Glossary of Academic Terminology

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Re-entry: The process of applying to return to NMU after missing a fall or winter semester. Students will be readmitted to NMU provided they are eligible to do so under the NMU Academic Proficiency Policy. Re-entry applications are available in the Admissions Office. Re-entry students should contact the Admissions Office, C.B. Hedgcock, Room 2212, 906-227-2650, for registration information.

Registration: A step-by-step process of enrolling a courses at NMU.Continuing and re-entry students may register in advance for the next session's classes during the weeks designated by the university. Registration dates are posted in the Academic Calendar. Registration information and the Registration Book are available in late March for the summer session and fall semester and in late October for the winter semesteron the Registrar's Web pages. It is strongly recommended that students meet with their advisor prior to registering. Students applying as new freshmen or transfers should contact the Academic and Career Advisement Center, C.B. Hedgcock, Room 3302, 906-227-2971, for registration information.

Registration Book:  A Web-based  listing of all courses offered at NMU for a given semester. The Registration Book also includes instructions, add/drop dates, forms, university announcements, and links to related  information. The Registration Book is posted on the Registrar's Web pages.

Registration Hold: Northern Michigan University places a registration hold on a student’s registration for classes when a student has not met conditions or obligations due the university. To have the registration hold removed, contact the office that placed the registration hold. The office that has placed the registration hold is the only office that can lift the hold. Registration, Vehicle:Students who will have a vehicle on campus during the school year must purchase a parking decal to park on campus. Students have the option of registering their vehicle online by visiting the NMU Public Safety Web site. Students who register online will have their parking decals mailed to them. Contact Public Safety and Police Services at 906-227-1476 or check their Web site for more information.

Registration Week Schedule: Schedule set up each semester for student registration. Registration periods are broken down into groups of 225 students per period using the students' earned hours to determine the group. (Seniors register first, freshmen register last). If more than 225 students have an equal number of earned hours, that group of students is further broken down into different registration periods using a random selection.

Remedial Courses: Courses numbered 000 - 099 are considered remedial or developmental; below college-level.  Remedial or developmental courses do not meet requirements for associate or bachelor degrees, but may meet requirements for vocational diplomas and certificates.

Repeat Policy: When a course is repeated, credit is only granted once. The last grade and credit hours for a repeated course are used for computing a student’s grade point average and for awarding credit hours applicable towards a degree or certificate, even if the last grade and/or credit hours is lower than the previous grade and credit hours. However, a grade of “W” (withdrawal, no credit) will not replace a previous grade or credit hours for a course. To ensure the proper recording of repeated courses on a transcript, students must notify the Student Service Center, 906-227-1221, of the repeat.

Residency Policy: An obligation of Northern Michigan University to the State of Michigan and its taxpayers is the provision of educational opportunity to residents of the state and their spouses and children at lower tuition rates than those charged to nonresidents. Status as a resident for tuition purposes is dependent on domicile in the State of Michigan. Resident students are defined as students domiciled in the State of Michigan. Nonresident students are defined as those whose domicile is elsewhere. Thus, for a nonresident student to be classified as a resident for tuition purposes, he or she must demonstrate that their previous domicile has been abandoned and a Michigan domicile established, and show intent, on the part of the student or his or her parent or spouse, to make Michigan his or her permanent home, not only while the student is attending the University, but thereafter as well.

Residency Requirements: The requirements for identifying or establishing permanent residency in Michigan for tuition assessment purposes.

Restrictions on Information: See Directory Information.

Schedule, Student: Students are sent a copy of their class schedule with their tuition bill. Students should verify their schedule on mynmu.nmu.edu after the add/drop period for the fall and winter semesters. Errors should be reported to the Student Service Center, C.B. Hedgcock, Room 2201, 906-227-1221.

Scholarship: Financial assistance to students awarded on the basis of academic achievement. Financial need may or may not be a factor.

Scholarships, Development Fund: Scholarships funded by private donors and have varying eligibility requirements for both need and merit-based applicants. Some scholarships are program-specific, while others are open to any major. Scholarships, Freshman: Scholarships designated for "new freshmen" pertain to students who have not attended any college/post-secondary institution after high school graduation. NMU will use the overall cumulative GPA reported on the high school transcript. If a high school computes more than one GPA (e.g. weighted and unweighted), we will use the higher of the two. Scholarships listed here are for eligible U.S. citizens/permanent residents only.

Scholastic Recognition: Honors recorded on the transcript and diploma based on the student's cumulative (transfer) GPA and NMU GPA.

Associate Degree Baccalaureate Degree
GPA Required Scholastic Recognition
3.50-3.79 Honor
3.80-4.00 High Honor
GPA Required Scholastic Recognition
3.30-3.59 Cum Laude
3.60-3.79 Magna Cum Laude
3.80-4.00 Summa Cum Laude

Seaborg Center: The Glenn T. Seaborg Center, located in the New Science Facility, was established to promote science and mathematics education to the general public; particularly that of students and teachers from preschool through college throughout the region.

Semester: A unit of time, 15 weeks in length, exclusive of exam week, in the academic calendar.

Semester Deletion Policy: The NMU Semester Deletion Policy is designed for students who had a poor academic performance at NMU and who return to the university after an extended period of time to continue their education. It is of greatest benefit to students who have changed majors upon readmission, and whose academic record contains poor grades in courses that are not required in their new field of study. Students eligible to apply the policy will have one semester of grades from their freshmen or sophomore year deleted from their grade point average. Semester deletion applications are available in the Academic and Career Advisement Center, C.B. Hedgcock, Room 3302. Students interested in the policy or who have questions regarding the policy should schedule an appointment with the academic proficiency officer in the Academic and Career Advisement Center, 906-227-2971.

Semester Hour: The value assigned each course depending upon the length of time it meets during a week. Generally one credit is assigned for each 50 minute lecture hour per week and a 15 week semester; equivalent to credit hour.

Session: A session is a period of approximately six weeks within Summer College. The first-half of Summer College has been called intersession and the second-half has been called summer session.

Social Sciences, Foundations of: One of five baccalaureate graduation requirements that baccalaureate students must complete. Students select two social science courses for a minimum of six credits. Students completing these courses should be able to recognize and understand the principles of the scientific method as it applies to the social sciences and the study of the social universe; comprehend commonalities and differences among various social science disciplines; and demonstrate an understanding of the role of social science theories and perspectives in investigating and explaining social phenomena.  They should also be able to distinguish between knowledge supported by social science scholarship and "common sense" assumptions and similar forms of "conventional wisdom"; and express an understanding of one's place in society and its culture, its history, and its political and economic systems. Refer to the Liberal Studies Program and Graduation Requirements section of the NMU Undergraduate Bulletin for additional information.

SOLAR: A Web-based and telephone resource that gives each student access to registration, academic information and account information. Enables course registration and credit card payments. SOLAR was deactivated on August 1, 2004 and it's current replacement is mynmu.nmu.edu. Student Academic Load: A normal academic load for undergraduate students is 16 credits during the fall or winter semesters and 12 credits during a summer session. The minimum number of credit hours required for a baccalaureate degree is 124. Some majors require students to take an academic load in excess of 16 credits, but never more than 20. In general, students are advised not to enroll in more than 20 credits in the fall and winter semesters or more than 16 credits in the summer. They may be permitted to do so only if they have established a cumulative grade point average of 3.50 or higher. First semester freshmen, however, are not allowed to take more than the maximum credits in a semester (16 or 20). A written petition to carry more than the maximum credits in a semester should be submitted to the Registrar’s Office by the student’s advisor.

Student Announcements: University-wide communication to students are posted daily to the Dean of Students Web pages under the heading NMU Announcements.

Student Discretionary Activity Fee: $30 per semester fee for all students enrolled in six or more credits (on campus courses) for the fall and winter semesters.

Student Schedule: Students are sent a copy of their class schedule with their tuition bill. Students should verify their schedule on mynmu.nmu.edu after the add/drop period for the fall and winter semesters. Errors should be reported to the Student Service Center, C.B. Hedgcock, Room 2201, 906-227-1221.

Student Status: (Class Standing) Students are classified according to the number of credit hours earned numbered 100 level or above.  080 and 090 remedial courses do not count toward class standing. Freshman: 0-27 earned hours; Sophomore: 28-55 earned hours; Junior: 56-87 earned hours; Senior: 88 earned hours and up.

Student Transcript: Unofficial or student transcripts that may have been in the hands of the student such as student copy/unofficial transcripts or letters, grade reports, diplomas or graduation lists are not considered official. Unofficial transcripts are printed on white paper and do not have a college seal or registrar's signature. Unofficial transcripts are issued for use by the student only. Currently enrolled students can access their unofficial transcripts at no charge on mynmu.nmu.edu. Students will need their NMU (e-mail) User I.D. and Password to access their transcripts. Former students can order a transcript in person at the Student Service Center, C.B. Hedgcock, Room 2201. Substitution:The faculty advisor with the support of the department head may substitute a required course in the students major or minor with another departmental course when there has been a curriculum revision and the required course listed is no longer offered; the student is in the final semester before graduation and one required course is offered in time that conflicts with another required course, or a required course is not being offered during that final semester; the same course is required in the student's minor, second major or minor; or the faculty advisor has waived a requirement and has selected another course to complete the required hours. Course Substitution form should be attached to the student's degree audit prior to applying for graduation.

Suspension, Appeal: Although suspensions are rarely reversed by appeal, circumstances sometimes arise that are beyond a student’s control which would warrant an appeal for early reinstatement. To appeal a suspension, you must convince the appeal body that these circumstances led to your suspension and they have been resolved. A complete appeal must contain: an appeal letter from you explaining the extenuating circumstances which led to your suspension (with name, NMU IN, and current address); written documentation verifying these extenuating circumstances and illustrate that they will no longer impede your performance; letters of support from an instructors and/or your academic adviser are helpful.

Suspension, Immediate Academic: New freshmen and transfer students who have 8 or more overall NMU credit hours and an overall GPA of less than 1.00 (including 080 and 090 courses) will be suspended immediately. After a period of one calendar year, such students may re-enter the University by completing the standard re-entry process for suspended students.

Syllabus: A description, table of contents or outline of course content, requirements, textbooks, and assignments provided by the instructor of the to their students. Students who need a syllabus to have their course work evaluated at another institution can request them from the respective department. Telephone Directory: The following information is published each year in the Northern Michigan University Directory:name, local address, local telephone number, permanent address, and permanent telephone number. All students who are enrolled for the fall semester are listed in the directory unless they request non-disclosure of directory information by Sept. 15 or have done so previously. Directories are available for pick-up at the Dean of Students Office, C.B. Hedgcock, Room 2001, in mid October each year.

TLC Initiative: NMU’s vision for education in the 21st century; a learning environment that embraces technology to enhance student access, promote the development of independent learners and encourage greater student-faculty communication and collaboration. Full-time NMU undergraduate students (registered for 12 or more credit hours) are supplied with an IBM Notebook® or Apple iBook® (art and design majors) notebook computer with a standard set of applications, including Microsoft Office, and convenient 24-hour access to the campus network (including the Internet).

Transcript: A record of all the courses taken at Northern Michigan University along with grades earned and degrees received. NMU issues official and unofficial transcripts. Currently enrolled students can access their unofficial transcripts at no charge on mynmu.nmu.edu. Students will need their (e-mail) User I.D. and Password to access their transcripts. The student's name now appears on transcripts printed from mynmu.nmu.edu which is new! Transcripts can be ordered in person at the Student Service Center, C.B. Hedgcock, Room 2201. Transcript Abbreviations: AHRS = Attempted Hours; the total number of credit hours for which a student enrolled, including withdrawals and incompletes.  EHRS = Earned Hours; the total number of credit hours a student successfully earned at the college level, including “S” and “P” graded courses.  QHRS = Quality Hours; the total credit hours used in calculating the Northern Michigan University grade point average.  QPTS = Quality Points, the total honor points used in calculating the Northern Michigan University grade point average.

Transcript, Official: A record of all the courses taken at Northern Michigan University along with grades earned and degrees received. An official transcript contains the university seal, Registrar's signature and is printed on official protected paper. Northern Michigan University will issue official transcripts to the student. Official transcripts are provided in a sealed envelope with the Registrar's signature stamped across the seal. The official transcript should remain in the unopened, sealed envelope until it is presented to the employer, institution or scholarship provider.

Transcript Definition, Official: An official transcript is one that has been received directly from NMU. Official transcripts are printed on official transcript (green and white) paper. It must bear the embossed or raised  college seal, date, and the Registrar's signature. Transcripts received that do not meet these requirements should not be considered official and should  be routinely rejected for permanent use.  -This definition of an official transcript was endorsed by the Michigan Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers on November 5, 1987.

Transcript Request: In accordance with The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 and Northern Michigan University policy, all requests for transcripts must be submitted in writing and cannot be requested by telephone, fax, e-mail or internet. To obtain a transcript, print the Web-based transcript request form. The request must include the name, social security number, signature and the exact address where the transcript is to be sent. Each official transcript cost $4, unofficial transcripts are $1.Transcript requests cannot be accepted from friends or relatives without explicit written consent. Transcripts can be ordered in person at the Student Service Center, C.B. Hedgcock, Room 2201.

Transcript, Unofficial: Unofficial or student transcripts that may have been in the hands of the student such as student copy/unofficial transcripts or letters, grade reports, diplomas or graduation lists are not considered official. Unofficial transcripts are printed on white paper and do not have a college seal or registrar's signature. Unofficial transcripts are issued for use by the student only. Currently enrolled students can access their unofficial transcripts at no charge on mynmu.nmu.edu. Students will need their NMU (e-mail) User I.D. and Password to access their transcripts. Transcripts can be ordered in person at the Student Service Center, C.B. Hedgcock, Room 2201.

Transcript Hold: A hold may be placed by the Registrar against a student who fails to provide proof of graduation from high school or transcripts from previous colleges attended. A transcript request form and transcript fee information for other schools can be found on this Web site. Contact the Registrar's Office at 906-227-2278 for more information. Transfer Course Equivalencies: A listing of courses offered at another institution and how those courses will transfer in at NMU, the NMU equivalent. If a transfer course is equivalent to a Northern Michigan University course, a direct course equivalency will be granted even if the number of credits is different. If a transfer course has no direct equivalent, but could be taught by an NMU department, the course will be assigned departmental credit. Such a course may, at the department’s discretion, be used as a program elective. If a course has no equivalent and no home department can be established, the course will be assigned general elective credit. The course can be used to meet the free or general electives available for most degrees. An attempt is made to designate courses with no NMU equivalents that can be used to meet the liberal studies program requirements.

Transfer Credit Evaluation: A report sent to transfer students indicating how courses taken at another college or university equate to Northern Michigan University courses. See Transfer Course Equivalencies and Transfer Credit Policies Web pages.

Transfer Credit, International: All international students, with the exception of those educated in Canada, must submit their credentials to Educational Credential Evaluations. The university follows the recommendation of this agency and the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers. NMU grants advance placement credit for EN 111 and EN 211 College Composition for Canadian OAC composition courses completed before September 1990 if the passing score was 60 percent.

Transfer Credit, MACRAO Agreement: Students who transfer from a Michigan community college who have the MACRAO stamp on their transcript have completed the foundations of communication requirement. The remainder of their credits will be reviewed for completion of the requirements of the other five divisions of the liberal studies program. Many majors specify certain courses for part of the liberal studies requirements. These courses are required for the degree and they must be taken even if a student has sufficient hours to complete a particular category. NMU applies courses transferred under the MACRAO Agreement in accordance with guidelines established by its faculty. In some cases courses used by the community college to meet the MACRAO Agreement may not be accepted by NMU. An example would be mathematics courses below the level of college algebra (MA 103, MA 104, MA 105).  Upon request the Admissions Office will provide a transfer guide to help students select courses. The MACRAO Agreement is designed for freshmen and sophomore requirements. It does not cover upper division requirements or graduation requirements not a part of the liberal studies requirements, although with careful selection of courses students may complete these requirements at the community college. NMU does not recognize the MACRAO Agreement if a student has attended a community college outside the state of Michigan, has attended a baccalaureate institution before or while attending a community college, or was originally matriculated at NMU and subsequently took courses at a community college.  An exception to this policy is granted to transfer students from Bay De Noc Community College and Gogebic Community College who were dually enrolled at their community college and NMU in approved consortium degree programs. Transfer Credit, Military Service Schools: Northern Michigan University generally follows the guidelines of the American Council of Education in evaluating military credit. NMU does not grant credit for Basic (recruit) training or for credit at the upper division level. Credits for these schools and credits from the Community College of the Air Force are assigned as general elective credit. They can be used as free or general electives, but may meet major or minor requirements upon the recommendation of a departmental advisor. Transfer Credit Policy: Students who have attended regionally accredited community colleges may transfer up to 64 semester hours of credit, plus four semester hours of physical education activity credits. There is no limit on the number of credits transferred from regionally accredited baccalaureate-granting colleges and universities. NMU uses its grading policy to compute a transfer grade point average in accordance with its grading policies used for admission. In subsequent semesters a cumulative grade point average (transfer plus NMU) is computed and is used to determine academic proficiency status, honors recognition and re-entry. All grades transfer, including "F’s" and "U’s" (unsatisfactory). Grades of "WF" (withdrawal failing) and notations of unofficial or unauthorized withdrawal transfer as an "F." No transfer credit is granted for remedial courses or for courses from religious affiliated colleges or universities that are doctrinal in nature. Transfer credit is not granted for departmental advance placement unless a grade is awarded and the course is included in semester earned hours.

Transfer Credit Policy, Non-Accredited Institution: A student who has credit from a college or university not accredited by a regional accrediting body may under certain circumstances receive credit for all or a portion of his or her work. For some students, departmental advance placement credit may be a possibility.

Transfer Warning: Students with transfer credit who have an overall GPA (NMU plus transfer) of 2.00 or greater, but whose NMU GPA is less than 2.00 will be warned that their NMU GPA must be at a 2.00 to graduate from NMU. See the Academic Standards Web page. Trustees, Board of: Governing authority of Northern Michigan University. Michigan's Constitution, which was adopted in 1963, granted constitutional autonomy to Northern Michigan University. It also vested governing authority in an eight-member Board of Trustees. Each trustee is appointed by the Governor to serve an eight-year term, subject to confirmation by the Senate. Trustees may also be reappointed at the pleasure of the Governor.

Tuition: Tuition is defined as the mandatory charge to attend class and receive an entry (credit or audit) on a transcript. All tuition rates are approved by the Board of Trustees.

Unit of Credit: 15 week semester. University Communication, Official: Every enrolled student automatically receives a university computer account which provides access to instructional files and software, e-mail, free dial-in access from off campus and other resources. Students are required to maintain this account which will be used by the university to send time-critical information to students. Northern Michigan University will use a student’s NMU e-mail account as its primary means of communicating official university business, including legally required information. If a student uses a non-university e-mail address, the student must forward their university e-mail to the non-university account. This can be done by visiting the Web site: http://myuser.nmu.edu/ and utilizing the e-mail forwarding wizard. University Directory: The following information is published each year in the Northern Michigan University Directory:name, local address, local telephone number, permanent address, and permanent telephone number. All students who are enrolled for the fall semester are listed in the directory unless they request non-disclosure of directory information by Sept. 15 or have done so previously. Directories are available for pick-up at the Dean of Students Office, C.B. Hedgcock, Room 2001, in mid October each year.

University Fee: $305 per semester fee for the fall and winter semesters for all undergraduate students enrolled in 12 or more credits and all graduate students enrolled in eight or more credits.

Unofficial Transcript: Unofficial or student transcripts that may have been in the hands of the student such as student copy/unofficial transcripts or letters, grade reports, diplomas or graduation lists are not considered official. Unofficial transcripts are printed on white paper and do not have a college seal or registrar's signature. Unofficial transcripts are issued for use by the student only. Currently enrolled students can access their unofficial transcripts at no charge on mynmu.nmu.edu. Students will need their NMU (e-mail) User I.D. and Password to access their transcripts. Transcripts can be ordered in person at the Student Service Center, C.B. Hedgcock, Room 2201.

Upper Division: Classification of students or courses beyond the second year. 300 or 400 level courses. Upper Division Liberal Studies Requirement: A graduation requirement that all baccalaureate students must complete. At least three liberal studies credits must be at the 300 level or above, chosen from a list of courses. All such courses have the prerequisite of sophomore standing and completion of the foundations of communication requirement. Refer to the Liberal Studies Program and Graduation Requirements section of the NMU Undergraduate Bulletin for additional information.

User ID: (NMU e-mail User ID) An alphanumeric ID which is more personalized and is typically used for computer access or login purposes. This identifier can be up to eight characters in length. (Example: jfrost@nmu.edu)  It provides a one-to-one unique link to other attributes of ones relationship with the university. The NMU User ID is maintained in the university's directory services and may be stored in other authentication systems. The NMU User ID can be changed to reflect name changes by contacting the NMU Help Desk at 906-227-2468. Go to http://myuser.nmu.edu if you do not know your NMU User ID.

Vehicle Registration: Students who will have a vehicle on campus during the school year must purchase a parking decal to park on campus. Students have the option of registering their vehicle online by visiting the NMU Public Safety Web site. Students who register online will have their parking decals mailed to them. Contact Public Safety and Police Services at 906-227-1476 or check their Web site for more information.

Verification of Enrollment:A letter provided on request to a student after the official add/drop period indicating full or part-time enrollment status. Verification of current enrollment  can be requested from the Registrar's Office in person with a photo I.D. Generally, this request can be completed while you wait. If necessary, a member of the staff will also fax the verification for you and then return the original to you. Company forms can be processed on-the-spot as well by stopping at the Registrar's Office, C.B. Hedgcock, Room 2202. If you do not wish to pick up a verification, you may print an unofficial transcript or grade report from mynmu.nmu.edu.

Visual and Performing Arts, Foundations of: A graduation requirement that all baccalaureate students must complete. Students select one visual and performing arts course for a minimum of three credits. Students completing these courses will be able to identify the forms of artistic expression (e.g., forms of music, dance, painting, sculpture, etc.) in relation to a historical and cultural context; they will also be able to recognize and articulate the reasons why these forms of artistic expression developed and evolved in the manner they did; further, students will be able to demonstrate and articulate an understanding of the principles behind the evolution of judgment and taste.Refer to the Liberal Studies Program and Graduation Requirements section of the NMU Undergraduate Bulletin for additional information.

Vocational Diploma: Awarded after completing a program of study that provides an individual with specific occupational skills, usually completed in one or two semesters. Diploma programs are not considered equivalent to college level work. Diploma programs at NMU are Advanced Law Enforcement, Collision Repair Technology, Cosmetology and Local Corrections.

Waiver:The faculty advisor with the support of the department head may waive a required course in the students major or minor when there has been a curriculum revision and the required course listed is no longer offered; the student is in the final semester before graduation and one required course is offered in time that conflicts with another required course, or a required course is not being offered during that final semester; the same course is required in the student's minor, second major or minor; or the faculty advisor has waived a requirement. The Course Waiver form should be attached to the student's Degree Audit prior to applying for graduation. Web CT: EduCat (EduCat.nmu.edu) can be used to create entire on-line courses, or to simply publish materials that supplement existing courses. EduCat requires minimal technical expertise on the part of the developer of the course, and on the part of the student. EduCat is entirely web-based. There is no software to install (other than a web browser such as Netscape or Internet Explorer) on the computers used by the students or instructors. Common areas for course design may include: bulletin boards, chat rooms, calendar, syllabus, testing, instructor biography. EduCat is available to any faculty member at NMU to use for material dissemination to students through an Internet browser. Instructors requesting a course at NMU should use the EduCat Course Request Form. For additional information on EduCat course design, setup, and implementation, contact the Center for Instructional Technology Education (CITE), at 227-CITE. After an instructor has setup an online course for a class, students can access the course via the EduCat website at http://EduCat.nmu.edu by entering their NMU ID and password.

Quick Tips for Using EduCat

You will need the following:

Computer access to an Internet browser either
Internet Explorer 5 or higher or Netscape 4 or higher
A modem
NMU User (e-mail) ID and Password

Wildcat Express Card: The official university ID card. Student can use their Wildcat Express Card for photo identification, library services, building access, recreation center access, athletic event pass, CatCa$h spending, copying & printing, time & attendance, meal plan account and dining dollars. For more information, contact  the Wildcat Express Center, 1107 University Center, 906-227-1686.

Wildcat Express Card ID Number: The ID number exists only for the life of the device or media in/on which it is stored. Typically it could be stored in the magnetic stripe or barcode of a plastic ID badge, but may exist in other devices or media, as well. If lost, expired, or disposed of, it can be inactivated. For more information, contact  the Wildcat Express Center, 1107 University Center, 906-227-1686.

Wildcat Willy: NMU's popular team mascot, spreads school spirit at athletic events, performs comedic antics which helps NMU students with a release from academics pressures. Willy has an eatery, convenience store, arcade and ID card named in his honor.

Withdrawal: The name given to dropping a course after the university-designated add/drop period. Students may drop courses in accordance with the Withdrawal Deadline Schedule. Contact the Student Service Center, C.B. Hedgcock, Room 2201, 906-227-1221, for processing. No signatures are required. The following table shows the academic deadlines for adding courses, dropping courses and refunds. The deadlines occur at 5 p.m. on the day shown in the table.

Withdrawal for Non-Attendance: At the discretion of individual departments and/or instructors, students who have not attended through the first four days of the semester (or its equivalent) of a class and who have failed to contact the instructor may be dropped from the class roster. Since this is an optional action on the part of departments, students who wish to drop a class should do so themselves. World Cultures Course: A graduation requirement that all baccalaureate students must complete. Each baccalaureate student must take at least one course of three credits or more designated to meet the world cultures requirement. These courses deal primarily with living cultures of Asia, Africa, and the non-Anglo-Saxon Americas. They may include such topics as: literary, artistic and other cultural achievements; religious and ethical values; social, economic and political systems; or intellectual and historical trends. At least two-thirds of the content of each course concentrates upon patterns of thought and action that account for the distinctive ethos of the world culture(s) being studied.  Refer to the Liberal Studies Program and Graduation Requirements section of the NMU Undergraduate Bulletin for additional information.

Work Study, Federal: Financial aid award based on financial need. Students apply by submitting the FAFSA. Eligible students must be enrolled at least half-time (min. 6 cr. undergraduate, min 4 cr. graduate). Students who are awarded work study apply and interview for on-campus employment with offices/departments advertising work-study jobs. Students work and earn money to supplement their financial aid awards.