Section 4: Academic Policies & Procedures

Please see the University of the Arts Course Catalogue for the full listing of academic policies and procedures, pertaining to matriculated students, including the policy on intellectual property.

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ACADEMIC HONESTY/INTEGRITY POLICY
Academic Integrity is a commitment to the core values of honesty, trust, fairness, respect and responsibility and their role in ensuring the health and vigor of the academic and creative community. Please note that students are encouraged to contact their instructors and/or the University librarians for guidance in maintaining academic integrity in their work.

Violations of Academic Integrity
Violations of academic integrity are considered to be acts of academic dishonesty and include (but are not limited to) cheating, plagiarizing, fabrication, denying others access to information or material, and facilitating academic dishonesty, and are subject to the policies and procedures noted here and within the Course Catalogue, including the Student Code of Conduct and the Student Conduct System. Please note that lack of knowledge of citations procedures, for example, is an unacceptable explanation for plagiarism, as is having studied together to produce remarkably similar papers or creative works submitted separately by two students.

Procedures for Addressing Violations of Academic Integrity
If an instructor suspects a student of any violation of academic integrity, the following process is to be followed:

  1. After an initial consultation with the Program Director/Director/Academic Dean where the infraction is identified and its seriousness assessed, the instructor must address the situation with the student, either in writing or in person. After having addressed the situation with the student, the instructor shall determine an appropriate course of action within his/her purview as a member of the teaching faculty. (Please refer to the "Sanctions" section of this policy for possible actions to be taken in such cases.)
  2. In the case of Assignment Sanctions (see below), the instructor may submit a written summary as outlined above if s/he deems it to be warranted.
  3. In the case of Course Sanctions (see below), the instructor may submit a written summary as outlined above if s/he deems it to be warranted.
  4. In cases where either the Associate Provost or the instructor determines that the offense merits consideration by the Campus Standards Committee, the instructor works in conjunction with the Associate Provost to formally refer the case to the Campus Standards Committee.
  5. In all academic integrity matters that are handled by the faculty member, notification of the sanctions, if any, must be sent to the Provost’s office, which will notify the office of student affairs and dean of students.  Students who receive numerous violations of academic integrity may be brought before a Campus Standards Committee.

Sanctions
After consulting with the department Chair/Director/Academic Dean offering the course, it is up to the instructor to determine how serious the offense is (based on her/his academic standards and expectations) as it relates to the sanctions to be imposed within his or her course. Both the Associate Provost and the instructor have the right to determine whether the offense warrants advancement to the Campus Standards Committee. The Associate Provost must be kept apprised by the instructor of the actions taken. If it is judged that a student has violated the University’s standards for academic integrity, sanctions may include but are not limited to:

Assignment Sanctions

  1. Repeating the assignment or completing an additional assignment. (Please note that when sanctions are imposed in this manner, students become ineligible for an Incomplete or a Withdrawal from the course in which the sanctions are imposed if it is pursued as a result of the sanction.);
  2. Failure of the assignment with no opportunity to repeat it. No points will be earned for the assignment (that is, an F will equal a "0").

Course Sanctions

  1. Issuance of a warning or verbal reprimand with a written description of the interaction by the instructor. Copies of such reprimands must be kept by the instructor, and submitted to the Office of the Provost who will forward copies to the Student’s Judicial File and the student;
  2. Failure of the class;
  3. Referral to the Campus Standards Committee for possible actions that may include but are not limited to suspension, dismissal or expulsion. Such referral is likely in the extreme or repeated cases involving a violation of academic integrity.

Appeals Procedure
Students who wish to appeal the instructor’s sanction(s) should follow the procedure as outlined in the Academic Policies section of the Course Catalog under "Academic Grievances". Students who wish to appeal the decision of the Campus Standards Committee should follow the procedure outlined in the "Conduct Review System" section of this handbook.

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OFFICE OF THE REGISTRAR
Margaret Kip, Registrar
215-717-6420
215-717-6417 (Fax)
registrar@uarts.edu
Dorrance Hamilton Hall
320 South Broad Street, 2nd Floor

The Office of the Registrar provides academic and enrollment services in support of the University of the Arts' diverse academic community. The office is the steward of student academic records. We coordinate services in the areas of course information, course selection, grading, program declaration, degree progress, classroom assignment, certification of enrollment and degrees awarded, and the security and release of academic records.

Student Email
For security and privacy reasons, the Office of the Registrar can offer in depth support to student inquiries received from student UArts email accounts, only limited and general policy information can be shared with inquiries received from non-UArts email accounts. For this reason students are expected and encouraged to use their UArts email account for all UArts business. Students are responsible for regularly reading and responding to email sent by the University faculty, staff, and administration to the student’s UArts email account.

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Directory Information
Directory information can be released to third parties without prior student consent. In accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, students can request this information is not released. Requests must be filed in person at the Office of the Registrar, who will counsel students on the related implications. Requests must be made within the first three weeks of the semester.

The University of the Arts considers the following information to be directory information:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Telephone listing
  • Email address
  • Date and place of birth
  • Major field of study
  • Participation in officially recognized activities
  • Dates of attendance
  • Enrollment status
  • Degrees and awards received
  • Last institution attended

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Resources provided by the Office of the Registrar include:
Registrar.UArts.edu
This site provides students with information relating to services, documentation, and support provided by the Office of the Registrar. This includes the academic calendar, office hours, advising and registration resources including course offerings, forms, historical publications, transcript request procedures, readmission procedures and guides for navigating MyUArts record.

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UArts Course Catalogue
Students are responsible for observing all regulations in the UArts Course Catalogue. The Catalogue includes information concerning the University administration and mission, academic policy, admission policy, course details, financial aid, program requirements, information technology policy, and tuition and fees. The Office of the Registrar staff can assist students in understanding and navigating the policies and procedures documented within the catalogue.

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MyUArts Record
MyUArts record is a self-service web-tool which provides students access to their academic record. MyUArts record is accessed via the UArts portal. Login instructions and guides for navigating this resource are published on the resources page of the Office of the Registrar’s website.

MyUArts Record provides student access to:

  • Address and emergency contact information
  • Advisor Name
  • Check for permission to register
  • Class schedules
  • Course offerings
  • Degree Audits
  • Enrollment verifications
  • Grades
  • Official transcripts
  • Petition to graduate
  • Register for and drop classes during designated registration periods
  • Unofficial transcripts 

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