Other Faculty Duties | Computer Science Handbook | Kent State University

Other Faculty Duties

1.      Advising

Departmental Undergraduate Advisors 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. In order to assist in student advising, advisors should maintain current knowledge of University, College, and Department programs, policies, and requirements.

2.      Final Examinations

A final examination or equivalent activity (e.g., research paper, presentation, or project) is required in all courses offered for credit (See, University Policy Register 3342-3-01.4). When a final examination is given, it must be offered at the time and date specified in the University’s schedule of final examinations. Changes of the time and / or date of a final examination require prior approval of the Chair and the Dean, but in any case, the exam must also be offered at the time scheduled and publicized by the University for those students who desire to take the exam at that time.

3.      Grades and Student Records

Faculty members must inform students of their progress throughout the semester. Grades are a faculty member's responsibility and should be assigned fairly and objectively. Submission of final grades must comply with University Policy, including but not limited to the deadline for the timely submission of grades. Students have a right to inspect the written work performed during a course and discuss the grade with the faculty member.

All members of the Department must 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 do not post grades by name, social security number or any other system which might identify a student with her / his education record.

4.      Office Hours

Each faculty member is required to have stated office hours published in the Department Office. Instructors should notify each class of hours during which they are available for conferences. It is expected that each faculty member will hold a minimum of five office hours per week. (See, University Policy Register 3342-6-18.101). If a student, for a legitimate reason or reasons, is unable to meet during the faculty member’s scheduled office hours, the faculty member shall endeavor to make appointments to meet with the student at an alternate time.

5.      Participation in University Activities

Faculty members are expected to participate in recruitment programs, graduation ceremonies and other activities which are appropriate to their role as a faculty member in the Department.

6.      Student and Peer Evaluation

A Student Survey of Instruction (hereinafter “SSI”) is required in each course in each semester and will be conducted under the auspices of the Chair. Probationary faculty members are required to undergo peer review of teaching during each year of the probationary period.

7.      Syllabi

Faculty members are expected to provide students with a syllabus which includes the subject matter to be covered in a course, the frequency of assignments and / or reports, approximate dates of examinations, grading policies, attendance requirements, and other pertinent details of the conduct of the class.