Student Responsibilities

Students are responsible for completing their own registration each quarter. While faculty may provide permission with an override to enroll in a restricted course, the student must complete the process via Web4u. Independent study registrations must be submitted via e-sign form to the Registrar’s Office.

It is important for students to make certain they are not registering for a course in which they already received credit, either at Western or elsewhere. Unless the course is marked in the University Catalog as repeatable, it cannot be taken more than once for credit.


The student is responsible for ensuring that he or she has satisfied all prerequisites, with a grade of C- or better, before registering for a given course.

  • Students should not assume they are eligible to enter a course without having taken the prerequisite just because the system allows them to register for the course.
  • A student who has registered for a course without satisfying prerequisites or obtaining permission may be required by the instructor to withdraw from the course.

Registration Changes

Any changes in registration must be completed by the student via Web4U. Adding new courses to an existing schedule after the fifth day of the quarter requires permission of the instructor (either written or an override). A late fee of $10 per credit for adding courses after the second week will be charged. (See Important Dates and Deadlines) If additional tuition is accrued, it is due immediately.

Course withdrawals can be completed via Web4U. After the fifth day of the quarter, please consult Important Dates and Deadlines for withdrawal deadline information related to tuition, fees, or transcript codes.

Variable Credit Courses

After registering for the course on Web4U, make certain you key in the correct credit amount. The web automatically registers you for the least amount of credit. Students can update their variable credit amount by following the instructions here: After the fifth day of registration, the Registrar's Office will need written permission from the instructor to make variable credit changes.

Registration Tampering

A student who tampers or attempts to tamper with the registration records of another student, including but not limited to dropping or adding courses and improper use of permissions, will be subject to disciplinary action.

Upper-division writing proficiency requirement: complete a minimum of three writing proficiency points in approved upper-division writing proficiency courses at WWU with a minimum grade of C-. Students must complete Block B or C of the Communications GUR requirement before enrolling in a writing proficiency course. All Western writing proficiency courses should follow these University-wide guidelines:

  • Students write multiple drafts of assigned papers
  • All students must complete a minimum of three writing proficiency points in approved upper-division writing-proficiency courses at WWU with a minimum grade of C-

Upper-division writing proficiency courses emphasize research and writing. In writing proficiency courses, students learn the writing style and conventions of their disciplines, as well as the techniques for integrating evidence into scholarly papers. Writing proficiency courses are listed in the online Timetable of Classes.

Students are responsible for keeping their address(es) current. Address changes may be made via the Web4U Address Change Form. Address changes cannot be made over the telephone.

Course attendance normally is required by the instructor. Any student who fails to attend the first meeting of a course may be required to drop it if another student, previously unable to register for the course due to enrollment limitations, seeks admission.

A student absent from any exam or class activity through sickness or other cause judged by the instructor to be unavoidable shall be given an opportunity to take a rescheduled exam or make up the class assignment in a timely manner agreed upon by the instructor (see Leaves of Absence). Examples of unavoidable cause may include participation in University-sponsored activities such as debating contests, musical or theatrical performances, or intercollegiate athletic competition.

University policy does not allow a student to attend a class without formally being registered for it. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that he or she is properly registered for each course.

Western requires all students born after January 1, 1957 to provide medical documentation of immunity to rubeola measles to the Student Health Center before they will be allowed to register for classes or live in on-campus housing. See the Student Health Center website for complete details.

By registering, a student incurs a legal debt to the University and can be released from that obligation only by formally withdrawing within the full-refund period. The $300 enrollment fee is never refundable. Tuition and fees and housing payments are due the first day of the quarter. Charges incurred on or after the statement date are due immediately. After the third Friday of each quarter a fee of $40 will be assessed each month there is a balance on the student’s account. Tuition due dates are posted on the Registrar’s Office and Student Account's websites. A one percent interest charge will be assessed monthly on all past due accounts.

Students may elect to have directory information omitted by following these steps:

  • Log into Web4U.
  • From the Student menu select Student Records and navigate to "Release of Directory Information."
  • Select Yes to restrict the release of directory information.