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2007-2008 Student Handbook 
    
2007-2008 Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Appendices


APPENDIX A
2007-2008 Student Handbook

Academic Integrity

Avoiding Plagiarism

According to the USP 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 (p. 36-58).

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 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. 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 (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 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

Tuition, Fees, and Refunds (2007– 2008)

 

Tuition

 

Semester

 Year

Full-Time

   

     Undergraduate

$12,809

$25,618

     Undergraduate - Professional Years (a)

14,090

28,180

     6th Year PharmD (b)

 

39,921

     Masters of Occupational Therapy

     (Post Baccalaureate) (c)

14,090

28,180

Part-Time (per credit)

   

     Undergraduate

1,067

     Professional Years

1,174

     Masters of Occupational Therapy  

     (Post Baccalaureate) (c)

1,174

Graduate and Post Baccalaureate (per credit) (d)

   

     Executive MBA in Pharmaceutical Business

1,727

     Online MBA in Pharmaceutical Business

1,727

     Flex PharmD

1,123

     Post Baccalaureate Science Teacher Certification 

562

     All Other Graduate and Post Baccalaureate

1,123

 

Summer Special Arts and Science Courses (per credit)

503

(a) Applies to 3rd, 4th, and 5th year Pharmacy and Occupational Therapy and 4th, 5th, and 6th year Physical Therapy. Amount does not include any tuition charge for mandatory winter and summer sessions.

(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) No general fee for these courses.

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)

 $656

$1,312

 

General Fee Undergraduate and Professional (per credit)

  41

 

Late Payment Fee (assessed at $100 per month)

   —

 

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 (d)

Goodman, Osol, and Wilson

   

     Triple Room

$2,573

$5,146

     Double Room

 3,215

 6,430

     Single Room

 4,018

 8,036

Alexandria (e)

 

 8,394

Gunter

   

     Triple Room Apartment

 2,720

 5,440

     Double Room Apartment

 3,215

 6,430

     Single Room Apartment

 4,836

 9,672

Room Security Deposit

 

 175

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

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

Board Plans

 

Semester

Year

Board Plan # 1: 135 Meal Blocks and $575 Declining Balance per semester (Incoming and Returning Students)

 $2,047

$4,094

Board Plan # 2: 135 Meal Bocks and $725 Declining Balance per semester (Incoming and Returning Students)

 2,122

 4,244

Board Plan # 3: 100 Meal Blocks and $725 Declining Balance per semester (Returning Students Only)

2,047

 4,094

Commuter Plans/Dining Dollars: Can be purchased in increments of $100 up to $400 (Available to Commuters and Alexandria and Gunter Hall residents)

     Purchase $100 and receive $110 of Dining Dollars

     Purchase $200 and receive $220 of Dining Dollars

     Purchase $300 and receive $345 of Dining Dollars

     Purchase $400 and receive $460 of Dining Dollars

Summer 2007 Room and Board Rates

Monday, May 14 through Friday, August 17 (including weekends – with exception of the Memorial Day and July 4th holiday weekends)

Option 1         $1,338 per seven-week summer session

   Wilson Student Center, double occupancy    -    With meals

Option 2         $1,626 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 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 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 expected patterns of usage. Standard declining balance plan account and all-campus account balances 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 $25.00 service fee for standard declining balance plan accounts and a $5.00 service fee for all-campus accounts.

The student services/activity 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

Under the University’s refund policy, where educational expenses of a student were satisfied in whole or in part by Title IV Student Financial Aid Programs other than the Federal Work-Study Program, a portion of the refund will be returned to the Title IV programs according to current U.S. Department of Education regulations governing refunds. Under the regulations, first priority is given to the return of funds to Title IV programs in the following order: Federal Stafford Student Loan, Federal Perkins Loan Program, Federal Pell Grant Program, Federal SEOG Program, and other Title IV programs. Refunding to the following financial aid programs will be in accordance with each program’s official policy: Federal Health Professions Student Loans, institutional loans, institutional scholarships and/or grants, state grants, and private scholarships. Any remaining funds will be returned to the student. Students should be aware that the regulations might 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.

 APPENDIX C

Academic Calendars

Academic Year 2007-2008

Fall 2007

Drop/Add Period Begins……………………..………………Monday, August 20

Welcome for Students and Families……………………………………Friday, August 24

Classes Begin for All Students……………….……………….Monday, August 27

Labor Day Holiday (No Classes)…………………………..Monday, September 3

Monday Schedule for Classes…………………..…………Tuesday, September 4

Drop/Add Period Ends………………………………………..Friday, September 7

Fall Fest…………………………………………………………………..Saturday, September 29

Course Withdrawal Deadline……………………….……..……Friday, October 5

Mid-Semester Pacing Break (No Classes)…………..……….Monday, October 8

Spring Registration……………….…………….Monday-Friday, November 12-16

Residence Halls Close………………………………..Tuesday, November 20, 5:00 p.m.

University Is Open for Business…………………………Wednesday, November 21

Thanksgiving Recess (No Classes)………….Wednesday-Friday, November 21-23

Residence Halls Re-open……………………………. Sunday, November 25, 3:00 p.m.

Last Day of Classes……………………………………….….Friday, December 7

Final Examinations Begin………………………………….Monday, December 10

Reading Day (No Classes or Exams)…….……………..Wednesday, December 12

Final Examinations End………………………………….…Friday, December 14

Fall Semester Ends…………………………….………..….Friday, December 14

Residence Halls Close………………………………Saturday, December 15, 12:00 p.m.

Spring 2008

Drop/Add Period Begins…………………………… ……..Wednesday, January 9

Fall Semester Make-Up Exams……………………………..Thursday, January 10

Move Back to the Residence Halls……………………………………Sunday, January 13

Classes Begin for All Students……………………………….Monday, January 14

Drop/Add Period Ends………………………………………..Friday, January 25

Course Withdrawal Deadline…………………….………….Friday, February 22

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

Writing Proficiency Exam…………………………….…….Thursday, March 20

Fall Registration……………………….……………….Monday-Friday, April 7-11

Student Appreciation Day………………………………………………….Tuesday, April 22

Last Day of Classes………………………………….…………..Friday, April 25

Final Examinations Begin………………………………………Monday, April 28

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

 Academic Year 2008-2009

Fall 2008

Drop/Add Period Begins  ……………………………………………….Monday, August 18

Welcome for Students and Families……………………………………Friday, August 22

Classes Begin for All Students  ……………………………………….Monday, August 25

Labor Day Holiday (No Classes)  ……………………………….. Monday, September 1

Monday Schedule for Classes  ……………………………………..Tuesday, September 2

Drop/Add Period Ends  ………………………………………………….Friday, September 5

Course Withdrawal Deadline  …………………………………………….Friday, October 3

Mid-Semester Pacing Break (No Classes)  ………………………Monday, October 13

Spring Registration  …………………………………..Monday-Friday, November 10-14

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  …………………………………………. Monday, December 8

Reading Day (No Classes or Exams)  ……………………..Wednesday, December 10

Final Examinations End  …………………………………………….. Friday, December 12

Fall Semester Ends  ……………………………………………………. Friday, December 12

Spring 2009

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

Course Withdrawal Deadline  ……………………………………….. Friday, February 20

Spring Recess (No Classes)  ……………………………….. Monday-Friday, March 2-6

Classes Resume  …………………………………………………………….. Monday, March 9

Writing Proficiency Exam  …………………………………………… Thursday, March 19

Fall Registration  ………………………………………………. Monday-Friday, April 6-10

Last Day of Classes  ………………………………………………………….. Friday, April 24

Final Examinations Begin  ………………………………………………. Monday, April 27

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