Volume 92, Issue 25

Tuesday, October 20, 1998

coughing up debt


Senate approves partial request

By Sabrina Carinci
Gazette Staff

Effective Jan. 1, 1999, some Western students will be able to request partial transcripts from the university.

In a Senate meeting Friday, the proposal brought forward by the Senate Committee on Academic Policy and Admissions to offer students partial transcripts was approved with overwhelming support.

"We are quite happy with the results," said Nick Iozzo, VP-education for the University Students' Council and ex-officio member of SCAPA.

The proposal was withdrawn from the Sept. 18 Senate meeting because of a discrepancy in its wording, which was argued made it confusing as to which courses could be omitted from a partial transcript.

"We had to look at what professional programs could be offered on a separate transcript," Iozzo said.

According to Iozzo, courses which have had no bearing upon a student's degree will be omitted upon request. Students in education, dentistry, medicine and law will have the opportunity to omit some courses in English, for example, because such courses will not have an effect on the degree.

According to Iozzo, the registrar's office noted only these degrees as applicable to partial transcripts.

"Students will also be able to ask for separate transcripts for their undergraduate and graduate degrees," Iozzo said.

Greg Moran, VP-academic at Western, felt the proposal was a reasonable request and said he believes it is appropriate as long as the transcripts are clearly noted as partial. "We don't want to mislead, yet we don't want to disadvantage."

Lisa Matias, a third-year psychology student at Western, said a partial transcript may be viewed as both good and bad. "It's kind of double-sided. You want to know that someone is well-rounded."

"I think it's a great idea," said Daniel Meirovitz, a second-year computer science student at Western. "No one wants to see a four-page transcript."

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