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2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Undergraduate: Conduct & Ethics


 

Code of Conduct

Harding expects its students to conduct themselves as responsible citizens in a Christian community.

Enrollment at the University is viewed as a privilege that brings the attendant responsibilities and accountability. In order to encourage Christian living and growth, the University administers a student Code of Conduct. This code is provided to every student upon enrollment.

Upon registration to the University, students acknowledge and agree to abide by this code. Harding University reserves the right to refuse admission or dismiss students whose lifestyle is not consistent with the Christian principles for which Harding stands; and when the general welfare of the institution requires such action. Students suspended for disciplinary reasons during a semester may receive a grade of “F” in all courses for that semester.

Contents of the Student Handbook may be summarized briefly as follows:

  1. Students are encouraged to develop a servant-leadership ministry lifestyle that integrates faith, learning and living.
  2. Students are expected to pursue honesty and integrity, avoiding all forms of dishonesty.
  3. To encourage spiritual growth, students are required to attend Bible classes and chapel. Students are encouraged and expected to attend Bible class and worship at local congregations.
  4. Personal wellness is stressed, and students must abstain completely from illegal drugs, alcohol and tobacco in any form.
  5. Social wellness is stressed, and students must exclude all forms of sexual immorality, pornography and profanity.
  6. Students are expected to dress modestly at all times.
  7. Students are expected to abide by a positive residence hall code designed to encourage Christian living.
  8. Sportsmanship and fair play are expected.
  9. Students are encouraged to participate in social clubs, service clubs and other school organizations which provide opportunity to reflect the mission of the University in a social context.
  10. Students are expected to serve others, as this is the true test of success for any person or organization.

Because the University believes that a knowledge of the Bible and an appreciation of its teachings constitute the foundation for building happy and useful lives, students are required each semester to enroll in a Bible course or in an approved course in a related field.

One of the most important periods of the day is the chapel service, which draws faculty and students together in a common worship experience. The quiet devotional period is followed by programs designed to facilitate the mission of the institution. Students are required to attend daily. Policies concerning chapel attendance are set forth in the Student Handbook.

Academic Integrity Policy

I. Our Integrity Covenant

We, the members of the Harding community, recognize that our covenant of integrity is with three parties.

First and foremost, students and faculty recognize their covenant with God. All morality is ultimately defined by the very nature of God, in whom all truth can be found. Desiring to reflect the heart and nature of Christ, we make a covenant with our God to be truthful and transparent.

Second, we acknowledge that we have a covenant with each other. By doing our own work, working hard, and receiving credit and recognition that represent effort and sacrifice, we create and maintain an atmosphere of excellence and fairness. As members, therefore, of this Christian community we covenant with each other to guard and protect our commonly held trust.

Third, integrity is a covenant that we make with ourselves. Our goal of being servants deserves our every effort to dedicate ourselves fully to those disciplines of study and research that will contribute to the formation of our character and our academic skills. Academic rewards obtained without personal and authentic effort rob us of both the spiritual and professional preparation that God desires.

Our academic integrity originates in the very nature of God, manifests itself in our commonly held and protected reputation, and reveals its value in the prepared Christ-like servanthood that results from a disciplined life.

II. Our Integrity Principle

Honesty: Using only authorized collaboration, information and study aids for assignments and testing. Being completely truthful in all academic endeavors.

Authenticity: Presenting only ideas and creative expressions that are unique, unless properly cited according to University guidelines. Submitting the work of another constitutes plagiarism.

Accountability: Holding ourselves to the highest ethical standards, and not allowing academic dishonesty in others to go unchallenged.

III. Our Integrity Pledge

I hereby pledge to God, to the Harding University academic community, and to myself that I will uphold godly standards of honesty, authenticity and accountability in all my undertakings.

IV. Violations of Academic Integrity

Violations of academic integrity, also called academic misconduct, include, but are not limited to, the following offenses:

  1. Cheating: Use or attempted use of unauthorized materials, information or study aids in any academic exercise. Such infractions include, but are not limited to, the following:
    1. Using or having access to materials not authorized for the completion of a quiz or test, such as hidden notes, tape recorders, cell phones, cameras, text messages, wands, computers, or other electronic devices.
    2. Copying from another student during a quiz or test.
    3. Copying another student’s assignment or project.
    4. Obtaining answers to quizzes and tests including those provided online and out-of-class.
  2. Plagiarism: Representing the words, ideas or data of another as one’s own in any academic exercise. Plagiarism is a type of stealing, whether done deliberately or by mistake. Such violations include, but are not limited to, the following:
    1. Purchasing a paper from an electronic source or other entity.
    2. Downloading a partial paper or an entire paper from the Internet and submitting it as one’s own or allowing someone else (including tutors) to write, or significantly rewrite, a paper and then submitting it as one’s own.
    3. Using ideas, paraphrases, and/or direct quotes from a source without clear documentation of that source.
    4. Recycling a paper from a concurrent class or a class that was previously taken in high school or college without the permission of the instructor to do so.
    5. Copying verbatim from a source without using quotation marks, even if the source has been cited.
    6. Copying, in part or in whole, from a print source, media broadcast or recording, or the Internet or other electronic media without proper acknowledgement of the source.
    7. Copying another person’s sentence style and structure, key words, organizational plan, or unique words or ideas without proper documentation.
  3. Fabrication: Falsification or unauthorized invention of any information or citation in an academic exercise. Such misconduct includes, but is not limited to, the following:
    1. Taking a course, test or quiz for another student.
    2. Fabricating source information within an assigned paper and/or on the works cited page.
    3. Fabricating lab or research information.
    4. Submitting collaborative and/or group work as one’s own, unless the instructor has given permission for students to do so.
    5. Completing another student’s class assignment for the student.
    6. Collaborating on out-of-class assignments with students, professors, family members and/or friends when the instructor intended for students to work independently.
    7. Claiming to have attended an assigned function, such as a service activity, a performance, a job interview, a home visit, a symposium, an observation, or a lecture without having attended the function or performed the actual service.
    8. Lying to a University employee about assignments or attendance.
    9. Making unauthorized use of University letterhead.
    10. Forging a signature for academic purposes.
    11. Attempting to change an assigned grade or other information on any official University document, data source or electronic item.
  4. Aiding and abetting academic dishonesty: Intentionally helping or attempting to help another student commit an act of academic dishonesty. Such misconduct includes, but is not limited to, the following:
    1. Allowing another student to copy one’s work and to submit the work as his or her own.
    2. Stealing an exam or quiz from an instructor or copying a test or quiz and/or sharing it with other students.
    3. Sharing test questions with another student who has not taken the test.
    4. Giving answers to quizzes and tests including those provided online and out-of-class.
    5. Sharing test results in a non-proctored test environment in which an honor code is imposed.
    6. Failing to challenge dishonest conduct witnessed in other students.
  5. Conduct unbecoming a professional while participating in a practicum, internship, field experience, or any similar academic experience. Such academic misconduct includes, but is not limited to, the following:
    1. Identifying oneself as a Harding student in off-campus locations for unauthorized academic, professional or personal gain (for example, using a student nursing ID badge to gain access to a hospital area for non-educational purposes).
    2. Violating the legally protected privacy of employees or patients in learning environments.
    3. Disregarding policies of work environments in which learning occurs.
    4. Acting in a manner that violates course policies or policies of the academic division.
  6. Theft, abuse, hoarding or concealment of academic property. Academic property includes, but is not limited to, the following:
    1. Library resources and materials
    2. Laboratory equipment and supplies
    3. Departmental or class resources
    4. Tests and quizzes

   Students should refer to their specific program student handbook for additional information on this subject.

V. Sanctions for Academic Misconduct

One or more of the following consequences shall result when academic misconduct has been determined:

Class A Sanctions (Course Level)

  1. Repeating of the assignment or completion of an additional assignment, with possibly less credit awarded in either case.
  2. Lowering of the grade on the test or assignment, possibly to “F” or zero.
  3. Lowering of the grade for the course, possibly to “F.”
  4. Immediate removal from the course with either a “W” or an “F” placed on the transcript.

Class B Sanctions (Program Level)

  1. Placement on disciplinary academic probation.
  2. Suspension or expulsion from a specific degree program.

Class C Sanctions (University Level)

  1. Placement on disciplinary academic probation.
  2. Suspension from the University for a designated time.
  3. Permanent expulsion from the University.

Additionally, one or more of the following consequences may result when academic misconduct has been determined in an academic support area:

  1. Loss of privileges in the academic support area.
  2. Monetary charges to cover all costs (repair, recovery, replacement, etc.) associated with the misconduct.


VI. Resolution of Academic Misconduct

The Associate Provost and dean or program chair shall be available to the faculty or staff member as consultants during the resolution process.


Investigation of Academic Misconduct

Incidents of alleged academic misconduct shall be resolved according to the following process. (Note: Adjunct faculty must consult with their immediate supervisor throughout the process and must include a full-time faculty member who is not a member of the Academic Misconduct Committee in all meetings with the student.)

  1. Following discovery of the suspected academic misconduct, the faculty or staff member shall meet with the student to discuss the allegation. (In extenuating circumstances, this contact may be by phone or email.) If new information is revealed at this meeting or if the student needs time to bring mitigating evidence, a second meeting should take place.
  2. Academic Integrity Incident Report:
    If the faculty member determines that a case of academic conduct has occurred but cannot determine which student(s) are responsible (for example, when two essays are nearly identical, but it is uncertain who copied from the other), the teacher shall file an Academic Integrity Incident Report which includes the names of all the students involved. University-level sanctions are not imposed with an Academic Integrity Incident Report.
  3. Academic Misconduct Report:
    a. Faculty or staff should consult their immediate supervisor if they need help in determining an appropriate sanction.
    b. If the decision is to impose only Class A sanctions, within two business days the faculty or staff member must:
         i. inform the student in writing of the decision,
         ii. file an Academic Misconduct Report to the associate provost and copy the immediate supervisor, and
         iii. implement the sanction.
         iv. If the Office of the Provost finds that the student has a prior incident of academic misconduct, further sanctions may be imposed.
    c. If the decision is that the misconduct has earned sanction beyond Class A:
         i. The faculty member, dean, Associate Provost, and chair or program director (if applicable),must jointly determine sanctions.
         ii. The dean, faculty member and immediate supervisor (dean, chair, program director or staff person, if applicable) must file an Academic Misconduct Report (available at pipeline.harding.edu) to the Office of the Provost and copy the dean of the student’s major program and the faculty or staff member.
         iii. The dean shall then provide to the student, in writing, a letter that includes specific charges, sanctions authorized by the Associate Provost, and notification of the right to appeal. A copy of this letter must be filed with the Office of the Provost.
    d. The student shall have five business days from the formal notification of the academic misconduct to file a written appeal using the form available from the Office of the Provost.
     

Appeal Process

The following statements apply to the appeal procedure:

  1. After formal notification of disciplinary actions, a student shall have five business days to file a request for an appeal with the Office of the Provost or forfeit that right. (See item 3(c) above.)
  2. The appeal must be filed on the appeal form available from the Office of the Provost. The Office of the Provost shall notify the dean and faculty member or staff regarding the appeal.
  3. A student who fails to appear within 15 minutes of the arranged time for the appeal meeting shall forfeit the right to appeal.
  4. An appeal shall be scheduled before the Academic Misconduct Committee no sooner than the day following the receipt of the appeal and no later than five business days of receipt of the appeal. (An exception may be made for extenuating circumstances. For example, the student or faculty member may be out of state or out of the country, necessitating that the hearing be conducted upon his or her return.)
  5. A quorum must be present for the meeting. A quorum shall consist of a majority of committee members. (For a description of the Academic Misconduct Committee, refer to Section VII.)
  6. A document outlining the required order of the meeting is available from the Office of the Provost and must be used during the meeting.
  7. The appeal shall be conducted in a fair and reasonable manner.
  8. All witnesses shall be required to affirm the truth of their testimony.
  9. Presentation of evidence shall be as follows:
    1. Support for the charge and sanction against the student.
    2. Support of the appeal by the student.
    3. Questions and requests for clarification from the committee.
    4. Both parties shall have reasonable opportunity for questioning of witnesses.
    5. If there is new information relevant to the situation under discussion, the decision, or the sanction, it shall be submitted for consideration before the closing statements by either party.
  10. Closing statements shall be made by both parties. New information shall not be submitted during this part of the proceedings.
  11. The appeal shall be open to the appealing student, the involved faculty member(s), and eyewitnesses with relevance to the alleged misconduct. Only two eyewitnesses from each side may present their case, and neither legal counsel, guardian, spouse nor parents of the student shall be permitted to appear before this committee. The Associate Provost or Assistant Provost for Graduate Programs shall attend the appeal as an involved administrator but shall not have a vote in the decision-making process of the committee.
  12. An audio recording of the appeal proceeding shall be made.
  13. Following the appeal hearing, in closed session, the Academic Misconduct Appeals Committee, by a majority vote, shall determine whether or not the case has been supported. Within two business days the Provost shall inform the student, the dean of the student’s major program, and faculty member in writing of the committee’s decision. This decision shall be final.
  14. The Provost or the committee may set the terms and conditions of the sanction(s).
  15. All written documents and audio files related to the hearing must be filed as a complete package with the Office of the Provost.
  16. A student who has been suspended or expelled may not be on campus unless specific permission is granted by the Provost or a Student Life dean. If campus housing is used by the disciplined student and the student has been dismissed, the Office of the Provost will notify the residence life coordinator.
     

VII. Academic Misconduct Committee

The Academic Misconduct Committee (AMC) shall be a standing University committee chaired by the Provost. The AMC shall consist of the Vice President for Student Life, one faculty member per college nominated by the dean, one student per college nominated by the University Student Association or the Honors College, and the Associate Provost as an ex-officio member. A dean can nominate a student from his or her college as a substitute if a student committee member cannot participate. In addition to the quorum requirement and maximum of twelve members shall be present for any meeting.

The specific responsibilities of the AMC are to review the decision and sanction(s) imposed prior to the appeal to determine if (1) the investigation was conducted fairly and followed prescribed procedures, (2) the decision was based on sufficient evidence, (3) the sanction was appropriate for the violation, and (4) any new evidence that comes to light is sufficient to change the decision or sanction.


VIII. Official Records of Academic Misconduct

An Academic Misconduct Form shall be completed for each instance of academic misconduct.

The Office of the Provost shall ensure maintenance of the official records related to academic misconduct.


IX. Note

As in the case of any policy and policy guidelines, Harding reserves the right to change them or to make appropriate revisions, additions, amendments or corrections. Faculty and students will be notified of any substantial changes.
 


Academic Grievance Procedure
 

If a student believes that he or she has reason to question the decision of a faculty member with regard to the final grade received in a course or the unreasonable denial of academic progression, a procedure has been established to resolve the grievance. Please note that the following academic grievance policies and procedures do not include matters of academic misconduct. These matters are covered in the section titled “Academic Integrity Policy.”

Students enrolled in a program within the Center for Health Sciences (nursing, communication sciences and disorders) should refer to the appropriate section below.


I.
  Academic Grievance Procedure

This student-initiated procedure is as follows:

  1. The student must register his or her complaint in writing to the faculty member within seven business days following the alleged incident, except that if the grievance involves a final grade, it must be filed within ten business days after final grades are posted by the Registrar. Within the written complaint, the student must set forth reasons and grounds for the grievance.
  2. Upon receipt of the complaint, within three business days the faculty member must meet with the student (in person, by telephone, or by email) and strive to resolve the problem. 
  3. If a resolution cannot be reached within five business days, then it is the student’s responsibility to register the complaint in writing with the department chairman or dean of the program. 
  4. Upon receipt of the complaint, the department chairman or dean of the program must meet with the faculty member and the student (in person or by telephone) within three business days and strive to resolve the problem.
  5. If resolution cannot be reached during this meeting, then the faculty member must document in writing the efforts made to seek resolution and that a resolution has not been achieved. This document must be shared with the student and the department chairman or dean of the program within two business days of the failure to reach a resolution.
  6. If the student remains dissatisfied, then within three business days of being notified that a resolution has not been met, it is the student’s responsibility to initiate the grievance appeal procedure (below).

NOTE:  A file of all written documents must be maintained by the dean or department chairman. The faculty member must forward copies of all written documents to the dean or department chairman at each step of this process.

 II.  Grievance Appeal Process

  1. If, after completion of the procedure set forth above, the student believes that the grievance has not been equitably resolved, he or she may file an appeal in writing with the appropriate dean. This document must set forth the grounds and reasons of the appeal. It must be submitted to the dean within three business days of notification that a resolution has not been achieved.
  2. The dean must immediately notify the involved faculty member of the student’s appeal and, upon notification, the faculty member will have three business days to respond in writing to the allegations.
  3. Additionally, within five business days of receipt of the student’s appeal, the involved dean must appoint an ad hoc Grievance Committee consisting of three faculty members and notify the faculty member and the student of the date and time at which they must appear before the committee for a formal review of the allegations and issues.
  4. The review must be held within 14 business days of the receipt of the appeal. (An exception may be made for extenuating circumstances. For example, the student may be out of state or out of the country, necessitating that the review be conducted upon his or her return.)
  5. The dean shall chair the appeals session but shall not have a vote. 
  6. The session must be conducted in a manner ensuring substantial fairness, and it will not be restricted by the rules of evidence common to court proceedings.
  7. A document outlining the required order of the process is available from the Office of the Provost and must be used during the session.
  8. All witnesses will be required to attest to a statement regarding the accuracy of the information to be given.
  9. The session will be open only to the faculty member, the student and eyewitnesses. Neither the student’s parents, spouse, guardian, nor legal counsel will be permitted to appear before the Grievance Committee except as eyewitnesses.
  10. Review proceedings (excluding the deliberations of the committee) will be tape-recorded.
  11. Each party will make a brief opening statement.
  12. The faculty member will then present support of the grade assigned or the denial of academic progression. Then the student will be permitted to present information in support of the alleged grievance.
  13. Thereafter, both sides will be permitted to present rebuttal information. Throughout the session, the faculty member and the student will have reasonable opportunity for orderly questioning of the eyewitnesses. Support may be presented in the form of eyewitnesses or documents relevant to the issues to be determined by the committee.
  14. At the conclusion of the presentations, both sides will be permitted to make closing statements.
  15. Once the session is adjourned, the committee will have three business days to reach a final decision. The decision of the committee will be by majority vote.
  16. The dean must submit the decision, in writing, to the faculty member, the student, and the Associate Provost.

NOTE: The dean must submit a file of all written documents related to the Grievance Appeal meeting to the Office of the Provost. 

 III. Final Appeal Option

  1. Within three business days of its receipt, the decision of the Grievance Committee may be appealed by the faculty member or the student to the Provost. 
  2. Upon receipt of the appeal and within three business days, the Provost will (a) order preparation of a transcript of the Grievance Committee meeting, and (b) appoint an ad hoc Appeal Committee composed of three persons, none of whom served on the initial Grievance Committee. 
  3. Written documentation, including the transcript of the Grievance Committee meeting, must be distributed to the ad hoc committee members at least two business days before the final appeal session. 
  4. The final appeal session must be held within seven business days of receipt of the final appeal. 
  5. The Provost will serve as the chairman for the committee. The responsibility of the Appeal Committee will be to review the record (transcript and all documents) of the Grievance Committee and to render a decision, based on a review of the record, whether procedures have been followed appropriately. 
  6. There will be no opportunity for presentation of new or additional support before the ad hoc Appeal Committee. 
  7. The Appeal Committee may take one of the following actions:
    a. Affirm the decision made by the Grievance Committee, in which case the decision is final.
    b. Remand the decision of the Grievance Committee for additional support, reconsideration and redetermination. The redetermined decision of the Grievance Committee is subject to further appeal to the Provost.
    c. Reverse the decision of the Grievance Committee and render their own decision, in which case their decision will be final.

Upon final decision of the Appeal Committee, the student will have exhausted his or her right of appeal within the University.


IV. Official Records of Academic Grievance Proceedings

The Office of the Provost shall ensure maintenance of the official records related to academic grievance proceedings.


V.  Note

As in the case of any policy and policy guidelines, Harding reserves the right to change them or to make appropriate revision, additions, amendments or corrections. Faculty and students will be notified of any substantial changes.

Center for Health Sciences Academic Appeal Policies and Procedures

Health sciences programs prepare students to be able to pass national licensure examinations and meet common standards for professionalism and competence-based performance in health science professions. Decisions made by health science professionals often involve life or death situations and health science students are therefore held to high and strict academic standards.

A student has the right to file an appeal if there is disagreement with the final grade that has been awarded in a course. Concerns may relate to, but are not limited to, failure to abide by stated requirements described in the course syllabus, a disputed test question, or unfair application of grading standards across students. Student dissatisfaction with an earned grade or disagreement with faculty judgment in assessment of assignment or examination is not grounds for an appeal.

A student also has the right to file an appeal if there is disagreement with a decision related to academic progression. Concerns may relate to, but are not limited to, failure to abide by stated progression rules as outlined in the appropriate student handbook, failure to abide by stated technical standards, and/or unfair application of progression standards across students.

Please note that the following academic appeal policies and procedures do not include matters of academic misconduct or faculty misconduct. Matters of academic misconduct are covered in the section titled “Academic Integrity Policy.” Matters of alleged faculty misconduct should first be addressed with the specific faculty member. If the matter is still unresolved after addressing it with the faculty member, the student should then address the complaint to the course coordinator (if the faculty member is not the course coordinator) or the appropriate department chair for further assistance. If the issue needs further resolution or there is no department chair, the student should address the matter with the dean.

The Health Sciences Academic Performance and Standards Committee is a standing committee of the Center for Health Sciences and plays a key role in the academic appeals process. The committee is composed of two faculty members from the College of Allied Health, one faculty member from the Carr College of Nursing, one faculty member from the College of Pharmacy, and one student from the Center for Health Sciences. The faculty members are appointed for two-year terms by the deans of the three colleges in the Center with members from the College of Allied Health appointed in odd years and members from the Carr College of Nursing and College of Pharmacy appointed in even years. The student member is selected on a rotating basis among these three colleges and is appointed annually by the appropriate dean. The chair of the committee is named annually by the Assistant/Associate Provost for the Center for Health Sciences. If a member of the committee is directly involved in an academic appeal, that member will recuse herself or himself from the committee’s deliberations.

The term “in writing” is used throughout this policy. All written communication must be done via e-mail using Harding University-assigned e-mail addresses. Notification sent after 5:00 p.m. will be treated as if sent on the next business day. If Harding University is closed on what would otherwise be a business day, for the purposes of this policy, such a day is not considered a business day. In addition to the email notification, decisions of the department chair, associate dean, Health Sciences Academic Performance and Standards Committee, dean, assistant/associate provost, and provost will be mailed to the student via US Postal Service delivery confirmation.

Students must complete and submit a Health Sciences Academic Appeal form (Appendix 1) at each level of the appeal process.


I. Grade Appeals
This student-initiated procedure is as follows:

  1. Within five business days after the date final grades are posted online by the faculty member in charge of the course, the student should discuss in person or via telephone with that faculty member any concerns, stating the reasons for questioning the grade. During this good faith discussion, the student and faculty member should attempt to resolve the concerns. If resolution is not achieved, the student should inform the faculty member that he or she intends to file a written grade appeal.
  2. The student may initiate the appeal within five business days after the date final grades are posted online by the Registrar. The appeal should be completed within 45 business days following initiation of the appeal process.
  3. If the student appeals, he or she must do so in writing to the faculty member in charge of the course and copy the department chair (College of Allied Health and College of Pharmacy) or associate dean (Carr College of Nursing). The student must set forth reasons and grounds for the appeal. The faculty member will send a copy of his or her appeal decision in writing to the student and appropriate department chair (College of Allied Health and College of Pharmacy) or associate dean (Carr College of Nursing). If the faculty member does not render a decision within five business days after the student appeals to the faculty member, the appeal will be deemed denied as of the fifth business day.
  4. If the faculty member in charge of the course is the department chair (College of Allied Health and College of Pharmacy) or associate dean (Carr College of Nursing), the student must skip Paragraph 5 and proceed to Paragraph 6 to continue the appeal. If the faculty member in charge of the course is the dean, the student must skip Paragraphs 5 and 6 and appeal in writing to the dean as required in Paragraph 6 to continue the appeal. In that case, Paragraphs 7 and 8 do not apply and the dean must convene the Health Sciences Academic Performance and Standards Committee, which will consider the documentation submitted in compliance with Paragraph 9.
  5. If the faculty member denies the appeal or if the appeal is deemed denied, the student, within five business days of that denial, may appeal in writing to the appropriate department chair (College of Allied Health and College of Pharmacy) or associate dean (Carr College of Nursing) and copy the appropriate dean. The department chair or associate dean will send a copy of his or her appeal decision in writing to the student and appropriate dean. If the department chair or associate dean does not render a decision within five business days after the student appeals to the department chair or associate dean, the appeal will be deemed denied as of the fifth business day.
  6. If the department chair or associate dean denies the appeal or if the appeal is deemed denied, the student may appeal in writing to the appropriate dean within five business days of that denial.
  7. The dean will not consider an appeal based on any of the following reasons:
  • Disagreement with a faculty member over the quality of academic work, including the content of an exam answer, paper, or other assignment
  • Disagreement with published course policies
  • Differences in classroom policies or grading schemes in different courses or between different sections of the same course
  • A grade’s impact on a student’s academic progress, athletic eligibility, scholarship eligibility, or eligibility for veteran’s benefits
  1. The dean will consider an appeal only if a student presents evidence of one or more of the following:
  • Terms of the syllabus were violated
  • An error was made in calculating or recording a grade
  • A university policy was violated in an assignment, administered exam, or assigned grade
  • An inconsistent grading standard was applied among students in the same course
  • A written agreement between the faculty member and student was violated
  1. For appeals to the dean, the following supporting documentation is required (unless otherwise noted):
  • Explanation of what occurred and how the criteria above apply to the situation
  • Correspondence from the faculty member and department chair indicating that the appeal has been denied at those levels, unless the appeal was deemed denied
  • Course syllabus
  • Timeline of events relevant to the appeal
  • Assignment or exam in question (if applicable)
  • Excerpt from online catalog of university regulation (if applicable)
  • Correspondence with faculty member (if applicable)
  • Any other documentation supporting the appeal
  1. If the appeal meets the criteria in paragraph 8, the dean will convene the Health Sciences Academic Performance and Standards Committee to review the case.
  2. The committee will review the submitted documentation and may meet with the student or faculty member (in person or via telephone) to obtain additional information. The student may request to meet with the committee but may not bring other individuals to the meeting. If the student wants to meet with the committee, he or she must make that request when sending the appeal to the dean. The committee will send a copy of its appeal decision in writing to the student and the Assistant/Associate Provost. If the committee does not render a decision within ten business days after the student appeals to the dean, the appeal will be deemed denied as of the tenth business day.
  3. If the appeal is denied by the committee or is deemed denied, further appeal rights are limited. The student may present the appeal in writing to the Assistant/Associate Provost for the Center for Health Sciences within ten business days of the denial. The appeal must specify the grounds, as well as supporting facts and rationale. Disagreement with the substance of the committee’s decision is not a ground for appeal at this level. The Assistant/Associate Provost will limit review to alleged failure to adhere to appeal policies and procedures or new information that was unavailable to the student or the faculty member when the committee made its decision. The Assistant/Associate Provost will render a final decision in writing within five business days after the student appeals to the Assistant/Associate Provost.
  4. Upon final decision of the Assistant/Associate Provost, the student will have exhausted his or her right of appeal within the University.

II. Academic Progression Appeals
This student-initiated procedure is as follows:

  1. The student may appeal within five business days after the date he or she is notified of dismissal from the health sciences college/program or of any other academic progression decision. The appeal should be completed within 45 business days following initiation of the process.
  2. If the student appeals, he or she must do so in writing to the faculty member from whom notification of dismissal or other decision was received and send a copy to the appropriate dean. The student must set forth reasons and grounds for the appeal. The faculty member will send a copy of his or her appeal decision in writing to the student and the appropriate department chair (College of Allied Health and College of Pharmacy) or associate dean (Carr College of Nursing). If the faculty member does not render a decision within five business days after the student appeals to the faculty member, the appeal will be deemed denied as of the 5th business day.
  3. If the faculty member from whom notification of dismissal or other decision was received is the dean, the student must skip Paragraph 4 and proceed to Paragraph 5 to continue the appeal. If the faculty member from whom notification of dismissal or other decision was received is the Assistant/Associate Provost, the student must skip Paragraphs 4 and 5 and appeal in writing to the Assistant/Associate Provost as required in Paragraph 5 to continue the appeal. In that case, Paragraphs 6 and 7 do not apply and the Assistant/Associate Provost must convene the Health Sciences Academic Performance and Standards Committee, which will consider the documentation submitted in compliance with Paragraph 8.
  4. If the appeal is denied by the faculty member or is deemed denied, the student, within five business days of the denial, may appeal in writing to the appropriate dean with a copy to the Assistant/Associate Provost for the Center for Health Sciences. The dean will send a copy of his or her decision in writing to the student and the Assistant/Associate Provost. If the dean does not render a decision within five business days after the student appeals to the dean, the appeal will be deemed denied as of the fifth business day.
  5. If the appeal is denied by the dean or is deemed denied, the student may appeal in writing to the Assistant/Associate Provost within five business days of the denial.
  6. The Assistant/Associate Provost will not consider an appeal based on any of the following reasons:
  • Disagreement regarding the quality of academic work, adherence to technical standards, or professional performance
  • Disagreement with published college/program policies
  • Differences in classroom policies or grading schemes in different colleges/programs or between different programs of the same college
  • An academic progression issue’s impact on a student’s future earning potential, timeline for assuming professional practice, or eligibility for veteran’s benefits
  1. The Assistant/Associate Provost will consider an appeal only when a student presents evidence of one or more of the following:
  • Terms of the student handbook or catalog were violated
  • An error was made in calculating or recording a grade
  • A university policy was violated in an assignment, administered exam, technical standard, or assigned grade
  • An inconsistent grading standard was applied across students
  • A written agreement between the faculty member/program/college and student was violated
  1. For appeals submitted to the Assistant/Associate Provost, the following supporting documentation is required (unless otherwise noted):
  • • Explanation of what occurred and how the criteria above apply to the situation
  • Correspondence from the faculty member and dean indicating that the appeal has been denied at those levels, unless the appeal was deemed denied
  • College/program handbook section related to academic progression and technical standards
  • Timeline of events relevant to the appeal
  • Assignment or exam in question (if applicable)
  • Excerpt from online catalog of university regulation (if applicable)
  • Correspondence with faculty member (if applicable)
  • Any other documentation supporting the appeal
  1. If the appeal meets the criteria in paragraph 7, the Assistant/Associate Provost will convene the Health Sciences Academic Performance and Standards Committee to review the case.
  2. The committee will review the submitted documentation and may meet with the student or faculty member/dean (in person or via telephone) to obtain additional information. The student may request to meet with the committee but may not bring other individuals to the meeting. If the student wants to meet with the committee, he or she must make that request when sending the appeal to the Assistant/Associate Provost. The committee will send a copy of its decision in writing to the student and the Provost. If the committee does not render a decision within ten business days after the student appeals to the Assistant/Associate Provost, the appeal will be deemed denied as of the tenth business day.
  3. If the appeal is denied by the committee or is deemed denied, further appeal rights are limited. The student may appeal in writing to the Provost within ten business days of the committee’s decision. The appeal must specify the grounds, as well as supporting facts and rationale. Disagreement with the substance of the committee’s decision is not a ground for appeal at this level. The Provost will limit review to alleged failure to adhere to appeal policies and procedures or new information that was unavailable to the student or the faculty member when the committee made its decision. The Provost will render a final decision in writing within five business days after the student appeals to the Provost.
  4. Upon final decision of the Provost, the student will have exhausted his or her right of appeal within the University.

III. Official Records of Academic Appeals
The Office of the Provost will ensure maintenance of the official records related to academic appeals. All documents and objects, including, but not limited to, papers, recordings, electronic documents or files, and e-mails, related to an academic appeal will be forwarded to the Office of the Provost once the appeal process is completed.

IV. Note
As in the case of any policy and policy guidelines, Harding reserves the right to change them or to make appropriate revisions, additions, amendments, or corrections. Faculty and students will be notified of any substantial changes.