2017-2018 Student Handbook

Page 46 of 107 Updated 1.25.17 FASFA applications are required annually to receive government grants or loans. March 15 is the annual priority date. Reapplying early provides the best financial aid package. Applications are processed throughout the academic year. The Federal Direct Loan is available to all degree-seeking U. S. citizens enrolled at least half-time. The Work Study program provides an opportunity to students seeking campus employment. Students and parents are welcome to visit the Office of Enrollment Services or to call to discuss matters pertaining to financial aid. Class Preparation and Attendance Outside preparation is necessary for success in a class assignment and involves budgeting time and applying a high degree of purpose and self‐discipline. Most professors expect at least two hours of work outside of the classroom for every hour spent in class. Each day’s assignments are important, as are accurate and concise class notes. Professors and advisors are available to give assistance, but the student is responsible for participating fully in all learning opportunities, for reading and researching outside of class, for taking complete notes, and for taking the initiative to seek help if needed. Students should not miss class. Punctual attendance is essential to success in a course and is expected of all students. Whether the absence is excused or unexcused, the student is still responsible for all course material presented in or assigned on the day of the absence and will be held accountable for such material in the determination of course grades. Instructors have the right to fail any student missing 25% of the class meetings and/or laboratory sessions scheduled for a course (excused or unexcused). Note to athletes: Absences missed for athletic participation are counted as any other absence. See the full attendance policy in the Undergraduate Catalog in the section regarding Academic Standards. Students are required to wait for an absent faculty member for a period of 15 minutes. If, after that time, the faculty member has not arrived, class members are excused for the remainder of the class period without penalty unless specific instructions to the contrary have been given. Dead Week Policy While the university does not recognize a formal dead week, faculty members are encouraged to be aware of the demands placed on students at the end of the semester and, where possible, to avoid requiring major work (not previously assigned) during the final week of a regular semester. Student organizations are also encouraged to limit their activities during this week. Withdrawing from the University A student who finds it necessary to withdraw (drop all classes) from the university before the end of a semester must notify the Office of the Registrar and complete the appropriate paperwork. The form requires approval by various offices and administrators. If this procedure is not followed, the student is automatically assigned a grade of “F” in all courses. Due to the negative impact on a student’s grades, failure to withdraw properly may result in academic suspension, financial aid suspension, and a return of financial aid funds. In addition, failure to withdraw properly may result in forfeiture of a student’s room reservation deposit. Student Safety Services Safety Regulations Each student is expected to keep his/her Student ID Card pin code confidential, and not loan his/her Student ID Card to anyone. To do so would compromise the safety of residence hall occupants. Students abusing the system will be subject to disciplinary action.