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Date of Last Update
5/15/2017

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  • University Academic Senate / Provost

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Provost Office

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Faculty Teaching Requirements (Selected)

FH 3.03 A-E

  1. Policy Statement
  2. History

Policy Statement

Faculty Teaching Requirements (Selected)

A.  Absence from Class

Faculty members are responsible for meeting all classes for which they are scheduled. If faculty members are absent from teaching responsibilities due to illness, they should notify their unit heads and arrange for their students to be so informed at the beginning of the scheduled class meeting.

In those cases where absences can be anticipated, approval for such absences must be obtained from the unit head. The faculty members are then responsible for arranging for substitutes or otherwise covering their teaching assignments.

B.    Change of Instructor, Time, or Place of Meeting

Change of instructor, time, or place of meeting for a scheduled class may be made only with the approval of the unit head and the Dean of the College. The office of the Dean of the College sends changes to the Registrar's Office where a current master schedule is maintained.

C.   Information Given at Beginning of Semester

Students should be provided with a course syllabus, in paper or electronic form, containing at least the following:

1.   General course information.  Instructor name, contact information, office hours, and required resources such as textbooks should all be specified.  Prerequisite courses listed in the catalog need not be reproduced but if specific prerequisite skills or knowledge are necessary they should be pointed out to students here.

2.   Learning objectives. The student learning objectives listed in the syllabus of record must all be represented in the objectives listed in the course syllabus, though the course syllabus may be more specific and may include additional objectives.

3.   Kinds of activities and assessments to be used.  This need not be a detailed list but should give students a clear idea of the kinds of work to be expected: projects, papers, in-class exams, field trip reports, etc.

4.    Grading scheme.  This section should give students a clear idea of the relative importance of different kinds of assessments and the basic scheme that will be used to assign final grades.

5.    Course specific policies.  The syllabus should describe the instructor's policies that apply to this particular course on topics such as attendance, makeup mechanisms for missed work, late assignments, handling of academic misconduct, etc.  If the course is subject to particular GVSU requirements (for example, those for SWS or General Education courses), pointers to those requirements should be given.

6.    A pointer to the University's list of policies that apply to all courses.  Recommended: "This course is subject to the GVSU policies listed at  http://www.gvsu.edu/coursepolicies/."

D.   Office Hours for Student Conferences 

Members of the faculty are expected to post and maintain adequate office hours.

E.    Selection of Textbooks

Faculty members are responsible for submitting information on textbooks and other required material for their courses when such information is requested from the University Bookstore.  Policies concerning use of self-authored textbooks may be found in President's Cabinet [PC 3.12 ]Textbooks and Course Materials Policy.

History

FH 3.03.A "Absence from Class" amended May 15, 2017

FH 3.03.C "Information Given at First Class Meeting" amended May 15, 2017

FH 3.03.E "Selection of Textbooks" amended May 15, 2017