March 18, 2019

Last day to withdraw

Today is the last day students can withdraw from a spring semester course. Students will have access to withdraw through GoWMU until 11:59 p.m. tonight. Students who are unable to access the registration system due to a hold on their account can withdraw in the Registrar's Office until 5 p.m. If the student is not on campus, please have them contact our office at (269) 387-4300 for assistance.

After tonight, withdrawal from a course will only be permitted through the hardship panel withdrawal process of GAPDAC. Documentation will be required and the Hardship Panel will determine if a hardship exists and whether a withdrawal is warranted. Students initiate this process through the Ombudsman’s Office.  

Midterm grades

Midterm grades were due last Monday, March 11. The following are some statistics: 

  • 1,459 sections (36%) had a midterm grade reported.
  • Midterm grade submission increased 2% from spring 2018. 
  • The College of Fine Arts had the highest participation rate at 54%.
  • 47% of instructors teaching this semester entered midterm grades. 
  • 90% of undergraduate students received one or more midterm grades this semester.

Fall 2019 registration

Fall 2019 registration continues this week for juniors and sophomores. 

The schedule for this week is as follows: 

  • Monday, Mar 18 - Juniors with 77 credit hours or above
  • Tuesday, Mar 19 - Juniors with 66 credit hours or above
  • Wednesday, Mar 20 - Juniors with 56 credit hours or above
  • Thursday, Mar 21 - Sophomores with 45 credit hours or above
  • Friday, Mar 22 - Sophomores with 36 credit hours or above (beginning at 7:30 a.m.)
  • Friday, Mar 22 - Sophomores with 26 credit hours or above (beginning at noon)

The complete priority registration schedule is available on the Registrar’s Office website. Staff from the Registrar's Office will be available to answer phone calls beginning at 7:30 a.m. through the priority registration period.   

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Pro Tip

Student requested confidentiality

Directory information can be disclosed without the consent of the student. Students have the right to ask that any or all information not be released without their written consent. To invoke this right, students should complete the form to invoke confidentiality. This flag remains on the student's account until revoked in writing by the student. 

After entering the students WIN into any form in Banner for the first time, you will see this warning box displayed:  

confidential flag

 Once you have clicked OK, subsequent forms will still display that the student has requested confidentiality.  




 Confidentiality should be taken seriously and photo ID should be reviewed to verify that you are speaking with the correct student.

What happens if you are speaking to a student on the phone and this warning is displayed? Request that they visit you in person so that you can better assist them.



Western Michigan University—in accordance with FERPA—has designated the following categories of information about individual students as directory information:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Telephone number
  • WMU email address
  • Curriculum and major field of study
  • Dates of attendance
  • Enrollment status
  • Degrees and awards received
  • Most recent previous educational agency or institution attended by the student
  • Participation in officially recognized activities and sports
  • Weight and height of members of athletic teams

Directory information is subject to disclosure without the consent of the student. Students do have the right to request that any or all directory information not be released without their written consent. To invoke this right a student must complete the confidentiality form and return the signed form to the Registrar’s Office. This notice will then remain in effect until it is revoked in writing by the student.

Information can be shared within the University among appropriate university personnel having a legitimate educational interest in the records. Non-directory information can be released if a signed and dated consent is obtained from the student. The consent must specify the records that may be disclosed, state the purpose of disclosure and identify the party or parties to whom the disclosure may be made. Students may request that the information disclosed be released to them as well.

Additional information about FERPA can be found on the Registrar's Office website


April 2019

22-25 -  Final examinations

27 -  Semester ends; Commencement

29 -  Tuition and fees are due for the Summer I term

30 -  Final grades are due by noon

May 2019

6 -  Summer I begins at 8 a.m.

10 -  Last day students can drop/add through GoWMU

13 -  Department cleanup*; Last day to receive a 100% refund; Census

14 -  $100 late add fee begins; begin recording withdrawals with a final grade of "W" on transcripts

17 -  last day to receive a 50% refund for a complete withdrawal

27 -  Memorial Day - University closed

31 -  Last day to receive a 25% refund for a complete withdrawal

June 2019

3 -  Last day to withdraw from classes

20 -  Tuition and fees are due for the Summer II term

26 -  Summer I term ends

27 -  Summer II begins at 8 a.m.

29 -  Commencement

*Department cleanup day provides the opportunity for departments to assist students in adding/dropping classes. Students do not have access to adjust their schedules via GoWMU on this day; they do receive a 100% refund for any classes.