Trouble So Soon?

Life is unpredictable; we know that. Sometimes you start the semester with the best of intentions and then…stuff happens. We’d like to encourage you to be proactive and seek assistance early; there are several potential options available to you:

  • Speak to your instructor. If the issues effecting your studies are temporary, you may be able to make arrangements with your instructor for the time being and until you’re able to give your time and attention to your courses again. 
  • Contact your advisor. Your advisor may have some suggestions or may be able to refer you to other resources to assist you in raising your grade.
  • Speak to your instructor! It bears repeating. In addition to offering temporary adjustments to due dates or other arrangements, instructors can be incredibly helpful and understanding when students inform them in advance of future issues. Keeping your instructor informed of your circumstances can insure that they offer the best advice - even when that advice is to drop the class.
  • Dropping a class may be the best option for you BUT you should first discuss it with your instructor, your academic advisor, and the financial aid office. There are withdrawal deadlines, refund deadlines and financial implications to consider before making the decision to drop a class. 
  • Western provides an early warning (mid-term) notification procedure to alert undergraduate students to poor academic performance in time for them to take corrective measures. Instructors are encouraged to identify students who are performing at the less than C level. Academic Advisors receive Early Warning reports and may contact advisees that appear on those lists. However, advisors are not always able to contact students and instructors do not always report students at risk of failing. It is the student’s responsibility to be aware of their progress in their courses. 

Ultimately, we are all aimed at the same goal: to help your achieve your academic goals. Remember all the people who are here at Western and that we are on your side!


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