The undergraduate and graduate catalogs are the source of all academic policies as they relate to UWL students. The below lists are intended as an aid to help locate the policies in the catalogs.

FAQs on the temporary S/U Grading Policy for Spring 2021

About UWL

UWL Mission, Vision, and Values expanding section

UWL's Mission, Vision, & Values are found in the official published catalogs of the university and apply to both undergraduate and graduate students.

Freedom of Thought and Expression expanding section

UWL's policy on freedom of thought and expression can be found in the undergraduate and graduate catalogs.

Civil Rights at UWL expanding section

UWL's policy on civil rights can be found in the undergraduate and graduate catalogs.

Accommodation of Religious Beliefs expanding section

UWL's policy on accommodation of religious beliefs can be found in the undergraduate and graduate catalogs.

Accessibility for Individuals with Disabilities expanding section

UWL's policy on providing facilities and programs that are accessibly to all students with disabilities can be found in the undergraduate and graduate catalogs.

Academic calendar

The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse's Academic Calendar is describe briefly in the official catalogs, undergraduate and graduate. A longer description of how UWL's calendar is determined can be found in the "UWL Academic Calendar Full Policy and Revisions" located on Records and Registration's Academic Scheduling page. UWL follows a seven year calendar cycle.

Student conduct

Student Honor Code expanding section

The full UWL Student Honor Code can be found in the undergraduate and graduate catalogs.

Student Disciplinary Procedures expanding section

The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System has established administrative codes to address academic and non-academic misconduct. A brief description of the situations these codes cover can be found in the undergraduate and graduate catalogs.

The student handbook, Eagle Eye, has more specific information about how these disciplinary procedures are enforced at UW-La Crosse and how one may report an incident.

Student records

Academic Records/F.E.R.P.A. expanding section

F.E.R.P.A. refers to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act which protects the privacy of student educational records. An abbreviated policy can be found in the undergraduate and graduate catalogs. UWL's full policy can be found on our FERPA page.

Official Name and Address Changes expanding section

It is the student’s responsibility to keep appropriate offices advised of changes. Campus (local) or permanent home (legal) addresses may be changed through the student's WINGS Student Center. Official name changes must be done in the Office of Records and Registration, 117 Graff Main Hall, with proper identification and documentation.

Preferred Name Policy expanding section

In August 2016, the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse began implementation of a Preferred Name Policy that allows eligible students, faculty, and staff to indicate their preferred first and/or middle name to the university community regardless of whether they have legally changed their name.

Veteran-related

Veteran-related academic policies are on the Records' Veteran Students page. Information pertaining to educational benefits and certification assistance can be found in the Veteran Services Office.

Academic Eligibility

Undergraduate Academic Eligibility Policy expanding section
The current policy can be found in the undergraduate catalog.
CAPS revisions approved by Faculty Senate 11/20/2008, 2/26/2015, and 12/1/2016.

Admissions

Undergraduate Admissions expanding section

The criteria and policies for undergraduate admission can be found in the admissions section of the undergraduate catalog. See the Admissions website for further information on applying to UWL.

Degrees, Commencement, & Honors

Dean's Lists Policy expanding section

The current policy can be found in the undergraduate catalog.

Special Baccalaureate Degrees Policy expanding section

Occasionally events take place where the need to consider additional degree options arises in order to honor those who have provided exemplary service to the university or to extend sympathy and compassion to the families and friends of deceased students near completion of their degrees. UWL has policies for awarding honorary, extraordinary, and posthumous degrees in recognition of these exceptional situations. 

Final Exams

Grading

UWL Grading System expanding section

The current policy can be found in both the undergraduate and graduate catalogs.

Pass/Fail Courses Academic Policy expanding section

The current academic policy can be found in both the undergraduate and graduate catalogs.

Audit Policy expanding section

The audit policy applies to both undergraduate and graduate students. The current policy can be found in the undergraduate and graduate catalogs.

Incomplete Grade Policy expanding section

The current policy can be found in both the undergraduate and graduate catalogs.

Course Repeat Policy expanding section

The current policy can be found in the undergraduate catalog.

Change of Final Grade Policy expanding section

The current policy can be found in the undergraduate catalog.

Appeal of Final Grade Policy expanding section

The current policy can be found in the undergraduate catalog.

Credit by Exam and Retroactive Credit Academic Policy expanding section

The current policy can be found in the undergraduate catalog. The Admissions Office has details on ways to earn this credit.

Internships

Internships Policy (Cooperative Education) expanding section

Departmental and/or university-wide (non-departmental) co-op internships are designed to carry variable credit with maximum credits awarded only if student assignments meet operational standards of 40 hours per week for approximately 14 weeks.  Fewer credits will be awarded on a prorated hours-per-week basis. 

While a maximum of 30 semester credits may be taken in internships and recorded on the permanent academic record, no more than 15 credits will be applicable to a degree. (Credit applicable to a major or minor will be assigned by the appropriate department chairperson). 

All students involved in departmental and/or university-wide co-op internships (non departmental) for credit are required to register. 

Academic departments who plan to make changes in their departmental requirements for the cooperative education and internship program should consult with Career Services. 

These policies do not apply to internships in teacher education, physical education, recreation, social work, physical therapy, medical technology, nuclear medicine technology, or graduate programs.  Students wishing more information should contact the Cooperative Education/Internship Program in the Career Services Offices. 

The list of participating UWL academic departments can be found in the catalog.

Registration, Attendance, & Schedule Changes

Class Attendance Policy expanding section

The current policy can be found in the undergraduate and graduate catalogs.

Course Numbering Academic Policy expanding section

The current policy can be found in the undergraduate and graduate catalogs.

Class Start Policy expanding section

The current policy can be found in the undergraduate catalog.

Drop/Add/Change of Schedule Policy expanding section

The policy sets the deadlines for dropping a course without affecting a student's academic record and the deadlines for adding without permission and with permission. The current policy can be found in the undergraduate and graduate catalogs.

Dropping After Change of Schedule Period expanding section

After the change of schedule period is over (10 days for a full semester class; for shorter classes, deadlines are calculated proportionally), dropping a full semester course will result in a "W" being placed on the student's record. The complete "Individual Class Withdrawal Policy" can be found in the undergraduate and graduate catalogs.

Registration Process expanding section

A brief description of the registration process can be found in the undergraduate and graduate catalog.

For information on how to register through WINGS, see Records and Registration's registration resources for more details and links to help documents.

Remedial Course Policy expanding section

The current policy can be found in the undergraduate catalog.

Student Classifications expanding section

The current policy can be found in the undergraduate catalog.

Undergraduate Credit Load Policy expanding section

The current policy can be found in the undergraduate catalog.

Transfer Credit

Undergraduate Transfer Credit expanding section

The policies for transferring undergraduate credit to UWL can be found in the transfer credit section of the undergraduate catalog.

Undergraduate Policy Committees

Committee on Academic Policies & Standards (CAPS) expanding section

CAPS is the faculty committee for formulating and reviewing local policies and standards for admissions and academic activity; ensuring equitable application of the standards by the colleges and schools; and developing procedures for hearing student appeals and petitions on academic matters. Membership of the committee consists of nine faculty and three students. The Director of Admissions and the Registrar serve as administrative consultants. The Chancellor selects an additional administrative consultant.

By-laws and other documentation for CAPS are posted on the UWL Faculty Senate website.

Undergraduate Curriculum Committee (UCC) expanding section

The Undergraduate Curriculum Committee (UCC) is the curriculum review faculty body for all academic programs at the baccalaureate level. Membership of this committee consists of nine faculty, with proportional representation by college, and three students. The Provost, Registrar, Director of the Library, and the dean of each college serve as administrative consultants.

By-laws and other documentation for UCC are posted on the Faculty Senate website.

Withdrawal Policies

Individual Class Withdrawal Policy expanding section

This policy refers to dropping (a.k.a. withdrawing from) an individual course after the change of schedule period is over, when dropping courses starts to affect a student's academic record. The full policy can be found in the both the undergraduate and graduate catalogs.

Withdrawal from UWL Policy expanding section

The current policy can be found in the both the undergraduate and graduate catalogs.

Medical Withdrawal from UWL Policy expanding section

The current policy can be found in the both the undergraduate and graduate catalogs.

Military Withdrawal from UWL Policy expanding section

Full policy can be found on the veteran students' page.

An abbreviated version of the below policy can be found in the both the undergraduate and graduate catalogs.

Short Term Military Absence Policy expanding section

Full policy can be found on the veteran students' page.

An abbreviated version of the below policy can be found in the both the undergraduate and graduate catalogs.

Academic Eligibility

Graduate Academic Eligibility Policy expanding section

The current policy can be found in the graduate catalog.
Revised by Graduate Council 5/1/1997; 5/31/2005; 1/28/2010; and 5/10/2013.

Admissions

Graduate Admissions expanding section

The criteria and policies for graduate admissions can be found in the admissions section of the graduate catalog. See also the Admissions and Graduate Studies pages for further information on applying to UWL.

Assistantships

Graduate Assistantships Policy expanding section

The current policy can be found in the graduate catalog.

Degrees, Commencement, & Honors

Commencement & Graduation Honors expanding section

Honors are not calculated for graduate students. The current policy can be found in the graduate catalog.

Final Exams

Graduate Research, Comprehensive Exams and Terminal Project Completion expanding section

The Graduate Council has approved a graduate research, comprehensive exams, and terminal project completion policy for students who are still working on required research, comprehensive exams, or terminal projects. The purpose of this policy is to provide continued access to university faculty, technology, facilities, and the library.

The current policy can be found in the graduate catalog.

Graduate Policy Committees

Graduate Council expanding section

The Graduate Council is responsible for establishing academic standards pertaining to graduate study, determining procedures for selecting graduate faculty, formulating appeal procedures and hearing graduate student appeals on academic policies, and making recommendations to Faculty Senate about issues related to graduate study.

By-laws and other documentation for Graduate Council are posted on the UWL Faculty Senate website.

Graduate Curriculum Committee (GCC) expanding section

The Graduate Curriculum Committee (UCC) is the curriculum review faculty body for all academic programs at the graduate level. Membership of this committee consists of nine faculty, with proportional representation by college, and three students. The Provost, Registrar, Director of University Graduate Studies, Director of the Library, and the dean of each college serve as administrative consultants.

By-laws and other documentation for GCC are posted on the Faculty Senate website.

Grading

UWL Grading System expanding section

The current policy can be found in both the undergraduate and graduate catalogs.

Pass/Fail Courses Academic Policy expanding section

The current academic policy can be found in both the undergraduate and graduate catalogs.

Audit Policy expanding section

The audit policy applies to both undergraduate and graduate students. The current policy can be found in the undergraduate and graduate catalogs.

Incomplete Grade Policy expanding section

The current policy can be found in both the undergraduate and graduate catalogs.

In Progress (PR) Policy expanding section

The current policy can be found in the graduate catalog.

Graduate Course Grade Policy expanding section

The current policy can be found in the graduate catalog.

Graduate Course Repeat Policy expanding section

The current policy can be found in the graduate catalog.

Change of Grade Policy expanding section

The current policy can be found in the graduate catalog.

Appeal of Final Grade Policy expanding section

The current policy can be found in the graduate catalog.

Registration, Attendance, & Schedule Changes

Academic Advising for Graduate Students expanding section

Advising is a critical part of graduate education. It is important for each student to meet with their program director early in their studies to chart a plan of study. Program directors serve as the advisors in some programs; in other programs, advisors are assigned. Consulting with your advisor prior to each registration will reduce the possibility of enrolling in courses which do not meet your goals.

Class Attendance Policy expanding section

The current policy can be found in the undergraduate and graduate catalogs.

Course Numbering Academic Policy expanding section

The current policy can be found in the undergraduate and graduate catalogs.

Drop/Add/Change of Schedule Policy expanding section

The policy sets the deadlines for dropping a course without affecting a student's academic record and the deadlines for adding without permission and with permission. The current policy can be found in the undergraduate and graduate catalogs.

Dropping After Change of Schedule Period expanding section

After the change of schedule period is over (10 days for a full semester class; for shorter classes, deadlines are calculated proportionally), dropping a full semester course will result in a "W" being placed on the student's record. The complete "Individual Class Withdrawal Policy" can be found in the undergraduate and graduate catalogs.

Graduate Credit Load Policy expanding section

The current policy can be found in the graduate catalog.

Graduate Credit Load for Financial Aid expanding section

The current policy can be found in the graduate catalog.

Registration Process expanding section

A brief description of the registration process can be found in the undergraduate and graduate catalog.

For information on how to register through WINGS, see Records and Registration's registration resources for more details and links to help documents.

Transfer Credit

Graduate Level Transfer Credit Policy expanding section

The current policy can be found in the graduate transfer credit section of the graduate catalog.

Withdrawal Policies

Individual Class Withdrawal Policy expanding section

This policy refers to dropping (a.k.a. withdrawing from) an individual course after the change of schedule period is over, when dropping courses starts to affect a student's academic record. The full policy can be found in the both the undergraduate and graduate catalogs.

Withdrawal from UWL Policy expanding section

The current policy can be found in the both the undergraduate and graduate catalogs.

Medical Withdrawal from UWL Policy expanding section

The current policy can be found in the both the undergraduate and graduate catalogs.

Military Withdrawal from UWL Policy expanding section

Full policy can be found on the veteran students' page.

An abbreviated version of the below policy can be found in the both the undergraduate and graduate catalogs.

Short Term Military Absence Policy expanding section

Full policy can be found on the veteran students' page.

An abbreviated version of the below policy can be found in the both the undergraduate and graduate catalogs.