Faculty Resources

Academic Calendar, Policies and Schedules

WVPU's academic policies, calendar and course schedules are based on both the American and Austrian educational systems. For links to those policies and dates, please see:

Faculty Guidance

WVPU believes that academic freedom and professional integrity are essential to the success of the university and its students. In order to foster greater understanding of academic policies and principles, faculty are asked to consult the Faculty Guidance webpage regarding the following topics:

  • Study and Examination Guidelines
  • Student Attendance
  • Student Assistance and Disability Accommodation
  • Student Course Registration: Add/Drop, Withdrawal, Course Requirement Waiver
  • Mid-Term Progress Reports
  • Special Studies (e.g. directed studies, independent studies, internships)
  • Classroom Safety
  • Email Communication
  • Academic Honesty
  • Rescheduling Class Sessions / Public Holiday Policy
  • Student Course Evaluations
  • Grade Entry
  • Scheduling and Rescheduling Examinations
  • Examination Proctoring

As a matter of principle, all academic issues, disputes and inquiries are to be addressed and resolved at the point of origin where possible, i.e. between individual student and faculty member. Where questions or concerns remain, the respective department head is responsible for addressing unresolved issues. Please note that this guide is based on the university's Academic Policies.

Course Development

Connections Portal 2.0 is a web portal through which faculty, staff, and students can apply various tools and access important information. Your Connections ID will give you access to these and other online services. The Academic Services Office will provide you with a username and activation code to access Connections. Once you have set up your online account, you will be able to do the following: 

  • Access your WVPU email. Please note that we will use ONLY your Webster email address to communicate with you. Please give only your Webster email address to your students. Make sure to check that mailbox regularly or set up your Webster address for forwarding to your more frequently used address;
  • Enter your grades;
  • Look at your class list;
  • Access Turnitin;
  • Access World Classroom.

WorldClassRoom is an online courseware program that can help enhance learning in traditional classes. WorldClassRoom allows every course to have a home page where students can utilize tools of the teacher’s choosing. For example, teachers may include online discussions to encourage contributions from students that don’t share their perspectives in class; or post a collection of articles that need to be read prior to class, or a quiz that will provide immediate feedback and grading.

For additional information on how to navigate through Connections and enhance your course using the Canvas powered WorldClassRoom please visit the following useful links: