Academic Integrity and Evaluations

Course and Instructor Evaluations

The college values student evaluations of courses, instructors and experiential activities to obtain useful information for improving the program and its curriculum. All students are expected to complete evaluations. Constructive comments, criticisms and opinions are appreciated and they are taken seriously and may lead to change and/or improvement. Inflammatory comments are destructive and tend to diminish the credibility of an evaluation. Students are encouraged to comment about a course, instructor or rotation that was a positive learning experience and made the program more enjoyable.

Examination Administration

In order to minimize the potential for breaches of academic integrity and to ensure orderly conduct of examinations, the following procedures apply:

  • Have only those items necessary for completing the exam in your possession (e.g., laptop or mobile device, scratch paper, pencil, and/or an approved calculator).
  • Cell phones and calculators with text memory are prohibited during this exam, unless specifically required by the proctors. These items may not be kept on desks, chairs, or with you. If you have a very specific need to have a cell phone readily available, you must receive approval in advance. If you fail to abide by this policy, you will earn a grade of zero for the exam and possibly be referred for a violation of academic integrity.
  • Students arriving late for an examination, quiz, final, or other point-generating activity may be denied admission to class, at the instructor’s option, until after the activity is over.
  • Students who arrive late will not be given additional time and are expected to turn their examination in at the same time that the instructor calls time for those students who arrived on time. Points may be deducted for arriving late to an exam.
  • Students may be assigned seating during the examination period.
  • If the instructor cannot read your answer, it will be counted as wrong.
  • Restroom breaks (within reason) may be allowed during this exam. You must receive permission from the proctor. You are encouraged to limit fluid intake and to use the restroom prior to the start of the examination.
  • You are not permitted to leave within the first 10 minutes of starting the exam.
  • The completion time of the exam will be announced at the beginning and periodically toward the end of the allotted time. The exam will end no later than 10 minutes prior to the next class period’s start time. You must begin to upload the ExamSoft exam when time is called.
  • After uploading the ExamSoft exam and receiving the green “Congratulations” message, you must legibly write your name in the upper right corner and return any scratch paper and seating card to the proctor and leave the room immediately.
  • If not returned, the exam will be reviewed at a designated date and time

Examination Question Review and Appeal

Students shall have ample opportunity to review their examinations within a reasonable timeframe after the test has been given. Instructors must either return the graded examination for the student to keep or permit the student to review the examination in class or other set time during recitation periods. For examinations not returned, an additional test review time may be requested by the student. This should be done in a prescheduled, arranged format agreed upon between the student and instructor and set at a time convenient to both. An instructor may prohibit the taking of notes during an examination review session in order to maintain question security. Any exams submitted to instructors for reconsideration of the grading on essay, short answer or calculation question will result in the entire exam being regraded.

Students who wish to appeal their answer for any particular question have one week from the time the assessment is reviewed with the class or the grade is posted to do so. Exam or assessment review is not permitted after this time frame. Mathematical errors in grading may be corrected at any time.

For other point-generating activities, no review will be permitted beyond one week after the activity grade is posted.

Chain Of Command for Addressing Student Issues/Concerns/Problems

Students should follow the chain of command when trying to resolve an issue, concern or problem with a course. Students should see these individuals in the following order:

  1. Instructor;
  2. Course coordinator(s);
  3. Department chair;
  4. Associate dean for academic affairs;
  5. Dean of the college.

Only proceed to the next step if your issue, concern or problem cannot be resolved at the preceding step.