Student Handbook

Local Academic Policies

Content

Archiving
Attendance
Campus Violence Policy
Course Evaluations 
Deadline extension requests
Dutch‐accredited dual degree programs (IBMS and ABSS)
Grievance Policy & Procedures
Missed Deadlines/exams
Syllabi 
Textbook information
Textbook Information for non-flat fee or study abroad students
Petition to Graduate
Plagiarism
Technology Support


Archiving

Webster University archives all student assignments that are worth 20% or more of the final grade for assessment and accreditation purposes. Digital assignments are automatically stored on Canvas. Hard copies of in-class exams/assignments are archived at the library after the end of the course. Students may consult their own exams/assignments and make copies, if necessary, but they may not take away original copies.


Attendance

Students are expected to attend every full class session. Class attendance and participation contribute significantly to the final grade of each course.  If a student misses a class because of an urgent reason (illness, family emergency etc), (s)he must notify the instructor in writing in advance and make up the for missed work before the next class session. Any missed class-time will affect the final grade unless excused with a doctor’s note or other relevant documentation.  Arriving late for class or leaving early will be considered a partial absence and can also affect the grade for the course. 

The policies in the links below (also reported on each syllabus) apply when students miss class without providing a valid reason.

UNDG attendance policies
GRAD attendance policies


Campus Violence Policy

Webster University Campus Violence and Weapons Policy


Course Evaluations

Student course evaluations are conducted online through CoursEval at Webster University, the Netherlands. You can log in with your Connections/Canvas username and password. Students receive several reminders about two weeks before the end of classes, including a link to the online survey page. During your last and/or next-to-last lesson, your instructors will leave the classroom and give you about 10 minutes to complete the online evaluations through your own mobile/laptop/tablet.  Webster University values the quality of the student learning experience; course evaluations offer students a unique opportunity to provide teaching staff, faculty and University management with constructive feedback to improve the overall quality of education. Your cooperation is highly appreciated.


Deadline extension requests

Extensions can only be granted where there are clear medical and/or personal circumstances that have affected a student’s ability to submit coursework on time. Instructors are only allowed to grant extensions of up to 3 days. Further extensions require prior approval of the Department Head and can only be granted under extenuating circumstances. Students must write an email to the department head responsible for the course and copy the instructor in their request. Department heads will copy the instructor in their answers to students, as well as their advisor, and the registrar, in case the extension has an impact on the final grade. Submission of formal supporting documentation may be requested.


Dutch‐accredited dual degree programs (IBMS and ABSS)

Notice that the IBMS and ABSS programs have additional policies. Please see below the IBMS Handbook and ABSS Handbook (Onderwijs-en Examenreglement (OER)). 

ABSS Handbook 
IBMS Handbook 


Grievance Policy & Procedures

Webster University supports the right of students, faculty, and staff at all of the University's campuses, to obtain the review of actions taken that they consider unfair or as an impediment to the successful attainment of working, living, and learning at Webster University. Grade disputes, admissions decisions, graduation appeals and similar academic decisions are not grievable issues, unless they are complaints of a civil rights nature, including complaints related to age, sex, race, religion, color, ethnic/national origin, disability, sexual orientation or veteran status. Grievance procedures are dealt with by the Grievance Coordinator, Christine Benninger. Contact: benninger@webster.nl. For more detail, please, check Webster University’s Grievance Policy & Procedures at https://www.webster.edu/student-handbook/grievance.html


Missed Deadlines/exams

Instructors cannot accept students' work after the prescribed deadline. If a student missed an exam or a deadline, instructors may grant an extension of up to 3 days. Further extensions and test rescheduling require prior approval of the Department Head and can only be granted under extenuating circumstances. Students must write an email to the department head responsible for the course and copy the instructor in their request. Department heads will copy the instructor in their answers to students, as well as their advisor, and the registrar, in case the extension has an impact on the final grade. Submission of formal supporting documentation may be requested. If a student fails to show up for final examinations without requesting an extension following the above procedure, the instructor will assign a “F” grade for failure to complete the coursework on time.


Syllabi 

All course syllabi are created and managed through the Concourse Syllabus Management Tool across the Webster University network.  Concourse, which has been used by the Walker School of Business since 2013, allows faculty members to work with a syllabus template for their courses that allows the university to provide consistent information about policy, resources, and course information (such as the description and outcomes). This allows students to obtain easy access to the information they need to be successful, allows faculty members to focus on the instructional components of their course, and provides departments with tools for tracking and sharing syllabi over time.

You can access Concourse through the following portal. Notice that Concourse has been integrated into Canvas; faculty and students have access to Concourse via their WorldClassRoom course home page. 

Syllabi become available on the first day of the term.

Notice that preparation for the first class is often expected. Instructions will be provided by the course instructor via the student’s webster.edu email box or via the web-enhanced course environment in Canvas 
https://worldclassroom.webster.edu/login/ldap - same username and password as Connections).


Textbook information

Textbooks (and/or e-books) are included in the flat rate tuition fee. This flat fee does not cover the following: exceptional costs such as lab fees or field trips expenses, and accessories such as notebooks, pencils, etc. Please note that availability of textbooks and/or e-books at the beginning of the semester/term depends on advance registration. Late registration fee is 100 EUR. Also please note that a one-time Graduation Petition Fee (125 EUR) is charged separately to graduating students.

The latest booklists can always be found here: http://goo.gl/KfrWox

Term-time Bookshop opening hours are Monday to Friday, 9am - 1pm & 2pm – 4:45pm* *subject to change. Please, check with the Librarian Tanvir Hamid hamid@webster.nl.


Textbook Information for non-flat fee or study abroad students

Webster will order textbooks for students provided the student pre‐purchases the required book(s), preferably two weeks before the beginning of term. If a student chooses, he/she can order their own copy of the required text books. Many books are also available electronically (Kindle, iBooks, Coursesmart.co.uk, etc). Please make sure to check that the textbook ordered is the approved version, and the correct edition.

Remember that it is the student’s own responsibility to have the correct textbook(s) at the start of the course.


Petition to Graduate

Undergraduate students at Webster University can officially graduate after the Fall II, Spring II or Summer term. (The annual graduation ceremony is held in May). Students are required to Petition to Graduate four months prior to their graduation date. You can find all details about the process on http://www.webster.edu/advising/policies-forms/ug-petition.html

 A direct link to the online petition process can be found here.


Plagiarism

Webster University strives to be a center of academic excellence. As part of our Statement of Ethics, the University strives to preserve academic honor and integrity by repudiating all forms of academic and intellectual dishonesty, including cheating, plagiarism and all other forms of academic dishonesty. Academic dishonesty is unacceptable and is subject to a disciplinary response. The university reserves the right to utilize electronic databases, such as Turnitin.com, to assist faculty and students with their academic work.

For first incidents, the instructor will most likely address issues of academic dishonesty within the confines of the student's course. The instructor may choose an appropriate consequence, including the following options: a written warning; the assignment of a written research project about the nature of plagiarism and academic honesty; a reduced grade or partial credit on the assignment; the requirement that the student redo the assignment; or the issuing of a failing grade for the course. Notice that repeated minimal plagiarism may subsequently be treated as substantial at the faculty member's discretion. Third offenses, and second offenses that are documented as complete plagiarism, are reported to the appropriate academic dean as a code violation, which may warrant referral of the case to the Academic Honesty Board for a hearing on potential suspension or dismissal. For more information, check the Academic Resource Center webpage.


Technology Support

WorldClassRoom (Canvas)

WorldClassRoom (powered by learning management system Canvas by Instructure) is the portal used for all of Webster's online courses. It includes many tools and features that help make the online learning experience efficient and intuitive.

Logging On/Account Setup

Students gain access to course sections in WorldClassRoom by 12:00pm CST (noon) on the Friday prior to the official start of the term/course.  Please refer to the academic calendar for term dates.  If it is after 12:00pm CST (noon) on the Friday prior to the term and you were registered for the course more than 24 hours prior to that time, please contact the IT Service Desk. If you were registered for the course on or after the Friday prior to the term, you will gain access to the course on the following day.
 
Frequently Asked Questions

Please refer to the Online Learning Center's F.A.Q. page. It can also be accessed under the Resources tab within WorldClassRoom.

 

Connections

Connections is a web portal that provides access to Webster's online services. Your Connections ID and password give you access to Webster e-mail, wireless internet, FTP, and online course services, groups, calendars and announcements. It also provides customizable content in the form of tabs, channels, and news feeds. Check the Connections webpage for more information on how to set up and manage your account.