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UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG 2013-2015


WELCOME

STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES

FREEDOM OF THOUGHT AND EXPRESSION

CIVIL RIGHTS

ACCESSIBILITY FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES


WELCOME

Welcome to the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. We're delighted that you have selected our campus for your education and look forward to working with you as you pursue your goals.

This catalog is your guide to planning for your degree. You'll find it helpful now through commencement; virtually every question you might have about UW-L is answered in this book. I encourage you to read and continually refer to this essential publication. In addition, you should talk frequently with your college and departmental advisers to ensure that you are taking the right steps toward your educational goals.

Best wishes for success in your academic pursuits!

Joe Gow, Chancellor


STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES

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.

This catalog is a record of undergraduate programs, courses, policies, staff and facilities as of June 1, 2013.


FREEDOM OF THOUGHT AND EXPRESSION

The faculty and administration of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse 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. The appearance of any particular speaker on campus implies neither approval nor disapproval by the administration or the faculty of what that speaker says.


CIVIL RIGHTS

The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is totally committed to providing equal education and employment opportunity regardless of race, sex, color, creed, religion, national origin, disability, ancestry, age, sexual orientation, pregnancy, marital, parental status, gender identity, gender expression, or veteran status. Pursuant to Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, discrimination on the basis of sex is prohibited in any educational program or activity receiving federal financial assistance by way of grant, contract or loan. Pursuant to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, discrimination on the basis of race, color or national origin is prohibited. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 prohibit discrimination on the basis of physical or mental disability. 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 Office of Affirmative Action, 131 Graff Main Hall. For more information, see www.uwlax.edu/affirmativeaction.


ACCESSIBILITY FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability. Ongoing efforts are being made to ensure that facilities and programs are accessible to all students with disabilities. All students must identify and present documentation (no older than three years) of their disabilities to the Disability Resources Services office in order to receive ongoing accommodations.

Direct student services to those with physical, sensory or learning disabilities/ADHD include, but are not limited to: classroom note takers, tutors, class preregistration, taped textbooks, academic advising, individual/group counseling and equipment loan. Specific requests for assistance or information should be directed to the coordinator of the Disability Resource Services office, 165 Murphy Library.