Chapter 3357:15-13 Academics

3357:15-13-01 Instructional programs.

Instructional programs, certificates, and courses of study shall be developed and offered in accordance with the provisions of the Ohio department of higher education in the fulfillment of Stark state college.

(A) Associate degree programs. The Ohio department of higher education defines an associate degree as an award that requires completion of sixty semester credit hours. Per the Ohio department of higher education, each associate degree program should not exceed sixty five semester credit hours unless it can be shown that the additional coursework is required to meet professional accreditation or licensing requirements. Programs requiring hours beyond the sixty five- hour maximum in order to meet accreditation or licensing requirements are expected to align similarly to like programs at other two-year public institutions and shall not exceed swenty-three semester credit hours.

(1) Degree titles. Upon evidence of satisfactory completion of an approved program previously authorized by the Ohio department of higher education, the board of trustees may confer the following degrees:

(a) Associate of arts and associate of science degrees are designed for students wishing to complete the first two years of a bachelor's degree, as well as those desiring two years of a liberal arts education.

(b) Associate of applied business and associate of applied science degrees are awarded in recognition of successful completion of career technical education programs and prepare students for immediate employment upon graduation. The curricula for applied associate degree programs are described in terms of technical and non-technical studies. Non-technical studies include general education and courses that serve as a base for the technical field (sometimes referred to as applied general education or basic coursework Non-technical studies should make up at least thirty semester hours of the degree.

(c) Associate of technical study degrees are awarded for successful completion of an individually planned program of study designed to respond to the need for specialized technical education. The program must have an area of concentration which is equivalent to at least thirty semester credit hours in technical studies and a clearly identifiable career objective. The area of concentration can either be formed by: type a-a coherent combination of technical courses selectively drawn from two or more technical programs currently offered by the college to serve a career objective that would not be adequately addressed by one of the existing programs alone: or type b-courses completed or training received by a student at other institutions of higher education, career centers, or other educational enterprises judged by the institution to be of college level and for which the institution awards degree credit.

(2) Certificate. The Ohio department of higher education defines a certificate as a formal award certifying the satisfactory completion of an organized program of study at the postsecondary level. In accordance with the Ohio department of higher education, certificates are designed as building blocks toward future degrees and with the intent of articulating the program into the next degree. Students can earn general or technical certificates.

(a) General certificates require completion of an organized program of study and are classified by IPEDs as less than one year or at least one but less than two academic years.

(b) Technical certificates are designated as one year or less than one year.

(i) One year technical certificate: Certificates awarded by a post-secondary institution for the completion of an organized program of study in at least thirty Semester credit hours, with the majority of the coursework completed in a prescribed technical area. While the certificates are designed to have value apart from a degree, these certificates should serve as building blocks to an associate degree. The technical certificate is designed for an occupation or specific employment opportunities. These certificates should prepare students for a valid occupational license or third-party industry certification, if available, related to the field of study.

(ii) Less than one year technical certificate: Certificates awarded by a post-secondary institution for the completion of an organized program of study in less than thirty semester credit hours that are designed for an occupation or specific employment opportunity. These certificates should prepare students for a valid occupational license or third-party industry certification, if available, related to the field of study.

(c) Non-credit instruction. A course or activity for which the student does not receive academic credit that applies to a degree, certificate or diploma.

(d) Contract training. Training offered to business, industry, health care facilities, and non-profit organization. Contract training services are convenient, cost effective, and customized to meet the unique needs of individual companies.

Replaces: 3357:15-13-01

Effective: 6/25/2017
Promulgated Under: 111.15
Statutory Authority: 3357:15
Rule Amplifies: 3357:15
Prior Effective Dates: 3/12/15

3357:15-13-02 Registration deadline.

To encourage student success, the last day to register for classes is the last business day before the semester, term, or session is scheduled to begin. Students who fail to register by this date need permission from a designated administrator. Extreme circumstances (with documentation) must exist in order for students to register.

Effective: 3/12/2015
Promulgated Under: 111.15
Statutory Authority: 3357:15
Rule Amplifies: 3357:15

3357:15-13-03 Credit residency requirement.

Stark state students must meet credit residency requirements to complete a degree/ certificate(s). The following credit residency requirements must be met:

(A) All degree requirements must be met by completing Stark state college courses or through equivalent transfer coursework.

(B) At least twenty semester hours in the degree program, at least fifteen semester hours in the one-year certificate, and at least one course in a career enhancement certificate must be completed at Stark state college. Exceptions to the credit residency requirement require approval from the appropriate program coordinator (if applicable) and department chair in consultation with the appropriate dean and provost.

Effective: 6/4/2018
Promulgated Under: 111.15
Statutory Authority: 3357.09
Rule Amplifies: 3357.09
Prior Effective Dates: 03/12/2015

3357:15-13-04 Prerequisite.

A prerequisite is a course taken prior to another course(s) as designated by the academic department. Certain courses require that the student meet prerequisites in order to register for the course. The prerequisite course(s) are designated by the academic departments to assist the student in selecting appropriate course levels. The prerequisite(s) may be one or more courses, a minimum placement test score, or a minimum grade in a prerequisite course(s).

Replaces: 3357:15-13-04

Effective: 9/5/2015
Promulgated Under: 111.15
Statutory Authority: 3357
Rule Amplifies: 3357
Prior Effective Dates: 10/5/09

3357:15-13-05 Co-requisite.

A co-requisite is a course that must be taken at the same time as or prior to another course(s) as designated by the academic department. To ensure proper placement, co-requisites for all classes will be checked at the time of registration.

Effective: 3/12/2015
Promulgated Under: 111.15
Statutory Authority: 3357:15
Rule Amplifies: 3357:15

3357:15-13-06 Course substitution.

For Ohio board of regents associate degree programs and one-year certificates, a course petition may be approved prior to the student's applying for graduation. Four courses is the maximum number of courses for substitution. Exceptions processed for Stark state college courses and transfer courses with equivalent classes do not count toward the four maximum substitutions.

Replaces: 3357:15-13-06

Effective: 9/5/2015
Promulgated Under: 111.15
Statutory Authority: 3357
Rule Amplifies: 3357
Prior Effective Dates: 3/12/15

3357:15-13-07 Grading system.

Letter grades are used by the faculty member assigned to the course to indicate the student's performance. The grades shall be in accordance with the standards of expected achievement of the course and the college. The student's grade point average is computed by the following formula: total quality points earned divided by grade point average (GPA) earned hours. Programs requesting a variance from the established numerical range for each letter grade must follow the shared governance approval process outlined in the 3357:15-13-38 departmental academic policy of the Administrative Code.

Effective: 7/6/2018
Promulgated Under: 111.15
Statutory Authority: 3357.09
Rule Amplifies: 3357.09
Prior Effective Dates: 03/12/2015, 07/14/2016

3357:15-13-08 Repeating a course.

When a student repeats a course, both grades will appear on the academic record, and the highest grade will be used in calculating the grade point average. Students may receive financial aid for repeating courses. However, if the student is retaking a previously passed course, financial aid can only be used for one repeat of that course. Any courses that are repeated will be used in the calculation of a student's satisfactory academic progress status.

Effective: 3/12/2015
Promulgated Under: 111.15
Statutory Authority: 3357:15
Rule Amplifies: 3357:15

3357:15-13-09 Early alert.

Students not making satisfactory academic progress in a class will be sent an early alert letter on or before the completion of twenty-five per cent of the course.

Effective: 6/25/2017
Promulgated Under: 111.15
Statutory Authority: 3357:15
Rule Amplifies: 3357:15
Prior Effective Dates: 3/12/2015

3357:15-13-10 Grade incomplete.

The grade of incomplete (IN) may be given only if the student is currently attending the course, the student has completed Seventy five percent of the semester and required work in a course and, based on that work, the student is earning a passing grade.

Effective: 3/12/2015
Promulgated Under: 111.15
Statutory Authority: 3357:15
Rule Amplifies: 3357:15

3357:15-13-11 President's list.

A president's list of the names of all eligible students who have achieved a grade point average of 4.0 for the semester will be posted on that semester's president's list.

Effective: 3/12/2015
Promulgated Under: 111.15
Statutory Authority: 3357:15
Rule Amplifies: 3357:15

3357:15-13-12 Dean's list.

The names of all eligible students who achieved a grade point average of 3.50 - 3.99 for the semester will be posted on that semester's Dean's List.

Effective: 3/12/2015
Promulgated Under: 111.15
Statutory Authority: 3357:15
Rule Amplifies: 3357:15

3357:15-13-13 Academic probation and dismissal.

Probation is an emphatic message to alert the students that the quality of their work must improve if they are to obtain the minimum grades required for graduation.

Effective: 3/12/2015
Promulgated Under: 111.15
Statutory Authority: 3357:15
Rule Amplifies: 3357:15

3357:15-13-14 Academic advisors.

(A) The department chair and faculty members in each technology will serve as academic advisors to the students enrolled in that particular technology.

(B) Each department chair has the responsibility of equitably dividing among the members of the department the students majoring in that department.

(C) Students will be notified of their academic advisor.

Effective: 3/12/2015
Promulgated Under: 111.15
Statutory Authority: 3357:15
Rule Amplifies: 3357:15

3357:15-13-15 Class attendance.

To ensure the commitment to student success, attendance must be taken in all classes, regardless of modality, starting with the first day of the class. Faculty may elect to relate course attendance to the course grading policy. Students will be notified of this through the course syllabus.

Effective: 3/12/2015
Promulgated Under: 111.15
Statutory Authority: 3357:15
Rule Amplifies: 3357:15

3357:15-13-16 Withdrawal.

(A) A student may drop a course or all courses from the college during the first eight calendar days (excluding holidays) of any academic period without academic penalty. Any changes made during this period will not become a part of the student's academic record. Students should refer to the posted refund schedule available atwww.starkstate.edu/<semester>-refund-schedule.

(B) After the first eight calendar days, the college gives students an opportunity to withdraw from a course or all courses. It is the student's responsibility to withdraw by the published withdrawal date and to satisfy any financial obligations to the college. A student is officially withdrawn from a course once a signed "Schedule Change" form has been submitted to the academics records/registrar's office. A grade of "W" will appear on the student's academic record.

(C) Beyond the published withdrawal date through the end of the last instructional day, a student with an emergency or extenuating circumstance may receive a grade of "W" only upon consultation with the instructor and approval from the department chair. Sufficient supporting documentation shall be provided by the student when making such a request.

(D) If a student is a financial aid recipient, it is strongly recommended the student consult with a financial aid representative to discuss ramifications of withdrawing.

Effective: 3/12/2015
Promulgated Under: 111.15
Statutory Authority: 3357:15
Rule Amplifies: 3357:15

3357:15-13-17 Graduation requirements.

(A) A student is eligible to become a candidate for an associate degree when the student has completed all the requirements of the program that the student is enrolled in based upon the catalog-in-force and change of major policy (rule 3357:15-13-28 of the Administrative Code).

(B) Requirements:

(1) Candidates for graduation must satisfactorily complete all required and elective courses in their program of study as defined by the Ohio department of higher education.

(a) See rule 3357: 15-13-28 catalog-in-force and change of major policy of theAdministrative Code concerning the catalog to follow when meeting requirements.

(b) Coursework over ten years old is subject to review and acceptance by the chair of the department offering the course or dean of that division. However, Stark state will consider granting permission to graduate under a catalog more than ten years old if the candidate has been enrolled continuously and the degree program has not changed appreciably.

(2) Candidates must have a grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 or above in their technical program and a cumulative gpa of 2.00 or above. For programs that do not have technical concentration courses, no technical gpa is calculated. Based on accreditation standards, certain programs require a higher technical and cumulative GPA.

(3) Credit transferred from other institutions must be in accordance with articulation and transfer rule 3357:15-13-25 of the Administrative Code and may be used by a student toward completion of an associate degree at Stark state college.

(4) In order for candidates to be considered for an associate degree, they must submit a completed graduation application and follow the procedures established by the college.

(5) The college shall verify eligibility of individual candidates to receive degrees in accordance with established procedures.High school students will receive their associate degrees upon completion of their high school diploma requirements.

(6) Candidates are required to pay all fees on their account prior to a recognition ceremony in order for the candidate to receive their diploma.

(a) If fees are not paid prior to the ceremony, the candidate is still eligible to participate in the commencement ceremony. However, the diploma and transcript will be held, and the candidate will receive a memo stating why they are being held.

(b) Candidates who do not complete course requirements in the semester indicated on the application will have their application automatically advanced to the next semester.

(7) Candidates who receive an incomplete grade for any course in the term in which they apply for graduation must finish the required course work in the time frame stipulated in the incomplete contract in order to receive their diploma and official transcript.

Effective: 7/6/2018
Promulgated Under: 111.15
Statutory Authority: 3357.09
Rule Amplifies: 3357.09
Prior Effective Dates: 03/23/2015, 07/14/2016

3357:15-13-18 ODHE-APPROVED ONE-YEAR CERTIFICATE AND OTHER CERTIFICATE(S).

(A) A student is eligible to become a candidate for an Ohio department of higher education (ODHE) one-year certificate or other certificate(s) when the student has completed all the requirements of the program that the student is enrolled in based upon rule 3357: 15-13-28 catalog-in-force and change of major policy of the Administrative Code.

(B) Requirements:

(1) Candidates for the certificate must satisfactorily complete all required and elective courses in their program of study as defined by the Ohio department of higher education.

(a) See 3357: 15-13-28 catalog-in-force and change of major policy of the Administrative Code concerning the catalog to follow when meeting requirements.

(b) Coursework over 10 years old is subject to review and acceptance by the chair of the department offering the course or dean of that division. However, Stark state college will consider granting permission to a certificate completer under a catalog more than 10 years old if the candidate has been enrolled continuously and the certificate program has not changed appreciably.

(2) Candidates must have a grade point average of 2.00 or above in their technical program and a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 or above. For certificates that do not have technical concentration courses, no technical GPA is calculated.

(3) A maximum of 15 semester hours of credit transferred from other institutions in accordance with rule 3357: 15-13-25 Articulation and Transfer of the Administrative Code may be used by a student toward the completion of an ODHE one-year certificate at Stark state college.

(4) In order for candidates to be considered for an ODHE one-year certificate or other certificate(s), they must fill out an application and follow the procedures established by the college.

(5) The college shall verify eligibility of individual candidates to receive certificates in accordance with established procedures. High school students will receive their associate degrees upon completion of their high school diploma requirements.

(6) Candidates are required to pay all fees on their account prior to the recognition ceremony in order for the candidate to receive their certificate.

(a) If fees are not paid prior to the ceremony, candidates are still eligible to participate in the recognition ceremony; however, the certificate and transcript will be held, and the candidate will receive a memo stating why they are being held.

(b) Candidates who do not complete course requirements in the semester indicated on the application will have their application automatically advanced to the next semester.

(7) Candidates who receive an incomplete grade for any course in the term in which they apply for their certificate must finish the required course work in the timeframe stipulated in the incomplete contract in order to receive their diploma and official transcript.

Effective: 7/6/2018
Promulgated Under: 111.15
Statutory Authority: 3357.09
Rule Amplifies: 3357.09

3357:15-13-19 Academic honors.

(A) Graduates in a declared major attaining a cumulative point average of 3.40 to 3.79 will graduate with distinction.

(B) Graduates in a declared major attaining a cumulative point average of 3.80 to 4.00 will graduate with high distinction.

(C) Graduates in a declared major who earn a minimum of 14 credit hours in honors program coursework will qualify as honors program graduates.

Effective: 3/11/2016
Promulgated Under: 111.15
Statutory Authority: 3357:15
Rule Amplifies: 3357:15
Prior Effective Dates: 03/12/2015

3357:15-13-20 Registration in excess of twenty-one credit hours.

(A) Students in good academic standing with no outstanding financial obligations to the college can register via the web for twenty-one credit hours or less according to the dates and times published.

(B) Students wanting to take more than twenty-one credit hours must have a department chair or dean's signature and must register for those hours in person in the academic records/registrar's office.

Effective: 3/12/2015
Promulgated Under: 111.15
Statutory Authority: 3357:15
Rule Amplifies: 3357:15

3357:15-13-22 Academic forgiveness.

Students who change their program of study or reapply for admission to the college and wish to improve their cumulative GPA may apply for academic forgiveness.

(A) General information

(1) Academic forgiveness applies only to courses formerly taken at Stark state college.

(2) Academic forgiveness does not take into account grades or credit hours for developmental courses.

(3) A student may only receive academic forgiveness once and it is not reversible.

(4) This policy will not apply to "F" grades received as a result of academic dishonesty. The academic records/registrar's office will check student files on all grades of "F."

(5) Academic forgiveness does not change a student's academic standing for the current term.

(6) Academic forgiveness will apply to courses that are inactive and cannot be retaken or do not apply to the current major.

(7) If a student's request is approved, grades of "D" or "F" in courses that are not required in the current program of study will be removed from the student's overall GPA. All courses and grades will remain on the student's official transcript and be designated with a special code for academic forgiveness.

(B) Criteria

(1) The student must be seeking a degree/certificate from Stark state college. A student who has already graduated may not request academic forgiveness.

(2) The student must be enrolled in classes at Stark state college during the semester in which the academic forgiveness form is filed.

(3) The student must complete a minimum of twelve credit hours (not necessarily completed in any one semester) from Stark state college with a minimum GPA of 2.0 or better following the return to college or a change of major.

(4) Students must submit a "Change of Major" form if changing their major.

Effective: 7/6/2018
Promulgated Under: 111.15
Statutory Authority: 3357.09
Rule Amplifies: 3357.09

3357:15-13-23 Academic field trips.

(A) A field trip is a course-related off-campus activity involving students that is organized by the instructor and the appropriate personnel of the visited destination. Field trips are intended to enrich the learning experiences of students and should be planned in a manner that assesses and manages risks for the students and for college employees. Practicums, clinicals, field experience, cooperative work experience, and directed practice are not considered academic field trips.

(B) If a field trip is a required class activity, care should be taken in selecting an accessible site for students with mobility or health concerns. If no accessible site is available, an alternate activity and related assignment must be available for students unable to participate in the field trip.

(C) All expenses incurred by students during field trips may not be paid by college funds.

(D) All student travelers are bound by the Stark state college policies and procedures manual including but not limited to the following policies of the Administrative Code:

(1) Anti-harassment (3357:15-14-13)

(2) Sexual assault (3357:15-14-15)

(3) Student code of conduct (3357:15-19-10)

(4) Travel and business entertainment expense (3357:15-14-10)

(5)

Effective: 7/1/2017
Promulgated Under: 111.15
Statutory Authority: 3357:15
Rule Amplifies: 3357:15
Prior Effective Dates: 3/12/2015, 7/14/2016

3357:15-13-24 Continuing education unit (CEU).

Continuing education provides opportunities for personal enrichment, career advancement, transition back into the workplace, or exam preparation.

Replaces: 3357:15-13-24

Effective: 3/22/2016
Promulgated Under: 111.15
Statutory Authority: 3357:15
Rule Amplifies: 3357:15
Prior Effective Dates: 03/12/2015

3357:15-13-25 Articulation and transfer.

Stark state college abides by the Ohio department of higher education Ohio articulation and transfer policy. https://www.ohiohighered.org/transfer/policy

(A) Institutional transfer

(1) The following information is a policy of the Ohio board of regents: The Ohio board of regents, following the directive of the 119th Ohio General Assembly, developed the Ohio articulation and transfer policy to facilitate students' ability to transfer credits from one Ohio public college or university to another in order to avoid duplication of course requirements. A subsequent policy review and recommendations produced by the articulation and transfer advisory council in 2004, together with mandates from the 125th Ohio General Assembly in the form of amended substitute house Bill 95, have prompted improvements of the original policy. While all state-assisted colleges and universities are required to follow the Ohio articulation and transfer policy, independent colleges and universities in Ohio may or may not participate in the transfer policy. Therefore, students interested in transferring to independent institutions are encouraged to check with the college or university of their choice regarding transfer agreements. In support of improved articulation and transfer processes, the Ohio department of higher education will establish a transfer clearinghouse to receive, annotate, and convey transcripts among state-assisted colleges and universities. This system is designed to provide standardized information and help colleges and universities reduce undesirable variability in the transfer credit evaluation process.

(B) Ohio transfer module

(1) The Ohio transfer module contains thirty-six to forty semester hours of course credit in english composition (minimum three semester hours); mathematics, statistics and formal/symbolic logic (minimum of three semester hours); arts/humanities (minimum six semester hours); social and behavioral sciences (minimum of six semester hours); and natural sciences (minimum six semester hours)1.

1 Students completing a technical associate degree may complete the transfer module, but will likely have to take additional general education courses beyond those required for the applied associate degree. Alternatively students may transfer individual transfer module courses without completing the entire module.

(2) Oral communication and interdisciplinary areas may be included as additional options. Additional elective hours from among these areas make up the total hours for a completed transfer module. Courses for the transfer module should be 100- and 200-level general education courses commonly completed in the first two years of a student's residency. (See Ohio articulation and transfer policy transfer module guidelines, appendix B to this rule, https://www.ohiohighered.org/transfer/appendices)

(a) Transfer students with an earned A.A. or A.S. degree which contains an identifiable transfer module will have met the transfer module requirements of Stark state college. The application of transfer work to general education requirements which go beyond those contained in the transfer module will be done on a course-by-course basis.

(b) Other transfer students who have completed the transfer module as certified by the sending institution will be considered to have met the transfer module requirement of Stark state college. The application of transfer work to general education requirements which go beyond those contained in the transfer module will be done on a course-by-course basis.

(c) Students transferring without an earned A.A., A.S., applied associate or baccalaureate degree, and who have not completed the transfer module, will have the application of transfer work to the general education requirements done on a course-by-course basis.

(d) Individual courses that are part of an approved transfer module are guaranteed to transfer to Stark state college on a course-by-course basis. Students will receive credit for successfully completed courses from the transfer module without completing the entire module.

(C) Transfer assurance guides (TAGs)

(1) Discipline-specific guides have been developed, each containing selected courses from the existing transfer module, major, and pre-major requirements. These courses are guaranteed to transfer and be applied to degree/program requirements. The transfer assurance guides (TAGs) are designed to improve advising and empower students to make more informed course selection decisions at the sending institution. Additional transfer assurance guides (TAGs) and courses within existing TAGs may also be developed in the future. The transfer assurance guide program became effective fall 2005. (See Ohio articulation and transfer policy, appendix E, TAG guidelines, https://www.ohiohighered.org/transfer/policy/appendices.)

(2) To support the development and ongoing use of transfer assurance guides, a universal course equivalency system has been established to relate course content to a common set of learning outcomes. The system is designed to reduce unnecessary variability in the transfer credit evaluation process.

(D) Career-technical credit transfer (CT)2

(1) Built upon the concept of transfer assurance guides (TAGs), career-technical credit transfer (CT) 2 helps more high school and adult career-technical students to go to college and enter with college credit; technical credit saves students money and time; and Ohio business and industry will benefit from more employees with higher education and advanced skills.

(2) The courses to which the criteria, policies, and procedures apply shall be those that adhere to recognized industry standards and equivalent coursework common to the secondary career pathway and adult career-technical education system and regionally accredited state institutions of higher education. Where applicable, the policies and procedures shall build upon the articulation agreement and transfer initiative course equivalency system required by section 3333.16 of the Revised Code..

(3) Students who successfully complete specified technical programs are eligible to have technical credit transfer to Stark state college. This transfer of credit is described in career technical assurance guides (CTAGs). CTAGs are advising tools that assist students moving from Ohio secondary and adult career-technical institutions to Ohio public institutions of higher education.

(E) Prior learning assessment policy To help students earn postsecondary certificates and degrees, Stark state college will advance and promote the awarding of credit to students for prior learning based on transparent, consistent, and rigorous statewide standards. Assessing the prior learning of students recognizes that college-level learning is acquired through means in addition to credit course enrollment. Prior learning assessment is a comprehensive phrase used to reference the evaluation methods to measure prior learning experience. Prior learning assessment extends articulation and transfer policy to current professional licensure or certification; completion of formal training/certificate - including non-credit training; military transcript/ace transcript; portfolio; divisional proficiency exam/challenge exam; personal interview; bypass prerequisites; or clep or advanced placement up to the maximum established credit hours. Prior learning assessment is evaluation of learning acquired outside of the college and is documented as "CR" credit.

Effective: 6/25/2017
Promulgated Under: 111.15
Statutory Authority: 3357:15
Rule Amplifies: 3357:15
Prior Effective Dates: 9/5/2015, 7/15/2016

3357:15-13-26 Honesty in learning.

Stark state college supports honesty in learning as an institutional value; therefore, dishonesty--such as cheating, plagiarism, or furnishing false information to the College or its staff--will subject a student to disciplinary action which may include dismissal from the college. Faculty, staff and students are responsible for promoting honesty in learning. Students are responsible for being familiar with the policy located in the student handbook. Any student who violates or assists another to violate the honesty in learning policy will be penalized.

(A) Plagiarism. According to the council of writing program administrators, "In an instructional setting, plagiarism occurs when a writer deliberately uses someone else's language, ideas, or other original (not common-knowledge) material without acknowledging its source."

(B) Coursework. Work done for class, which a student submits as the student's own work, will not contain that which has been obtained from another, other than properly credited references, sources, and citations. The work which a student submits will be prepared in accordance with course guidelines.

(C) Exams. Work done on a test, exam, or quiz will be the student's own and will not contain that which has been obtained from an inappropriate source. A student will not obtain nor seek to obtain advanced access to questions or advance copies of a test, exam, or quiz without the instructor's permission.

Effective: 3/12/2015
Promulgated Under: 111.15
Statutory Authority: 3357:15
Rule Amplifies: 3357:15

3357:15-13-27 Final grade appeal.

College grading policies reflect the quality of performance and achievement of competency by students who complete one or more courses. Students have the right to ask instructors for an explanation of any grade received. A final grade appeal should not be entered lightly by a student nor lightly dismissed by an instructor. It is the responsibility of the instructor to assign a final grade. Students may submit a formal grade appeal when they believe that a final grade is inaccurate.

Students have the responsibility of providing documentation that establishes sufficient grounds for changing a grade. Within this appeals procedure, course grades can only be changed by the instructor or in the final appeal stage by the provost and chief academic officer. If an instructor is no longer employed by the college or is not available, the department chair will assume responsibility for handling any necessary course of action regarding a student's appeal of a grade.

Effective: 6/25/2017
Promulgated Under: 111.15
Statutory Authority: 3357:15
Rule Amplifies: 3357:15 .
Prior Effective Dates: 3/12/2015

3357:15-13-28 Catalog-in-force and change of major.

Upon initial enrollment to the college, the student will be placed in the current catalog-in-force of a student's intended major. Requirements to earn a degree or certificate are based initially on the catalog-in-force. However, the college reserves the right to change course offerings and academic requirements without notice. These changes should not be to the disadvantage of the students during their enrollment.

Replaces: 3357:15-13-28

Effective: 9/5/2015
Promulgated Under: 111.15
Statutory Authority: 3357
Rule Amplifies: 3357
Prior Effective Dates: 3/14/15

3357:15-13-29 Course development and modality changes.

In support of the college's strategic goals of maintaining high value and maintaining student centeredness and accessibility, the college encourages the development of new courses and changes in modality.

Replaces: 3357:15-13-29

Effective: 6/25/2017
Promulgated Under: 111.15
Statutory Authority: 3357:15
Rule Amplifies: 3357:15
Prior Effective Dates: 3/14/2015

3357:15-13-30 E-learning.

All policies and procedures that apply to face-to-face courses apply to e-learning courses unless specifically excluded. Additionally, to prepare students for careers in our modern world, and in accordance with Stark state college's general learning outcomes (GLOs) regarding information literacy, Stark state college expects students to utilize technology in the classroom. Students may be required to use the college's learning management system (LMS), publisher-hosted system, application-specific software, and other technologies as part of their face-to-face courses. The following are specific policies that apply to e-learning:

(A) E-learning courses must meet the same course objectives and core competencies as the equivalent face-to-face course.

(B) E-learning courses must meet the same quality standards as the equivalent face-to-face course.

(C) The college's standard course development process must be followed for e-learning courses. The course development agreement must be completed and approved before any course development is done.

(D) Web course delivery modalities are created by estarkstate and approved by the curriculum committee of the president's cabinet. The following modalities are currently in place:

(1) Web-enabled course (web 2)--Students attend class for up to fifty percent of the regularly scheduled class time. Students must attend on the dates listed in the class schedule. The remaining classroom time is replaced with Web-based learning. This type of course offers the student the advantage of face-to-face interaction with the instructor and classmates, while also offering the convenience of fewer visits to the college and the availability of course materials on the web. The course web site may contain the syllabus, homework assignments, or handouts; and students may be required to utilize email, chat rooms, discussion boards, or web-based testing. web-enabled courses are identified with a w2 in the class schedule.

(2) Web-delivered course (web 3)--The majority or all of the classroom time is replaced with web-based learning. This type of course is sometimes called an online or e-learning course. Generally, all instruction is conducted via the web, although a particular course may require proctored tests at Stark state college or another instructor-approved testing facility. Web-delivered courses are identified with a w3 in the class schedule.

(3) Web-blended or web-essential course (web 4)--web 4 (w4) courses may combine diverse modalities of delivery and technology that are beyond what is used in face-to-face, w2, and w3 courses. Date, time, financial, and technology requirements may vary by course. Students interested in taking a w4 course should review the course description and course syllabus on mystarkstate or contact the department chair for additional details. A particular course may require proctored tests at Stark State (College or another instructor-approved testing facility. web-blended or web-essential courses are identified with a w4 in the class schedule.

(E) The college's approved course management system will be used to deliver all web 2, web 3, and web 4 courses unless another delivery method, such as a publisher-hosted system, is approved by the dean, the director of estarkstate, and the provost.

(F) The course syllabus, which includes a master syllabus and a class syllabus, for an e-learning-delivered course will utilize the approved college course syllabus for that course with the inclusion of any e-learning-specific requirements for that course section. The course syllabus will be available to students on the first day of the class session. Students are required to satisfy the requirements outlined in the syllabus in order to take an e-leaming course.

(G) Remote access to core student services including the admissions, registration, financial aid, advising, payment, tutoring, and testing processes must be provided for all fully online students. Each responsible department will develop procedures to support online students.

Effective: 3/14/2015
Promulgated Under: 111.15
Statutory Authority: 3357
Rule Amplifies: 3357

3357:15-13-31 Faculty training for web-based course.

(A) Instructors must complete all learning management system (LMS) training classes before utilizing a course management system in their course(s).

(B) Prior to teaching a web-based course (web 2, web 3, web 4), instructors must complete a required training course, which includes the expectations and best practices of teaching online at Stark state college.

(C) Prior to developing a web-based course (web 2, web 3, or web 4), instructors must complete all current course management system training classes and the appropriate development and delivery classes, which outline the quality matters standards as well as expectations and best practices of teaching online at Stark state college.

Effective: 3/14/2015
Promulgated Under: 111.15
Statutory Authority: 3357
Rule Amplifies: 3357

3357:15-13-32 Required student orientation for web-based courses.

(A) Students enrolled in a web 2, web 3, or web 4 course for the first time must complete the required e-learning orientation course, succeeding online, found on the learning management system (LMS) home page before being given access to the course. This is a one-time orientation and will not be required for any subsequent web 2, web 3, or web 4 courses. Included in the orientation course is an e-learning student agreement form that the e-learning student must complete prior to gaining course access. It is recommended the student complete the orientation at least two days prior to the start of class.

(B) Faculty teaching classes which are not web 2, web 3 or web 4 will be responsible for orienting students enrolled in their classes on their intended use of the LMS.

Effective: 3/14/2015
Promulgated Under: 111.15
Statutory Authority: 3357
Rule Amplifies: 3357

3357:15-13-33 Web 3 off-site test proctoring.

(A) Students enrolled in web 3 courses who do not have access to a Stark state college (SSC) facility are required to obtain a proctor to administer tests. It is the responsibility of the student to secure an acceptable proctor and to pay any costs associated with the tests. SSC does not reimburse proctors for their time. (The procedure to locate an offsite proctor, proctor form for instructor to complete, and proctor form for student and proctor to complete can be found on mystarkstate under the faculty/advisors tab and in the learning management system).

(B) Proctors may be any of the following:

(1) Education official, counselor or teacher at a two-year college, university, elementary or secondary school

(2) Librarian

(3) Workplace education or staff director or human services training director

(4) Test administor

(5) Education services officer (military) or any commissioned officer of higher rank than the student

(C) Proctors may not be:

(1) A current Stark state college student

(2) A relative of the student

(3) A resident at the same address of the student

(4) A personal friend of the student

(5) A direct supervisor of the student

(6) A co-worker of the student

(7) An employee of the student

(8) Anyone whose position or relationship may present a conflict of interest.

Replaces: 3357:15-13-33

Effective: 9/5/2015
Promulgated Under: 111.15
Statutory Authority: 3357
Rule Amplifies: 3357
Prior Effective Dates: 3/14/15

3357:15-13-34 General copyright guidelines.

These guidelines are intended to assist the faculty, administration, staff, and students of Stark state college in understanding and complying with the Copyright Act of 1976 (Title 17, United States Code) and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998. While some areas of the copyright law are clear, there are some portions which remain open to legal and judicial interpretation. For this reason, these guidelines will be periodically updated.

(A) Definition of copyright. Copyright is the protection provided by the laws of the United States for "original works of authorship," including literary, dramatic, musical, architectural, cartographic, choreographic, pantomimic, pictorial, graphic, sculptural, and audiovisual creations. Duration of copyright varies depending on many variables including authorship, ownership and type of work. "Copyright" literally means the right to copy, but has come to mean that body of exclusive rights granted by law to copyright owners for protection of their work which includes:

(1) The right to reproduce the copyrighted work.

(2) The right to prepare derivative works.

(3) The right to distribute copies of the copyrighted work to the public by sale or other transfer of ownership, or by rental, lease, or lending.

(4) The right to perform or display the copyrighted work publicly.

(B) Legal Framework for Copyright. Article I, Section 8, Constitution of the United States provides the basis for the concept of copyright. It states as follows: "The Congress shall have the power---To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries." The Copyright Act is found in Title 17 of the United States Code.

(C) Subject Matter of Copyright. Copyright protection exists for original works of authorship from the moment they are fixed in any tangible medium of expression, not known or later developed, from which the works can be perceived, reproduced, or otherwise communicated, either directly or with the aid of a machine or device. Copyright does not have to be visibly evident for an item to be protected under the Copyright Act. Copyright protection does not extend to any idea, procedure, process, system, method of operation, concept, principle, or discovery, regardless of the form in which it is described, explained, illustrated, or embodied in such work.

(D) Duration of copyright.

(1) For works created on or after January 1, 1978, copyright begins when the work is first fixed in a tangible medium of expression i.e., when it is first written down or recorded and extends through the life of the author plus seventy years. For a "joint work prepared by two or more authors who did not work for hire," the term lasts for seventy years after the last surviving author's death. For works made for hire and anonymous and pseudonymous works, the duration of copyright is 95 years from first publication or 120 years from creation, whichever is shorter.

(2) For works created prior to January 1, 1978 there are two safe ways to interpret copyrights:

(a) Treat any pre-1978 copyright the same way as works published on or after January 1, 1978: Life plus 70, 95, or 120 years, depending on the nature of authorship. However, the law specifies that in no case would copyright in a work in this category have expired before December 31, 2002. In addition, if a work in this category was published before that date, the term extends another 45 years, through the end of 2047, or

(b) Contact the publisher, if still in existence, or the U.S. copyright office to identify the copyright owner so that continued vitality to the copyright can be determined.

(E) Compliance with Copyright Law. No employee or agent of Stark state college shall knowingly infringe upon the copyrights of another.

(F) Permission. Employees shall seek and obtain the permission of the copyright owner prior to making use of copyrighted materials unless one of the following exemptions pertains:

(1) The work was never copyrighted. (This is often difficult to ascertain since recent amendments no longer make it mandatory to place the copyright notice on copyrighted works.)

(2) The copyright has expired. These works are part of the public domain and may be freely copied.

(3) The work lies in the public domain. Examples of works in the public domain are works which were never copyrighted, works where the copyright has expired and works originally published by the U.S. government.

(4) The copying and/or distribution fall within "fair use."

(5) The copying and /or distribution fall under certain library or archive copying.

(G) Fair use. The only substantial exception to the rule that only copyright holders may distribute copyrighted material is the judicial doctrine of "fair use." Use of a copyrighted work "for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research" ( 17 USC 107 ) is generally considered fair use. Fair use does not extend to extensive quotations and may not adversely affect the commercial market for the work in question. In determining whether a work in a particular case constitutes fair use, the factors to be considered shall include the following:

(1) The purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes.

(2) The nature of the copyrighted work.

(3) The amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole.

(4) The effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work.

(H) Obtaining permission or licenses. If use does not fall under "fair use," permission must be obtained. Repeated use or republication is not considered "fair use." Permission must be obtained or royalties must be paid for such use of copyrighted works. While the budget funds may be limited, the college does not condone any violation of law simply because that violation saves the taxpayers' money. Accordingly, a good faith effort must be made to obtain permission to use copyrighted material that falls outside of the doctrine of "fair use."

(I) Requests for permission. There are two ways to obtain permission to use copyrighted material. You may either contact the copyright holder directly, or you may use a rights clearinghouse. The permission process is not instantaneous. Allow one-three months for requests to be processed. Whether you are contacting a rights holder directly or using a clearinghouse, you will need to have the following information:

(1) Include an exact description/citation of the work to be used or copied: Title, author and/or editor, and edition of material to be duplicated including page numbers, chapters, and if possible a photocopy of the material to be duplicated.

(2) Include an exact description of what rights you are requesting, how you plan to use the work, the form of distribution (classroom, online class, newsletter, etc.), whether or not the material will be sold, reproduction medium (photocopy, digital file, etc.).

(3) You must request and pay for, if applicable, each type of right you request. For example, if you are granted the right to use an image in a Power Point presentation, it doesn't mean you have the right to use that image in a paper you are writing unless you have also been granted that right.

(4) Whenever possible, requests for permission should be in writing.

(5) All requests shall identify the user as Stark state college.

(6) Permission to use copyrighted material must be in writing.

(7) Questions about copyright at Stark state college should be directed to the director of library services.

(J) Digital media and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act

(1) Copyright law applies to digital resources as well as to conventional paper works. Any distribution of copyrighted digital files-music, movies, text or software-is a violation of federal law. (See the policy on use of college computing resources. 3357:15-15-05.) Placing media files in a location where they are available to other Internet users counts as distribution, as does providing copies to friends. It is also illegal to attempt to subvert copyright protection mechanisms ( 17 USC 1201 ) Willful infringement for commercial advantage or private gain constitutes a criminal offense.

(2) Stark state college encourages the use of legal online resources. A comprehensive list of legal sources for online content and downloading may be found through the " EDUCAUSE" website at:http://www.educause.edu/legalcontent.

(3) The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), enacted in 1998. provides protection for copyrighted material in digital form. The DMCA requires that online service providers-including colleges and universities-follow a particular set of procedures in resolving copyright violation claims. Stark state college has implemented these DMCA-mandated procedures. (For more information, see report a copyright infringement in paragraph (k) of this rule.) The college is also taking active measures to educate users about the provisions of copyright law and encourage compliance with it.

(K) Report a copyright infringement

(1) To report copyright infringements on servers located at Stark state college please notify:

Director of library services Stark state college 6200 Frank ave. NW North Canton. OH 44720 phone: (330) 494-6170

(2) Director of library services is the agent designated under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. P.L. 105-304.

(3) Director of library services will comply with the "Notice and Take Down" provisions of the DMCA by removing the material in question and informing the individual user of the complaint. Users must file a counter-notice if they wish to make the material available again.

Effective: 3/14/2015
Promulgated Under: 111.15
Statutory Authority: 3357
Rule Amplifies: 3357

3357:15-13-35 Course syllabus.

Faculty in all credit courses must make available to students the standardized master syllabus (cover sheet) and the class syllabus on the first day of a class session.

Effective: 6/25/2017
Promulgated Under: 111.15
Statutory Authority: 3357:15
Rule Amplifies: 3357:15
Prior Effective Dates: 3/14/2015

3357:15-13-36 Implementation of assessment.

All divisions and departments in the college are to participate in the outcomes assessment procedure. Assessments are to lead to improvements in programs and services.

Effective: 3/23/2015
Promulgated Under: 111.15
Statutory Authority: 3357
Rule Amplifies: 3357

3357:15-13-37 Electronic devices in the classroom.

In the classroom, the use of personal electronic devices, including, but not limited to, audio/video recorders, computers, cell phones, and music players, can hinder instruction and learning, not only for the student using the device, but also for other students in the classroom. The college maintains the right of each faculty member to determine if and how personal electronic devices are allowed to be used in the classroom.

Effective: 3/14/2015
Promulgated Under: 111.15
Statutory Authority: 3357
Rule Amplifies: 3357

3357:15-13-38 Departmental academic policy.

Academic departments may recommend specific departmental academic policies and procedures in such areas as grading, admissions criteria, corequisites and prerequisites, and associate degree and certificate requirements. Once approved by the department's full-time faculty, department chair, dean, and provost, policy recommendation will be considered for approval within the shared governance process from academic division faculty to standing committees to president's cabinet to board of trustees. Academic department policies cannot conflict with college-wide policies without board of trustees approval.

Effective: 6/25/2017
Promulgated Under: 111.15
Statutory Authority: 3357:15
Rule Amplifies: 3357:15
Prior Effective Dates: 3/14/2015 , 9/5/2015

3357:15-13-39 Length of programs, semesters and credit hours.

(A) Stark state college follows the Ohio board of regents guidelines for the length of programs, semesters, and credit hours. The length of associate degree programs falls between a minimum of sixty credit hours and a maximum of sixty-five credit hours unless it can be shown that additional coursework is required to meet professional accreditation or licensing requirements. Programs requiring hours beyond the sixty-five hour maximum in order to meet accreditation or licensing requirements are expected to align similarly to like programs at other two-year public institutions and shall not exceed seventy-three semester credit hours The length of a semester shall consist of no fewer than fifteen calendar weeks and no more than seventeen calendar weeks of instructional time. Term lengths at Stark state college in the fall semester and spring semester range from one week to sixteen weeks of instruction. Term lengths in the summer session range from one week to ten weeks of instruction.

(B) The number of credits which should be awarded for the completion of courses in associate degree programs is determined by the instructional arrangements as follows:

(1) Classroom: Classroom instruction is formalized instruction, conducted on-or off-campus, in which the instructor presents an educational experience to students, applying any combination of instructional methods.

(a) This definition is applicable only when the course organization requires that the instructor bear the primary responsibility for the instructional activity and is directly involved with all students in the class. Students will be expected to work on out-of-class assignments on a regular basis which, over the length of the course, would normally average two hours of out-of-class study for each hour of formal class activity. This out-of-class study shall not be counted as part of the classroom hour for credit.

(b) One hour of credit shall be awarded for each seven hundred fifty minutes of classroom instruction for a semester calendar

(2) Laboratory: Laboratory instruction is educational activity with students conducting experiments, perfecting skills, or practicing procedures under the direction of a faculty member.

(a) One hour of credit shall be awarded for a total of two thousand two hundrd fifty minutes laboratory instructional time for a semester calendar.

(b) If laboratory instruction is supplemented by out-of-class assignments which would normally average one hour of out-of-class study preparing for or following-up the laboratory experience, then one hour of credit shall be awarded for a total of one thousand five hundred minutes laboratory instructional time for a semester calendar.

(3) Clinical laboratory: Clinical laboratory instruction applies only to health technology programs, during which students are assigned to laboratory sections which meet at a health-related agency rather than in on-campus laboratory facilities. Clinical laboratory sessions provide a realistic environment for student learning. These laboratory hours should be directly supervised by regular faculty members, full-time or part-time, of the college.

Credit hours for the clinical laboratory experience will be awarded on the same basis as laboratory instruction.

(4) Directed practice: This definition applies primarily to programs in the health technologies, during which the student is assigned to practice experiences under constant supervision at an external agency. The student should receive individual instruction and critique in the performance of a particular function. Adjunct faculty, who may or may not be paid by the college, may be used for the direct supervision of students and for the delivery of part of the didactic phase of the experience.

(a) The faculty member coordinating the directed practice conducts at least one lecture session each week for participating students, provides the final grade for each student, and visits students at least once a week.

(b) One hour of credit shall be awarded for a total of four thousand five hundred minutes of directed practice instructional time for a semester calendar.

(5) Practicum: Practicum instruction is on or off-campus work experience, integrated with academic instruction. Students concurrently apply theoretical concepts to practical situations within an occupational field. To assure proper coordination of the experience, the practicum is coordinated by a faculty member who visits the student at least once biweekly, provides the final grade, and teaches at least one course on the campus.

(a) Each student who is enrolled in a practicum shall also be enrolled in an on-campus seminar.

(b) A maximum of nine semester credit hours or thirteen quarter credit hours may be earned in practicum, or any combination of practicum cooperative work experience, over the associate degree program. One hour of credit shall be awarded for a total of six thousand three hundred minutes practicum instructional time for a semester calendar.

(6) Cooperative work experience: A cooperative work experience is on or off-campus paid employment. It augments formal classroom instruction. The experience is coordinated by a faculty member of the college who visits the job site for a conference with the student and supervisor at least once during the semester, and assigns the course grade to the student after appropriate consultation with the supervisor/employer.

(a) Each student who is enrolled in cooperative work experience shall also enroll in an on-campus seminar.

(b) One hour of credit shall be awarded for a total of nine thousand minutes cooperative work experience instructional time for a semester calendar. A maximum of nine credit hours for a semester calendar may be earned in cooperative work experience, or any combination of cooperative work experience and practicum, over the associate degree program.

(7) Field experience: Field experience is planned, paid work activity that relates to an individual student's occupational objectives. With permission of a faculty advisor, the field experience replaces elective or required courses in a student's associate degree program. The experience is coordinated by a faculty member of the college who assists the student in planning the experience, visits the site of the experience for a conference with the student and his/her supervisor at least once during the semester, and assigns the course grade to the student after appropriate consultation with the employer/supervisor.

A maximum of nine credit hours for a semester calendar may be earned in field experience, or in any combination of field experience, cooperative education experience, and practicum over the associate degree program. One hour of credit shall be awarded for a total of ten thousand eight hundred minutes field experience instructional time for a semester calendar.

(8) Observation: Observation occurs when students participate in an educational experience as observers of practitioners representative of the occupational area. Students may participate at times in the actual work activity. Observation hours are coordinated by faculty members who receive reports from the students of their observational experiences and provide assessments of students' progress toward the achievement of the objectives of the experience.

One hour of credit shall be awarded for a total of thirteen thousand five hundred minutes observation instructional time for a semester calendar.

(9) Seminar: A seminar is a less formal educational experience than a classroom/lecture/discussion class. A relatively small number of students engage in discussions directed by a faculty member.

Credit is awarded for seminar hours on the same basis as that for the classroom hour discussed in this rule.

(10) Miscellaneous applications courses: Miscellaneous application courses are those for which extended periods of concentrated practice are required of the student subsequent to sessions of individualized instruction. Courses in applied music and journalism or courses of an independent study nature are examples.

One hour of credit shall be awarded for a total of six thousand three hundred minutes of instructional time for miscellaneous applications courses for a semester calendar.

(11) Studio course: Studio courses require little or no out-of-class study.

(a) One hour of credit shall be awarded for a total of two thousand two hundred fifty minutes of instructional time for a studio course for a semester calendar. If supplemented by out-of-class assignments which would normally average one hour of out-of-class study preparing for or following-up the studio experience, one hour of credit shall be awarded for a total of one thousand five hundred minutes instructional time for a semester calendar.

(b) Instructors who teach such courses have primary responsibility for assigning the work activity or skills objectives to the student and personally provide whatever instruction is required. In addition, the instructor periodically assesses the student's progress and assigns the final grade.

Effective: 9/5/2015
Promulgated Under: 111.15
Statutory Authority: 3357
Rule Amplifies: 3357
Prior Effective Dates: 3/14/15

3357:15-13-40 Student success seminar.

All new students and transfer students seeking a degree must take SSC101, a one-credit, one-contact hour student success seminar course that is standardized across all divisions, within the first eighteen earned credits.

Effective: 6/4/2018
Promulgated Under: 111.15
Statutory Authority: 3357.09
Rule Amplifies: 3357.09
Prior Effective Dates: 03/14/2015

3357:15-13-42 Mandatory new student orientation.

(A) All new students seeking a degree or an Ohio board of regents (OBR) one-year certificate must attend a new student orientation session as part of their enrollment process, prior to their first term at Stark state college.

(B) Students with an existing degree from an accredited college will be encouraged but not required to attend new student orientation.

Effective: 3/14/2015
Promulgated Under: 111.15
Statutory Authority: 3357
Rule Amplifies: 3357

3357:15-13-43 Midterm grade.

Midterm grades will be entered for students in every class in which they are enrolled. Students will be notified after all midterm grades have been posted. Students earning an F and failing to attend after the initial never attend deadline will be assessed a midterm grade of an F with the last date of attendance and will be administratively withdrawn.

Effective: 3/27/2015
Promulgated Under: 111.15
Statutory Authority: 3357
Rule Amplifies: 3357

3357:15-13-44 "Teach out" statement for inactivated educational programs.

In the event that Stark state college should decide to inactivate an educational program or certificate, the college will make every effort to "teach out" currently enrolled students. The college will inform the community that no additional students will be accepted into the program. Students who have not completed their programs will be advised by faculty regarding suitable options including transfer to comparable programs. The college will offer the courses required for graduation to continuously enrolled program students at the time of inactivation until those students have been provided an opportunity to complete their degrees.

Effective: 3/27/2015
Promulgated Under: 111.15
Statutory Authority: 3357
Rule Amplifies: 3357

3357:15-13-45 Military leave of absence and withdrawal.

In compliance with section 3332.20 of the reviced code and House Bill 488, Stark state college will grant a student a military leave of absence or withdrawal from the college while a student is serving on active duty or participating in mandatory training. Eligible students include those currently serving (active duty), national guard, reserves, and inactive ready reserves.

Effective: 3/11/2016
Promulgated Under: 111.15
Statutory Authority: 3357:15
Rule Amplifies: 3357:15
Prior Effective Dates: 08/29/2015

3357:15-13-46 Medical withdrawal policy.

In order to promote student success, if a student or immediate family member (as referenced in policy 3357:15-14-08 of the Administrative Code) experiences a serious illness, injury, or medical condition while the student is enrolled in Stark state, a student may petition to receive a medical withdrawal. When a licensed health care or mental health practitioner deems a withdrawal medically necessary, the student's petition for withdrawal must be submitted for all classes which have not been completed for the current semester, in addition to submitting through the normal refund policy (see policy 3357:15-18-09 of the Administrative Code) or the normal withdrawal procedure (see policy 3357:15-13-16 of the Administrative Code). The medical withdrawal policy covers both physical health and mental health conditions. Students may only submit two petitions while attending Stark state college; however, if the student has exceptional circumstances, as deemed so by the medical petition committee, an exception to the two-petition minimum may be considered.

Effective: 6/25/2017
Promulgated Under: 111.15
Statutory Authority: 3357:15
Rule Amplifies: 3357:15

3357:15-13-47 Textbook selection.

In support of the college's strategic goals of academic excellence and fiscal stability and stewardship, Stark state college requires the textbook selection process to meet the standards required of the course as determined by the department while selecting the best cost solution. The college expects all departments and faculty to select appropriate, high quality course materials that benefit the student's learning experience. The policy supports academic freedom and departmental autonomy for faculty making the textbook selections. This policy applies to the selection of textbooks and other instructional materials for use in courses offered by the college.

Effective: 7/6/2018
Promulgated Under: 111.15
Statutory Authority: 3357.09
Rule Amplifies: 3357.09