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Policies and Guidelines

Review information about WVU's academic policies and guidelines. You can also learn about specific policies from the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (HEPC). 

Policies and Guidelines

WVU has certain policies and guidelines that inform its academic functions. Many of our university-specific policies are created by WVU's Faculty Senate, the WVU Policy Committee, by the WVU Board of Governors or through a collaboration of some or all of those groups.

University Policies
Most university-specific policies listed in WVU's academic catalog. We've also highlighted other policies that are pertinent to faculty and academic staff. 

Program Procedures and Review
If you are interested in creating a new program or course, you will need to follow the procedures listed on this page. There are also guidelines about program review.

Chart of Progress for Approval

Progress to revise and create policies and Board of Governor Rules mandated by the university's separation from Higher Education Policy Commission oversight  has begun. The university is subject to HEPC policies until our own policies and BOG rules are approved by our BOG.

Late last spring, an Academic Policy Committee was established to revise and create policies related to academic definitions and policies found to be mandated by state codes. These include policies related to Academic Definitions, Attendance, Pass/Fail Grading, GPA, Student Rights and Responsibilities, Textbook Affordability, Transient Credit, Admissions, Residency, Incomplete Grades, and Program Approval and Review.

The  APC is comprised of faculty, Assistant/Associate Deans, program directors and the Director of Assessment.  It is chaired by the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education. Three constituent groups review drafts of the policies prior to a 30-day campus comment period.  The APC has been meeting weekly to revise and edit policy and rule drafts after review by other groups. The constituent groups reviewing policy are the Academic Associate Dean, a Faculty Senate ad hoc policy committee and representatives of the Student Government Association.

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