Registration dates are specified in the calendar
provided in this catalog.
Measure of Quarter Units
The university currently operates on the quarter
system. There are four regular quarters per year.
Each quarter consists of 11 weeks. Each quarter
unit represents 10 hours of lecture.
Academic Load Policy
The normal academic requirements for a full-time
student is as follows:
Undergraduate Students: 12 units or more per quarter.
Master Students: 9 units or more per quarter.
Doctoral Students: 8 units or more per quarter.
Students with less than the specified units above
are considered part-time students.
Classification of Class Standing for Undergraduate Programs:
Freshmen: 0 - 45 units
Sophomore: 46 - 90 units
Junior: 91 - 135 units
Senior: 136 or more units
Any course that has an assignment due and has not
been turned in by the time of final examination
or failure to take the final examination will
be assigned the grade of “F”. A student who obtains
an approval from the faculty in charge to turn
in the required work within a stipulated later
time or take a late final examination may receive
the grade of “I”. The “I” grade is awarded for
compelling reasons such as medical or deemed
appropriate by the faculty in charge of the course.
All course requirements that are due must be
completed no later than the end of the next quarter.
Otherwise, the “I” grade will be changed to an
“F” grade automatically.
A student who receives a “D” grade our above in a
course means he has passed the course.
Repeating Courses to Raise Grade Point Average
A student who receives a grade of “C” or lower may
repeat courses to raise the grade point average.
Whenever a course is repeated in an attempt to
raise the grade point average, only the highest
grade earned will be recorded as the official
grade and the lower grades will be removed from
the students record. A course may be repeated
Life University graduates receiving degrees will
be honored in accordance with the following categories:
Graduate Honors Cumulative GPA
Summa Cum Laude 3.90 - 4.00
Magna Cum Laude 3.70 - 3.89
Cum Laude 3.50 - 3.69
Directed Independent Study
An Independent Study course allows students to study
one or more topics of importance that are related
to the students major field of study. Independent
study classes may be arranged under special circumstances
with the permission of the Dean of Academic Affairs
or the School Dean. Independent study classes
may not be taken at the same time that the class
in question is being offered. All students that
register for an independent study class will
be under the direct supervision of the instructor
as assigned by Dean of Academic Affairs or the
School Dean. Students may not exceed 12 units
of Independent Study courses.
Independent study class will begin on the first
day of the academic quarter and end on
the last day of
the academic quarter. The student will be required
to meet at least weekly with the assigned instructor
and to complete all assignments and pass the test
as prescribed by the course syllabus. Independent
study may not be substituted for a class which
is being regularly offered at the time.
Only those students who maintain a GPA of 3.0
or higher will be permitted to take an
study course. All Directed Independent Study
be completed before the end of the term in which
students are enrolled.
Directed Independent Study is not an option
for international students, veterans or
is paid by third parties.
University of Western California offers a number
programs through Distance Learning. A list of
offered through Distance Learning may be referred
to through the relavent section of the university
website (online learning).
Language of Instruction
The primary language of instruction is English. However,
University of Western California offers instructions
in foreign languages for those students who are
not fluent in English.
Students are required to be proficient in the language
of the course in which the student will be registered.
Students whose primary language is not English
and wish to enroll in an English taught
course and international
students must first successfully complete the ESL300
program or provide a copy of their TOEFL exam results
showing a minimum score of 500 (173 on computer
based exam or 61 on the Internet Based
Grades are reported within two weeks of the end of
the quarter. Students are notified of any grade
Transcripts will be sent at the student’s written
request or that of any other institution authorized
by the student by applying on the corresponding
form. Transcripts are sent within ten working
days. The first official transcript will be free
of charge. There will be a charge for every additional
official transcript requested. Transcript fees
are listed in the financial section of this catalog.
Transfer Credit Policy
Students may transfer coursework credits earned at
other institutions towards Western California
University programs if the institution meets
or exceeds the standards of University of Western
California and has jurisdictional/state approval
to operate at the time of the students attendance
or if the institution is accredited by an accrediting
agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Coursework from other institutions must have
a minimum grade of 2.0 on a scale of 4.0 and
must be applicable to fulfilling the degree requirements
for the respective degree programs offered at
Copies of course descriptions from a catalog
that were current for the year of attendance
copies of course syllabi are required.. Work completed
at exempt institutions will be evaluated on an
individual. Coursework from foreign institutions
to be translated by a professional service that
has current membership in the National
Credit Evaluation Services (NACES).
Each request for a transfer of credits must
be received by the Office of Admissions
than the commencement of classes for new students
and by the last quarter of their program for
current students who have taken one or
more courses at
another institution while working toward their
Western California University. Transfer credits
are awarded by the Admissions Committee after
Adding or Dropping Courses
Any course can be added to your schedule within five
business days of the first class session. After
the fifth business day, courses cannot be added.
Courses can be dropped up to four weeks after
commencing classes. After that day no more changes
can be made to your schedule.
Students may add or drop courses after the
Add/Drop course deadlines by securing an
approval from the
instructor in charge or from Dean of Academic Dean
or the School Dean and completing the add/drop
form, available at the Registrar’s office.
adding or dropping courses are listed in the academic
The difference in tuition resulting from a reduction
in the number of credits registered will be refunded
to the student in accordance with the published
refund policy. If the number of units is increased
the program change, the student must pay the difference
After the deadline to drop courses, students may
withdraw from a course. If the student withdraws
a course before the start of the sixth week from
the first day of commencing classes, the student
may receive a passing withdrawal “WP” with the
permission of the instructor in charge. All courses
withdrawn after the start of the sixth week will
be assigned a grade of failing withdrawal “WF”,
unless reasons for withdrawing are accepted by
the Dean of the school, at which time the course
will be assigned a grade of “WP”. Students planning
withdrawal from a course should contact Dean
of Academic Dean or the School Dean and submit
a completed withdrawal form. Students who withdraw
officially will receive refunds in accordance
with the posted prorated refund schedule.
Attendance and Tardiness
Students who accumulate more than six (6) unexcused
absences from a regularly scheduled class are
considered unofficially withdraw from the course
will be given the grade of “F, unless, necessary
evidence is given for the reasons that lead to
the absence, reasons such as medical or other
personal reasons will be considered to reverse
Students who do not officially withdraw from a course
will automatically receive a grade of “F” and not
be entitled to any refund.
Students must meet the following requirements prior to
Successfully complete all specified requirements
for the enrolled program within the time limit;
2. Complete a graduation assessment;
3. Timely file all necessary forms for graduation;
4. Submit the graduation and commencement fees;
5. Settle all financial obligations with the