May 18, 2015


Waitlisting has ended for summer I. Any students on a waitlist for a summer I section have been dropped. Departments may add students into waitlisted sections today as they see appropriate.

Summer Commencement

Planning for the June 27 commencement is underway. There will be two ceremonies held in Miller Auditorium as follows:

9 a.m.

  • College of Education and Human Development
  • College of Engineering and Applied Sciences
  • College of Health and Human Services
  • Extended University Programs

12:30 p.m.

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Aviation
  • College of Fine Arts
  • Haworth College of Business

Graduates can receive up to six guest tickets. The deadline to RSVP is Wednesday, June 17.

Summer I 2015 registration changes


Departments have access to add students to summer I courses through the end of the day today. After today students will need to submit a completed Permission to Late Add form to the Registrar's Office in order to add a course. Students adding their first course after today will be assessed a late add fee of $100 per class.

Drops and withdrawals

Students dropping today will receive a 100% refund. After today students will receive a 50% refund for complete withdrawal through May 22 and a 25% refund from May 23 through June 5. A 24-hour grace period is provided to students who drop a course that meets for the first time on or after the end of the drop and add period. Students dropping a class within 24 hours of the start date should contact the Registrar's Office to make sure they receive the correct refund.

Grade mode and credit hour changes

At this point in the semester, students can no longer change from a letter grade to credit/no credit or from credit/no credit to a letter grade. Students are also unable to decrease credit hours in a variable credit course. University policy requires that changes to the grade mode and the credit hour range can only be done through the end of the drop and add period.

Reclaim the W program

The Reclaim the W program is being repeated again this fall. Reclaim the W is an initiative to restore first-year students that were dismissed at the end of their second semester. A total of 76 students will be contacted this week regarding the Reclaim the W opportunity. Eligibility for the program was determined based on the student's grade point average and input from the advising directors. A letter was mailed to the student's permanent address and they have until June 15 to submit their Reclaim the W materials to the Registrar's Office.

New online hardship and non-attendance withdrawal process

The Office of the University Ombudsman has announced that they now offer an online submission option for the hardship and non-attendance withdrawal processes. The established methods for printing and submitting appeals via fax, standard mail, email or drop-off have not changed and students are welcome to continue to submit appeals in this manner. The new online applications offer students or faculty and staff who are assisting them with another option for appeal submission that is quicker and easier particularity for students or service providers not located on a WMU campus. The new options available online are as follows:

Non-attendance withdrawal

Non-attendance withdrawal may now be filed entirely online without printing any forms or typing any independently written statement of non-attendance. Students provide all the pertinent information directly through the online questionnaire and certify that they never attended, participated or contributed to the course in any way.

Hardship withdrawal

Hardship withdrawal appeal and a detailed written statement describing a student's extenuating hardship circumstances may now be submitted online. Students are asked how they will be submitting third-party documentation to the Ombudsman in the questionnaire. When it is received it will be matched up with the online appeal submission and forwarded to the Grade Appeal and Program Dismissal Appeal Committee for review.

Please contact the Office of the University Ombudsman for questions regarding either of these appeals processes.