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University Policies and Campus Practice

The following information applies to all of Dr. Earley's classes and is to be considered part of the syllabi for all of his courses.  Note that some of this material is specific to the Stark campus.

 

Academic Honesty

Use of the intellectual property of others without attributing it to them is considered a serious academic offense.  Cheating or plagiarism will result in a failing grade for the work or for the entire course.  Repeat offenses result in dismissal from the University. University guidelines require that all infractions be reported to the Student Conduct Officer on our campus.

University policy 3-01.8 deals with the problem of academic dishonesty, cheating, and plagiarism.  None of these will be tolerated in this class.  The sanctions provided in this policy will be used to deal with any violations.  If you have any questions, please read the policy at www.kent.edu/policyreg/administrative-policy-regarding-student-cheating-and-plagiarism and/or ask.

 

Course Enrollment

University policy requires all students to be officially registered in each class they are attending. Students who are not officially registered for a course by published deadlines should not be attending classes and will not receive credit or a grade for the course. Each student must confirm enrollment by checking his/her class schedule (using Student Tools in FlashFast) prior to the deadline indicated. Registration errors must be corrected prior to the deadline.To determine the last dates to drop or withdraw from the course, follow the steps below:

  1. Visit http://www.kent.edu/registrar
  2. Click on the "Schedule of Classes Search" button
  3. Search by Term
  4. Select "Detailed Class Search" option
  5. Find your course
  6. Click on the "Registration Deadline" link to view drop and withdrawal dates

 

Course Withdrawal

Withdrawal from any or all courses is permitted through the 10th week of the semester (or the prorated deadline for flexibly scheduled sections). After that time, students are considered to be committed to all remaining courses and must complete them. If students are unable to complete the semester because of extreme circumstances that first occur after the deadline, students should consult their college or campus dean's office. Any course withdrawal(s) processed after the second week of the full semester will appear on the students' academic record with a grade of "W". A "hold" on record will prevent a student  from processing course withdrawal(s) until all holds are cleared.

Every class has its own schedule of deadlines and considerations. To view the add/drop schedule and other important dates for any of your classes, login to Flashline and go to Student -> Resources -> Courses and Registration. Choose View or Print Course Schedule and Purchase Textbooks.  To see the deadlines for this course, click on the CRN. The add/drop schedule and important dates may also be found on the Drop or Add a Course link. Click on the green clock next to the course under Registration Deadlines.

While no approval is required to withdraw from a course during the withdrawal period, course withdrawal may impact degree progress, financial aid, and student status. Therefore, students are highly encouraged to consult with their advisor prior to processing a course withdrawal. Stark campus students can consult with a staff member in the Student Services Office, 134 Main Hall.

 

Incomplete Grades

The administrative mark of IN (Incomplete) may be given to students who are unable to complete the work due to extenuating circumstances. To be eligible, undergraduate students must be currently passing and have completed at least 12 weeks of the semester. Graduate students must be currently earning a C or better grade and are unable to complete the required work between the course withdrawal deadline and the end of classes. The time line shall be adjusted appropriate for summer sessions and flexibly scheduled courses.

Appropriate documentation is generally required to support the extenuating circumstance. The student must initiate the request for the Incomplete mark from the instructor, and it is the responsibility of the student to arrange to make up the incomplete work. Incomplete grades must be made up within one semester (not including summer sessions) for undergraduate students and one calendar year for graduate students. Unless the course is completed or an extension is granted, incomplete grades will automatically lapse to the grade designated on the Incomplete Mark Form at the end of one semester for undergraduate students and at the end of one year for graduate students.

 

Students with Disabilities

University policy 3-01.3 requires that students with disabilities be provided reasonable accommodations to ensure their equal access to course content. If you have a documented disability and require accommodations, please contact the instructor at the beginning of the semester to make arrangements for necessary classroom adjustments. Please note, you must first verify your eligibility for these through Student Accessibility Services (contact 330-244-5047 or visit www.kent.edu/stark/student-accessibility-services for more information on registration procedures).

 

Student Email Accounts

A university-assigned student e-mail account shall be an official university means of communication with all students at Kent State University. Students are responsible for all information sent to them via their university-assigned e-mail account. If a student chooses to forward information in their university e-mail account, he or she is responsible for all information, including attachments, sent to any other e-mail account. To stay current with university information, students are expected to check their official university e-mail account and other electronic communications on a frequent and consistent basis. Recognizing that some communications may be time-critical, the university recommends that electronic communications be checked minimally twice a week.

 

Computers and Internet Usage

For online courses, it is essential that you are able to access all of the online materials.

Students will also need to use the official University websites (Flashline and Blackboard Learn). For help logging into Flashline, please contact the Kent helpdesk (672-help) or helpdesk@kent.edu. For help logging into the Stark Campus network, contact 244-3490 or helpdesk-stark@kent.edu.

 

Final Grades and Web for Students

Final grades for students are NOT mailed to students at the end of  every semester. The ONLY way for students to find their grades is to look online through Flashline. Throughout the semester, I will post grades on Blackboard Learn.  I will not give any grades out over the phone, by e-mail, etc.

 

Student Survey of Instruction Evaluation (SSI)

It is a standard practice of Kent State University to distribute and administer to the learners a confidential and anonymous questionnaire at the completion of the course. The results will be forwarded to the Instructor only at the completion of the class and the submission of all grades. The Instructor will then incorporate the feedback received in future course offerings and in his continual improvement of the course. Please candidly and honestly describe your opinions of the strengths and weakness you experienced as a learner in the course.

 

Security

Students who attend classes on the Stark campus are encouraged to include the Stark security number (330-244-3333) in their cell phone lists.  When on campus, you can also use the 53333 campus extension number or, of course, 911.

 

Prerequisites

University policy states that students who do not have the proper prerequisites for a course risk being deregistered from this class.

 

Classes Canceled – Campus Closings

Announcements of class cancellations and/or campus closings will be made on the campus home page.  In the case of an emergency, weather-related or otherwise, please check the web page at stark.kent.edu for information on the buildings and times of the closing. While information may be broadcast by radio and television, this should be confirmed by the web page, which is the official announcement of the campus and which will be the information used to determine issues related to student attendance, rescheduling of tests, and other concerns.

For online classes, class cancellations will generally NOT affect due dates for assignments.  The only anticipated general expections to this would be widespread power outages.

 

Tutoring

Free, walk-in math turoring is available 8am-7pm Monday through Thursday and 8am-3pm Friday in the Academic Success Center in the lower level of the Campus Center of the Stark campus. Subject-area tutoring is available by appointment for a variety of disciplines and can be arranged by completing a form online located at http://www.kent.edu/stark/tutoring-services.  Online tutoring in select disciplines can also be accessed from this page.

 

Writing Center

The Writing Center is a free service to help students become stronger writers.  It is a place for students to talk with outside readers about their work, both early on when they are still generating and considering ideas, as well as later during the drafting and revising stages.  The Writing Center’s staff of peer tutors is specially trained to help students identify their writing needs and to offer insight, feedback, and support.  We also offer a wide range of informational writing pamphlets, both online and in print.  The Writing Center is located in Main Hall, Rm. #202, and is open for both walk-ins and appointments.  See our website for details, www.kent.edu/stark/writing-center, or call us at 330-244-3299.

 

Recycling

The KSU Stark Campus has made a commitment to recycling. Please take a few seconds to separate your trash. Aluminum cans and plastic and glass bottles may be placed in the blue recycling bins, and all types of paper may be placed in the blue recycling bins. All other waste may be placed in the black, brown or gray trash cans.

 

Notice of Copyright and Intellectual Property rights

Any intellectual property displayed or distributed to students during this course (including but not limited to powerpoints, notes, quizzes, examinations) by the professor/lecturer/instructor remains the intellectual property of the professor/lecturer/instructor. This means that the student may not distribute, publish or provide such intellectual property to any other person or entity for any reason, commercial or otherwise, without the express written permission of the professor/lecturer/instructor.

 

Types of Courses - Graduation Requirements

In addition to meeting disciplinary requirements for graduation, certain courses may be used to satisy other requirements for graduation. Information about some of these types of courses are listed below.

  • Kent Core

The Kent Core as a whole is intended to broaden intellectual perspectives, foster ethical and humanitarian values, and prepare students for responsible citizenship and productive careers.  Chemistry in Our World can be used to satisfy 3 credit hours of science coursework in the Kent Core.

  • Writing Intensive

The purpose of the Writing Intensive Course (WIC) requirement is to assist students in becoming effective writers within their major discipline.  A WIC requires a substantial amount of writing, provides opportunities for guided revision, and focuses on writing forms and standards used in the professional life of the discipline.

  • Diversity

The University Diversity requirement provide opportunities for students to learn about such matters as the history, culture, values and notable achievements of people other than those of their own national origin, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, age, gender, physical and mental ability, and social class.  Diversity courses also provide opportunities to examine problems and issues that may arise from differences, and opportunities to learn how to deal constructively with them.

  • Experiential Learning

Experiential Learning Requirement (ELR) provides students with the opportunity to initiate lifelong learning through the development and application of academic knowledge and skills in new or different settings. Experiential learning can occur through civic engagement, creative and artistic activities, practical experiences, research, and study abroad/away.