Western Illinois University: Macomb Campus
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Academic Appeals - topics covered include:
- academic dishonesty appeal
- grade appeal
- oral English proficiency appeal
- right of academic appeal
- withdrawal from courses appeal
- also see documentation needed for CAGAS appeals
The Registrar's Office classifies students in one of the following academic states based on the cumulative and semester grade point average (GPA): good standing, academic warning, academic probation, academic suspension, academic dismissal. Students who have received two suspensions for poor scholarship are not eligible to return to WIU except during the summer sessions. If they are able to bring their cumulative GPA to a 2.0 in the summer term, they may apply to CAGAS for reinstatement.
- Academic dismissal (scroll down to the last paragraph under "Reinstatement following Suspension")
- Academic probation
- Academic suspension
- Academic warning
- Flow charts of academic standing (PDF documents)
- WIU currently enrolled students in good standing flow chart
- new freshmen or new transfers accepted in good academic standing flow chart
- new freshmen accepted through Academic Services flow chart
- new transfer accepted on Academic Probation flow chart
- returning WIU student or re-entry student on Academic Probation flow chart
- Freshmen: Fewer than 30 hours
- Sophomore: 30-59 hours
- Junior: 60-89 hours
- Senior: 90 hours to completion of degree requirements
Adding/Dropping classes - calendar available on MVS (ACAL). Students can access calendar using STARS.
- Articulation assistance
- New Freshmen - Summer Orientation and Registration (SOAR)
- New Transfer Students Registration Programs
- To take the CEEB Advanced Placement Exam, a student must have taken an AP class in high school from a certified teacher.
- Completion of a high school AP class without the needed exam score will not result in any college credit.
Advisor Syllabus (PDF)
- Advising Do's & Don'ts
- Advising interview
- Characteristics of a good advisor
- When to refer students
- National Academic Advising Association (NACADA)
- The Mentor (online advising journal)
- Academic eligibility summary sheet for advisors
- Kinesiology Course information
- Intercollegiate Practice Times - Fall
- Intercollegiate Practice Times - Spring
- Student athlete handbook (PDF)
CAGAS is responsible for recommending and evaluating policies concerning admission, retention, graduation, and academic standards and for establishing some of the procedures to carry out such policies. It also serves as an appellate body regarding such policies and procedures. Appeals for exceptions to policies, for example, adding a class after the deadline, must be handled through CAGAS. Several forms are available on the homepage
- Documentation needed for CAGAS appeals
- Policy on grade appeals
- Procedure for requesting late withdrawal
- Student Academic Integrity Policy
- Careers and Majors
- Career exploration links
CLEP credit (PDF)
- CLEP has both subject and general exams. The general exams must be taken prior to starting classes at WIU. Subject exams can be taken after matriculation. To receive credit student must score at least at the 50th percentile.
- Foreign Language placement recommendations - One year of college study is equivalent to two years of high school study. Placement exams can be scheduled by contacting the Department of Foreign Languages.
COAA - Council of Academic Advisors meets biweekly to discuss issues in the advising community.
Communication - accelerated section of 241
Students entering the university after receiving an A.A. or A.S. (not an A.A.S.) degree receive the Community College Commitment. No matter what classes they actually took for their degree, they are considered to have completed the WIU General Education requirements (11 sh each for NSM, SS and HUM). However, a specific college may impose additional or course-specific General Education requirements.
Computer Labs - campus locations
- Students who graduated from an Illinois high school have met this requirement. They must have a copy of an accredited Illinois high school transcript on file in the Registrar's Office. GED from IL will also meet the requirement.
- U.S. and Illinois Constitution Exams: Students who have not taken an American Government class at a university outside of Illinois must pass exams on the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Illinois as required by state law. This requirement may be met by successfully completing Political Science 122, or passing an examination administered by the Department of Political Science (298-1055). Illinois Constitution Exam: Students who have taken an American Government class at a
- university outside of Illinois just need to take one exam. Contact the Political Science Department (MH 422) to get a take home exam.
- Both tests are also given @ Regional Office of Education (130 S. Lafayette St. 837-4821). Study guide is available for $2. The 60 multiple choice question test is given M-F, 8-3. Must get 30 questions correct to pass. Test may be retaken unlimited times-just not on the same day. A letter, FAX (309 837 2887, att'n Carol Walker) or e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) from advisor is required. Correspondence should include: student's name, ID and their need to take the test.
Course credit - topics include:
- Numbering of courses
- Repeatable Courses
- Office of Public Safety 298-1949
- Student Development Office 298-1884
- University Counseling Center 298-2453
Directories (student, faculty, staff, departments)
- Academic departments (chair, campus address, campus phone, web address)
- Advisor listing (name, campus address, phone number)
- Lost and found offices (contact one or more of the following)
- Office of Public Safety - 298-1949
- Registrar - 298-1891
- Student Assistance and Parent Service Center - 298-2092
- Union Service Center - 298-1941
- Validine (IDs) - 298-3329)
- Faculty Guide (PDF)
- Student Handbook (PDF)
- P.R.I.D.E. (student organization)
- Procedures for serving students with disabilities
Discover Western - information, upcoming programs, online registration
- Use GRDS screen on MVS to check early warning grades at mid semester
ECOM / Guava - Electronic Communications. WIU gives students an electronic account that includes e-mail, web storage space, and access to the WIU modem dial-up pool. Students should check their ECOM accounts frequently as important information from the Offices of Financial Aid, Billing and Receivables, and the Registrar are sent via e-mail to these accounts.
Elective - An elective is any course not required for your major, minor, or the General Education Requirement. Many, but not all, majors have room for students to take elective courses to complete their degree requirements.
- General elective courses count toward graduation but not in general education major or minor requirements.
- Common ones include: Admissions, Advisor, Athletics, Billing, Campus Recreation, Immunization, and University Housing and Dining.
- Listed on STARS and also on the ADEN and REGN MVS screens
- Audit guidelines
- Classes may be changed to or from Audit during the program change period, the first 10 days of the semester
- A previously audited course may not be repeated for credit
- Audited classes are recorded on the transcript as "X" with 0 hours of credit
- The only requirement for an audit is regular class attendance. If the instructor determines that a student has not attended enough classes to warrant receiving an Audit designation (X), the instructor may place an Unsatisfactory Audit (UX) symbol on the grade sheet which will also show on the transcript
- Tuition for an Audit course is assessed the same as credit courses
- Most financial aid will not pay for Audit credit hours.
- Pass/Fail (scroll down to Pass/Fail System)
- Repeating Courses (scroll down to Repeating Failed Courses or Repeating Passed Courses)
- Students withdrawing from the University should contact the Registrar's Office (110 Sherman Hall, 298-1891) and Student Development Office (301 Seal Hall, 298-1884).
- The new Student Information Release Authorization form must be completed and signed before a notary before it can be returned to the Registrar's Office. Parents may not sign the form for their son/daughter. This form can be completed and notarized by any notary and then mailed to the Registrar's Office.
- Freshmen must take two FYE courses, one each semester of their first year at WIU
- The suffix "Y" indicates an FYE class
- Use "course search" (STARS on the web, Quick Look option) for list of current FYE classes
- A forced class must be the first class that a student enrolls in. NOTE: The ENG 100 force takes precedence over FYE force.
- English - If a student has not completed the required ENG 180 and/or 280 course(s) within a specified time limit, the English department may "force" the student to register for the class by requiring that it be the first class the student enrolls in. Once the student has enrolled, the course cannot be dropped. Contact the Director of Writing at (309) 298-2136 for more information.
- FYE (see First Year Experience above)
- Students may not use any one course to satisfy two General Education distribution requirements.
- Students may not count more than two courses from the discipline in which they major toward satisfaction of the General Education requirements
- No courses under the Pass/Fail option may apply to the General Education requirements.
- Students entering the university after receiving an A.A. or A.S. (not an A.A.S.) degree receive the Community College Commitment. No matter what classes they actually took for their degree, they are considered to have completed the WIU General Education requirements (11 sh each for NSM, SS and HUM). However, a specific college may impose additional or course-specific General Education requirements.
- Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) - Students with the IAI have completed the University General Education requirements (10 sh NSM, 9 sh SS, 9 sh HUM)
- enrollment and grade point average verifications provided by Registrar's Office (110 Sherman hall, 298-1891)
- Grade Point Average (GPA) - The average of a student's honor points divided by hours attempted. It is calculated at the end of each semester, as well as overall.
- Hours Attempted - Number of semester hours a student is enrolled in each semester.
GradTrac - Western Illinois University guarantees new freshmen that if they meet GradTrac requirements they will graduate in four years or their remaining tuition will be free.
- Students called to military active duty should contact the Registrar's Office (298-1891).
- In an emergency, the parents or commanding officer can make this contact.
- The three options available to students are:
- withdraw from all classes
- receive incompletes for all classes
- receive the grade earned in each class before orders were received
- English: students who place into English 100 must register for that class first.
- Initial placement for students who graduated from high school within the last calendar year is based on Math ACT score and high school transcript. Students who have been out of high school for more than a year need to take the COMPASS test, or can be automatically placed into Math 099.
- Taking COMPASS, the computerized Math placement test, can only improve placement. COMPASS Test is available on campus at University and Academic Support Center. Call (309)298-1846 to schedule an appointment. Raw scores must be submitted to the WIU Math Coordinator for evaluation and placement.
- CSP 450 in Fall
- CSP 445 in Spring or Fall
- Code of student conduct
Student absence policy
- In emergency situations Student Development Office (298-1884) will notify instructors by e-mail.
- Student academic integrity policy
- Student handbook
- Online at http://www.wiu.edu/Registrar/transcripts.php
- Registrar Office (298-2787)
- Transcript Request Form
- Academic Assistance Centers (PDF)
- Malpass Library Drop-In Tutoring
- MATH 100 online calculator help
- Math Help Center
- Study Skills Strategies (PDF)
- Tutoring Locations (Free)
- Program for students entering the University who have not declared a major. Students may remain in the University Advising program until they have completed 45 semester hours. The University Advising and Academic Services Center is responsible for advising these students.
- Veterans may be eligible for up to 8 semester hours for military service (2 sh KIN, 2 sh HE elective, 4 sh MS elective)
- Contact Veteran's Certification (Sherman Hall 103, 298-3147) with any questions.
- The Student Assistance and Parent Service Center has been designed as the veterans resource area (University Union, 298-2092)
- Admissions requires that first time visiting students submit an application, pay the fee, and provide documentation of good standing at previous school
- May enroll in no more than 18 semester hours
- Is not eligible for financial aid
- May attend for 1 semester
- Need special permission from the Registrar's Office to attend WIU for a second semester