Course Policies and Resources

Policies

Academic Calendar

Please refer to the Academic Calendar for important policy dates.

Academic Honesty & Standard of Conduct

The Board of Curators of the University of Missouri recognizes that academic honesty is essential for the intellectual life of the University. Faculty members have a special obligation to expect high standards of academic honesty in all student work. Students have a special obligation to adhere to such standards. Academic dishonesty, including cheating, plagiarism or sabotage, is adjudicated through the University of Missouri Student Conduct Code and Rules of Procedures in Student Conduct Matters.

Academic Inquiry, Course Discussion and Privacy

See specific course syllabi for faculty policy.

Faculty allowing recording

University of Missouri System Executive Order No. 38 lays out principles regarding the sanctity of classroom discussions at the university. The policy is described fully in Section 200.015 of the Collected Rules and Regulations. In this class, students may make audio or video recordings of course activity unless specifically prohibited by the faculty member. However, the redistribution of any audio or video recordings of statements or comments from the course to individuals who are not students in the course is prohibited without the express permission of the faculty member and of any students who are recorded, including those recordings prepared by an instructor. Students found to have violated this policy are subject to discipline in accordance with provisions of Section 200.020 of the Collected Rules and Regulations of the University of Missouri pertaining to student conduct matters.

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Faculty not allowing recording

University of Missouri System Executive Order No. 38 lays out principles regarding the sanctity of classroom discussions at the university. The policy is described fully in Section 200.015 of the Collected Rules and Regulations. In this class, students may not make any audio or video recordings of course activity (including those recordings prepared by an instructor), except students permitted to record as an accommodation under Section 240.040 of the Collected Rules. All other students who record and/or distribute audio or video recordings of class activity are subject to discipline in accordance with provisions of Section 200.020 of the Collected Rules and Regulations of the University of Missouri pertaining to student conduct matters.

Those students who have written permission from the course instructor to record are not permitted to redistribute any audio or video recordings of statements or comments from the course to individuals who are not students in the course without the express permission of the faculty member and of any students who are recorded, including those recordings prepared by an instructor. Students found to have violated this policy are subject to discipline in accordance with provisions of Section 200.020 of the Collected Rules and Regulations of the University of Missouri pertaining to student conduct matters.

Attendance Policy

UMKC Attendance Policy can be found in the University catalog. Students are expected to attend and participate in classes.

Advance notice of attendance policies of academic units and individual instructors should be given, and such notice should be in writing.

Students should notify instructors of excused absences in advance, where possible.

Students who have an excused absence are expected to make arrangements with instructors for alternative or make-up work. Such arrangements should be made in advance of the absence, where possible.

Instructors should accommodate excused absences to the extent that an accommodation can be made that does not unreasonably interfere with the learning objectives of the course or unduly burden the instructor.

Attendance policies shall be applied in a non-discriminatory manner.

Campus Safety

Inclement weather, mass notification, and emergency response guide.

Counseling and Health Services Available at UMKC

UMKC students may experience many challenges in their lives while attending college – stress, depression, suicidality, trauma, relationship issues, health concerns, etc. As your professor I care about your success and well-being, and want to make you aware of some helpful resources on campus. The UMKC Counseling Center, located at 4825 Troost in Room 206, offers a wide range of supportive services to students. Appointments can be made by calling 816-235-1635. UMKC Student Health and Wellness, located at 4825 Troost in Room 115, offers a full range of health care and promotion services. Appointments can be scheduled online or by calling 816-235-6133. The MindBody Connection is located in the Atterbury Student Success Center in Room 112 and offers a variety of stress-reduction services.

Disability Support Services

To obtain disability related accommodations and/or auxiliary aids, students with disabilities must contact the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities (OSSD) as soon as possible. To contact OSSD call 816-235-5696. Once verified, OSSD will notify the course instructor and outline the accommodation and/or auxiliary aids to be provided.

English Proficiency Statement

Students who encounter difficulty in their courses because of the English proficiency of their instructors should speak directly to their instructors. If additional assistance is needed, they may contact the UMKC Help Line at 816-235-2222 for assistance.

Grade Appeal Policy

Students are responsible for meeting the standards of academic performance established for each course in which they are enrolled. The establishment of the criteria for grades and the evaluation of student academic performance are the responsibilities of the instructor.

This grade appeal procedure is available only for the review of allegedly capricious grading and not for review of the instructor’s evaluation of the student’s academic performance. Capricious grading, as that term is used here, comprises any of the following:

  • The assignment of a grade to a particular student on some basis other than the performance in the course;
  • The assignment of a grade to a particular student according to more exacting or demanding standards than were applied to other students in the course; (Note: Additional or different grading criteria may be applied to graduate students enrolled for graduate credit in 300- and 400-level courses.)
  • The assignment of a grade by a substantial departure from the instructor’s previously announced standards.

Grade appeal forms:

Discrimination Grievance Procedures for Students

Statement of Human Rights

The Board of Curators and UMKC are committed to the policy of equal opportunity, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability and status as a Vietnam era veteran. Commitment to the policy is mentored by the Division of Diversity and Inclusion, but it is the responsibility of the entire university community to provide equal opportunity through relevant practices, initiatives and programs.

Division of Diversity and Inclusion
5115 Oak Street
Ph: 816-235-1323
Fx: 816-235-6537
Email

Title IX

Under the University of Missouri’s Title IX policy, discrimination, violence and harassment based on sex, gender, and gender identity are subject to the same kinds of accountability and support applied to offenses based on other protected characteristics such as race, color, ethnic or national origin, sexual orientation, religion, age, ancestry, disability, military status, and veteran status. If you or someone you know has been harassed or assaulted, you can find the appropriate resources by visiting UMKC’s Title IX Office webpage or contacting UMKC’s Title IX Coordinator, Mikah K. Thompson (816-235-6910 or thompsonmikah@umkc.edu). Additionally, you can file a complaint using UMKC’s online discrimination complaint form.

While most UMKC employees are required to report any known or suspected violation of Title IX, students may seek confidential guidance from the following campus locations:

UMKC Counseling Service: Volker Campus

4825 Troost Avenue, Suite 206
Kansas City, MO 64110
Ph: 816-235-1635

UMKC Counseling Service: Health Sciences Campus

Health Sciences Building 1418
2464 Charlotte
Kansas City, MO 64108
Ph: 816-235-1635
(open Tuesdays, 1-5pm)

UMKC Student Health and Wellness

4825 Troost Avenue, Suite 115
Kansas City, MO 64110
Ph: 816-235-6133

Resources

Academic Support and Mentoring

Academic Support and Mentoring (ASM), uses knowledge derived from research to solve learning problems in student academic achievement. Through the integration of theory and practice, ASM develops effective programs to help students realize their full potential.

CAS Life Coach

Email: aslifecoach@umkc.edu
Phone: (816)235-1446
CAS Advising Life Coach [pdf]

CAS Student Services

Advisors within the College are directly responsible for advising current and prospective Arts and Sciences students on general education requirements and how to apply them to their degree program. Advisors assist students with selecting majors, monitoring academic progression, and fulfilling graduation requirements while educating them on campus resources, university policies and procedures, and options for graduate or professional schools. Advisors are role models who teach students how to navigate through the educational journey encouraging students to actively engage themselves in their education.

Sexual Harassment/ Discrimination

As a community of learners, we are committed to creating and maintaining an environment on campus that is free of all forms of harassment, intimidation, and discrimination. Any form of discrimination or coercion based on race, ethnicity, gender, class, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability, rank, or any other characteristic will not be tolerated.
UMKC Discrimination, Intimidation and Harassment Statement

Title IX Compliance Information

UMKC Central

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UMKC Connect

Important information is available to undergraduate students in UMKC Connect accessed through Blackboard. Throughout the term, students may receive emails regarding course grades or academic performance. Students are expected to address information posted in a timely fashion. This information may be shared with the student’s Success Network made up his or her academic advisor(s) and other campus resources so that UMKC may fully support the student’s success.

Writing Studio

The UMKC Writing Studio assists students in any aspect of writing from class assignments to personal statements.