Jul 12, 2024  
2014-2015 APU Catalog 
2014-2015 APU Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Registration and Course Delivery

Registration Policies

Registration and Enrollment

Registration dates are on the Academic Calendar  in the Catalog and in the University Calendar online. Students are officially registered if registering through the Web Portal or the Registrar’s Office.

Adding Courses

Students may add courses through the late registration period, as noted on the academic calendar through one of the following methods:

  • Student Portal
  • Registrar’s Office, by:
    • Completing the ADD section of the Change of Class Schedule form
    • E-mailing the Registrar’s Office via your APU e-mail account

After the late registration period, students may add a course with the approval of the instructor and their advisor.


With permission of the instructor, certain courses may be audited for non-credit. Auditing status provides the privilege of class attendance only and does not include taking examinations or submitting papers. Information about auditing courses is available in the Registrar’s Office. If a course is filled with credit students, no audits will be allowed. Refer to the Tuition and Fees section for audit costs. Audits must be requested within the first 7 days of the term. Audits cannot be changed to credit, but credits can be changed to an audit within the first 7 days of the term.

Complete Withdrawal Policy

This policy applies when a student stops attending all courses at the university. If a student is withdrawing from one or more courses, but is still enrolled in other courses at the university, this is considered under the Course Add/Drop Policy.

Students must complete the COMPLETE WITHDRAWAL form available at the Registrar’s office or online through My APU. If the student is enrolled in a degree program, the Dean of Student’s signature is required. If the student has received federal or state financial assistance the Student Financial Services Office signature is required. The completed form must be promptly returned to the Registrar’s Office for processing.

The date of withdrawal will be the date the student completes the withdrawal form or the date the student officially notified the Registrar’s Office (this notification may take place via APU e-mail, letter, or in person).

Course Add/Drop/Withdraw Policy

This policy applies when a student is adding, dropping, or changing course sections. If a student is withdrawing from all courses at the University please refer to the Complete Withdrawal Policy.

Dropping Courses

Students must complete the DROP section of the Change of Class Schedule (available at the Registrar’s Office) and promptly return it to the Registrar’s Office for processing or request to drop via your APU e-mail addressed to the Registrar’s Office. Please copy your advisor and instructor with the request. Classes dropped after the late registration period of a class appear on the student’s academic record with a withdrawal grade. The only exception to the policy is when the University cancels a course. Under those circumstances the Registrar’s Office will process a withdrawal for the affected classes.

The date the course will be dropped is the date the form is received by the Registrar’s Office staff.

Students who wish to withdraw from a course and receive a “W” grade must drop the course prior to completion of 80% of the term (see Academic Calendar  for specific dates). The “W” grade may not be granted after that date unless the student files a Request for Special Consideration and the “W” grade is approved.

Faculty-Initiated Drop/Withdrawal

An instructor must administratively drop a student, who has failed to attend class (no grade given), or administratively withdraw a student, who ceased class attendance without completing the formal withdrawal procedure (see “WU” grade). Date of last attendance must be noted. A student may not be dropped by the instructor later than the Last Day to Withdraw with “W” Grade as noted on the Academic Calendar 

Non-Standard Term

Alaska Pacific University occasionally offers courses (PsyD, MBA, and Corporate Education) that do not fit into the traditional academic calendar options that have been approved by the university. Such courses are considered to be offered on a non-standard term and may be subject to different payment calculations by third party government agencies based on meeting times. It is the student’s responsibility to determine if these courses will affect funding and other benefits, including VA benefits and financial aid.

Maximum Credits per Term - Undergraduate 



Require Academic Dean’s Approval














Maximum Credits per Term - Graduate



Require Academic Dean’s Approval














eLearning Courses for Undergraduates

Select undergraduate courses are available online each semester. Please check the schedule of offerings for “APU Online” to find information pertaining to when the classes meet for weekly Blackboard Collaborate sessions. The courses are available to all undergraduates, but are primarily delivered to serve the needs of students in the Professional Studies.

Undergraduate eLearning Course Expectations:

  1. Online or face-to-face training:  All students wanting to enroll in an eLearning course for the first time are required to attend either a face-to-face training during the campus orientation or review an online training the week prior to the beginning of the semester. During this time students are introduced to APU’s technology and eLearning course management systems.
  2. Weekly eLearning “Live Chats”: Each eLearning course meets at least once a week via Blackboard Collaborate, usually in the evenings; some courses meet twice a week. Collaborate sessions are required, just like meetings for any other course.
  3. Assignments Completed Independently: Students can expect to achieve the same learning outcomes as for a campus-based course. But, eLearning students must be prepared to do more work as independent learners than they might do for a campus-based class.

To Register and Prepare for an eLearning Course:

  • As with all coursework, you must have your advisor’s approval.
  • Prior to the start of the semester in which you take your first eLearning course, you must attend either a face-to-face training or an online training session that will help you become familiar with the technology systems that will be used in online courses: APU Learn and Blackboard Collaborate, My APU (student web portal), and APU email.
  • You must have access to a computer, preferably one that is at your home and no more than 2 years old.
  • You must have reliable Internet access, preferably the equivalent of “broadband.”
  • You will also need audio capabilities, speakers, and microphone. A headset with a microphone is preferred. A webcam is optional.