Student Handbook

Local Academic Policies

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

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.

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. 

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.

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 (pdf)
IBMS Handbook (pdf)

Campus Violence Policy:

Webster University Campus Violence and Weapons Policy(pdf)