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Faculty and Unclassified Staff Handbook
Chapter 2 -- Academic Affairs


Admission to Teacher Education

Faculty members will find the policies and procedures for teacher education programs from admission to certification in the University Catalog. The Teacher Certification Office is prepared to answer all questions relating to this subject and to provide application forms for (1) admission to programs, (2) student teaching, and (3) certification.

Assignment of Advisor and Major for New Students

Faculty members are selected and assigned by the department chair to act as advisors. The Registrar assigns a student for advisement to the department compatible with the student's academic interest as expressed in the student's application for admission. The department chair will assign the student to the specific advisor in the area of the student's interest.

Entering students who do not express a field of interest are assigned to the Vice President for Student Affairs for advising. (Contact Assistant to the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences for the Bachelor of General Studies advisor.)

Changing Advisor/Major

Advisors have an extremely important obligation. The interest taken in a student by the advisor represents one of the greatest services to the student and to the University.

An enrolled undergraduate student desiring to have an advisor/major change should request a transfer of records from the current advisor to the chair of the department in which the student is majoring for an assignment of a new advisor/major; to the undecided coordinator in the Academic Advising and Career Exploration Center; (to the assistant to the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences for the Bachelor of General Studies.)

All advisors have access to their assigned advisees through the on-line computing system.

Faculty Hours

Each faculty member shall post and hold a reasonable number of regularly scheduled office hours. The department chair will approve the faculty member's office hour schedule, with a copy retained in the department office. Faculty members must maintain office availability both physically and electronically, as appropriate. Faculty members who teach in the virtual or electronic learning environments, in addition to regular office hours, will provide students with electronic access to the faculty member in a timely fashion.

Grade Reports

Mid-term grade reports for the fall and spring semesters are distributed to students through their advisors and are available to students on Tiger Tracks. Final grade reports are available to students on Tiger Tracks. Faculty are responsible for entering mid-term and final grades for 16-week classes by the deadlines posted on the on-line Academic Calendar. Final grades for courses less than 16-weeks are due no later than seven days after the class is completed.

International Students

See the University Catalog for "International Student Services."

Role of Academic Advisors

See the University Catalog for "Academic Advisors" and the Faculty Advising Handbook.

Scholastic Standing

See the University Catalog for "Grades" and "Grade Points."

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