The Academic Standards Committee reached out to COEHS - Interim
Associate Dean, Dr. Jennifer Kane, Faculty Athletics Representative, to address
"In the event of
absences due to participation in a University-sponsored activity, instructors
must allow students the opportunity to make up work due during such
absences. However, it is the student's responsibility to make prior arrangements
with the instructor to hand in written materials (e.g., assignments, papers,
and projects) and to reschedule any activities that would normally occur in
class (e.g., quizzes, tests, presentations, and performances)."
“Hypothetically a student
had concussion in the middle of the semester and could not come to class for
the rest of the semester. The student has not done any substantial work for any
grade. The student gets an incomplete grade. How is the grade going to be
resolved? Who is responsible to teach the student the rest of the material
because I am not teaching the same course next semester?
If they injure a leg I tell
them to tough it up. It worked in past. But with UNF making policies I do not
want to do anything illegal.”
In the hypothetical case
presented above, my response is that the student-athlete would be treated the
same as any other student who was in this situation. The first consideration is
the UNF policy for faculty assigning an incomplete grade. A faculty member
should not assign any student an incomplete unless they have "completed a
substantial portion (at least a majority) of the course with a passing
grade." Therefore the student in the hypothetical situation would not be
eligible for an incomplete grade. The student-athlete, in this situation, would
need to try to petition for a medical withdrawal from his/her classes as would
any student in this situation. Of course, if the student/or student-athletes
was going to be able to return to class, the work they missed due to the injury
would need to be made up. If they are missing a substantial amount of class
time due to the injury (say the injury happened at the beginning of the
course), the instructor could still recommend the student petition a medical
withdrawal. I would recommend they do that in consultation with our academic
UNF policy for grades can be
found at http://www.unf.edu/catalog/policies/grades/.
Below is a portion of this policy for assigning incomplete grades:
At the instructor’s
discretion, students who have not completed required work in a course by the
end of the semester may be assigned a grade of “I.” For an “I” to
be assigned, the student must have completed a substantial portion (at least a
majority) of the course with a passing grade.
The “I” is not computed in the grade
point average. The time limit for removing the “I” is set by the instructor of the course. This time limit may not
exceed one calendar year or graduation, whichever comes first. The time limit
applies whether the student is in residence or not. To extend an incomplete
beyond one year, the student must petition for a waiver of University policy.
I would encourage any
instructor who has a student-athlete in their class to feel comfortable
contacting Dee Kennedy or myself any time they have a specific question about a
student-athlete's academic performance. Dee, and her staff, are very helpful
and will assist in any way possible.
Dee teaches adjunct for our college, so she is very aware of the instructor
side of these types of issues.
Please let me know if you
need any further clarification on this or any other scenario.
The ASC voted to make Jennifer’s response our official
response for the purposes of this question.