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2015-2016 Catalog 
2015-2016 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


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Registrar’s Office, Old Main 230, 360-650-3432 www.wwu.edu/depts/registrar/

Registration for each quarter is conducted in three phases using Web for Student, www.wwu.edu/web4u:

  • Phase I — A period of two to three weeks in which continuing and returning students register by appointment.
  • Phase II — A period before the beginning of the quarter when students can change their schedules. Except as noted otherwise, new freshmen register at orientation on the Monday before the quarter begins.
  • Phase III — Registration beginning the first day of the quarter and ending at midnight on the fifth day of the quarter. Students may register online during the first five (business) days of the quarter.

Complete registration instructions can be found on the Registrar’s website at http://www.wwu.edu/registrar/registration.shtml. It is very important that students make certain after registering that they have done so properly by checking their schedules via Web4U. Students are prohibited from attending a class without being registered.

Orientation for Newly-admitted Students Fall Quarter

  • Transitions, a special orientation and registration program for new fall quarter transfer students, is conducted during mid-summer preceding fall quarter. New transfer students unable to attend Transitions should plan to attend the orientation and advising program held the Monday before the beginning of fall quarter. Each transfer student who has accepted an offer of admission will be sent complete information about orientation and advising.
  • Summerstart, a special orientation and registration program for new fall quarter freshmen, is conducted during mid-summer preceding fall quarter. Each freshman student who has accepted an offer of admission for fall quarter will be sent complete information about this program. New freshmen unable to attend Summerstart should plan to attend the orientation and advising program held the Monday before the beginning of fall quarter.

Student Responsibility for Registration

Students are responsible for completing their own registration each quarter. While faculty may provide permission with an override to enroll in a restricted course, the student must complete the process via Web4U. Schedule changes initiated after the first five days of the quarter and independent study registrations must be submitted in person at the Registrar’s Office. Registration is done in person at the Registrar’s Office beginning the sixth day of the quarter. Students must have either a current override or written permission from the instructor to add a class.

It is important for students to make certain they are not registering for a course in which they already received credit, either at Western or elsewhere. Unless the course is marked in this catalog as repeatable, it cannot be taken more than once for credit.

Registration Restrictions

For pedagogical reasons, some courses are restricted to certain levels of students, to students who are declared majors, or to those who have received special permission from the instructor. Such restrictions are listed in the online Timetable of Classes and Classfinder. The student is responsible for ensuring that he or she has satisfied all prerequisites before registering for a course. A student who has registered for a course without satisfying prerequisites may be required to withdraw from the course by the instructor. If a student does not comply with the request to withdraw from the instructor, the Registrar may withdraw the student from the course at the request of the instructor or academic department.

Registration Holds

A “hold” is placed on registration for students who have any outstanding obligations to the university. These obligations can include outstanding debts, failure to comply with immunization policies, failure to comply with certain admissions requirements or academic regulations, insufficient progress, and violations of conduct codes or other University rules.

Waitlisting & Registration

When a course reaches capacity during Phases I, II and III of registration, students may add themselves, via Web4U, to an automatically-generated waitlist. Before waitlisting is allowed, however, students must meet all enforced course prerequisites and other course restrictions listed in the University Catalog, the online Timetable of Classes, and Classfinder.

When a seat becomes available in a waitlisted class, an automated email message is sent to the official WWU email address of the first student on the waitlist, notifying the student of the available seat. Students may also sign up to have waitlist notifications and other official WWU communications sent via text message. Students who receive notification of seat availability are responsible for registering via Web4U before the notification expires. During Phases I and II, notifications are active for 24 hours from the time the notification is sent, and for 12 hours during Phase III. The notification expires if the student does not register within the time allowed, and a notification is then sent to the next student on the waitlist.

Further details on waitlisting policies and how to sign up for text message delivery can be found under Registration on the Registrar’s Office website.

Late Registration

The deadline to register or to add a class is 5pm on the fifth day of the quarter (see the Summer Session website for summer quarter registration deadlines).

Late registration (initial registration for the quarter) is permitted only with current permission from the instructor and the Registrar’s Office. After the first five days of a quarter, initial registration is allowed only by: 1) obtaining an override or written permission from the course instructor, and 2) paying the late-registration fee. Students adding classes to an existing schedule beginning the sixth day of the quarter must obtain an override or written permission from the course instructor and the Registrar’s Office, but will not be charged a late-add fee until the beginning of the third week. (See the Summer Session website for specific summer quarter deadlines.)

Extension Registration

Registration procedures for extension programs vary. Contact the appropriate program office for registration dates. See the Extended Education  section in this catalog.

Students may register for Independent Learning courses (correspondence) at any time during the quarter; however, the academic quarter of record assigned to the course is determined by the Registrar’s Office in consultation with Extended Education. Call Independent Learning at (360) 650-3650 for additional information. Enrollment in correspondence or online courses only does not qualify as continuing enrollment for newly admitted, first-quarter WWU students. Contact the Registrar’s Office for information regarding student status.

Auditing Courses

Auditors are persons who desire to attend courses without earning academic credit. Written permission from the instructor and approval from the Registrar’s Office are required to register to audit a class.

Auditors may not actively participate in class and therefore certain courses may not be audited, including, but not limited to physical education activities, laboratory courses, studio courses, independent study courses, language courses, courses not taught in a group setting, and any other course the Registrar deems ineligible. Auditing a course cannot be used toward successful completion of academic credit.

Auditors are not allowed to register until the first day of the quarter, and the course must not have reached a maximum enrollment. Changes to or from audit cannot be made after the first five days of the quarter.

Students enrolled for 10 or more non-audited credits may audit a course without an additional charge. Students enrolled for less than 10 credits should refer to the Tuition and Fees section “Auditing a Class.” Students approved to register for an audit are responsible for paying any course fees attached to the course. Students who choose to audit self-supporting classes through Extended Education are required to pay the full amount of tuition and fees.

Changes in Registration

Policies concerning changes in registration, such as withdrawal from a course or from the University, are described in the section titled University Academic Policies .

Student Records Security

Washington Administrative Code 516-26-070 prohibits access to or misuse of a student’s educational records. Any person who inappropriately gains access to a student’s records, or tampers with a student’s registration or academic record, will be subject to disciplinary action.

Directory Information/Confidentiality

The University publishes an annual student directory, showing your name and local phone number. You may elect to have this information omitted by completing a Request for Confidential Status of Directory Information form in the Registrar’s Office, Old Main 230. If this option is chosen, NO information will be released about you, including attendance, degrees and awards earned. Please be aware, however, that information will not be released to the student or alumnus, as well, without proper identification.

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