STUDENT COMPLAINTS AGAINST FACULTY MEMBERS
This university encourages students to meet with their instructor to attempt to resolve any issues and concerns. However, if a concern cannot be directly resolved with the faculty member, students may pursue a complaint by progressing through the administrative channels by contacting the instructor’s department chair, school dean, and the Vice President for Academic Affairs. This procedure, in addition to directly contacting the President of the university, may also be followed by students who have a complaint regarding an instructor’s English proficiency as required by Sections 3224 and 3225 of Title 70 of the Oklahoma Statutes.
6.01 SCHOLASTIC REQUIREMENTS FOR CONTINUING ENROLLMENT
a. Enrollment in Good Standing. A student who meets the University’s retention standards is eligible for continuing enrollment.
1. Retention Standards. The following standards relating to retention of students pursuing study in an undergraduate program apply at all institutions in the Oklahoma State Systems of Higher Education. For continued enrollment at Cameron University, a student must have earned a cumulative grade point average as indicated below:
0 - 30 semester hours 1.70
Over 30 semester hours 2.00
Any student not maintaining satisfactory progress toward his/her study objective as indicated above will be placed on Academic Probation. To continue as a student, student must attain a semester grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or meet the minimum retention standards required above. If a student does not make a 2.0 GPA for each subsequent semester after being placed on probation, he/she will be academically suspended. For information regarding suspension and academic appeals contact the Admissions Office. For information regarding suspension, if classified as a senior, contact the Registrar’s Office.
b. Any student who achieves unconditional admission to the Graduate School but has a cumulative grade point average of less than 3.00 for graduate courses completed at Cameron after the completion of fifteen (15) graduate hours at Cameron will be placed on academic probation. Failure to achieve a 3.00 grade point average during any semester or summer term may result in dismissal from graduate school. The Vice President for Academic Affairs will notify the student of the probationary or dismissal status. The Graduate Council serves as an appellate body for such decisions.
6.02 ACADEMIC NOTICE
Freshman students, 30 or fewer credit hours, with a cumulative GPA of 1.70 to less than 2.00 will be placed on academic notice. Academic notice is not recorded on the transcript.
6.03 ACADEMIC PROBATION
A student will be placed on academic probation if he/she fails to attain the grade point average noted in 6.01a. Scholastic probation is recorded on the transcript. (For graduate requirements, refer to 6.01b.)
6.04 ACADEMIC SUSPENSION
A student will be suspended if after one semester of academic probation he/she does not attain a minimum grade point average of 2.00 for the semester, or his/her cumulative grade point average (not to include activity or performance courses) does not meet the retention standards stated above. Suspension is recorded on the transcript.
6.05 READMISSION AFTER SUSPENSION
The student who has been suspended from the University because of poor grades will be eligible to apply for readmission after one full semester. (A summer term is not a full semester.) Graduate students must receive permission from the Graduate Council.
6.06 ACADEMIC FORGIVENESS/REPRIEVE/RENEWAL POLICIES
Contact the Registrar’s Office for the academic forgiveness, reprieve, and renewal policies.
6.07 ACADEMIC OFFENSES
Each student is expected to engage in all academic pursuits in a manner that is above reproach. Students are expected to maintain complete honesty and integrity in the academic experiences both in and out of the classroom. Any student found guilty of academic dishonesty, including, but not limited to the following, will be subject to disciplinary action:
a. Cheating on an examination or the preparation of academic work. Cheating may include, but is not limited to:
1. Copying from another student’s test paper, laboratory report, other report, or computed files, data, listings, and/or programs;
2. Using during a test, materials not authorized by the professor or instructor;
3. Collaborating with another person without authorization during an examination or in preparing academic work;
4. Knowingly and without authorization, using, buying, selling, stealing, transporting, soliciting, copying or possessing in whole or in part, the contents of an unadministered examination;
5. Substituting for another student, or permitting another student to substitute for oneself in taking an examination or preparing academic work; or
6. Bribing another person to obtain an unadministered examination or information about an unadministered examination;
7. Attempting to bribe any faculty/staff or student to alter a grade.
b. Plagiarizing: To plagiarize is to “pass off ideas or words of another’s as one’s own created production without crediting the source; to present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source.” (Webster) Plagiarism applies to anything produced by a student to be graded in a course (i.e., papers, posters, term papers, books and all forms of reports, take home exams, essays, journals, diaries, oral presentations, etc.)
c. Any forgery, alteration, or misuse of academic documents, forms or records.
6.08 PENALTIES FOR ACADEMIC DISHONESTY
In addition to the penalties specified in section 3.05 of this code, a student who is found guilty of an act of academic dishonesty may be subject to one or more of the following sanctions:
a. The student may be required to perform additional academic work/project not required of other students in the course;
b. The student may be required to withdraw from the course with a grade of “W” or “F”; or
c. The student’s grade in the course or on the examination or other academic work affected by the dishonesty may be reduced to any extent, including a reduction to failure.
d. If the faculty member recommends that the student be placed on disciplinary probation, then the faculty member must obtain written support from the appropriate Department Chair and Dean for the proposed penalty.
e. If the faculty member recommends that the student either be suspended or expelled from the University, then the faculty member must obtain written support from both the Department Chari and the Dean. These cases will automatically be sent to the Grade Appeals Committee for a determination of the appropriate penalty.
6.09 PROCEDURES IN CASES OF ACADEMIC DISHONESTY
a. Initiation of Action. When any member of the faculty is of the opinion that a student in a course taught by him or taking an examination given or supervised by him or performing other academic work under his supervision has committed an act of academic dishonesty, he shall have the option of 1) summoning the student verbally or in writing to a private conference, which constitutes an administrative review or 2) to refer the matter to the Director of Student Development.
b. Faculty Disposition. If, after presenting the student with evidence of academic dishonesty and allowing the student an opportunity to respond, the faculty member is convinced that an act of academic dishonesty did in fact occur, he shall advise the student of such fact and the penalty to be imposed under section 6.08 above. The student shall indicate either written acceptance or non-acceptance of the penalty. If resolution of the case is achieved without an appeal by the student, the faculty member should report the final disposition of the case to the Director of Student Development. If a history of academic dishonesty is observed, the matter may be referred to the Grade Appeals Committee for further disciplinary action.
c. Appeal of Faculty or Director of Student Development’s Disposition. The student may appeal to the Grade Appeals Committee. A request for an appeal hearing must be made in writing to the Dean of Students within five (5) class days following notification of the faculty member’s or the Director of Student Development’s decision. The request should include a statement of the charge and the penalty imposed. The DS will convene the Grade Appeals Committee to hear the appeal. The DS will also notify the faculty member, the department chairman, the appropriate dean and the Vice President for Academic Affairs that the request to appeal has been filed by sending each of them copies of the request to appeal. The hearing will be conducted as prescribed in Section 5. The Committee is empowered to dismiss the charge if the evidence does not substantiate that academic dishonesty did in fact occur or the Committee may change the penalty to another of the alternatives prescribed in 6.08. In the event a course grade is changed by the action of the Committee, a statement issued by the Committee shall authorize the university Registrar to make the change ordered by the Committee. The Committee’s decision will be reported by the Committee to the DS who will notify the student, the faculty member, the department chairman, the appropriate dean and the Vice President for Academic Affairs.