The regular academic year at Wittenberg is divided into two semesters (fall, spring) of sixteen weeks each; the sixteenth week is for final examinations. Wittenberg conducts, through the School of Community Education, a summer session consisting of three terms of day and evening courses. Term I is six 1/2 weeks, Term II is five weeks, and Term III or the overlap term is six 1/2 weeks. Visit the School of Community Education's page for more information.
At Wittenberg the unit of academic credit is the semester credit.
General Academic Standards
The University is accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Wittenberg's policies regarding student records are in accordance with provisions of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974.
The Class Day
A typical 4-semester hour class meets three hours per week, normally in one of three patterns: Three 1-hour (MWF), two 1.5-hour (TTH), or one 3-hour period. A few classes may be held on a daily basis. Some schedule additional laboratory periods.
Titles of all courses are preceded by a three-digit number. Usually the courses at the 100-level are introductory courses, with no departmental prerequisites, that introduce basic skills, techniques, concepts, or questions of the field. Courses numbered from 200 to 299 continue the introduction to the field beyond the 100-level or introduce the field by focusing on a major area in the field. There may be 200-level courses that are open normally to first-year students.
|Satisfactory, Credit Earned||S||0.000|
|*No Credit Earned (Replaces F to D+ inclusive for the Pass/Fail option)||NC||0.000|
|*Satisfactory, Work in Progress (Replaces all grades from C- to A+ inclusive for the Pass/Fail option)||X||0.000|
|Audited Course, No Credit Earned||L||0.000|
* The Pass/Fail Option - a student may elect one course a semester under the Pass/Fail Option as long as the student is registered for a minimum of 15 semester hours. The election is to be made during the third week of the semester. Forms must be completed and delivered to the Registrar's Office by the deadline. Neither the S nor the NC mark has any impact on the semester or the cumulate GPAs. Once elected, the Pass/Fail Option cannot be changed. Students must be aware that graduate and professional schools increasingly count an S mark as a C when evaluating transcripts.
Restrictions regarding the Pass/Fail Option:
Incomplete Grade - The mark I (Incomplete) is given only at the end of a semester in which course work has not been completed because of illness or other circumstances beyond the control of the student. The mark of I must be removed no later than the end of the eighth week of the next semester, or it automatically becomes an F or NC (No Credit).
The mark X - (Satisfactory, Course work in Progress) is given only at the end of a semester for certain kinds of course work that may properly carry over more than one semester. The X is replaced by a final grade at the end of the grading period in which the work involved is completed.
The mark L - (Audited Course) is given to those students who, by petitioning the instructor and the Registrar's Office, have gained permission to audit a course. No credit is granted for audited course work.
The mark NR - (No Report) indicates that a grade is missing or has been left blank. The mark is replaced by the appropriate grade when the Registrar officially is notified of a change.
The mark of W - (Withdrawal) indicates that a student, after filing a Change of Registration form with the Registrar's Office, has official withdrawn from a course after the fifth week of the semester and before the beginning of the 11th week of the semester. This mark also is used when a student is suspended during the course of a semester for other than academic reasons.
First-year students in the first semester of their enrollment may withdraw late from one course and receive the mark of W for that course, through the last official day of classes. The petition for late withdrawal must be signed by the instructor for the course and the student's faculty advisor. Students must submit the withdrawal petition to the Office of the Registrar no later than the last official day of classes.
Refer to the Current Academic Catalog for further information