50.00 Academic Policies

This section covers academic policies affecting faculty (e.g.: Sabbaticals) as well as students (e.g.: Academic Bankruptcy).  Policies on courses are in section 60.00 and policies on promotion and tenure are in section 80.00.

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50.01 Reports and Evaluations

Reports by faculty members are submitted each year to the Provost. These include individual and departmental reports. Such reports are designed to assist the faculty member with his or her professional development. The individual reports are: (1) a self-report by each faculty member, which allows space for the department chair to evaluate each member of the department, and (2) student evaluations of teaching (see below) for every course (normally submitted only when a personnel review is scheduled). The departmental reports consist of (1) an evaluation of the department chair by each faculty member (done on a rotating schedule), and (2) the annual report of the department by the department chair. All faculty members are expected to administer the student evaluation of teaching forms or other approved instruments to each class each semester. Copies of the instrument and instructions are distributed to each instructor approximately three weeks before the end of each semester. Printouts of the results are sent to the instructor and, in the case of adjunct faculty, the department chair. 

Instructors who wish to improve their teaching are encouraged to consult their department chair, the he Associate Provost for Faculty Development and Student Learning, and other colleagues. Because Arcadia has had a long history of commitment to excellence in teaching, new faculty should not hesitate to approach any faculty member for assistance.

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50.02 Sabbaticals

The University provides a sabbatical program for which full‐time tenured faculty are eligible after seven full‐time years of service and at 7‐year intervals thereafter. Major Sabbaticals may be approved for one semester at full pay or a full‐year at 80% of one’s academic year salary, and, a Minor Sabbatical (available at three‐year intervals) at one‐half pay. Faculty may apply for pre‐tenure sabbaticals after three years of service for one semester at half‐pay. (For additional information, see 90.19 Sabbatical Leaves.)

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50.03 Service Sabbaticals

Faculty may apply for sabbatical from service on committees and other governance activities and be excused from service for a fixed and limited period of time. Applications should be made to the Work and Welfare Committee of the Faculty Senate. Criteria would be past service and/or current commitments. No more than 10% of the faculty may be on service sabbatical at one time.

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50.04 Review of Teaching Evaluations

Department chairs and program directors are expected to review the teaching evaluations of untenured, full-time faculty members in their department or program with that faculty member each semester upon receipt by the Department chair of the SIR IIs or other teaching evaluations from the Registrar or other sources. 

Department chairs should review the teaching evaluations of tenured, associate, and full professors as needed, but at least once every three years. 

Department chairs should review the teaching evaluations of non-tenure track and adjunct faculty members on a regular basis, as required to maintain familiarity with that faculty members teaching and students’ perception of it. 

In addition, these forms should be available to the Dean of the faculty member’s school. 

Outside of the Dean, department chairs, program directors and official University committee’s formally charged with evaluation of faculty to complete their duties, a faculty member maintains the right to determine who may review his or her teaching evaluation forms.

 

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50.05 Undergraduate Registration

Undergraduate registration information is found on the Undergraduate Course Registration Policies page.

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50.06 Undergraduate Withdrawal

Information on Undergraduate withdrawal is found on the Undergraduate Academic Policies webpage.

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50.07 Academic Bankruptcy Policy

The Academic Bankruptcy Policy is found on the Undergraduate Academic Policy webpage.

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50.08 Participation in Graduation Ceremonies

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50.09 New Course Proposal Guidelines

Guidelines for new course proposals are found on the Academics Committee Forms webpage.

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50.10 Guidelines for Copying Books and Periodicals

(The following is an agreement reported by groups representing education, authors, and publishers in March, 1976) 

The purpose of the following guidelines is to state the minimum and not the maximum standards of ed-ucational fair use under Section 107 of the Copyright Revision Bill (HR 2223, 1976). The parties agree that the conditions determining the extent of permissible copying for educational purposes may change in the future; that certain types of copying permitted under these guidelines may not be permissible in the future; and conversely that in the future other types of copying not permitted under these guide-lines may be permissible under revised guidelines. Moreover, the following statement of guidelines is not intended to limit the types of copying permitted under the standards of fair use under judicial deci-sion and which are stated in Section 107 of the Copyright Revision Bill. There may be instances in which copying which does not fall within the guidelines stated below may nonetheless be permitted under the criteria of fair use. 

Guidelines 

I. SINGLE COPYING FOR TEACHERS: A single copy may be made of any of the following by or for a teacher at his or her individual request for his or her scholarly research or use in teach-ing or preparation to teach a class: 

a. A chapter from a book; 

b. An article from a periodical or newspaper; 

c. A short story, short essay or short poem, whether or not from a collective work; 

d. A chart, graph, diagram, drawing, cartoon or picture from a book, periodical, or news-paper. 

II. MULTIPLE COPIES FOR CLASSROOM USE: Multiple copies (not to exceed in any event more than one copy per pupil in a course) may be made by or for the teacher giving the course for classroom use or discussion; provided that: 

a. The copying meets the tests of brevity and spontaneity as defined below; and, 

b. Meets the cumulative effect test as defined below; and, 

c. Each copy includes a notice of copyright. 

Definitions 

Brevity: 

1. Poetry: 

a. A complete poem if less than 250 words and if printed on not more than two pages or, 

b. from a longer poem, an excerpt of not more than 250 words. 

2. Prose: 

a. Either a complete article, story or essay of less than 2,500 words, or 

b. an excerpt from any prose work of not more than 1,000 words or ten percent of the work, whichever is less, but in any event a minimum of 500 words. 

(Each of the numerical limits stated in "1" and "2" above may be expanded to permit the completion of an unfinished line of a poem or of an unfinished prose paragraph.) 

3. Illustration: 

a. One chart, graph, diagram, drawing, cartoon or picture per book or per periodical issue. 

4. "Special" works: 

a. Certain works in poetry, prose or in "poetic prose" which often combine language with illustrations and which are intended sometimes for children and at other times for a more general audience fall short of 2,500 words in their entirety. 

(Paragraph "3" above notwithstanding such "special works" may not be reproduced in their entirety; however, an excerpt comprising not more than two of the published pages of such special work and containing not more than ten percent of the words found in the text thereof, may be reproduced.) 

Spontaneity:

1. The copying is at the instance and inspiration of the individual teacher, and 

2. The inspiration and decision to use the work and the moment of its use for maximum teach-ing effectiveness are so close in time that it would be unreasonable to expect a timely reply to a request for permission. 

Cumulative Effect:

1. The copying of the material is for only one course in the school in which the copies are made. 

2. Not more than one short poem, article, story, essay, or two excerpts may be copied from the same author, nor more than three from the same collective work or periodical volume during one class term. 

3. There shall not be more than nine instances of such multiple copying for one course during one class term. 

(The limitations stated in "2" and "3" above shall not apply to current news periodicals and newspapers and current news sections of other periodicals.) 

I. PROHIBITIONS AS TO I AND II ABOVE: Notwithstanding any of the above, the following shall be prohibited: 

a. Copying shall not be used to create or to replace or substitute for anthologies, compila-tions or collective works. Such replacement or substitution may occur whether copies of various works or excerpts there from are accumulated or are reproduced and used sep-arately. 

b. There shall be no copying of or from works intended to be "consumable" in the course of study or of teaching. These include workbooks, exercises, standardized tests and test booklets and answer sheets and like consumable material. 

c. Copying shall not: 

i. substitute for the purchase of books, publisher's reprints or periodicals; 

ii. be directed by higher authority; 

iii. be repeated with respect to the same item by the same teacher from term to term. 

d. No charge shall be made to the student beyond the actual cost of the photocopying.

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50.11 Guidelines for Departmental Awards

Faculty Council will review proposals for new Departmental Awards with input from the Vice Presidents for Institutional Advancement, Finance, and Academic Affairs. Proposals should contain the following information: 

  1. Name of the award, with explanation. 
  2. Date when you wish to begin to grant the award, and the occasion on which you would plan to give it (normally Honors Convocation). 
  3. Eligibility (e.g., majors, juniors, students applying to graduate school, etc.). 
  4. Likely number of candidates who are likely to meet the eligibility criteria in any given year. 
  5. Selection criteria, and person(s) responsible for selection. 
  6. Procedures in the event that no one is selected. 
  7. Content of the award—i.e., a book, money, etc.—and how it will be paid for. If funding is from external donors, please be in touch with the University Advancement Office. 
  8. Number of other awards in the department, with an explanation of why this one should be added and how it is different from the others. The limit is three per department for recogni-tion at Honors Convocation. 
  9. Requests for new awards need to be submitted to Faculty Council by December 1 of the year when they are first to be awarded. 

 

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50.12 Policies Specific for Graduate Programs

Policies specific for graduate programs are found on the Graduate Academic Policies webpage.

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50.13 Policies on Centers and Institutes

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50.14 Research Misconduct Policy

Arcadia University believes that research misconduct has no place in the academic setting. Arcadia faculty, staff and students are expected to conduct research in accordance with the highest ethical standards and all relevant regulations. Research misconduct is damaging to the reputation of the university and undermines the integrity and credibility of scholars.

Research Misconduct Policy

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50.15 Change in Time or Place of Course

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