Curricular Policies and Procedures

A.        Curricula

            Curricular changes may be proposed by any faculty member for consideration by the UGCC and the GSC.  Either of these committees may initiate curriculum changes.  The proposal must be submitted to the faculty at least five working days prior to the voting by the entire faculty.  If the recommendation from either committee is not unanimous, a minority report may be submitted at the same time.  If recommended by a majority, the proposal is forwarded to the Department Chairperson whose recommendation is sent to the College for consideration.

B.         Final Exams

            Final examinations in all courses must be offered at the time and date specified in the schedule of final examinations.  Changes of time and/or date of the final examination require prior approval of the Chairperson and Dean, but in any case the exam must also be offered at the originally assigned time for those students who desire to take the exam at the specified hour.

C.         Grades

            It is essential to inform students of their progress throughout the term.  Grades are a faculty member's responsibility and should be assigned fairly and objectively.  Submission of final grades should comply with University policy.  The grade sheets (two copies) are submitted to the Main Office of the Department of Biological Sciences for forwarding to the Registrar.

            Materials used in computing grades (e.g., exams, papers, reports, etc.) should be retained by the instructor for five years after final grades are filed.  Students have a right to inspect and discuss with the instructor the written work performed during a course.

D.        Audits

            Students may audit any course subject to space availability and departmental approval.  Faculty have the discretion to determine conditions and requirements for the audit.