University of Wisconsin–Madison

Academic Policies and Procedures

Red light BascomThe Graduate School Office of Academic Services developed the Academic Policies and Procedures web page (sometimes referred to as “Guidelines” or “Handbook”) to help answer questions about Graduate School academic and administrative policies and procedures. The document is only available online, it is continuously updated and is the official document of record for Graduate School policies and procedures; policy changes made to the document are also available online.

In situations where policies have changed during a student’s time of enrollment, the Graduate School and the academic program, together with the student, may elect to enforce requirements that are in the best interest of the student. Please refer to the document or contact Academic Services with any questions regarding Graduate School procedures and policies. Academic Policies and Procedures reflects current policies of the Graduate School, the Office of the Registrar, the Office of the Bursar, the Office of International Students Services (ISS), and other university units.

The Graduate School Office of Academic Services is the Academic Dean’s Office for all graduate students. All student forms requiring the dean’s signature should be submitted to this office (for example, course change form, audit form, credit overload request form). This office also monitors satisfactory progress toward degree completion.

The topics in Academic Policies and Procedures are listed alphabetically or by corresponding categories. Entries are cross-referenced. Also included are tables (see the Appendices) to illustrate payroll benefits and other important information.

This publication addresses only academic issues. Graduate Student Life, produced by the Graduate School’s Office of Professional Development and Communications, offers advice about the university and community from a students’ perspective, particularly for new graduate students.

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    The University of Wisconsin–Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background—people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

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