Academic Policies

University policies are provided in the current undergraduate and graduate course catalogs by which all classes are governed.

The following policies are of particular interest:

Academic Honesty: The university is committed to high standards of academic honesty. Students will be held responsible for violations of these standards. Please refer to the university’s academic honesty policies for a definition of academic dishonesty and potential disciplinary actions associated with it.

Plagiarism: Using the works (i.e. words, images, other materials) of another person as one's own words without proper citation in any academic assignment. This includes submission (in whole or in part) of any work purchased or downloaded from a website or an internet paper clearing house.

Drops and Withdrawals: Please be aware that, should you choose to drop or withdraw from any course, the date on which you notify the university of your decision will determine the amount of tuition refund you receive. Please refer to the university policies on drops and withdrawals to find out what the deadlines are for dropping a course with a full refund and for withdrawing from a course with a partial refund.

Special Services: If you have registered as a student with a documented disability and are entitled to classroom or testing accommodations, please inform the instructor at the beginning of the course of the accommodations you will require in this class so that these can be provided.

Disturbances: Since every student is entitled to full participation in class without interruption, disruption of class by inconsiderate behavior is not acceptable. Students are expected to treat the instructor and other students with dignity and respect, especially in cases where a diversity of opinion arises. Students who engage in disruptive behavior are subject to disciplinary action, including removal from the course.

Student Papers Retained: Student assignments and/or projects will be retained by the University for the purpose of academic assessment.

Contact Hours: It is essential that all classes meet for the full instructional time as scheduled: 32 contact hours for undergraduate courses and 36 contact hours for graduate level courses. A class cannot be shortened in length. If a class session is cancelled for any reason, it will be rescheduled.

Study Load: Study load per course: 8-week classes - students are expected to spend approximately 17 hours per week (21 hours including class time). 16-week classes – students are expected to spend approximately 8,5 hours per week (10,5 hours including class time).

Grade Appeals: Normally, grade disputes should be resolved between the student and the instructor. Students may discuss any grade with the instructor. A student who believes he/she has received a grade of NC, C or F that is arbitrary or assigned for nonacademic reasons may discuss the grade with the appropriate department head. If the grade dispute is not resolved within three months, the student may appeal the grade to the department head to review the procedures the instructor used in determining the grade. Grade appeals should be addressed in a timely manner, and will not be considered after one academic year.