Social & Behavioral Sciences Department Student Responsibilities

Attendance:

Students are expected to attend all classes and are responsible for all classwork, lectures, and assignments whether they are present or not.

Allowable absences will range from 2 to 4 depending on the term (14, 10, 7, 5 weeks) and the number of days the class meets per week.  Please refer to course syllabi for specific requirements.

In an online class, students are expected to participate in a regular basis through discussion boards, chat, projects, or other forms of interaction required by the instructor.

These absences, regardless of the reason, are counted. Notes from doctors, employers, courts, etc. do not excuse an absence; they merely explain to the instructor why you missed class. On the first absence exceeding the limit, the instructor will officially drop you from the class. Students should note that withdrawal by the instructor may not be within refund dates. Students who wish to receive a tuition refund upon discontinued enrollment in a class should initiate the course withdrawal process themselves. Additionally, changes in course load, including course withdrawal, can impact financial aid, veterans' benefits, and other enrollment-related assistance. Students should investigate the consequences of a course withdrawal prior to taking any action.

Absences are counted from the first day of class. All absences are counted. There is NO such thing as excused absence. When the allowable number of absences is exceeded the student is immediately withdrawn from the course. A grade of “W” is assigned if it is prior to mid-term, or if it is after mid-term and the student had a passing average on the last day they attended. A “WF” is assigned if a student is failing and is withdrawn after the mid-term period. A “WF” is calculated into the GPA as an “F”.

College Closings:  During inclement weather if there is a question about whether the college is closed, please check WIS TV, the MTC web site (www.midlandstech.edu) and/or call the school (803-738-8324) for information.  If the College closing or reopening means there will be at least 30 minutes of a class, then plan to attend the class.  For example, if the College opens at 10 am on a TTH, classes that normally meet at 8 am will not meet.  Classes that normally meet at 9:35 am WILL meet at 10 am (since there are more than 30 minutes left in the class).  If the college closed at 8 pm, 6 pm classes would meet for their regular time, but 7:35 pm classes would NOT meet since there are fewer than 30 minutes remaining in the class.

Academic Integrity: Academic dishonesty in all its forms, including but not limited to cheating, plagiarism, and collusion will not be tolerated. Students found responsible for acts of academic dishonesty will be subject to sanctions ranging from grades of zero on coursework, failure of course, probation, suspension or expulsion from the College. Each student should be aware that plagiarism is the act of presenting a product as one’s own when it was derived from an existing source (including the text, journal articles, handouts, instructor’s materials or other students’ work). This practice is unethical, and can be avoided by completing written assignments in your words as well as by properly noting sources.

Student Conduct: Students who engage in behavior that is disruptive to the learning process will be asked to leave the classroom. This includes but is not limited to talking at inappropriate times, sleeping, use of tobacco products, eating food or candy, failure to turn off a cell phone, discourtesy to faculty or fellow students, obscene language and gestures, or any uncooperative or aberrant behavior. Depending upon the nature of the offense or if it occurs during an exam, the Instructor will require the student to see the Director of Campus Life before returning to class. Campus Security will be called for any threatening or violent behavior.

Students With Disabilities: If special accommodations are needed for students with disabilities, the student should contact the Counseling Services Office for assistance. Documentation regarding a specific disability is required for accommodation arrangements. Confidentiality of the information received will be maintained.

Student Evaluation Of Instruction Every semester students have the opportunity to evaluate course.  This is accomplished by accessing MTC On-Line using individual student user names and passwords.  Announcements will be made closer to the end of the term as to when the system opens up for course evaluation and directions are available for students to follow.  It is extremely important for students to take part in this process.  By student participation in the assessment of course, improvements can be made in instruction and course content.

Tests And Final Exam: All students are expected to take all tests on the date scheduled. No make-up exams will be given except in exceptional cases where the student is able to provide clear and convincing evidence of severe illness or emergency. The burden of proof rests with the student, and the final decision to give a make-up test is within the instructor’s discretion. Tests may consist of a combination of short answers and essay-type questions, which will cover text, classroom presentation (including films), and other special presentation of materials assigned.

Class Participation: Students are expected to be present for all classes and to have completed assigned readings for that class date prior to class. Students are expected to come to class prepared to discuss any assigned reading material in the text and are strongly encouraged to participate in any class discussions.