GRADES
All courses with a prefix of EDU and ELE and those designated with an asterisk (*) must have a grade of “C” or better. The School of Education does not grant + or – grades.

DISPOSITION
All students enrolled in School of Education (SOE) courses and or programs will be expected to uphold high standards for professional behavior.  To monitor these standards, the SOE Dispositions Instrument will be introduced at program entrance, monitored and evaluated by SOE faculty through program candidacy and completion.  Candidates for program completion are accountable for demonstrating adherence to all dispositions while attending professional meetings and classes on campus and during required field work, practice, and internships.  Failure to meet all standards may result in probation or suspension from the program.  Candidacy for graduation from ALL SOE programs requires verification by faculty and the Chair of the SOE that all dispositional standards have been satisfactorily demonstrated.

GRADE APPEAL/ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT APPEAL PROCESS
It is up to each instructor to determine the criteria by which students will be graded. Grading can be a subjective process in which knowledge of class material and the quality of work are both factored into the grade. To facilitate the success of all students it is appropriate that they be clearly informed about the number of graded assignments and the weight attached to each assignment. If more specific criteria for grades can be explained, it is appropriate that such explanations are included in the syllabus or other course materials. It is also appropriate for students to be informed if class attendance and participation will be calculated in the final grade. Faculty may provide work for extra credit but are under no obligation to do so. 

Since Jacksonville University students are expected to adhere to the highest standard of academic honesty, grades for courses may also be affected by academic misconduct. To underscore the importance of truth, honesty and accountability, students and instructors should adhere to the following standard: I do not lie, cheat, or steal nor do I condone the actions of those who do.

Academic misconduct is defined as follows:

Any form of cheating, including concealed notes during exams, copying or allowing others to copy from an exam, students substituting for one another in exams, submission of another person's work for evaluation, preparing work for another person's submission, unauthorized collaboration on an assignment, submission of the same or substantially similar work for two courses without the permission of the professors. Plagiarism is a form of Academic Misconduct that involves taking words, ideas or any other material from a source, either verbatim or in paraphrase, with acknowledging the original author through proper citation(s). Cutting and pasting from any source including the Internet, as well as purchasing papers, are forms of plagiarism. (Warshauer, M. 2002.)*

*Matthew Warshauer, History Department, Central Connecticut State University, Academic Misconduct/Plagiarism Questionnaire; http://www.history.ccsu.edu/


Such conduct may be subject to disciplinary action including:

  • Penalizing a student's grade on the assignment or examination in question
  • Assigning a failing course grade 
  • Dismissal from the University (in cases of especially egregious or repeated offenses).

The faculty regards all incidents of academic misconduct as major offenses which merit disciplinary action. Faculty members will handle each case of academic misconduct in accordance with their own course policy. In the spirit of academic freedom, no further action is required from the instructor following the action taken in response to the incident of academic misconduct if the student agrees to the penalty. However, it is strongly recommended that faculty members report all incidents of academic misconduct to the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, with notification to the division chairs and appropriate college dean, in order to identify students who commit additional future incidents of academic misconduct. In addition, the instructor may recommend to the appropriate Division Chair, or College Dean if the department or academic unit in which the course is taught is not part of a division, further sanctions against the student deemed appropriate for the level of academic misconduct. These sanctions may include academic probation, suspension or expulsion.  If the sanctions recommended by the instructor are not approved, the instructor may appeal the decision of the Chair/Dean to the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. If there is still disagreement, the instructor may refer the decision of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs back to the Chair/Dean of the academic unit from which the appeal originated. The Chair/Dean shall then form a five-person appeal committee along the same guidelines used for the formation of a committee to hear a student appeal (refer to the Standard Procedure for Appeals of Grades and Sanctions in the Academic Information section of the catalog).