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The Student’s Responsibility

All departments, schools and colleges within the university establish certain requirements that must be met before a degree program is completed. These requirements concern such things as curricula and courses, majors and minors, and residence at the university. Advisers, department chairpersons, academic staff members and deans are available to help you understand and meet these requirements,  but you are responsible for fulfilling them. At the end of your selected course of study, the faculty decides whether you will receive a degree. If requirements of graduation have not been satisfied, the degree will not be granted. For this reason, it is important for you to become acquainted with university requirements and regulations, to continue to keep information about them throughout your college career, and to be responsible for the completion of all requirements.

Also, it is necessary, in the general administration of the university, to establish broad policies and to provide certain regulations and procedures by which they may be carried out. It is important that you understand the policies and know the regulations and procedures that you are expected to follow. This catalog will serve as your curriculum guide throughout your education at UW-L, provided you maintain uninterrupted attendance and complete your degree  within six calendar years. In compiling our catalog, we have used the most current and accurate information available to us at this time. However, we reserve the right to add, revise, or delete any of the information at any time and without giving prior notice. Often when changes are made, you may follow either your original catalog or the catalog containing the changed curriculum requirements, whichever you prefer; however, you must choose one catalog or the other, not a mixture of the two. At times, changes are applicable to all students, regardless of what catalog you are following. This decision, which is in the best interest of your education, may be based on accreditation or certification requirements, campus or UW System policies, or program quality. Curriculum changes are reflected in your advisement report, which makes it the most up-to-date source of information. Changes, such as prerequisites and credits, which affect individual courses are applicable to all students.

This catalog does not establish a contractual relationship. It summarizes the total requirements a student must meet before qualifying for a degree, and is presented, therefore, not only to enable prospective students and others to learn about UW-L, but also to provide a statement of policies, requirements, regulations, and procedures in a form helpful to you during your college career.  


The faculty and administration of UW-L believe that it is the task of the university to make people safe for ideas, not to make ideas safe for people. Beyond formal lectures and laboratory experiences, the university provides opportunities for the presentation of diverse views to stimulate thought and discussion in the university community. It is the responsibility of the university to strive, over a period of time, to attain a diversified presentation of ideas by people who are engaged in research and social dialogue. Thus, the university seeks to increase student exposure to the ever-expanding world of ideas. In a democratic society we can do no less. No one shall be compelled to attend or listen. All must be free to hear. The appearance of any particular speaker on campus implies neither approval nor disapproval by the administration or the faculty of what that speaker says.


UW-L is totally committed to providing equal educational and employment opportunity regardless of gender, race, color, creed, religion, national origin, disability, ancestry, age, sexual orientation, pregnancy, marital or parental status. Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender in any educational program or activity receiving federal financial assistance by way of grant, contract or loan. Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is similar in its prohibition of discrimination on the basis of race, color or national origin. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American Disabilities Act of 1990 prohibit discrimination on the basis of physical or mental handicap. Equal educational opportunity includes: admission, recruitment, extracurricular programs and activities, housing facilities, access to course offerings, counseling and testing, financial assistance, employment, health and insurance services and athletics. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination that is unlawful and contrary to the fundamental standards of a university community. All grievances, questions or requests for information should be referred to the Affirmative Action Officer, 132 Graff Main Hall.


Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability. Ongoing efforts are being made to ensure that facilities and programs are accessible to all students with permanent disabilities. All students must present documentation (no older than three years) of their disabilities in order to receive ongoing accommodations. Direct student services to those with physical, learning, psychological, sensory, or learning disabilities may include, but are not limited to: classroom note takers, class pre registration, taped textbooks, academic advising, and equipment loan. Specific requests for assistance or information should be directed to the Disability Resource Services office in 165 Murphy Library.

Both disabled and able-bodied students are eligible to join Students Advocating Potential Ability (SAPA), a campus organization formed (1) to give academic and social support to students with permanent or temporary disabilities;(2) to facilitate awareness of these students’ needs; and (3) to support the basic rights of all students and to resist discrimination in any form for or against people with disabilities.


This catalog is a record of undergraduate programs,
courses, policies, staff and facilities as of April 1, 2009  
Edited by Diane Schumacher and
Lisa Severson, Records and Registration