Matters upon which there are no specific policy statements for graduate students are governed by general regulations of the University or by action of the Graduate Council.
Academic advising for graduate students is the responsibility of the appropriate program director. Designated academic advisors will advise students in the corresponding graduate program area. Students should consult with the academic advisor regarding questions about course selection, graduation requirements and related matters. For each registration period, the student’s advisor must authorize enrollment before the registration is complete. These procedures provide each student contact with an academic advisor who can assist in assuring that all requirements are completed in sequence and on schedule. Each student, however, has the ultimate responsibility for monitoring his or her own graduation requirements.
Students must be officially admitted to a graduate program before enrolling in graduate courses (exception: admitted as a special student – see above section). Manchester University reserves the right to cancel classes due to insufficient enrollment. Questions about classes and registration may be addressed to the Coordinator of Graduate Programs or the Registrar.
A maximum of six semester hours of graduate credit taken at other regionally accredited graduate schools may be transferred and applied toward either the MAT or the MEd, provided that such credit is approved by the appropriate program director and the registrar. Credit cannot be earned through proficiency examinations.
Full-time enrollment in the Master of Education program is six or more semester hours per semester. Full-time enrollment in the Master of Athletic Training program is eight or more semester hours per semester. Students may not enroll in more than 16 semester hours in the fall or spring semesters, 12 semester hours in summer, or four semester hours in a single summer or January session.
Graduate students may, with permission of the program director, audit graduate courses for no credit or grade. Registration is required and official audits will be recorded on the student’s academic record. Audit fees per course are equivalent to tuition and fee charges for credit courses. While not responsible for required course assignments and examinations, students auditing a course are expected to attend class and participate. Changes in status from audit to credit are not permitted.
A student may repeat any course with the approval of the program director and registrar prior to registering for the repeat course. The credit for a repeated course can be counted only once in the total hours earned, and only the last grade received is counted in the cumulative grade point average. In the rare circumstance when a student earns a passing grade in the first but not the second attempt, both grades will be included in determining the cumulative GPA.
Courses counted toward MAT degree completion may be repeated a maximum of one time.
No more than five courses may be repeated in the MEd program.
Courses numbered at the 500 and 600 level are open only to graduate students admitted into a graduate program.
A four-point grading system is used to compute grade point averages for graduate work.
The grading system for graduate courses is:
Withdrawal from a course
A student may withdraw during the first two-thirds of a course, receiving a grade of W. Withdrawing later in the course will result in a grade of WF. A student who does not withdraw but stops attending class receives a grade of UW. Contact the Office of the Registrar for course withdrawal instructions.
An Incomplete grade may be assigned at the end of a semester when conditions beyond the control of the student preclude completing coursework. In such cases the student must be doing passing work and must be able to complete the unfinished work without further class attendance. Students must complete required work by the midsemester date of the next regular semester; otherwise, an F is recorded.
A minimum grade point average of 3.00 is required for good standing in the graduate program. The Graduate Council will review the academic progress of all graduate students at the end of each semester, January Session and summer sessions. Any student falling below a 3.00 grade point average will be disqualified.
Students who believe extenuating circumstances merit consideration may petition the Graduate Council for exceptions to stipulated policies and regulations. Petitions must be in writing and are to be filed with the Coordinator of Graduate Studies. Action on petitions will be taken only at regular meetings of the Graduate Council and will not be considered as a precedent for any future action. The decision of the Graduate Council is final and no further appeal procedure shall exist within the University.
Membership in the Manchester University community requires a devotion to the highest principles of academic and personal integrity, a commitment to maintain honor, and a continuous regard for the rights of others. There can be no rights without individual responsibility.
Manchester University faculty are committed to teaching and learning as a career and a profession. Each instructor is presumed to develop and use methods and techniques which enhance learning and which best fit his or her personality and subject matter area. At the same time, the instructor is expected to abide by the general principles of responsible teaching which are commonly accepted by the academic profession. These principles suggest that faculty keep complete records of student performance and that they develop and apply express, uniform criteria for evaluating student performance.
Students are free to take reasoned exception to the data or views offered in any course of study. While they may reserve judgment about matters of opinion, they are responsible for learning the content of any course in which they are enrolled. At the same time, students are expected to abide by the general principles of academic honesty which are commonly accepted in educational settings.
When a student chooses not to follow the general principles of academic honesty, the following policies and procedures will apply.
ACADEMIC DISHONESTY POLICY
The Academic Dishonesty Policy applies in cases of plagiarism or cheating as defined below.
Plagiarism is the presentation of information (either written or oral) as one’s own when some or all of the information was derived from some other source. Specific types of plagiarism encountered in written and oral assignments include the following:
Cheating consists of any unpermitted use of notes, texts or other sources so as to give an unfair advantage to a student in completing a class assignment or an examination. Intentionally aiding another student engaged in academic dishonesty is also considered cheating. Submission of the same work (essay, speech, art piece, etc.) to fulfill assignments in separate classes requires the permission of both instructors (if both courses are being taken in the same semester), or the permission of the second instructor (if they are taken during different semesters).
Academic Dishonesty Procedures
Students shall have a right to due process. This shall include the right
An appeal for an academic dishonesty decision may be made ONLY with the vice president and dean for academic affairs (VPAA) and ONLY on the basis of due process violations or the discovery of new, exculpating evidence. A request for appeal must be made with the VPAA within five days of receipt of the Graduate Council's decision.
ACADEMIC GRIEVANCE POLICY
The Academic Grievance Policy pertains only to cases in which a student believes the final course grade has been assigned in a capricious or unfair manner. Grievances unrelated to academic performance may be brought directly to the Office of Academic Affairs.
Academic Grievance Procedures
Degrees are conferred at the end of the fall and spring semesters. Diplomas are awarded at the May commencement.
Students expecting to complete all requirements by September 1 of the year of graduation must submit the Diploma Application to the Office of the Registrar by December 1 prior to commencement the following May. Students who participate in the May commencement with requirements to be completed during the following summer must have all grades submitted to the Office of the Registrar by September 1 to be included in the graduating class of that year. Those who complete graduation requirements after September 1 will be included in the following year’s graduating class.
No diploma or transcript will be released until all financial obligations to the University have been met.
All requirements for the MAT degree must be completed within three years of admission to the program or the date of enrollment in the first graduate course at Manchester University, whichever is later.
All requirements for the MEd degree program must be completed within three years of admission to the program or the date of enrollment in the first graduate course at Manchester University, whichever is later.