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University Policies and Campus Practice

The following information is official policy of either Kent State University and/or Kent State University at Stark. This material applies to all of Dr. Earley's classes and is to be considered part of the syllabi for all of his courses


Academic Honesty

Use of the intellectual property of others without attributing it to them is considered a serious academic offense.  Cheating or plagiarism will result in a failing grade for the work or for the entire course.  Repeat offenses result in dismissal from the University. University guidelines require that all infractions be reported to the Office of Student Conduct. Kent State University policy on academic honesty can be found at:


Students with Disabilities

University policy 3-01.3 requires that students with disabilities be provided reasonable accommodations to ensure their equal access to course content. If you have a documented disability and require accommodations, please contact the instructor at the beginning of the semester to make arrangements for necessary classroom adjustments. Please note, you must first verify your eligibility for these through Student Accessibility Services (contact 330-244-5047 or visit for more information on registration procedures).



Students who attend classes on the Stark campus are encouraged to include the Stark security number (330-244-3333) in their cell phone lists.  When on campus, you can also use the 53333 campus extension number or 911.

Handouts on Emergency Procedures for Main Hall and the East Wing are also available.


Classes Cancelled – Campus Closings

Announcements of class cancellations and/or campus closings will be made on the campus advisory page at  In the case of an emergency, weather-related or otherwise, please check the web page at for information on the buildings and times of the closing. While information may be broadcast by radio and television, this should be confirmed by the web page, which is the official announcement of the campus and which will be the information used to determine issues related to student attendance, rescheduling of tests, and other concerns.

For online classes, class cancellations will generally NOT affect due dates for assignments.  The only anticipated general expections to this would be widespread power outages.


Notice of Copyright and Intellectual Property Rights

Any intellectual property displayed or distributed to students during this course (including but not limited to syllabus, power points, notes, quizzes, examinations) by Dr. Earley remains his intellectual property. This means that the student may not distribute, publish or provide such intellectual property to any other person or entity for any reason, commercial or otherwise, without the express written permission of Dr. Earley.


Computers and Internet Usage

For online courses, it is essential that you are able to access all of the online materials. Blackboard Learn provides a Browser Checker tool that can be used to verify that your computer is supported.

Students in all types of classes will also need to use the official University websites (Flashline and Blackboard Learn). For help logging into Flashline, please contact the Kent helpdesk (672-help) or For help logging into the Stark Campus network, contact 244-3490 or


Student Email Accounts

A university-assigned student e-mail account shall be an official university means of communication with all students at Kent State University. Students are responsible for all information sent to them via their university-assigned e-mail account. If a student chooses to forward information in their university e-mail account, he or she is responsible for all information, including attachments, sent to any other e-mail account. To stay current with university information, students are expected to check their official university e-mail account and other electronic communications on a frequent and consistent basis. Recognizing that some communications may be time-critical, the university recommends that electronic communications be checked minimally twice a week.


Final Grades and Web for Students

Final grades for students are NOT mailed to students at the end of  every semester. The ONLY way for students to find their grades is to look online through Flashline. Throughout the semester, I will post grades on Blackboard Learn.  I will not give any grades out over the phone, by e-mail, etc.


Student Survey of Instruction Evaluation (SSI)

It is a standard practice of Kent State University to distribute and administer to the learners a confidential and anonymous questionnaire at the completion of the course. The results will be forwarded to the Instructor only at the completion of the class and the submission of all grades. The Instructor will then incorporate the feedback received in future course offerings and in his continual improvement of the course. Please candidly and honestly describe your opinions of the strengths and weakness you experienced as a learner in the course.



Tutoring is available through the Academic Success Center, located in the lower level of the Campus Center. During Fall 2020, some in-person tutoring will be available, but the majority of tutoring services will be offered remotely. Additional information about Stark Campus tutoring can be found at


Writing Center

The Writing Center is a free service to help students become stronger writers. It is a place for students to talk with outside readers about their work, both early on when they are still generating and considering ideas, as well as later during the drafting and revising stages. The Writing Center’s staff of peer tutors is trained to help students identify their writing needs and to offer insight, feedback, and support. Tutoring during Fall 2020 will be available through live video conferencing as well as email. A wide range of informational writing pamphlets, both online and in print, are available from the Writing Center, located in the Library (first floor), or on its website. For more details, visit or call 330-244-3299.


Counseling Services

Free, confidential counseling appointments are available through Counseling Services in the Lower Level of the Campus Center. Counseling Services is open M-F. Students are encouraged to set up appointments by making contact with the office, and may also present as a walk-in for immediate or emergency assistance. Additional information can be found by contacting the office at, calling at 330-244-5048 or visiting the website:



The KSU Stark Campus has made a commitment to recycling. Please take a few seconds to separate your trash. Aluminum cans and plastic and glass bottles may be placed in the blue recycling bins, and all types of paper may be placed in the blue recycling bins. All other waste may be placed in the black, brown or gray trash cans.



University policy states that students who do not have the proper prerequisites for a course risk being deregistered from this class.


Registration Policy

It is the Kent State University policy that students are not permitted to attend classes for which they are not officially enrolled. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure proper enrollment in classes. If you continue to attend and participate in classes for which you are not officially enrolled, you are advised now that you will not receive a grade at the conclusion of the semester.


Course Withdrawal

While no approval is required to withdraw from a course during the withdrawal period, course withdrawal may impact degree progress, financial aid, and student status. Therefore, students are highly encouraged to consult with both their financial aid represetative ( and their academic advisor ( prior to processing a course withdrawal. Stark campus students can consult with a staff member in the Student Services Office, 132 Main Hall.

For withdrawal deadlines, please refer to the appropriate link shown below.


Incomplete Grades

The administrative mark of IN (Incomplete) may be given to students who are unable to complete the work due to extenuating circumstances. To be eligible, undergraduate students must be currently passing and have completed at least 12 weeks of the semester. Graduate students must be currently earning a C or better grade and are unable to complete the required work between the course withdrawal deadline and the end of classes. The time line shall be adjusted appropriate for summer sessions and flexibly scheduled courses.

Appropriate documentation is generally required to support the extenuating circumstance. The student must initiate the request for the Incomplete mark from the instructor, and it is the responsibility of the student to arrange to make up the incomplete work. Incomplete grades must be made up within one semester (not including summer sessions) for undergraduate students and one calendar year for graduate students. Unless the course is completed or an extension is granted, incomplete grades will automatically lapse to the grade designated on the Incomplete Mark Form at the end of one semester for undergraduate students and at the end of one year for graduate students.


Final Exams

Please take a moment to double-check your final exam time, which can be found at


Types of Courses - Graduation Requirements

In addition to meeting disciplinary requirements for graduation, certain courses may be used to satisy other requirements for graduation. Information about some of these types of courses are listed below.

• Kent Core

The Kent Core as a whole is intended to broaden intellectual perspectives, foster ethical and humanitarian values, and prepare students for responsible citizenship and productive careers.  "Chemistry in Our World"  and "Molecules of Life" can be used to satisfy 3 credit hours of science coursework in the Kent Core.

A full listing of Kent Core courses can be found at

• Writing Intensive

The purpose of the writing-intensive course (WIC) requirement is to assist students in becoming effective writers within their major discipline. A WIC requires a substantial amount of writing, provides opportunities for guided revision, and focuses on writing forms and standards used in the professional life of the discipline. More information can be found at

• Diversity

The University Diversity requirement provide opportunities for students to learn about such matters as the history, culture, values and notable achievements of people other than those of their own national origin, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, age, gender, physical and mental ability, and social class.  Diversity courses also provide opportunities to examine problems and issues that may arise from differences, and opportunities to learn how to deal constructively with them. More information can be found at

• Experiential Learning

Experiential Learning Requirement (ELR) provides students with the opportunity to initiate lifelong learning through the development and application of academic knowledge and skills in new or different settings. Experiential learning can occur through civic engagement, creative and artistic activities, practical experiences, research, and study abroad/away.