Teaching and Classroom Activities | Kent State University

Teaching and Classroom Activities

1. Changing Class Location - Faculty are expected to meet their classes at the times and in the rooms listed in the official Schedule of Classes. 

2. Class Times - The instructor is expected to begin class on time and lecture for the full period allotted to this section. Do not lecture beyond the specified end time as it will cause the next section to begin late.

3. Class Rosters - The registrar's office provides class rosters at several times during the semester. The first roster reflects those students who "pre-register" for the course. Updated rosters are provided near the start of the semester and around the 3rd week of the semester after the "add/drop" period. The final roster is provided after the "last day to withdraw from courses" around the 12th week of the semester. 2The timing of these is somewhat different in the Summer sessions. However, faculty may obtain a current list of students registered through either “web for faculty” (wffa.kent.edu) or webct (class.kent.edu) after obtaining account numbers.

4. Course Syllabus - The course syllabus is viewed as a "contract" between the faculty member and the student. By Department and College policy, several topics should be a part of the syllabus. A list will be provided at the beginning of each semester, and will include:

Course title and number; your name, office number, phone number, email address, and office hours; the required text (if any) and any other required or optional materials; the purpose of the course; any specific requirements of the course; any prerequisites for the course; very specific information about the grading procedures; a weekly schedule showing material to be covered, dates of examinations, project and assignment due dates, and any other dates relevant to the class (e.g., known dates when class will not be held due to holidays); a statement regarding the deadline for withdrawal from the course (the date is available from the Department Secretary or the Undergraduate Programs Office); the policy for make-up examinations; a brief description of the assignments, projects, or other requirements of the course, and a statement that cheating and plagiarism will be dealt with severely, in accordance with University Policy (see the University Policy Register, Chapter 3-07).

Samples of suggested syllabus information follow.

5. Effective Teaching - As stated in the contract letters, effective teaching is part of the agreement signed by the instructor. Any questions in this regard should be directed to the Department Chairperson.

6. Exams - There are different procedures of showing the exam to the student after the exam. A transparency of the exam can be made and the instructor can go over it during class on an overhead. The student may view the exam during office hours. If the instructor intends to keep the examinations rather than return them to the students, appropriate security measures should be undertaken. Examinations do disappear off of desktops. Students have been known to ask to take an exam out of the office "to look at it more carefully," and then copy it. 

7. Final Exams - Final exams (defined as "a formal examination or an equivalent appropriate activity used in evaluating student performance" UP3342-3-21-B-5) must be given at the officially scheduled time, day and place as published in the schedule of classes. "In rare and pedagogically justifiable cases, a faculty member may request permission to change the time of a final examination" (UP3342-3-21-D-1). In case a change is necessary, the Department Chairperson must approve the change and the examination must also be given at the regularly scheduled time for those students who prefer to take it then. Faculty members must include information regarding the nature and weighting of the final examination on the course syllabus.  A period of at least two hours is to be allocated for each final exam.

8. Grade Books - Grade book information (i.e., grades) and student records (any "special case" information) should be turned into the Department Office at the end of the semester. This process is currently being updated as grades are now turned in via web for faculty.

9. Grade Change - Errors in calculation at the end of a semester can result in an error in recording a grade. There are grade change forms in the Department Office that can be used to change a grade submitted on the rosters at the end of the semester, if the period for entering grades electronically has expired.

10. Grade Posting - Consistent with University Policy concerning student confidentiality, student grades cannot be posted based on their social security numbers.

11. Incomplete - An incomplete grade may be given to students who can show proof of illness during the semester which inhibited them to finish the course work on time. In this case, (with documentation and with an incomplete grade contract attached) an incomplete grade can be assigned to the student with a time limit in which the student must complete the course work. At that time, the incomplete grade can be changed to a letter grade. Incomplete grade forms are in the Department Office.

12. Missing Teaching Days - In case of absence, it is your responsibility to contact the Department office immediately, and arrange for an appropriate substitute. If your absence is due to planned travel, fill out the Faculty Absence Authorization Form in advance.

13. Plagiarism - Students enrolled in the University are to perform their academic work according to standards set by faculty members, departments, schools and colleges of the University. Cheating and plagiarism constitute fraudulent misrepresentation for which no credit can be given and for which appropriate sanctions are warranted and will be applied.