Helpful Policy Reminders


Individuals enrolled in an online course are Western Seminary students and are expected to comply with policies and standards as outlined in the seminary catalog.

In specific instances, the practices of distance education require that online campus policies be adapted to meet the specialized needs and circumstances of our students. To help you get started right in your distance learning course this summer, what follows is a brief summary of several of the most-frequently-asked policy areas.

Course Duration

Students across the seminary system now have either 8 or 16 weeks, depending upon your session, to complete an online course. With your course materials we have included the specific start and end dates for your current course.

Course Refunds

Summer 2018 Refund Drop Schedule

SESS 100% 90%
80% 70% 60% 50% Ends
A 4/28 - 5/6 5/7 - 5/13 5/14 - 5/20 5/21 - 5/27 5/28-6/3 6/4 - 6/10 8/6
B 4/28 - 5/3 5/4 - 5/6 5/7 - 5/10 5/11 - 5/13 5/14 - 5/17 5/18 - 5/20 6/18
C 6/16 - 6/21 6/22 - 6/24 6/25 - 6/28 6/29 -7/1 7/2 - 7/5 7/6 - 7/8 8/6

Note: The dates above are representative and may be changed; please contact the Business Office of the Seminary for exact dates.

After the refund period, students can withdraw from the course.  If approved, the student will receive a “W” on their transcript and no refund will be issued.

Course Extensions

While the possibility exists of an extension as long as three weeks beyond the end of the semester, in most cases faculty grant an extension of one to three weeks, depending on the severity of the situation faced by the student. All course assignments not completed by the extended deadline will be given a failing grade. Under no circumstances may this period be extended except by academic petition and approval of the Administrative Committee. Please note that continuing progress in the online course must be demonstrated before a request for an extension will be considered.

Financial Aid

Distance education students may be eligible for financial aid if they meet specific requirements. Please contact the Financial Aid office for more information.