Students, both undergraduate and graduate, 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 Search and Curriculum committees and committees that deal with student grievances and academic complaints, 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 FAC and the faculty members involved in and affected by a specific committee's work.

  1. Advising

    All faculty members are required to advise undergraduate and graduate students on academic matters. General advising at the undergraduate level is coordinated by the Director of the Vacca Office of Student Services. Individual faculty members are responsible for providing academic advising to undergraduate students in their program areas who are assigned to them and to other undergraduate students who seek such advice. Student advising at the graduate level is conducted by the student's assigned graduate advisor and the student’s master’s project/thesis/dissertation committee members.

  2. Student Academic Misconduct

    The University’s Administrative policy regarding student cheating and plagiarism is included in the University Policy Register. (See, University Policy Register 3342-3-01.8)

  3. Student Grievances and Academic Complaints

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

  4. Transfer Credit Procedure

    The Vacca Office of Student Services is responsible for the evaluation of undergraduate transfer credit and may consult with a faculty member who teaches the specific course or courses at issue. Questions of transfer credit for other subject areas should be referred to the College office.

    Graduate transfer credit is evaluated according to the process described in the current Graduate School Catalog. Both masters and doctoral transfer credit may be accepted if the criteria are met and the student's advisor, the Program Coordinator or Graduate Coordinator, and the Dean approve the transfer credit.

  5. 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 University’s Office of Legal Affairs.

  6. Student Evaluations

    All courses are evaluated each semester, including summer sessions, using the approved Student Survey of Instruction (SSI). If the evaluations are done with paper and pencil, faculty members must find a student volunteer to administer the surveys. SSIs are returned by the student volunteer in a sealed envelope to the School office. If the evaluations are done online, faculty members are informed of the time period for the evaluations. The students then will be provided with access to the online evaluations and instructions for completing the evaluations by a member of the College’s administration staff. The School Administrative Assistant arranges for the appropriate scoring of SSIs according to the approved group norms for the School.

    SSIs are not available to individual faculty members until after grades are submitted to the Registrar. To maintain student confidentiality any written comments will be typed by a member of the School’s support staff. SSIs and the results are maintained in the School office and are available for faculty review. SSIs for Regional Campus faculty are administered and maintained by the campus at which the course is taught.