requirements would be expected to take one or both of the above classes prior to their being allowed into an entry level English or mathematics course at UW-Platteville. The courses are non-credit, i.e. they do not count toward the total number of credits needed to satisfy degree requirements at UW-Platteville.
The courses are entitled Fundamentals of English-10, Technical Mathematics-10, and Technical Science-10 are taught by Fennimore faculty. Students attend the above classes on the Platteville campus as is the case with all other course work. The fee for each course includes textbooks. The student registering for one or both courses will be billed for tuition and fees from the UW-Platteville Cashier's Office.
Students may not register for more than a total of 15 credits of academic work per term until they have satisfied their deficiencies. An entering new student must pass the English and mathematics placement tests to be allowed into credit level courses in the above subjects. Students who attain low placement tests results would be required to successfully complete "Fundamentals of English" and/or "Technical Mathematics" before they would be allowed to register for credit level English or mathematics courses. Questions concerning remedial course work may be directed to the English Department (608) 342-1826 or the Mathematics Department (608) 342-1741 of UW-Platteville.
The grade point average (GPA) is determined by dividing the total number of grade points earned by the total number of credits attempted at UW-Platteville. A grade of "A" is 4 points per credit, a "B" is 3 points per credit, a "C" is 2 points per credit, a "D" is 1 point per credit, and a "F" is 0 points per credit.Example:
A reference for Calculating Your Grade Point Average (GPA) on the World Wide Web can be found at :
A good site from the University of Maine that allows you to compute a gpa for a semester or as a cumulative gpa. It also has an added feature that allows you to target a new cumulative gpa so that you can determine what gpa you need to achieve fora specific number of credits to earn the targeted gpa.
(Effective Fall 2012) Students whose academic records do not meet the minimum achievement standards of the university are placed on academic probation or suspension (dismissal).
The minimum acceptable standards for retention are as follows:
The Veterans Administration (VA) requires that students receiving educational entitlement from the VA must be reported to the VA if they continue in school for a second probationary semester. Educational entitlement may be terminated by the VA until such students have been counseled by VA personnel.
Students are suspended (dismissed) from the university for one semester under the following conditions.
Students who have been suspended, readmitted or reinstated and again fail to earn the required grade point average are not eligible to apply for readmission, until a period of two years has elapsed.
Students achieving cumulative grade point averages of 2.00 or higher are reinstated to good standing. Students are, of course expected to make diligent progress in the pursuit of a degree. The standards outlined in the Financial Aid section of the Undergraduate Catalog are the stipulated guidelines for satisfactory academic progress for UW-Platteville students.
In any community, including that of scholars and professors, differences of opinion and misunderstandings arise and provisions must be made for resolution of grievances.
Concerning any decision, there is, with few exceptions a higher authority to whom appeal may be made should the individual feel that the decision is unjust. The route to follow in seeking redress of a grievance will depend upon the type of grievance and the section of the university concerned.
Students with admissions, readmission or reinstatement difficulties may appeal in writing to the Admission and Academic Appeals Committee. If the written appeal is denied, personal appeals may be made by appointment through the Office of the Registrar. The committee will study the case and advise the dean of admission and enrollment management, and registrar or provost as to the proper solutions. Students with grievances about grades may appeal, in writing, to the Admission and Academic Appeals Committee after first having tried to resolve the issue by conferences with the teacher, department chairperson or college dean. The committee will hear both sides of the issue, examine the records, and advise the provost and all parties concerned as to a recommended solution.
Instances of student misconduct may be adjudicated through the Office of the Assistant Chancellor for Student Affairs or through the Student Faculty Discipline Committee. In addition, students may appeal decisions rendered by the Student Faculty Discipline Committee to an Appeal Tribunal. The Appeal Tribunal recommends to the chancellor their decision on the appeal.
Any student considering withdrawal from the university is encouraged to consult with a staff member of the Counseling Services. To be official, any withdrawal from the university must be cleared with the registrar, the Counseling Services, the academic adviser, the director of student housing, the director of financial aid, the director of the Pioneer Student Center, the Karrmann Library, the Textbook Center and the Business Office. All fees and assessments must be paid and all books returned to the library before an official clearance to withdraw can be given. Specific directions concerning withdrawal may be received by contacting the Registrar's Office. If a student leaves without an official withdrawal, all grades for the student become F's.
Official academic transcripts of a student's records may be obtained by written request to the registrar. Requests for information concerning activities and scholastic records of students or former students of Platteville will not be released without the authorization for release by the person whose record is involved. Exceptions are made only as prescribed in the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act-1974.
Commencements are held twice each year-at the end of the first and second semesters. Candidates for graduation must complete an Intent to Graduation Card during the registration period or in the Registrar's Office at the end of junior year or beginning of their senior year. Candidates for graduation at the end of summer session must notify the registrar if they wish to attend the May or December commencement. Attendance at commencement is optional.
The federal Student Right-To-Know Legislation (Public Law 101-542, as amended 1991, Public Law 102-26) requires the disclosure of graduation "within a time period and for cohorts" defined by law. Although many students attend classes part time or take time off from school due to family, financial, or military obligations, the law defines the time period as "within one and one-half times the normal time" for completion of the program. Therefore, the graduation rate for a "four year" baccalaureate program includes students who complete their degree within six years or less. The cohort is "all new freshmen who matriculate as full-time students in the fall term." For the 2003 cohort, the graduation rate for UW-Platteville was 63.4% within the UW System and 56.1% completed their degrees at the Platteville campus. Individuals seeking further information regarding graduation rate statistics may contact the Registrar (101 Brigham Hall, 342-1321).
This information will be disclosed annually according to the legislation, and the complete analysis will be available for public review in the Registrar's Office.
Individuals seeking further information regarding graduation rate statistics may contact the Registrar (1st floor Brigham Hall, 342-1321).
The word "honors" has two different meanings at UW-Platteville. On the one hand, it refers to scholastic honors, which is the recognition given by the university to students who have achieved high grade point averages. That recognition is given at various times through a student's academic program by the publication of the Chancellor's and Dean's Honor Rolls, and at commencement with the designations of "summa cum laude" and "magna cum laude."
Students earning 60 or more credits at UW-Platteville and who earn high curriculum grade point averages during their undergraduate years, graduate in two categories: honors (3.50-3.74), and high honors (3.75-4.00).
In addition the chancellor and each college dean will award honors at the end of each semester based on the performance during that semester. To qualify for Chancellor's or Dean's Honors, students must complete at least 12 credits during the semester and meet the following grade point average requirements:
Since 1991 the Honors Program Council, comprised of faculty from all of the component colleges of the university, has been organizing and administering special liberal-education courses for those undergraduates who have demonstrated high academic promise.
The aim of this program is to provide superior students with opportunities to study the problems, ideas, and methods of the liberal arts with an intensity, depth, and multidisciplinary perspective that cannot usually be achieved in regular courses. By taking advantage of these opportunities, a student can gain a number of important benefits:
The University Honors Program currently offers courses through the following two series:
Limited to an enrollment of 15 qualified freshmen and taught during the fall semesters, each course in this series is designed to introduce promising new undergraduates to scholarly thinking in a liberal-arts discipline.
The courses in this series, most of which will be multidisciplinary, will allow qualified students to study important problems, concepts, and themes of the arts and sciences under the supervision of teams of outstanding teachers drawn from those fields.
Inquiries about any aspect of the UW-Platteville honors program may be made to the honors director, Nancy Turner, 332 Warner, 342-1789.
Students who transfer from one department to another at UW-Platteville may be granted the option to have their prior academic record adjusted as follows if they have a grade point average of 2.00 or better.
Students who wish to file academic bankruptcy must do so within one semester of the change of major. Students who declare academic bankruptcy are not eligible to pursue a major in the original department without expressed permission from the dean of that college, and the student's cumulative grade point average will be re-calculated. Contact the Registrar's Office for specific instructions.
At UW-Platteville we take the question of class attendance very seriously, for education in our view is much more than a matter of tests, readings, examinations and papers. Through lectures and discussions the subject of a particular course is investigated in depth and explored in its many ramifications. Through interaction in the classroom (and outside of it) the many aspects of a given course come together and are synthesized into a coherent whole. Such an educational experience demands reciprocal commitments-from faculty to students and from students to faculty.
The administration and the faculty assume students will attend classes regularly, and teachers are expected to keep records of attendance in their classes. Those instructors who set limits on unexcused absences will inform students of their absence policies in writing and orally at the beginning of the semester. Students are responsible for all work missed through unexcused absence. Instructors are not obligated to seek out or counsel students concerning absenteeism or to allow such students any special consideration.
When students wish to participate in field trips or other extra curricular or cocurricular activities, prior approval must be obtained from the instructors of classes which will be missed. Students should contact the instructors when they return to classes, and of course, they are expected to make up any missed work.
At UW-Platteville, the Chancellor has the authority to cancel classes or close the campus to the public due to inclement weather. Unless classes are canceled, students are expected to attend classes whenever possible within reasonable limits of safety.
Announcements Concerning Cancellation or Closing
If a decision is made to cancel classes or close the campus to the public, the following media outlets will be informed of the decision: