Policies and Procedures
Welcome to Temple University. Please take a few minutes to review some of the policies designed to guide your academic progress.
The complete list of policies snd corresponding texts are available on the Temple website at http://policies.temple.edu and further information is available in the Undergraduate Bulletin, http://www.temple.edu/bulletin/.
To discuss how these policies may affect you or to talk with an academic advisor about your academic standing or progress, find the advising center for your school or college on the Advising Contact List.
Course Syllabus: Instructors are required to supply a detailed syllabus explaining course rules and expectations for courses in which you are enrolled. The content requirements for course syllabi are enumerated on the policy web site. (policy # 02.78.13)
FERPA Waiver: An online waiver process under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) allows students to use the Portal to elect to keep their parents or other designees informed about their academic progress and disciplinary record. You can exercise your waiver and sign-up through the TUPortal. (policy # 03.20.11)
Incomplete Course Work: Instructors submitting a grade of “I” (Incomplete) for students must file, with the department, a written agreement describing the nature of the work to be completed and the completion deadline. An instructor will file an “I” (Incomplete) only if the student has completed the majority of the work of the course at a passing level, and only for reasons beyond the student’s control. The instructor must report a default grade that will be entered if the student’s work is not completed or if the instructor does not change the “I” grade within one year. (policy # 02.10.13)
Instructor Office Hours: Faculty members should hold regular weekly office hours, ideally three per week. A smaller number of office hours may be scheduled with the approval of the dean. For instance, for faculty teaching in studio or clinic settings, extensive in-class consultation may serve instead of office hours. A greater number of office hours should be held by a faculty member when circumstances warrant. Faculty members should also see students by special appointment as needed. To meet the needs of commuting students, faculty members are urged to hold office hours immediately before or immediately after a scheduled class meeting in each course if at all possible. Faculty members should hold office hours at all campuses where they teach. Faculty members teaching online courses should arrange specific times when they will be available online for consultation. Office hours should be posted at a faculty member’s office, studio, or other location of work; on the course syllabus; and on Blackboard or any other course web site. Faculty members should inform their department and dean’s office of their scheduled office hours. Faculty members should notify students of both planned and emergency changes to scheduled office hours. (policy # 02.78.12)
International Studies Core Requirement Revision: Student options for fulfilling the University’s Core International Studies (IS) requirement have been revised effective for the first summer session 2007 and subsequent terms. Any student with remaining University Core International Studies requirements can satisfy those requirements based on the revised options. Details can be accessed on the web at http://www.temple.edu/vpus/transfer/index.htm#COREandGENED
Lower Division Student Academic Progress: Instructors in lower division freshman and sophomore courses (i.e., those numbered 1999 and below) will provide evaluations of student progress by the end of the fifth week of class. It is the instructor’s responsibility to complete and return an early report indicating satisfactory or unsatisfactory progress for each student. Students will receive their mid-semester ratings on their OWLnet account. (policy # 02.10.15)
Student Feedback Form (SFF): Each course (with few exceptions) is required to employ a standard form for student evaluation of courses and teaching. Please complete the SFF forms thoughtfully at the end of your course. (policy # 02.78.14)
Student and Faculty Academic Rights and Responsibilities: Freedom to teach and freedom to learn are inseparable facets of academic freedom. The University has adopted a policy on Student and Faculty Academic Rights and Responsibilities, which can be accessed through the following link: http://policies.temple.edu. (policy # 03.70.02)
Student Services Office Hours: All University offices directly serving students will maintain uniform business hours (8:30 AM to 5:00 PM). (policy # 04.31.11)
Temple E-Mail: All students are required to obtain a Temple e-mail address and follow guidelines for University use of e-mail. The policy establishes your Temple e-mail account as an approved channel of communication for sending you official University notifications and important information. You are responsible for information and notifications sent to your @temple.edu account. (policy # 04.74.11)