Academic policies are designed to provide the highest quality education and service to students. Our policies are based on both the American and Austrian education systems. General baseline policies may be found in the Student Handbook and the undergraduate and graduate catalogs. Supplemental Austrian policies† may be found in the WVPU Constitution, Study and Examination Guidelines of Webster Vienna Private University, and Thesis Guidelines for Students at Webster Vienna Private University.
Topics of interest:
- Academic honesty: see the Academic Honesty section of the Extended Campus Code of Conduct in the Student Handbook.
- Academic load (full vs. part time): Specific rules may apply in Austria with regard to student visas and their extension. See the Academic Load and Student Classification sections of the undergraduate catalog or the Course Load Guidelines section of the graduate catalog.
- Academic progress (minimum GPA), warning, probation, and dismissal: See the Academic Progress section of undergraduate and graduate catalogs.
- Add/drop/withdraw policy: For undergraduate studies, see the sections on withdraw and schedule change in the undergraduate catalog. For graduate studies, see the add/drop section of the graduate catalog, which includes withdrawals.
- Archival/retention of student work: See sections 4.7 and 4.8 of the Study and Examination Guidelines of Webster Vienna Private University.
- Attendance: The instructor sets attendance requirements and students are expected to actively participate in all of their scheduled courses. See the respective attendance sections of the undergraduate and graduate catalogs.
- Contact hours: Course contact hours vary depending on course length (term or semester) and credits, and must be held for the full instructional time as scheduled. See the Contact Hours section of the Webster University Faculty Resource Guide.
- Email communication: Students are requested to communicate with faculty and staff via the respective faculty or staff members’ official email address, of which two official domains (webster.edu and webster.ac.at) are valid. See Candidate/Connections/Email Accounts sections of the undergraduate and graduate catalogs for setting up official student accounts.
- Exams (rescheduling and make-up exams): The rescheduling of exams is the responsibility of the respective academic department head. See sections 5.3 and 5.4 of the Study and Examination Guidelines of Webster Vienna Private University.
- Grading appeals: See section 3, Course assessment appeals, of the Study and Examination Guidelines of Webster Vienna Private University.
- Grading standards: See section 6, Grading standards of Webster University and their Austrian equivalents, of the Study and Examination Guidelines of Webster Vienna Private University.
- Student conduct: Students are responsible for observing all university rules and conducting themselves in a civil and responsible manner. See the Extended Campus Code of Conduct in the Student Handbook.
- Tuition Payment: For all information related to tuition payments, see the Financial Information section of the WVPU website.
* Please note that the present page (http://webster.ac.at/academic-policies) contains the most up-to-date policies applicable to WVPU students and is periodically reviewed and updated (last update: 6 April 2017). Because WVPU academic policies are subject to change, one should refer to the current website for the most current information.
† In accordance with local accreditation laws and requirements, all WVPU specific policies have statutory authority.