Student Handbook 2021-2022

Walsh

Student Classifications

An individual may attend classes at Walsh only by making formal application and by being admitted to Walsh under one of the student classifications listed below. All students, regardless of their classification status, are subject to the policies and regulations of Walsh that are outlined in the Catalog, the Student Handbook, published in subsequent bulletins, or posted at Walsh.

Undergraduate Student

A student attending classes as an undergraduate degree candidate must meet the admissions requirements set forth in the section entitled Admission to Walsh Programs. The student must successfully complete all the prescribed coursework to meet the admissions requirements for an undergraduate degree. A student entering Walsh as an undergraduate degree candidate will be provided an academic program plan prior to registering for classes. Only a student officially accepted by Walsh may enroll in classes. An undergraduate student is classified based upon the number of semester credit hours earned. A junior is defined as a student who has completed between 60 and 95 semester credit hours. A senior is defined as a student who has completed 96 or more semester credit hours.

Graduate Student

A student attending classes as a graduate degree candidate must meet the admissions requirements set forth in the section entitled Admission to Walsh Programs. Graduate coursework successfully completed by a student while attending classes under this status is applicable toward the graduation requirements necessary for a graduate degree. Graduate degree candidates will be provided an academic program plan prior to registering for classes. Only a student officially accepted by Walsh may enroll in classes.

Doctoral Student

A student attending classes as a doctoral degree candidate must meet the admissions requirements set forth in the section entitled Admission to Walsh Programs. Only a student officially accepted by Walsh as a doctoral degree candidate may enroll in doctoral-level classes.

Non-Degree Student

An individual may attend Walsh as a non-degree student by meeting the minimum admission requirements for the academic level of the courses they wish to take. For example, an individual who wishes to take undergraduate courses on a non-degree basis must meet the minimum admissions requirements for an undergraduate student. Only a student officially accepted by Walsh may enroll in classes. A student attending under this status will be required to meet all course prerequisites and will receive college credit for courses successfully completed.

All courses taken and grades received will appear on a non-degree transcript. If credit earned as a non-degree student is later applied toward a Walsh degree or certificate program, the credits attempted and grades earned will be considered Walsh credit and will be computed in the student’s cumulative grade point average as part of the academic transcript. Time limitations for transferability as determined by each academic area may apply. For specific information, refer to the Undergraduate, Graduate, and Certificate Program sections in the Catalog.

Certificate Student

An individual attending classes as a certificate student must meet the admission requirements for each certificate as set forth in the section entitled Certificate Programs. Coursework successfully completed by a student while attending classes under this status will earn college credit and will be applicable toward the requirements necessary to earn a certificate. A student entering Walsh as a certificate-seeking candidate will be issued a certificate program plan prior to registering for classes. Only a student officially accepted by Walsh may enroll in classes. Certificate-seeking students will be required to meet all course prerequisites. Courses taken as a certificate student will be reflected on a non-degree transcript.

Guest Student at Walsh

Students pursuing a degree at another accredited institution may enroll in selected courses at Walsh under the status of guest student. Accredited institutions are accredited by a regional accrediting organization recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and U.S. Department of Education (USDE), www.chea.org.

The Michigan Uniform Guest Application must be submitted each semester to attend as a guest student. The Michigan Uniform Guest Application is not transferable to another semester or for another course. It is the responsibility of the guest student to obtain home institution approval to accept the course and credits earned. Walsh reserves the right to deny guest status and/or to limit the number of courses taken as a guest student. Accepted guest students may enroll in classes. Guest students will be required to meet course prerequisites or obtain approval. Courses taken as a guest student are reflected on a non-degree transcript. If credit earned as a guest student at Walsh is later applied toward a Walsh degree or certificate program, the credits and grades earned will be considered Walsh credit and computed in the student’s cumulative grade point average as part of the academic transcript. Time limitations for transferability as determined by each academic area may apply.

Guest students must comply with the requirements in the Catalog and Student Handbook.

Guest Student at another Institution

Walsh students may request to enroll in coursework at another accredited college or university under the status of guest student. The student must receive approval from their academic advisor for guest student status before enrolling in a course. Permission may be granted when a course is not available at Walsh in a critical time sequence for the student to graduate. If approval is granted, the Michigan Uniform Guest Application will be signed by the Executive Director, Admissions and Enrollment Services or designee. It is the student’s responsibility to verify that the institution is accredited by a regional accrediting organization recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and U.S. Department of Education (USDE), www.chea.org.

The following criteria must be met:

The student must complete the coursework in the semester specified on the approved guest application.

  • Undergraduate students must earn a grade of “C” (2.000) or better to have the credits applied toward a Walsh undergraduate degree program. Credits earned as a Guest Student are considered transfer credit and will not be computed in the student’s cumulative grade point average.
  • Graduate students must earn a grade of “B” (3.000) or better to have the credits applied toward a Walsh graduate degree program. Credits earned as a Guest Student are considered transfer credit and will not be computed in the student’s cumulative grade point average.
  • It is the student’s responsibility to have an official transcript forwarded to Walsh upon course completion at the guest college or university.

Audit Student

An individual who does not qualify for admission to either the undergraduate or graduate degree programs at Walsh or who wishes to take courses on a no-grade, non-credit basis can enroll under the status of audit student. Enrollment in courses as an audit student is subject to class availability.

Only a student officially accepted by Walsh may enroll in classes. A student attending under this status will be required to meet all course prerequisites. Courses taken as an audit student are on a no-grade, non-credit basis, and college credit will not be granted. An audit student pays the same tuition and fees as one who takes the course for credit. Courses taken as an audit student will be reflected on a non-degree transcript.

International Student

After being admitted to Walsh, a student who attends school on an F-1 visa and requires an I-20 Form should contact their international student enrollment advisor/DSO for specific requirements. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) requires a student on a non-immigrant student visa to pursue full-time enrollment in a specified undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral degree program. International students should refer to the International Student section of this Student Handbook for additional requirements.