- What are Emergency Rosters?
- How does a faculty member access a class roster?
- How does a faculty member notify the Office of the Registrar about enrollment changes?
- What is the General Education Program?
- How do I receive advising on the General Education Program?
- What is the difference between Cross-Cultural and Alternative Perspectives Courses in the General Education Program?
- What is double-dipping?
- What is the physical education requirement at PLU?
- What is the requirement for J-Term (January Term)?
- What is the College of Arts and Science requirement at PLU?
- What is a Personal Identification Number (PIN)?
- What is a Student Checklist?
- How do I change personal information?
- How does an IHON student request to use a non-IHON course to fulfill an IHON requirement?
- How does a student transfer credit from the International Honors (IHON) Program to the General Education Program?
- How does a student receive credit through the Credit by Examination Process?
- How does a student request an exception to academic requirements?
- How does a student receive a waiver or substitution of a graduate school requirement?
- What are the approved grade options at PLU?
- How do faculty enter grades into Banner Web?
- How do students view grades through Banner Web?
- What is the PLU Grade Change Policy?
- How does a faculty member make a grade change?
- How are grades processed?
- How do students use the pass/fail option?
- Is the pass/fail grade calculated into the PLU grade point average (GPA)?
- How does a faculty member change an incomplete grade to a final grade?
- How is the incomplete grade (I) assigned to a student?
- What is the deadline for incomplete grades and how are the grades reflected on the student transcript?
- If grades are not posted or are incorrect, what should a student do?
- How does a student register to receive an audit (AU) or to repeat a course?
- How does a student qualify for the Dean's List?
- What is the independent study (IS) process?
- How does a graduate obtain a duplicate diploma?
- How does a student apply for graduation?
- Does participation in a Commencement Ceremony mean a degree has been awarded?
- How does a student find his/her current class schedule?
- How do students register for classes?
- How are registration dates prioritized?
- What are the restrictions on registration?
- What is the Late Registration Fee?
- How do students receive permission to take an overload in a semester?
- What are the Equivalency Guides and the credits that normally transfer into PLU?
- How are official transcripts submitted to PLU?
- Does PLU give junior status to students with an Associate of Arts and Sciences degree?
- How is a student's transcript evaluated for major requirement fulfillment at PLU?
- What are the maximum hours transferable into PLU?
- How do transfer credits and grade point average (GPA) appear on the PLU transcript?
- What is the lowest grade acceptable for transfer to PLU?
- As a transfer student with an AA degree from a State of Washington community college, what general education requirements remain to be completed at PLU?
- How are courses transferred from other colleges into PLU?
- How many credits are permitted at PLU from other educational experiences?
Academic Program Contracts (APCs)
What is an Academic Program Contract (APC)?
CAPP and Junior Review
How does a student review a CAPP report or find information on the Junior Review?
Detailed information on the CAPP (Curriculum Advising and Program Planning) Report and the Junior Review Process is found on the CAPP/Junior Review section of the Office of the Registrar website.
Rosters and Enrollment Information
What are Emergency Rosters?
A printed emergency roster is provided to faculty for each course being taught after the census date of each term/semester. This roster is used to take attendance in case of an emergency or for an emergency drill. Emergency rosters are replaced for only those classes affected by a specific drill.
How does a faculty member access a class roster?
Class rosters can be accessed online through Banner Web. The following instructions detail how to access the rosters for any class.
- Go to https://banweb.plu.edu
- Select: Enter Secure Area
- Log in with User ID and PIN
- Select: Faculty Services
- Select: Summary Class List
- Choose the term and click Submit
- Select the CRN (course reference number) and click Submit
- Scroll down to view the roster
- Click on the print icon to print
If you have another course roster to print, simply scroll down to the bottom of the screen and click "CRN Selection" (if the course is in the same term).
The choices for selection in the legend at the bottom of the screen are: Term Selection, CRN selection, Detail Class List, Mid Term Grades, Final Grades, Faculty Detail Schedule, Detail Waitlist, Summary Waitlist.
When finished, scroll back to top and click on "Exit."
Note: If not the instructor of record, a faculty member may still view any other class roster by clicking on "Term Selection" and choosing the desired term from the Faculty Services menu.
Then choose "CRN Selection" from the Faculty Services menu and click on "Enter Section Identifier (CRN) Directly" at the bottom of the "Select CRN" screen.
Enter the desired CRN and submit your entry. Once done, all class list options will use this term and CRN combination.
To select another combination, follow the steps above to change to a different term and CRN. If the CRN is not known, please use the Interactive Class Schedule application to look up the desired class. This application always displays for the current term or terms for which registration is open.
How does a faculty member notify the Office of the Registrar about enrollment changes?
It is vital that the university is aware of any student who is not enrolled at PLU at the beginning, middle, or at the end of the term. Faculty members should report to the Office of the Registrar any student who is not in attendance.
Please report students who have never attended, stopped attending, and anyone who is not currently on a class roster. Students will be contacted so PLU can determine if the student plans to withdraw or if there is another problem. When contacting the Office of the Registrar about attendance please include the student's name, ID# and dates of attendance (if applicable).
General Education Program
What is the General Education Program?
The General Education Program at PLU is made up of seven elements totaling 48 semester hours.
- Embracing the Life of the Mind: First Year Experience
- Engaging Arts and Performance
- Interpreting Living traditions for a Humane Future
- Exploring Nature and Number
- Investigating Human Behavior, Culture, and Institutions
- Encountering Perspectives on Diversity
- Producing and Presenting Culminating Scholarship: Senior Seminar/Project
For details about the elements see the PLU Catalog.
How do I receive advising on the General Education Program?
What is the difference between Cross-Cultural and Alternative Perspectives Courses in the General Education Program?
Both of these perspectives are required to fulfill the Encountering Perspectives on Diversity General Education Program element. Classes that qualify for cross cultural and alternative perspective are listed in the catalog. The title of a course will either reflect an "A" for Alternative Perspective or a "C" for Cross-Cultural Perspective in the class schedule.
Alternative Perspective courses create an awareness and understanding of diversity in the United States, directly addressing issues such as ethnicity, gender, disability, racism, or poverty.
Cross-Cultural Perspective courses enhance cross-cultural understandings through examination of other cultures.
What is double-dipping?
Double dipping applies only to the Encountering Perspectives on Diversity component of the General Education Program.
Students who entered PLU prior to Fall 2009 with fewer than 60 semester hours are permitted to double dip one time between the Diversity element and other General Education Program areas. An example would be MUSIC 120, which could satisfy the Art, Music, and Theatre (AR) element and the Cross-Cultural (C) Perspective.
Students who entered PLU as of Fall 2009 with fewer than 60 semester hours are permitted to double dip two times between the Diversity element and other General Education Program areas.
Students who entered PLU with 60 or more semester hours are not permitted to double dip and must complete one Encountering Perspectives Diversity Course at PLU.
What is the physical education requirement at PLU?
What is the requirement for J-Term (January Term)?
First year students who enter PLU with fewer than 30 semester hours must take a 4-hour course in the J-Term of their freshman year as part of the First-Year Experience. The First-Year Experience does not pertain to transfer students.
What is the College of Arts and Science requirement at PLU?
Candidates for degrees from the College of Arts and Sciences (B.A., B.S., B.A.P.E. [excluding B.A.P.E. with certification], and B.S.P.E. degrees) must meet Option I, II, or III below.
Candidates for the B.A. in English, for the B.A. in Education with a secondary teaching major in English, for the B.A. in Global Studies, and for election to the Areté Society must meet Option I.
Candidates for a B.A. in History, Music, or Religion must meet Option I or II of the College of Arts and Sciences foreign language requirement. Music majors take a non-music arts elective in either visual art, theatre or dance.
Option I: Completion of one foreign language through the second year of college level. This option may also be met by completion of four years of high school study in one foreign language with grades of C or higher, or by satisfactory scores on a proficiency examination administered by the PLU Department of Languages and Literatures.
Option II: Completion of one foreign language other than that used to satisfy the foreign language entrance requirement through the first year of college level. This option may also be met by satisfactory scores on a proficiency examination administered by the PLU Department of Languages and Literatures.
Option III: Completion of four semester hours in history, literature, or language (at the 201 level, or at any level in a language other than that used to satisfy the foreign language entrance requirement) in addition to courses applied to the general education elements, and four semester hours in symbolic logic, mathematics (courses numbered 100 or above), computer science, or statistics in addition to courses applied to the general education elements. Courses used to satisfy either category of Option III of the College of Arts and Sciences requirement may not also be used to satisfy general education program requirements.
What is a Personal Identification Number (PIN)?
What is a Student Checklist?
How do I change personal information?
How does an IHON student request to use a non-IHON course to fulfill an IHON requirement?
How does a student transfer credit from the International Honors (IHON) Program to the General Education Program?
How does a student receive credit through the Credit by Examination Process?
To receive credit by examination, students must complete the Credit By Examination Form. Signatures are required from the respective department dean or chair plus the instructor for the course. The student must arrange the examination time with the instructor of the course. The completed form must be returned to the Office of the Registrar by the add/drop deadline for the appropriate term.
Students who wish to earn credit through the Credit By Examination process are charged the following (in addition to tuition if hours above the tuition block pricing):
1 credit: $300
2 credits: $500
3 credits: $700
4 credits: $900
How does a student request an exception to academic requirements?
Requests for exceptions (waivers or substitutions) to academic requirements are processed through the Office of the Registrar. The approval officials are different for each type of exception. The Exception to Academic Requirements Form provides instructions as to which signatures are required for each exception. After a student obtains the required signatures, the form must be turned into the Student Services Center. The Office of the Registrar will send a copy of the completed form back to the student via e-mail to indicate whether or not the request was approved.
To check the status of an exemption request, students e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 253.535.7331.
How does a student receive a waiver or substitution of a graduate school requirement?
What are the approved grade options at PLU?
The following are faculty-approved PLU grading options which are calculated into the grade point average (GPA):
|A (4.00)||C (2.00)|
|A- (3.67)||C- (1.67)|
|B+ (3.33)||D+ (1.33)|
|B (3.00)||D (1.00)|
|B- (2.67)||D- (0.67)|
|C+ (2.33)||E (0.00) failing grade|
The following grade options are not used in calculation of the grade point average. No grade points are earned under these designations:
|Pass/Fail: P or F (only for courses set up with this option)|
|In Progress: IP (only for certain courses)|
Pass(P) and Fail (F) are grades for courses which have either been designated as Pass/Fail courses by the department or a student has chosen to designate a course for pass/fail by filling out the Pass/Fail option.
Faculty submit regular letter grades for students who completed and turned in the pass/fail form. The computer automatically converts the assigned grade to a pass or fail.
How do faculty enter grades into Banner Web?
Grades are submitted via Banner Web by instructors by 5:00 p.m. on the fifth working day after the end of the specific term. To enter grades from home, the faculty member must use Internet Explorer. Enter grades as follows:
- Go to https://banweb.plu.edu
- Click on Enter Secure Area
- Enter your PLU User ID without the hyphen. (the number found on your PLU ID card)
- Enter your PIN
- Click on Llogin
- Click on Faculty Services
- Click on Final Grades
- Select the term and submit, then select the CRN (Course Reference Number)
- Click on Submit. Click on the box with the check mark to see all CRNs
- Enter Grades
- Scroll down to the bottom and click Submit. After submitting the grades, you will get a message that states the changes you made were saved successfully.
- To enter grades for another course, click on CRN selection at the bottom of the screen, choose the CRN and click on submit, then click on final grades.
- Exit when all grades have been entered. After 30 minutes without hitting submit, you will be exited from the system and will need to re-login and re-enter grades.
How do students view grades through Banner Web?
Students may view grades through Banner Web. Grades may be viewed approximately 24 hours after faculty submit grades. The deadline for faculty posting grades is available under the Deadlines and Important Dates section of the Office of the Registrar website.
To access Banner Web to view grades, do the following:
- Go to https://banweb.plu.edu
- Click on Enter Secure Area
- Enter your PLU User ID without the hyphen. (the number found on your PLU ID card)
- Enter your PIN
- Click on Llogin
- Click on Student Services
- Click on Student Records
- Click on Final Grades
- Choose the term in the drop down menu and click submit
- Grades will appear; scroll down to view all grades
If any grades are not posted or are incorrect, contact the faculty member directly.
What is the PLU Grade Change Policy?
Faculty may not change a grade once it has been recorded in the Registrar's records unless an error was made in assigning the original grade. The error must be reported to the Registrar by the end of the following term after which it was entered (by the spring grade submission deadline for fall and J-term, and by the fall grade deadline for spring and summer).
Any grade change requested after the designated date must be approved by the respective department chair and dean. The Grade Change Policy does not apply to "I" or "IP" grades, which are subject to separate policies.
How does a faculty member make a grade change?
Grade changes may not be done through Banner Web. To change a course grade, faculty may e-mail email@example.com, come to the Registrar’s Office to obtain and complete a Grade Change Form, or download the Grade Change Form and send it to the Registrar’s Office.
How are grades processed?
End-of-term grades are entered into Banner Web by each faculty member. The grades are then processed by the Office of the Registrar.
Study abroad grades are processed by the Office of the Registrar when they are received from the Wang Center for Global Education. Study abroad grades for courses taught by non-PLU faculty are listed as pass or fail (P/F) with the actual letter grade recorded as well (for example, PA-, PC+, or FE).
Pass or fail grades are not calculated in the PLU grade point average (GPA).
Grades of A through C- are regarded as passing and grades D+ through E as failing.
How do students use the pass/fail option?
To pass/fail a course, a student must complete the Pass/Fail Agreement and submit it to the Student Services Center by the appropriate deadline.
The pass/fail option is limited to eight credit hours regardless of repeats, pass or fail.
Only one course may be taken pass/fail in fulfillment of general university or core requirements or of the College of Arts and Sciences requirement.
The pass/fail option may not be applied to a course taken for fulfillment of a major or minor program. An exception to this is allowed for one course in the major or minor field if it was taken before the major or minor was declared. Students must file their intention to exercise the pass/fail option with the Student Services Center by the deadline listed in the academic calendar.
The pass/fail option is limited to undergraduate students only. IHON students may not pass/fail an International Honors course.
Is the pass/fail grade calculated into the PLU grade point average (GPA)?
No. The "P" or "F" grade is not calculated in the PLU grade point average (GPA). However, the hours will be counted toward total credits.
How does a faculty member change an incomplete grade to a final grade?
How is the incomplete grade (I) assigned to a student?
The incomplete grade is granted by the faculty member only for extraordinary circumstances beyond the student's control. A student must consult with his/her faculty member to see if it is possible to be granted an incomplete grade. If the faculty member determines the incomplete is justified, an Incomplete Contract Form may be completed, signed by both the faculty member and the student, and returned to the Office of the Registrar. The "I" grade is submitted with the faculty member's regular grades.
To receive credit, the student must complete all required coursework and a passing grade must be reported from the faculty member. An incomplete does not entitle a student to attend the class again without re-enrollment and payment of tuition.
What is the deadline for incomplete grades and how are the grades reflected on the student transcript?
Incomplete grades from spring or summer terms are due six weeks into the following fall semester. Fall and J-Term incomplete grades are due six weeks into the following spring semester. Instructors may assign an alternate, shorter deadline.
The "I" in front of any grade designates that an incomplete has been converted to a grade. The "I" remains on the student transcript. It will show as "IA" for an incomplete converted to an A grade. The "IPA" designates that an incomplete has converted to a pass (P) grade.
If grades are not posted or are incorrect, what should a student do?
A student should directly contact the instructor of the class which shows a grade not posted or in error.
How does a student register to receive an audit (AU) or to repeat a course?
To audit a course, permission must be granted from the faculty member. The faculty member must sign the audit column found on the Add/Drop Form and the student must return the form to the Student Services Center by the established add deadline for that term.
Courses may be repeated two times (including withdrawals). If a student is repeating a course, registration must be completed by the Student Services Center. Some departments do not allow certain courses to be repeated. The course with the lowest grade will be excluded from the student's GPA, but will remain on the transcript.
How does a student qualify for the Dean's List?
What is the independent study (IS) process?
A student may arrange for an independent study (IS) by filling out an Independent Study Card. The card must be signed by the instructor, chair or dean of the department, and turned into the Student Services Center no later than the add deadline for the term in which the independent study is to be completed. For courses taken as independent study while on a study away program the Study Away Independent Study Card is used.
As defined in the Faculty Handbook, page 76, independent study work should be assigned to course numbers 491 and 591; and directed studies assigned to 291. When an instructor agrees to offer an existing course available in the regular curriculum to a student on an individual basis, the 291/491/591 course numbers are not used. Instead, the pink card should denote the regular course number, title, and credits given for the independent study (IS). For example, if student wishes to take ENGL 239 as an independent study, the card should read: ENGL 239: IS: Environment and Culture, 4 credits.
Graduation and Commencement
How does a graduate obtain a duplicate diploma?
How does a student apply for graduation?
All students seeking a degree from Pacific Lutheran University must apply for graduation. The application for graduation is completed online via Banner Web. For application deadlines and instructions see the Graduation section of the Office of the Registrar’s website.
Does participation in a Commencement Ceremony mean a degree has been awarded?
Participation in a PLU commencement ceremony does not signify that a student has been or will be awarded a degree. Commencement is a celebration of one's PLU experience, participation in a ceremony does not indicate a student has graduated. In addition, regardless of when a student participates in commencement, degrees are awarded for the term when all requirements are completed.
How does a student find his/her current class schedule?
Online Access: Once you have logged into Banner Web, click the Student Services & Financial Aid tab. Next, click on the link entitled, Registration. On the new page that opens, click on the link, Student Schedule by Day & Time. This will display your class schedule.
How do students register for classes?
With the exception of first-year and transfer students (see description below), students register for their courses through Banner Web on their scheduled registration date. Students with less than 60 semester hours earned must meet with their academic advisor to receive their numeric passcode to register for courses on Banner Web.
First-year students (those who are beginning at PLU) and transfer students must meet with a counselor from the Academic Advising Office either in person or over the phone. Students will be notified of the dates at which they may call the office to make an appointment to register. As Banner Web is not yet available to these students until after they begin their first term at PLU, all registration activity is done through the Academic Advising Office. Students may reach the Academic Advising Office at 253.535.7459.
Online Access: Once a student is logged into Banner Web, enter the Student Services & Financial Aid section of the site. Then click on the link Registration.
How are registration dates prioritized?
What are the restrictions on registration?
What is the Late Registration Fee?
The Late Registration Fee ($100) is charged to the student account for any registration change after the add/drop deadlines. See the Important Dates and Deadlines for each term for specific add/drop deadlines.
How do students receive permission to take an overload in a semester?
Students with a cumulative GPA below 3.00 are required to complete, with all required signatures, the Overload Request Form. The signed form should be brought to the Student Services Center for processing. Students with a 3.00 cumulative GPA or above do not need permission to overload, but must come into the Student Services center to request their hour limit to be raised.
During Fall and Spring semesters an overload form is needed when taking more than 17cr. During J-Term and Summer an overload form is needed when taking more than 5cr.
Transfer and Equivalency Guides
What are the Equivalency Guides and the credits that normally transfer into PLU?
PLU awards credit for college-level courses that are equivalent to PLU courses or requirements. Vocational or technical courses, such as office technology, fashion, or career development, although valuable, are not considered transferable because there is no equivalent coursework at PLU. Equivalency Guides are found on the Office of the Registrar website.
How are official transcripts submitted to PLU?
To be considered 'official', transcripts (high school and college/university) must be sent directly from the institution to the Registrar's Office or must be brought in to the Registrar's office in a sealed envelope from the institution. If a sealed transcript is opened it is no longer official.
Does PLU give junior status to students with an Associate of Arts and Sciences degree?
PLU does not grant junior standing for any associate degree that is not recognized by the Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA). If a degree is not part of the Direct Transfer Agreement (Such as Associate of Applied Arts, Associate of Applied Science, Associate of Technical Arts, and Associate of General Studies), a student is not guaranteed junior standing at PLU. Associate degrees completed at a technical college or credits from any other institution without regional accreditation are granted recognition on a case-by-case basis.
Students who earn a DTA Associate of Arts degree from a community college in the State of Washington are guaranteed junior standing (60 semester hours) upon entrance to PLU. A final transcript is required which shows the AA degree has been awarded.
If the AA degree is from a community college outside of the State of Washington or if the degree is an Associate in Technical Arts from any community college, junior standing is not guaranteed.
How is a student's transcript evaluated for major requirement fulfillment at PLU?
A student must meet with a department faculty advisor to discuss what classes on the transcript will be accepted toward the declared major.
What are the maximum hours transferable into PLU?
PLU awards a maximum of 64 semester hours for all work completed at a two-year college. For work completed at a four-year institution, the maximum is 96 semester hours. PLU will accept a maximum of 96 transferable semester hours in total, which could include a combination of credit hours completed at community colleges and four-year institutions.
How do transfer credits and grade point average (GPA) appear on the PLU transcript?
Transfer credits count toward the university's requirements for graduation, but are not included in the semester hours used to determine the cumulative PLU grade point average (GPA) listed on the PLU transcript.
What is the lowest grade acceptable for transfer to PLU?
The minimum transfer grade PLU will accept is a C- or 1.5 quality grade points.
As a transfer student with an AA degree from a State of Washington community college, what general education requirements remain to be completed at PLU?
Transfer students entering PLU as juniors or seniors must take four semester hours from Christian Traditions (RC).
Global Religious Traditions (RG) courses will not fulfill the General Education Program element in religion if transferring into PLU with a junior or senior standing.
Encountering Perspectives on Diversity
Transfer students entering PLU as juniors or seniors must take one Encountering Perspectives on Diversity course (four semester hours) at PLU.
How are courses transferred from other colleges into PLU?
College-level, academic courses completed with a grade of C- or better at other accredited colleges or universities will normally be accepted for graduation credit. To have the credit evaluated and added to a student's PLU record, an official transcript from the college or university you attended must be sent directly to PLU's Office of the Registrar. If a student is entering the senior year, an advisor must be consulted with before taking any courses elsewhere. For additional information, contact the Office of the Registrar.
How many credits are permitted at PLU from other educational experiences?
The university allows up to 20 semester hours of United States Armed Forces Institute (USAFI)/Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) credit, up to 20 semester hours for military credit, and up to 30 semester hours of College-level Examination Program (CLEP) credit, providing the total of the three does not exceed 30 semester hours. Official transcripts bearing American Council on Education (ACE) recommendations should be submitted for evaluation.
The university does not grant credit for college-level General Equivalency Diploma (GED) tests.
How does a student withdraw from PLU?
How does a student withdraw from a class?
A student may withdraw from a class with an instructor's signature after the drop deadline and before the withdraw deadline listed for each term under the Deadlines and Important Dates section of the Office of the Registrar's Web site.
Tuition is not refunded, a $100 late registration fee is charged and any additional tuition will be charged for adding any other classes. A grade of "W" is recorded on the student's academic transcript. Faculty cannot enter a "W" grade. Students who stop attending class and who do not withdraw will receive the grade earned.
If a student is enrolled in a class, has never attended or did not drop the course before the published deadline, the student must obtain the signature of the instructor on an Add/Drop Form and will be charged a $100 late registration fee.
How does a student withdraw from a future term?
Students are required to notify PLU if they do not plan to return for the following term. Students are entitled to withdraw honorably from the university if their record is satisfactory and all financial obligations are satisfied. Students must complete and sign the Withdrawal Form and submit it to the Student Services Center.