1. Matters of Student Success

    Students, both undergraduate and graduate, are of primary concern to all Faculty members, and students' academic needs are of primary importance to the School. Students participate in various School committees including the Curriculum Committee and various ad hoc committees where students' viewpoints are useful and appropriate. Student appointments to committees are made by the Director in consultation with the FAC and the Faculty members involved in and affected by a specific committee's work.

    1. Advising

      Faculty are required to advise and counsel undergraduate and graduate students on academic matters. General advising at the undergraduate level is coordinated by the Director of the Vacca Office of Student Services, who serves as the representative for College and University functions related to undergraduate programs and activities. Individual Faculty members are responsible for providing academic counseling to undergraduate students assigned to them and to other undergraduate students who seek such advice, as needed. Student advising at the graduate level is conducted by the student's "major professor" and the student's dissertation committee members.

    2. Student Academic Misconduct

      The University's Administrative policy regarding student cheating and plagiarism is included in the University Policy Register.

    3. Transfer Credit Procedure

      Transfer credits for undergraduate students are evaluated by advisors from the Vacca Office of Student Services in the College of Education, Health and Human Services. Program area Faculty are consulted when evaluations require additional content area considerations.


      Graduate transfer credit is evaluated according to the process described in the current Graduate School Catalog. Master's and doctoral transfer credit may be accepted if the criteria are met and the student's adviser, the Graduate Studies Committee, and the Dean approve the transfer credit.

    4. Privacy of Student Records

      The Director is responsible for ensuring that all members of the School comply with all laws and University Policies which govern the privacy of student education records, including but not limited to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). These regulations require, among other things, that Faculty members keep thorough academic records and forbid the posting of grades by name, social security number or any other system that might identify a student with her/his education record. For further information, contact the University's Office of Legal Affairs.

    5. Student Evaluations

      All courses are evaluated each semester, including summer sessions, using the approved Student Survey of Instruction (SSI). Faculty must provide an opportunity for students to evaluate their courses within the last two weeks of the semester following the university policies and procedures. The School Administrative Assistant arranges for the appropriate scoring of SSIs according to the approved group norms for the School. SSIs are not available to individual Faculty members until after grades are submitted to the Registrar. SSIs and the results are maintained the School office and are available for Faculty review. SSIs for Regional Campus Faculty are administered and maintained by the campus at which the course is taught.

    6. Academic Presence Verification

      In order to comply with federal regulations, Faculty are required to determine whether students have participated in their classes. The Academic Presence Verification Roster will list all students who are enrolled for each course on or after the course start date (this includes those students who withdrew from the course). Faculty members must update all students on the roster and select at least one academically related activity to verify student presence. Typically, Faculty will be required to update this roster within the first 10 days of the semester, as well as periodically as the semester progresses.

  2. Handbook Modification, Amendment, and Revision

    The implementation, modification, amendment, and revision of this Handbook are governed by the applicable Collective Bargaining Agreement. The School Faculty will review and update this Handbook, as needed, but at least every three (3) years. Suggestions for modifications or amendments to the Handbook may be initiated at any time by the Director or by any Faculty member. Proposed modifications or amendments are subject to discussion, revision, and recommendation by the FAC. When a proposed modification or amendment involves a major change in School policy or practice the Director may seek the recommendation of the entire Faculty. If the Director concurs with a proposed modification, amendment or revision, he/she will recommend the change(s) to the Dean. All modifications, amendments and revisions of the Handbook require the approval of the Dean. In reviewing this Handbook the Dean may request revisions before lending final approval. If these revisions are not adopted by the School, the Dean shall consult the CAC with regard to the provision(s) in dispute before making a final determination and certifying final approval of the Handbook. Further, the Dean may direct that the Handbook be modified, amended or revised to reflect changes in College or University Policy.