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Withdrawal policy referendum fails by seven votes
The Faculty Assembly referendum to repeal Senate Resolution 01-04, changing the class withdrawal policy, failed by only seven votes.
Final votes were verified at 185 "yes" to repeal and 87 "no." Although the referendum appeared to pass by an impressive majority of votes cast, the Enabling Act requires that the affirmative, majority vote be equal to the quorum for the academic year 2001-2002 Faculty Assembly which is 192. Therefore SR 01-04 stands as approved by Senate last February pending board of trustee approval at its December meeting.
BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED: that the University Senate approves the change in class withdrawal policy beginning with the Fall Semester of academic year 2002, to be interpreted as follows:
W = Withdrawal; assigned to a student who officially withdraws from the university, or drops a course after completion of 20 percent of classes and before completion of 60 percent of classes. W is not calculated in the student’s grade point average.
WN = Withdrawal – Non-Attendance; assigned to a student who failed to officially withdraw from a course but who has not attended the class after 20 percent of classes. WN is not calculated in the student’s grade point average.
Wgrade = Withdrawal – Grade; assigned to a student who drops a course after completion of at least 60 percent of classes but before the last day of class. The grade the student was earning at the time of the drop will be attached to the W. Thus the notation can range from WA+ to WF. This grade is not calculated in the student’s grade point average.
Date Published: 10/04/2001