Academic Policies

Attendance

Online course attendance is handled programmatically based on course login. If you will be unable to participate in the Online classroom due to medical reasons or employment-related demands including temporary duty, please contact your instructor immediately to make arrangements. The student is responsible for all the missed work.

Students who have not attended or logged into a class, will, at the end of the second week of the course, be assumed to have unofficially withdrawn and will be administratively withdrawn from that class. International nonimmigrant students who are administratively withdrawn from a course or initiate a withdrawal may lose their lawful nonimmigrant status.


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 http://turnitin.com/en_us/training/professional-development

Resources: The Resources tab includes White Papers, Webcasts, and Research on the use of Turnitin.

Training: The Training tab includes:

  • Getting Started – the basics of using Turnitin
  • Instructor Training – information to help instructors get started quickly and develop deeper skills through continued use
  • Student Training - show you the basics of getting set-up and enrolled in Turnitin with your class.
  • Professional Development – provides a variety of on-demand sessions for using Turnitin, including best practices for teaching with Turnitin.

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