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III. Teaching Policies and Procedures
III-1 Class Schedules and Teaching Assignments
In advance of each semester, the Registrar sends to the college deans and to the department chairpersons requests for lists of classes offered. Department chairpersons are responsible for determining the schedule of courses to be taught, and for assigning courses to individual faculty members. In making course schedules and teaching assignments, consideration should be given to the course offerings required to meet student needs, areas of faculty specialization, appropriate balance of time for teaching and research, equity of load between faculty members, and other factors. After being prepared in the department, course schedules and faculty teaching assignments are approved by the college dean and submitted to the Registrar. Changes in the time or place of class meetings, or in the number of class meetings per week, should be made only after the expressed approval of the department chairperson. Department chairpersons are expected to notify their dean and the Office of the Registrar of all class changes.
University Registrar, 11-10-98
1. University system institutions shall operate under a common academic year calendar approved by the Chancellor. The Chancellor shall approve academic year calendars at least two years in advance and may approve a perpetual calendar.
2. Academic year calendars must include at least 160 class days, including test days, but excluding class holidays and days reserved for orientation, registration and commencement. Institutions may designate one class day before finals each semester as a reading/review day.
3. Academic year calendars are subject to the following guidelines:
a. Class holidays are Labor Day, Veterans' Day, Thanksgiving Day and the Friday following, Martin Luther King Day, Presidents' Day, and the Friday before and the Monday after Easter Sunday;
b. Fall semester ends before Christmas;
c. There is at least a two week break, including Christmas and New Year's Day, between Fall and Spring semesters;
d. There is a one week Spring semester break beginning the Monday following 40 class days; and
e. Finals week begins on a Monday.
State Board of Higher Education Policy Manual, 04-17-98 , Section 406.1
III-2 Student Advising, Office Hours
One of the important obligations of UND faculty members is to be available for advising students. Department chairpersons often find it necessary to call on faculty members to help in the advisement of undergraduate majors. Members of the Graduate Faculty have an important responsibility for advising graduate students, for service on their advisory committees, and for serving as thesis or dissertation advisers. In order to carry out these and other individual advising responsibilities, faculty members are asked to set aside several hours each week for office hours and to post a listing of these hours in a readily accessible place. The University encourages continuing communication between faculty and students to enhance the advisement process. Regardless of whether academic advising in a college and/or academic department is mandatory or voluntary, ultimately it is the student's responsibility to meet the stated requirements for the degree sought, as listed in the appropriate catalog or bulletin. Every student is held accountable for complying with the information contained in this catalog and the Time Schedule of Classes for each term. Registration also is the student's personal responsibility.
University Registrar, 11-10-98
III-3 Size of Classes
In general, an effort is made at UND to achieve a bimodal distribution of class sizes. For courses in which small size has special advantages, e.g., laboratory sections, language classes where discussion is important, class size is ordinarily restricted from 20 to 30 students. Courses which are primarily lecture, and which require only minimal amounts of class discussion are allowed to range in size from 50 up to several hundred. When faculty members have very large classes, reader or grading assistance is usually made available.
University Registrar, 12-21-98
SEE ALSO: State Board of Higher Education Policy Manual, 04-27-01 , Section 440 (Enrollment Reporting)
III-4 Student Absences
4.1 POLICY ON STUDENT ATTENDANCE AND PARTICIPATION
Attendance and participation in class activities are considered integral parts of a university education. It is University policy that attendance in classes is expected of all students. While attendance is necessary to demonstrate competence via participation in some classes, attendance itself is not a measure of competence and therefore, shall not be used as a criterion for evaluation. Students' grades shall be based on recognized academic standards, e.g., scholarly achievement and examination performance. Faculty are encouraged to find appropriate ways to reflect in their grading the quality of participation and contributions of students to their classes. Students shall be informed by their instructors during the first week of classes of the criteria to be used in assigning grades in each course.
Approved: UND Senate, 01-17-74
4.2 INSTRUCTOR'S DROP POLICY
An instructor may submit a list of students to be deleted from class roles who have neither attended class nor notified the instructor of withdrawal within the first five days from commencement of University instruction. The Registrar will delete from the class rolls the names of students received and mail to the current local address a revised class schedule to each student dropped from a course in this manner.
Not all instructors follow this policy since it is not mandatory. Students, therefore, are strongly advised not to assume that they have been dropped from a course. Students should review their registration status in a course in question with the Office of the Registrar.
SEE ALSO: UND Academic Catalog
5.1 SPECIAL EXAMINATIONS FOR CREDIT
A regularly enrolled student may apply to take "special" (challenge or validating) examinations to establish credit for approved University courses. Requests to take an examination must be made to the chair of the department offering the course. Approval of the department chair, the instructor of the course and the dean of the college offering the course(s) are required. A petition with the appropriate signatures must be submitted to the Registrar's Office prior to examinations. A committee of three appointed by the chair of the department offering the course will administer and evaluate the examinations, a majority being necessary to award a grade. Special examinations must be searching and comprehensive. Grades of "Satisfactory" or "Unsatisfactory" will be recorded on the student's permanent record upon recommendation of the committee, but will not be used to compute scholastic average.
The fee per credit hour for a validating or challenge examination is one-half the regular credit hour fee for the course to be challenged. Receipt of payment must be presented to the instructor prior to examination.
Students may apply to take challenge or validating examinations to establish credit in University of North Dakota courses which correspond to work taken at unaccredited and non-degree granting institutions, or for courses in which they have superior preparation or knowledge gained through independent study. These exams are offered for courses, which have no equivalent CLEP subject exams. Students who have audited a course, or who have previously enrolled in a course and then dropped it, will not ordinarily be permitted to take a special examination in that course.
College-Level Examination Program: The University of North Dakota offers the opportunity to submit the results of CLEP for credit in most of the Subject Examinations.
CLEP Subject Examinations currently accepted by UND for transfer credits are listed below with minimum acceptable standard score. Minimum CLEP scores are under review by the North Dakota University System. Credit earned through CLEP Subject Exams may be used to fulfill University General Education requirements, to fulfill specific course requirements, or to be used as elective credits. As soon as they become available, new examinations will be reviewed by University departments to determine their suitability for credit at UND.
The following guidelines have been established for utilization of the Subject Examinations:
1. A CLEP Subject Examination may not be taken to establish credit for a course in which a student has earned credit in a higher-level sequential course.
2. Regarding CLEP Subject Examinations which offer a maximum of six to eight credits, a student with previously earned credit in one semester of a two-semester sequence must petition the CLEP Advanced Placement Committee for exception to this policy prior to taking the CLEP Subject Examination for the balance of the credit.
3. A Subject Examination may be repeated no sooner than six months after date of the last testing. Students should submit a petition to the UND CLEP Committee for permission to repeat an examination.
4. A Subject Examination may not be taken to establish credit in a subject in which the student has been enrolled, but from which he or she has withdrawn after the last day to add a course, until six months from the last class day of the term in which he/she was enrolled for the course.
5. A Subject Examination may not be used to establish credit in a subject, which the student has previously failed.
6. A student wishing to have CLEP credit included within the last 30 hours toward a bachelor's degree must have appropriate petitions approved by the CLEP Committee and the Administration Procedures Committee, since the last 30 credits must be earned in residence at the University, and CLEP credit is considered as equivalent to credit earned at another institution. All CLEP testing is now computer-based. UND uses the ACE Recommended Credit-Granting Score as a guide to determine whether credit is granted.
|SUBJECT EXAMINATION||MINIMUM STANDARD SCORE||EQUIVALENT UND COURSE|
|Algebra-Trigonometry||50||Math 107||(5 cr.)|
|American Government||50||Pols 115||(3 cr.)|
|Analyzing & Interpreting Literature||50||English 271 & 272||(6 cr.)|
|Biology (General)||50||Biol 150, 150L||(4 cr.)|
|Business Law (Introductory)||50||Acct 315||(3 cr.)|
|Calculus with Elementary Functions||50||Math 146||(3 cr.)|
|Chemistry (General)||50||Chem 121, 121L||(4 cr.)|
|College Algebra||50||Math 103||(3 cr.)|
|Composition, Freshman||50||English 110||(3 cr.)|
|Educational Psychology (Intro. to)||50||Psyc 213||(3 cr.)|
|History of U.S. I||50||Hist 103||(3 cr.)|
|History of U.S. II||50||Hist 104||(3 cr.)|
|Human Growth and Development||50||Psyc 250||(4 cr.)|
|Psychology (Introduction)||50||Psyc 111||(3 cr.)|
|Languages (French, German, Spanish)||50||Fren, Germ, Span 101||(4 cr.)|
|Macroeconomics (Principles of)||50||Econ 202||(3 cr.)|
|Microeconomics (Principles of)||50||Econ 201||(3 cr.)|
|Sociology (Introductory)||50||Soc 110||(3 cr.)|
|Trigonometry||50||Math 105||(2 cr.)|
|Western Civilization I||50||Hist 101||(3 cr.)|
|Western Civilization II||50||Hist 102||(3 cr.)|
State Board of Higher Education Policy Manual, 6-20-02 , Section 805.3
SEE ALSO: UND Undergraduate Catalog; UND Faculty Handbook III-7.1 (College Jurisdiction C)
5.2 FINAL EXAMINATION POLICY
An examination from which no student is exempt is held at the end of most courses according to the published examination schedule. In all other courses in which alternate evaluation methods and schedules are appropriate, the use of such methods is subject to the recommendation of the departmental faculty and the approval of the dean of the college in which the course is offered. Any change in time from the published schedule requires the recommendation of the chairperson of the department and approval of the dean of the college; any student who would be disadvantaged by such a change should report this in advance to his or her academic dean, who will ensure that satisfactory alternate arrangements will be made by the instructor.
A student who is absent from such a regularly scheduled examination without an excuse considered valid by the instructor is normally given an F for the course. If the excuse is valid, the policy on Incompletes will apply.
However, no undergraduate student should be obliged to write three or more finals on the same day. If the student has three or more finals scheduled the same day, the student wishing an accommodation regarding final exams should contact her or his instructors to establish a mutually acceptable time to reschedule one or more of the exams. Any student request for the rescheduled final exam must be presented to the instructor before the end of the tenth week of the semester; otherwise, the student's rescheduling right is forfeited. If an accommodation cannot be reached, he or she should contact the department chair(s) to find a mutually agreeable time. If no agreement is reached, the appropriate dean(s) should be contacted. The final appeal, if no mutually convenient time has been found, will be to the Vice President of Academic Affairs.
Approved: UND Senate, 12-10-87
SEE ALSO: UND Academic Catalog
5.3 EXAMINATION TO RAISE A GRADE
To raise a D grade, a student may have the alternative of retaking a final examination at the time of the first regularly scheduled final examination in the subject if it meets with the approval of the department and dean of the course and the student's adviser, except in the School of Law, the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, and the College of Nursing. If a student decides to retake the final examination, approval must be obtained from the instructor and department chair of the course and the dean of the college offering the course. No re-examination will be given except at the time of the regularly scheduled examinations at the end of each semester.
Approved: UND Council, 03-19-53; UND Senate, 05-04-67; revised 02-03-72
SEE ALSO: UND Academic Catalog
III-6 Reporting Grades
At the end of the eighth week of each semester, faculty members should identify students who are deficient in their work (those who received grades of D, F, or U) on "Unsatisfactory Grade Report" forms, which are returned to the Office of the Registrar. Shortly before this date, each instructor receives a class list on the "Unsatisfactory Grade Report" form.
All final grades must be submitted within 48 hours after the last examination of final examination week. If an instructor has assigned a final grade to a student and has reported the grade to the Office of the Registrar, then the grade may be changed only with the approval of the Administrative Procedures Committee. Students' specific grades may not be given by instructors to third parties. Grades also are not to be posted in any manner in which students may be identified by other parties.
A complete explanation of the University's grading system appears in the UND Academic Catalog.
University Registrar, 9-11-03
III-7 Program Modifications
7.1 COLLEGE JURISDICTION
Colleges have jurisdiction over undergraduate academic requirements as follows:
A. Graduate without being enrolled (dean of student's college).
B. Extension of time to remove an incomplete (instructor, department chair, and dean of college in which course is offered).
C. Special and validating examinations and re-examinations (instructor, department chair, and dean of college in which course is offered).
D. Graduate from one college while enrolled in another (both deans of student's colleges).
E. Add a course late during a term (instructor, advisor, dean of college in which course is offered).
F. Take or give examinations at times other than those specified (department chair and dean of college in which course is offered).
G. Repeat a course with a grade of C or better and have the last grade only counted in averages (adviser, department chair, and dean of college in which course is offered).
H. Take correspondence course in major while enrolled (advisor, department chair, and dean of student's college).
I. Take non-major correspondence course while enrolled (dean of student's college).
J. Complete a major with fewer than 15 hours in the major done in residency (chair of major department and dean of student's college).
K. Complete a minor with fewer than 4 hours in the minor done in residence (chair of minor department and dean of college in which course is offered).
L. Graduate with fewer than 30 of the last credits for a first baccalaureate degree done in residence, or fewer than the last 15 for a second or subsequent degree (dean of student's college).
M. Be enrolled for more than 21 credit hours in a regular semester, or for more than 10 in a summer session (adviser and dean of student's college).
N. Graduate with fewer than 36 upper level credit hours (adviser and dean of student's college).
O. Have a similar, but differently named, course constitute a repeat of a previous course (chair of department offering course and dean of college in which course is offered).
P. Change a grade misrecorded in a course (instructor and dean of college in which course is offered).
Appeals of decisions shall be determined by the appropriately established review and appeal committee in the respective colleges. The same committee shall resolve cases of divided decisions.
Approved: Council of Deans, 10-16-91; UND Senate, 02-06-92
7.2 SENATE POLICY ON EARLY GRADUATION
Students meeting all of the requirements for graduation except approval by the University Senate who 1) complete an internship or co-op which is required for the degree at a time inconsistent with the normal academic calendar and 2) need an official transcript certifying the awarding of a degree for official licensure or certification as a condition of employment, may appeal to the Senate Executive Committee to obtain a transcript reflecting graduation. If granted, the Registrar's Office posts both the degree and a graduation date different from the one graduation date established by the University as required by the State Board of Higher Education on the academic record.
Approved: UND Senate, 10-03-91
III-8 Academic Concerns of Students
8.1 ACADEMIC ADVISEMENT
Academic advisement is an integral part of the student's university experience. Faculty members are expected to provide accurate information to students regarding their chosen program of study, degree requirements, registration procedures and petitions, as well as to refer them to the appropriate student service office as necessary. Deans will assign students to advisors according to procedures established at each college or school.
Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, 11-14-02
8.1.1 Student Services
Extensive services are available on campus for a wide variety of student needs. For descriptions of each office, consult the UND Academic Catalog.
- individual counseling
- testing services
- career counseling
- substance abuse counseling and prevention
- group counseling
Dean of Students
Department of Wellness
Disability Support Services
Multicultural Student Services
Native American Programs
Student Academic Services
Student Affairs Office
Student Financial Aid
Student Health Services
- Student Support Services
- Upward Bound
- Educational Talent Search
- Educational Opportunity Center
- Ronald E. McNair Program
University Learning Center
Vice President for Student and Outreach Services, 7-31-02
8.2 STUDENT ACADEMIC GRIEVANCES
The University's commitments to academic quality and integrity, as well as to academic freedom, rest upon honesty and fairness in all aspects of scholarly endeavor. Faculty must test, grade, and review student work in a manner that is fair and reasonable, and students must maintain scholastic honesty beyond reproach. Disputes that arise about fairness and honesty are best resolved through open and sincere communication among all parties – students, faculty, committees, and administrators.
The term "academic grievance" is defined as: A statement expressing a complaint, resentment, or accusation lodged by a student about an academic circumstance (such as grading, testing, quality of instruction) which is thought by the student to be unfair.
Academic issues subject to grievance procedures differ from those subject to the academic petition process. The petition process includes a request by the student to have a University, college, or program requirement waived or modified. It may include the right to appeal under circumstances outlined in the petition process. The substance of petitions and appeals is under the jurisdiction of individual colleges, schools, programs, or designated University committees. If a student thinks that a petition has not been handled fairly, the student may initiate a grievance based upon unfair treatment, but not upon the substantive issue.
B. The Grievance Process
Each undergraduate, graduate, and professional school or college shall have written procedures for academic grievances. Unless a school or college has specified a shorter time, a student must initiate a grievance within 120 calendar days from the recording of the final grade (including an "Incomplete"). These procedures are to begin with discussion between the grieving student and the faculty member, committee, or administrator with whom the student has a grievance. If the grievance is not resolved at this stage, then the student may advance the grievance through the procedures of the college or school in which the grievance originated. (In grievances brought by graduate school students that involve graduate school policies, the relevant school is the Graduate School .)
Grievances not resolved at the level of the academic unit may be brought by any of the parties to the Student Academic Standards Committee. If the grievance results because of action of a committee not associated with a specific college, it may be taken directly to the Student Academic Standards Committee. Grievances must be presented in writing to the chair of the committee. This written statement should describe the grievance, indicate how it affects the individual or unit, and include the remedy sought from the committee. It will be the committee's charge to review the academic grievance, consult with all parties significantly involved in the grievance, tape-record its proceedings, and make a final decision within a reasonable length of time (not to exceed 20 school days, except upon agreement of the parties or the inability of the committee to make a quorum) after the grievance has been filed. All submitted documents will be made a permanent part of the student's educational record. A copy of the decision will be sent to the originator of the grievance, the dean of the unit involved, and those against whom the grievance originated. This committee has the authority to resolve the grievance by such actions as upholding an earlier decision, requiring a re-examination or re-review, and in extreme cases, changing a grade. The committee, however, has no authority to take or recommend disciplinary action in these cases either with faculty, administrators, or students or to require permanent changes in classroom, administrative, or committee procedures. The decision of this committee is the final step in the University academic grievance process.
Code of Student Life, 2003-04, Sections 3-2, pp. 1617
8.3 SCHOLASTIC DISHONESTY
Scholastic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, cheating on a test, plagiarism, and collusion. Cases of dishonesty may be handled as a scholastic matter or as a disciplinary matter at the discretion of the instructor. Instructors choosing to treat the case as a scholastic matter have the authority to decide how the incident of dishonesty will affect the student's grade in the course. If the instructor has treated the case as a scholastic matter involving the grade in a course and the student has a grievance related to this action, that grievance would be processed as an academic grievance. Instructors choosing to treat the case as a disciplinary matter will refer the case to the Assistant Dean of Students for possible resolution; if final resolution does not occur, the Assistant Dean of Students may refer the case to the Student Relations Committee which will handle the matter under Section 2 (Conduct Regulations and Procedures) of the Code of Student Life.
A. Cheating on a test includes, but is not restricted to
1. copying from another student's test;
2. possessing or using material during a test not authorized by the person giving the test;
3. collaborating with or seeking aid from another student during a test without permission from the instructor;
4. knowingly using, buying, selling, stealing, transporting, or soliciting in whole or in part the contents of an unadministered test;
5. substituting for another student or permitting another student to substitute for oneself to take a test;
6. bribing another person to obtain an unadministered test or information about an unadministered test.
B. Plagiarism means the appropriation, buying, receiving as a gift, or obtaining by any means another person's work and unacknowledged submission or incorporation of it in one's own work.
C. Collusion means the unauthorized collaboration with another person in preparing any academic work offered for credit.
8.4 FAMILY EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS AND PRIVACY ACT OF 1974, AS AMENDED
Educational records and materials which contain information directly related to students are governed by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended, which requires the confidentiality of student records, provides the procedure for proper access to these records by students and University personnel, and controls the authorized release of these records. UND's policy and administrative procedures concerning student records are available in the University Academic Catalog and the Code of Student Life.
Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, 11-14-02
SEE ALSO: UND Academic Catalog; UND Faculty Handbook III-6.1 (Student Records); Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (Public Law 93-380)
8.4.1 Student Right-to-Know
Institutions receiving federal financial aid are required to produce and make readily available the completion or graduation rates and the transfer-out rate of certificate or degree-seeking, full-time students entering that institution to current students and, to each prospective student upon request prior to that prospective student's enrolling or entering into any financial obligation.
Section 104 of the Student Right-to-Know Act contains additional requirements for institutions that award athletically-related student aid. The term "athletically-related student aid" means any scholarship, grant, or other form of financial assistance, the terms of which require the recipient to participate in a program of intercollegiate athletics at an institution of higher education in order to be eligible to receive such assistance. These requirements include the number of students who received athletically-related student aid; the number of students at the institution of higher education, broken down by race and sex; and the completion or graduation rate and transfer-out rates for these students..
Vice President for Student and Outreach Services, 7-31-02
SEE ALSO: Student Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act of 1990 (Public Law 101-542)
9.1 PROGRAM APPROVAL
The Board shall approve all new programs of study that designate a focused collection of instructional/learning activities the completion of which signifies a level of competence which the awarding institution so designates by a notation on the student transcript.
A. New programs may be submitted to the Board office as an "A" agenda (requires approval of the Board) item at any time and will be considered by the Board within ninety days after being received. Programs must be submitted in the approved format.
B. New program proposals will be distributed by the proposing institution simultaneously to each institutional president and executive dean, and Board members at least six weeks before Board consideration.
C. Board office review of a proposed program can include external consultation. Such consultation will normally be included in the review of graduate programs. Institutions using external consultation for program development might, by early contact with the Board office, be able to use the same consultant for Board office requirements.
D. The Board office will provide the Board and the institutions with an analysis and recommendation regarding the program at least one week prior to the Board meeting at which time the Board action will be taken.
E. Changes to the existing programs that would result in new transcript entries shall be submitted to the Board office as a "B" agenda item (requires approval of the Chancellor's Cabinet). The Chancellor may request the institution to submit the proposed change as a new program on an "A" agenda if a review determines that the change substantially modifies the existing program objectives.
State Board of Higher Education Policy Manual, 11-09-90, Section 403.1
9.2 NEW COURSE REQUESTS
Each campus is encouraged to modify its course offerings as necessary to provide up-to-date, high quality courses and programs for its students. Under normal circumstances, this process is expected to involve both deletions and additions, with the net change in total number of courses and credits estimated at plus or minus five percent per year and fifteen percent per five-year period.
The objective for each campus is to maintain an inventory of active courses that falls within these annual and five-year parameters. The campus is to delete all inactive courses that are not taught at least once per three years (undergraduate) or once per five years (graduate).
Any campus wishing to establish a new course-identification prefix that does not represent a Board-approved
department or program, or to extend an existing prefix to a higher course number (lower-division to upper-division, undergraduate to graduate, master's to doctoral) must obtain prior Board approval.
A. Each campus will monitor its own active and inactive course offerings every year.
B. When the variance in the total number of active course offerings is greater than five percent from one year to the next, or greater than fifteen percent in a five-year period, the campus will send the Commissioner a brief description of the variance and the major reasons for it. As appropriate, the campus will also submit a statement describing institutional actions to remedy the situation.
C. When the number of inactive courses is greater than five percent of the number of active courses, the campus will send the Commissioner a brief statement of the number of inactive and active courses and the reasons for the number of inactive courses remaining in the inventory. As appropriate, the campus will also submit a statement describing institutional actions to remedy the situation.
D. Board staff will audit the course inventory of each campus and report the results to the Board at least once per biennium.
State Board of Higher Education Policy Manual, 03-07-91, Section 403.2
9.3 UND COURSE AND PROGRAM MODIFICATIONS
Requests for approval of new courses, new programs, course deletions, number changes, and other course and program modifications that have been channeled through appropriate department and college approval procedures must be submitted to the University Curriculum Committee. Forms for these requests are available at the Registrar's Office and available on the University Senate website. Since the time required for approval by the University Curriculum Committee, University Senate, and the State Board of Higher Education may vary, requests should be submitted as far in advance of the desired implementation date as possible. Questions related to the approval procedures may be directed to the Registrar or the chairperson of the University Curriculum Committee.
University Registrar, 9-15-02
9.4 CRITERIA FOR GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES
The following criteria for general education courses is endorsed:
A. General education courses should be designed to focus on thinking, reading, and communication skills.
B. They should normally have a substantial writing component.
C. They should put students in an active posture in creating their own learning.
D. They should emphasize independent learning.
E. They should not be highly specialized -- i.e., they would either be specifically interdisciplinary in nature or approach a given discipline in a reasonably broad manner.
F. They should be so designed that students will have individual attention.
Approved: UND Senate, 12-06-90
9.5 THE HONORS PROGRAM
The Honors Program brings together highly capable students and dedicated faculty members in an atmosphere conducive to creative learning and intellectual exploration. The Honors Program encourages its students to assume personal responsibility for learning, to broaden their scope of study, and to use opportunities for independent work. Believing that superior students often need greater flexibility and recognition of individual interests in their program of study, it replaces the usual University requirements with its own: introductory inquiries into the humanities, social sciences, and sciences; a writing course; exploratory work in three years of learning through an Honors section or added work in the Honors Mode; an essay and program review in the second year; at least eight credits of colloquia; and a senior thesis.
The colloquium, the central teaching device of the Honors Program, is intended to engage learners, both faculty and student, in exploring diverse and divergent ideas about an interdisciplinary topic. To promote individual research and group discussion, enrollment is limited and instructors from different departments are brought together. A subcommittee gathers suggestions, assesses students interests, and selects faculty members for the colloquia.
Coordinator, Honors Program, 02-01-99
SEE ALSO: UND Academic Catalog
9.5.1 Senior Honors System
In the Senior Honors System (formerly known as Departmental Honors), students of marked ability may pursue in their senior year, a voluntary program of supervised independent study leading to the bachelor's degree with honors in the major field of study. Early in the second semester of the junior year, the student must apply to the Honors Coordinator for admission to honors work. Certification by the department, the relevant academic dean, and the coordinator follows. A range of total credits in senior independent study, which may include work in tutorials or seminars demonstrably related to the thesis is prescribed. The thesis proper is recorded with the number 499 under the appropriate department or interdepartmental concentration, bound, and deposited in the University Library. The Senior Honors System is distinct from the Honors Program, but is administered by it.
Coordinator, Honors Program, 02-01-99
SEE ALSO: UND Academic Catalog
III-10 Attendance at Academic Functions
Attendance at academic functions is considered a part of faculty members' academic responsibilities. Deans will ensure that their colleges/schools are adequately represented at commencement exercises.
Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, 11-14-02
III-11 Classroom and Laboratory Materials
11.1 SALE OF BOOKS POLICY STATEMENT
Required classroom/laboratory materials which are written or otherwise prepared by UND personnel for sale to students must be sold through the UND Bookstore and will be governed by the following policy:
A. Materials printed on campus must be sold at a price which includes only production and distribution costs. Exceptions to this policy will be approved by the chair, the dean, and the Vice President for Academic Affairs.
B. Materials produced off-campus for distribution through the UND Bookstore must first receive the approval of the department chair and the college dean.
1. Price to the Bookstore of materials published by commercial printing houses for national distribution will be set by the publisher.
2. Price to the Bookstore of materials otherwise published will be approved by the chair and the dean, allowing all costs of production to be recovered plus a reasonable royalty.
Approved: Council of Deans, 08-16-89 ; President, 08-23-89
11.2 COMPLIMENTARY TEXTBOOKS
The University Senate strongly recommends that complimentary textbooks which are not being retained not be resold. These books should be donated to the appropriate UND library, a colleague, or another nonprofit institution or otherwise appropriately disposed of without infringing on the right of the publisher and/or author. The University Bookstore is requested to refrain from selling complimentary copies of textbooks.
Approved: UND Senate, 02-01-90
III-12 Reproduction of Copyrighted Materials
12.1 USE OF COPYRIGHTED MATERIALS; FAIR USE POLICY
Copyright compliance is a matter taken seriously at UND. Original works are copyright-protected under Title 17 of the U.S. Code. The consequences of not complying with the copyright law can lead to significant legal penalties.
The UND community recognizes and respects intellectual property rights. As part of our mission to maintain the highest ethical conduct, UND is committed to fulfilling its legal obligations governing use of copyright-protected works.
No UND faculty may reproduce any copyrighted work in violation of the law. The easiest way to insure compliance with copyright regulations is to obtain written permission from the copyright holder to reproduce the work.
According to copyright law, works are protected even if they are not registered with the U.S. Copyright Office and do not carry the copyright symbol. Copyright protection covers works in different formats and mediums. In general, the laws that apply to printed materials also apply to audio, video and other electronic media including the Internet. Works of authorship include the following categories: literary works; musical works, including any accompanying words; dramatic works, including any accompanying music; pantomimes and choreographic works; pictorial, graphic, and sculptural works; motion pictures and other audiovisual works; sound recordings; and architectural works.
There are some exceptions to copyright. The fair use doctrine allows for reproduction for the purposes of criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship and research. However, the doctrine does not have clear guidelines and definitions. It is open to legal tests and rulings of the courts. Four factors considered in determining fair use are:
1. The purpose and character of the use including whether such use is of commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes;
2. The nature of the copyrighted work;
3. The amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and
4. The effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work.
For all copyright works, UND encourages faculty to obtain permission from the copyright holders or their licensing representatives unless the doctrine of fair use clearly applies to the activity.
Information about copyright and fair use may be found at the campus libraries.
Director, Libraries, 8-02-02
12.2 GUIDELINES FOR OFF-AIR RECORDING OF BROADCAST PROGRAMMING FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES
(Congressional Record Oct. 14, 1981 Vol.127 No.145)
In March of 1979, Congressman Robert Kastenmeier, Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Courts, Civil Liberties and the Administration of Justice, appointed a Negotiating Committee consisting of representatives of education organizations, copyright proprietors, or creative guilds and unions.
The following guidelines reflect the Negotiating Committee's consensus as to the application of "fair-use" to the recording, retention and use of television broadcast programs for educational purposes. They specify periods of retention and use of such off-air recording in classrooms and similar places devoted to instruction and for homebound instruction. The purpose of establishing these guidelines is to provide standards for both owners and users of copyrighted television programs.
1. The guidelines were developed to apply only to off-air recording by non-profit institutions.
2. A broadcast program may be recorded off-air simultaneously with broadcast transmission (including simultaneous cable transmission) and retained by a nonprofit educational institution for a period not to exceed the first forty-five (45) consecutive calendar days after date of recording. Upon conclusion of such retention period, all off-air recordings must be erased or destroyed immediately. "Broadcast programs" are television programs transmitted by television stations for reception by the general public without charge.
3. Off-air recordings may be used once by individual teachers in the course of relevant teaching activities, and repeated once only when instructional reinforcement is necessary, in classrooms and similar places devoted to instruction within a single building, cluster or campus, as well as in the homes of students receiving formalized home instruction, during the first ten (10) consecutive school days in the forty-five (45) calendar day retention period. "School days" are school session days -- not counting weekends, holidays, vacations, examination periods, or other scheduled interruptions -- within the forty-five (45) calendar day retention period.
4. Off-air recordings may be made only at the request of and used by individual teachers, and may not be regularly recorded in anticipation of requests. No broadcast program may be recorded off-air more than once at the request of the same teacher, regardless of the number of times the program may be broadcast.
5. A limited number of copies may be reproduced from each off-air recording to meet the legitimate needs of teachers under these guidelines. Each such additional copy shall be subject to all provisions governing the original recording.
6. After the first ten (10) consecutive school days, off-air recordings may be used up to the end of the forty-five (45) calendar day retention period only for teacher evaluation purposes, ie., to determine whether or not to include the broadcast program in the teaching curriculum, and may not be used in the recording institution for student exhibition or any other non-evaluation purpose without authorization.
7. Off-air recordings need not be used in their entirety, but the recorded programs may not be altered physically or electronically combined or merged to constitute teaching anthologies or compilations.
8. All copies of off-air recordings must include the copyright notice on the broadcast program as recorded.
9. Educational institutions are expected to establish appropriate control procedures to maintain the integrity of these guidelines.
Although the Kastenmeier guidelines specifically refer to "off-air broadcast transmissions," for our purposes we will use the guidelines to qualify our recordings of cable programs, satellite transmissions, and the like.
These rules are merely "guidelines." That is, they are not actual law, but they have universal acceptance as correct modes of behavior--including in the courts--and following them is considered to be in the spirit of the law.
Rights and Copyrights
EDUCATIONAL FAIR USE
One of the purposes of copyright law as described by Congress is to "promote the progress of science and the useful arts." The fair use guidelines pertain only to how copyrighted materials are used in an educational setting. They do not pertain to duplication of materials. There are certain public and private uses of copyrighted works that are permitted under the law without first obtaining the copyright holder's permission. There are four criteria that are taken into consideration when determining if a use is deemed "fair." All of the points must be satisfied for there to be a successful application of Fair Use. The four factors are:
1. The purpose and character of the use, including whether such a use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes; the purpose of the copying must fall into the following categories to be deemed fair use: criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship or research.
2. The nature of the copyrighted work; copying a news magazine article (factual work) as opposed to a short story (creative work) is more likely to be considered an application of fair use.
3. The amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; the use of an entire work (that is, wholesale copying) can never be considered fair use. Copying large portions or the "essence" of a work would be considered infringement.
4. The effect of the use upon the potential market for or the value of, the copyrighted work; Congress has said that if a use supplants what would otherwise have been a sale, there cannot be fair use. However, a person cannot claim fair use stating that s/he would not have purchased the work in any event in order to circumvent this requirement.
Fair use does NOT mean educational use. Teaching does NOT automatically qualify as a justification for the unauthorized use of copyrighted materials. Permission should always be sought from the owner prior to using materials. Spontaneous use of copyrighted materials in an educational situation can be considered fair use if all of the four criteria are met and there is not time to obtain permission.
Recording broadcast video programming for educational use is covered in the Guidelines for Off-Air Recording of Broadcast Programming for Educational Purposes above.
The easiest way to ensure correct and legal use or duplication of any copyrighted material is to obtain permission, in writing, from the owner of the material. In any use or duplication instance, it is assumed that permission has been acquired via correspondence with the owner, purchasing performance licenses, etc. The fair use and off-air recording guidelines were developed as guides in the event that we have not secured the proper permissions.
Director, Center for Instructional and Learning Technologies; Legal Counsel, 12-30-98