Marshall University Policies
- Academic Dishonesty
- Excused Absences
- University Computing Services’ Acceptable Use
- Inclement Weather
- Dead Week
- Students with Disabilities
- Academic Dismissal
- Academic Forgiveness
- Academic Probation and Suspension
- Affirmative Action
- Sexual Harassment
As described in the Marshall University Creed, Marshall University is an “Ethical Community reflecting honesty, integrity and fairness in both academic and extracurricular activities.”
Academic Dishonesty is something that will not be tolerated as these actions are fundamentally opposed to “assuring the integrity of the curriculum through the maintenance of rigorous standards and high expectations for student learning and performance” as described in Marshall University’s Statement of Philosophy.
A student, by voluntarily accepting admission to the institution or enrolling in a class or course of study offered by Marshall University accepts the academic requirements and criteria of the institution. It is the student’s responsibility to be aware of policies regulating academic conduct, including the definitions of academic dishonesty, the possible sanctions and the appeal process.
For the purposes of this policy, an academic exercise is defined as any assignment, whether graded or ungraded, that is given in an academic course or must be completed toward the completion of degree or certification requirements. This includes, but is not limited to: Exams, quizzes, papers, oral presentations, data gathering and analysis, practica and creative work of any kind.
Definitions of Academic Dishonesty
Below are definitions of some common types of academic dishonesty. Each instructor may modify the general definition of academic dishonesty to fit the immediate academic needs within that particular course of study, provided the instructor defines, in writing and preferably in the course syllabus, the details of any departure from the general definition.
Cheating: Any action which if known to the instructor in the course of study would be prohibited. This includes:
- The unauthorized use of any materials, notes, sources of information, study aids or tools during an academic exercise.
- The unauthorized assistance of a person other than the course instructor during an academic exercise.
- The unauthorized viewing of another person’s work during an academic exercise.
- The unauthorized securing of all or any part of assignments or examinations, in advance of submission by the instructor.
Fabrication/Falsification: The unauthorized invention or alteration of any information, citation, data or means of verification in an academic exercise, official correspondence or a university record.
Plagiarism: Submitting as one’s own work or creation any material or an idea wholly or in part created by another. This includes:
- Oral, written and graphical material.
- Both published and unpublished work
It is the student’s responsibility to clearly distinguish his/her own work from that created by others. This includes the proper use of quotation marks, paraphrase and the citation of the original source. Students are responsible for both intentional and unintentional acts of plagiarism.
Bribes/Favors/Threats: Attempting to unfairly influence a course grade or the satisfaction of degree requirements through any of these actions.
Complicity: Helping or attempting to help someone commit an act of academic dishonesty.
Sanctions for academic dishonesty may be imposed by the instructor of the course, the department chairperson, or the Academic Dean. Sanctions for academic dishonesty may be imposed even if a student withdraws from an individual course or from the university entirely. The instructor may impose the following sanctions:
- A lower or failing project/paper/test grade,
- A lower final grade,
- Failure of the course
- Exclusion from further participation in the class (including laboratories or clinical experiences)
The following sanctions may be recommended by the instructor but will need to be imposed by the department chair, academic dean or the Office of Academic Affairs:
- Exclusion from an academic program
- Academic probation for up to 1 year
- Academic suspension for up to 1 year
- Dismissal from the university.
In those cases in which the offense is particularly flagrant or where there are other aggravating circumstances, additional, non-academic, sanctions may be pursued through the Office of Judicial Affairs.
A student will be informed in writing by the instructor or person making the charge of any charges and subsequent sanctions imposed for academic dishonesty (See “Reporting” below). Written notification of academic dishonesty charges (and the inclusion of confirmed charges/sanctions in a student’s records) is designed to inform a student of the potential repercussions of repeat offenses and his/her rights of appeal.
If a student believes that charges of academic dishonesty have been erroneously levied, he/she should appeal such charges in accordance with the process outlined below (See “Appeals Process”).
Sanctions for repeated academic dishonesty offenses will be imposed by the Office of Academic Affairs after consultation with the appropriate department chairs and deans.
- A student’s record of academic dishonesty offenses will be maintained throughout his/her enrollment at Marshall University, and the period of time between offenses will have no impact on sanctions for repeated offenses.
- A student with a second academic dishonesty offense during his/her enrollment at Marshall University will be academically suspended for a period of time not to exceed one academic year (to include summer terms).
- A student with a third academic dishonesty offense during his/her enrollment at Marshall University will be dismissed from the university.
When an accusation of academic dishonesty is reported to the Office of Academic Affairs, and a sanction imposed (or a sanction will be imposed with the submission of final grades), a notice should be sent to the Office of Academic Affairs within ten (10) days of the accusationor submission of final grade with imposed sanction, whichever comes first.
Notice of an act of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Office of Academic Affairs through the completion of an “Academic Dishonesty Report Form.” The “Academic Dishonesty Report Form” will include:
- Instructor’s Name
- Course Information (Term, Number, Section)
- Student’s Name
- Student’s University Identification Number
- Brief Description of the Charge
- Date of Accusation
- Brief Description of the Sanction
Within ten (10) days of receipt of the “Academic Dishonesty Report Form” the Office of Academic Affairs will inform the student and the student’s dean of the accusations made, the sanctions prescribed, the repercussions of repeat offenses, and his/her rights of appeal.
A copy of the report will go into the student’s college file.
Any subsequent actions taken (additional sanctions imposed, the lessening of sanctions, the withdrawal of accusations, the results of appeals, etc.) should be reported to the Office of Academic Affairs within ten (10) days of the action.
The Office of Academic Affairs will maintain a file of academic dishonesty incidents. These will be reported in summary form (no student or faculty names will be included) to the Academic Deans and the Faculty Senate at the end of each academic year.
In cases where the instructor imposes sanctions and does not refer the matter to the department chairperson for additional sanctions, the student may appeal the sanction in accordance with the procedures described for grade appeal (see listing under “Academic Rights and Responsibilities of Students,” V, A). This includes lowered grades, exclusion from class activities and failure of the course.
If allegations of academic dishonesty are referred to the department chairperson for additional sanctions, it must be within thirty (30) days from the date of the alleged offense. This process starts with the dean if there is no department chairperson.
- The department chairperson shall bring together the student involved, and the faculty member, and/or other complainant within ten (10) days from the date of referral.
- If the student denies guilt or disagrees with the sanction imposed, or if the faculty member, other complainant, or chairperson feels that the penalties are insufficient for the act complained of, the case shall be forwarded in writing by the chairperson to the student’s Academic Dean within ten (10) days from the date of the meeting. The Academic Dean shall bring together the student, faculty member or other complainant, and the department chairperson to review the charges within ten (10) days from the date of referral. The Academic Dean may impose any sanction permitted by this policy.
- Should the student, faculty member, or other complainant be dissatisfied with the determination of the Academic Dean, the case may be appealed in writing within ten (10) days of the Dean’s written decision to the Budget and Academic Policy Committee, who shall refer the case to the University Academic Appeals Board for resolution.
- Should the student, faculty member, or other complainant be dissatisfied with the determination of the Academic Appeals Board, then he/she may file an appeal with the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs within thirty (30) days from the receipt of the written decision of the Board. The decision of the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs shall be final.
Only individual allegations of academic dishonesty may be appealed. If a previous offense was not appealed within the time limit, or was appealed unsuccessfully then subsequent offenses will be counted as repeat offenses and additional sanctions will be levied by the Office of Academic Affairs as described under the section on “Sanctions.”
It is Marshall University’s policy that each instructor evaluates the importance of student class attendance. In the course syllabus, the instructor must provide his/her policy on class attendance, make-up work, and related matters. If a student is absent from class because of a circumstance that is included in the excused absence policy, the absence can be handled by an arrangement between the student and the instructor or, if either party requests, the student can obtain an official excused absence following the procedure described below. The instructor must honor a university excused absence covered by this policy and allow the student an opportunity to catch up/make up work missed. This policy excludes those academic endeavors that require the completion of a certain number of clock hours, as in clinical experiences, practica or internships. For those courses, the maximum number of absences will be determined by the department chair or program supervisor. This policy does not supersede program accreditation requirements.
Definitions of Excused Absences:
Excused absences fall into five categories:
- University-sponsored activities:
- Academic activities including, but not limited to, performing arts, debate and individual events, honors classes, ROTC, and departmental functions.
- Athletics. Official athletic events sponsored by the Athletic Department.
- Other University activities, including student government and student organizations. The activity must have a clear educational mission and be closely linked to academic pursuits or to other official University functions.
- Student Illness or Critical Illness/Death in the Immediate Family”Immediate Family” is defined as a spouse/life partner, child, parent, legal guardian, sibling, grandparent or grandchild.
- Student Illness or injury: Absences will be excused only for illnesses or injuries that prohibit students from participating in class.
- Critical Illness of Immediate Family Member: Absences will be excused if the student documents that he or she had to provide needed care and/or support for a critically ill immediate family member.
- Death of an Immediate Family Member
- Short-Term Military Obligation: This is defined as absence as the result of military orders for a short-term period.Note: Students subject to federal activation are covered by a separate policy. Please see the catalog for this policy.
- Jury Duty or Subpoena for Court Appearance: This applies to absences that are a result of official requests from a court of law.
- Religious Holidays: This applies to religious holidays.
Process to Secure an Excused Absence
The student who seeks an excused absence must do so immediately after the event/activity/incident by following these guidelines. Whenever time permits, such as for University activities scheduled well in advance, the excuse must be obtained and presented to the instructor prior to the absence.
- University Sponsored Activities:
- Academic Activities: These absences are excused by the dean within whose unit the activity is sponsored. The dean must pre-approve any notice that is given or sent to faculty regarding absences of this type.
- Athletics: These absences are excused by the Provost/Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs who must preapprove any notice given/sent to faculty.
- Other University activities: These absences are pre-approved by the Dean of Student Affairs and excused by the Office of Academic Affairs prior to any notice to faculty. The activity and the excused absence must be endorsed in writing by the organization advisor.
- Student Illness or Critical Illness/Death in the Immediate Family:
- Student Illness or Injury: The student must submit official documentation of treatment by a medical practitioner to the Dean of Student Affairs as soon as he/she returns to class. Documentation must specify the inclusive dates to be excused. The dean will notify faculty that the absence(s) meets the criteria to be excused.
- Critical Illness of Immediate Family Member: The student must submit official documentation from the family member’s health care provider that substantiates the critical nature of the illness and the student’s need to provide the care/support. This documentation is to be submitted to the Dean of Student Affairs upon the student’s return to class. The dean will notify faculty that the absence(s) meets the criteria to be excused.
- Death of an Immediate Family Member: To obtain an excused absence, the student must submit one of the following to the Dean of Student Affairs upon return to classes: an obituary or a funeral program with the student named as a relative; verification on letterhead stationery of the death and the relationship by clergy or funeral home personnel. The dean will notify faculty that the absence meets the criteria to be excused.
- Short-Term Military Obligation: The student who seeks an excused absence for military obligation must present official documentation of his/her orders to duty to the dean of his/her college prior to the absence. The dean will notify faculty that the absences are to be excused.
- Jury Duty or Subpoena for Court Appearance: The student who seeks an excused absence for jury duty or court appearance must submit his/her subpoena or official notification of jury duty to the dean of his/her college prior to the date of the obligation. The dean will notify faculty that the absence is to be excused.
- Religious Holidays: Absences resulting from religious holidays will be excused when the student presents the request in advance of the absence to the Dean of Student Affairs. The dean will indicate his/her approval on the request and forward it to the Office of Academic Affairs for the official excused absence notification to faculty.
Notice: Any student who falsifies information or documentation in order to obtain an excused absence has committed a violation of the Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities and will be referred to Judicial Affairs for appropriate sanctions.
Process to Catch Up/Make Up Missed Work
- It is the responsibility of the student to request an opportunity to complete missed work.
- Once the excused absence has been secured, the request to make up work should be made to the instructor at the next available class meeting.
- Missed activities will be rescheduled or, in the event that rescheduling of an activity is not practical or possible, a fair and equitable alternative way of arriving at the grade for the missed component of the overall grade will be developed by the instructor.
- Punitive measures must not be taken against students who present an official University excused absence.
- Students should be aware that excessive absences—whether excused or unexcused—may affect their ability to earn a passing grade.
- If the faculty member believes that the number of absences accrued under the terms of this policy is such that the student cannot fulfill the learning experience/mastery that a course requires, he/she may recommend that a student withdraw from the class.
Regardless of the nature of the excused absence, the student is responsible for completing all coursework prior to the end of the semester.
University Computing Services’ Acceptable Use
Note: This policy replaces the original Computer Use and Abuse Policy and is authorized by the Information Technology Council.
Information technology is playing an increasingly important role in the life of each individual, and consequently to the Marshall University community. Access to these finite resources is a privilege and is provided with an expectation of responsible and acceptable use. In addition to the principles and guidelines provided in this policy, institutional policies along with certain federal, state and local regulations apply to the use of the information technology environment (ITE).
General Principles and Guidelines
The basic premise of this policy is that responsible and acceptable use of the Marshall University ITE does not extend to whatever an individual is capable of doing. Instead, certain principles provide a guide to users regarding responsible and acceptable behaviors and users are responsible for knowing and understanding them. These principles and guidelines include, but are not limited to:
- The Marshall University ITE was funded and developed for the sole purpose of promoting and supporting the mission of the University.
- Authorized users of the Marshall University ITE, or University sponsored resources such as WVNET and RuralNet, are those individuals who have been granted a username and password. The username and password combination is your identity and license to access and use the components of the Marshall University information technology environment for which you are specifically authorized.
- Authorized users will abide by institutional policies along with applicable local, state and federal regulations.
- The resources of the Marshall University ITE are finite and shared. Appropriate and responsible use of these resources must be consistent with the common good. The ITE may NOT be used for commercial or profit-making purposes.
- The University reserves the right to limit access to the Marshall University ITE when investigating cases of suspected abuse or when violations have occurred.
- The University does not monitor or generally restrict the content of material stored on or transferred through the components of the ITE. Use of the ITE is a privilege and not a public forum, therefore the University reserves the right to restrict or deny usage of the ITE when such usage does not promote or support the mission of the University.
- Users must adhere to the ethical standards governing copyright, software licensing, and intellectual property.
- Personal web pages may NOT contain the official Marshall University logo.
Violation of these guidelines constitutes unacceptable use of information resources, and may violate other University policies and/or state and federal law. Suspected or known violations should be reported to the appropriate University computing unit. The appropriate University authorities and/or law enforcement agencies will process violations. Violations may result in revocation of computing resource privileges, academic dishonesty or Honor Council proceedings, faculty, staff or student disciplinary action, or legal action.
The maintenance, operation, and security of computing resources require responsible University personnel to monitor and access the system. To the extent possible in the electronic environment and in a public setting, a user’s privacy will be preserved. Nevertheless, that privacy is subject to the West Virginia Access to Public Records Act, other applicable state and federal laws, and the needs of the University to meet its administrative, business, and legal obligations.
Introduction and analogies
The Information Technology Environment discussed above consists, not only, of the superficial wires, equipment and devices of the data, voice, video, and more conventional information networks on our campuses (and the world!) but also the more subtle milieu created by the integration of these technologies into our everyday life situations. In this respect the whole is much greater than the sum of the parts and thus the effect of inappropriate use of this resource can be much greater than might be imagined. This should not be a cause for hesitation about its use but merely a call for thoughtful consideration of action.
In describing the responsibilities and acceptable behaviors related to the Information Technology Environment, certain analogies can be drawn. Social norms, behaviors, and responsibilities associated with the use of electronic communication, publication, media, and access authorization are no different than the conventional mediums with which we are all familiar, i.e.,
- Email or electronic mail is just another form of mail or communications,
- Posting to a news group is the same as posting a notice or comment on a bulletin board, newsletter, letter to the editor, call to a talk show, etc.,
- Participating in a chat group is the same as participating in discussions anywhere a group might congregate face-to-face e.g. in a class, the student center, recreation room, lounge, church group, etc.,
- Creating a WWW or World Wide Web presence is publishing (i.e., making public) your own magazine, memoirs, diary, biography, press release, newsletter etc. Consequently, you are not only, typically, the author but also, perhaps more importantly, you become the editor and publisher and are responsible for your publication from a legal standpoint. Even though Marshall University is not the publisher, editor, or author it is the provider of the resource and, as such, is associated with your publication. Therefore, Marshall University maintains the right to restrict or deny use of this resource when usage does not promote or support the mission of the University or the State of West Virginia.
- User id and password combinations are your identity and license to use and access limited portions of the IT environment. In this sense they are like your MU identification card or a drivers license. Impersonating another individual, or allowing another to impersonate yourself is not acceptable behavior.
- The computing systems used for mail, WWW, and other technologically augmented services are similar to a residence hall room, or assigned work or office space. The space (and some of the content) belongs to Marshall University and the State of West Virginia but other personal items in the room belong to you. In this sense MU has an obligation to provide a reasonable amount of security to protect your personal property but cannot assume full responsibility for it nor guarantee full privacy (if you are concerned about the inadvertent disclosure of information you should protect these items in another way).
Similarly, as in your residence hall room or office space, in the course of normal maintenance of the IT environment, certain information may be seen by those attending to the maintenance. All employees of Information Technology are instructed that the disclosure of this information is a punishable offense (as is the willful intrusion without cause). Also, in a similar manner, you are allowed the use of certain space and accouterments and are expected to utilize them in a responsible manner by taking proper care, providing reasonable security, and respecting the property and privacy rights of others occupying similar spaces and their assigned, and private resources.
Common Forms of Violations
Although most users strive for acceptable and responsible use of the ITE, inexperienced users may unwittingly engage in behaviors that violate the principles and guidelines of responsible and acceptable use. To that end, this section outlines some of the more common forms of violations that occur. These examples should not be interpreted as an exhaustive list of violations. Questions regarding the appropriateness of specific behaviors should be directed to Computing Services.
- Furnishing false or misleading information or identification in order to access another user’s account
- Using another person’s username/password or letting someone else use your username/password
- Investigating, reading or attempting to access another user’s files without permission
- Attempts to access or manipulate certain components of the information technology environment without authorization
- Alteration of software, data, or other files without authorization
- Disruption or destruction of equipment or resources
- Using subterfuge to avoid being charged for computer resources or deliberate, unauthorized use of another user’s account to avoid being billed for services
- Copying or attempting to copy data or software without authorization
- Sending mail or a program which will replicate itself or do damage to another user’s account
- Interfering with legitimate work of another user
- Sending abusive, harassing, or obscene messages
- Viewing or listening to objectionable, obscene, pornographic, or harassing material in public areas
- Excessive recreational use of resources
- Sending chain letters or unauthorized mass mailings or transmitting a crippling number of files across a network
- Sending hoax messages or forged messages, including messages sent under someone else’s username
- Any activity or action that violates the University’s Student Code of Conduct or Policies, faculty/staff policies and regulations, or federal, state, or local laws.
Computing Services is authorized to engage in investigations and apply certain penalties to enforce this policy. These penalties include, but are not limited to, temporary or permanent reduction or elimination of access privileges to any or all of the components of the ITE. If, in the opinion of Computing Services, it is necessary to preserve the integrity of facilities, services, or data, Computing Services may suspend any access, whether or not the account owner is suspected of a violation. In such a case, Computing Services will attempt to notify the user of any such action after the potential threat to the facilities, services, or data is contained. If such an investigation is required it will be done only under the direct authorization of the Executive Director of Computing Services and all effort will be made not to disclose any content to anyone other than those with a need to know during the investigation or adjudication of the alleged offense.
Consequences of the discovery and investigation process or normal maintenance might include the inspection of files contained in an individual’s storage space or monitoring selected traffic on the networks. Again, all effort will be made not to disclose any content to anyone other than those with a need to know. However, where there are moral, ethical, or legal implications of the nondisclosure of such information Computing Services personnel are similarly instructed to contact the Executive Director of Computing Services, who, may authorize its disclosure to appropriate authorities if deemed warranted.
In most cases an individual accused of a violation of this policy will be notified and have an opportunity to respond before a final determination of a penalty is made. The Executive Director of Computing Services or their designee, in conjunction with other responsible parties (e.g., University Counsel, Student Judicial Affairs, Academic Affairs, or Personnel) will examine the available evidence and circumstances. If a penalty is levied, the decision may be appealed through the appropriate channels.
Generally it is Marshall University’s policy to maintain its normal schedule, even when conditions are inclement. However, that is not always possible.
In those instances when it is necessary to alter the schedule in response to weather conditions, every effort will be made to notify all those affected—students, faculty, staff and the general public—as expeditiously and as comprehensively as possible in the following ways:
- Television stations in Huntington and Charleston will be notified.
- Radio stations in Huntington and Charleston will be asked to announce the delay or closing.
- Time permitting, newspapers in Huntington and Charleston will be notified. Often, however, decisions must be made after deadlines of newspapers.
- The Office of University Communications will communicate the specific details of the delay or closing to the Office of Public Safety at 696-HELP.
- The Office of University Communications will place the delay or closing message on the Huntington campus AUDIXsystem (304-696-6245) as well as the university response number (304-696-3170).
NOTE: This section applies only to the Huntington campus and all releases should make it clear that it relates only to the Huntington campus. The Marshall University Graduate College (South Charleston campus) weather-related policy will be managed by the Vice President for Regional Operations, and all releases from that office should make clear that it applies only to the South Charleston campus. The South Charleston phone number is 746-2500. See below for information on MUGC (South Charleston)procedures.
- University Closed: All classes suspended and offices closed.
- Classes Cancelled: All classes suspended; offices open.
- Delay Code A: Means a delay in the opening of classes BUT no delay in the opening of offices. Delays will usually be in the range of one to two hours. Employees are expected to report to work at their normal starting times unless they feel that travel is unsafe. If an employee feels that he/she cannot travel safely to work, they may charge accrued annual leave for the portion of the workday from 8:00 a.m. (or their normal start time) until their arrival at work.
- Delay Code B: Means a delay in the opening of classes AND a delay in the opening of offices. Delays will usually be in the range of one to two hours. Employees do not have to report to their offices until the stated delay time. If they believe they cannot travel to work safely by the stated delay time, they may charge accrued annual leave for the work hours from the stated delay time until they can next report to work.
- Class operation under delays: Under both categories of delay, students should go to the class that would begin at the stated delay time or the class that would have convened within 30 minutes of the stated delay time. A two-hour delay means that classes that begin at 10:00 a.m. begin on time. Classes that begin at 9:30 a.m. meet at 10:00 a.m. and continue for the remaining period of that class.
- Exceptions with regard to employees: Certain critical and emergency employees may be required to report to work on time or earlier than normally scheduled despite the particular delay code published.
Information about closing, cancellations, or delays will ordinarily be disseminated to area radio and television stations. These outlets may, however, publish the University’s notification incorrectly. Therefore, the authoritatively correct statement of the University’s condition (Huntington) is stipulated to be the message on the AUDIX system (304-696-6245) or the message available at the University response number (304-696-3170).
Once operations are resumed, deans, and departmental chairs must take steps to ensure that faculty meet their scheduled classes or substitutes secured so that class schedules are met.
Decisions on closings and/or delays will be made jointly by the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration following the consultation with other appropriate officials, including the President. Should only one of those two vice presidents be available, that person will make the decision.
Every effort will be made to reach decisions to allow time for adequate notification to the news media, and in turn those affected.
South Charleston campus and Other Education Centers:
Because weather conditions can vary substantially, it is possible that classes will be delayed or cancelled at some locations and not at others. The Vice President for Regional Operations, in consultation with staff at other learning centers, will decide on class cancellations.
South Charleston Campus
Since South Charleston classes do not generally meet until late afternoon, an effort will be made to decide about classes by noon. Notification of delays or cancellations at the South Charleston Campus will be announced by (a) local media, (b) MUGC telephone system, and (c) University web site. Any delay will be placed on the MUGC automated switchboard. Students may check the status of their classes by calling the MUGC telephone system (746-2500) or checking the Graduate College Web site.
Point Pleasant, Beckley, Teays Valley and Other Educational Centers
Procedures for delayed openings and class cancellations are similar to those for the MUGC. At Point Pleasant, Beckley, and Teays Valley local media will provide information regarding cancellations. In addition, each site has a weather hot line: (a) Point Pleasant, 674-7239; (b) Beckley, 252-0719; (c) Teays Valley, 757-7223. Remote Locations and Other Education Centers Because the university may have several classes meeting on an irregular schedule in a geographically dispersed area throughout the semester, decisions about whether to meet during inclement weather will be made by the instructor. Those decisions will be transmitted to students by e-mail or other methods as agreed by students and the instructor.
- MUGC Closed: All classes cancelled and offices closed.
- MUGC Classes Cancelled: All classes cancelled. Details provided by site.
The last five class days of the fall and spring semesters are designated as “dead week.” During this period, instructors cannot give exams that count as 15% or more of the final course grade. They can assign major papers and/or projects which count as 15% or more of the final course grade ONLY if the assignment is stated in the course syllabus. Instructors can introduce new material and give make up exams during the Dead Week. Exemptions from this policy include night classes, laboratories, freshman English composition courses, and any classes meeting once a week. Dead Week is not applicable to Intersession or Summer Session.
Students with Disabilities
Marshall University is committed to making all programs, services, and activities fully accessible to students with disabilities. The purpose of the Office of Disability Services Program is to provide the educational and physical accessibility support necessary for students to achieve their academic goals and to promote as much independence as possible on the part of the students with disabilities.
Services are available for all students with disabilities at the University, whether they are full or part time students. Students are required to provide documentation of the disability. The program staff will work with students to individualize the type and level of services provided.
Marshall University requires that you request any academic accommodations you may want in the classroom and/or for course assignments, etc. The purpose of this page is to tell you how to make your requests. The following policies and procedures are intended as a guide for your convenience.
Getting Registered for Services
In order to receive any academic accommodations you must meet with the Coordinator of the Office of Disability Services and provide documentation of your disability. You will meet with the Coordinator and together will determine the services needed and the Coordinator will explain how they will be provided. You should call and make an appointment so that the Coordinator will have time to meet with you and get your information and requests processed in a timely manner.
Once you are registered with the Office of Disability Services you can make a request for services. Your request for services should be made well before the beginning of each semester so that accommodations can be confirmed and in place before the first day of class. You should download the Request for Services form, submit it to the ODS Office and schedule an appointment to meet with the Coordinator.
Once you have finalized your schedule for the semester and determined you will need academic accommodations (e.g. need to sit near the front of the class, need a notetaker in class, need an interpreter, need extended test time) you should make an appointment to see the ODS Coordinator. At your request, for each course you designate, the ODS Coordinator will notify the instructor(s), by letter or e-mail of the specific accommodation(s) you are requesting for his/her class.
It is strongly recommended that you have the ODS Office send a letter to your instructor listing the accommodation(s) you are requesting rather than you telling the instructor you have a disability. A letter from the ODS Office verifies that you have a disability and are eligible for accommodations. This ensures that your right to confidentiality is maintained and you will receive the appropriate reasonable accommodation(s).
Getting Testing Accommodations
The Office of Disability Services will:
- At your request, send a letter or e-mail to your instructors to request test accommodations. This notice should be sent during the first or second week of classes. You should meet with your instructor to determine how the accommodations will be provided and by whom, the instructor or the ODS Office.
- Provide a space for testing: We have several offices in Prichard Hall that can be used to proctor your exam; or the exam can be proctored in the instructor’s office or an empty classroom.
- Provide a test proctor: We hire and schedule students to proctor exams. We ask that you not ask other students or your tutor to proctor your exam. The test proctor will pick up the exam, if needed, provide any services, such as reading, writing your responses, and return the exam to the instructor.
Many instructors prefer to handle the entire testing procedure themselves, without assistance from our office. In that case, the instructor will work with you to determine a time and place for you to take the test.
If the instructor prefers that ODS proctor your test you need to:
- Come to the ODS Office to fill out a Test Reservation Form
Call the ODS Office at 304-696-2271 as soon as you know the date and time of the test so that we can assign a test proctor. This should be done at least three days in advance.
- Inform ODS where and when the test can be picked up by the test proctor. We prefer that you take the test at the same time as the rest of the class so that we can pick up the exam at the classroom. However, if you need to take the test at a later time, the instructor and the ODS Coordinator will work out a time to pick up and schedule a test.
- The test proctor will administer the test in Prichard Hall or a space designated by the instructor and deliver the test back to the instructor or a designated location.
The security of the examination and the trust which instructors place in our service must be maintained!
Getting a Handicap Parking Permit
All parking on the Marshall University campus is handled by the Parking Office located on 18th Street and 5th Avenue. Please contact the Parking Office if you have specific questions or concerns about parking spaces and permits. They can be reached at 304-696-6406.
Getting Financial Assistance
The Financial Aid Office (Old Main 120) assists all Marshall University Students with their financial needs. The Disabled Student Services Offices can not offer other financial assistance to students with disabilities. Funds in this office are used to provide academic assistance for students in the classroom.
Finding your Advisor
Each student is assigned an academic advisor in his/her college to assist in the selection of classes and assure that students select and complete the required courses of a specific major. We will help you find your advisor, if you are not sure who or where he/she might be located and we strongly suggest that each student meet with her/his advisor on a regular basis so that the advisor can get to know the student better and help you stay on track to get the classes you need to complete your degree or help you with the selection of another major if needed.
Getting Tutoring Assistance
The Academic Support Center located in Laidley Hall offers FREE tutoring to all Marshall University students two hours per week. You will need to fill out an application to request a tutor and someone will be assigned to you, if available. your request should be made as soon as you realize you are experiencing some difficulty. If you need more tutoring time to master a particularly difficult subject please do not hesitate to see the ODS Coordinator for assistance.
Getting a Course Substitution
Students experiencing difficulty completing math and foreign language requirements should see the ODS Coordinator.
This is defined as termination of student status, including any right or privilege to receive some benefit, or recognition, or certification. A student may be academically dismissed from a limited enrollment program and remain eligible to enroll in courses in other programs at Marshall University; or a student may be academically dismissed from the institution and not remain eligible to enroll in other courses or programs at Marshall University. The terms of academic dismissal from a program for academic deficiency shall be determined, defined, and published by each of the constituent colleges and schools of Marshall University. Academic dismissal from a program or from the University may also be imposed for violation of the University policy on academic dishonesty. For additional details, see “Academic Rights and Responsibilities.”
The academic forgiveness policy allows forgiveness of D and F grades for purposes of calculating the Grade Point Average (GPA) required for graduation. This policy is designed to help students who left college with low grades. It will be implemented, provided certain conditions are satisfied, where the D and F repeat rule is not applicable:
- The student must not have been enrolled on a full-time or part-time basis for more than 12 credit hours at any higher education institution for a period of five consecutive calendar years prior to the request for academic forgiveness.;
- only D and F grades received prior to the five year, non enrollment period can be disregarded for GPA calculation;
- in order to receive a degree or certificate, the student must complete at least 24 additional credit hours through actual coursework from Marshall University after the non enrollment period, earn at least a 2.0 GPA on all work attempted after the non enrollment period and satisfy all degree or certificate requirements.
Grades disregarded for GPA computation remain on the student’s permanent record. This policy applies only to the calculation of the GPA required for graduation and does not apply to GPA calculation for special academic recognition (such as graduating with honors) or to requirements for professional certification which may be within the province of licensure boards, external agencies, or the West Virginia Board of Education.
A student may apply for academic forgiveness by submitting to his/her college dean an application for “Academic Forgiveness,” available in the college office. The dean can accept, modify, or reject the application and will provide a justification. Students who do not normally qualify for readmission because of a low GPA will, if their request for forgiveness is approved, be readmitted and placed on academic probation. The decision of forgiveness must be made again whenever the student changes programs, departments, colleges, or institutions. (Amended and approved at December 9, 1986, APSC meeting).
Students should be aware that this policy is not necessarily recognized by other institutions of higher education outside the state of West Virginia.
Exception: The Board of Regents Bachelor of Arts Program is governed by a different forgiveness policy. (See section on Board of Regents degree).
Academic Probation and Suspension
Probation for Academic Deficiencies
All undergraduate students whose Overall or Marshall GPA drops below a 2.0 will be placed on Academic Probation. Academic Probation is a period of restricted enrollment for a student. All probation students are subject to the following restrictions.
- Students on probation must meet with the Associate/Assistant Dean of their College before registering for classes to develop an Academic Improvement Plan to achieve good academic standing. This plan will be binding on the student.
- Students on probation may take a maximum of 14 hours and should repeat courses under the D/F Repeat Rule to reduce deficiency points.
- Students on probation must earn a 2.0 GPA or higher during every semester they are on probation. Failure to achieve a 2.0 semester GPA or higher while on Academic Probation will result in suspension (see below).
- Students on probation are not allowed to register by myMU.
- Students on probation must participate in their College’s Retention Program.
- Other requirements may be imposed in the Academic Improvement Plan.
The student is returned to Academic Good Standing when his or her Marshall and Overall GPA are 2.0 or higher.
Suspension for Academic Deficiencies
Academic Suspension is defined as a period in which a student cannot enroll in courses at Marshall University. A student who has pre-registered and is subsequently suspended will have his/her registration automatically canceled.
Students who earn less than a 2.0 semester GPA while on Academic Probation or who accumulate or exceed the Quality Point Deficit for their GPA Hours (see Table One) will be suspended for one regular semester (the summer terms do not count as a term of suspension).
Suspension QPD GPA Hours 0-25 26-57 58-89 90 or more Quality Point Deficit 20 25 12 9
When a student returns to Marshall after any suspension, the student will be placed on probation and must follow all of the requirements of his/her Academic Improvement Plan. Failure to meet all of the requirements of the Academic
Improvement Plan or exceeding the Quality Point Deficits listed in Table 1 will result in suspension. A second suspension will be for a period of one calendar year. Third and subsequent suspensions will be for a period of two calendar years each.
Petition for Reinstatement after a Second or Subsequent Suspension
Reinstatement after a second or subsequent suspension is only by written petition to the Dean of a student’s college, school, or program. The petition must be in writing and provide evidence that the student can meet the requirements of his or her Academic Improvement Plan. The written petition for readmission must be submitted at least 30 days prior to the beginning of the semester for which readmission is sought.
Probation for Academic Dishonesty
Academic probation for up to 1 year may be recommended by the instructor but will need to be imposed by the department chair, academic dean or the Office of Academic Affairs.
Suspension for Academic Dishonesty
A student with a second academic dishonesty offense during his/her enrollment at Marshall University will be academically suspended for a period of time not to exceed one academic year (to include summer terms).
Appeals of Academic Probation and Suspension
See “Academic Rights and Responsibilities of Students.”
A student whose grade point average falls below 3.0 will be placed on academic probation by the Graduate College. Following notification of probation and prior to subsequent registration, students will be counseled by their advisor or the department chair. During this initial counseling session, the student will be advised of his/her deficiencies and the requirements for removing the deficiencies within the next nine semester hours of enrollment. The student will not be permitted to register without the written approval of the Dean of the Graduate College in Huntington or the Dean of the Graduate School of Education and Professional Development in South Charleston. A second counseling session will follow the first grading of subsequent enrollment and will be designed to check the student’s progress. If probationary status is not removed within a satisfactory time period, the Dean in consultation with the graduate department will determine (1) if the student is to be retained or recommended for dismissal, (2) what counseling or remediation steps will be required of the student as a condition of retention.
Any student who has less than a 3.0 GPA either overall or in his/her current major will be placed on academic probation by the Graduate Dean. Following notification of probation and prior to subsequent registration, a student will be counseled by his/her advisor or the chairperson of the department of his/her program. During this session, the student will be advised of his/her deficiencies and the requirements for removing the deficiency within the next nine (9) semester hours of enrollment. A second advising period will follow the first grading of subsequent enrollment and will be designed to check the progress. If probationary status is not removed, the student may be subject to further academic action pursuant to these policies, including academic dismissal.
Medical School students should consult the appropriate Medical School publications for the description of this sanction.
It is the policy of Marshall University to provide equal opportunities to all prospective and current members of the student body, faculty, and staff on the basis of individual qualifications and merit without regard to race, color, sex, religion, age, disability, national origin or sexual orientation.
This nondiscrimination policy also applies to all programs and activities covered under Title IX, which prohibits sex discrimination in higher education.
The university ensures equality of opportunity and treatment in all areas related to student admissions, instructions, employment, placement, accommodations, financial assistance programs and other services. Marshall University also neither affiliates with nor grants recognition to any individual, group or organization having policies that discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, age, disability, national origin or sexual orientation.
Further, the university is committed to the ideals of inclusion for students, faculty and staff and whenever appropriate,
will take affirmative steps to enhance diversity.
It is the policy of Marshall University to provide equal opportunities to all prospective and current members of the student body, faculty, and staff on the basis of individual qualifications and merit without regard to race, color, sex, religion, age, disability, national origin, or sexual orientation. This nondiscrimination policy also applies to all programs and activities covered under Title IX, which prohibits sex discrimination in higher education. Marshall University strives to provide educational opportunities for minorities and women in the graduate student body which reflect the interest, individual merit and availability of such individuals. The University ensures equality of opportunity and treatment in all areas related to student admissions, instructions, employment, placement accommodations, financial assistance programs and other services.
Sexual Harassment, a form of sex discrimination, is illegal and against the policies of the university. Sexual Harassment involves:
- making unwelcome sexual advances or requests for sexual favors or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual
nature a condition of employment or education, or
- making submission to or rejection of such conduct the basis for employment or educational decisions, or
- creating an intimidating, offensive or hostile environment by such conduct.
Anyone who believes he or she has been the subject of Sexual Harassment should report the alleged conduct immediately to an appropriate university representative or directly to the Office of Equity Programs, located in 206 Old Main.