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2021-2022 Academic Catalog June 1, 2021- May 31, 2022 
    
2021-2022 Academic Catalog June 1, 2021- May 31, 2022

Academics - Policies and Procedures


Academic regulations exist to ensure that the University maintains recognized standards appropriate for an institution of higher learning. The University accepts its obligation to offer quality programs that are recognized nationally and internationally.

Admission to Concord University provides students with an opportunity to complete a baccalaureate or graduate degree program that fosters knowledge/mastery of content, critical thinking, communication, and personal, civic, cultural, and global competence.

The institution is dedicated to providing facilities and services to best enable student learning. Regulations, goals, and practices must be observed to provide equal educational opportunities for all students.

Some of the University regulations are established by state legislation, the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, or regional and national accrediting agencies. Concord regulations are designed to augment the degree as a meaningful acknowledgment of a graduate’s educational achievement.

STUDENTS ULTIMATELY ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR EDUCATION, WHICH INCLUDES READING, KNOWING, AND OBSERVING THE REGULATIONS OF THE UNIVERSITY.

Academic Complaints

A student has a right to make a complaint regarding an academic matter or faculty action he or she believes is unfair or inappropriate, within the generally recognized standards of academic freedom and license. Such complaints should be made during the semester in which the course is taken and should be directed first to the instructor of record for the course.  Should the student not be satisfied after having an open and frank conversation with the instructor of record, the matter may be brought to the attention of the department chairperson of the instructor of record or to the dean of the college in which the instructor serves.  The dean or chairperson will speak to the instructor, and perhaps the student and instructor together, in an attempt to resolve the issue to everyone’s mutual satisfaction.  If, at the end of that process, a student continues to believe that he or she has been treated unfairly and that as a consequence has received an inappropriate final grade for the course, the student may then submit a grade appeal (see paragraph below).

Academic Exceptions

All students are expected to conform to the academic policies and practices of the University as set forth in the University Catalog and Student Handbook.  However, in instances of documented extraordinary circumstances, a student may request in writing an exception to a policy or practice. Approval of these requests is not guaranteed.  Students are strongly encouraged to discuss their academic progress and options with their academic advisor. Additionally, students should discuss any questions, concerns, or options regarding coursework with individual instructors.

The University publishes an Undergraduate Academic Exception form and a Graduate Academic Exception form to aid students in providing the information needed to make informed decisions regarding requests for academic exceptions to academic policies and practices. Academic exceptions are reviewed by the Associate Provost with input from others such as the student’s academic advisor, department chair, and dean. The student and appropriate faculty and staff will receive an email notification with the outcome of the request once the review is complete.

Students who receive financial aid, scholarships, or funding from third-party sources should contact the Financial Aid Office to discuss any implications if the request for an exception is approved.  Approval could result in repayment of financial aid or affect current and future financial aid awards.

An academic exception is not the appropriate process to appeal or dispute a course grade. Please see the section on Grade Appeals instead.

Academic Integrity Policy

The Concord University Honor Code was adopted by students, faculty, staff, administration, and the CU Board of Governors. The Code states: “As a member of the Concord University community, I will act with honesty and integrity in accordance with our fundamental principles, and I will respect myself and others while challenging them to do the same.” The Code is intended to unite the Concord community behind a culture of honesty, integrity, and civility.

As reflected in the Honor Code, Concord University seeks to instill a set of values meant to inspire students to conduct themselves responsibly, honestly, and ethically. The International Center for Academic Integrity (ICAI) defines academic integrity as a commitment to six fundamental values and associated behaviors. Those values include honesty, trust, fairness, respect, responsibility, and courage (https://academicintegrity.org/ (link is external)). Concord University is committed to instilling and transmitting these core values of academic integrity to our collective academic community. This includes taking measures to discourage academic misconduct and dishonesty, which are delineated in this policy in alignment with Board of Governors Policy #25 (Student Academic Rights).

Academic Misconduct and Dishonesty

Academic misconduct and dishonesty are morally unacceptable, as well as destructive to the learning and teaching atmosphere. Academic misconduct and dishonesty may result in a variety of penalties, including a zero on an assignment or syllabus category; a grade reduction on an assignment, syllabus category, or course; a failing grade for a course; academic probation; suspension; or dismissal from the university.

A failing course grade as a result of academic dishonesty will be recorded as an F on the final grade report, and instructors will inform, in writing, their department chair, their dean, and the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs who notifies, in writing, the Registrar’s Office and the student. Course grades affected by academic dishonesty are not subject to the D/F forgiveness rule described below, and a student who is to receive a failing grade due to proven academic dishonesty may not drop the failed course with a grade of W, even were the student in question to withdraw from the University altogether.  Any failing grade due to proven academic dishonesty will be recorded as such and noted on the transcript.

Academic misconduct and dishonesty may include: plagiarism, cheating, bribery, misrepresentation, conspiracy and collusion, fabrication and falsification, duplicate submission, improper use of electronic devices, improper online behavior, and disruptive behavior (definitions from St. Petersburg College (https://spcollege.libguides.com/c.php?g=254383&p=1695452) (link is external). A non-exhaustive list of examples follows.

Plagiarism

Plagiarism is the act of stealing or using as one’s own, the ideas, expression of ideas, or work of someone else without proper acknowledgment and attribution.

Plagiarism includes:

•Not citing written papers, oral presentations, art and music, computer programs, and the ideas of others, whether published or unpublished.

•Not citing online written materials, photographs, artistic works, and images created and posted by others.

•Purposeful omission of quotation marks for direct quotes taken from the oral or written works of others.

•Making changes to the work of others without crediting them for the original work or idea.

Cheating

Cheating includes taking or receiving answers, information, or academic materials from others when independent work is expected.

Examples of cheating include:

•Copying work from another student or allowing another student to copy from your work (for example, an exam, lab, problem set, or homework assignment meant to be completed independently).

•Using unauthorized sources of information during an exam, quiz, or assignment without instructor permission.

•Asking another person to write a paper, submit an artistic work, or take an exam in your place.

•Obtaining answers to assigned work from an online site or another person when independent work is expected.

•Stealing copies of exams or other academic materials.

•Copying lab work or group work from a team member without contributing to a project.

•Purchasing a paper or artistic work online or from another person with intent to submit it as your own.

Bribery

Bribery is the offer or acceptance of something of value in order to influence another individual. For example, the exchange of services, money, or goods for an answer to a problem, or a grade on an assignment or course.

Misrepresentation

Misrepresentation is the act of deceiving a University official to obtain an academic advantage.

Misrepresentation includes:

•Presenting yourself as someone else, either in person, in writing, or online.

•Giving a false excuse for an absence or missed assignment.

•Lying in an attempt to increase your grade.

•An attempt to deceive a University official when confronted with allegations of academic dishonesty.

Conspiracy and Collusion

Conspiracy and collusion include working with others to commit or attempt to commit academic dishonesty.

Examples of conspiracy and collusion include:

•Collaborating with another person online, in writing, or in person on an exam or assignment when independent work is expected.

•Two or more students submitting work that is nearly identical without permission of the instructor.

•Sharing a class assignment with another student when it is meant to be completed independently.

Fabrication and Falsification

Fabrication and falsification include the creation or use of forged, altered, counterfeited, or otherwise misrepresented information.

Examples of fabrication and falsification include:

•Making up data or information for an experiment, research, or report.

•Falsifying a University document in paper or electronic form, such as forging an advisor’s signature or changing a grade on an official or unofficial transcript.

•Intentionally providing a false GPA, course grade, or degree on an application.

•Signing the name of another student on an attendance sheet.

•Falsely reporting attendance at a required out-of-class activity that you did not attend (for example, a campus lecture, performance, or off-campus event for credit or extra credit).

Duplicate Submission

Duplicate submission is the act of submitting the same paper for different classes without permission.

Examples of duplicate submission include:

•Submission of the same term paper, artistic work, course assignment, lab report, computer program, or other assignment to more than one class without permission of all instructors.

Improper Use of Electronic Devices

Electronic devices are everywhere in society, but in some academic settings they may be prohibited.

Improper use of electronic devices includes:

•Use of a calculator, phone, computer, tablet, or smart device in class when prohibited.

•Sharing answers on an exam or assignment meant to be completed independently using a calculator or electronic device.

•Recording or photographing part of a course or class activity when prohibited without permission of the instructor.

•Unauthorized electronic transmission of confidential materials such as an exam or the academic records of another student without permission.

Improper Online Behavior

Online behavior should follow the same expectations as face-to-face behavior.

Examples of improper online behavior include:

•Cyber-bullying.

•Uploading the intellectual property of another person to a web-site without permission and attribution (e.g., a class exam, homework, textbook, term paper, work of art or music).

•Use of a campus network in violation of CU Board of Governors IT Policy 45.

Disruptive Behavior

Disruptive behavior includes any behavior that interferes with the teaching and learning process. It applies to in-seat and online classrooms, as well as behavior on campus and off-campus at University events. 

Disruptive behavior includes:

•Violation of the classroom conduct policy in the Academic Catalog. 

•Blatant disregard for behavioral policies on a course syllabus, in the Academic Catalog, or in a Board of Governors policy.

•Bullying, whether in person, in writing, or online.

•Sabotaging the work of another person.

•Theft or destruction of academic materials or University property.

•Aggressive or threatening behavior towards other students or University officials.

Administrative Appeal

A student has a right to appeal any administrative decision made by the Academic Administration, including decisions regarding academic exceptions, decisions made via processes within the Office of the Registrar, as well as any academic decisions made by Department Chairs, Deans, or the Associate Provost.  These are separate from Grade Appeals.  For information about Grade Appeals, please see the section below titled “Grade Appeal Process.”

Administrative Appeals should be made in writing to the Office of the Provost, outlining the original request, the decision made, and the rationale for disputing the decision, along with any corroborating evidence.  The Provost will investigate the claim, speaking to the student and the official who made the decision, and perhaps others, in an attempt to learn as much as possible prior to making a ruling in the matter. The Provost will submit his or her decision in writing to the student and the official who made the original decision.  Decisions of the Provost in such matters is final.

Academic Recovery

Students admitted on a provisional basis to Concord University and students on initial Academic Probation with 60 or fewer earned hours are required to participate in the Academic Momentum Program (AMP), which includes enrollment in UNIV 101. This program gives students the opportunity to strengthen their academic skills and improve their academic records.

Students who fail to earn a passing grade in UNIV 101 may be required to retake the course.

Amending Information

While every effort is made to assure accuracy at the time of publication, Concord University reserves the right to delete, change, or amend the information in this Catalog as necessary.

It is the student’s responsibility to be informed of current University policies and comply with them.

Licensure and accreditation regulations may require additional non-published admission requirements in some certificate programs. Candidates in these programs must familiarize themselves with the current admission requirements of the Department which administers these programs.

Class Attendance

Research indicates that students who regularly attend and participate in class are more likely to succeed. The University expects all students to be officially registered before the end of the add/drop period for each course, and to attend all class meetings. Concord students are responsible for coursework covered during all class periods, specifically any work missed during any absence from class, including the first class meeting.

All faculty (undergraduate and graduate, online and all other modes of delivery) are directed to drop a student for being absent (or not participating online) on the first day of class/first week of class. Students who know they will be absent should contact their instructor PRIOR to the first class meeting to explain their absence and request that the instructor not drop them from the class. Students are responsible for monitoring their class schedule and should never assume that missing the first day of class will automatically result in removal from that class. A student who never attends a class but remains enrolled will receive a failing grade in the course and is responsible for tuition and fees for that class.

Faculty members are free to establish and enforce attendance policies of their choice. These policies should be clearly articulated in each course syllabus. Students are responsible for adhering to the attendance requirements outlined in the syllabus for each course. The student is responsible for all class work and assignments missed because of an absence (excused or unexcused).  Initiating the request to make up class work is the student’s responsibility.

Classroom Conduct

In classrooms, laboratories, and during any activities that are part of course requirements, students are expected to observe reasonable rules of conduct. Questions and discussions in class on the subject matter of a course will be accepted by any Concord instructor as a proper part of a university course, limited only by allotted time.

Students also are encouraged to consult instructors individually when necessary, either about the subject matter of the course or about their work in the course.

Disruptive behavior in the classroom will not be tolerated. If student conduct makes it difficult to continue the class satisfactorily, the instructor may warn the student of this fact. If objectionable conduct continues, the instructor may dismiss the student from the course with written notification of this action to the department chairperson, the Dean of the College, and the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Any appeal from such a decision must be made to these individuals, beginning with the classroom instructor. The grade recorded in cases of dismissal for conduct is an F.

A student suspended or expelled from the University for unacceptable conduct outside of the classroom shall have a grade of W recorded permanently for all course work during the semester of the suspension or expulsion.

D and F Forgiveness Rule (Academic Forgiveness Policy)

Any undergraduate student who earns a grade of D or F for a course taken prior to the receipt of a baccalaureate degree, may repeat the course prior to the receipt of the baccalaureate degree and the original (first attempt) grade will be disregarded in GPA calculation.  Only the grade earned when repeated will be used in determining GPA.  However, the original grade will not be deleted from the student’s academic record.  Additionally, eight (8) credit hours of original (first attempt) C grade upper division coursework (300-400 level) may be repeated with written permission of the department chair and college dean (for the student’s declared major) and the Provost.   Forms to request permission to repeat a course with a C grade are available in the Registrar’s Office.  All repeatable D, F, or upper division C coursework is capped at 21 credit hours.  The 21 credit hour calculation for academic forgiveness began fall semester 2018 and applies to all undergraduate students.  Note:  Any failing grade issued as a result of academic dishonesty will not be subject to repeat under the Academic Forgiveness Policy.

Grade Appeal Process

A student has a right to appeal any final grade he or she believes is unfair or inappropriate, within the generally recognized standards of academic freedom and license. Such complaints should be made after the final course grade is posted and within one semester following the semester in which the course was taken. Grade appeals must be made in writing and submitted, along with appropriate evidence, to the dean of the college in which the course resides.  The dean will investigate the claim, perhaps speaking to the student, the instructor of record, the department chairperson, or others in an attempt to learn all he or she can prior to making a ruling in the matter. The dean will submit his or her decision in writing to the student, the instructor, and the department chairperson.  The dean will also arrange with the registrar to alter the student’s final course grade should that be determined necessary. Decisions of the Dean in such matters are final.

Inadequate Proficiency in English

In all academic work, students are expected to use standard English in written and oral communication. An instructor from any department who finds the work of a student seriously deficient in English skills may refer the student to the Center for Academic and Career Development for help and remediation. 

Inclement Weather Schedule 

  Monday/Wednesday/Friday Classes   Tuesday/Thursday Classes  
         
  Regular Inclement   Regular Inclement  
  8:00-8:50 10:00-10:40   8:00-9:15 10:00-11:00  
  9:00-9:50 10:45-11:25   9:30-10:45 11:05-12:05  
  10:00-10:50 11:30-12:10   11:00-12:15 12:10-1:10  
  11:00-11:50 12:15-12:55   12:30-1:45 1:15-2:15  
  12:00-12:50 1:00-1:40   2:00-3:15 2:20-3:20  
  1:00-1:50 1:45-2:25   3:30-4:45 3:25-4:25  
  2:00-2:50 2:30-3:10        
  3:00-3:50 3:15-3:55        

Residence Credit

A candidate for a degree from Concord University must have earned a minimum of 36 semester hours of credit while in residence. Sixteen of the last 32 semester hours of study prior to graduation must be done in residence at this University. For students completing three years in the pre-medical, pre-dental, or pre-law curricula, 16 of the last 32 semester hours of study prior to entering professional training must be done in residence. At least nine semester hours credit for courses required for a major, minor, concentration, or teaching field (or specialization) must be earned in residence here. These courses are to be upper level courses, or in some instances for elementary education, courses designated by the appropriate department chairperson.

Residency Status and Out-of-State Academic Programs

The exception to residency status for in-state fee purposes is that of individuals approved for enrollment through the Academic Common Market. 

West Virginia residents seeking designated majors not available within West Virginia may be able to attend participating colleges or universities outside the state and pay in-state student fees through the Academic Common Market or other contract programs. Further information is obtainable through the Registrar’s Office or the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission.

Transfer Credit

The determination of acceptable transfer credit is made by the University after review of the courses offered for transfer and consideration of which of these are equivalent to Concord courses and which may be counted only for elective credit. Grades for all work transferred are recorded as earned. Transfer students should submit other institutions’ transcripts at the earliest possible date so that the Concord evaluation of the transfer can be made. Although all credits from regionally accredited junior colleges in college parallel courses are accepted (provided none of the credit was acquired after the student gained junior standing at a four-year college), a maximum of seventy-two semester hours is applicable toward the 120 semester hours required for graduation. Thus, a minimum of 56 semester hours must be completed at a baccalaureate institution. Credit from one of the three following sources is acceptable for transfer to Concord University: a regionally accredited institution; the Army American Council on Education Registry Transcript Systems (AARTS); and, the Sailor/Marine American Council on Education Registry Transcript (SMART). Credit from other sources must receive special permission to be transferred to Concord University. Students transferring from two-year institutions must complete, at Concord, a minimum of fifteen semester hours in the major or teaching field. After transferring, a student must maintain a 2.00 grade average in all courses taken at Concord. Once a student has been admitted to Concord as a transfer student, transfer credit will be accepted only for courses for which prior permission is obtained.

Transfer of Academic Credit Policy

The initial evaluation of transfer credit will be completed on a course-by-course basis referencing the course title, course level, grade received, and/or supporting course descriptions.  Courses required for the major, teaching field, area of emphasis, etc. may be initially accepted as elective credit by the Registrar’s Office but will be modified once written approval is granted by the appropriate department chair.  It is the responsibility of the student to provide the necessary evaluation forms and documentation (syllabus for each course in question) to the department chair for the petition review. 

Credit transferred to Concord University from an in-state institution will have an additional level of evaluation based upon the Core Coursework Transfer Agreement (CCTA) - see Registrar’s website for agreement details:  http://www.concord.edu/academics/registrar 

Students transferring credit from an out-of-state institution of higher education will be evaluated in a similar manner and the CCTA will serve as a reference document.

Any student denied specific course credit at the department level may petition the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs of Concord University to request a final review at the institutional level.  If the appeal for course credit from an in-state institution is not granted by the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, the student then has the right to appeal to the Joint Recommending Committee for Transfer and Articulation at the state level.  Any in-state student wishing to utilize the final appeal process at the state level may contact the Registrar’s Office for additional information and forms (registrar@concord.edu or phone 304-384-5236 or 5237).

Transient Credit

Once enrolled, it is expected that a Concord student will do most of his or her course work at Concord. However, students may apply for permission to take work at another regionally-accredited institution. Application must be made in writing to the Registrar, stating the institution, the reason for requesting the work there, and whether the work will be on its campus, online, by extension, or by correspondence. The request must include the departmental designation of the course, its number, descriptive title, and credit designation, as listed in the catalog of that institution.

Transient forms are available through the Registrar’s Office or on the CU website.

Credit will not be awarded for courses taken elsewhere unless permission is granted in advance. Good academic standing (2.0 grade point average) is required for permission to study at another institution.

Permission to take courses elsewhere is not given for any course already taken at Concord, or for certain basic courses required in the student’s program of study, without prior approval by the student’s major department. Once a student has attained junior standing at Concord, courses may not be taken at a community college for transfer to Concord University.

Concord University cannot assume any responsibility for the transmittal of official notice of completion of courses at other institutions. Students depending upon correspondence credits to complete their graduation requirements are cautioned that Concord has no control over delays which may occur in the grading of correspondence assignments and in the sending of another institution’s official transcripts of final grades to the Concord Registrar’s Office.

The Registrar and the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs review transient requests.

Weather Policy

As a general policy the University will remain in normal operation during adverse weather conditions. In the event of severe weather conditions, the President may

  1. place classes on inclement weather schedule;
  2. cancel classes before the end of the class day;
  3. cancel classes for an entire day or days;
  4. close the University with notification to the Chancellor of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission.

Individual instructors will establish inclement weather meeting times if a class does not meet at one of the regular times noted above.

The Director of the Beckley Center will determine the status of off-campus classes in Raleigh County. If a decision to cancel classes is made, the media, faculty, and appropriate University offices will be notified.

The late schedule affects classes only. Other University operations are expected to follow normal routines, although the University encourages its employees to use discretion to ensure safety in traveling on weather-affected roadways. The University urges individuals to use their own best judgment when making a decision to commute or not to the campus in adverse or severe weather conditions.

Concord faculty are urged to make attendance policy considerations for the difficulties some commuting students may encounter due to weather conditions and provide opportunities to make up missed work. Students have an obligation to make every safe effort to attend classes, to initiate arrangements for making up missed work, and to understand the occasional commuting difficulties of faculty.

Announcements invoking the late schedule or other options referenced above are aired on area radio and television stations and are sent as text and email messages to those enrolled for this service.

Take note that unless a cancellation announcement is made, classes will be held.