You can find many of the university policies for faculty and academic staff listed in the undergraduate academic catalog.
For quick reference, though, here are some policies and guidelines of note:
View the most recent academic calendar, which includes term start/end date, any recesses, dates for drop/add, etc.
The University expects that every member of its academic community to share its historic and traditional commitment to honesty, integrity, and the search for truth.
Any question of interpretation regarding Student Rights and Responsibilities shall be referred to the Provost and Associate Provost(s) for Academic Affairs or his or her designee.
The Faculty Senate attendance policy states that instructors must set attendance policies that are appropriate for the goals and instructional strategies of their courses. Instructors may include attendance records in determining the final course grade. All attendance policies that affect students’ grades must be announced in writing within the first week of class. Instructors cannot require documentation of student illness from any medical provider as part of an attendance policy, since medical conditions are confidential and frequently not verifiable. (Faculty Handbook, August 2005).
Additional Policies and Resources
Below are some policies and resources that are not specifically covered in the WVU Catalog.
Faculty may access the form for reporting an alleged violation here.
Download the credit hour guidelines as established by the U.S. Department of Education and adopted by the WVU Faculty Senate.
All final examinations, unless otherwise approved by the University, must be given according to this schedule: The only tests permitted during the week of classes preceding finals are final examinations for evening classes (classes meeting at 6 pm or later, or classes meeting at 4 pm or later if the class meets once a week), practical laboratory tests, make-up examinations, and regularly scheduled short quizzes.
If a student has more than three final examinations in one day, the student may make arrangements to take one of the examinations on a different day. Finals are held in classrooms regularly scheduled, unless students are otherwise notified.
Minimum Credit Hour Requirement
The WVU Faculty Senate, on February 13, 2012, approved the following catalog statement: "Bachelor degrees conferred by West Virginia University must require at least 120 credit hours. Most degree programs require additional hours (see specific requirements for each major in the catalog)."
Schedule, Office Hours, and Course Syllabus
Each semester, faculty members should provide their departmental offices with copies of their schedules of classes and office hours. Where possible, they should also post this information.
Each semester all teachers or coordinators of undergraduate or graduate courses should distribute to their students, within the first week of class, a syllabus for each course that includes: the academic requirements; a summary or outline of the course; and attendance expectations, grading policies and standards, and any other requirements.
A statement that reflects the University’s Faculty Teaching, Research, and Service commitment to social justice is recommended (see section 5.5 in Faculty Handbook). Chairpersons are urged to collect current copies of each syllabus, which should be kept in departmental files and available to interested students. (Faculty Handbook, August 2005)