Classroom Pedagogy and Expectations of Students

Students, both undergraduate and graduate (on the Kent campus), 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 Undergraduate Curriculum Committee (UGCC), Graduate Studies Committee (GSC), and those ad hoc committees where students' viewpoints are useful and appropriate. Student appointments to committees are made by the director in consultation with the faculty members involved in and affected by a specific committee's work.

  1. Advising

    Faculty members are required to advise and counsel undergraduate and graduate students on academic matters and should be available for advising during regularly scheduled office hours. General advising at the undergraduate level will be done by the assistant director (when available) or academic advisor who serves as the School representative for college and university functions related to undergraduate programs and activities. Each division coordinator (or appointed representative) shall also serve as a general advisor to students enrolled in the programs of the division. Designated faculty members are responsible for providing further academic counseling to undergraduate students. General advising at the graduate level may be conducted by the graduate coordinator, the division coordinator and/or the graduate faculty in the students’ area of specialization.

  2. Graduate Teaching Assistants

    The School of Art recognizes a responsibility to fully assist and monitor activities of the graduate teaching assistants (GTAs) it assigns to undergraduate instruction. Specific policies pertaining to the selection, administration, and continued evaluation of instruction by graduate assistants are spelled out in the School of Art Graduate Handbook.

  3. Cheating and Plagiarism

    The Universityʼs administrative policy regarding student cheating and plagiarism is included in the University Policy Register, 3342-3-01.8.


  4. Copyright Law Information

    It is the policy of the School of Art that faculty members have the responsibility to inform students of their individual rights and responsibilities pertaining to access to copyrighted material that is provided in conjunction with coursework and to their own creative works submitted in fulfillment of academic requirements of courses.

    It is the responsibility of faculty and staff to maintain School of Art archives and image resources in a way that is compliant with the United States Copyright Act of 1976 as amended, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998, and the Technology, Education and Copyright Harmonization Act of 2002. University policy on these laws is outlined in the University register 3342-5-12, 3342-5-12.1, 3342-9-01, and 3342-9-01.3. Specific suggestions are outlined in the Copyright Law Compliance and Best Practices Packet, which is available the School of Art office.


  5. Student Grievance Procedure

    The Universityʼs policies and procedures which govern student grievances and student academic complaints are included in the University Policy Register, 3342-4-02.102, 3342-02-3 and 3342-8-01.4.

  6. Attendance

    University policy on class attendance and class absence is outlined in the University Policy Register, 3342-01.2.

    Regular attendance in class is expected of all students at Kent State University. The individual instructor has both the responsibility and the prerogative for managing student attendance. The instructorʼs policy regarding attendance for each course should be written in the course syllabus and communicated to students during the first week of the term. The policy may take alternate forms within the bounds of appropriate instructional techniques. Some divisions may have additional attendance policies.

    While classes are conducted on the premise that regular attendance is expected, the University recognizes certain activities and events as legitimate reasons for absence from class. These include, for example, illness, death in the immediate family, religious observance, academic field trips, and participation in a University approved concert or athletic event. Even though any absence can potentially interfere with the planned development of a course and the student bears the responsibility for fulfilling all course expectations in a timely and responsible manner, instructors will, without prejudice, provide students returning to class after a legitimate absence with appropriate assistance and counsel about completing missed assignments and class material.

  7. Transfer Credit Procedure

    The academic advisor, in consultation as necessary with division coordinators, is responsible for the evaluation of undergraduate transfer credit and may consult with a faculty member who teaches the specific course or in the program at issue. Studio credit involves a portfolio review from the appropriate divisional area. Questions of transfer credit for other subject areas should be referred to the College advising office via the academic advisor.

    Graduate transfer credit is evaluated according to the process described in the current graduate school catalog.  Masterʼs degree transfer credit may be accepted if the criteria are met and the student's adviser, the graduate coordinator, and the dean approve the transfer credit. Kent State University policy allows up to 12 credit hours to transfer into a graduate program from another master's degree program, provided those credit hours are of “B (3.0) quality” or better and less than six years old at the time the degree is conferred at Kent State.

  8. 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 which might identify a student with her/his education record. For further information, contact the Office of University Counsel.

  9. Student-Faculty Relations

    Interpersonal relations inevitably are difficult to prescribe and evaluate, and yet they set the tone and environment for the learning experience. In this regard, the Committee views the following as essential.

    • Courtesy/civility/respect
    • Nondiscriminatory treatment of students based upon their characteristics.
    • Establishing a climate wherein questions, relevant comments, and intellectual interaction are encouraged
  10. Student Evaluations of Instruction

    All courses are evaluated each semester, including summer sessions, using the approved Student Survey of Instruction (SSI). The SSI must be conducted during the last week of class, prior to finals week and not during finals week. Faculty members should arrange for the administration of the Survey by another faculty member, graduate student, or responsible student in the class. At no time should the faculty member being reviewed be present in the room during the survey. The SSIs are immediately returned in a sealed envelope to the School of Art Office. The School of Art staff member responsible for SSIs arranges for their appropriate scoring according to the approved group norms for the School of Art. SSIs are not available to individual faculty members until after grades are submitted to the Registrar. SSIs are maintained in the School office and are available for faculty review. SSIs for regional campus courses are administered and maintained by the campus on which the courses are taught.