Academic Matters

Academic Advising

The Division of Graduate and Continuing Education (DGCE) faculty are contractually obligated to be available to advise students in their courses. Faculty must be available at least half an hour before and after class as necessary and appropriate.

For graduate program information, students should contact the program coordinator or the Graduate School.

For undergraduate program information, students should contact their faculty advisor or the appropriate academic department. If they do not have a faculty advisor, they should contact academic advising.

Academic Integrity

Cheating, plagiarism,and the like are serious cases of misconduct and will be treated as such. Failure to do assigned work, excessive absences or distracting classroom conduct constitute academic negligence and may result in the recommendation that the student be dropped from the course with a grade of "F."

Please see the college catalog or the graduate faculty handbook for the full text of the academic dishonesty policy.

Grading Procedures

Every Semester

  • Before the end of the semester, instructors will receive a grade list and letter outlining grading procedures- especially the due date for grades.
  • Enter a grade for every student on the grade list.
  • If a student's name is missing, write the name on the supplemental students sheet.

If you need to change a grade after it has been submitted, fill out a change of grade form. These can be obtained from the Registrar's Office.

Grading systems
Undergraduate: A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D+, D, D-, F, and I

Graduate: A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, F, and I


  • Only assign an "I" if the student has completed at least 80% of the coursework
  • The instructor believes circumstances beyond the student's control prevented the completion of the remaining work
  • The student has requested an incomplete and has arranged to make up the remaining work.
  • NOTE: The I only stands until the sixth week of the next semester. After that, it becomes an F.

Graduate Research Center for Students

This quiet and convenient space in the library for graduate students to work has:

  • Work stations
  • Hook-ups for laptop computers
  • Shelves to store checked out library books
  • Mail files for announcements
  • Reference resources

Students can:

  • Use the space for independent quiet work
  • Reserve the seminar table to work on collaborative projects
  • Reserve the space workshops and seminars

Please contact the library with any questions regarding this space.

Please contact the graduate school with any suggestions for additional resources you would like to see in this space.

Inviting a Guest Speaker

There are limited resources available to pay stipends to guest speakers. Please contact the Graduate School or Continuing Education for permission before arranging for a guest speaker.

Planning a Field Trip

A field trip is a mandatory trip for members of a specific course during or outside of normal class time.

Please contact the Graduate School or continuing education for permission before arranging a field trip.

Field trips must be planned in detail in advance of the trip.

No more than two field trips are permitted per course.

Obtain a field trip request/waiver of responsibility form which is mandatory for any field trips from DGCE
Each student participating on the trip should sign the field trip request/waiver of responsibility form 
The field trip request/waiver of responsibility form should be submitted to the appropriate dean for administrative approval at least two weeks in advance of the date of the trip.