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Eagle Family Connection

March 2018

Hello Parents and Family Members! 

It is beginning to look a lot like spring here at Winthrop. As the weather gradually gets warmer, our students will be experiencing some changes on campus as well.

In this edition of the Eagle Family Connection, the Office of Records and Registration has highlighted the course withdrawal process. We hope that this information will help you support and encourage your student as they begin thinking about their fall classes. With spring break right around the corner, Residence Life discusses important safety tips and provides information about residence hall closings. Finally, Winthrop strives to provide meaningful opportunities for students to become engaged with their community. We have highlighted Winthrop's Relay for Life event in this edition to showcase a way for both you and your student(s) to get involved and positively impact others' lives.

As always, the Office of New Student and Family Programs is here to keep you connected and informed. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.

The Office of New Student and Family Programs
248 DiGiorgio Campus Center
803/323-2387
familyprograms@winthrop.edu
www.winthrop.edu/familyprograms


Withdrawing from Classes

Students are expected to follow the courses of study selected at the beginning of the semester or summer term.  There may be instances, however, when the student wishes to withdraw from a course. The decision to withdraw from a course is the student’s alone, but consultation with the adviser or Student Services Office and with the instructor is encouraged.

Wednesday, March 7 is the last day to withdraw from a full-semester spring course.  Students may withdraw online.  However, if the student has a registration hold for any reason, they must complete a course withdrawal form and return it to the Office of Records and Registration, 126 Tillman, by 5 p.m., March 7. 

If the withdrawal is completed during the first 60% of the instructional days of a particular course, the grade of N is assigned, indicating that no credit is awarded. An N does not affect the GPA. Withdrawal from a course may not occur after this time unless there are documented extenuating circumstances. Extenuating circumstances include extended illness or death in the family. The online catalog offers more details.

Students cannot withdraw from all courses online.  Students who find it necessary to discontinue their college work during the fall or spring semester must officially withdraw from the University. The withdrawal process begins in the Office of Records and Registration, 126 Tillman Hall.

Students should note that classes that meet only part of the semester have different withdrawal deadlines and should consult the registration calendar for these dates.

Also, if the student is enrolled in a class for which he or she has previous Winthrop credit, they may only get credit for the class once.  Exceptions to this include some music and special topics courses.  For federal financial aid purposes, students are only allowed one re-take of a previously passed course.  Students should contact the Financial Aid office (803/323-2189) to determine if the course they are retaking will affect their financial aid eligibility.

For any questions regarding course withdrawals, please contact the Office of Records and Registration at 803/323-2194 or recandreg@winthrop.edu.


Residence Halls Closed
for Spring Break

As with every extended break, residence halls will close for Spring Break at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 9 and will reopen at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 18. Students will not be allowed to enter their residence hall room after the 6 p.m. closing. The last meal on Friday, March 9, will be dinner from 4 to 6 p.m.

Residence hall staff will check every room for general health and safety as students depart. These inspections are plain view searches. Staff will be checking for prohibited items including fire hazards (extension cords, candles, etc.) and will also check the general cleanliness of the room and suite bathrooms. Residence hall contracts state that health and safety inspections periodically occur.

Special arrangements for students to stay during the break can be made for those students who are student teachers, participating in an internship, athletes whose names have been submitted by the Athletic Department and complete the online process, students with Rock Hill area jobs, and students that live more than 300 miles from the Winthrop campus.

A Break Stay form, which is available online with instructions, must be submitted via Wingspan and the Eaglesnest Housing link for review and approval. Students who are staying for Spring Break must make their own arrangements to stay in Lee Wicker, Phelps, Richardson, Roddey or The Courtyard, if not currently assigned.  All other halls will be closed. 

All approved students will be able to print a permission form that they must keep throughout the break and show each time they enter the hall. Students are not allowed to have room guests during the break. Students are able to call their Residential Learning Coordinator (RLC) or Residence Life at 803/323-2223 with further questions.


Relay for Life at Winthrop

Relay for Life is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Relay is staffed and coordinated by volunteers in thousands of communities and 27 countries. Volunteers give of their time and effort because they believe it's time to take action against cancer.  Join us at these events to bring communities together to remember loved ones lost, to honor survivors of all cancers, and to raise money to help the American Cancer Society make a global impact on cancer.

Relay is a team fundraising event where team members take turns walking around a track or designated path. Our event is March 23, 2018, 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Each team is asked to have a member on the track at all times to signify that cancer never sleeps. Cancer patients don't stop because they're tired, and for one night, neither do we.

Each team sets up a themed table at the event and continues their fundraising efforts by collecting donations for food, goods, games, and activities. This money will count towards their overall team fundraising goal. Our theme this year is superheroes!

Friends and family can help us by accessing our Relay for Life website online, where you can register and/or donate to our cause.

We are passionate about Relay for Life and our ability to help spread awareness and raise funds for those in need. Please contact relayforlife@winthrop.edu with any questions.


Parent Portal

The Parent Portal allows Winthrop students the ability to grant access to their information to parents, guardians, or another third party. Depending upon the level of access granted by the student, authorized users may view addresses, grades, unofficial transcripts, class schedules, financial aid, and emergency contacts.

Only students can grant access or remove access at any time. This does NOT take the place of your signed Permission to Release Records form. That form is still needed to allow parents/guardians to talk with instructors or to obtain copies of academic records.

More information and instructions on how to set up a proxy are available online. There is also a quick-link to this page through the Office of Records and Registration website.


Winthrop Inn

For your lodging needs please contact the Inn at Winthrop located in the heart of campus in Joynes Hall.

The Inn at Winthrop features 12 elegantly-appointed suites and is certified by the South Carolina Green Hospitality Alliance as a Two Palmetto facility for green practices that protect and preserve the environment.

Contact Amanda James (jamesa@winthrop.edu) for more information. 


Important Dates

Course Withdrawal deadline - March 7 

Spring Break - March 12 - 16

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