Helpful Tips: First Week of Classes

Start dates vary, so confirm now when your course begins. Dates are listed with each course in the Schedules of Classes and in the Manage Classes tile in myWSU.

Global Campus courses have been developed for asynchronous delivery, meaning there are no set meeting times. Assignments and exams will have deadlines that will be communicated in the course syllabus or by your instructor.

Online courses are in Canvas. Navigate to and login with your WSU NID and password. If Canvas is new to you, helpful information can be found on the TechReady website.

Courses will start appearing in Canvas before the class official start date but not all classes allow early access.

If you don’t see a class after noon of your class’s start date, please confirm your enrollment in the course in my.WSU and confirm the class start date.

If your enrollment and start date check out, but the course does not appear in Canvas, then email the Crimson Service Desk at and let them know.

Tuition due dates are based on course start dates. Visit Tuition Due Dates for dates and to learn when late fees are charged. To view and pay your tuition charges, select Financial Account in myWSU. You can find information on the various payment options available at How to Pay Tuition & Fees. Information about payment plans can be found on the Bursar’s website.

Drop and withdrawal dates are based on the length and start date of the course. Go to Drop & Withdraw Deadlines for quick access to deadlines by class length. Please note there may be financial ramifications to your decision to drop course(s). It is important to discuss your desire to drop courses with a financial aid office staff member and with your academic advisor.


Per Academic Regulation 72, if you do not attend class during the first few days of the session, the department has the option to remove you from the course for non-attendance.

You can drop, add, or withdraw from a course from the Manage Classes tile in myWSU.

To withdraw from all courses after the session begins (thereby withdrawing from the entire term), go to the WSU Registrar Term Withdrawal page.

If you need disability-related accommodations, please contact the WSU Access Center as soon as possible to discuss the accommodations that you may need.

Required textbooks and materials can be purchased online from The Bookie. Rental options may be available. If you choose to purchase textbooks elsewhere, be sure to use the ISBN associated with the textbook at The Bookie to get the correct edition.

You may notice that your course does not require you to purchase a book. These courses may contain media or Open Educational Resources (OER), which may have fees that are charged to your student account and due with tuition.

If you haven’t yet done so, set up your Outlook Live WSU email account at and check it often.


In addition to your email account, take advantage of the FREE Office365 a la carte products, such as Microsoft Word and Excel, available to you.

Online tutoring is available from eTutoring: Sign in using your WSU network ID for the username and “wsuddp” for the password.

Global Campus courses may require exam proctoring. Instructors are required to post this information by the end of the first week of the semester. To find out if a course requires proctoring, visit the course “More Information” page, available in myWSU. In the Class Details/Notes section for the course, the web address for the page will be listed. Copy the web address and paste it in your browser.

If your course requires proctoring, visit the Global Campus Proctoring Service website for information on requirements.

Students taking courses through Global Campus need regular access to a desktop or laptop computer with stable Internet access. Because your computer is your connection to your courses—essentially the way you “go to class”—you also need to have a backup plan should your primary computer become unavailable. Check the Equipment Requirements to learn about the minimum computer requirements and additional equipment that you will need.

To be successful in your online course you should log in to your course regularly each week. Good time management skills are essential. Visit the Global Campus TechReady site for helpful resources, and be sure to review the information on Skills for Success.