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Procedures for Student Complaints Regarding Alleged Violations of the Code of Teaching Responsibility

  1. Students should feel free to discuss course concerns with the instructors. Students should register complaints regarding an instructor’s failure to comply with the provisions of the Code of Teaching Responsibility directly with that instructor.
  2. Students may also take complaints directly to teaching units’ chief administrators or their designates when they feel problems have not been satisfactorily resolved.* If those persons are unable to resolve matters to the student’s satisfaction, they are obligated to transmit written complaints to committees charged with hearing such complaints. A copy of any complaint transmitted shall be sent to the instructor. A written report of the action or recommendation of such groups will be forwarded to the student and to the instructor, normally within ten working days of the receipt of the complaint.
  3. Students unsatisfied with the appeal decision of the school may file an appropriate grievance by contacting the Director of Academic Affairs.

*Such complaints must normally be initiated no later than mid-semester of the one following the semester wherein the alleged violations occurred. Should the instructor and/or student be absent from campus any grievance action may  be pursued upon their return.

Approved by CVM Faculty, October 22, 1980


Code of Teaching Responsibility

The teaching responsibilities of instructional staff members (herein referred to as instructors) are among those many areas of university life which have for generations been a part of the unwritten code of academicians. The provisions of such a code are so reasonable to learned and humane individuals that it may appear redundant or unnecessary to state them. However, the College conceives them to be so important that performance by instructors in meeting the provisions of this code shall be taken into consideration in determining salary increases, tenure, and promotion.

  1. Instructors are responsible for insuring that the content of their courses is consistent with the approved course descriptions. At the beginning of each course, instructors are responsible for clearly stating the instructional objectives of each course to students. It is expected that class activities will be directed toward the fulfillment of these objectives and that the basis upon which student performance is evaluated will be consistent with these objectives.
  2. Instructors are responsible for informing students in their classes of the methods to be used in determining final course grades and of any special requirements of attendance which differ from the attendance policy of the University. Course grades will be determined by the assessment of each student’s individual performance, judged by standards of academic achievement.
  3. Examinations and other assignments submitted for grading should be returned with sufficient promptness and information to enhance the learning experience. Unclaimed final examination answers will be retained by the department for at least one semester so they may be reviewed by the student who desires to review his or her own papers. Examination questions are an integral part of the course materials, and the decision whether to allow their retention by students is the responsibility of the instructor. Semester papers and other comparable projects are the property of students who prepare them. They should be returned to students who ask for them and those which are not returned should be retained by the instructor for at least one semester. Instructors who desire to retain a copy for their own files should state their intention to do so in order that students may prepare additional copies for themselves.
  4. Instructors are expected to meet their classes regularly and at scheduled times. Instructors will notify their department heads if they are to be absent so that suitable action may be taken.
  5. Instructors of courses in which assistants are authorized to perform teaching or grading functions shall be responsible for acquainting such individuals with the provisions of this code and for monitoring their compliance.
  6. Instructors are expected to be available for student conferences. If office hours are possible, they should be scheduled at times convenient to both students and faculty members with the additional option of prearranged appointments for students when there are scheduled conflicts.
  7. In accordance with the Family Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (Buckley Amendment), the College of Veterinary Medicine will abide by policies and  procedures established by the University.