Academic Policies

Production Participation Policy

The department monitors the academic performance of all theatre majors/minors in order to offer support and services to those students who are not making satisfactory academic progress.  Participation in a university theatre production as an actor, designer or stage manager is a privilege and is dependent on a student's academic standing and classroom attendance/participation.

Academic Standing Requirement

You are first and foremost a student and academic achievement and success is essential and required of all theatre majors/minors.  In order to be in good standing, theatre majors MUST maintain a 2.0 minimum cumulative GPA in order to be assigned to production design/management positions and/or roles.   

Students who are not in good standing at the end of the semester (2.0 cumulative GPA) will be placed on “academic probation” within the department.    

Cumulative GPA’s will be collected at the end of each fall semester (December).  Students with a cumulative GPA below 2.0 will meet with faculty and receive a warning for spring semester.  If improvement to the cumulative GPA is not made, that student will be ineligible to participate in production work in the following fall semester.   

Cumulative GPA’s will be collected at the end of spring semester (May).  Students with a cumulative GPA below 2.0 will meet with faculty at the beginning of fall semester and receive a warning for that semester.  If improvement is not made, that student will be ineligible to participate in production work in the following spring semester.

Class Attendance Policy

The Department of Theatre Arts bases its success on discipline, dedication and involvement.  No unexcused absences from class are permitted.  Being involved with a production is a privilege.  It is contrary to this department's philosophy to attend evening rehearsal after missing scheduled classes.  Consistent classroom absences will affect your casting opportunities.  If you cannot uphold your classroom responsibilities, you may not be allowed to continue in your production opportunities.

Academic Honesty and Plagiarism

Black Patent Leather Shoes Production PhotoThe University of Wisconsin and UW-L operate under an academic integrity system whereby it is assumed that students understand the rules and agree to abide by them.  There are penalties for academic dishonesty.  Cheating on exams and quizzes and plagiarism are the most obvious forms of academic dishonesty.  However, ANY actions intended to subvert the grading process are included under this heading.  Misrepresenting your own attendance record or practicum time card hours or assisting someone else to do so is considered a form of academic dishonesty and therefore subject to disciplinary action and penalty.  All incidents of academic dishonesty will be reported and acted upon. 

Major/Minor Meeting Attendance

The Department of Theatre Arts coordinates two meetings each semester for all theatre majors/minors and other interested students.  Attendance at these meetings is mandatory for all theatre majors and minors.  These meetings are an opportunity to discuss department philosophies, upcoming events, course/production requirements, etc.

The 2013-2014 Major/Minor Meetings will be held in Toland Theatre at 5:20 p.m. on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, September 3

  • Monday, October 28

  • Monday, January 27

  • Monday, March 10