Academic Affairs

Provost Report Spring 2010

 

Introduction 
We have a number of good news items to share this year that have happened since my last report to the faculty.

Faculty

Tenure and Promotion

New Faculty 

Research Activities

Re-Accreditation

General Education 
The General Education Committee, led by Tim Farmer, has been working on several issues and is expected to have reports and proposals for the faculty later in the academic year.

Assessment Activities

Academic Program Reviews

Fall Enrollments

Retention Activities 
Access to Success

System Plans for Online Education 

Implementation of SB 389

Other legislation

Professional Development 
Orientations

Leadership Development

Programs and Resources

Civic Engagement Activities  

Grand Center

Faculty Grievances

The Collected Rules on grievances require that the Academic Grievance Officer report to the faculty governance body in October on the status of all faculty grievances.

Academic Dishonesty

Faculty have responded well to the policy requiring that they report all incidences of suspected academic dishonesty. The Provost’s Office investigates and/or notes each reported case as appropriate. It is important that a record be kept even in cases in which the faculty member feels that additional sanctions are not necessary, since this gives a record in case the student engages in similar behavior in later courses, or has already done so without the faculty member’s knowledge. It is important to know if a given situation is the first instance for a student, or whether the student has been involved in similar behavior in previous courses in order for investigations and sanctions to be appropriate. I appreciate everyone’s cooperation as we try to educate students in an academically rigorous and honest fashion.

Academic Dishonesty Report

Cheating. Under guidelines established by the Collected Rules and Regulations section 200.020. B.1 STANDARD OF CONDUCT, the Office of Academic Affairs has investigated 14 cases of academic dishonesty involving cheating. Details of those cases are documented below.

Plagiarism

Under guidelines established by the Collected Rules and Regulations section 200.020. B.1 STANDARD OF CONDUCT, the Office of Academic Affairs has investigated 24 cases of academic dishonesty involving plagiarism. Details of those cases are documented below.

University policies require faculty to report suspected cases of academic dishonesty to Academic Affairs. We assure students of due process and guide faculty through the procedures. Then we keep the names of those charged on file so that students can be monitored. In this way, it is known if a student commits repeated offenses.

Please do not try to handle these situations by yourself. Please also bring your syllabus into conformity with official university policies and procedures regarding academic integrity requirements. Regardless of what your syllabus says, you could be violating procedures (and legal precedents) if you attempt to sanction students yourself. Please be familiar with the policies. If you wish to have a greater understanding of the policies and procedures, please contact Associate Provost Judith Walker de Felix. She is also happy to present information to departments on how to detect and handle academic dishonesty.

390.010 Discrimination Grievance Procedures for Students
The Office of Academic Affairs has not investigated any formal grievance cases from Winter/Spring Semester 2010 to the current Fall Semester 2010.

Student Complaints Concerning Faculty, Staff, Administrators and Academic Issues
Information on student complaint procedures and the Student Advocate is now available on the Academic Affairs and Student Affairs websites.

Report on Student Complaint Cases
The following summary documents student complaint cases reported to the Office of Academic Affairs from Winter/Spring Semester 2010 to date in Fall Semester 2010.

The Office of Academic Affairs has investigated 32 student complaints. In those cases, the students were referred to the appropriate unit administrator. The details of those cases are documented below. 

Currently, the Office of Academic Affairs is investigating 1 student complaint.