Cleveland State University

the Center for Teaching Excellence

Faculty Handbook

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Faculty Rights and Responsibilities(2)


Duties

Teaching

Grading

Grade scales are available from your department or school. While there is not a University-wide scale, the basic "A to F" grading options are used across the Colleges/School. The grading scales are slightly different for undergraduates and graduates. Undergraduates may earn grades of A, A-,B+,B,B-, C+, C, D, or F. Graduate students may only earn grades of A, A-, B+, B, B-, C, or F.

You should be aware that Faculty teaching first year students are required to submit mid-term grades as well as final grades. This mid-term grading allows faculty and advisors to be proactive in assisting students who may be academically struggling in their course work. In addition, students who are on athletic scholarships are monitored by the Athletic Advising Department that requests periodic updates during the term on these students' course work and progress.

There are a number of additional grading options that are standard across the University. A grade of Incomplete (I) can be given; however, the following conditions must be met: 1. student has the potential to pass the course; 2. student has not completed all assignments for reasons deemed justified by the instructor; and, 3. student has notified the instructor prior to the end of the grading period. If all three conditions listed above are not met, the instructor has the option of assigning an "X" or of assigning

a letter grade based on completed work. Please note that an "I" automatically becomes an "F" if not resolved by the last day of instruction of the following semester. The grade of Incomplete is given when the work in a course has been generally passing, but when some specifically required task has not been completed through no fault of the student. The date assigned by the faculty member for completion of the work for undergraduate courses cannot be later than the last day of classes of the next term following the term in which the Incomplete grade was received. (The time limit may extend up to four weeks into the fall semester for Incomplete grades received during the spring semester.) For all cases, the time limit applies whether the student is enrolled or not. If a grade change is not submitted by the end of the time limit, the "I" becomes an "F".

In addition, the grade of "X" can be assigned by the instructor when an attending/participating student has stopped attending/participating without notification and has not completed all assignments for reasons that

cannot be determined by the end of the grading period. An "X" automatically becomes an "F" if not resolved by the last day of instruction of the following semester. Should the faculty member choose not to submit a grade for a student, e.g., student never attended, a grade of "X" will be assigned by the Registrar's Office (2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog, p. 99).

Disability Services

The Office of Disability Services is charged with determining who is an eligible person with a disability and coordinating the accommodation needs of students with disabilities who participate in our programs. The office serves students with a variety of disabilities, including, but not limited to learning disabilities, chronic health issues, attention deficit disorders, psychological conditions, visual impairments, mobility impairments, and hearing impairments.

Students requesting accommodations due to a disability are required to make that request through the Office of Disability Services (216-687-2015), located in Main Classroom #147. The student requesting accommodations must obtain a letter from the Office of Disability Services and present it to the course instructor. A statement about Disability Services should be included in the course syllabus. See the Office of Disability Services website for more information (http://www.csuohio.edu/offices/disability/index.html). The link to the University Handbook for Students with Disabilities may also be useful (http://www.csuohio.edu/offices/disability/faculty/index.html).

Academic Calendar

The Academic Calendar is scheduled and available for up to three future academic years. The Calendar provides all University Holidays that are recognized; course schedule start, end, midterm, and recess days; as well as withdrawal and incomplete dates (http://www.csuohio.edu/enrollmentservices/registrar/calendar/). The University recognizes the following holidays: New Year's Day; Martin Luther King Day; Presidents' Day; Memorial Day; Independence Day; Labor Day; Columbus Day; Veterans' Day; Thanksgiving; and Christmas. It may establish alternative days of observance for the following: Martin Luther King Day; Presidents' Day; and Columbus Day; along with Veterans' Day, which is different from other holidays, as no classes are held, but employees report to work (Agreement 22.1). It should be noted that students have until approximately the 12th week of a semester term, earlier for summer terms, to withdraw from a course.

Block Scheduling

Because an individual student may be taking courses in a given semester from multiple departments, and even from multiple Colleges, it is important that classes be scheduled within a standardized framework in order for students to be able to create efficient schedules. This framework is referred to as "block scheduling." Under normal conditions, a class should be scheduled within one or more scheduled blocks, and assigning non-standard course meeting times or days requires special permission. Here are the schedule blocks:

FALL/SPRING BLOCK SCHEDULE

4 Credit Hour Classes

3 Credit Hour Classes

Monday/Wednesday/Friday

 

8:30 - 9:35 a.m.

8:30 - 9:20a.m.

9:45 - 10:50 a.m.

9:45 - 10:35 a.m.

11:00 a.m. - 12:05 p.m.

11:00 - 11:50 a.m.

12:15 - 1:20 p.m.

12:15 - 1:05 p.m.

1:30 - 2:35 p.m.

1:30 - 2:20 p.m.

2:45 – 3:50 p.m.

2:45 – 3:35 p.m.

4:00 – 5:50 p.m. *

4:00 – 5:15 p.m. *

6:00 – 7:50 p.m. *

6:00 – 7:15 p.m. *

8:00 – 9:50 p.m. *

8:00 – 9:15 p.m. *

Tuesday/Thursday

 

8:00 – 9:50 a.m.

8:30 – 9:45 a.m.

10:00 – 11:50 a.m.

10:00 – 11:15 a.m.

12:00 – 1:00p.m.  Open period

12:00 – 1:00p.m.  Open period

1:00 – 2:50 p.m.

1:00 – 2:15 p.m.

 

2:30 – 3:45 p.m.

4:00 – 5:50 p.m.

4:00 – 5:15 p.m.

6:00 – 7:50 p.m.

6:00 – 7:15 p.m.

8:00 – 9:50 p.m.

8:00 – 9:15 p.m.

One Night Per Week Classes

 

4:30 – 8:20 p.m.

5:00 – 7:50 p.m.

6:00 – 9:50 p.m.

6:00 – 8:50 p.m.

Two Nights Per Week Classes

 

6:00 – 7:50 p.m.

6:30 – 7:45 p.m.

8:00 – 9:50 p.m.

8:00 – 9:15 p.m.

*Only meets on Mondays & Wednesdays

SUMMER SESSION BLOCK SCHEDULE

4 Credit Hour Classes

3 Credit Hour Classes

Six Week Session:

 

8:00 – 9:40 a.m. (M, T, W, Th, F)

8:00 – 9:30 a.m. (M, T, W, Th)

10:00 – 11:40 a.m. (M, T, W, Th, F)

10:00 – 11:30 a.m. (M, T, W, Th)

12:00 – 1:40 p.m. (M, T, W, Th, F)

12:00- 1:30 p.m. (M, T, W, Th)

2:00 – 3:40 p.m. (M, T, W, Th, F)

2:00 - 3:30 p.m. (M, T, W, Th)

4:00 – 5:40 p.m. (M, T, W, Th, F)

4:00 – 5:30 p.m. (M, T, W, Th)

6:00 – 8:00 p.m. (M, T, W, Th)

6:00 – 7:30 p.m. (M, T, W, Th)

 

6:00- 9:00 p.m. (M, W or T, Th)

Eight Week Session:

 

8:00 – 9:30 a.m. (M, T, W, Th)

8:00 – 9:30 a.m. (M, W, F)

10:00 – 11:30 a.m. (M, T, W, Th)

10:00 – 11:30 a.m. (M, W, F)

12:00 – 1:30 p.m. (M, T, W, Th)

12:00 – 1:30 p.m. (M, W, F)

2:00 – 3:30 p.m. (M, T, W, Th)

2:00 – 3:30 p.m. (M, W, F)

4:00 – 5:30 p.m. (M, T, W, Th)

4:00 – 5:30 p.m. (M, W, F)

6:00 – 9:00 p.m. (M, W or T, Th)

6:00 – 8:20 p.m. (M, W or T, Th)

The noon hour on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the Fall and Spring semesters is designated as the "Common Hour" in order to provide opportunities for meetings and programs. Ordinarily, no classes are scheduled during these times.

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