For the student pursuing a program of study at PennWest University, the catalog is an important planning tool. It provides essential information that will assist the student in meeting the requirements and standards related to that program of study as well as the range of services and opportunities provided by the University in support of the student’s educational goals. The catalog should be used in working with the student’s advisor. The information contained in the catalog applies to the program of study for individuals entering during the year for which the catalog is dated. The information in this section of the catalog explains the essential elements of academic policies, procedures and standards in effect at the time of its publication. Additional information concerning these issues is available from the Office of the Provost. Students are expected to follow their program of study outlined in the catalog in effect at the time of their admission to that program. Students who transfer to a new program or who interrupt their program of study for a period exceeding one calendar year and are subsequently reinstated will be expected to meet the requirements of the program in effect at the time of their transfer or reinstatement. When this is impractical, students, together with their advisor and chairperson, will develop a program to be approved by the dean of the school. Reinstated students who return to the University within one calendar year of their last enrollment have the option of continuing under the curriculum and graduation requirements for which they were responsible when they left the institution.
Academic Advisement and Student Responsibility
Upon entering PennWest University, each student is assigned a faculty advisor who, by experience, professional background and example, should be particularly qualified to assist the student in planning the program of study, in developing successful strategies for academic success and in providing insight into preparation for a career and the value of the program of study the student has undertaken. Academic advisors are available during regularly scheduled office hours or by appointment to meet with their advisees. The academic advisement process is a critical element in a university education. In addition, professional counseling is available to those seeking assistance with academic or personal problems. These opportunities are listed elsewhere in this catalogue and in other publications provided to students. The student is responsible for ensuring that all requirements for graduation have been met. It is expected that each student will discuss, on a regular basis, the development and execution of a plan of study for his or her academic program with the assigned academic advisor. However, the final responsibility rests with the student.
Academic and Student Resources
Dean of Students Office
The Dean of Students Office for PennWest promotes responsible citizenship by protecting student rights and maintaining the principles outlined in the Student Code of Conduct and Community Standards Document. The office administers campus disciplinary procedures, seeks to maintain a positive living and learning environment and encourages the building of a respectful and inclusive community. Additionally, the office works with the campus based Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT), and the Title IX process, as well as with student complaints. The office also serves as a resource to the university community regarding conflict management and resolution by providing services that promote the development of critical life skills. A mediation service is available to assist students in resolving interpersonal conflict.