The Ohio State University at Lima
Guidelines for Students
Every student is responsible for reading and understanding this document.
Welcome to The Ohio State University at Lima. This handout has been prepared to help guide you in your transition into university academic life. The issues presented in this document are important ones, so please read this document carefully. It is expected that you will have read and understood the information presented here.
The Ohio State University is Ohio’s flagship academic institution, offering you the opportunity for a first-class education. We take academics very seriously at this university, and we want you to be aware of academic expectations and how academic transgressions are handled. We begin by addressing the issue of student conduct and academic misconduct.
The Code of Student Conduct
We encourage you to become familiar with the Code of Student Conduct and to be especially aware of those behaviors that are considered “Prohibited Conduct,” since these may lead to disciplinary action by the University. These behaviors include, but are not limited to: Academic Misconduct, Endangering Health and Safety, Sexual Misconduct, Sexual Harassment, Destruction of Property, Dangerous Weapons/Devices, Dishonest Conduct, Theft/Unauthorized Use of Property, Drugs/Alcohol, Disorderly/Disruptive Conduct, Hazing, etc.
Interpersonal Interactions, Attendance and Classroom Etiquette
We also expect students to fully participate in their education, and such engagement demands greater personal responsibility in a most basic form: attending class. Although there are many factors that can enhance academic success in college, perhaps none is more important than class attendance. The very positive and strong relationship between high attendance patterns and high course grades has been clearly demonstrated in a number of research studies over the years. Your regular attendance in class is expected, even if the professor does not take regular attendance. Some faculty factor attendance into the grading process; others do not. Regardless of how individual members of the faculty handle attendance, all students are expected to be present in class. The quality of the education you receive at Ohio State will largely depend on your ability to interact with our excellent faculty. You really need to be there. Someone once said: “An education is the only thing that people are willing to pay for and not get.” That statement is worth pondering. Your investment of time and effort in your education should at least match your financial investment, otherwise you are wasting your money.
In the classroom, students are expected to conduct themselves in an appropriate, dignified and respectful manner. This means that students should be in class on time, remain in the classroom until they are dismissed, and refrain from disruptive behaviors, such as reading newspapers or magazines, doing assignments from other courses, sleeping, eating loudly, incessant or loud talking, packing up to leave before being dismissed, or otherwise disturbing others in the class. Faculty work hard to prepare for each class, and they require an environment that allows them to concentrate on delivering information to the students. Likewise, students need an environment that is conducive to learning. So, it is the responsibility of each student to help maintain the appropriate teaching and learning environment.
Certain classes or facilities, such as science laboratories or the library, may have special conduct requirements for maintaining a safe or appropriate learning environment. Additional information will be provided by the instructors in these classes, or those administering these facilities.
Maintaining an appropriate teaching and learning environment in the classroom extends beyond the classroom itself, as student conduct in adjacent hallways can intrude on nearby classrooms. Noisy groups of students outside of classrooms are disruptive to classes inside those rooms. We expect that students will conduct themselves on campus in ways that will promote a positive and safe academic setting for themselves, their professors and their fellow students.
Cell Phones: Turn the ringer off (set to vibrate) before entering class. If you feel that you must answer a call during class, excuse yourself and go to the hall before answering. This should not be a regular practice. No text messaging is allowed during class. During exams cell phones are to be buried inside of a backpack or purse, ringer off. You may not answer any call during any exam. Individual faculty may have more restrictive rules regarding cell phone use during class. If their policy is different from what is stated here, they will inform you.
Computers: The computers on campus that are available for student use are to be used for academic purposes. Limited personal use is also permissible within acceptable public limits (e.g., checking e-mail is acceptable, searching and downloading pornography is not acceptable). Students taking their own portable computers (i.e., laptops) into class may only use those computers during class time for work pertaining to that class. It is not acceptable for students to be working on assignments for other classes, checking e-mail, or searching the internet while in class. For more information on campus computing, see below.
Examples of academic misconduct include forgery, collusion , plagiarism , not following course guidelines, copying the work of another student, acting as a “ringer”, asking a student to act as a “ringer”, attempting to change a course grade, submission of work not performed, in a course, and possession and/or use of unauthorized materials.
With regard to Academic Misconduct, the Office of Academic Affairs (OAA) has issued the following notice to faculty: It is the responsibility of the Committee on Academic Misconduct to investigate or establish procedures for the investigation of all reported cases of student academic misconduct. The term “academic misconduct” includes all forms of student academic misconduct wherever committed; illustrated by, but not limited to, cases of plagiarism and dishonest practices in connection with examinations. Instructors shall report all instances of alleged academic misconduct to the committee (Faculty Rule 3335-5-487). For additional information, see the Code of Student Conduct(http://studentlife.osu.edu/resource_csc.asp).
Note that Ohio State faculty are required to report all instances of suspected academic misconduct (e.g. cheating on exams or plagiarism) and that the Committee on Academic Misconduct (COAM) must investigate all reported cases. The COAM investigates and adjudicates cases of suspected academic misconduct through an educational hearing process and determines suitable disciplinary action when appropriate. The COAM reviews evidence and determines if a student is “in violation” of the University’s Code of Student Conduct. If the student is found to be in violation of the Code, a sanction may be imposed that is commensurate with the nature of the violation and the student’s past disciplinary record. The sanctions are of two types. Disciplinary sanctions include formal reprimand, disciplinary probation, suspension, and dismissal. Grade sanctions include no penalty, authorize a ‘0’ on assignment , authorize a lower final course grade, authorize an ‘E’ in the course, or a combination of the above.
One of the most common and misunderstood types of academic misconduct is plagiarism, so it is appropriate to more clearly define it here. Simply stated, plagiarism is the act of using the ideas and/or the expressions of another and representing them as your own. It is a kind of cheating, and thus a form of academic misconduct.
Plagiarism can take several forms. The most obvious form is a word-for-word copying of someone else's work, in whole or in part, without acknowledgment, whether that work be a magazine article, a portion of a book, a newspaper piece, something cut and pasted from an internet site, another student's essay, or any other composition not your own. Any such verbatim use of another's work must be acknowledged by (1) enclosing all such copied portions in quotation marks and by (2) giving the original source either in the body of your essay or in a footnote or literature cited section. Generally, but not always, it is best to use quotes sparingly in your written work. There are notable exceptions in some fields (e.g. English), where quoting text is necessary. Your professors will instruct you on the proper use of quoted material, as it varies from discipline to discipline.
A second form of plagiarism is the unacknowledged paraphrasing of the structure and language of another person's work. Changing a few words of another's composition, omitting a few sentences, or changing their order does not constitute original composition and therefore can be given no credit. If such borrowing or paraphrase is ever necessary, the source must be scrupulously indicated by footnotes or in the body of your essay.
Still another form of plagiarism is more difficult to define. It consists of writing a theme based solely on the ideas of another. Even though the language is not the same, if the thinking is clearly not your own, then you have committed plagiarism. If, for example, in writing a theme you reproduce the structure and progression of ideas in an essay you have read, or a speech you have heard, you are not engaging your own mind and experience enough to claim credit for writing your own composition.
Plagiarism via the internet is becoming one of the most common forms that we see today. Search engines make it easy for students to find information on the internet, and the temptation to use this information directly is hard to resist. The same search engines and anti-plagiarism software make it just as easy for the instructor to detect plagiarism. Unfortunately, this is an easy trap for students to fall into.
Producing original work is not an easy task, but that is one of the things that you are here to learn. The Ohio State faculty is eager and willing to help you learn how to produce original work, and how to introduce the ideas and works of others into your own work. Please follow the instructions that they offer, and do not hesitate to consult with them when you have questions regarding your work. Additionally, you may seek help from The Writing Center in the Philip A. Heath Center for Teaching and Learning, in 310 Galvin Hall (Mr. Doug Sutton-Ramspeck, Coordinator, 419-995-8261). The Ohio State University Center for the Study of Teaching and Writing, on the Columbus campus, offers this website for more information: http://cstw.osu.edu/writingCenter/handouts/research_plagiarism.cfm
Campus Computing/Network Use/Office of Technology Services
All students are expected to activate and use their campus e-mail accounts. Accounts can be activated, managed, and accessed through a web browser. To activate your e-mail at Ohio State Lima, start at http://lima.osu.edu, click on “Current Students”, then click on “Activate your e-mail account” in left column under E-Life. The University will send all information concerning scheduling, grades, financial aid, and event information to your student account. Additionally, questions to faculty or advisors can only be responded to through e-mail if you use your campus e-mail address. Confidential information will not be sent to a non-osu.edu e-mail account (i.e. hotmail, yahoo, etc.)
Buck ID Services
Weather Delays and Cancellations Policy
When weather conditions warrant closing the campus, we will try to get that information to the media by 6:00 a.m. Local radio and television carry these announcements (see listings on next page). The Ohio State Lima web site also reports campus closings or delays.
If weather forces a delay classes will usually begin at 10:00 a.m. Students and faculty/staff should report to the place they would normally be at 10:00 a.m. The portion of the class that was scheduled prior to the announced delay time has been cancelled as well as that portion of the same class which extends no more than 30 minutes beyond the delayed start time. For example, if campus delays until 10:00 a.m., a class starting at 8:00 a.m. and ending at 10:20 a.m. has been canceled for the day. However, a class starting at 8:00 a.m. but ending at 11:00 a.m. would still be holding class for one hour starting at 10:00 a.m. Activities scheduled to begin on or after the delayed start time will be conducted in a normal manner with students held responsible for any material presented.
If campus is open, all students are expected to make a reasonable effort to attend classes. Any student feeling that travel would unduly endanger their safety may elect to not attend class, and should be allowed to make up the necessary work without penalty. Students are accountable for any material and assignments missed during an absence without an official delay or announced cancellation.
These guidelines represent the input of a number of Ohio State University faculty and staff, as well as sections from university written materials. Some of the text here has been taken directly from these writings. Those at Ohio State Lima who have contributed include: Dr. David Adams, Dr. Allison Gilmore, Dr. Elisabeth Gray, Ms. Susan Heaphy, Dr. Steven Higgins, Dr. Sabine Jeschonnek, Ms. Pamela Joseph, Mr. James Kerr, Ms. Ruth Kinder, Ms. Karen Meyer, Dr. Beth Sutton-Ramspeck, and Mr. Doug Sutton-Ramspeck.
Michael A. Cunningham, Associate Dean
Version 1.3, revised 9/14/2007