Minutes of Meeting

Academic Standards Committee Friday, September 1, 2017 at 12:00 PM

Location: OFE/FA Conference Room - Osprey Commons, Bldg 16, 3rd Floor, Rm 3108

Call to Order:

Alan Harris called the meeting to order at 12:00pm

Members Present:

Krista Paulsen, Katie Monnin, Chitra Balasubramanian, Linda Connelly, Dianne Tanner and Alan Harris

Members Absent:

Scott Hochwald, Mina Baliamoune

Others Attending:

None
  • Approval of the Minutes
    There were no minutes to approve.
  • New Business/Announcements/Other Discussions
    • Alan Harris agreed to serve as the committee chair for the year.
    • The committee discussed a Student Attendance Policy that was forwarded to the committee by the Intercollegiate Athletic Committee.
      • The IAC wants to add a statement to the Student Attendance Policy available at One Stop to state that,
        “In courses that allow dropping a low grade or grades, faculty must offer the student reasonable accommodation for making up missed work or missed quiz/exam due to a university-sanctioned activity and may not require that missed work or quiz/exam as the low grade to be dropped.”
      • The committee discussed this change, but did not have any background information on why this change has been proposed.
      • Alan will follow up with the IAC to ask why this change is being proposed, and if the IAC has any data on how widespread of a problem this issue is.
    • The committee discussed other issues that they are aware of that the committee should address this year. The following initial discussion topics were raised:
      • Looking at the possibility of developing Academic Misconduct Guidelines. This could include examples such as recommendations for sanctions based on varying levels of academic misconduct and repeat offenses. The committee agreed to look into this, and committee members will informally poll their colleagues to see how faculty currently sanction academic misconduct.
      • Discussing the prerequisite system with the Registrar. More than one program on campus has noticed that prerequisites are not correctly programmed into the online enrollment system, and that APC changes are not automatically updated in the system.
      • Students registering for the same course multiple times. The online system does not notify students if they are enrolling in a course they have already taken and passed.
      • Look at current policies and see if a general statement is needed before all policies to make sure students understand that colleges and departments may have more stringent policies than university-level policies.
       
    • The committee discussed future meeting dates and decided on the following meetings for the Fall semester:
      • September 29th at 12:00pm 
      • October 20th at 12:00pm
      • November 17th at 12:00pm
      • The necessity of a December meeting will be decided in November
       
  • Adjournment & Next Meeting
    The meeting adjourned at 1:00 p.m.
    Our next meeting will be on Friday, September 29th, 2017 at 12:00 pm in the OFE/FA Conference Room.