First Year Engagement Program

Student Success Agreement

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We hope you are excited to begin your new journey at UIW. Our faculty and staff are committed to partnering with you to achieve the educational goals you have set for yourself. UIW students are expected to take a responsible role in attaining academic success. Before beginning your first semester at UIW, it is important to understand the expectations we have of our students:

Satisfactory Academic Progress --You must maintain a cumulative 2.0 GPA minimum requirement at the end of each academic year for all credit hours attempted at UIW and complete 75% of coursework attempted.  If your cumulative GPA drops below the minimum requirement, you will no longer be eligible for financial aid. To help ensure your academic success, the First Year Engagement Office expects you to comply with the following support measures throughout your first semester at UIW:

  • Maintain 95% attendance in all my classes
  • Visit your professors during office hours
  • Purchase your textbooks before or during the first week of class
  • Check your university e-mail daily for notes from my faculty
  • Check Blackboard site daily for class assignments and notes
  • Review course outlines and ask your professors if you do not understand any of the course requirements.
  • Be aware of your grade status in all your classes
  • Make tutoring appointments at the Learning Assistance Center (206 Adm. Bldg.) or the Math Tutoring Center (222 Bonilla Science Hall)
  • Attend PASS-UIW sessions when they are offered in any of the courses in which I am enrolled.
  • Notify your instructors in advance, via e-mail, if  you have an emergency and must miss class
  • Notify your instructors, at the beginning of the semester, if  you are involved in co-curricular activities that will require you to miss classes
  • Notify your instructors as soon as you are aware that you will miss a test or quiz. Make arrangements to with your instructor for a make-up exam.  
  • Utilize a planner to organize your assignments and study time
  • Meet with your faculty advisor at least twice during the semester
  • Review your degree progress utilizing the on-line services through UIW bannerweb.  (Note: to access bannerweb:  Follow log-in instructions at

Cardinal Email Address – After confirming to attendance at UIW, you were assigned a Cardinal email address.  All university communications, including notices from First-Year Engagement, Registrar, Financial Aid, Business Office, etc. will be directed to your Cardinal email account. We strongly encourage that you check your Cardinal email frequently.  Failure to do so could result in missing important deadlines and announcements.

Campus Housing – Every effort is made to provide housing for first year students, particularly those living outside of San Antonio and surrounding cities. Please know that a room on campus is not guaranteed for you throughout your enrollment at UIW. After your first year on campus, your housing will be determined by a lottery system open to all returning upperclassmen. In the lottery, priority will be given to resident upperclassmen who wish to return to housing the next academic year. It is important that you carefully read information regarding deadlines sent through your Cardinal email. Finally, if you plan to live on campus this year, your housing fee and application must be submitted by May 1st. After this date housing assignments will be based on availability.

Business Office and Financial Aid -- Students are responsible for enrollment and financial obligations to the university, regardless of payment methods, attendance or performance in class. Your enrollment (as indicated by your registration) indicates your intent to receive credit and acceptance of all university charges for the semester and/or term. Once registered, it is your responsibility to drop classes or withdraw if you plan not to attend – refer to the academic calendar for deadline dates to receive 100% refund. Full payment or payment arrangements must be made by the first day of class. Payment plans are available for all students and includes a $50 fee per semester; payment arrangement are made online through MyWord (E payment center). Visit the Business Office if you require assistance with the online payment plans.

Per University policy, all full-time Domestic and International students are charged an insurance fee to their student accounts. Only full-time domestic students may waive their insurance by visiting and completing the online waiver at  Waivers must be submitted between July 1, 2014 and August 31, 2014.  Failure to submit your waiver in a timely manner will result in the charge staying on the student account. 

Parking at UIW is limited; however, if you plan to park on campus you must purchase a permit.  Please log onto the secure BannerWeb site to register your vehicle via Cardinal Cars.  A temporary permit will be available to print after your vehicle is registered. Parking permits will be available to be picked up in the business office beginning August 1, 2014. It is your responsibility to register your vehicle and pick-up your permit as parking violations will be issued on the first day of classes. Refer to the 2014/2015 Parking Regulations ( for instructions on affixing your parking deal on your vehicle, locations of where your respective permit allows you to par k and information on parking violations and the appeal process; the Business Office will not be responsible for any violations assessed.   

We hope you carefully review these policies and expectations. Again, they are in place to help guide your time at UIW and advance you to graduation.