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Student Complaint/Grievance Procedures
The faculty-student relationship is based on mutual respect and dedication to the process of teaching and learning. Faculty must expect - and students must adhere to - high standards of academic honesty. This chapter lays out the policies and responsibilities that have been put in place to provide safeguards and protect the faculty-student relationship.
Faculty Responsibilities and Support
Full-time faculty will fulfill their assigned teaching responsibilities duringthe academic year (fall and winter semesters).
Note that all Regular UM faculty are required to perform Research, Teaching, and Service. Following revision of the Instructional Workload in 2002, the UM System, directed by the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, is revising the comprehensive Workload statement for all regular faculty. The current Statement on Faculty Workload may be found in the Collected Rules and Regulations, Section 310.080.
The Graduate Faculty will consist of all tenured and tenure-track faculty. Visiting and part-time faculty will not normally be members of the Graduate Faculty. Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis per approval of the Graduate Council. Upon recommendation by a department chair, area coordinator or school or dean, qualified adjunct faculty may be approved by the Graduate Dean to teach graduate courses for a period of up to five years. Formore information, please see the Graduate School.
Commencement Attendance Policy
Commencement ceremonies are important institutional ceremonies that are the culmination of a student's career at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. These ceremonies are significant symbolic events for students and their families and, as such, require participation of the faculty as the ranking members of the academic community. Please see the policy forfull details.
Course Wait List Policy University of Missouri-St. Louis
Course Wait List Defined: A course wait list is a list of students who wish to register for a course or for a section of a course that has reached its authorized capacity. Course wait lists are generated and maintained by the Office of the Registrar for one week after the start of the semester. Please see the policy for full details.
Office Hours Policy
Being available for consultation with students outside of scheduled classes is an important part of a faculty member's responsibilities. All full and part-time faculty engaged in teaching are expected to be available during the academic term to meet with students outside of their scheduled instructional hours. Please see the policy for full details.
Student evaluations of every section of every credit-bearing course with six or more students enrolled are to be conducted each semester, including all summer sessions. All evaluations must include a question concerning the competency of the instructor in spoken English. Please see the policy for full details.
Faculty members have a special obligation to expect high standards of academic honesty in all student work. Students have a special obligation to adhere to such standards. In all cases of academic dishonesty, the instructor shall make an academic judgment about the student's grade on that work and in that course. The instructor shall report the alleged academic dishonesty to the Primary Administrative Officer. Please see the policy for full details.
Use of Copyrighted materials
Faculty are entitled to reasonable photocopying of copyrighted materials, butthe use is subject to law, as spelled out and interpreted in Collected Rules and Regulations, Section 100.010.
Online Intellectual Property
Legal regulations, policies, and considerations for the use of online intellectual property is a consideration affecting most faculty today. The University of Missouri Vice President for Academic Affairs works to build and maintain a record of pertinent information, policies, and procedures on this topic.
The relationship between an instructor and her or his class is a special one and should not be intruded upon lightly. However, most instructors are proud of their performance in the classroom and welcome visits by colleagues as opportunities to share successful strategies with others and receive helpful feedback from colleagues as part of what should be an ongoing peer review of teaching. Such visits, arranged in advance and agreed to by both parties, are appropriate when an instructor wishes to improve her or his teaching by observing the teaching of a colleague and when an instructor wishes a colleague to observe her or his teaching and give advice as to how it might be improved. Please see the policy for full details.
Book Buying and Selling Policy
The University of Missouri-St. Louis does not allow book buyers on its campus, except through specific contractual agreements. As a service to students, and under a contract with a reseller, the University Book Store will continue to purchase books but will do so only from UMSL students and will not knowingly purchase complimentary or examination copies of books.
Troubled or Troubling Students
Any successful learning experience requires mutual respect on behalf of the student and the instructor. The instructor, as well as the fellow students, should not be subjected to any student's behavior that is in any way disruptive, rude, or challenging to the instructor's authority in the classroom. A student should not feel intimidated or demeaned by his/her instructor and students must remember that the instructor has primary responsibility for control over classroom behavior and maintenance of academic integrity. The instructor can order the temporary removal or exclusion from the classroom of any student engaged in disruptive conduct or conduct violating the general rules and regulations of the institution. If assistance is needed in the classroom, please contact the campus police department at 314-516-5155 or by dialing 911 from any campus phone. Students who are troubled should be referred to the campus counseling services at 314-516-5711 for assistance. Please refer to the Standard of Conduct for further information.