Academic Policies & Practices – 2023-2024

For All Faculty:

  • In 2020, Faculty endorsed using Moodle as the Dashboard for every course, as a single place where students can find course materials (syllabus, course policies, information on office hours, and links to all major assignments and readings).
  • A graded assignment must be returned to students by the 6th week of classes: 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.
  • For your Office Hours: Avoid 4-6pm block reserved for extracurricular activities.
  • See the Conscientious Religious Observance Policy (approved by the Faculty 2/1/2021) with a link to the Conscientious Religious Observance Notification Form for submitting requests for exemptions, and a 3-year Religious Holidays Calendar.
  • Students may withdraw from a course after the 6th-week drop deadline until the last day of classes (Friday, December 1, 2023 in Fall 2023 and Tuesday, April 30, 2024 in Spring 2024). 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.

For Academic Advisors:

  • 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.
  • In Fall 2021, we returned 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.  The minimum equivalent grade to earn S in courses graded S/NC is C-.  First-Year Seminar in Critical Inquiry may 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.”
  • Only Class of 2024 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 2022, 2023, and through August 2024.

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)

Dates & Deadlines (see also the Calendar for Faculty linked above)

  • The College’s I.S. (452) deadline for Fall 2023. Seniors need to submit by Friday, November 10, 2023 by 5:00pm. All I.S. projects will be submitted electronically. Students should email their I.S. to the Registrar’s Office via, copy their respective I.S. advisors, and upload to OpenWorks
  • The College’s I.S. (452) deadline for Spring 2024. Seniors need to submit by Monday, March 25, 2024 by 5:00pm. All I.S. projects will be submitted electronically. Students should email their I.S. to the Registrar’s Office via, copy their respective I.S. advisors, and upload to OpenWorks
  • See Calendar for updated Break, Reading, and Exam Schedules.
    • Reading Days for Fall 2023 are scheduled for Saturday, December 2 and Sunday, December 3. Final Exams will be Monday-Thursday, December 4-7, 2022. All Fall 2023 grades are due by noon on Wednesday, December 13, 2023.
    • Reading Days for Spring 2024 are scheduled for Wednesday, May 1; Saturday, May 4; and Sunday, May 5. Final Exams will be Thursday-Friday, May 2-3, 2024 and Monday-Tuesday, May 6-7, 2024. Spring 2024 Senior grades are due by noon on Wednesday, May 8, 2024. All other remaining Spring 2024 grades are due Monday, May 13, 2024 at noon.

Need more Info or Assistance:

For questions about Academic Policy, contact Dean for Curriculum & Academic Engagement Jen Bowen,

If you are unable to teach for a period of time beyond a week (especially if you require assistance finding alternate arrangements), contact Dean for Faculty Development Christa Craven,, and notify your Chair. 

This website is maintained by the Dean for Faculty Development at the College of Wooster. Contact me if you have questions or suggestions. Dr. Christa Craven: