Section G :
Responsibilities of Teaching Faculty

Insuring an Appropriate Educational Environment - Faculty members have the responsibility of insuring an educational environment that promotes academic excellence. All individuals have the right to a positive secure environment, one in which persons can realize their potential as intellectual, social, political, economic and creative beings.

Each faculty member will provide for students a statement of expectations and standards for ensuring an educational environment. This may be accomplished in a discussion format during the first class period and/or in writing as part of the course outline.

Students who do not comply with the faculty members' stated expectations of classroom behavior may have their registration in the course canceled by the faculty member, through the process outlined in section 4.25 of the Academic Code.
Course Outlines - During the first week of classes, a course outline is to be given to each student enrolled in a course.
Content of Course Outlines
Outlines must specify:

(a) Course title, prefix designation (e.g. CAHT 140), credit hours of course prerequisites, date (which semester) and class hours.

(b) Name of instructor, office location and hours, phone number and e-mail address.

(c) Required books or subscriptions.

(d) General objectives of course, and when possible, exit skills (learning outcomes) and other specific objectives.

(e) Grading and evaluation system (including weighting of each component, e.g. 20 percent quizzes, 30 percent tests, etc.), list of term assignments such as papers, survey or research.

(f) Course attendance policy and reference to Academic Policies numbers 5.20 – 5.25.

(g) Required and/or suggested course materials (e.g., equipment, uniforms, etc.).

(h) Estimated expenses for required field trips.

(i) Reference to Academic policies numbers 5.50 and 5.60 regarding an appropriate educational environment.

(j) All students with a documented disability who are requesting special accommodations must be registered with the Office of DisAbility Support Services and notify the faculty of their learning needs.

(k) Tutorial support can be obtained in the Center for Academic Support located in the VanWagnen Library.

When appropriate, inclusion of the following should be considered:

(a) A lecture schedule to include:

Course topics
Exam schedules

(b) The course outline is a significant document in your educational process. It is the student’s responsibility to be aware of and be compliant with the course information and requirements.
State law requires that any student in an institution of higher education who is unable to attend classes on a particular day or days because of his/her religious beliefs is to be excused from any examination or any study or work requirements. State law also stipulates that we have the responsibility to make available equivalent opportunities to make up work missed because of these absences and that students have the obligation to make up any work missed work.
Course Grades - Each student enrolled in a course shall receive a grade. These grades are posted by the faculty in Banner Web within deadlines established by the registrar.
Assignment and Test Grades - grades for assignments and tests can only be posted via the secure on-line course management system.
Final Examinations - Faculty members are expected to state their final examination policies in their course outlines. Final examinations are to be administered during the period so designated.
Final Exam Policy

Each member of the faculty shall have the right and the responsibility to determine the form and content of end-of-the-semester examinations (whether of the comprehensive “final” type or of the “last unit” type). Specifically, it may be determined that some other form of evaluation is more appropriate. As "finals week" is part of the regular semester, it is expected that all faculty members will use this time period to conduct scheduled examinations or other appropriate evaluative activities to verify that stated learning objectives have been met by the students in their respective courses.

With the exception of lab practicums and Saturday College, final examinations in semester-long courses are to be given only according to the official exam schedule published by the Registrar. All evening courses will hold the final examination during final exam week at the day and hour of the regular class meeting.

The instructor in any course retains the freedom to reschedule a final examination for an individual student who presents a clear case of hardship in examination scheduling. If possible such an exam should be rescheduled during the final examination period.

The administration will ensure that faculty have a minimum of 72 hours after the administration of the final examination in a course to submit their final grades to the Registrar.
Safety - Students and employees, under the direction of a faculty member, must be informed of safety hazards. Faculty must ensure that appropriate safeguards are in effect, that proper medical attention is sought in case of accident or injury, and that accident report forms are filed within 24 hours if the circumstances so warrant.
Field Trips - A request to conduct a field trip must be approved by the school dean eighteen (18) days prior to the trip.
Whenever a trip removes students from other courses or scheduled activities, faculty in charge will place a notice on SharePoint seven (7) days prior to the trip giving date and time of trip and names of participating students.
Field trips will not be scheduled during the last week of classes unless approved in writing by the vice president for academic affairs.
Field trips that affect student attendance in any other class shall be taken during non-class periods, on weekends, or during vacation periods whenever possible. No field trips should exceed two days of classes. Every effort should be made to avoid taking field trips during the first week of each semester, thus permitting each instructor to get his/her course started in an appropriate manner. (See Section E, 5.24)
Faculty Academic Advisement Guidelines for Exchange/Study Abroad Programs

The guidelines listed below are designed to help faculty effectively advise students who wish to study at an institution abroad and receive credit at SUNY Cobleskill for the experience. These guidelines have been developed so students’ overseas studies will complement their programs of study at SUNY Cobleskill.

A student interested in studying abroad should apply to a College-approved program early in the spring semester of the freshman year if the student is in an associate’s degree program. A student in a bachelor’s degree program may apply during the sophomore year. To be eligible to study abroad, a student should have completed the freshman year at SUNY Cobleskill and must have a minimum GPA or 2.5.

Before a student applies for a particular exchange/study abroad program, the student should consult his/her academic advisor to determine the educational appropriateness of the chosen institution overseas. An overseas institution will be appropriate for study if courses offered there satisfy the requirements of academic programs and or general education studies at SUNY Cobleskill. Students and advisors should be aware that academic calendars might not always coincide.

The academic advisor should then refer the student to the Director of International Programs.

The Director of International Programs will contact the registrar’s office for a preevaluation of courses that the student wishes to enroll in abroad. This will ensure that the course credit earned overseas can be transferred back to SUNY Cobleskill. Note that transferability must initially be determined by the appropriate academic department(s). The Director of International Programs should check with academic departments when issues of transferability arise.

The complement of courses taken at a host institution abroad should ordinarily carry a total value of 12 to 15 credits for a semester-long program, three to 12 credits for a summer program and up to three credits for an intersession program.

Students should be aware that if they do not follow the stated recommendations, the College cannot guarantee that courses taken at an institution abroad will have their credits transferred back to SUNY Cobleskill.


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