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The academic year is divided into two semesters, each approximately
15 weeks in length. A class hour is 50 minutes of lecture or recitation.
Laboratory periods vary in length depending upon the requirements of the
Full-time students carry from 12 to 18 semester hours of credit per
semester. Each semester hour over 18 incurs an additional per credit tuition
charge. Credit loads beyond 21 semester hours require permission of the
Assistant Academic Vice President.
Courses numbered 100-199 are primarily for freshmen; 200-299 for sophomores;
300-399 for juniors; 400-499 for seniors; and 500-899 for graduate students.
Courses with numbers preceded by zeros represent courses that will appear
on the transcript but are not applicable toward graduation requirements.
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||Students whose academic record contains 30 or fewer semester hours
||Students who have earned 31 semester hours of credit and 60 grade points.
||Students who have earned 61 semester hours of credit and 120 grade
||Students who have earned 91 or more semester hours of credit
and double the number of grade points.
||Students who are not actively pursuing a degree at Viterbo.
This catalog does not establish a contractual relationship. Its purpose
is to provide students with information regarding programs, requirements,
policies, and procedures to qualify for a degree from Viterbo University.
A student follows the catalog in effect at the time of entry and should
retain the catalog for the duration of stay provided attendance is uninterrupted
and a degree is completed within a period of six years.
The college catalog is normally revised every two years and changes
are announced. When changes occur, the original or the latest revised catalog
may be followed. It must be one or the other; it may not be a combination
of the two.
The student designs a class schedule and has it approved by an academic
advisor. Spaces in desired classes are reserved with actual course registration
in the Office of the Registrar during the last half of the immediate preceding
semester. All course work must be registered for the term in which the
work is done. Students must confirm their enrollment in the business
office prior to the beginning of classes or according to schedule during
the first three days of classes.
Students who have pre-registered for classes but decide not to attend
Viterbo University must contact the Assistant Academic Vice President of
the change in plans prior to the beginning of the semester. Students are
liable for all charges until this official notification is made.
The registration deadline is August 15 for the fall semester, January
1 for the spring semester, and May 1 for the summer session.
Students who wish to add or drop courses for which they have registered
must obtain the signature of the instructor and have the written approval
of their academic advisor on a change of schedule form available from the
Courses may be added only during the first five days of the semester.
At the request of the advisor, and only with the consent of the
instructor, a course may be added after the fifth day but before the tenth
class day of the semester.
Withdrawal from courses during the first eight weeks will result in
the deletion of the course from the permanent record. Withdrawal on Monday
of the ninth through Monday of the eleventh week will result in a grade
of W. No withdrawals are allowed after the deadline to receive a grade
of W. Courses other than 15 weeks in length are pro-rated accordingly.
The official withdrawal date is considered to be the date the form is submitted
to the Registrar’s Office.
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Students may audit a course by completing an audit form available from
the Registrar’s Office at registration or during the first week of classes.
The audit form requires the consent of the instructor of the course. Auditors
are expected to attend classes, but they are not required to complete written
assignments nor take examinations. If attendance is unsatisfactory, the
student will be requested to withdraw from the class.
No credit is received and a grade of “AU” is entered on the records.
The fees for audit courses are the same as for credit courses. Audited
courses do not count toward degree requirements. Students may not change
from audit to credit after the first week of classes. Students may not
change from credit to audit after the eighth week of classes.
Audited courses may be repeated for credit in another term.
FROM THE UNIVERSITY
A student who wishes to withdraw completely from the university during
a semester must secure an official withdrawal form from the Office of the
Assistant Academic Vice President and meet with his/her academic advisor.
The student then meets with the Assistant Academic Vice President to complete
the withdrawal process and obtain signatures from the Financial Aid Office
and Director of Residence when applicable. The official date of withdrawal
is the day the form is received in the registrar’s office. This process
must be completed prior to final examination week. Any applicable
refunds and grades to be assigned for courses less than 15 weeks in length
are prorated according to the deadline dates printed in the class schedules
for the fall, spring, and summer terms. A student who wishes to re-enter
the immediate following term must complete a re-entry application form
Failing grades are recorded for students who do not officially withdraw
from the university.
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Right to Privacy
Viterbo University annually informs students of the Family Educational
Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended. This Act, with which the institution
intends to comply fully, was designated to protect the privacy of education
records, to establish the right of students to inspect and review their
education records, and to provide guidelines for the correction of inaccurate
or misleading data through informal and formal hearings. Students also
have the right to file complaints with The Family Educational Rights and
Privacy Act Office (FERPA) concerning alleged failures by the institution
to comply with the Act.
Local policy explains in detail the procedures to be used by the institution
for compliance with the provisions of the Act. A copy of the policy may
be obtained from the office of the Registrar. This office also maintains
a Directory of Records which lists all education records maintained on
students by this institution.
Viterbo University hereby designates the following student information
as public or “directory information.” Such information may be disclosed
by the institution for any purpose, at its discretion—name; address (permanent,
local, and e-mail); telephone listings; date of birth; major field of study;
participation in officially recognized activities and sports; weight and
height of athletic team members; dates of attendance; registration course
schedule; degrees/academic recognitions/awards received; name/address/occupation
of parent/guardian/spouse; and the most recent previous educational institution
or agency attended.
Currently enrolled students may withhold disclosure of directory information
under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended.
To withhold disclosure, written notification must be received in the Office
of the Registrar by the end of the second week of each semester and the
first week of summer school. Forms requesting the withholding of “directory
information” are available through the Office of the Registrar.
Viterbo University assumes that failure on the part of any student
to request specifically the withholding of “directory information” indicates
individual approval for disclosure.
Grade reports of students are mailed at the close of each semester
to the last permanent address provided. Copies are not sent to parents
or guardians, and it is the student’s responsibility to share this information
Grade Point Average
The grade point average of a student’s work is the ratio of the grade
points to the number of semester hours attempted. Courses taken under the
credit/no credit option as well as courses completed at another institution
are not included in the grade point average.
Students requesting copies of their transcript are charged $3.00 per
copy. To protect the student, requests for transcripts are honored only
if made in writing by the student. A transcript will not be mailed as a
result of a telephone call or FAX request (see Student Records section
of this catalog).
Records from other schools will not be photocopied or sent elsewhere.
No transcript will be issued until all financial accounts have been
cleared with the university.