WVPU believes that academic freedom and professional integrity are essential to the success of the university and its students. In order to foster greater understanding of academic policies and principles, faculty are asked to consult the Faculty Guidance webpage regarding the below topics. As a matter of principle, all academic issues, disputes and inquiries are to be addressed and resolved at the point of origin where possible, i.e. between individual student and faculty member. Where questions or concerns remain, the respective department head is responsible for addressing unresolved issues. Please note that this guide is based on the university's Academic Policies.
- Academic Honesty
If a student cheats, plagiarizes or commits any other act of academic dishonesty, the first order of business is to see if you can resolve the matter with the student by failing the assignment or class. Once you have decided on a course of action, please inform your department head via email and copy the address email@example.com (for record keeping only) with the following information: faculty and student name, ID, course information (prefix, number, title, and section), type of issue (cheat, plagiarism) and assignment (test/paper/project), percentage of grade, score issued, and how you resolved the matter.
- Student Course Evaluations
Webster University has established a systematic procedure for administering course evaluations in classrooms worldwide that are important for the university, its faculty and students. At the end of each course, students are asked to evaluate the respective faculty member and relevant coursework. Faculty are asked to leave the room while students complete the evaluations. These evaluation forms are to be found in the respective faculty member's mailbox. New faculty members undergo an additional student evaluation during the third week of classes.
- Student Attendance
Faculty should take attendance by using the Attendance feature of WorldClassroom in order to verify enrollment data. This is very important for the first two and three weeks while students can still add and drop courses. When a student attends class, but is not on the enrollment list, instructors should send an email to the Registrar (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the student’s name and ID. While students are expected to actively participate in all their scheduled courses, instructors have the prerogative to determine attendance requirements specific to their class.
- Student Assistance and Disability Accommodation
For students requiring special academic assistance or disability accommodation, faculty are kindly asked to refer here for details about the university's Psychological Testing Services (PTS).
- Rescheduling Class Sessions / Public Holiday Policy
All cancelled class sessions are rescheduled in order to fulfill the necessary contact hours. When rescheduling a class session, please contact Facility (email@example.com) to secure an appropriate room at an available time. Class sessions missed as a result of public holidays are also rescheduled.
- Student Enrollment Status (Add/Drop, Withdrawal, Course Requirement Waiver)
For all relevant information on student enrollment status please see here.
- Study and Examination Guidelines
For university policy regarding course assessment, scheduling norms and grading standards, please see the Study and Examination Guidelines.
- Email communications
Faculty should communicate with students through their wesbter.edu or webster.ac.at email addresses for all official correspondence. Students are requested, but not required, to do the same.
- Special studies (e.g. directed, independent, internships)
Academic department heads are responsible for creating and registering independent studies, directed studies, internships, or any other special studies. While students are entitled to request such courses, the ultimate responsibility for approval rests with the respective department head. Once such a course is approved, the respective department head sends an email with course, faculty, and student information to the Academic Services Officer (firstname.lastname@example.org), who then, in turn, communicates all relevant information to the Registrar (email@example.com). The Registrar will only enter or change a course based on a communication from the Academic Services Office.
- Guidelines for the Scheduling and Rescheduling of Examinations (including make-up exams)
Please review WVPU's Guidelines for the Scheduling and Rescheduling of Examinations for further information about the university's policy on examinations.
- Grade Entry
For detailed instructions regarding online grade entry, please see here.
- Classroom Safety
For policy and guidelines meant to ensure classroom safety, please see here.
- Mid-Term Progress Reports
Faculty are kindly asked to submit Mid-Term Progress Reports for students who are not adequately fulfilling the required coursework.
Faculty are responsible for proctoring examinations. Where proctoring support is necessary, faculty should address all request to the respective department head. For further details, please see Part 2 of the above Guidelines for Scheduling and Rescheduling of Examinations.