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2005-2006 Student Handbook 
    
2005-2006 Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Appendices


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Appendix A

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Academic Integrity

Avoiding Plagiarism

According to the USP Student Handbook, “Academic cheating includes (but is not limited to) the following: falsification of laboratory data, bringing unauthorized material to an examination seat, copying another student’s work on an examination, misrepresenting someone else’s work as one’s own (including borrowing or purchasing term papers), and plagiarism.”

At USP, as in all institutions of higher learning, ideas are highly valued, and so is the individual who expresses those ideas. In both a legal and moral sense, words and ideas are the property of their authors. Plagiarism is the theft of that property. When you plagiarize, you are presenting someone else’s words and/or ideas as if they are your own. This situation applies to all printed material as well as to works and ideas found through electronic sources.

Plagiarism may be intentional or unintentional. In either case, the penalty for plagiarism can be severe, including failure in the course, and/or expulsion from the institution.

While the various disciplines differ in the specific formats that they use to cite sources, they share a commitment to academic integrity and to the requirement that students use source material correctly. If you have questions about avoiding plagiarism in an assignment for a specific course, ask your professor. You can get assistance with correct documentation at the Writing Center.

Common Knowledge

In general, you are expected to show the source of all information (including facts, statistics, opinions, theories, lines of argument, examples, research results, etc.) except common knowledge. The definition of “common knowledge” may vary according to the expertise of the writer and reader; however, information may be considered to be common knowledge if it meets one of the following requirements:

  • It is repeated in many sources.
  • It would be known by an ordinary educated person who had not researched the subject.

For example, the date (December 7, 1941) of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor is common knowledge, no source would be given for this information. However, a specific historian’s opinion that the U.S. military should have been better prepared for the attack would not be considered common knowledge, and a source should be given for this view.

Paraphrase

Putting someone else’s ideas in your own words is paraphrasing. Usually, a paraphrase is about the length as the original. Careless paraphrasing can lead to plagiarism. When you paraphrase, paraphrase completely. This means:

  • Don’t use the original sentence structure.
  • Don’t simply substitute a few words here and there.
  • Avoid using any of the author’s key words or unusual words.

Disciplines vary in the amount of the original language that you are permitted to use without quotation; check with your professor. In any case, if it is difficult or impossible to paraphrase certain language, then quote it exactly, and use quotation marks.

A good paraphrase takes work. An effective method is to read the original sentence, think about its meaning, look away from the original, write the idea in your own words, and then check your version against the original to be sure that you have not accidently used too much of the original language.

Here are some examples of acceptable and unacceptable paraphrases:

Original Version

The craft of hurricane forecasting advanced rapidly in the sixties and early seventies, thanks to fast computers and new atmospheric modeling techniques. Now there is a lull in the progress, strangely parallel to the lull in the storm cycle. The National Hurricane Warning Center shoots for a 24-hour warning period, with 12 daylight hours for evacuation. At that remove, it can usually predict landfall within 100 miles either way. Longer lead times mean much larger landfall error, and that is counterproductive. He who misses his predictions cries wolf.

(From “Our Barrier Islands”, by William H. MacLeish. Smithsonian, Sept. 1980, p. 54.)

Unacceptable Paraphrase

(Plagiarized sections are in bold, italic type)

Hurricane forecasting made rapid progress in the 60’s and 70’s due to fast computers and new atmospheric techniques, but there is now a lull in the progress. The Warning Center tries for a 24-hour warning period, including 12 hours of daylight. That close to the storm’s arrival, the Warning Center can usually predict landfall within 100 miles either way. If lead times are longer, there will be a much larger error, which will be counterproductive. (MacLeish, 54).

Explanation:

Many phrases are stolen from the original. Leaving out or changing a word here and there (for example, much larger landfall error has become much larger error) is not acceptable. Also, the plagiarized version duplicates the sentence structure of the original, which is not permitted. Even though the author (MacLeish) is supplied, the paraphrase is unacceptable.

Acceptable Paraphrase

During the past thirty years, powerful computers and new techniques which allow modeling of the atmosphere have significantly increased the accuracy of hurricane forecasting, though there have been no improvements in forecasting during the past few years. However, now it is possible to predict where a hurricane will hit land with an error of not more than 100 miles if a warning of 24 hours is allowed. If more than 24 hours is required, the error will be greater. Repeated forecasting errors will cause the public to ignore the warnings. (MacLeish, 54).

Explanation:

This version uses different language and sentence structure from that of the original. Note: Even when your paraphrase is acceptable, you must show the source of the ideas. Putting ideas into your own words does not make those ideas your own. They are still the property of their originator, who must be given credit. The reference to MacLeish provides the credit.

Summary

A summary briefly conveys in your own words the main idea of a passage. Like paraphrasing, careless summarizing can lead to plagiarism. The same rules apply as in paraphrasing: use your own language and sentence structure, and give credit to the originator of the ideas. Here are examples of acceptable and unacceptable summaries of the MacLeish passage given above:

Unacceptable Summary

(Plagiarized passages are in bold, italic type)

Hurricane warnings can be provided within a 24-hour warning period, with 12 hours of daylight for evacuation, and can identify landfall within 100 miles. (MacLeish, 54).

Acceptable Summary

Using computers and new techniques which allow modeling of the atmosphere, forecasters can now provide 24-hour hurricane warning and predict where a storm will hit with an error of not more than 100 miles. (MacLeish, 54).

An Example from Science

From Campbell, Neil A. Biology, 3rd ed. Redwood City, CA; Benjamin/Cummings, 1993)

Original Version

The chemical behavior of carbon makes it exceptionally versatile as a building block in molecular architecture. It can form four covalent bonds, link together into intricate molecular skeletons, and join with several other elements. The versatility of carbon makes possible the great diversity of organize molecules, each with special properties that emerge from the unique arrangement of its carbon skeleton and the functional groups appended to that skeleton. At the foundation of all biological diversity lies this variation at the molecular level. (Campbell, 61).

Acceptable Summary

Biological diversity has its molecular basis in carbon’s ability to form an incredible array of molecules with characteristic shapes and chemical properties. (Campbell 63).

Combining Paraphrase and/or Summary with Quotation

When you want to include some of the original language of the source, you may combine paraphrase and/or summary with quotation. Here is an example of an acceptable summary which includes a quotation from the original version presented above.

The public depends on accurate, timely hurricane forecasting. When the forecasts are repeatedly wrong, the public will stop believing in them: “He who misses the predictions cries wolf “. (MacLeish 54).

Explanations and examples in this section have been obtained from the USP Writing Center and have been adapted from the following:

Gibaldi, Joseph. MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. 4th ed.
   New York. Modern Language Association: 1995.

Leggett, Glenn, et. al. Prentice Hall Handbook for Writers. 10th ed.
   Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1988.

Mulderig, Gerald, P., and Langdon Elsbree. The Heath Handbook. 13th ed.
   Lexington, MA: 1995:77.

Appendix B

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Tuition and Fee Schedules
2005 - 2006

   Tuition
   

Semester

Year

Full-time

 

 

  Undergraduate

$11,399

$22,798

  Undergraduate - professional years (a)

$12,539

$25,078

  Masters of Occupational Therapy
(Post Baccalaureate) (b)

$12,539

$25,078

Part-time (per credit)

 

 

  Undergraduate

$950

  Professional years

$1,045

  Masters of Occupational Therapy
(Post Baccalaureate) (b)

$1,045

Graduate and Post Baccalaureate (per credit) (c)

 

 

  Executive MBA in Pharmaceutical Business

$1,536

  Grduate & Flex PharmD

$999

  Post Baccalaureate Science Teacher Certification

$500

  Summer Special Arts and Science Courses (per credit)

$200

(a) Applies to post 2nd-year Pharmacy and Occupational Therapy. and post 3rd-year Physical Therapy - Amount does not include any tuition charge for mandatory winter and summer sessions.
(b) Amount does not include any tuition charge for mandatory winter and summer sessions.
(c) No General Fee for these courses.

No undergraduate/professional student is permitted to register for more than 20 credit hours per semester without written permission from the dean of the college in which the student is pursuing a degree. If permission is granted, the student will be assessed the appropriate per-credit rate for each credit hour in excess of 20 credit hours per semester. Undergraduate/professional students who audit a course without exceeding the 20-credit limit will not be charged additional tuition. Part-time students will be charged for audited courses at 50% of the applicable part-time rate plus full general fee; overload charges will be computed in the same way for full-time students whose audited courses result in an excess of 20 credits per semester.

Since graduate courses are charged entirely on a per-credit basis, audited courses will be charged at 50% of the applicable per-credit rate.

  Fees
General Fee Undergraduate & Professional
(full-time)

$592

$1,184

General Fee Undergraduate & Professional
(per credit)

$37

Graduation

$125

Late Payment Fee (assessed at $100 per month)

 

  Residence Halls
 

Semester

Year*

Triple Room

$2,293

$4,586

Double Room

$2,865

$5,730

Single Room

$3,581

$7,162

Room Security Deposit

$175

* Fall and Spring Semesters only; does not include inter-sessions or summer sessions (see rates below).

 

  Board Plans
 

Semester

Year

All Meals - Board Plan #1: 19 meals/ 7 days

$1,825

$3,650

*Freedom - Board Plan #2: 175 meals per semester/$100 declining balance

$1,825

$3,650

+Declining Balance Board Plan #3: (minimum)

$225

$450

* This option is available only to returning students.
+ This option is available only for commuters, Alexandria Hall residents, and Osol Hall residents with kitchen facilities who meet the terms under Condition of Occupancy on back of the Housing Agreement.

  Summer 2005 Room and Board* Rates

 

Monday, May 16 through Friday, August 19
(including weekends - with exception of the Memorial Day and July 4th holiday weekends)

Option 1 $600 per seven week summer session  
  Alexandria Hall, one bedroom, full kitchen unit No meals
Option 2 $1,193 per seven week summer session  
  Wilson Student Center, double occupancy With meals
Option 3 $1,450 per seven week summer session  
  Wilson Student Center, single occupancy With meals

* Meals for Summer Sessions include Monday breakfast thru Friday lunch only. Dining Services does not operate on weekends during summer. Weekend meals will be the responsibility of individual summer residents in either building.

The University Administration reserves the right to make changes in tuition, fees, and room and board charges.

Appendix C

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Academic Calendars

Academic Year 2005-2006

  FALL 2005
Drop/Add Period Begins  

Monday, August 22

Incoming Students Move-in for Residence Halls

Friday, August 26

Orientation for Students & Families  

Friday, August 26

Orientation for Students Only  

Saturday - Sunday, August 27 - 28

Classes Begin for All Students  

Monday, August 29

Labor Day Holiday (No Classes)  

Monday, September 5

Drop/Add Period Ends  

Friday, September 9

Course Withdrawal Deadline  

Friday, October 7

Mid-Semester Pacing Break (No Classes)  

Monday, October 10

Monday Schedule for Classes  

Tuesday, October 11

Family Day/Fall Fest  

Saturday, October 1

Spring Registration  

Monday-Friday, November 14-18

Residence Halls Close  

Tuesday, November 22, 5 pm

University is Open for Business  

Wednesday, November 23

Thanksgiving Recess (No Classes)  

Wed - Friday, November 23-25

Residence Halls Re-open  

Sunday, November 27, 3 pm

Last Day of Classes  

Friday, December 9

Final Examinations Begin  

Monday, December 12

Reading Day (No Classes or Exams)  

Wednesday, December 14

Final Examinations End  

Friday, December 16

Residence Halls Close  

Friday, December 16, 5 pm

Fall Semester Ends  

Friday, December 16

SPRING 2006

 

Drop/Add Period Begins  

Wednesday, January 11

Fall Semester Make-Up Exams  

Thursday, January 12

Move Back to the Residence Halls  

Sunday, January 15, 3 pm

Classes Begin for All Students  

Monday, January 16

Drop/Add Period Ends  

Friday, January 27

Course Withdrawal Deadline  

Friday, February 24

Residence Halls Close  

Friday, March 43, 5 pm

Spring Recess (No Classes)  

Monday - Friday, March 6-10

Residence Halls Re-open  

Sunday, March 12, 3 pm

Classes Resume  

Monday, March 13

Writing Proficiency Exam  

Thursday, March 23

Fall Registration  

Monday-Friday, April 10-14

Student Appreciation Day  

Thursday, April 27

Last Day of Classes  

Friday, April 28

Final Examinations Begin  

Monday, May 1

Reading Day (No Classes or Exams)  

Wednesday, May 3

Final Examinations End  

Friday, May 5

Residence Halls Close  

Friday, May 5, 5 pm

Second Semester Ends  

Friday, May 5

Spring Semester Make-Up Exams  

Thursday, May 11

Academic Year 2006-2007

  FALL 2006
Drop/Add Period Begins  

Monday, August 21

Orientation for Students & Families  

Friday, August 25

Classes Begin for All Students  

Monday, August 28

Labor Day Holiday (No Classes)  

Monday, September 4

Drop/Add Period Ends  

Friday, September 8

Course Withdrawal Deadline  

Friday, October 6

Mid-Semester Pacing Break (No Classes)  

Monday, October 9

Monday Schedule for Classes  

Tuesday, October 10

Spring Registration  

Monday-Friday, November 13-17

University is Open for Business  

Wednesday, November 22

Thanksgiving Recess (No Classes)  

Wed.- Friday, November 22-24

Last Day of Classes  

Friday, December 8

Final Examinations Begin  

Monday, December 11

Reading Day (No Classes or Exams)  

Wednesday, December 13

Final Examinations End  

Friday, December 15

First Semester Ends  

Friday, December 15

SPRING 2007

 

Drop/Add Period Begins  

Wednesday, January 10

Fall Semester Make-Up Exams  

Thursday, January 11

Classes Begin for All Students  

Monday, January 15

Drop/Add Period Ends  

Friday, January 26

Course Withdrawal Deadline  

Friday, February 23

Spring Recess (No Classes)  

Monday - Friday, March 5-9

Classes Resume  

Monday, March 12

Writing Proficiency Exam  

Thursday, March 22

Fall Registration  

Monday-Friday, April 9-13

Last Day of Classes  

Friday, April 27

Final Examinations Begin  

Monday, April 30

Reading Day (No Classes or Exams)  

Wednesday, May 2

Final Examinations End  

Friday, May 4

Second Semester Ends  

Friday, May 4

Spring Semester Make-Up Exams  

Thursday, May 10