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Last update, 6/7/2010

Grade Appeal

Contests

Faculty Software

Independent Study

Plagiarism

1. Grades. How do I respond to an appeal to change a grade?
A student might appeal a grade in the belief a mistake has been made or that the grade is unfair. The process is the same in either case. First, speak to the instructor. If not resolved, appeal to the chairperson of the department offering the course. If the appeal continues, the third step is the dean of the school offering the course. The fourth and last level of appeal is to the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

The policy is written in the Campus Code of Conduct section of the "Student Rights and Responsibilities Manual," where the section on Academic Grade Appeal, appears near the bottom of the text.

2. Contests. How do I develop a sponsored competition?
The Office of Academic Affairs encourages and assists departments and sponsors to develop competitions, contests and projects for students.†Read† "
Contests and Special Projects Guidelines."†††Then, contact the Associate Vice President, Howard Dillon.†††

3. How Faculty Request Software for Teaching and Research
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Who makes the decision about a faculty memberís request to have software placed on the computer provided for his or her teaching or research?
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The VPAA does so after consultation with the Academic Technology Committee which is co-chaired by the CIO and the VPAA.†

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When is the decision made?

A. The second Wednesday of November and April.

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How does one submit a request for consideration?
A. Complete the form†Faculty Software Request.†

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Where is the request to be sent and what happens?

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Send the request it to the department chairperson for his or her recommendation to the dean.† If the dean approves, the form goes to the Associate†VPAA who compiles the requests.† Twice a year, in November and April, the Academic Technology Committee considers requests and then a decision is made by the VPAA.† If the request is approved, funds are provided and IT for FIT is asked to obtain the software or additional license and install it.

4. Where is the college's policy on Plagiarism?
Plagiarism is discussed in the Student Rights and Responsibilities Manual, under the section on
Campus Code of Conduct.

5. What is†Independent Study and what are the procedures?
FIT makes†independent study (link requires password) opportunities available to full-time day students. Independent study refers to individualized instruction, which is provided in a tutorial manner outside a regularly offered class.†

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