National Capital Region
Student Success Policy and Procedures
Graduate Studies Catalog 2011-2012
This course will only utilize WorldClassRoom (Blackboard environment) as the platform for all assignments, syllabus changes and other issues pertaining to the course. Therefore, students must have a Webster University e-mail account, and use this as their primary e-mail account, in order to participate in this course.
All written assignments must be prepared in a professional manner. Papers and projects, including citations should meet these criteria. Unprofessionally prepared assignments will be returned ungraded for revision and resubmission.
All assignments must be submitted to the satisfaction of the instructor, on time, and as outlined in the syllabus in order to receive credit.
Expectations and policies:
The University is committed to the highest standards of academic conduct and integrity. Students will be held responsible for violations of academic honesty.
Definitions of Academic Dishonesty
Academic dishonesty includes the following and any other forms of academic dishonesty.
Cheating—Using or attempting to use crib sheets, electronic sources, stolen exams, unauthorized study aids in an academic assignment, or copying or colluding with a fellow student in an effort to improve one’s grade.
Fabrication—Falsifying, inventing, or misstating any data, information, or citation in an academic assignment, field experience, academic credentials, job application or placement file.
Plagiarism—Using the works (i.e. words, images, other materials) of another person as one’s own words without proper citation in any academic assignment. This includes submission (in whole or in part) of any work purchased or downloaded from a Web site or an Internet paper clearinghouse.
Facilitating Academic Dishonesty—Assisting or attempting to assist any person to commit any act of academic misconduct, such as allowing someone to copy a paper or test answers.
In most cases, the instructor will address issues of academic dishonesty within the confines of the student’s course. The instructor may decide an appropriate consequence, including the following options: a written warning; the assignment of a written research project about the nature of plagiarism and academic honesty; a reduced grade or partial credit on the assignment; requiring the student to repeat the assignment; or issuing a failing grade to the student of the course.
If a student receives an unsatisfactory grade (C, F) in a course as a result of academic dishonesty, existing academic policies may lead to a warning, probation or dismissal.
In extreme cases, a dishonesty violation may warrant consideration for dismissal, suspension, or other disciplinary action. These disciplinary actions require a formal judicial process as outlined in the University’s Student Handbook.
Turnitin is a tool available for the use of all faculty members in preventing plagiarism in students’ papers. The program will check the originality of the submission against internet sources, academic databases, and other students’ submissions.
Faculty members are encouraged to require students to use this program in their courses. It may be used in the writing process prior to final submission to check for originality and correct citations, but will not be an effective tool for review content or editing purposes. For those tools, students are encouraged to use the Writing Center.
Instructors are also encouraged to have students attach the results of the Turnitin report to the paper prior to final submission.
Drops and Withdrawals
Students may add or drop classes without financial penalty during the first two weeks of each term. The deadline to add or drop a class is Noon on the Friday of week two. Informing the course instructor is NOT sufficient notice for dropping a course. The Webster Office needs written notification. After week two, a student must withdraw from a course. After week six withdrawing is no longer an option, and the student must receive a grade for the course.
Students wishing to add a course after the first class has met, need approval from the instructor.
Other Policies and Expectations:
Webster University in the National Capital Region believes that an essential part of any course offering is the classroom experience. Therefore, excessive student absences will have a detrimental effect on learning and grades.
It is expected that each student be present for all nine weeks of the course. Since the first week of class contains vital information, Webster students are automatically dropped from the course if they are absent during week one unless an exception is granted by the instructor. In order for a student to add a course after the first class has met (during the Add/Drop period), permission must be given by the instructor and relayed by email from the instructor to the Webster Office.
Special circumstances for absences beyond the first week are at the discretion of the instructor. If, however, these absences are leading to a grade of Incomplete the instructor will notify the Academic Director of the case. Please Note: All students MUST be registered in order to attend a class and all students must talk to their academic advisor to change any enrollment.
In the case of unavoidable absence, the student must contact the instructor. The student is subject to appropriate academic penalty for incomplete or unacceptable makeup work, or for excessive or unexcused absences. A student who misses more than one-four hour course period (per course) without a documented military or medical excuse and advanced permission from the instructor should withdraw from the course.
Additionally, students who arrive late are a disruption to the instructor and other students. Please be punctual.
It is assumed that respect for the Webster community and its rules as well as respect for the rights of others are standards for all Webster students. Each student is expected to act with civility. Freedom of expression is an essential part of the University life, but it does not include intimidation, belligerence, threats of violence, or the inducement of others to engage in violence or in conduct that harasses or is disrespectful of others. Conduct that threatens, harasses, or denigrates others for any reason is unacceptable and will be dealt with severely. Proper social conduct includes not only civil behavior in interacting with members of the University community both within and outside of the classroom, but also respect for University facilities and property. If each member of the class lives up to these standards, the members of the class can be confident that everyone will benefit fully from the diversity found here. Civil behavior also includes good manners.
Please turn off cell phones during class.
Children are not permitted in the classroom
Only students enrolled in the class are allowed to attend class.
Additionally, please treat classrooms with the same respect as you would your personal property. No eating or drinking are allowed in classrooms and remove any trash that you bring into the room.
Controversial Course Content
There may be times when legitimate class discussions, assignments, or media resources deal with issues, images or symbols that are viewed as controversial by some class members. This is unavoidable in a course that comprehensively deals with contemporary issues and themes. Students should be aware that some materials covered in class might be perceived as offensive to their individual sensibilities.
Classroom discussions generally begin with a question that all members understand, then: People will participate at different levels which is permitted within class and time limits; Some level of participation is expected of everyone; Domination of the conversations by one or two people is unacceptable; Let people finish their thoughts – do not interrupt; When someone is talking listen to what they are saying – concentrate on what they are saying rather than formulating a response; Separate the person from the opinion; Divergent views are encouraged – assume that everyone may have a piece of the truth; Asking for and giving the basis for a view or observation is encouraged; Debating the goodness or badness, the right or wrong of a position is discouraged: and Share, rotate roles and responsibilities for discussion management within the group. Personal attacks will not be tolerated! Anyone may remind anyone else, including reminding the instructor, if violations of the ground rules occur.
Behavior that is disruptive to the instructor or students is contrary to quality education. Should the instructor determine that an individual student’s verbal or nonverbal behavior is hampering another student’s ability to understand or concentrate on the class material, the instructor will speak with that student in an effort to rectify the behavior. If the behavior continues after this discussion, the instructor will have the disruptive student leave the class. Permission to return to class may be dependent upon assurances that the student has met with a responsible individual about the problem: their Advisor, the campus Assistant Director, the Academic Director, etc.
Expectations of Student Workload
At a graduate level Webster University expects students to spend a minimum of three to four hours of reading and assignments for every hour that they are in the classroom.
Grades and University Policies
Incomplete grades can be issued at the instructor’s discretion to students who need an extension of their coursework. These cases should be brought to the attention of the Academic Director by the sixth week of the course. The grade of “I” must be posted just as any other grade and an Incomplete Grade Form must be filled out and returned to the appropriate campus. A copy will be sent to the student as well as the instructor and kept on file until the incomplete is finished. Please note that incompletes must be resolved within one year, which is the stipulation set by Main Campus and cannot be extended. It is our professional experience that students who are given a short deadline are more likely to finish the coursework.
Students receiving Tuition Assistance from a military institution must resolve the incomplete within ninety days of the course ending in order to receive their funding. Instructors are encouraged to set their own deadline closer to the original due date.
If a student would like to dispute or gain more clarification on the grade they received, they are encouraged to speak with the instructor first. If there are still concerns or the student and the instructor disagree on the grade earned, the student should present their case to the Regional Academic Director. The Academic Director will gather information from both student and instructor and determine the proper course of action.
Students are to be prepared to participate in class discussions and activities. Preparation for those discussions implies that all assigned work is read and completed in accordance with the deadlines outlined in the syllabus and calendar.
Equally important, participation through the sharing of each student’s research during class discussions will expand and support the knowledge of other students in the course.
Students are expected to come to class meetings thoroughly prepared. “Thoroughly prepared” means having reviewed material from previous meetings and having read current readings sufficiently to participate actively and effectively.
University academic resources for student support, success and enrichment:
Student’s academic advisor will facilitate all program changes and assist with Registration.
At the start of their program each student is assigned an academic advisor. At the initial meeting students are given administrative information, provided access to their online account, given an outline for their course of study, and are registered for their first set of classes. During the interview students engaged in a discussion of interests and plans and leave with a degree and program plan that reflects their professional and personal aspirations. Students should be in regular contact with this advisor throughout their program. If instructors or students have any questions or concerns regarding the program planning for a specific individual or change of courses, please encourage them to speak with their advisor.
Academic Resource Center
The Writing Center offers free and friendly writing advice to all students, staff, and faculty at Webster University. Trained coaches will help with every stage of the writing process, from brainstorming ideas to documenting sources. This service is encouraged for students to use but does require appointments and ample time for review. To learn more or to make an appointment please visit http://webster.edu/writingcenter/.
Student tutoring resources are also available for students. Contact your area directors for more information.
Disability Accommodations/ Special services
Webster University is committed to serving all students, including students with disabilities. In compliance with Section 405 of the Rehabilitation act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, the Academic Resource Director coordinates and provides services for students with disabilities.
If a student is in need of disability accommodations they should contact the site director or designee. Instructors will receive ADA notifications via email. For more detailed information concerning disability accommodation procedures please visit the Academic Resources Center at http://webster.edu/arc/accommodations/procedures.shtml.
The Webster University Library offers you numerous services and resources. Through the Library website, Webster University students, faculty, and staff have access to the online library catalog, tutorials, electronic reserves, and over 160 databases. Your Webster 7 digit student/faculty/staff ID number is required to gain access to some information on the website. For more information on accessing and using the library resources, visit http://library.webster.edu
All students are expected to purchase the text prior to the beginning of the course so that all nine weeks of the course can be spent on rigorous study.
Webster University has partnered with e2Campus to offer FREE text messaging alerts for faculty and students. These weather and emergency alert messages will notify the recipients of cancelations of classes and emergencies. Register at http://www.webster.edu/technology/websteralerts/.
In keeping with the Webster mission of educational excellence, Webster University promotes area-wide initiatives that include Webster Works Worldwide, regional required reading, and monthly lecture series.
Webster would appreciate hearing your ideas in fostering a community of scholars and stewards. Contact any area campus with ideas for Region wide initiatives.
Webster University is committed to creating a climate for learning characterized by respect for each other and the contribution each person makes to class. We ask that you make a similar commitment.
– Sean Coleman, Regional Director, National Capital Region