CAPS report to Faculty Senate for November 12, 2009

 

1.  Review and discuss the possible need for a university policy on excused absences for students in university-sanctioned activities and for military personnel and determine if any recommendation regarding this issue is appropriate.

 

The committee discussed the student absence policy for university-sanctioned activities and student soldiers.  A motion to retain the current policy without change passed unanimously.

 

In order to inform the discussion, input was obtained from Marcia Johnson-Sage (Office of Student Life), Joe Baker (Athletics), Dr. Balfany (Music) and Lieutenant Colonel Mark Johnson (Military Science).  There was considerable discussion on the difference between university sanctioned events and military events attended by student soldiers.  The committee would recommend that faculty be provided some information about the responsibilities of student soldiers.  In the end, the committee believes that the student has the responsibility to communicate directly with the faculty member about absences and to be knowledgeable about the policies on attendance for each of their courses.

 

2.      Review the university’s final exam policy to determine if changes or modifications are warranted.

http://www.uwlax.edu/records/UGCat/Regulations/General.htm or on pg 46 in 2009-11 Undergraduate Catalog

Final Examinations

A final examination will be given in each course within a special examination period except for one-credit courses, which will have exams scheduled at the last regular meeting of the class. The examination periods, dates, and times are included in each semester’s Timetable. The relative importance assigned to the final examination is determined by the instructor in charge of each course.

Study Day: no final examination shall be given to any student on Study Day. Study Day is a day to prepare for the final examination period. No student activities of any sort with the exception of optional review sessions for final examinations shall be scheduled on Study Day. This includes make-up classes or tests, committee meetings involving students and athletic practices or events.

The committee discussed the final exam policy shown above.   The committee believes that the policy and the guidelines sent out by the Provost’s office adequately cover traditional courses offered during the semester.  However, the policy does not work for on-line courses as they would not be assigned a time in the final exam schedule.  The committee unanimously supported insertion of a statement that would be inclusive of on-line courses (please see below).

A final examination will be given in each course within a special examination period except for one-credit courses, which will have exams scheduled at the last regular meeting of the class. The examination periods, dates, and times are included in each semester’s Timetable. Final exams for online courses will be administered by the published end date of the course.  The relative importance assigned to the final examination is determined by the instructor in charge of each course.