Matters of Student Success

  1. Advising

    Faculty are required to advise and counsel undergraduate and graduate students on academic matters. The Director of the VACCA Office of Student Services, who serves as the School representative for College and University functions related to undergraduate programs and activities, coordinates general advising at the undergraduate level. Individual Faculty members are responsible for providing academic advising to undergraduate students assigned to them and to other undergraduate students who seek such advice, as needed. At the graduate level, advising is conducted by the major professor of the student and the dissertation and/or thesis/masters project committee members of the student. In order to assist in student advising, Faculty members should maintain current knowledge of University, College, and School programs and requirements.

  2. Transfer Credit Procedure

    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 adviser, the Graduate Studies Office, and the Dean approve the transfer credit.

  3. Privacy of Student Records

    The Director is responsible for ensuring that all members of the School comply with all laws and University Policies that 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 that might identify a student with her/his education record. For further information, contact the University’s Office of Legal Affairs.

  4. 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. The student volunteer returns SSIs to the School office in the provided sealed envelope. If the evaluations are done online, Faculty are informed of the time period for the evaluations. A member of the College administration staff will then provide the students with access to the online evaluations and instructions for completing the evaluations. The School Special 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. 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.

  5. Student Academic Misconduct

    The University’s Administrative policy regarding student cheating and plagiarism is included in the University Policy Register.