Policies pertaining to the Graduate School of Education and found on school course syllabi.
The policies below (academic integrity, portfolio development, disability services, official format for student work, and attendance policy) are also found on Graduate School of Education syllabi.See the Graduate Academic Catalog for a full list of the university's academic policies.
Academic honesty and integrity are essential to the existence and growth of an academic community. Each member of the Lesley community is charged with honoring and upholding the University's policy. Students are full members of the academic community and, as such, are obligated to uphold the University's standards for academic integrity. Students should take an active role in encouraging others to respect these standards and should become familiar with Lesley's policy. The policy details students' roles and responsibilities, and provides examples of violations, which include information about failing to document sources, plagiarism, cheating, fabrication or falsification of data, multiple submissions of work, abuse of academic materials, complicity/unauthorized assistance, and lying/tampering/theft. The complete policy can be found in the Graduate Academic Catalog.
Graduate School of Education Master's degree and licensure candidates* are required to develop a program portfolio, comprising the key assignment from each course in their programs. Through these identified key assignments, students will demonstrate acquisition of both knowledge and skills and will demonstrate professional growth over time. The portfolios will be used for institutional and teacher self-evaluation as well as for review by accrediting agencies. They will also provide evidence that students are meeting required state and professional standards, and will confirm that Lesley's programs are meeting their stated outcomes. More about My Assessment Portfolio (MAP) »
*Students enrolled in the following programs are exempt from the portfolio requirement at this time: M.Ed. Individually Designed Program for Educators, M.Ed. in Moderate or Severe Disabilities: Individually Designed
Lesley University is committed to ensuring that all qualified students with disabilities are afforded an equal opportunity to participate in and to benefit from its programs and services. To receive accommodations, a student must have a documented disability as defined by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, and must provide documentation of the disability. Eligibility for reasonable accommodations will be based on the documentation provided.If you are a student with a documented disability, or feel that you may have a disability, please contact the appropriate disability administrator:Learning Disabilities, Attention Disorders, and Asperger Syndrome for On-Campus Students:Kimberly Johnson, Director LD/ADD Academic Support Program Doble Hall 214Phone: 617-349-8462 Fax: 617.349.8324 email@example.comPhysical, Sensory, Psychiatric, and Medical Conditions: G. Ruth Kukiela Bork, Director of Access Services for Students with Disabilities 11 Mellen StreetPhone: 617.349.8194 Fax: 617.349.8558 TTY: 617.349.8544 firstname.lastname@example.orgOff-Campus Students, Daniel Newman, Lesley University ADA/504 Coordinator Doble Hall 208 Phone: 617.349.8572 Fax: 617.349.8324 email@example.com
The Lesley University Graduate School of Education has adopted the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th Edition  as the official format for student papers, citations, and bibliographies. The Graduate School of Education will not accept other publication guidelines, such as the Modern Language Association. The Sherrill Library APA page also provides helpful information on APA guidelines.
The academic integrity of our programs depends on students attending all
scheduled class meetings. Students should discuss with faculty, in
advance, any portion of a class meeting they cannot attend. Absence from
class may be reflected in the student's grade. To maintain the academic integrity of Lesley programs, and to meet course learning objectives for all class members, students are expected to attend and to participate fully in all class meetings. In exceptional circumstances when students need to be absent from a class, they should discuss with the faculty member, in advance, any portion of a class meeting they cannot attend.Faculty members reserve the right, in consultation with their academic program directors, to set specific attendance requirements for their courses, which may include no absences. This applies to all models of delivery, including institutes, residencies, workshops, etc. As part of their syllabus, faculty members establish expectations regarding family or medical emergency and "milestone" circumstances that may necessitate student absence from class. Absence from class diminishes the learning community and may have an adverse effect on a student's grade.Please note: for all programs, in addition to the stated attendance policy, the following applies: Only tuition-paying students are permitted to attend classes. This means that children, spouses, and other guests will not be allowed in class. Visiting faculty, by permission of the instructor, are the only exception to this policy. Pets will not be allowed in classrooms, and may not be left unattended outside.In setting their attendance requirements, faculty members will be guided by the following standards:Weekly Model:If a student is absent for more than six (6) hours of class time, the academic consequences will be determined according to the policies of the academic program in which the student is enrolled. Missing more than nine (9) hours of weekly class meetings will result in a grade of administrative withdrawal (AW) on the student's transcript. For courses with a grade of AW, no credit and no tuition refund will be given.Weekend Model:When missing any class time up to the equivalent of one (1) full day over the two weekends, students are responsible for contacting the faculty member in advance (or as soon as possible afterward) to discuss the nature of the family or medical emergency or "milestone" circumstance. The faculty member will determine whether the course attendance expectations will permit makeup work and/or whether there may be an adverse effect on the final grade. Missing more than the equivalent of one (1) full day over the two weekends will result in a grade of administrative withdrawal (AW) on the student's transcript. For courses with a grade of AW, no credit and no tuition refunds will be given.Serious family or medical emergency and significant "milestone" circumstances may warrant exception to these requirements and will be considered on a case-by-case basis, in consultation with the appropriate academic unit personnel. The faculty member has full discretion regarding students making up assignments missed, including those completed in and out of class, as well as specific course content (e.g., videos, reflections, discussion, readings, etc.).Creative Arts in Learning Off-Campus Programs:Upon joining an Integrated Teaching Through the Arts (ITA) cohort, you become a member of a learning group. You will find that the group experience provides you with a tremendous support system, a rich learning environment, and a long lasting network of colleagues to learn with and from. You are expected to enroll in all classes offered for your group and to attend all scheduled class meetings. In special situations, follow these guidelines:I. If missing any class time you must seek approval from your Faculty Academic Advisor first, at least one week in advance, They will then notify the course instructor of the approved missed time. Once permission is granted, arrangements for make-up work will be made with the faculty on an individual basis.II. If missing class for more than 8 hours (one full day), submit a written request for an alternative arrangement directly to the Faculty Academic Advisor at least 8 weeks prior to the start of class. The following criteria apply to approval for either an Independent Study or taking a course at another location: birth or adoption of a child, death of a family member, medical/surgical situations, mandatory professional obligations, weddings involving immediate family, and graduation of parent, child, or spouse.Field Programs:Students attending field programs that are delivered as integrated curricula occurring all day and almost evenings may not miss more than 10 percent of their program. For instance, if the program is seventy (70) days they may miss seven (7) days. Missing more than the equivalent of 10 percent of the semester will result in a grade of administrative withdrawal (AW) on the student's transcript. The student will then need to repeat the semester and repay tuition. Serious family or medical emergency and significant "milestone" circumstances may warrant exception to these requirements and will be considered on a case-by-case basis, in consultation with the appropriate academic unit personnel.Online Programs:The flexibility of online courses allows students to complete assignments and participate in collaborative work from wherever there is a reliable Internet connection. In an online environment, "attendance" in courses that are either fully or partially delivered online is typically measured by the quality and frequency of the posts in the online discussion forums. As online courses are designed to be interactive, often with assignments that require group work, a student's absence from these discussion forums for more than a few days may prevent that student from maintaining the level of interaction that is required for success in the course.The university acknowledges that on occasion, students may have legitimate reasons for missing class. However, it is important to realize that while some assignments might be submitted after a due date, discussion postings cannot be "made up." If a student knows that she/he will be offline for a week or more, the student must contact the instructor before the start of a course to discuss possible options for completing required work. Given the highly interactive design of an online course, options to make up required discussion boards or collaborative assignments may be severely limited. In this case, a student should consider taking the course at a later time.Students should be aware that being offline for a week or more, without prior approval from the instructor, may result in no credit for the week's discussion boards or collaborative assignments. For lengthier absences, an administrative withdrawal (AW) from the course may be warranted. For courses with a grade of AW, no course credit and no tuition refund will be given.
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