Student Handbook

Section VI: Other Useful Information

Although Alma College believes that the educational process takes place in all phases of campus life, an important part of this process is developed in the classroom. In recognition of this, the college places the strongest priority on fostering an atmosphere of academic freedom in which both faculty and students share responsibility for upholding the highest of ethical standards. 

Ideally, the faculty-student relationship is a partnership in which both parties strive to be open-minded even in the light of differences and in which mutual honesty and respect prevail at all times.

Academic Advising

Alma’s advising program is student centered. It emphasizes student initiative and strives to foster and develop academic and personal growth. The concern of the advisor focuses not only on the student’s academic achievement, but on all phases of the college experience which impede, enhance or mold the student’s maturity. Advising requires that advisors develop a personal understanding and appreciation of their advisees as individuals, and that students in turn have confidence in the ability of their advisor to assist them. Advising is an educational function, and thus necessitates frequent personal contacts between advisor and student if it is to develop fully.

When you first enroll, the Associate Provost assigns you an academic advisor based on your First Year Seminar (FYS) course. If at any time you wish to change advisor because you declare your major, or for any other reason, you should coordinate that change with the Registrar’s Office.

Academic Integrity

Honesty in academic endeavors is a central tenet of the Alma College philosophy. One may feel proud of accomplishments and success attained honorably through hard work. Knowledge gained in this way often leads to later success in professional pursuits and in personal life. Unfortunately, academic stress and anxiety sometimes impact on the individual in ways that produce dishonest behavior. Programs through the Center for Student Opportunity (CSO) such as study skills, time management, and relaxation training attempt to help the student reduce academic stress and thus, indirectly prevent dishonest behavior.

In view of the college’s commitment to ethical integrity, it must take strong exception to behavior which is untruthful.

Academic dishonesty includes the following:
  1. Plagiarism
  2. Exchange of information on examinations
  3. Assistance in the completion of an exam, writing of essays or laboratory reports
  4. Computer software theft

Disciplinary action following dishonesty is handled by the faculty member. It may result in failure of the course involved. All infractions and actions will be reported to and recorded in the Provost’s Office. Repeated evidence of academic dishonesty is reviewed by the Provost and may involve more severe penalties.

The Provost may refer cases to the Campus Conduct Committee or, in the event that suspension or expulsion is imposed as a penalty, the student(s) involved may request a hearing by the Campus Conduct Committee.

Conditions of enrollment

Even though a person is eligible to be admitted to the college community, he/she must continue to meet five conditions to be enrolled in the institution and to be a member of the community.

Failure to meet and maintain these conditions may result in a hold against future registration and/or summary termination of enrollment by the Provost or Vice President for Student Life.

These conditions are:

  1. Completion of Registration. Each term students are required to complete their registration with the college before they are recognized as students of this institution.
  2. Class Attendance. The attendance policy for each class is established by the faculty member of the course; however, should a student fail to attend all of his or her classes for a period of one week or more without approval from the faculty, the college reserves the right to consider the person as no longer enrolled in the school.
  3. Falsification of College Records. Students are expected to provide accurate and complete information on all college forms, documents and other types of records.
  4. Financial Obligations. Students shall be held responsible for all fees, fines, maintenance and damage charges, or other financial obligations which they have incurred with the college. Failure to comply with this policy, unless exempted by the Business Office, may affect not only enrollment but also may result in a hold against release of the student’s grades, diploma, or transcript. A financial hold may also result in a student not being able to register for classes or be assigned to campus housing.
  5. Residency Requirements and Address. Because the school is residential by design, all students are expected to live in college-owned or -approved housing facilities. Exemptions to this standard may be granted by the Residency Exception Committee. In addition, all students are required to provide their local address to the college during the registration process. Should a student change his or her address during the term, he or she is obliged to notify both the Registrar’s Office and the Student Life Office within five days.

Class Attendance

Regular attendance at class sessions is expected. Each session is important, and the student cannot get the full benefit of lectures and discussions of the course’s content if he/she does not attend. The student assumes full responsibility for material covered in his/her absence.

The student must notify the instructor, in advance if possible, of any absence caused by circumstances beyond his/her control. Verification of absences due to prolonged illness or emergency situations may be validated through the provost or through the Counseling, Health and Wellness Center or the Center for Student Opportunity.

Faculty evaluations

Student input is considered in faculty and course evaluations. Because these evaluations are taken seriously, students have the responsibility of basing their evaluations upon criteria which are objective. Students should not consider factors such as race, color, sex or age, nor activities or behavior outside the classroom.

Withdrawal from College

If a student wishes to withdraw from the college after enrollment has been completed, he/she should initiate the withdrawal process by contacting the Center for Student Opportunity. Please refer to the academic catalog for information on the withdrawal refund policy.

Last updated 7/23/2013