Academic Policies & Practices – 2021-2022

 

  • For your Office Hours: Avoid 4-6pm block reserved for extracurricular activities.
  • Faculty endorse (December 7, 2020 Faculty Meeting) using Moodle as the Dashboard for every course, where course materials are organized and available for students to find in a single place (this should include the syllabus, information on office hours, and links to all major assignments and readings).
  • Graded assignment by the 6th week: By policy, all students should receive feedback on a significant, graded assignment within the first 6 weeks. This offers an opportunity to give timely feedback before the 6-week drop deadline.
  • In Fall 2021, we return to the College’s ordinary pass/fail (S/NC) policy in the Catalogue. That is, “Students are permitted to elect the equivalent of four courses (in addition to Senior Independent Study) graded S/NC out of 32 courses required for graduation [excluding courses taken S/NC in Spring 2020, Fall 2020, and Spring 2021]. The minimum equivalent grade to earn S in courses graded S/NC is C-. First-Year Seminar in Critical Inquiry will not be graded S/NC. Transfer students are permitted to have one-eighth of the courses remaining to be taken at Wooster graded S/NC. Courses taken S/NC are not permitted in the major department/program, in the minor department/program, nor in courses exceeding the number in the major or minor unless specific exceptions to this regulation are stated by individual departments/programs.”
  • Students may withdraw from a course after the 6th-week drop deadline until the last day of classes (Friday, December 10). Students may withdraw from one course, up to 1.25 credits, at any time through the last day of classes, as long as their total remaining credits are 3.0 or above. This may be done without documentation of extenuating circumstances. Note that because federal government guidelines define courses as ‘attempted’ after 6 weeks, if a student withdraws from a course after 6 weeks, it will be noted as a ‘W’ on their transcript.
  • Students may enroll in IDPT 398: Teaching Apprenticeship more than two times, but there will be an additional credit added to graduation requirements. Another option for students is to audit the course.
  • The College’s I.S. deadline for Spring 2022. Seniors need to submit by Monday, March 28, 2022 by 5:00pm. The current expectation is that all I.S. projects will be submitted electronically in Spring 2022. Students should email their I.S. to the Registrar’s Office via registrar@wooster.edu, and copy their respective I.S. advisors, and upload to OpenWorks
  • See Calendar for updated Break, Reading, and Exam Schedules.
    • Reading Days for Fall 2021 are scheduled for Saturday, December 11 and Sunday, December 12. Final Exams will be Monday-Thursday, December 13-16.
  • Grades are due by noon on Wednesday, December 22, 2021.
  • Class of 2022 students can graduate with 31.0 courses (instead of 32.0). Students will still be expected to complete the College general education and major/minor requirements toward graduation. This policy will be in place for students who graduate in December 2021, May 2022, and August 2022.
  • Conscientious Religious Observance Policy (approved by the faculty 2/1/2021) and Notification Form.

The College of Wooster acknowledges that our community is one of many faiths with a diverse range of practices and observances important to each tradition. In order to fulfill the College’s mission to educate a diverse population of students and our commitment to inclusion regardless of religious and spiritual tradition, we seek to practice an equitable and consistent approach in providing religious accommodations.

Students shall not suffer academic, athletic, or employment penalties because of the conscientious observance of any religious day or days. Penalties include reduction of grades, exclusion from class projects, reduction in number of other excused absences, bias in evaluation, suspension or termination from play or work, and other preventable negative consequences. Religious observances that may require accommodation include but are not limited to attendance at services, fasting, set prayer times, and other practices that would impede a student’s normal participation in classes, labs, other course-related work, athletic participation, and student employment.

Accommodations may include excused absences, adjusted exam times, permission to eat during class time, changes to assignment due dates and project schedules, and other reasonable adjustments to course schedules and activities. Accommodations should not reduce the overall expectations of a course nor unduly burden the student requesting accommodation.

For questions about Academic Policy, contact Dean for Curriculum & Academic Engagement Jennifer Bowen, jbowen@wooster.edu.  

Contact Dean for Faculty Christa Craven, ccraven@wooster.edu and notify your Chair if:

 

  • If you are unable to teach for a period of time beyond a week (especially if you require assistance finding alternate arrangements)

Campus Communication: Laws & Community Practice:

  • As a non-profit, tax-exempt institution of higher education, federal law prohibits The College of Wooster from participating in any partisan political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office. Staff and faculty are free to participate in the electoral process when they are not on campus and are clear that they are not speaking on behalf of the College. However, all employees are prohibited from using College facilities (including email) to support a political party, PAC, or candidate for public office, or for the purpose of political fundraising.
  • The zwdFaculty listserv goes to 200+ faculty, adjunct faculty, and administrators. Generally avoid sending mass emails unless they are applicable to the whole audience.
  • Avoid using student names in email subjects, especially if corresponding about a sensitive issue (in general, it’s better to provide less detail & follow up with a phone call to maintain everyone’s privacy)
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