New to Teaching at WPU?

If you are new to teaching at WPU, here is some basic information to help you get started. 

Academic Regulations and Policies
(Excerpts from Undergraduate Catalog 2015-2016)

1. University Grading System

The William Paterson University grading system is as follows:         

A, A- Excellent
B+, B, B- Good
C+, C, C- Satisfactory
D+, D Minimally passing
F Failing
P Passed course, taken on a pass/fail basis
IN Incomplete
N Unacceptable, must repeat (College Writing, First Year Foundation and Language 1100)
M Missing, no grade submitted
WD Withdrawn officially
AU Audit

2. Incomplete Grade Policy

Work relating to grades of Incomplete (IN) must be completed and grades submitted by the end of the fourth week of classes in the semester subsequent to the semester in which the grade was issued. Grades of Incomplete (IN) may be assigned only when the student has successfully completed most of the work required for a course but due to extraordinary circumstances is unable to submit a portion of course work or completed final project (paper, exam, or other work) by the end of the semester. Under no circumstances should an Incomplete (IN) be assigned when, through negligence or with no acceptable excuse, a student fails to take an examination or to submit required work on time.

Grades of Incomplete (IN) may be assigned only with an agreement of mutual understanding between the faculty member and the student.

3. Procedure for Investigating Complaints about Grades

Students who are dissatisfied with treatment by a faculty member in reference to grades or student academic performance should pursue the following procedure. Due process must be followed at each step of this procedure. No grade will be changed by anyone other than the faculty member who assigned it unless there is convincing evidence that the assignment of the original grade was inconsistent with professional standards in the discipline. Each step in the procedure must be initiated within ten working days of the faculty, chairperson, or departmental response. Dated, written statements are required at each step. Likewise, at each level, the faculty member, chairperson, or Department Executive Council (or other appropriate departmental committee) must complete a review of all pertinent written materials prior to rendering a decision and inform the student in writing of the decision within ten (10) working days of receipt of the complaint materials. If the student can verify that she or he has not been able to contact the faculty member, it is understood that the student’s right to appeal will not be jeopardized, and the deadline will be extended. A copy of all materials submitted at each level of the appeal process should be retained by the student. If the student so chooses, he/she will be allowed to appear before the appropriate committee or council at each level of the appeal process.

    1. The student must write to the faculty member within ten (10) working days of the receipt of the grade or of the incident related to the student’s academic performance to request an appointment to discuss the complaint. The letter must also include any pertinent documentation to substantiate the student’s complaint.
    2. At the meeting with the faculty member, the student must present any additional pertinent documents to substantiate the complaint. The faculty member must make available for review at this meeting materials submitted by the student for evaluation and not yet seen by the student.
    3. If the student is unsuccessful in making contact with the faculty member or upon meeting with the faculty member is dissatisfied with the outcome and wishes to further pursue the complaint, the student must write to the department chairperson and request an appointment to discuss the complaint. A copy of all materials originally presented to the faculty member must be included. The department chairperson will try to resolve the issue by reaching a settlement that is agreed upon by both the student and the faculty member. Each student who registers a complaint with a department chairperson must be given a copy of this policy. A copy must be attached to the appeal and signed by the student to indicate that he/she has been given a copy of this procedure, has read it, and understands it before the appeal can proceed.
    4. If the complaint is not resolved at the chairperson’s level, and if the student wishes to pursue the complaint, the student must request, in writing, that the department chairperson convene the Department Executive Council (or other appropriate department committee) to hear the appeal. The committee must consult with the faculty member involved in the complaint and review the documents provided by the student. The committee will then submit a recommendation to the department chairperson. When the faculty member involved is the chairperson, the student may request that the dean of the College convene the Department Executive Council (or other appropriate department committee).
    5. If not satisfied with the Department Executive Council’s (or other appropriate department committee’s) recommendation, and if the student wishes to further pursue the complaint, the student must write to the dean of that College requesting that the complaint be brought to the College Council for a recommendation by the department chairpersons of the College concerned. The chairperson of the department concerned will not take part in the final vote. The Council’s recommendation will be given to the dean of that College. This recommendation will constitute the University’s final decision.
    6. The University faculty unequivocally has the final responsibility with regard to grade changes.



1. Class Roster, Early Alerts, and Grade Reporting

Information on your assigned classes is found under the “Faculty & Advisors” tab of WP Connect. The Faculty & Advisors tab also include a list of menus for advising students. There is also a link for “Early Alert” notes if a student has low grades, is in need of tutoring, or has frequent absences. Final Grade submission link is available on the Faculty & Advisor tab and is activated toward the end of each semester. Grades are generally due at the end of December or early January for Fall and in late May for Spring, but specific deadlines for final grades are normally sent via emails to faculty each semester by the registrar.

2. Classrooms and Room Reservations

Classrooms are assigned by the Registrar’s Office. Most traditional classrooms in the university have media consoles which include a computer, a video player, and a projector. However, it is usually a good idea to visit your classrooms before the first class to check the size of the room and the equipment in the room. If there is a problem with your assigned classroom, your department chair can help you communicate that to the Registrar.  

3. Final Exam Schedule

The final exam schedule is posted on the Registrar’s website each semester.

4. Media Service

Do you need video or other equipment for your class? Contact Media Service located on the first floor of the Cheng Library.

5. Blackboard and Technology Help

The Instruction and Research Technology (IRT) department located in the Cheng Library on the 1st floor provides assistance with all your pedagogy related technology needs.

IRT also runs Center for Teaching and Learning with Technology (CTLT) which provides regular workshops and resources to integrate technology into teaching. CTLT website especially offers excellent resources about designing courses, which will help you to get your new courses started.

6. Working with Students with Disabilities

For information on accommodation for students with disabilities. see the Office of Disability Services website:

7. Questions about Students in Distress or Students of Concern

If you find a student who shows signs of distress or unusual behaviors which make you be concerned, you may contact Students of Concern committee. The representatives are the following:

Main Contact Point:Associate Vice President and Dean of Student Development x2179

College of Arts and Communication: Associate Dean x2999

Christocos M. Cotsakos College of Business: Associate Dean x3073

College of Education: Associate Dean x2577

College of Humanities and Social Science: Assistant to the Dean x2414

College of Science and Health: Associate Dean x3415


Faculty Handbook and Other Faculty Support Information

1. Office of Sponsored Programs (For IRB Reviews and Grant Writing Support)

3. Conference Travel Requests

Faculty Travel request form is available under the “Finance” menu located in the far left side panel on WP Connect main page. Reimbursement request form is also available under the same link.

3. Academic and Institutional Support Services

See the Undergraduate Catalog for a list of various support services for faculty and students.

4. WPU University Fact Book

Statistical information about WPU and students published by the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment.

5. Faculty Handbook

For more on policies, procedures, and services for faculty, see the WPU Faculty Handbook: