University College instructors have access to class rosters electronically via the Web using WebFAC, the Washington University course information website. Please use WebFAC to obtain your course rosters. With the aid of WebFAC, you can view all courses online, print your class rosters, send e-mails to an entire class or to selected students, contact their advisors, and even view pictures of students in your classes. In order to access WebFAC, all you need is your social security number and a password. Please contact either University College (314) 935-6788 or Office of Student Records (314) 935-5959 should you need assistance with your password. While we can provide you with your course roster at your request, it's clearly to your advantage to access this information on your own through WebFAC.
Please report any discrepancies between the roster and students actually attending your class to the University College registrar (314) 935-6768. Students who have not registered should not be admitted to the class; they should be referred to the University College Office of Admissions and Student Services at 11 N. Jackson Rd, Ste. 1000, St. Louis, MO 63105-2153.
Registration after the second class requires written permission of the instructor. Download the Instructor Approval Form.
Adding and Withdrawing from Classes
Please inform students planning to add or drop your class that they must do this online or in person at 11 N. Jackson Rd, Ste. 1000, St. Louis, MO 63105-2153. Notifying the instructor does not in itself constitute addition or withdrawal.
Faculty are responsible for declaring and maintaining their own attendance policies. University College hopes that all students will attend all classes, but the realities of the working adult student often interfere with this ideal.
Most three-unit University College courses meet only once a week for two and one-half to three hours. Occasionally students who attend or have attended traditional college classes which meet three times a week must be reminded that one absence at night is equivalent to three absences in the day school.
Faculty are urged to be reasonable, as well as consistent, on matters of attendance. Adult students should be treated like adults.
Some courses carry the requirement that a student should have already achieved prerequisite knowledge by successfully completing another course. Such prerequisites are indicated in the Course Schedule. Please make certain that all students in your class have met the necessary prerequisites, and do not expect that they have met any prerequisites that have not been printed in the Course Schedule.
Please check prerequisites during the first class of the semester, so that students who need to drop your class can do so without penalty.
Independent Study and Directed Research
All students wishing to do independent study with a faculty member must submit a proposal in writing to both the instructor and to the appropriate department chairman or University College coordinator. Download the Independent Study Proposal form. Registration for independent study must be completed no later than the last day to register for classes in the semester during which the study is to be performed.
Normally independent study is for three units of credit and should entail an appropriate amount of time and effort from the student. Exceptions to the number of units require the approval of the Dean of University College.
All independent study must be approved by the University College registrar at 11 N. Jackson Rd, Ste. 1000, St. Louis, MO 63105-2153. University College faculty are paid for supervising independent courses except when the proposal entails attendance in a regular course as a major part of the requirements. Instructor compensation for Independent Studies and Internships is $150 per unit. Directed Research Projects and Masters Thesis are compensated at 65% of the course tuition revenue. Compensation for this type of coursework will be paid on the final payroll in the semester that the student is registered for the course. Please remember that all grades should be submitted in the semester the student is registered. If the coursework is incomplete, post an "I" grade through E-Grades. When the work is complete, submit a special grade report to University College, Campus Box 1085, Washington University in St. Louis, 11 N. Jackson Rd, Ste. 1000, St. Louis, MO 63105-2153.
ACTRAC and Graduate upgrades
Students may request to take certain courses with the ACTRAC option. ACTRAC is an accelerated study option in University College, available only to University College students, for which qualified students may receive one additional credit in a designated 300- or 400-level, three-unit course by arranging with the instructor to do additional reading, research, and writing (normally an additional ten pages) commensurate with the additional unit of credit. ACTRAC requirements include admission to a University College undergraduate degree program, successful completion of at least 12 credits, 3.0 minimum GPA, and University College verification and authorization. Authorized ACTRAC students are charged tuition for 4 credits. ACTRAC courses must be taken for a letter grade. Instructors will receive additional compensation ($150) for each ACTRAC student. ACTRAC students must discuss this option and additional requirements the instructor at the beginning of the semester. Students approved for ACTRAC will be noted on the roster as taking the course for four, rather than three units of credit. For more information contact University College, 935-6700.
Special Audit Enrollments
Each semester, a number of courses in University College and the College of Arts & Sciences are designated "special audit". These courses are available on a noncredit, space-available basis at reduced tuition rates and are identified by the "Special Audit" notation in the Course Schedule.
Official academic records for special audits are not generated, nor do names of special auditors appear on course rosters. Students are free to participate in class discussion, but are exempt from course requirements and are not awarded a grade. Instructors are not obliged to grade or evaluate papers submitted.
Instructors are notified of the names of special auditors, and auditors will have confirmation of their registration, which they should produce upon request.
Students auditing other courses (not designated as Special Audit courses) must pay full tuition; they will appear on rosters and grade sheets and are assigned a grade of "L" (successful audit) or "Z" (unsuccessful audit). Please make clear your expectations to the students. In fairness to paying students, no one should be allowed to sit in on courses without properly registering.