COMMON POLICIES
These policies apply to any and all courses you take with us.



"The syllabus is a statement of intent and serves as an implicit agreement between the [professor] and students." - University of Arizona Policies

We have rights and responsibilities as University faculty - both to you and to the University. Similarly, as a student you have both rights and responsibilities too, if you're unclear on any of these below please contact your academic advisor or discuss them with your professor.

Absence & Class Participation Policies

It is your responsibility to be aware of the UA’s Academic Calendars and all deadlines which could affect you (such as the last day to drop, withdraw, etc.).

Class Participation

Units of Credit (Hours of Student Work Required)

All courses at the UA are required to meet Unit of Credit requirements,  generally meaning that 45 hours of work by each student is required for each unit of credit for a standard full semester. (Thus a 3 credit course is supposed to require a minimum of 135 hours of work, no matter what semester it is in. For a typical Fall/Spring 16 week semester this works out to around 8.4 hours/wk. For a typical Summer 5 week semester this works out to around 27 hours/wk.)

Most professors attempt to design courses to mimic traditional schedules, such as:
  • Requiring around 2.5 hours per week of activities which could be completed in class together, even if the course is online
  • Requiring around 5 hours of homework type activities per week
  • This type of schedule falls under the required amount of time, but gives students ample hours to devote to additional requirements like final projects and papers which are not included in the above estimates

Attendance

All requirements will be detailed on a course page each week. No matter what format your class is in you should expect to log in to the course at least 2-3 times a week to participate.  UA Policy on Class Attendance & Administrative Drops ▶

Absences

If you will be absent for an in person or live class event, you must notify your professor beforehand to discuss alternative arrangements (i.e. for TDY or other events). 
  • All holidays or special events observed by organized religions will be honored for those students who show affiliation with that particular religion. Absences pre-approved by the UA Dean of Students (or Dean’s designee) will also be honored. UA Policy Regarding Absences & Accommodation of Religious Holidays ▶
  • Additional attendance requirements and exemptions may be stipulated by your professor. 

Tips 

  • You can (and should!) plan ahead for the appropriate time commitment your course will require based on the units of credit.  When you do this planning you can even go ahead and email your professors right then in the first days of the semester with any dates you may need to miss. That's also when you should go ahead and add their contact information into your phone, so if an emergency comes up you can let them know about it before you miss any requirements.

Accessibility & Accommodations (Disability Resources)

It is the University’s goal that learning experiences be as accessible as possible. If you anticipate or experience physical or academic barriers based on disability, please let me know immediately so that we can discuss options. You are also welcome to contact Disability Resources (520-621-3268) to establish reasonable accommodations. For additional information on Disability Resources and reasonable accommodations, please visit http://drc.arizona.edu.

In addition, if you have hearing or speaking issues that may interfere with your participation in online discussions through a headset, please let your professor know immediately so we can work to provide you with an effective learning experience.

Codes of Conduct: In Person & Online

Courses should have an atmosphere of learning and critical thinking. Conflict and distrust get in the way of both of those objectives. It is everyone's responsibility to respect one another and maintain a civil learning atmosphere. UA Codes of Conduct ▶

To that end the following policies apply:
  1. In the online environment you are expected to observe Expectations for Online Students and proper Netiquette
    1. All postings, whether in emails, Discussions or chat, are to be courteous and in language appropriate for an academic setting. Participants must avoid offensive and confrontational comments, and our Faculty retain the right to delete any posting deemed inappropriate.
    2. You should also be aware of the UA Policy on Disruptive Behavior ▶.
  2. Be respectful of others and never threaten anyone, including yourself. The University of Arizona has a strict and comprehensive Policy regarding Threatening Behavior ▶

Communication (UA Email)

You are responsible for reading emails sent to your UA account from your professor and the announcements that are placed on the course web site. Information about readings, news events, your grades, assignments and other course related topics will be communicated to you with these electronic methods. UA Email Policy ▶ This policy is required due to Federal regulations regarding the Confidentiality of Student Records (FERPA).

Tips 

We know what a pain it is to have tons of different email addresses to check, but we have to comply with Federal policies so we must email you at your official UA email address. Thus, we recommend you do one or both of the following:

Grading Policy Overview

Our courses utilize the UA’s Regular Grading System as shown below:
  • A       90% + Excellent
  • B        80% - 90% Good
  • C        70% - 80% Average
  • D        60% - 70% Poor
  • E     < 60% Failure
  • I/W    Requests for incompletes (I) and withdrawal (W) must be made in accordance with university policies which are available at the links provided.

Grievance Policies

Should a student feel he or she has been treated unfairly, including feeling discriminated against or harassed, there are a number of resources available. With few exceptions, students should first attempt to resolve difficulties informally by bringing those concerns directly to the person responsible for the action, or with whomever is the immediate supervisor of the person responsible for the action. 

E.g. An issue with your professor would first be discussed with them directly, and if no resolution was achieved then the Program Director should be contacted. However, if the Program Director is also your professor, then the Associate Dean would be your next point of contact instead.

If the problem cannot be resolved informally, the student may file a formal grievance. However, we recommend you contact the Ombuds Program if informal resolution has failed, before you pursue an official grievance filing. UA Grievance Policy Summary ▶

Appealing Grades

If you have an issue with a grade, please follow the UA Grade Appeal Process. (In our courses that means you would deal with your professor first, the Program Director second, and then the Associate Dean.) If you need to do this, please read these tips first.

Intellectual Property Policy

All lecture notes, lectures, study guides and course materials disseminated by the faculty to the students, whether in class or online, are original materials and as such reflect intellectual property of the professor or author of those works. All readings, study guides, lecture notes and handouts are intended for individual use by the student.

Students may not distribute or reproduce these materials for commercial purposes without the express written consent of the professor. Students who sell or distribute these materials for any use other than their own are in violation of the University's Intellectual Property Policy. Violations of the professor's copyright may result in course sanctions and violate the Code of Academic Integrity.

Notice: Objectionable Materials

Given the nature of our field, it is entirely possible that materials considered adult, controversial, or objectionable in nature will crop up from time to time. You may spend the majority of your time on the Internet and we should not only understand but respect the fact that it is a free and open place. As responsible adults, we encourage and expect everyone to be safe, smart, and secure when engaged online. 

Online Syllabus & Syllabus Changes Policies

Information contained in the course syllabus, other than the grade and absence policy, may be subject to change with advance notice, as deemed appropriate by the professor. Changes may be made up to the first official day of the semester without notice.

Student Code of Academic Integrity


Students are encouraged to share intellectual views and discuss freely the principles and applications of course materials. However, students are expected to adhere to the UA Code of Academic Integrity as described in the UA General Catalog ▶ In simple terms this policy means dishonesty is not be tolerated in any Organizational Leadership courses. This includes, but is not limited to, cheating, plagiarizing, fabricating information or citations, facilitating acts of academic dishonesty by others, having unauthorized possession of examinations, submitting work of another person or work previously used without informing the professor, or tampering with the academic work of other students. Students who are found to be dishonest must be reported to the Dean of Students Office and receive a sanctions, such as a failing grade on the assignment, exam, and/or in the course. 

Writing Expectations & Support

All papers, discussion posts, etc. in this course must use APA style for their citations only - please see the Documentation of Sources page for more detailed information on plagiarism and APA style. Note: If you are found to have plagiarized or submitted unoriginal work then you will receive a zero for the assignment - no exceptions. TurnItIn is used to detect plagiarism as a matter of blanket policy.

Tips 

The University Libraries have some excellent tips for avoiding plagiarism and the Resources page here on this site goes into large amounts of detail on the support options you have to help you meet our writing expectations. We all want you to succeed, so if you come up against an assignment where you find yourself struggling, discuss that with your professor ASAP so we can see what we can do to help you develop your skills.

Technology Policies

Technology Requirements & Support

You are required to have a reliable computer and Internet connection throughout the course. You must have an active NetID account and regularly check your UA Email (it is the only email approved for communications).

Our courses use Desire2Learn (D2L), a web based Learning Management System, to manage class activities and communications. You are automatically enrolled in the D2L course site. D2L will be used to: 1) distribute course materials, 2) communicate and collaborate online, 3) post grades, 4) submit assignments, and 5) distribute Quizzes and surveys. You are responsible for checking the D2L site regularly for classwork and announcements. The course site may be accessed through http://D2L.arizona.edu/. Multimedia will be used to deliver some course content.  D2L Course Site Policies ▶

Technical Snafus/Problems Policy

The majority of our courses rely heavily on access to computers, specific software, and the Internet. At some point during the semester you WILL probably have a problem with technology: your laptop will crash, a file will become corrupted, a server will go down, a piece of software will not act as you expect it to, or something else will occur. These are facts of twenty-first-century life, not emergencies (even though they feel like emergencies).

To succeed in college and in your career you should develop work habits that take such snafus into account now. Start assignments early and save often. Always keep a backup copy of your work saved somewhere secure (preferably off site, such as in your Google Drive). It is entirely your responsibility to take the proper steps to ensure your work will not be lost irretrievably and that it is uploaded in the correct format on time. We will not grant you an extension based on these problems. (However if D2L or another required service is unavailable/has a technical issue when an assignment is due we will extend that deadline.)

Technical Support

UA offers excellent computer and D2L support, please see this page for more information. If you find yourself completely lost or confused, please review this additional resource page, then contact 24/7 IT for help. This method will help ensure it isn’t a problem with your computer first (that’s usually what’s wrong, this method ensures you deal with that first before attempting to have your professor troubleshoot your technical issues.

University Policies

Other University policies may apply to your actions in and outside of this course, such as use of University Email or other computing resources, if you need to review them please see Policies and Procedures. The relevant areas for students are primarily Academic Policies, Computing Policies, and Student Life Policies.