All faculty are expected to comply with all the policies and procedures outlined by the College of Science
In case of an emergency faculty have an obligation to inform their Chair or Program Director and to attempt to obtain a replacement for any classes that they may miss.
In the case that faculty are unable to find a suitable replacement, faculty should do their best to notify their students concerning their absence and to provide a make-up class at a time that fits their students’ schedules. Alternatively, in large classes, faculty should make themselves available for additional office hours the week following their return to the classroom.
Syllabi should include at a minimum the following information: name and contact information for the instructor (email address, telephone number, and office location), scheduled weekly office hours, the full title (and edition if a specific edition is required), author(s), and publisher for any required textbooks, URLs for any electronic textbooks or other electronic resources, outline of the course schedule including any attendance, assignment, homework, project and/or examination dates and policies, the course grading policy, and a reminder of the University’s Academic Integrity Policy. Please use the COS Syllabi template and COS Policy document when creating new courses and revising existing courses.
Please note: for all new undergraduate and graduate courses submitted for approval through the College of Science beginning September 2014, learning outcomes aligned with the academic program’s learning outcomes as published on this website (here) must be included on the course syllabus.
1. In most courses, faculty should provide students with access to a printed or electronic written resource, such as a textbook, website or a course pack, that outlines the content knowledge that will be covered in the course.
2. Whenever possible faculty should attempt to secure a copy of any required printed textbooks or other required printed materials and make these materials available to students through the library’s reserve system or, if appropriate, electronically via Blackboard or the internet via a publisher’s website.
3. Faculty should attempt to ensure that the materials required are low-cost or that low-cost alternative sources are available to students. Note that many textbooks are now available at low cost as e-books.
4. Faculty should work with the Northeastern bookstore to ensure that any required materials are available to the students at the start of the semester.
1. Faculty are expected to hold regular weekly office hours for each course they teach. The schedule for weekly office hours should be included in the course syllabus. Faculty, if teaching, should set aside a minimum of three hours each week and faculty are expected to provide office hours at times at which students can be reasonably expected to come.
2. If faculty need to change their scheduled times for weekly office hours they should attempt to notify their students at least 24-h in advance and provide alternative dates and times so that students can obtain assistance if needed.
1. Whenever possible faculty should schedule examinations within normal class hours. In large, multiple section courses taught by multiple instructors, examinations may be given outside of normal class hours so long as the classes involved are notified of the examination dates and times at the beginning of the semester and so long as the instructors provide alternative accommodations to those students who at the beginning of the semester provide evidence of a conflict that would prevent the students from being able to take the examination at the time or date specified.
2. The Registrar’s office publishes the final examination schedule at the beginning of the semester. Each faculty member should check the final examination schedule for their classes and notify their Chair or Program Director of any conflicts.
1. All courses should have clearly articulated grading policies that students can use to gauge their academic performance. These policies should be spelled out in the course syllabus. If changes need to be made to the course grading policies faculty should communicate these to their students.
2. A written record of all course grades should be maintained by the course instructor for all students registered for the course including for those students who withdraw from the course. The course instructor should keep the written record current and should be able to provide a written copy of the record and grading policies if needed to adjudicate student appeals.
3. Faculty should strive to provide students with grades for all major assignments within one week of the due date of the assignment with the exception of term projects and other grading intensive assignments.
4. Grades should be made available to students regularly throughout the semester for any assignments used in the determination of a student’s final grade. This may be done by printing and passing out student grade sheets or electronically, e.g., via Blackboard.
5. If faculty plan to leave campus before the end of the term before the University’s deadline for submission of final grades, they should provide contact information to their Chair or Program Director so that they may be reached if there are any problems with grade submission.
6. Part-time faculty must provide their program/department with a written record of all course grades before the end of each academic term.
1. Faculty completion of FACT progress summaries is a requirement for all student athletes. Students in this category will be highlighted on the FACT page for each course.
2. The College of Science expects its faculty to use the FACT system to provide the academic and faculty advisors with timely information on the academic progress of our student athletes and ALL students, who are in academic difficulty but especially for undergraduate freshmen.
Faculty are encouraged to utilize the FACT system whenever they are concerned about a student, e.g., when a student never attends class, stops showing up to class, exhibits clear signs of stress or distress.
Visit the Research and Finance Policies and Guidelines for documentation regarding matters such as misconduct, Northeastern Professional Standards policy, Intellectual policy and research policy.
These policies and procedures apply to all members of the Northeastern community who engage in instructional activities.