8.20.10 General Education The purpose of general education at the University of Rhode Island is to lay a foundation for the lifelong enrichment of the human experience and for a thoughtful and active engagement with the world around us. This foundation is built on recognition of the complex nature of the natural and human worlds. The objective of general education is to introduce students to the fundamental dimensions of this complexity and to build an appreciation of different ways of understanding it and different cultural responses to it. Specifically, courses in the seven (7) core areas of General Education address: Artistic and literary expression and interpretation (Fine Arts and Literature see 8.20.14); wisdom and traditions of the past and present in a global setting (Letters see 8.20.17); interrelationships of the natural world (Natural Sciences see 8.20.16); human behavior in social, economic, cultural, and political contexts (Social Sciences see 8.20.15); mathematical and quantitative skills and their application (Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning see 8.20.13); writing and speaking in English (English Communication see 8.20.12); communicating across cultures (Foreign Language/Cross-cultural Competence see 8.20.18). (#03-04--29)
In addition, because particular skills are essential to a thoughtful engagement with the world, each course in General Education must incorporate opportunities to practice three (3) or more of the following: reading complex texts, writing effectively, speaking effectively, examining human differences, using quantitative data, using qualitative data, using information technology, engaging in artistic activity (see 8.20.23 for descriptions of integrated skills). (#03-04--29)
8.20.11 All baccalaureate students at the University of Rhode Island shall fulfill the University's General Education requirements as outlined in paragraphs 8.20.12 through 8.20.24 (for exception(s) see paragraph 8.20.19). Students will normally fulfill a majority of their University General Education requirements while in residence at University College. Transfer students may receive General Education credit for courses taught at another institution insofar as such courses are equivalent to courses given General Education credit at the University of Rhode Island. Students pursuing a second baccalaureate degree shall be exempt from general education requirements for the second degree if in the judgment of their academic dean they have completed comparable requirements for their first degree. (#03-04--29)
8.20.12 All baccalaureate students shall be required to take six credits in courses that improve written and oral communication skills. This English Communication requirement includes at least three credits devoted specifically to courses designed to improve written communication skills. Courses which are appropriate for fulfilling the English Communication requirement in general shall be designated "(EC)" and courses which are appropriate for fulfilling the written English Communication requirement shall be designated "(ECw)" in the University Catalog. Only one 100-level writing (ECw) course may be included in satisfying the six-credit English Communication requirement. However, students who complete two 100-level writing courses in the English Language Studies program may count both courses toward the English Communication requirement. For information on having this requirement waived by proficiency examination see 8.20.19. (#03-04--29), (#05-06--25)
8.20.13 In order to ensure exposure to the subject matter in mathematical and quantitative reasoning, all baccalaureate students shall take three credits in courses that advance skills in, understanding of, and appreciation for mathematics and the disciplines that have grown from mathematics. Courses which are appropriate for fulfilling this requirement shall be designated "(MQ)" in the University Catalog for information on having this requirement waived by proficiency examination see 8.20.19. (#03-04--29)
8.20.14 In order to ensure exposure to the subject matter in fine arts and literature, all baccalaureate students shall take six credits in courses in the Fine Arts and Literature core area. This core area shall include courses that promote aesthetic interpretation and an appreciation of its role in human experience; courses related to historical and critical study of the arts and literature as well as creative activity. Courses which are appropriate for fulfilling this requirement shall be designated "(A)" in the University Catalog. (#03-04--29)
8.20.15 In order to ensure exposure to the subject matter in social sciences, all baccalaureate students shall take six credits in courses in the Social Sciences core area. This core area shall include courses related to the study of human development and behavior and varying social, economic, cultural, and political solutions to societal and global problems. Courses which are appropriate for fulfilling this requirement shall be designated "(S)" in the University Catalog. (#03-04--29)
8.20.16 In order to ensure exposure to the subject matter in natural sciences, all baccalaureate students shall take six credits in courses in the Natural Sciences core area. Courses in this area employ scientific methods to examine the physical nature of the world, the biological dimension of human life, and the nature of the environment and its various life forms. Courses which are appropriate for fulfilling this requirement shall be designated "(N)" in the University Catalog. (#03-04--29)
8.20.17 In order to ensure exposure to the subject matter in letters, all baccalaureate students shall take six credits in courses in the Letters core area. This core area shall include courses that examine human values, thought and culture in social, historical, and philosophical contexts through the use of primary sources and critical expositions. Courses which are appropriate for fulfilling this requirement shall designated "(L)" in the University Catalog. (#03-04--29)
8.20.18 Courses in the Foreign Language/Cross-cultural Competence core area promote understanding of one's own cultural perspective in a multicultural world and develop the skills necessary to work, live, and interact with persons from different backgrounds, including developing bilingual skills, the comparative study of cultures, the study of cross-cultural communication, and/or study/internships abroad. All baccalaureate students shall take course work in a foreign language or culture or demonstrate competency through the intermediate level (104 in a living language or 302 in a classical language). This requirement may be satisfied as follows: 1) a two-course sequence in a language previously studied for two or more years in high school through at least the 103 level in a living language or 301 in a classical language appropriate to a student's level of competence (e.g. 102 and 103, 102 and 301; 131 and 103; 103 and 104; 301 and 302). All placement issues, including appropriateness are the responsibility of the Languages Department; 2) demonstration of competence through the intermediate level by proficiency examination (see 8.20.19) or by successfully completing the 104 level in a living language or the 302 level in a classical language; 3) course work in a language not previously studied (or studied for less than two years in high school) through the beginning level; 4) two courses selected from the list of courses designated by the University College and General Education Committee as Cross-cultural Competence courses; 5) study abroad in an approved academic program for one semester; 6) majoring in a foreign language. Formally registered international students, students with a recognized immigrant status and students who are naturalized citizens may be exempt from the foreign language or cross-cultural competence requirement at the discretion of the dean of the student's academic college. Courses which are appropriate for fulfilling this requirement shall be designated "(FC)" in the University Catalog. (#03-04--29)
8.20.19 Eligible students may have the requirement waived in writing (ECw), mathematical and quantitative reasoning (MQ), and/or foreign languages or cross-cultural competence c (FC) by successfully passing a proficiency test before the beginning of their second semester of full-time registration. Students who transfer from B.S. to B.A. programs may request proficiency testing in foreign language before the beginning of their second semester in the B.A. program. (Students for whom a requirement is waived must still complete the specified number of credits for their degree program.) The College Writing Program, Mathematics, and Languages departments shall determine criteria for eligibility no later than February of each year so that new students may be notified of these criteria as part of their Orientation. In February the departments also shall report on these criteria and the results of the current year's proficiency testing to the UCGE Committee. (#03-04--29)
8.20.20 Individual colleges may decrease the University General Education requirements by reducing the number of credits in any one of the core areas defined in paragraphs 8.20.14-8.20.18 by three credits. (#03-04--29)
8.20.21 In the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, the Environment and Life Sciences, and Human Science and Services and for the BIS program, credits within a student's own field of concentration may not be counted towards General Education requirements in Fine Arts and Literature, Letters, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences. In the other colleges, credits within a student's professional college may not be counted towards General Education requirements. However, courses which serve as prerequisites for a concentration can be used to fulfill the General Education requirement. Exceptions to the above may be granted by the UCGE Committee and the Faculty Senate. (#03-04--29), (#05-06--25)
8.20.22 Each undergraduate course approved as appropriate for General Education may be placed in more than one core area. If a course is countable in more than one core area, a student may count the course in only one core area. Core area designations shall be indicated in the University Catalog Placement of courses within core areas shall be determined by the University College and General Education Committee (UCGE) and the Faculty Senate based on recommendations from the colleges. The following criteria shall apply: 1) courses, except those focusing on essential skills, must acquaint students with the modes of thought and methods of inquiry used in the particular discipline while giving due weight to content; 2) courses must serve the needs and interests of students throughout the University and not be designed primarily to satisfy concentration or professional program requirements; 3) courses to be included in any particular core area may be drawn from departments other than the one bearing the name of the core area; 4) courses with prerequisites will usually not be appropriate for General Education purposes except that a course with a single prerequisite which is itself appropriate for General Education may be appropriate; 5) in general, topics, directed study, and other open ended courses shall be excluded from consideration for General Education; topics for the Honors Colloquium shall be considered for General Education upon request of the Honors Program and Visiting Scholars Committee. (#03-04--29)
8.20.23 The following integrated skills shall be addressed in a substantial part of the coursework and in the evaluation of students' performance:
a. Read complex texts: Course requires students to "read," evaluate, and interpret primary sources, critical commentaries, or works of art.
b. Write effectively: Course requires written assignments designed to allow students to practice and improve writing skills with regular feedback from the instructor such as by submitting drafts and revisions, by writing a series of comparable papers, or by writing long assignments in shorter units.
c. Speak effectively: Course requires oral presentations designed to allow students to practice and improve speaking skills with instructor and/or group feedback.
d. Examine human differences: Course requires assignments which examine the role of difference within and across national boundaries. Appropriate examples of "difference" would include but not be limited to race, religion, sexual orientation, language, culture, and gender.
e. Use of quantitative data: Course requires assignments which involve the analysis, interpretation, and/or use of quantitative data to test a hypothesis, build a theory, or illustrate and describe patterns.
f. Use of qualitative data: Course requires assignments which involve the analysis, interpretation, and/or use of qualitative data to test a hypothesis, build a theory, or illustrate and describe patterns.
g. Use of information literacy: Course requires assignments which involve accessing and critically evaluating information, such as an iterative search-evaluate-search process (in print or online) or assessing sources for reliability, currency, authority, and relevance. Course may also require assignments involving use of computer programs, introduction to publishing practices, etc. as long as searching and/or evaluating are also included in the assignments. (#09-10--20
h. Engage in artistic activity: Course requires assignments which involve the creative process in the practice of fine arts skills and aesthetic appreciation with instructor and/or group feedback. (#03-04--29)
8.20.24 To ensure that students are exposed to courses that include a multicultural or diversity requirement, two of the courses taken as part of a student's general education program must include the examining human differences skill. These two courses shall be selected from courses designated by a "D." Only one course in a foreign language may be applied to the diversity overlay. This overlay does not increase the number of credits required in the general education program. (#03-04--29), (#04-05--4)
8.20.25 The University College and General Education Committee shall make recommendations to the Faculty Senate regarding implementation and administration of General Education and shall report periodically its evaluation of the General Education Program, including a review of the appropriateness of courses for General Education. (#03-04--29)
8.20.30 General Education is only a portion of any undergraduate degree program. Major and minor requirements along with electives contribute significantly to students' education. All programs should include in their curricula opportunities for students to develop further the skills that this general education program addresses. As a consequence of the interaction between General Education and major programs, the University of Rhode Island expects that all programs will lead students toward:
a. The ability to think critically in order to solve problems and question the nature and sources of authority.
b. The ability to use the methods and materials characteristic of each knowledge area with an understanding of the interrelationship among and the interconnectedness of the core areas.
c. A commitment to intellectual curiosity and lifelong learning.
d. An openness to new ideas with the social skills necessary for both teamwork and leadership;
e. The ability to think independently and be self-directed; to make informed choices and take initiative. #03-04--29
8.20.50 Major Fields of Study. An undergraduate student's concentrated field of study in a degree-granting college shall be the student's "major"; University College students may have a "preferred major." The major field of study for graduate students shall be the student's "program." Curricular requirements for majors and programs are defined in the University Catalog. At least half of the credits required in an undergraduate student's major field of study must be earned at The University of Rhode Island. A student's major(s) or program(s) and option(s) will be listed on the student's permanent academic record after graduation. #00-01-2
8.20.60 Minor Fields of Study. Undergraduate students may declare a "minor" field of study. Requirements may be satisfied by: 1) completion of 18 or more credits of any of the minors that have been proposed by one or more departments and approved by the Curricular Affairs Committee, Faculty Senate, and the President; or 2) completion of 18 or more credits within a curriculum other than the student's major; or 3) completion of 18 or more credits of related studies offered by more than one department and sponsored by a faculty member competent in the minor field of study. To declare a minor, a student must have approval of the department chairperson of the minor field of study (or faculty sponsor in option 3 of this paragraph), and the student's academic dean. A student's approved minor(s) will be listed on the student's permanent academic record after graduation.
8.20.61 At least twelve of the eighteen credits required for a minor shall be at the 200-level or above. At least half of the credits required for a minor must be earned at The University of Rhode Island. A minimum average of 2.00 must be earned in the eighteen or more credits required for the minor.
8.20.62 No course required in a major program (30-36 credits) may be used to apply to both the major and minor fields of study. Courses from other curricula that are recommended or required for the major may apply to the minor. Courses in General Education may be used for the minor. Courses in the minor may not be taken under the pass-fail grading option. #05-06--35
8.20.63 Application for a minor must be filed in the academic dean's office no later than the beginning of the second semester of the student's senior year. Departments and programs may require an application for a minor in advance of the second semester of the senior year, but not before the semester in which 60 credits are completed. #05-06--35
8.20.70 Options.Some programs require that students complete an option within the major field. In these programs, students will complete a common core of courses and select an option on the basis of their career interests. The option consists of courses designated by the department as appropriate for that option. The courses so designated will give students expertise in a particular aspect of the discipline. Students must declare their option before graduation. The option will appear on the student's transcript in addition to their program(s) and major(s). #00-01-2
8.20.71 A minimum grade point average of 2.00 must be earned in the option courses. At least half of the credits required for the option must be earned at the University of Rhode Island. #00-01-2
8.20.72Options require approval of the college Curriculum Committee, Curricular Affairs Committee of the Faculty Senate and the Faculty Senate. The proposal to create an option must be in writing and indicate that the proposal has departmental approval. The rationale must address the question of why the option is a meaningful distinction within the major. #00-01-2
8.21.10 Undergraduate Curricular Requirements. The minimum number of credits required for graduation in the Bachelor of General Studies curriculum shall be 118. The minimum number of credits required for all other four-year baccalaureate programs shall be 120 and the maximum 148. No curriculum shall exceed 32 classroom and laboratory contact hours per week in one semester. Every curriculum shall include at least six credit hours of free electives. Exceptions to this may be granted when a program demonstrates to the satisfaction of the Curricular Affairs Committee (CAC) and the Faculty Senate that accreditation requirements are such that the program cannot permit six credits of free electives within the program's normal length (4 or 5 years). This requirement shall not apply to existing time shortened degree programs.
8.21.11 The program in General Education shall apply to all baccalaureate degree programs.
8.21.12 A required course is one that is designated in the University Bulletin as a specific curriculum or major requirement.
8.21.13 A free elective is one that is not designated in the University Bulletin as a specific curriculum or major requirement.
8.21.14 A student who is admitted to the University with entrance conditions shall remove all such deficiencies in accordance with regulations of the degree-granting college in which the student seeks to matriculate.
8.21.15 Course credit earned at the University or other institutions more than eight years prior to admission, readmission, or transfer to a degree-granting program shall be counted for graduation only with the consent of the dean of the college involved.
8.22.10 Graduation. To graduate, a continuously matriculated student must have met the requirements of the curriculum in which the student is enrolled and the minimum quality point average approved by the Faculty Senate and published in the University Bulletin at the time of initial matriculation. A student who leaves the University and is subsequently readmitted may choose to meet the requirements in effect at the time of initial matriculation except that students returning to matriculated status after a period of more than eight years must follow the current General Education requirements. A cumulative average of at least 2.00 is required for all undergraduate degrees. One fourth of all credits required for graduation must be earned at the University.
8.22.11 The work of the senior year shall be taken at the University of Rhode Island. Exceptions must be approved by the faculty of the college in which the student is enrolled. However, the dean of the college shall be able to approve a maximum of fifteen credits to be taken at another college or university. #07-08--27
8.22.20 Any student who has met the requirements for two different bachelors degrees will be granted both degrees and will be issued two diplomas. #00-01-13
8.22.21 Any student who has met the requirements for two separate majors within any single bachelors degree has earned a double major and may have both majors listed on the student's permanent record, but will not be issued a second diploma.
8.22.22 Students who have completed degree requirements for a major and have graduated shall be readmitted to the University to pursue a second major subject to current catalog requirements. #00-01-12
8.22.30 Courtesy Degree. A student who has completed the degree requirements of six semesters at the University in the curriculum in which the student was last registered and who then enrolled in an accredited professional college and received therefrom a recognized professional degree may, upon application, be awarded a baccalaureate degree from the University, such award to be made at the next regular commencement following the date of application. (Note: This courtesy shall not apply to students whose application is for a University of Rhode island degree conferred after the June, 1985 commencement).
8.22.40 Distinction. Students who complete at least sixty (60) credits of their work at the University are eligible to graduate with honors. Grades in all courses attempted at the University shall be included in the calculation of the quality point average. On the recommendation of the student's dean, an exception may be made for students who have been readmitted but have not used any of the prior work to satisfy the degree requirements. Those who attain a cumulative quality point average at the time of graduation of at least 3.30 shall be recognized as graduating "cum laude." Those who achieve a quality point average of 3.50 shall graduate "magna cum laude," and those who attain a quality point average of at least 3.70 "summa cum laude." Participation in an honors program shall not be a condition for graduating "cum laude," "magna cum laude" or "summa cum laude." #00-01-29
8.22.50 Posthumous Degrees. Any University of Rhode Island student who dies while registered for courses and who has completed at least fifty percent of the credits necessary for the degree which he or she is seeking is eligible to be awarded a posthumous degree. On the recommendation of the chair of the department and the dean of the college in which the student was enrolled, the Board of Governors may confer a posthumous degree. #02-03--31
8.22.51 Posthumous degrees shall be presented to the family of the deceased student by the President of the University at a time and place of the President's choosing. However, that time and place may not be at the time and place of any college graduation ceremonies except by recommendation of the department chair and college dean. #02-03--31
8.23.10 Academic Standards for Matriculating Undergraduate Students. A student shall be placed on scholastic probation if the student's overall cumulative scholastic average falls below a 2.00. For purposes of determining dismissal of part-time students, scholastic standing committees shall consider an accumulation of twelve (12) attempted credits as the minimum standard for one semester's work.
8.23.11 Students on academic probation shall not enroll for more than 15 credits, and must obtain their advisor's written approval to preregister, register, or change registration.
8.23.12 A student shall be dismissed for scholastic reasons at the end of the third semester of probation or when the student has a deficiency of eight or more quality points below a 2.00 average after being on probation the previous semester. (A student on probation for the second successive semester who has a deficiency of fewer than 8 quality points below a 2.00 average will continue on probation.) Students who obtain less than a 1.00 average in their first semester shall be dismissed automatically.
8.23.13 When a student receives a report of "incomplete" (I) or when no grade is reported, the student's standing shall be calculated from the remainder of the student's work.
8.24.10 Procedure for Scholastic Discipline for Undergraduate Students. A scholastic standing committee shall be established for each college. The membership shall comprise the dean of the college and two or more faculty members of the college, appointed by the dean
8.24.11Students subject to automatic probation or dismissal in accordance with the provisions of 8.23.10-13, shall be so notified by their academic deans.
8.24.12Students subject to automatic dismissal shall have the right to appeal to their dean within five days of the date of notice by filing with the dean a written statement explaining the extenuating circumstances and stating the reasons why the dismissal action should not prevail.
8.24.13 The appeal shall be reviewed by the college's scholastic standing committee, which shall confirm the dismissal or continue the student on probation. The Scholastic Standing Committee will determine if dismissal is for one academic semester or one academic year. The decision of the Scholastic Standing Committee shall be final.
8.24.14 Each Scholastic Standing Committee shall meet as soon after the end of each final grade period as is practicable.
8.24.15 Every case of automatic dismissal and of action on appeals shall be reported by the dean of each college to the Office of Enrollment Services. Dismissal shall result in the loss of matriculating status.
8.24.16 No credit toward a degree requirement shall be accepted for courses taken while the student is under suspension or dismissal from the University for either academic or disciplinary reasons, unless express permission for registration has been given by the student's academic dean or in the case of disciplinary action, the Dean of Students.
8.25.10 Reinstatement of Matriculating Undergraduate Students. A student who has been dismissed may be reinstated to matriculating status after a period of one academic semester or one academic year upon recommendation of the Scholastic Standing Committee of the college in which registration is desired.
8.25.11Students who have been academically dismissed are the administrative responsibility of the dean of the college to which they wish to be readmitted. Those who wish to take courses as nonmatriculating students shall be provided advising services by the dean who will refer students to advisors in their anticipated major when appropriate. Credit and/or course limitations may be imposed on previously dismissed students by their academic dean.
8.25.12 At the end of each semester the dean will review the academic records of each student allowed course work under these provisions. Previously dismissed students may enroll for no more than two semesters provided that they earn a minimum of 2.00 QPA in each of these two semesters. At the end of two semesters they must apply for readmission and be readmitted as matriculating students or successfully petition to the dean and Scholastic Standing Committee of the college for an exception to the two semester limitation. Students who are neither readmitted nor granted a time extension by petition will be denied further enrollment in the University.
8.25.13 Students dismissed for academic reasons may be reinstated either under conditional readmission or under probationary readmission. Students with a deficiency of eight or more quality points below 2.00 who left the University but were not dismissed may be reinstated in either of the above categories. A conditional student shall be subject to regulations outlined in sections 8.25.14-16. For regulations governing probationary status see 8.23.10-13.
8.25.14 Students on conditional status must earn at least a 2.00 in each of two conditional semesters. For part-time students, accumulation of twelve graded credits (A-F or U) at the University shall be equivalent to one semester. Students not earning the necessary minimum grades for retention in the University during the conditional period shall be dismissed at the end of the first semester in which they are deficient. Conditional students may not appeal such dismissal.
8.25.15 At the end of the two conditional semesters, if the preceding minimum grade requirements have been met, the Scholastic Standing Committee shall direct the Office of Enrollment Services to examine the student's record prior to readmission and designate pass credits for those courses for which a grade of "C-" or better was received. No credit shall be given in courses in which grades "D+," "D," "F," or "U" were received. While the permanent record shall continue to show previous grades, the calculations of the minimum number of quality points necessary for graduation shall be based on grades earned after the time of the conditional reinstatement.
8.25.16 Students shall normally be allowed only one conditional reinstatement. However, after a significant time of separation from the University (no less than five years), students who demonstrate a seriousness of purpose and evidence of academic achievement may, upon recommendation of the dean of the college to which they are applying, be granted a second conditional reinstatement. A student may also have a second conditional reinstatement if, while on dismissed status, he or she earns an academic degree from a regionally accredited institution.
8.25.17 During the period of the student's separation from the college in which the student was enrolled, any course taken with the prior permission of the student's dean in which the student has earned a "C" or its equivalent or better shall be accepted by the Scholastic Standing Committee of the school or college in which the student is registered and shall be given transfer credit on the student's permanent record if reinstated.
8.25.18 The student seeking reinstatement shall submit a written request to the Scholastic Standing Committee of the college to which the student plans to return. If in the Committee's judgment, incorporating the evidence from any course work taken elsewhere as specified in 8.25.15, the student may reasonably be expected to do satisfactory work, it shall allow the reinstatement.
8.26.10 Appeals Procedure. Every undergraduate college shall establish and publish procedures for dealing with student requests for exceptions to courses of study or to other degree requirements or academic rules prescribed by that college or by the General Faculty.
8.26.11 Undergraduate students seeking exceptions to any University rule pertaining to their academic circumstances, including degree requirements and courses of study, shall do so by written petitions submitted to the students' respective deans. Copies of all such petitions shall be preserved by the respective deans for not less than two years.
8.26.12 No waiver of any college or University rule or requirement pertaining to an individual student's academic circumstances may be granted except in conformity with 8.26.10 and 8.26.11.
8.26.13 Faculty members bear responsibility for the evaluation of students and their professional judgment in this regard is to be respected. Undergraduate and graduate students who object to a recorded grade in a course should discuss the matter initially with the instructor. If the issue remains unresolved, students should make their case in writing to the instructor's department chairperson or immediate administrative supervisor. The chair/supervisor should respond to the request, in writing, after a decision is made. If the chairperson/supervisor thinks the appeal has merit, she/he should so inform the instructor. If this still fails to produce resolution, the chairperson/supervisor should refer the matter to a departmental or college appeals committee for a recommendation. (The latter would be appropriate in colleges lacking departments or where department faculty have voted to delegate the authority to a college appeals committee. For petitions concerning grades, appeals committees at both levels shall include a faculty member from a closely allied department or discipline.) If, after investigating the appeal, the committee concludes that compelling reasons exist to modify a grade, it will give the instructor a written explanation of its decision and ask that person to make the change. If the instructor still declines, he/she must provide the committee with a written explanation of the reasons for refusing. If, after considering the instructor's explanation, the committee agrees unanimously that it would be unjust to let the original grade stand, it shall direct the chairperson/supervisor that the grade be changed over the instructor's objection. The chairperson/supervisor will then initiate the change, notifying the instructor, the student, the instructor's dean, the student's dean, and the Office of Student Affairs of this action. The only exception to these guidelines shall be in cases where the instructor can no longer be consulted (e.g., that person has died or moved to an unknown address). In these circumstances, the appropriate chairperson/supervisor shall act in the stead of the absent instructor and modify a student's grade if a departmental or college appeals committee unanimously recommends such action in writing. In general, grades under appeal should not be considered when evaluating students for continuance in an academic program or for scholarship eligibility. The filing of the appeal must occur within two semesters following the issuing of the grade. (See section 8.56.10 concerning time limits for changes to recorded grades. Regarding cases involving cheating and plagiarism, see sections 8.27.10 through 8.27.21. For cases involving harassment/discrimination, see University Manual Appendix G, Policy #85-1.) #05-06--31, #06-07--32, #09-10--12
8.27.10 Cheating and Plagiarism. Students are expected to be honest in all academic work. Cheating is the claiming of credit for work not done independently without giving credit for aid received, or any unauthorized communication during examinations.
8.27.11 A student's name on any written exercise (theme, report, notebook, paper, examination) shall be regarded as assurance that the work is the result of the student's own thought and study, stated in the student's own words and produced without assistance, except as quotation marks, references and footnotes acknowledge the use of other sources of assistance. Occasionally, students may be authorized to work jointly, but such effort must be indicated as joint on the work submitted. Submitting the same paper for more than one course is considered a breach of academic integrity unless prior approval is given by the instructors.
8.27.12 In preparing papers or themes, a student often needs or is required to employ sources of information or opinion. All such sources used in preparing to write or in writing a paper shall be listed in the bibliography. It is not necessary to give footnote reference for specific facts which are common knowledge and have obtained general agreement. However, facts, observations and opinions which are new discoveries or are debatable shall be identified with correct footnote references even when restated in the student's own words. Material taken word for word from the written or oral statement of another person must be enclosed in quotation marks or otherwise clearly distinguished from the body of the text and the source cited. Paraphrasing or summarizing the contents of another's work usually is acceptable if the source is clearly identified but does not constitute independent work and may be rejected by the instructor.
8.27.13Notebooks, homework and reports of investigations or experiments shall meet the same standards as all other written work. If any work is done jointly or if any part of an experiment or analysis is made by someone other than the writer, acknowledgment of this fact shall be made in the report submitted. Obviously, it is dishonest to falsify or invent data.
8.27.14 Written work presented as personal creation is assumed to involve no assistance other than incidental criticism from others. A student shall not knowingly employ story material, wording or dialogue taken from published work, motion pictures, radio, television, lectures or similar sources.
8.27.15 In writing examinations, the student shall respond entirely on the basis of the student's own capacity without any assistance except that authorized by the instructor.
8.27.16Instructors shall have the responsibility of insuring that students prepare assignments with academic integrity. Instructors shall do all that is feasible to prevent plagiarism in term papers or other written work.
8.27.17 Instructors shall have the explicit duty to take action in known cases of cheating or plagiarism. The instructor shall have the right to fail a student on the assignment on which the instructor has determined that a student has cheated or plagiarized. The circumstances of this failure shall be reported to the student's academic dean, the instructor's dean, and the Office of Student Life. The student may appeal the matter to the instructor's dean, and the decision by the dean shall be expeditious and final. The Vice Provost for Urban Programs shall be considered the instructor's dean only in cases of courses offered exclusively through the Alan Shawn Feinstein College of Continuing Education (e.g. courses with the code BGS). #09-10--12
8.27.18 If the violation warrants more severe censure, the instructor may recommend additional action to the instructor's dean. Upon this recommendation the dean may authorize the instructor to fail the student in the course. The student or instructor may appeal the dean's decision to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs whose decision on the appeal shall be final.
8.27.19Either the instructor, the instructor's dean or the student's dean may request judicial action (see 9.21.10-31) on an allegation against a student for cheating or plagiarism. Any of the judicial sanctions listed in sections 9.22.10-18 may be imposed after a finding of guilty. If the request comes from an instructor it shall be accompanied by a statement of position from the instructor's dean (see 9.20.10 and 9.21.10).
8.27.20 Students accused of academic dishonesty within the drop period may be denied the opportunity to drop the course. This requires permission from the instructor's dean. If the accusation is not upheld in an appeal, the student will be given the same options available before the end of the drop period without penalty. #04-05--32
8.27.21 Any record of scholastic integrity infractions where actions have been taken (i.e., assignment of an "F" on an assignment and notification of the student's dean, dean's authorization to assign an "F" for the course, referral to the University Board on Student Conduct) will be forwarded to the Office of Student Life. A cumulative file will be maintained in that office. The Dean of Students shall notify the student's dean of subsequent infractions and may initiate conduct action against the student. #04-05--32
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