Key to UB Student Handbook

2020-2021

Chapter Two: Undergraduate Academic Standards and Guidelines

This section provides a general guide for academic standards, guidelines, and resources. For program information, degree requirements, and policies in specific degree programs, the University of Bridgeport Catalog must be consulted (particularly for students in graduate programs; certain programs such as the Chiropractic and Naturopathic Colleges have other student handbooks which contain additional requirements). For other policies and procedures and for additional information, please consult your College Dean or the Provost’s office.

ACADEMIC ADVISING CENTER

The Academic Advising Center (AAC) is home to undergraduate students who are undecided on a major, transitioning between majors, or in a pre-major at the University of Bridgeport. Students in pre-majors will be assigned to a faculty advisor in their program of study. The professional academic advisors in the AAC will serve as a liaison between the student and faculty advisor or faculty in their program. The AAC will also provide supplemental advising to any undergraduate student at UB.

The AAC helps you:

  • Select courses to fill major requirements

  • Determine which majors could help meet your personal and professional goals

  • Develop strategies for academic success

  • Connect with campus resources

  • Foster involvement in extracurricular experiences

The office also provides important programming designed to help students be successful during their college career at UB. These key programs include:

  • Student Success

  • Academic Recovery

  • Peer Mentors

  • Best Practices in Academic Advising for Faculty Advisors

    The AAC includes four professional academic advisors as well as a writing coordinator who are available to support students. Contact us at dvising@bridgeport.edu  to set up an advising session or to learn more about our ongoing projects.

Office Location

Academic Advising Center
506 Wahlstrom Library Bridgeport, CT 06604
Phone – (203) 576-6632
Email – advising@bridgeport.edu 

Hours

Office hours – Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The Academic Advising Center is open year round to work with students. However, our hours of operation vary throughout the year due to required obligations.

Student Advising Times

Fall/Spring/Summer

Monday through Friday – 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., with the first appointment at 9 a.m. and the last at 4 p.m.

ACADEMIC ADVISING SYSTEM

Students are assigned an academic advisor upon acceptance to the University. Please refer to the University of Bridgeport Catalog under “Academic Regulations and Procedures” for additional information.

ACADEMIC HONORS

Students demonstrating integrity and scholastic excellence may be elected to one of the honor societies at the University of Bridgeport. Please refer to the University of Bridgeport Catalog under “Academic Regulations and Procedures” for more specific information on academic honors and graduation honors.

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY POLICY, PRINCIPLES AND PROCEDURES

The University of Bridgeport is committed to fostering an environment of academic integrity, mutual respect and individual responsibility. We are a community that values the voice of students in their pursuit of academic excellence and personal growth. By choosing to be a member of this community, each student demonstrates respect for the core values of trust, honesty and ethical behavior and commits to upholding these standards. These principles guide conduct both in and out of the classroom and on and off campus. This applies to interactions with all members of the community as well as the use of university resources and facilities.

A high standard of ethical conduct is expected of students in their academic activities. The University does not tolerate cheating in any form. This term, as defined below, is used to include dishonest use of another individual’s aid in preparation of written, oral, and artistic assignments, as well as during a classroom testing period. All students must be familiar with those regulations. Disciplinary action will be imposed for any form of detected cheating or plagiarism, regardless of the student’s motive or intention.

Definition of Cheating

The term “cheating” includes, but is not limited to: 1) use of any unauthorized assistance in taking quizzes, tests, examinations, assignments, papers, or reports; 2) use of sources beyond those authorized by the instructor in writing papers, preparing reports, solving problems or carrying out other assignments; 3) the acquisition, without permission, of tests or other academic material belonging to a member of the University faculty or staff; 4) the acquisition, with or without permission, of tests or other academic material belonging to other student who is taking or has completed the course in question; 5) engaging in any behavior specifically prohibited by a faculty member in the course syllabus or class discussion; 6) collaborating with other student(s) when not expressly permitted by a professor (if the professor does not expressly indicate that collaboration is allowed, then none is permitted); 7) copying or transmitting answers, questions, or parts of tests to other students by use of electronic or other means (calculator, mobile phone, tablet, camera, etc.); or 8) engaging in plagiarism, as defined below.

Definition of Plagiarism

INTENTIONAL AS WELL AS UNINTENTIONAL FAILURE TO ACKNOWLEDGE SOURCES AS WELL AS THE USE OF COMMERCIALLY AVAILABLE SO-CALLED “RESEARCH PAPERS” WITHOUT FULL RECOGNITION OF THE SOURCE. Students are responsible for distinguishing clearly between their own facts, ideas, and conclusions and those of other sources. To use someone else’s words, opinions, or conclusions without giving them credit is plagiarism. Students must be able to distinguish their own ideas, conclusions, discoveries, etc., from those read or heard. Plagiarism also includes “self-plagiarism” wherein a student submits the same work to multiple classes without instructor approval. Examples include, without limitation: using information or ideas from a source without properly crediting it; copying any portion of another’s work (student, faculty, book, article, journal, internet, etc.) without crediting the author; or submitting an assignment that you wrote during another class, previous or current. Check with your professor(s) for the appropriate guidelines that should be followed.

DISCIPLINE FOR ACADEMIC DISHONESTY

Discipline for acts of academic dishonesty (i.e., cheating or plagiarism) will be imposed in accordance with the procedures set forth below. The following sanctions will be imposed:

For all Undergraduate Programs:

First Violation: An "F" in an examination or assignment on which the student committed the act of dishonesty.

Second Violation: An "F" in the course in which the student committed the act of dishonesty.

Third Violation: An "F" in the course in which the student committed the act of dishonesty and dismissal from the University for no less than one year.

For all Graduate Programs: 

First Violation: An "F" in an examination or assignment in which the student committed the act of dishonesty.

Second Violation: An "F" in an examination or course in which the student committed the act of dishonesty and dismissal from the University for no less than one year. 

The number of violations accrues to each student during total time as a University of Bridgeport student at any level. 

Consent to Plagiarism Screening

Students are expected to be familiar with and to comply with the University’s policies prohibiting plagiarism as set forth above. Some courses utilize electronic screening to detect plagiarism. These plagiarism screening programs analyze the extent to which students’ submitted assignments constitute original content and compare students’ submissions to an extensive network of web pages, articles, and other student work in their databases. Using these resources, these programs produce originality reports which categorize submission content, determining what percentage of each assignment matches text found in their databases.

By enrolling in course(s), students consent to the above-described plagiarism screening programs and may also be required to approve specific terms and conditions of use when submitting an assignment. Students also consent to retention of their submission to plagiarism screening platforms, but retain full copyright of their submission.

Committee on Academic Integrity (CAI)

The Committee on Academic Integrity hears and decides matters of academic dishonesty. The CAI consists of four faculty members and two administrators, each of whom serve two year terms. The Provost, in conjunction with the Faculty Council, appoints/re-appoints CAI members upon the expiration of member terms. The Dean of Students serves as Committee Chair.

For each hearing, the Committee Chair shall convene a panel of three CAI members, consisting of at least one faculty member and one administrator. Faculty members and/or administrators affiliated with the hearing parties – including without limitation to the student, faculty member, or department in which the alleged academic dishonesty occurred -- cannot serve on that particular panel.

ACADEMIC DISHONESTY DISCIPLINE PROCEDURE

The Faculty Member’s Decision: When a faculty member believes that a student has committed an act of academic dishonesty (i.e. cheating or plagiarism) as defined above (the “Violation”), the faculty member shall notify the student of the alleged Violation. The student will not be permitted to withdraw from the course until there is a final decision regarding the alleged Violation. The faculty member shall meet with the student to discuss the alleged Violation. If it’s not practicable to meet in person, the faculty member may conduct the meeting via telephone. After considering any matters the student wishes to present and reviewing all pertinent facts, the faculty member will determine whether or not the student is responsible for the alleged Violation and shall notify the student in writing of his/her decision. This notification will also be sent to the Dean or Director of the school or program as well as to the Associate Provost. Upon receipt of this notification, the Associate Provost will notify all parties regarding the appropriate sanction, depending on whether first or repeated Violation (see Discipline for Academic Dishonesty, above). At this point, the student has the opportunity to appeal the decision within 10 days to the Dean or Director of the school or program which offers the course where the alleged violation occurred.

Appeal to the Dean or Director: To appeal a sanction of academic dishonesty, the student must submit a request in writing to the Dean or Director. This appeal must include a narrative of relevant facts and any other pertinent information. Upon receipt of the appeal, the Dean, Director or his/her designee will meet with the student and the faculty member and investigate or review all pertinent facts. The Dean, Director or his/her designee shall then prepare a decision summarizing his or her factual conclusions within 21 days of receiving notice of the student’s appeal and stating whether or not the student is responsible for the alleged Violation, which shall be promptly sent to the student, faculty member, and Associate Provost. If the student is determined to be responsible for the alleged Violation, then the student shall also be notified of his or her right to appeal within 10 days to the CAI on the following grounds: i) the decision is contrary to or unsupported by the facts; ii) new relevant information has been discovered which was not previously considered; or iii) the University’s Academic Integrity policy and procedures were not followed.

Appeal to the CAI: If the student notifies the Dean, Director or his/her designee within 10 days that s/he desires to appeal to the CAI, the Dean, Director or his/her designee shall forward the appeal to the Dean of Students, as Committee Chair of the CAI. The student’s written appeal to the CAI must specifically state the grounds for appeal, as set forth above. The Dean of Students shall promptly convene three CAI members (the “CAI Panel”) to hear the appeal. At the hearing, the student, faculty member, and Dean, Director or his/her designee shall be afforded an opportunity to present testimony or documents. The hearing is not subject to rules governing a legal proceeding and neither the student or others attending shall be entitled to legal representation at the hearing. Within 15 days of the hearing, the CAI Panel shall issue a written decision (the “CAI Decision”) to the Committee Chair, who will promptly provide a copy to the student, faculty member, and Associate Provost. The CAI decision on the appeal shall be final.

ACADEMIC GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE

What is an academic grievance? An academic grievance is a complaint by a student specifically related to a grade, alleging arbitrary and capricious grading, which is defined as:

The assignment of a grade in a course or assignment to a student on some basis other than performance in the course, or the assignment of a course grade to a student by resorting to unreasonable standards different from those which were applied by the same instructor to other students in that course, or the assignment of a course grade by a substantial, unreasonable and unannounced departure from the instructor's previously articulated standards.

Any student who wishes to file a formal grievance seeking review of an academic decision or matter, e.g. grade, instructional practice, may utilize the procedure below. This grievance procedure does not apply to non-academic or disciplinary matters, academic dishonesty, athletics, disability accommodations, or issues arising under Title IX, which are subject to review under other University procedures. Any student who has been disciplined under the Academic Dishonesty Disciplinary Procedure (see above) for a related issue cannot invoke this grievance procedure.

Students are encouraged to address any concern which may arise informally with appropriate professors, directors or deans, or advisors and to attempt to resolve the matter prior to submitting a formal grievance.

First Step: The student may submit a written grievance no later than 30 days after the date that the academic decision or action complained of occurred. The written grievance, which should be submitted to the dean or director of the appropriate school, should describe the relevant background, the decision or action which the student seeks to have reviewed, the student’s previous attempts to resolve the matter, and the relief the student is seeking. If the dean or director was the decision maker with regard to the matter which the student seeks to have reviewed, then the grievance may be submitted directly to the Office of the Provost.

In considering the grievance, the dean or director may request additional information from the complaining student, as well as from a faculty member or other person who may have relevant information. The dean, director, or his/her designee will notify the student in writing of his/her decision (the “Decision”) within 15 days following receipt of the grievance or conclusion of investigation (whichever is later).

Second Step: In the event that the student is not satisfied with the Decision at Step 1, then the student may submit a written appeal within 15 days of receipt of the Decision to the Office of the Provost. The appeal must contain: a copy of the original grievance and any documents filed in support thereof, the Decision, and a statement outlining the reasons for the appeal and relief sought. The Provost may review and decide the appeal, or designate an associate or assistant Provost to review and decide the appeal. Upon considering the appeal, the Provost or his/her designee will notify the student in writing of his/her decision and the grounds therefor within 15 days following receipt of the appeal or conclusion of investigation (whichever is later). The Office of the Provost’s decision is final.

ACADEMIC STATUS

It is the responsibility of all students to be aware of their academic standing, and to comply with all requirements set by their college or school. For concerns and academic questions, consult your academic advisor. Please refer to the University of Bridgeport Catalog under “Academic Regulations and Procedures” for additional information on academic standing, policies, and procedures.

ATTENDANCE

Students are expected to attend classes regularly. The instructor may specify in his or her class outline at the beginning of the semester to what extent attendance will be taken into account when grades are calculated. Please refer to the University of Bridgeport Catalog under “Academic Regulations and Procedures” for additional information.

CARE TEAM

The University of Bridgeport CARE Team is a group of campus professionals appointed by the President. The CARE Team is chaired by the Dean of Students with representatives from athletics, counseling services, health services, Title IX, campus security, residential life, and academic affairs. The purpose of the CARE Team is to assess and address student behavior that is of concern to the community and to coordinate support and resources necessary to intervene. Behaviors of concern may include mental health and/or safety issues. The CARE Team meets regularly to support students via an established protocol and will serve as a proactive, centralized, caring and coordinated intervention for students in need prior to a crisis. Any member of the UB community may make a referral to the CARE Team via email to deanofstudents@ bridgeport.edu or by submitting an electronic student of concern form available at Bridgeport.edu/life/welcome-dean/.

COMPUTER FACILITIES/TECHNOLOGY

Media Services

Media Services provides audiovisual support to student activities and the classrooms. All requests must be made 2 weeks in advance of any event. For more information, please contact Media Services at (203) 576-4587 or email avevents@bridgeport.edu .

IT support

The Helpdesk is a technical assistant provider where students work for the University of Bridgeport’s Academic and Campus Technology Support or (A.C.T.S.) department. We’re here to provide technical support to Students, Staff, and Faculty. Our Helpdesk is run by U.B. students who are trained in University supported operating systems, browsers, and software as well as problems with your UBNet account, Canvas, wireless, and other technology on campus. We will walk you through IT-related questions and troubleshoot hardware issues on University-owned computers and classroom technology. Please visit Bridgeport.edu/helpdesk for our helpdesk location, walk up hours, email address and phone number. You will also find Online Services and Self-Help Guides. Have your school ID number ready or the case number if you have a previously opened support case. The Helpdesk is located on the first floor of the Wahlstrom library, in the back behind the Discovery Pavilion.

General computer areas are located on the 1st and 3rd floors of Wahlstrom library, and Knights End on the lower level of the John J Cox Student Center. Hours for each area vary so please check with staff for the most current operating hours. Wireless areas are available in Wahlstrom Library, in the Student Center Knight’s End Café and in each study lounge area of each residence hall, as well as numerous other areas on campus.

Problems with your UBNet account, wireless, or other technology on campus?

Please check the Portal (myub.bridgeport.edu) on the Help Desk page for location, walk up hours, email address or a phone number to get assistance from our Help Desk. Have your school ID number ready or the case number if you have a previously opened support case. You’ll also find Online Services and Self-Help Guides as well.

COOPERATIVE EDUCATION AND INTERNSHIPS

Cooperative Education and internships integrate classroom studies with supervised, paid, and unpaid work experience in a professional environment. Each program has different requirements. Interested students should consult with their academic advisor, director or dean for more information.

COURSE REGISTRATION

A full-time undergraduate course load is between 12 and 18 credit hours per semester. Undergraduate registering for more than 18 credit hours per semester require the approval of their academic dean and will incur additional tuition charges. Students must consult their academic advisor about course selection and registration forms must be signed by both the student and the academic advisor prior to processing by the Registrar. On-line registration is available for continuing students, if approval is granted by their academic advisor. Students should refer to the online academic calendar for time limitations for registering or withdrawing from courses.

CREDIT FOR PRIOR LEARNING (CPL)

The University of Bridgeport recognizes that undergraduate students may have acquired college level learning through a variety of non-credit sources and that credit toward a degree may legitimately be granted if the learning is verifiable. The process whereby a student may acquire academic credit for experiential learning is the Credit for Prior Learning program. Please refer to the University of Bridgeport Catalog for additional information under “Academic Regulations and Procedures.”

GRADUATION REGULATIONS AND PROCEDURES

The Commencement Participation form has replaced Application for Graduation and must be submitted by the application deadline, refer to the Commencement website for further information. Students should consult with their academic advisor one semester prior to their graduation date so that a Graduation Checklist can be completed. Such consultation enables the advisor to check the student's records for discrepancies and allows some time during the final semester to resolve any problems that might appear. The fulfillment of graduation requirements is the student's responsibility. Participation in the Commencement ceremony does not necessarily imply a student has met the requirements for graduation from their academic program. Please refer to the University of Bridgeport Catalog under "Academic Regulations and Procedures" for additional information.

Deadlines for graduation are:

  • For August* and December graduation, on or before NOVEMBER 15.

  • For May graduation, on or before FEBRUARY 15.*

(*) Students within 18 credits of graduating are welcome to participate in the May Commencement Ceremony. However they are required to submit their graduation application on/or before April 7.

The University of Bridgeport conducts two graduation ceremonies in December and May of each year for the Spring and Fall semesters. A graduation fee is due at the time the Commencement Participation form is submitted. This fee must be paid whether or not you participate in the ceremony. Students participating in the Commencement Ceremonies must conform to all regulations. Transcripts and diplomas will not be released until all balances due to the University are satisfied.

OFF-CAMPUS STUDY

Matriculated students are expected to take the courses for their degrees at The University of Bridgeport. Permission to take courses at other institutions for transfer credit will be given only for valid reasons and must be approved in advance by the student’s Program Director or Dean of his or her School or College. Permission forms may be obtained from the Office of the Registrar.

Matriculated students may not take courses at junior or community colleges for transfer credit at the junior or senior level toward their degrees. Students must complete, at minimum, the last 30 semester hours of work toward their degree under the direct auspices of the University of Bridgeport. Under exceptional circumstances, the dean of the student’s program may modify this requirement. Please refer to the University of Bridgeport Catalog under “Academic Regulations and Procedures” for additional information.