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Policies

Attendance

The University Catalog states:

"Attendance during the first week of class is required. It contributes greatly to teaching and learning. Some departments determine a student’s enrollment in a course based upon attendance during the first week of class. Consult the department for more information about the attendance policy for the class that you are attending. Students who drop classes are financially responsible for those classes in accordance with the withdrawal/refund policies stated on the Web class schedule on Student Hub."

For additional information on MSU Denver's class attendance policy, including missed time for jury duty and religious holidays, please reference the Student Handbook.

Grades

The following grades are possible in MDL courses:

Alphabetical grades and status symbols are as follows:
  A 4.00 quality points per semester hour attempted
  A- 3.67 quality points per semester hour attempted
  B+ 3.33 quality points per semester hour attempted
  B 3.00 quality points per semester hour attempted
  B- 2.67 quality points per semester hour attempted
  C+ 2.33 quality points per semester hour attempted
  C 2.00 quality points per semester hour attempted
  C- 1.67 quality points per semester hour attempted
  D+ 1.33 quality points per semester hour attempted
  D 1.00 quality point per semester hour attempted
  D- 0.67 quality point per semester hour attempted
  F 0 quality points per semester hour attempted
  (Grade)# — Preparatory 0 quality points per semester hour attempted

 

A grade of "C" (2.00 quality points) or better must be earned in each required course to have that course count toward the Bachelor of Arts degree in Modern Languages. The grade of "D" in any 2000/3000/4000 level MDL course is passing, but does not allow the course to be counted for the major. It must be repeated with a higher grade of "C" or better to do so.)

Other possible notations:

 AP — Advanced Placement
 AU — Audited Course
 AW — Administrative Withdrawal
 CC — Continuing Correspondence Course  
 CL — College Level Examination Program (CLEP)  
 EX — Credit by Exam  
 I — Incomplete (incompletes will change to an “F” if not completed in three semesters, including summer)  
 NR — Not Reported. No grade was reported by the faculty by the deadline to submit grades. Student must see faculty for an explanation or assignment of grade. Courses taken through interinstitutional registration are normally assigned the “NR” notation until grades are received and posted to the academic record. Students who receive an “NR” notation on their final grade report may be severely impacted. Financial aid, enrollment status, veterans’ status and probation/suspension depend on students receiving all of their grades. The course counts toward the student's attempted hours, does not count towards earned hours, and is not calculated in the GPA or quality points.  
 P — Pass  
 PL — Portfolio Assessment  
 PP — PEP Exam  
 S — Satisfactory (limited to internships, practicums, field experience courses and workshops)  
 SA — Study Abroad  
 SE — Satisfactory - Education or Music Recital Attendance
 SN — Study Abroad - No Credit  
 U — Unsatisfactory (equals “F” and computed in GPA)  
 UE — Unsatisfactory - Education or Music Recital Attendance

Please consult the Catalog for complete information on MSU Denver's Academic Policies and Procedures, including the above grade notations.

 

NC/Withdrawal (No Credit)

Withdrawal (W) and Administrative Withdrawal (AW) replaces the no-credit (NC) notation starting Fall 2013.  The withdrawal notation will take affect when a student officially withdraws from a course via Student Hub after the drop deadline (census date) and before the withdrawal deadline.  Students must refer to the Student Detail Schedule in Student Hub to review drop deadlines for individual courses.

See Revised Academic Policies for more details.

I (Incomplete)

The Incomplete (I) notation may be assigned when a student, who was achieving satisfactory progress in a course and who had completed most class assignments, is unable to take the final examination and/or did not complete all class assignments due to unusual circumstances such as hospitalization or disability. Incomplete work denoted by the Incomplete “I” notation must be completed within one calendar year or earlier, at the discretion of the faculty member. If the incomplete work is not completed within one year, the “I” notation will convert to an “F.” Students must have completed at least 75% of the course work to qualify for consideration for an incomplete. The student must be passing the course in order to be granted an incomplete.

Determination of eligibility does not guarantee that an incomplete will be granted. Students who do meet the qualifications may request an incomplete from the faculty member who is teaching the course. The decision to grant an incomplete is up to the faculty member or at the department chair’s discretion. The decision to grant an incomplete as an accommodation based on a student’s disability shall be made by the faculty member or the department chair, if the faculty member is not available, in consultation with the Director of the Access Center.

If an incomplete is granted, the student and instructor should fill out and sign an Incomplete Agreement form to clarify what the student needs to do to complete the course.

Graduating seniors may not graduate with an “I” on their MSU Denver academic record if:

  • The course in which the “I” was assigned is required for graduation, or
  • a “D” or “F” assigned for that course would result in an overall GPA less than 2.00.

The “I” notation may not be given for a self-paced course. If a student does not complete a self-paced course within the semester that he or she enrolled in the course, he or she must re-enroll in the course in order to complete it.

If a student receives an “I” in an online class, the instructor should contact the Educational Technology Center, whose staff will add the student to the online course roster so that the student will be able to logon to the course. This step must be done by the instructor each semester that the student continues to work on the course.

In order for an “I” to be changed to a letter grade, the incomplete work must be completed for the course for which the student originally registered. The student should NOT re-enroll for the same course, unless intending to retake the entire course. In this case, the student will pay tuition and fees.

You can also access this policy here.

 

Class Attendance on Religious Holidays

Students at MSU Denver who, because of their sincerely held religious beliefs, are unable to attend classes, take examinations, participate in graded activities or submit graded assignments on particular days shall without penalty be excused from such classes and be given a meaningful opportunity to make up such examinations and graded activities or assignments provided that advance written notice that the student will be absent for religious reasons is given to the faculty members during the first two weeks of the semester.

Nothing in paragraph 1 of this policy shall require MSU Denver faculty members to reschedule classes, repeat lectures or other ungraded activities or provide ungraded individualized instruction solely for the benefit of students who, for religious reasons, are unable to attend regularly scheduled classes or activities. However, presentations, critiques, conferences and similar activities involving individual students shall be scheduled to avoid conflicts with such students’ religious observances or holidays provided that reasonable advance notice of scheduling conflicts is given to faculty members. Because classroom attendance and participation is an important aspect of learning, MSU Denver students should not register for courses if regularly scheduled classes or activities routinely conflict with their religious observances or holidays (e.g., conflicts resulting in weekly absences for an entire semester).

Any MSU Denver student who believes that a MSU Denver faculty member has violated this policy is entitled to seek relief under Section V of the MSU Denver  Equal Opportunity Grievance Procedure.

You can also access this policy here.

 

Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

Metropolitan State University of Denver is committed to making reasonable accommodations to assist individuals with disabilities in reaching their academic potential. If you have a disability which may impact your performance, attendance, or grades in this class and are requesting accommodations, then you must first register with the Access Center, located in the Auraria Library, Suite 116, 303-556-8387.

The Access Center is the designated department responsible for coordinating accommodations and services for students with disabilities. Accommodations will not be granted prior to the instructor receiving a faculty notification letter from the Access Center. Please note that accommodations are never provided retroactively (i.e., prior to the receipt of your faculty notification letter.) Once an instructor is in receipt of the official Access Center faculty notification letter, he or she would be happy to meet with you to discuss your accommodations. All discussions will remain confidential. Further information is available by visiting the Access Center website.

Academic Standards

Academic accommodations are intended to provide equal access to educational opportunity, but they do not guarantee success in the classroom. Students with disabilities are expected to perform. Faculty members are never expected to make fundamental alterations to their programs of instruction to accommodate students with disabilities. Faculty members should hold the student to the same academic standards as every other student in their class.

Accomodations

The purpose of academic accommodations is to allow the student with a disability to emphasize their educational abilities. Examples of accommodations that are commonly recommended include: extra time on exams, peer note-takers, alternative text and interpreters.

Adaptive Computer Lab

Located in the Access Center, the Adaptive Computer Lab offers specialized adaptive equipment which can assist students with various types of disabilities. The specialized software and equipment allows students to use computers to gain access to course material, conduct research, complete assignments and take tests.

Accessible Course Materials

Students with disabilities need access to course materials at the same time as all other students.  The Access Center is responsible for providing course textbook requests in alternative formats. 

Assistance

The Access Center staff can assist faculty and staff in a variety of ways so that students with disabilities have equal access to instruction. Staff can: Meet with instructors and students to discuss possible teaching strategies and accommodations; Assist in converting class materials into accessible format or advise on other types of auxiliary aids; Assist in arranging for students to take exams with accommodations; Consult with academic departments on issues such as adaptive technology, appropriate accommodations, and classroom instruction for students with disabilities; conduct in-service training; and provide literature about particular disabilities.

Notification

Accommodations should not be provided to a student who has not provided their instructor with a "Faculty Accommodation Letter". This letter verifies that the student is registered with The Access Center and lists what accommodations the student is eligible to receive.

Confidentiality

Students with disabilities have a right to meet with you privately regarding disability matters, and their confidentiality must be maintained. You are required to treat all disability-related information as highly confidential medical information.

Disclosure

Many disabilities are not obvious. Only the student can decide to disclose his or her disability, request accommodations, or decide to pursue information about services available through the Access Center. Even if you perceive the student as having a disability, you should not ask the student about it, discuss disability-related accommodations, or suggest that s/he see the Access Center unless the student introduces the topic of disability and accommodation.

Referral

The Access Center is the designated campus office to assess eligibility and recommend appropriate accommodations and auxiliary aids for students with disabilities.

 

Equal Opportunity Statement

Metropolitan State Univeristy of Denver does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation or disability in admission or access to, or treatment in, its educational programs or activities. Inquiries concerning Title VI, Title IX and Section 504 may be referred to:

Dr. Percy A. Morehouse Jr., Director
Office of Equal Opportunity
Metropolitan State University of Denver
(303) 556-4746

morehoup@msudenver.edu

or

the Office for Civil Rights

Discrimination based on disability in admission to, access to or operation of programs, services or activities of the university is prohibited by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

 

Academic Dishonesty

Academic dishonesty is a serious offense because it diminishes the quality of scholarship and the learning experience for everyone on campus. An act of Academic Dishonesty may lead to sanctions including a reduction in grade, probation, suspension, or expulsion. Academic dishonesty includes cheating, fabrication, plagiarism, submitting the same paper or work for more than one class, and facilitating academic dishonesty.

For a detailed description of the instances and policies involving academic dishonesty, click here.

 

Harassment and Discrimination

All members of the MSU Denver community are bound by the ethical guidelines established by the university. The Department of Modern Languages does not tolerate harassment in or outside of class or discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, or veteran status. We expect appropriate professional and student behavior at all times.

If you have concerns or questions, please consult with your instructor; the department chair, Dr. Akrabova; the Equal Opportunity Office; or the Dean of Students.