600 Academic and Classroom Policies

605 Academic Integrity Policy
The college’s Academic Integrity Policy may be found at this link. Violations of academic integrity should be reported via the online form. A link to this form may be found in the lower right hand corner of the faculty member’s OASIS page. This form will enable the college to track multiple offenders and assess the extent of such violations across the college.

610 Academic advising
Academic advising is an essential responsibility for full-time faculty. Beginning in fall 2009, all incoming students—freshmen and transfers—will be advised by college advisors in the College Advising Center. These advising sessions will emphasize orientation to college-level study, introduction to college resources, and informed selection of major. When the student is prepared to confirm a major—between 15 and 45 credits—the student will be turned over to a faculty advisor in the relevant department. Faculty advisors in the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences will be available to advise students on core curriculum issues.

The College Advising Center website can be found at this link.

615 Attendance privileges (students)
Attendance and punctuality standards must be made clear and included in every course syllabus that is distributed to students at the beginning of each term. There is no college- wide attendance policy; however, many departments have adopted a no-more-than-three- absences attendance policy. Therefore, faculty members are encouraged to check for specific departmental attendance policies. Faculty members are advised to keep accurate and up-to-date records on their students’ attendance and punctuality.

Standards of attendance and punctuality imposed by faculty and/or departments may be measurements of student performance and as such may be reflected in the evaluation of the student. At the end of the term, a final grade of “F” may be assigned to students who do not meet class attendance standards and do not withdraw. A student’s registration is a contract between the student and the college: The student agrees to pay tuition and fees for the privilege of attending classes and using institutional facilities and equipment. Unless a student voluntarily drops/withdraws from a class or is administratively withdrawn, the student may attend class. Class attendance privileges, however, may be suspended if a student’s behavior is disruptive. Faculty members are advised to consult with their chair and the dean of students before suspending attendance privileges.

A faculty member may deny a student admittance to a class session once the class has begun if policies on punctuality have been made clear and distributed in writing to students.

Having been denied admittance to one class session does not, however, preclude a student from attending future class sessions provided the student observes the punctuality requirements established for the class. A student may not be denied the right to continue attending a class because the number of absences or tardies that would result in a failing grade has been exceeded.

620 Class lists
Class lists showing the names of those students officially registered in a class are available through the OASIS system. Only those students whose names appear on a class list are officially registered for the class. A student attending a class whose name is not on the list should be directed to the Office of the Registrar.

625 Policies on grading, grade changes, and grade disputes
Policies for grades may be found in Columbia’s Course Catalog here.

630 Room assignments
Room assignments for regularly scheduled classes are coordinated through the deans’ offices in cooperation with the Office of Campus Environment. If there is a problem with a classroom assignment, contact the associate dean of the relevant school.

Up-to-date information about building hours and facilities may be found on the Building Hours website.

Columbia uses an online space reservation system for all events and courses. Using the system, you can view all courses and events in every space on campus, see the availability of space and make reservations. All space reservations must be made online.

635 Field trips and outings
A field trip constitutes any off-campus activity that a faculty member plans, organizes and participates in during scheduled class meeting times. In addition to securing approval of the department chair, the faculty member must inform the college at least 48 hours in advance of any planned field trip for a class by completing and submitting a Field Trip Form. This is required by the college’s insurance company so that students and faculty may be located in the event of an emergency. The faculty member must also ask each minor student (under 18) to have a parent complete a Waiver For Minor Student Participant (last page of the Field Trip Form). Completed Field Trip Forms and any Minor Student Waivers should be delivered to the Academic Personnel Office, 8th floor, 600 S Michigan Ave.

The field trip form is available here: link

640 Copyright Policy
The college’s Copyright Policy may be found at this link.