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New & Part-time Faculty

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The Basics:

  • Your name
  • Contact information, department's phone, your voice mail extension, and at your option, email, office hours, home phone.
  • Course title and number, meeting days and times, room location
  • Your bio- (a brief one – maybe include your teaching philosophy, and thoughts about the discipline and course.)
  • Prerequisites for the course
  • Student outcomes - required
  • Description of the course from the college catalogue
  • Course goals and objectives
  • Required purchases: texts, workbooks, lab materials (include ISBN and year published)
  • Major assignments:  due dates and descriptions
  • Final exam place, date, and time
  • Grading standards and criteria
  • Your policy regarding late assignments
  • Topics to be covered in sequence with dates
  • Reading/outside assignments with due dates
  • Library Information
  • Additional information as it pertains to your course:
  • Important dates to remember (add/drop, withdraw, campus holidays)
  • Will the course be primarily lecture, discussion, or group work; or a combination?
  • What will exams assess?

Policy Statements

  • Accommodations statement for students with disabilities.
  • Policies regarding Academic Conduct: Expanded explanation of the University Misconduct policy, if appropriate. Call their attention to the policy on DAY ONE. See Student Code of Conduct (Title 12).

Academic Dishonesty Sample Text: 

  • Plagiarism: Presenting the work of another as one’s own (i.e., without proper acknowledgment of the source or sources), or submitting material that is not entirely one’s own work without attributing the unoriginal portions to their correct sources. The sole exception to the requirement of acknowledging sources occurs when ideas or information are common knowledge.
  • Cheating: In any work submitted for evaluation (tests or assignments), copying or attempting to copy from another student’s work; using or attempting to use unauthorized information, notes, study aids, or other materials; any unauthorized collaboration with others, who may or may not be students, in work to be presented for a grade; altering graded work after it has been returned, then submitting the work to be regraded; tampering with the academic work of other students.
  • Personal Misrepresentation and Proxy: Taking another person’s place in an exam, placement test, or other academic activity, either before or after enrollment; having another person participate in an academic evaluation activity or evaluation in place of oneself.
  • Academic Misconduct: Students are expected to follow university policies as put forth in the institution’s Student Code of Responsibilities and Conduct. In accordance with Title 12 of the Student Code of Conduct, instances of alleged academic misconduct will follow the policies and procedures as described in Title 12. As a general rule, Faculty at Rogers State University has the responsibility of enforcing the academic code. Therefore, if academic misconduct is suspected, I will submit a letter of alleged academic misconduct to the Office of Student Affairs.
  • Non-Academic Misconduct: In order to maintain an effective learning environment, students are expected to fully comply with The Student Code. Disruptive behavior will not be tolerated. It is the responsibility of each student to read and become familiar with the policies of The Student Code.
  • Disclaimer Statement:Sample Text: The schedule and procedures in this course are subject to change in the event of extenuating circumstances.
  • Attendance Policy:  In the event that the university cancels classes, such as for severe weather, students will be expected to continue with readings as originally scheduled. Any assignments scheduled during those missed classes, such as an exam or paper, are due at the next class meeting unless other instructions are posted at the course website.
  • References: List of references/a few URLs useful for students. Students can be easily overwhelmed with URLs. Be selective.

On-line Instructors Consider the following Statements:

  • Phone: 1-800-285-9796
  • Helpdesk: helpdesk@rsuonline.edu
  • Time Zones: Announced times are in the Central Time Zone.
  • E-mail: When e-mailing the instructor put COURSE NAME in the subject line. E-mail labeled in this manner receives higher priority.
  • Official Course Language:  English
  • Special Materials Needed for the On-line Student:  Regular internet access and e-mail. Latest browser version is recommended. The student does not need multi-media capacity or a CD-Rom. Electronic submissions must be submitted as “.rtf” files and in PC format.
  • Location/Synchronicity Requirements: There will be three chat room synchronous meetings in a semester, see calendar. No face-to-face meetings are required although students are welcome to schedule a face-to-face or telephone contact with the instructor. Students are required to identify a testing center for exam taking by the third week of the semester.
  • Attendance: Twenty percent of the grade will be for active and appropriate participation in on-line discussion as follows . . . It would be wise to arrange a backup plan for internet access in case the primary computer fails.  Libraries may offer such a resource.
  • Copyright Policy: The materials on this course website are provided for the educational purposes of students enrolled in (name of course) at Rogers State University.  These materials are subject to U.S. Copyright law and are not for further reproduction and transmission.

Privacy Policy

Note to instructors. Courses using extensive on-line activities should include a privacy statement indicating the following:

Sample Text: 

  1. Privacy: The Internet may change or challenge notions of what is private and what isn't.   Although the course is protected by a password, such tools are not perfect as human beings are using them. The student is relatively protected by the password but no one can guarantee privacy on-line.
    1. Course software enables the instructor to know which students have logged in, where in the course site they have visited, and how long they have stayed.  The technology support people have access to information posted at the site.
    2. Course Security: In the event the student uses a public terminal (for example, at a hotel or library) the student needs to completely close the browser software when finished. This will prevent another person from accessing the course using the student's identification, doing mischief in the student's name, and violating the privacy of other students.  The student is not to allow access to the course to those not registered in the course. Passwords should be guarded.
    3. Students sometimes want to discuss their grade via e-mail.  E-mail is NOT secure or private. If an individual student requests his/her grade, the instructor can not legally send to that student his/her grade through e-mail without a legal signature from that student on a permission form.  The instructor may e-mail the typical group listing with obscured names. [To instructors: For more information about student rights, see Student Code of Conduct]
    4. Participants are expected to represent their identities in a truthful manner.  Falsifying your identity is grounds for disciplinary action of all parties involved.
  2. On-line discussion is generally looser and more free-flowing than face-to-face. It is expected that everyone exercise a basic respect for one another, which is expected to be defined more explicitly by the group. Spelling and grammar are not important concerns when posting to discussion boards; spelling and grammar do, however, carry weight in formal papers.
  3. Intellectual Property.  It is a common misconception that material on the Internet is free.  That is false.  All intellectual property laws apply. Students are expected to post only material that is theirs by right of creation. Proper credit must be given for any material used which the student does not personally create. This includes images. For example, professionally done photos belong to the photographer and not the subject who only buys copies.