Curricular Policies and Procedures

A. Curricula


            Curricular changes may be proposed by any faculty member for consideration by the USC and the GSC. Either of these committees may initiate curriculum changes. The proposal must be submitted to the faculty at least five (5) working days prior to a vote by the entire faculty. If the recommendation from either committee is not unanimous, a minority report may be submitted with the recommendation. If recommended by a majority, the proposal is forwarded to the Director 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 University’s schedule of final examinations. Changes of the time and/or date of a final examination require prior approval of the Director 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.


C. Grades


            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. Failure of faculty members to provide grades in compliance with University Policy will be taken into consideration in reappointment, promotion, tenure and merit decisions. 


            Materials used in computing grades (e.g., exams, papers, reports, etc.) should be retained by the faculty member for five (5) years after final grades are submitted. Students have a right to inspect the written work performed during a course and discuss the grade with the faculty member.


D. Audits


Students may audit any course subject to space availability and approval of the Director. Students may audit without credit any course subject to space availability and departmental approval. An audited course is not counted as part of the course load, but students must go through registration procedures and pay the normal registration fees. An instructor may impose whatever attendance requirements deemed necessary. The students must be informed of these requirements at the beginning of the semester. Failure to meet such attendance requirements subjects the students to being withdrawn from the course by the instructor. This will be accomplished by the instructor’s insertion of the mark W at the time of final grades.


Faculty members have the discretion to determine conditions and requirements for the audit.