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Academic Policies

Course Registration

Each term, the university publishes a schedule of course offerings and a timetable for both pre-registration and registration. The university reserves the right to modify the schedule of course offerings—courses offered, sections, class meeting days and times, and instructors – and to modify individual student schedules, consistent with providing students the opportunity for timely completion of degrees.

Returning students may pre-register for classes at scheduled times during each semester’s pre-registration period. New students may pre-register at any time prior to the beginning of a semester. Students will receive credit only for those courses in which they are properly enrolled, and they will receive grades in all courses unless proper withdrawal procedures are followed.


Course Add/Drop

The add/drop dates for all terms are published each semester by the Registrar and are located on the Academic Calendar posted on EagleNet. All schedule changes must be approved by the student’s academic advisor. Students may add a class though the first 5 days of a regular term and may drop without a ‘W’ during the first 10 days. After the 10th day, all dropped classes will receive a grade of W. No class may be dropped after the last day for withdrawal published on the Academic Calendar.


Academic Leave of Absence

An Academic Leave of Absence may be granted to students who find it necessary to take time away from their studies due to illness or injury, to provide care or assistance for family and dependents, to meet military service obligations, or for other personal reasons.

A leave can be used to suspend study for one semester or more (up to a full academic year) during which the student is not expected to make progress toward their degree.

· The one-year time limit can be extendedfor military service.

· A leave can be granted for current and/or future semesters only, not for prior semesters.

· Students granted a leave are not required to register for any credit hours for the period covered by the leave.

· With no enrollment, no tuition and fee costs are accrued during the leave.

· Students returning from an approved leave do not need to be readmitted.

Students seeking an academic leave of absence for either Study Abroad or internship (credit or noncredit) must:

  • Be in good academic standing; and
  • Submit a formal request to the Registrars before or on the last day of class prior to the student’s’ departure.

Voluntary withdrawal from the University

Students withdrawing from University of the Ozarks must meet with OAS to complete the official withdrawal process. (see catalog)Failure to formally withdraw will result in failure in classes for which you are registered. All students that withdrawal must re-apply for admission to return to the University.


Academic Advising

Upon enrollment at the university, students will be assigned a faculty pre-major advisor and will be notified of their advisor by email. For first-year students, the advisor will be the Ozarks Experience instructor.

Once a student has selected their major, they are responsible for choosing their advisor from within that discipline. Students meet with their advisor prior to registration to plan or confirm their class schedule. A Declaration/Change of Major and/or Change of Advisor may be accomplished by the discipline advisor through the appropriate online form.

Selecting a Major

Students should formally declare a major by the end of their sophomore year. The advisor, along with career services, can aid in the process of selecting a major.


University Grades

University grading policies are published in the University catalog published on the University website.

Grade Change Requests

Except for the removal of an Incomplete (I or R), once a grade has been recorded by the Registrar, all grade changes must be submitted by the faculty and approved as stated in the Employee Handbook.

Grade Appeal

Students have the right to appeal an official grade within one year of the posting of the grade. The grade appeal policy is published in the Employee handbook (Policy 1205). Students appealing a grade must submit an official letter of appeal to the Academic Dean of the Division. This formal letter must include information to support a claim for grade change.


Academic Integrity

University of the Ozarks expects all members of the academic community to uphold and maintain both academic and professional honesty and integrity in their work. Academic misconduct is defined as any activity that undermines the academic integrity of the institution. University of the Ozarks may discipline a student for academic misconduct as defined and outlined in the Student Handbook.

If a student believes that any member of the academic community is in violation of academic integrity, they should the faculty teaching the course. When an academic misconduct referral is received, the involved student is contacted for a meeting with a faculty member to discuss the incident in question. The purpose of that meeting is to review the contents of the referral and discuss options for resolving the allegation.


University of the Ozarks Sanction(s)

If a student is found to be in violation of academic integrity, the violation will be reported to the Provost. Students will receive at minimum one formal status sanction. Depending on the violation and outcome, they may receive one or more educational, and/or disciplinary sanctions.

Formal Status Sanctions

A student may be placed on academic warning, academic probation, or academic suspension. Full descriptions are located in the catalog.

Educational/Disciplinary Sanctions

The purpose of this sanction is to be reflective and restorative. Remedies could include:

A grade of an F on a paper, examination or assignment;

A grade of an F for a course, effective immediately;

A reflective paper on honesty;

A meeting with a faculty member/dean to discuss the importance of honesty within the 
academic community;

Sanction Appeal Process

Students have the right to appeal actions taken in response to alleged violations of academic integrity.

They can submit an official appeal form to the Provost within 72 hours of receiving the official sanction. Forms may be obtained from the main office of each division.

After receiving the official appeal form from the student, a meeting will be scheduled within 24 hours to meet with the Provost. Students have a right to bring their academic advisor to that meeting and a witness who can speak to the event if applicable. The decision made by the Provost is final and unable to be appealed.


Violations of Academic Integrity

Cheating

Refers to the attempt to use or provide unauthorized material or information as study aids in any academic exercise not directly allowed by the instructor.

Plagiarism

Refers to presenting as one’s work the work of someone else without properly acknowledging the source. Plagiarism, using words and ideas of another person as if they were one’s own, is theft. Exact copying should be enclosed in quotation marks and should be appropriately noted in footnotes or endnotes in a paper. Paraphrasing another person’s ideas and using them as one’s own is also plagiarism. If in doubt, the student should consult with the instructor of the course.

Counterfeit Work

Refers to both work and work submitted as one’s own that was created, researched, or produced by someone else without credit given to the appropriate party.

Academic Theft

Refers to the use or circulation of tests or answer sheets specifically prepared for a given course and not yet used or publicly released by the instructor of a course.

Unauthorized reuse of work

Constitutes turning in the same work to more than one class without consent of the instructors involved.

Falsification of academic records

Refers to changing grades on any official academic record, including but: not limited to: transcripts, grade sheets, electronic data sheets, tests and projects

Falsification of Data

Refers to the creation of false or incorrect data in a research or experimental procedure


ACADEMIC STANDING

At University of the Ozarks, we stand behind our support for students to attain degree completion in 4 years. Typically, that means they should complete 15 semester hours each semester to reach the minimum requirement of 120 hours in 8 semesters. The key to staying on track for on-time graduation is making satisfactory academic progress and maintaining a cumulative GPA at or above 2.00.

Academic Good Standing is evaluated at the end of each regular semester. If students do not achieve the minimum requirements during any semester, they will be placed on academic warning, academic probation, or academic suspension as outlined in the university catalog.