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Procedural FAQs for Teachers

This reference page is intended to point you in the right direction on several common procedural issues and questions. It is non-definitive. You are encouraged to seek further advice from the appropriate office as needed.

Course Materials

When do course materials requirements to be reported?

The Higher Education Opportunity Act requires that all course materials and their costs are disclosed to students at the time of registration. This translates into the following deadlines by which teachers must report the materials they are using: 

Fall: March 20

Spring: October 10

Summer: February 25

 

How are course materials reported?

You will receive an email 2-3 weeks prior to the semester’s due date. Follow the instructions it provides. You can also review or submit materials at https://coursematerials.usu.edu/

 

Where to find more information:

Learn more online at https://campusstore.usu.edu/t-facultytextbookinfo.aspx, call 435.797.1671, or email textbooks@usu.edu

Grading

When are grades due?

Instructors are expected to submit final grades within four business days after the last day of the final exam. For most courses, this falls on Thursday, 5:00 pm following the conclusion of Finals week.

 

How are grades submitted?

You can publish grades in one of two ways:

Where students receive a failing grade, the last date of attendance or the date of last access in Canvas needs to be entered into Banner. Information about a student’s last access in Canvas can be obtained in a student’s Access Report. https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-2864

 

What if a change of grade is needed?

The Registrar’s office provides an electronic change of grades form through the university’s ServiceNow catalog. You can find a link to it on the Registrar’s grading page for faculty: http://www.usu.edu/registrar/htm/faculty_staff/grading

 

Is there a standard grading scale?

Instructors are given flexibility in their grading scales; however, the typical grading scale used is as follows. Note that there is no A+ or D- grade.

Grade

Percentage

A

93 or higher

A-

90 – 92.9

B+

87 – 89.9

B

83 – 86.9

B-

80 – 82.9

C+

77 – 79.9

C

73 – 76.9

C-

70 – 72.9

D+

67 – 69.9

D

60 – 66.9

F

59.9 or below

 

How are incomplete (I) grades handled?

If a student does not complete a class by its scheduled completion date because of extenuating circumstances, he or she can petition the instructor for an incomplete grade with time beyond the end of the semester to finish. If the instructor agrees, he or she must submit an Incomplete Grade Documentation Form, https://www.usu.edu/provost/forms/doc/Incomplete_Grade.pdf, with the department or college office. In Banner, the instructor will give the student a grade of “I” and the student will have the agreed upon amount of time (12 months or less) to complete the coursework.

 

Where do I find more information?

You can find more information about grading and academic records at the following sites:

Academic Integrity Issues

USU students agree to an honor pledge when they enroll at USU, in which they pledge to conduct themselves with the utmost academic integrity. Academic integrity violations include, but are not limited to, cheating, falsification, and plagiarism.

Where academic dishonesty is suspected, the instructor must complete an Academic Integrity Violation Form, https://studentconduct.usu.edu/forms/aivreport , within 7 days of when the suspected violation has occurred. 

The student has 7 days to respond to the instructor. Resolutions are filed in a resolution report to student services. There is an appeal process available if a satisfactory resolution is not reached. See the Student Code for full details: https://studentconduct.usu.edu/studentcode/article6  

 

Student Privacy (FERPA)

Student records at USU are governed by the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). This gives students the right to review information in their academic records, request to amend their academic records, consent to disclosure of personally identifiable information, and file a complaint with the U.S. department of education if they feel the University has not complied with their FERPA rights. 

FERPA has a number of implications for teaching. For example, it prohibits instructors from sharing student grade information without the student’s consent with anyone but the student receiving the grade. Student enrollment information as well as other “non-directory” information is also protected. Parents, friends, family, and other students are among those with whom information cannot be shared unless the student consents to it.

Systems like Canvas (https://usu.instructure.com) are provided as a secure means of communicating grade and feedback information with students.

See the university catalog (http://catalog.usu.edu) or the registrar’s office web page http://www.usu.edu/registrar/htm/faculty_staff/ferpa for more details.

Campus Safety Issues

Students of Concern

If a student’s behavior reaches a level that seems disruptive or threatening, an instructor should fill out a Student of Concern Incident Report Form: https://www.usu.edu/campussafety/reportingstudents.cfm

Emergencies should go directly to 911.

 

Other Resources

Campus Safety Office: http://www.usu.edu/campussafety/

Campus Police: http://dps.usu.edu/

Sexual Assault and Anti-Violence Information: http://www.usu.edu/saavi/

Copyright

What materials can be shared in teaching?

Materials that are in the public domain, that have a Creative Commons license, that belong to the instructor, or that have copyright clearance from the copyright holder, can be used according to the terms of use agreed upon.

 Other materials may be used according to the provisions of the TEACH Act, which provides some freedom for educational use within a closed system like Canvas, so long as a “reasonable and limited” amount of the content is used in a manner that is not likely to impact the profitability of the work for the copyright holder. Copyright restrictions do not apply if the instructor simply links to materials hosted elsewhere. 

Instructors are encouraged to use open-educational resources (OER) where possible. For much more detailed information on copyright and access to OER resources, see http://www.usu.edu/copyrightatusu/ 

Accessibility and Student Accommodations

USU is committed to providing access to its many educational opportunities to individuals with disabilities. Students with disabilities may contact the Disability Resource Center (DRC) (https://www.usu.edu/drc/) to request assistance and accommodations. Faculty may also refer students to the DRC.

When an accommodation request is made, the faculty member is informed and is responsible to help provide the accommodations requested. Staff members at the DRC and the Academic and Instructional Services (AIS) Department provide additional resources necessary to assist the instructor. 

As a rule, instructors are responsible to strive for accessibility in their selection and use of materials. Captioning services for videos, among other services, are provided for instructors by the DRC and AIS upon request. Email accessibility@usu.edu.

Diversity

USU is committed to fostering and supporting diversity among its faculty and students on campus. For help and information on programs and services supporting diversity, see https://accesscenter.usu.edu/

Course Evaluations

USU uses the IDEA Center evaluation system for its student course evaluations. Instructors are sent an email near the beginning of the semester providing instructions on how to identify which of 12 general objectives apply to their course. Instructors are encouraged to select 3-5 objectives. Near the semester’s end, students are sent an email requesting that they complete an evaluation form. Completion of the form is voluntary. Results are reported to the instructor and the instructor’s department head. Quantitative results are made available on the website of the Office of Analysis, Assessment and Accreditation (AAA).

For more information, see http://www.usu.edu/aaa/idea_faculty_faq.cfm

Testing

Students may be tested in-class or a test may be proctored in one of USU’s on-campus or regional campus testing centers or through a certified proctor located in locations worldwide. Virtual proctoring is also available where needed. See http://testing.usu.edu/ for details and forms.

Support

The IT Service Desk (435.797.HELP) is available to help with many technical support issues for students and faculty. The Center for Innovative Design and Instruction (CIDI) at 435.797.9506 is available to help with technical and teaching-related questions in teaching and learning environments. For contact information for other service entities on campus, see http://cidi.usu.edu and click “Contact Information.”