Students of the university academic community are expected to adhere to commonly accepted standards of academic honesty. Allegations of academic dishonesty can reflect poorly on the scholarly reputation of the University including students, faculty and graduates. Individuals who elect to commit acts of academic dishonesty such as cheating, plagiarism, or misrepresentation will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action in accordance with university policy.
Incidents of possible student academic dishonesty will be addressed in accordance with the following guidelines:
- The instructor is responsible for investigating and documenting any incident of alleged academic dishonesty that occurs under the instructor's purview.
- If the instructor finds the allegation of academic dishonesty to have merit, then the instructor, after a documented conference with the student, will develop a plan for disciplinary action. If the student agrees to this plan, then both instructor and student will sign the agreement. The faculty member will forward a copy of the signed agreement to the Office of Student Conduct for record-keeping purposes.
- If the student disagrees with the instructor's proposed plan for disciplinary action and wishes to take further action, he/she is responsible for scheduling a meeting with the chair of the department where the course is housed to appeal the proposed disciplinary plan. The department chair shall mediate the matter and seek a satisfactory judgment acceptable to the faculty member based on meetings with all parties. If a resolution is reached, the disposition of the case will be forwarded to the Office of Student Conduct. If a resolution at the departmental level is not reached and the student wishes to take further action, he/she is responsible for scheduling a meeting with the dean of the college where the course is housed to appeal the proposed disciplinary plan. The college dean shall mediate the matter and seek a satisfactory judgment acceptable to the faculty member based on meetings with all parties. If a resolution is reached, the disposition of the case will be forwarded to the Office of Student Conduct. If a resolution at the college level is not reached and the student wishes to take further action, he/she is responsible for scheduling a meeting with the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost (VPAA/P) to appeal the proposed disciplinary plan. The VPAA/P shall mediate the matter and seek a satisfactory judgment acceptable to the faculty member based on meetings with all parties. After reviewing all documentation, the VPAA/P may, at his/her discretion, choose either to affirm the proposed action, to refer the case to the Office of Student Conduct for further review, or to dismiss the matter depending on the merits of the case. The final disposition of the case will be disseminated to appropriate parties, including the Office of Student Conduct.
- If a student is allowed academic progression but demonstrates a repeated pattern of academic dishonesty, the VPAA/P may, after consultation with the Office of Student Conduct, assign additional penalties to the student, including removal from the University.
Regular and punctual attendance at all scheduled classes and activities is expected of all students and is regarded as integral to course credit.
Each student is directly responsible to the individual professor for absences and for making up work missed. Particular policies and procedures on absences and makeup work are established in writing for each class, are announced by the professor at the beginning of the term, and for excessive absences, may provide for appropriate penalties including reduction in grades or professor-initiated withdrawal from class. Official written excuses for absences are issued only for absences incurred in connection with university-sponsored activities. For all other types of group or individual absences, including illness, authorization or excuse is the province of the individual professor. Students should expect their instructors to monitor attendance as required by the Federal Student Aid Handbook, (Volume 5, and Chapter 2).
Withdrawal from a Course
A student may withdraw from a course with a grade of W up to and including the Friday that falls one week after the designated midterm date via UNA Portal registration. After that deadline and up to the Wednesday that falls two weeks prior to the last day of class, a student may withdraw from a course with a grade of WP (withdraw passing) or WF (withdraw failing) assigned by the instructor. During the final two weeks of class, withdrawal is not permitted except in extraordinary circumstances. Permission of both the instructor and department chair is required, and the grade of WP or WF will be assigned by the instructor.
Any student wishing to withdraw from a class during the automatic grade of W period may login to his/her secure UNA Portal and follow the same steps as when he/she initially registered, selecting ‘web withdraw’ beside the desired course(s) and submit. This policy is valid for online courses as well as regular courses. The class will be withdrawn as requested and a notification sent to the student and instructor. The instructor may contact the Registrar’s Office up to ten working days after the date of the email notification if they have an objection or concern or want to request a change in the withdrawal grade. The Registrar’s Office will notify the Office of International Affairs for any international student wishing to withdraw from a class.
Any student wishing to withdraw from a class during the WP (withdraw passing) or WF (withdraw failing) period may login to his/her secure UNA Portal and follow the same steps as when he/she initially registered, selecting ‘request to withdraw’ beside the desired course(s) and submit. This policy is valid for online courses as well as regular courses. The Registrar’s Office will withdraw the class as requested upon receipt of an email notification from the instructor designating a grade of WP or WF. The Registrar’s Office will send a notification to the student and instructor once the withdrawal is complete.
The Office of International Affairs will also be notified for any international student wishing to withdraw from a class during the WP/WF grade period. (See notes and exceptions below).
Withdrawal during Summer Sessions
During any summer session, a student may login to his/her secure UNA Portal account to withdraw from individual courses with a grade of W through the Friday preceding the last class day. After that deadline, withdrawal requires permission of the instructor and department chair attached to any course from which withdrawal is contemplated, and a grade of WP or WF will be assigned by the instructor(s). (See notes and exceptions below).
Withdrawal from the University
Students who wish to withdraw from the University up to and including the Friday that falls one week after the designated midterm date must first notify the Office of the Registrar and follow official procedures. The grade of W will be recorded for each registered course.
Withdrawal from the University after the Friday that falls one week after the designated midterm date requires consultation with the Office of the Registrar. In cases where withdrawal from the University is unavoidable, such as a medical emergency, the grade of W will be uniformly recorded. In cases where withdrawal from the University is optional, the student will receive grades of WP (withdraw passing) or WF (withdraw failing) assigned by the instructor(s).
In special and unusual circumstances beyond the student’s control, a student may, with documented evidence, petition the University for retroactive withdrawal from the University. The request must be submitted to the Registrar normally within one year of the end of the semester of most recent enrollment. The instructor(s) of record and the dean(s) of the college where the courses are housed must be notified of the request. If the instructor(s) of record and/or the college dean(s) have an objection to the retroactive withdrawal, they must contact the Registrar’s Office up to 30 calendar days after notification of the withdrawal request. If the recommendations of the instructor(s) and college dean(s) are in conflict, the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost will review all relevant documentation and make a final decision. If approved, all grades awarded during the withdrawal semester must be changed to a grade of W. If the instructor(s) are no longer employed with the University, the department chair where each course is housed submits the recommendation.
Note: Failure to comply with these requirements seriously prejudices the student’s academic standing as well as future readmission. (See notes and exceptions below)
Notes and Exceptions
- In determining the scholastic standing of a student who has officially withdrawn from the University or from one or more courses, grades of W, WP, or WF are not charged as work attempted and are not awarded quality point credit. Incomplete work must be made up in the following semester (fall, spring). An I which has not been removed within the period prescribed automatically becomes an F.
- Students should be aware that withdrawing from one or more courses may have substantial adverse effects on, including but not limited to, financial aid, scholarship award, health insurance, and athletic eligibility.
- The policy does not apply to clinical courses taken in the Anderson College of Nursing. Students who are failing clinical in the Anderson College of Nursing and Health Professionsat the time they withdraw from the class will receive an F for that class.
- The policy does not apply to students who have committed academic dishonesty in the course in question. A student will not be allowed to withdraw from a course in which he or she has committed academic dishonesty. If a student is accused of academic dishonesty, he or she will not be allowed to withdraw from the course while the case is pending.
- A student may not withdraw from a class if he or she has exceeded the allowed number of absences for a particular course without consent from the instructor. A faculty member’s attendance policy supersedes the Withdrawal from a Course policy.
- Students who are called to active military service during an academic term may choose one of the following options:
- The student may request retroactive withdrawal to the beginning of the semester with a full refund of tuition and fees.
- If at least 75% of the term has been completed, the student may request that the faculty member assign a grade for the course based on the work completed, but the final grading decision is left to the faculty member.
- A student may be assigned a grade of I and will be subject to university policies regarding the disposition of the Incomplete.
- Students with a grade of WF will be ineligible for recognition on the Dean’s List for the semester in which the WF was assigned.
Freshman Orientation Program
All beginning freshmen are required to participate in an orientation program preceding or at the beginning of the first term of residence. The program is designed to help orient the student to university life and includes scheduled sessions on registration procedures, academic programs and requirements, campus life, etc., in addition to academic advisement and registration for classes. Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration (SOAR) sessions are held in June and July (see http://www.una.edu/orientation), or students may attend New Student Advising and Registration, which is held each semester on the Monday of the week classes begin as listed in the Schedule of Classes for that semester (see http://www.una.edu/admissions).
Educator Preparation and Nursing
Students who enroll in educator preparation or nursing programs must satisfy requirements for admission to, retention in, and graduation from such programs in addition to other university requirements. The standards and procedures are described under the College of Education and Human Sciences and the College of Nursing.