The ownership of student works submitted in fulfillment of academic requirements shall be with the creator(s) with the following exception: upon request of the creators, the University shall determine ownership of works created from research or development activities that are collaborative efforts involving students, faculty or staff, or spanning several semesters. The student by enrolling in the University gives the University a nonexclusive royalty-free license to mark on, modify, retain the work as may be required by the process of instruction, or otherwise handle the work as set out in the University's Intellectual Property Policy or in the course syllabus. The University shall not have the right to use the work in any other manner without the written consent of the creator(s). Where the creation is part of any ongoing research or development project, the involved faculty or staff shall have the right to use and to modify the creation for use within that project and related research projects without additional consent of the creator(s).
Wording to Be Used on English Department Course Syllabi:
Since one of the aims of this course is to teach students to write for specific audiences, ungraded student-authored work may be shared with other class members during the semester in which you are enrolled in the class. Please do not submit materials on sensitive subjects that you would not want your classmates to see or read, unless you inform the instructor in advance that you do not want your work shared with others.
Other uses of student-authored work are subject to the University's Policy on Intellectual Property and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. If your instructor desires to use your work outside of this class (e.g. as a sample for another class or future classes), you will be asked to fill out and sign a written form authorizing such use.
1. When an instructor determines that a student has violated academic integrity, the instructor may charge the student with academic misconduct. The instructor must complete the Charge of Misconduct form (which is provided by the college and can be obtained from the Associate Director of FSE or the Director of FSE) within 10 calendar days of the discovery of the misconduct.
2. The first step in charging the student with misconduct before giving the form to the student is to see either the Associate Director or Director of First- and Second-year English (for GTAs and Lecturers) or the Associate Chair or Chair (full-time faculty) to consult about an appropriate penalty and recieve a copy of the form. Instructors should include copies of the evidence of misconduct to be forwarded to the College with the forms in case the student has a hearing later for another case of misconduct. The instructor signs and dates the form.
(The recommended sanctions for this charge must be decided on the charges' merits. Then, the Department will check to see if the student has committed academic misconduct before and recommend a more severe charge as a second step.)
3. The Chair adjusts the charge if the student has committed misconduct before and then signs the form. The signature of the Chair indicates awareness of the charging instructor's charge, not necessarily agreement with the charging instructor's recommendations. If the Chair is the charging instructor, the Associate Chair signs on behalf of the Department.
4. When the form is signed by the Chair and the instructor, the instructor should give the form and the statement of the Academic Misconduct policy to the student or inform him/her by e-mail that he/she needs to come in and sign it. Note that the student has 10 days to decide whether or not to sign the form, so if the student wants to take the form home and think about it, he or she may do so. In this case, the instructor should give a copy of the form to the Associate Directory of FSE. If the student does not respond to the instructor's attempts to contact him or her or is not available (i. e. the offense is discovered after the last class meeting or final exam), the Department will send the form to the student by Certified Mail. The student has 10 days to return the form; if the form is not returned, the student is presumed to accept guilt.
5. If the proposed sanction is Censure, Reduction of Grade for the Assignment, or Reduction of Grade for the course, and the student denies the charge, the FSE Director (if the instructor is a GTA or Lecturer) or the Associate Chair (if the instructor is a member of Senior Staff) will meet with the student to mediate. This mediation consists of talking to both the student and instructor separately to decide whether they want to continue the process. The student must be informed that he or she may continue the process and request a departmental hearing. The instructor is also able to request that the hearing be held.
6. If a hearing is held at the departmental level, the hearing panel will consist of a three person faculty committee including the Associate Chair or FSE Director (whichever one has not tried to mediate the case). If the instructor is a part-time faculty member, the other members will be the Associate Director of FSE and a member of the GTAL Committee. If the instructor is a member of Senior Staff, the other members will be the Chair and a member of the Advisory Committee on the Senior Staff. Present at the hearing will be the faculty panel, the instructor, and the student. All hearings must be audio recorded.
7. For more severe sanctions (including Transcript Citation of Academic Misconduct, Suspension from the University or Expulsion), a hearing will be held at the college level whether the student accepts or denies the charges.
8. If a charge of academic misconduct is pending during an end of semester grade submission deadline, the instructor should temporarily assign a grade of "WG" to the student.
101 or 102.
10 point scale by which priority for summer teaching is determined. Assignments for 300-level courses are determined by qualifications of instructor and number of points. First-year teachers are qualified to teach 101 and 102.
To fulfill the terms of their contracts, part-time lecturers and GTAs must gain approval from the Director for any anticipated absence involving their missing one or more class meetings. If you anticipate an absence, please contact the Director or Associate Director and fill out an Absence Report Form and submit it to Lori Whitten. Teachers should try to arrange for substitutes to cover classes when they are gone instead of canceling class. Unanticipated absences such as those occasioned by a sudden illness or a family emergency, insofar as is reasonably possible, should be handled by asking a colleague to cover a class. Only as a last resort should the English department staff be asked to dismiss a class. If you inadvertently miss a class, you should contact Lori Whitten at the very first opportunity so that your students can be notified. If you post on Blackboard canceling a class, you must also notify the Director that the class has been canceled.
Disability Resources. If you receive a letter from Disability Resources you should discuss the proposed accommodations with the student privately, and you may confer with the Director or Associate Director of FSE if you have questions. If a teacher suspects, based on a review of a students' work, that a student has a learning disability, the teacher should contact The Director or Associate Director for support.
The withdrawal period is divided into three instructional-day time segments (dates for each semester's periods are available on the Academic Calendar):
Period 1: First 15 instructional days of the semester (3 weeks)
Period 2: 16th instructional day through 60th instructional day (weeks 4-10)
Period 3: 61st instructional day through last day of classes
During Period 1, a student may withdraw from a course by notifying the dean to cancel enrollment. The course will not appear on the student's record.
During Period 2, a student seeing to withdraw from a course must first obtain a drop form signed by the instructor (or agent) and then notify the dean. The instructor must mark the course either "WP" (if the student's current performance is equivalent to a letter grade of A, B, C or D) or "WF" (if current performance is equivalent to a letter grade of F). The grade (WP or WF) will appear on the student's academic record but will not be included in computing the grade point average.
During Period 3, a student cannot withdraw from a course. The course grade will be determined by the student's overall academic performance.
After a student completes a course and a letter grade has been assigned, including an "Incomplete" where appropriate, retroactive withdrawal from the class is not allowed.