Apr 04, 2020  
2013-2014 Student Handbook 
    
2013-2014 Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Appendices


2013-14 Student Handbook

APPENDIX A - ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

APPENDIX B - TUITION, FEES & REFUNDS (2013-2014)

APPENDIX C - ACADEMIC CALENDARS


APPENDIX A

Academic Integrity

Avoiding Plagiarism

According to the USciences Student Handbook, Academic Dishonesty 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. Any questions or concerns regarding a student’s academic integrity will be reviewed using the Student Conduct Policy .

At USciences, 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 (writingcenter@usciences.edu; or http://www.usciences.edu/writing).

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 approximately the same length as the original. Careless paraphrasing can lead to plagiarism. When you paraphrase, you must 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 unique words

Disciplines vary in the amount of the original language that you are permitted to use without quotation; check with your professor if you are unsure. 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 of paraphrasing 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 accidentally 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. 58.)

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 (e.g., “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 that 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 that 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 organized 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, 1993).

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, 1993).

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 that 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 USciences 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.

For more information on documenting resources, visit the following link: http://www.usciences.edu/writing/resources.shtml.

 

APPENDIX B

Tuition, Fees, and Refunds (2013-2014)

(Terms : 13/SU, 13/S1, 13/S2, 13/FA, 13/WI, 14/SP)

Tuition

 

Semester

Year

Full-Time

   

     Undergraduate

$16,523

 $33,046

     Undergraduate – Professional Years (a)

18,176

36,352

     6th Year PharmD (b)

51,498

     Masters and Doctorate of Occupational Therapy
     (Post Baccalaureate) (c)

18,176

36,352

     Medical Technology – 4th Year

1,324

Part-Time (per credit)

   

     Undergraduate

1,377

     Professional Years (a) (d)

1,515

     Masters and Doctorate of Occupational Therapy
     (Post Baccalaureate) (c)

1,515

Graduate and Post Baccalaureate (per credit) (e)

   

     Masters in Public Health

948

     Masters in Physician Assistant Studies

728

     All Other Graduate (e)

1,447

Summer Special Arts and Science Undergraduate Courses (per credit) (f)

662

IPPE (Introductory Pharmacy Practical Experience, PP 418) 3,030  

______________

(a) Applies to 3rd through 5th year Pharmacy, 3rd through 6th year Occupational Therapy, and 4th through 6th year Physical Therapy. Amount does not include any tuition charge for mandatory winter and summer sessions. Physical Therapy students have two additional summer terms and one additional intersession billed at part-time professional rates. Occupational Therapy students have three additional summer terms billed at part-time professional rates. Students are advised to confirm with their deans the requirements for additional coursework that may affect total tuition.
(b) Billed in equal amounts over three terms starting with the summer term.
(c) Amount does not include any tuition charge for mandatory winter and summer sessions.
(d) Pertains also to 6th Year PharmD.
(e) No general fee for these courses.
(f) Pending approval by the Board of Trustees, it is expected that for 14/S1 and 14/S2 terms, the Special Summer Arts and Science Courses will be $689.00 per credit.

Registration Credit Limits:

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.

Fees

 

Semester

Year

General Fee Undergraduate and Professional (full-time)

$ 848

 $1,696

General Fee Undergraduate and Professional (per credit)

53

 

General Fee 6th Year PharmD (full-time) (a)

 

2,289

Late Payment Fee (b)

Health Insurance (c)   1,518

Auditing Course Fee

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.

Residence Halls

  Semester Year

Goodman, Osol, and Wilson (a)

   

     Triple Room

$3,321

$6,642

     Double Room

4,148

8,296

     Single Room

5,186

10,372

Alexandria (b)

 

 

     Triple Room Apartment

 

9,930

Gunter (b)

   

     Triple Room Apartment

9,930

     Double Room Apartment

10,140

     Single Room Apartment

10,347

Room Security Deposit

200

_______________

(a) Fall and spring semesters only; does not include inter-sessions or summer sessions (see rates below), except as noted for Alexandria and Gunter residents on 12-month plan.

(b) Billing: Annual rate divided into three equal charges billed summer, fall, and spring.

Board Plans

 

Semester

Year
Ultimate 700 Plan: 14 meals per week (unused meals expire at the end of the week) plus $700 declining balance dollars per semester
 
$2,728    $5,456
10 Meal Plan: 10 meals per week (unused meals expire at the end of the week) plus $625 declining balance dollars per semester 2,641 5,282

Note: Unused declining balance dollars for the plans described above will expire at the end of each semester.

“All DCB” Plan

There are 5 buy-in amounts: $150, $250, $450, $650, and $850, per semester. Each plan includes a 35% discount on the Guest Meal Rate during the “All You Care to Eat” meals during breakfast and dinner in Wilson Dining Hall, plus no sales tax when used in our retail dining locations. The 450 DCB plan has a 5% bonus (total $472.50 DCB dollars), the 650 DCB plan has a 10% bonus (total $715 DCB Dollars), and the 850 DCB plan has a 15% bonus (total $1,034.15 DCB dollars).

Students can have the $250 or larger plans billed to their student account.

Fall semester balance will roll to spring semester, only when the student enrolls in the same or higher DCB plan for spring. All unused balances expire at the end of spring semester.

Resident Hall Plans: Residents of Goodman, Wilson, and Osol Halls must select either the Ultimate 700 Plan or the 10 Meal Plan.

Apartment Resident and Commuter Plan: Alexandria and Gunter Hall apartment residents and off-campus and commuter students may choose from any of the two meal blocks plans or the “All DCB” Plans as described above.

Summer 2013 Room and Board Rates

Monday, May 13 through Friday, August 16 (including weekends – with exception of the Memorial Day and July 4th holiday weekends)

Option 1: $1,724 per seven-week summer session
Osol Hall, double occupancy – With meals

Option 2: $2,098 per seven-week summer session
Osol Hall, single occupancy – With meals

Option 3: $1,546 per seven-week summer session
Osol Hall, triple occupancy – With meals

Meals for summer sessions include Monday breakfast thru Thursday dinner only. Dining Services does not operate on weekends during the summer. Weekend meals will be the responsibility of individual summer residents.

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

Refunds

A student who leaves the University without obtaining withdrawn status and without completing the semester, or who is dismissed or suspended from the University for disciplinary reasons or scholastic deficiency, is not entitled to any refund.

Refunds to students who officially withdraw from the University will be made according to the schedule that follows. Regardless of the reason for vacating, refunds will not be made for unused dormitory room fees, except for official withdrawal from the University. Such refunds will be consistent with the following tuition refund schedule. Pro rata refunds, less processing fees, will be made for meal plan fees, based on patterns of usage. Devils Dollars account balances in the USciences OneCard system are maintained from semester to semester and from year to year. When a student leaves the University for any reason, a credit to the student’s tuition account will be granted, less a $5 service fee for Devils Dollars accounts.

The general fee and other incidental fees are only refundable before the first day of the semester. If withdrawal is authorized by the University, a tuition refund will be made in accordance with the following schedule. The official University opening of classes and not the first day in actual attendance governs the refund computation. Courses scheduled outside the standard term calendar will be governed by policies devised for their respective programs.

Segment of Semester Refund
Before first day of class 100%
To end of first week 90%
To end of second week 80%
To end of third week 50%
To end of fourth week 25%
Beyond fourth week No Refund

For students who withdraw during a semester, Title IV funds will be returned in accordance with federal regulations (34CFR 668.22). The Return of Title IV Funds (Return) regulations do not dictate an institutional refund policy. Instead, a statutory schedule is used to determine the amount of Title IV funds a student has earned as of the date he or she ceases attendance. The amount of Title IV program assistance earned is based on the amount of time the student spent in academic attendance; it has no relationship to the student’s incurred institutional charges.

Up through the 60% point in each payment period or period of enrollment, a pro rata schedule is used to determine the amount of Title IV funds the student has earned at the time of withdrawal. For example, if a student has completed 20%
of the semester, then he/she has earned 20% of the funds that have been or could have been disbursed. After the 60% point in the payment period or period of enrollment, a student has earned 100% of the Title IV funds.

If a student has received more funds than he/she has earned at the time of withdrawal, grant money, as well as loans, may need to be returned under certain circumstances.

Students should be aware that the regulations may prevent the refund of any personal funds used for payment of tuition and fees. In instances where a student has received a cash payment prior to the official notification of his or her withdrawal, the student may be required to return such payment to the University.

Refunds for Dropped Courses

Students who remain active with the University, but drop one or more classes prior to the end of each semester’s drop-add period, may receive a refund of charges for those classes under certain circumstances. If an undergraduate student is registered and billed at the full-time rate and maintains full-time registration (as defined by program and class level), drop/add activity will not affect charges for tuition and fees. If, however, a student is billed at a per-credit rate (all graduate students and any undergraduate students who are, or become, less than full-time), tuition charges will be refunded as follows when drops occur:

Before first day of class 100%
To end of first week 90%
To end of second week 80%
Beyond second week No Refund

The general fee and other incidental fees are only refundable before the first day of the semester. The official University opening of classes and not the first day in actual attendance governs the refund computation.

Students who receive financial aid should be aware that a change in the number of registered credits may affect their eligibility for some or all of their awards. Students are responsible for consulting their award letters and/or any other materials issued by the Financial Aid Office – or for contacting the Financial Aid Office directly – to determine the effect drop/add activity might have on their awards.

Summer I and Summer II Terms

Because the Summer I and Summer II terms offered by the Misher College of Arts and Sciences operate on a shorter schedule, both full withdrawals and dropped courses are governed by special tuition refund rules:

Before first day of class 100%
First five days of semester 50%
Beyond five days No Refund

The general fee and other incidental fees are only refundable before the first day of the Summer I or Summer II semester.

Tuition Refund Insurance

As an enhancement to the University refund policy, an optional insurance program, the “Tuition Refund Plan”, is offered by A.W.G. Dewar, Inc. The “Tuition Refund Plan” provides substantial benefits in the event of student medical withdrawal. Up to 85% of tuition, general fee, room, and board, can be refunded as a result of a covered medical withdrawal. This coverage can be extremely beneficial should a student need to repeat lost academic credits after a medically necessary interruption in the student’s education.

Enrollment forms with complete details are mailed to students at the time of fall semester tuition billing. Enrollment may also be completed online by accessing www.collegerefund.com. First and second year students may enroll on-line or with the application form sent with their tuition statements. Upperclass, graduate, and part-time students can only enroll online. Application must be completed and premium payments must be paid by the opening date of classes. The University urges students and their families to carefully consider this protection.

APPENDIX C

Academic Calendars

Academic Year 2013-2014

Fall 2013

Drop/Add Period Begins

Monday, August 19

Welcome for Students and Families

Friday, August 23

Classes Begin for All Students

Monday, August 26

Labor Day Holiday (No Classes)

Monday, September 2

Monday Schedule for Classes (except COGS*)

Tuesday, September 3

Drop/Add Period Ends

Friday, September 6

PT White Coat Ceremony

Sunday, September 8

Mid-Semester Pacing Break (No Classes – except COGS*)

Monday, October 14

Course Withdrawal Deadline

Friday, October 18

PCP White Coat Ceremony

Saturday, October 19

Family Fall Fest

Saturday, November 2

Spring Registration Begins

Sunday-Friday, November 3-15

Residence Halls Close

Tuesday, November 26, 5:00 p.m.

University Is Open for Business

Wednesday, November 27

Thanksgiving Recess (No Classes)

Wednesday-Friday, November 27-29

Residence Halls Re-Open

Sunday, December 1, 3:00 p.m.

Last Day of Classes

Friday, December 6

Final Examinations Begin

Saturday, December 7

Reading Day (No Classes or Exams)

Wednesday, December 11

Final Examinations End

Friday, December 13

Fall Semester Ends

Friday, December 13

Residence Halls Close

Saturday, December 14, 12:00 p.m.

 

Spring 2014

Drop/Add Period Begins

Wednesday, January 8

Fall Semester Make-Up Exams**

Thursday, January 9

Classes Begin for All Students

Monday, January 10

Martin Luther King Day of Service

Monday, January 20

Monday Schedule for Classes (except COGS*)

Friday, January 24

Drop/Add Period Ends

Friday, January 24

Residence Halls Close

Saturday, March 1, 12:00 p.m.

Spring Recess (No Classes)

Monday-Friday, March 3-7

Residence Halls Re-Open

Sunday, March 9, 3:00 p.m.

Classes Resume

Monday, March 10

Course Withdrawal Deadline

Friday, March 14

Writing Proficiency Exam

Thursday, March 20

OT Pinning Ceremony

Saturday, March 29

Fall Registration Begins

Sunday-Friday, April 6-18

Student Appreciation Day Weekend

Friday-Sunday, April 11-13

Last Day of Classes

Friday, April 25

Final Examinations Begin

Saturday, April 26

Reading Day (No Classes or Exams)

Wednesday, April 30

Final Examinations End

Friday, May 2

Spring Semester Ends

Friday, May 2

Residence Halls Close

Saturday, May 3, 12:00 p.m.

Spring Semester Make-Up Exams**

Thursday, May 8

*COGS – College of Graduate Studies
**Instructor discretion – see Makeup Examination policy in the University Catalog or Student Handbook

Academic Year 2014-2015

Fall 2014

Drop/Add Period Begins

Monday, August 18

Classes Begin for All Students

Monday, August 25

Labor Day Holiday (No Classes)

Monday, September 1

Monday Schedule for Classes (Except Graduate)

Tuesday, September 2

Drop/Add Period Ends

Friday, September 5

Mid-Semester Pacing Break (No Classes–Except Grad)

Monday, October 13

Course Withdrawal Deadline

Friday, October 17

Spring Registration Begins

Sunday-Friday, November 2-14

University Is Open for Business

Wednesday, November 26

Thanksgiving Recess (No Classes)

Wednesday-Friday, November 26-28

Last Day of Classes

Friday, December 5

Final Examinations Begin

Saturday, December 6

Reading Day (No Classes or Exams)

Wednesday, December 12

Final Examinations End

Friday, December 12

Fall Semester Ends

Friday, December 12

 

Spring 2015

Drop/Add Period Begins

Wednesday, January 7

Fall Semester Make-Up Exams**

Thursday, January 8

Classes Begin for All Students

Monday, January 12

Drop/Add Period Ends

Friday, January 23

Spring Recess (No Classes)

Monday-Friday, March 2-6

Classes Resume

Monday, March 9

Course Withdrawal Deadline

Friday, March 13

Writing Proficiency Exam

Thursday, March 19

Fall Registration Begins

Sunday-Friday, April 5-17

Last Day of Classes

Friday, April 24

Final Examinations Begin

Saturday, April 25

Reading Day (No Classes or Exams)

Wednesday, April 29

Final Examinations End

Friday, May 1

Spring Semester Ends

Friday, May 1

Spring Semester Make-Up Exams**

Thursday, May 7

*COGS – College of Graduate Studies
**Instructor discretion – see Makeup Examination policy in the University Catalog or Student Handboo