Policies and Guidelines

Faculty, Staff, and Student Academic Responsibilities

The nature of graduate education is such that students learn and are instructed in a variety of ways. Modes of learning and teaching include lectures, seminars, independent study, practica, internships, research, and thesis and dissertation writing. Learning and teaching frequently take place in small groups or even on an individual basis. The following is a statement of general expectations for effective learning and teaching at the graduate level and is an expression of basic principles of professional and scholarly practices. It is the responsibility of faculty, staff, and students to create an academic community that is free from all forms of prejudice that negatively influence learning, such as those based on age, ethnicity, gender, mental or physical impairment, race, religion, or sexual orientation. All faculty, staff, and students should treat one another with courtesy and respect.

Statement of Student Responsibilities

Instructors will expect you as a graduate student to:

  • Work to the best of your ability and attend class according to the university regulations.
  • Be attentive during class and participate constructively in class work.
  • Complete the work you are assigned and submit it on time.
  • Prepare work that is honest, independent, and original.
  • Show respect and courtesy for them and fellow students while being open to the ideas of others.
  • Be open to constructive criticism directed at correcting your academic errors and developing your scholarly abilities.
  • Provide them with constructive criticism that is aimed at improving your learning experience.
  • Abide by university regulations prohibiting academic misconduct.
  • Endeavor to ensure that the learning environment is free from sexism, racism, and other forms of prejudice that negatively influence student learning.

Teaching and Evaluation of Student Work – Statement of Good Teaching Practices

You may expect your instructor to:

  • Inform students within the first two (2) weeks of the course of the objectives, content, assignments, policy on return of student work, and examination procedures in each course; and within reason, abide by those statements.
  • Specify in writing within the first two (2) weeks of the course the methods by which the instructor determines the final grade in the course.
  • Ensure that all materials assigned are equally available to all students in the course.
  • Inform students of the generally accepted conclusion on the subject matter of the course when those conclusions differ from the conclusions of the instructor.
  • Give adequate advance notice of major papers and major examinations in the course.
  • Provide assignments to permit students to benefit from evaluative experiences during the course.
  • Be fair and impartial in evaluating all student performances, i.e., evaluating all students according to common criteria.
  • Allow students to review papers and examinations in a timely manner after they have been evaluated.
  • Be available for conferences during announced, regular office hours.

Professional Conduct

  • Instructors are expected to adhere to the following guidelines for professional conduct:
  • Treat students with courtesy and respect at all times. Courtesy and respect do not prohibit strong criticism directed at the student’s academic errors and scholarly responsibilities.
  • Endeavor to ensure that the learning environment is free from all forms of prejudice that negatively influence student learning, such as those based on age, sex, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, or veteran status.
  • Adhere to the “Class Attendance Policy” (Section 1.9.A of the Student Handbook).
  • Assume the positive obligation to confront students of suspected academic dishonesty.
  • Adhere to the “Statement on Professional Ethics” of the Miami University Policy and Information Manual 5.3.