Academic Policies

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 in alphabetical order:

  • 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. Students who do not attend the first week’s sessions of any course and do not communicate their absence to the instructor prior to the first session will be automatically dropped from the course to free up space for those desiring to register for that course.
  • 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. However, students who miss the first week’s sessions of a course at maximum capacity and do not communicate their absence to the instructor prior to its first session will be automatically dropped from the course.
  • 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
    • Grading appeals: See section 3, Course assessment appeals, of the Study and Examination Guidelines of Webster Vienna Private University.
      If a solution cannot be found in consultation with the instructor or, subsequently, the respective department head within a three month period, students may submit a formal appeal to the Examination Committee at academic.appeals[at]webster.ac.at. The student is expected to provide all the necessary materials (graded work, term papers, etc.) as well as the reasons for the appeal in writing to the committee. After receiving this material the committee will render a decision and inform the student within a matter of four weeks.
    • 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
    • Incomplete (I) grades and late work: Incomplete grades negatively affect your academic progress, course sequencing, retention, and graduation plans and should be avoided. Incompletes are only applied when you have completed most of the required coursework and have agreed to deliver the remaining components in a short and manageable timeline. As a matter of fairness and equality, all students are required to turn in all missing work no later than the last week of the term. Instructors will not award Incompletes in lieu of earning failing grades. If you have not provided enough coursework to pass the course by the grading deadline, instructors will assign a grade of F and not an Incomplete. If you have delivered only partial work, you will be given the grade that you earned so far according to the same scale as all other students in the class.
  • 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.
  • Thesis: All students, regardless of major or degree, are required to successfully complete a thesis, which is the culminating project of their university studies. Detailed information for those who are planning, researching, or writing their theses can be found on our thesis page.
  • 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.