Academic Policies

Student Attendance Policy for Financial Aid

Park University confirms that students have engaged in an academically-related activity in the first two weeks of the term/semester for each course in which they are enrolled. Academically- related activities include, but are not limited to: physically attending a class where there is an opportunity for direct interaction between the instructor and students; submitting an academic assignment; taking an exam, an interactive tutorial or computer assisted instruction; attending a study group that is assigned by the school; participating in an online discussion about academic matters; or initiating contact with a faculty member to ask a question about the academic subject studied in the course. Academically-related activities do not include logging into an online class without active participation, or participating in academic counseling or advisement.


Academic Honesty

Academic honesty is the prerequisite for academic study. Academic dishonesty is inimical to the spirit of a learning community. Hence, Park will not tolerate cheating or plagiarism on tests, examinations, papers, and other course assignments. Students who engage in such dishonesty may be given failing grades or expelled from Park.

Plagiarism, the appropriation or imitation of the language or ideas of another person and presenting them as one’s original work, sometimes occurs through carelessness or ignorance. This does not make it less serious. However, students who are uncertain about proper documentation of sources should consult their course faculty member.


Classroom Conduct

Faculty members are expected to dismiss students from their classroom, whose behavior is detrimental to good order in the classroom. Such behavior includes, but is not limited to, the use of abusive or obscene language, attending the class under influence of drugs or alcohol, etc. Students who are dismissed from class may be given failing grades, suspension, or expulsion from the university. Students whose behavior, either verbal or written, is detrimental to the good order of the University may be subject to disciplinary action ranging from suspension to expulsion from the University. Students who exhibit abusive or obscene language or behavior toward administrative personnel or support staff are also subject to suspension or expulsion from the university.


 

Missed Final Exams

Only extraordinary circumstances warrant a student's being allowed to make up a missed final examination. It is the student's responsibility to contact the faculty member before the scheduled exam or by the end of the first working day after the day of the missed exam to request permission to take a makeup exam. In the process of determining whether a makeup exam should be allowed, the burden of proof is on the student. The faculty member has the right to request verification of any excuse offered by the student.

A student who is denied permission to take a makeup exam may appeal immediately to the Academic Director or Resident Center Administrator. The appeal must be made in writing by the end of the first working day after the day of the denial. The appeal will be forwarded immediately to the appropriate Vice President whose decision will be final.


 

Turnitin

Turnitin is Internet-based plagiarism-detection and prevention software service created by iParadigms, LLC. Papers written by students are submitted to Turnitin, which checks the documents for unoriginal content. The results can be used to identify similarities to existing sources or can be used in formative assessment to help students learn how to avoid plagiarism and improve their writing.

Faculty and Student Use of Turnitin

The Turnitin software has the potential to be an important resource for promoting information literacy as well as encouraging academic integrity. All Park University instructors (faculty, adjunct faculty, and other instructors) have the option to create Turnitin assignments within the Canvas LMS for graded or non-graded written assignments in his or her classes.

Protecting Student Privacy

The Turnitin Legal FAQ page (http://turnitin.com/en_us/privacy-center/legal-faqs) provides information about the use of Turnitin and student privacy.

Students are notified that a paper will be reviewed by Turnitin prior to submitting the paper through the Canvas LMS. 

Student Notification

When an instructor intends to use the Turnitin service to review some or all of student written work, a "best practice" to promote academic integrity is to notify students about the use of Turnitin in a statement included in the course syllabus and/or course announcement. Instructors are also encouraged to remind students of the potential review of student work based on a Turnitin report or other technology when they discuss course assignments.

Instructors may use the following language as a Turnitin notice on their syllabus or announcements:

"Park University maintains a university license agreement for an online text matching service called Turnitin. At my discretion, I may use the Turnitin service to evaluate the originality of student papers. I may employ other services and techniques to evaluate your work for evidence of appropriate authorship practices as needed."

Statement from Park University General Counsel

 “Students are required to agree that all submitted papers may be subject to submission for textual similarity review to Turnitin.com for the detection of plagiarism. All submitted papers will be included as source documents in the Turnitin.com reference database solely for the purpose of detecting plagiarism of such papers. Use of the Turnitin.com service is subject to the Usage Policy posted on the Turnitin.com site. Students retain the copyright of papers submitted to the Turnitin service. The Turnitin user agreement entitles iParadigms to use the works as part of the plagiarism prevention system under the principles of fair use.”

Resources and Support

The Turnitin website has a variety of resources to assist with the use of Turnitin.

The Resources Tab includes information on Preventing Plagiarism, Feedback Best Practices, and other resources.

Choosing to activate Turnitin on an assignment in the Canvas LMS is a faculty-choice option, and some of faculty may opt to use Turnitin extensively, while others may not at all. Policies regarding Park’s usage of Turnitin for faculty and students are provided on this webpage.

Should an instructor decide to activate Turnitin on an assignment, student instructions for submitting to Turnitin via Canvas are located in the Canvas Guides here: https://guides.instructure.com/m/4212/l/64908-how-do-i-submit-a-turnitin-assignment 

Questions regarding the usage of Turnitin can be sent to provost@park.edu or studentlife@park.edu.

Park University Online Proctoring Policy

Distance learning is an essential piece of many of Park’s programs. Giving exams to distance learning students poses a unique set of issues since they are often not on campus to be proctored by Park representatives. To minimize these risks, Park has contracted with ProctorU, a private online proctoring service, to remotely proctor online exams for those students who are unable to take exams on campus.

Proctors can see and talk to you throughout the assessment, and can answer any technical or services questions you might have. This works to ensure the security and integrity of the online exam process.

ProctorU allows students to conveniently and securely complete assigned exams using almost any webcam. Students must have access to a computer with a video camera, a microphone, a good internet connection, and a reflective device e.g., a mirror, and be located in a quiet room where you can take the exam(s) in privacy. Interruptions in the internet connection or entry of other persons into the room will be reported by ProctorU and investigated to ensure the academic integrity of the exam.

If you require testing accommodations because of a qualifying disability:

  1. You must request disability accommodations with Park University’s office of Disability Services by following the procedures at http://www.park.edu/disability.  
    1. Your request and documentation must be submitted no later than the third week of the term.
  2. If approved for accommodations, you must communicate with both Disability Services and your instructor, so that your accommodations may be arranged for your proctored final.
  3. ProctorU is fully prepared to make adjustments and provide assistance after you’ve established your accommodations, see their ProctorU ADA Compliance.pdf notice.

Students are not required to pay for this service via ProctorU. Students are responsible for test taking supplies and for arranging their ProctorU exam to oversee the exam process. Students are required to schedule an appointment with ProctorU at least 72 hours before the day and time you plan on taking the exam.

**Please note that most online courses DO NOT require ProctorU, so please check your course syllabus or with your instructor or Park’s current online proctored course list here (https://pdl.park.edu/proctor/).

ProctorU creates an academic record for each test-taker that is handled with the strictest adherence to Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) guidelines. All of ProctorU’s proctors are required to complete FERPA training, and ProctorU was successfully audited for FERPA compliance by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO). For additional privacy information, download, and review the ProctorU Privacy Faqs.pdf and the ProctorU Student Privacy Pledge.pdf.

Process Steps for Students Taking a ProctorU Exam

  1. Check the course syllabus for information about exam proctoring using ProctorU. If there isn’t information, contact the instructor to verify the online exam proctoring policy.

  2. If a course you have enrolled in requires exam proctoring by ProctorU, download and review the Student Exam Preparations - Checklist.pdf, review the Technical Specifications.pdf and Mac and Windows users should also watch the How It Works Video.

  3. It’s recommended that you Test Your Computer (https://proctoru.com/testitout/). You will also find ProctorU LIVE CHAT HELP and FAQs on this page as well.
    Additional information about ProctorU can be obtained at the
    https://www.proctoru.com/students/ website.

  4. Schedule your exam at Park’s ProctorU site here (https://go.proctoru.com).
    1. You will then create a free ProctorU account (if you’ve not already).
    2. You will not be charged for your ProctorU session (unless you incur Late Fees - see below).

  5. Your exam appointment will be confirmed by a ProctorU email.
    1. Please schedule your exam early in the term.
    2. LATE SCHEDULING FEES:
      1. Students may be charged a $12.00 late exam registration fee if they schedule the exam within 24 hours of the exam date.
      2. Students may be charged an $8.00 late exam registration fee if they schedule the exam between 72 and 24 hours of the exam date.

  6. On the day of your scheduled exam, login to your ProctorU account  (https://go.proctoru.com) with your unique Username and Password. Click on the exam-link within your Canvas classroom.

  7. Before you begin the exam-proctoring session, the online exam proctor(s) at ProctorU will authenticate your identity. Be prepared with a form of government issued photo ID, such as your driver’s license or Park ID and a reflective device e.g., a mirror or CD (enabling the proctor to obtain 360 degree view of your testing room).  You will also be asked identifier questions. See the How It Works Video for a demonstration of the required items.

  8. Take your proctored exam online.

For any additional issues related to online proctoring of your course, contact your course instructor.