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North Idaho College • Coeur d' Alene • Social & Behavioral Sciences • Sociology


Marriage and Family SOC-220

  • Fall 2012

  • Sections 04, 05, & 06

  • 3.0 Credits

  • 08/27/2012 to 12/20/2012

  • Modified 08/26/2012



Contact Information


Instructor

     Alan Lamb

Instructor's Contact Information:

     Office: Fort Sherman Officers Quarters 202

     Phone: (208) 769-3453

     E-mail: Alan_Lamb@nic.edu

Instructor's Office Hours:

     Online Office Hours: MW 10:00 a.m. to Noon

     Face-to-Face Office Hours: TTh 10:30 a.m. to 11:50am

Meeting Times


Method of Course Delivery

Online via the internet. Weekly discussions, critical thinking/reflective assignments, exams, and paper are all online--no campus visits required.

Course Dates: August 27, 2012 - December 20, 2012

Course Location: North Idaho College Internet Course

Meeting Days and Times: Flexible, though specific due dates and times need to be met

Prerequisites: Good reading and writing skills are highly recommended.

Description


Sociology 220 is designed to help students understand more about marriage and family life processes. Students will examine values, needs, and responsibilities as they relate to intimacy, the selection of partners, cohabitation and marriage, family planning choices, parenting, family economics, and interpersonal communication. Students will also address the issues of family violence, divorce, and the restructuring of new families. This course will be helpful to those who wish to have more knowledge about relationship, marriage, and family issues or those who are entering such fields as counseling and social work. This course fulfills a social science requirement for the A.A. and A.S. degrees. Lecture: 3 hours per week Recommended: College level reading and writing skills.

Materials


Required Text: The Marriage and Family Experience 

Authors: Strong et al. 

Publisher: Wadsworth 

Edition/Year: 11th Edition/2011 

ISBN: 0-534-62425-1

The NIC bookstore sells this text.  For other options, visit the publisher's website at:

Publisher's website for this text.

Outcomes


General Education Abilities

In conjunction with North Idaho College's general education mission and goals, nine general education abilities have been developed which are to be obtained and measured during the student's time at NIC. These nine abilities are: (1) Aesthetic Response; (2) Communication; (3) Critical/Creative Thinking and Problem Solving; (4) Historical, Cultural, and Global Awareness; (5) Information Literacy; (6) Mathematical, Scientific, and Symbolic Reasoning; (7) Social Responsibility/Citizenship; (8) Valuing/Ethical Reasoning; and (9) Wellness.

The development of the following abilities are primarily focused upon in this course:

Critical/Creative Thinking and Problem Solving--At times during the course of the semester, you will be presented with multiple--and perhaps even contradictory--explanations regarding issues surrounding relationships. You will need to understand the different perspectives offered and demonstrate the ability to critically apply the different perspectives put forth in this class. Your ability to do this will be measured through weekly discussion activities, critical thinking/reflective assignments, and tests.

Historical, Cultural, and Global Awareness -- In this course we will look at interpersonal relationships, particularly family, in a variety of contexts. You will be shown how definitions of family have changed over time and vary even in our own culture today. This ability will be measured through weekly discussion activities, critical thinking/reflective assignments, and tests.

Communication --Patterns of communication are very important factors separating troubled couples from couples satisfied with their relationships. Styles of communication also help predict relationship success. Consequently, one of the goals of this course is to help you improve your relationships with other people by assisting you in developing communication skills. This ability will primarily be measured through weekly discussion activities, critical thinking/reflective assignments, tests, and paper.

Course Learning Outcomes

Through reading, completing assignments, and participating in discussion forums, students, upon completion of the course, will be able to demonstrate their understanding of the following outcomes.

(1) Demonstrate a basic understanding of the institutions of marriage and family.

(2) Identify and explain the impact and influence marriage, as a social institution, has on the formation of human relationships.

(3) Recognize the degree of variance in terms of marriage and family life choices, both in this society and cross-culturally.

(4) Discuss the trends and patterns of U.S. marriages, families, fertility, and child-rearing.

(5) Identify and discuss current issues and challenges facing U.S. families. (6) Identify your attitudes and values in relation to marriage and life choices.

(7) Identify your concerns and needs in relation to marriage and family life choices.

(8) Identify your responsibilities in relation to marriage and family life choices.

(9) Develop personal skills necessary for succeeding in marriage and family relationships.

Assessment


Course Requirements and Grading


Note: each of the following is discussed in more detail below.

Weekly Discussion Responses: 13 weeks at 20 points each week = 260 points possible

Weekly Discussion Participation: You are expected to react/respond to the weekly postings of others a minimum of 5 times per week. 13 weeks at 10 points per week = 130 points possible

Note: Weekly discussion questions and weekly discussion participation total up to 390 points

Critical Thinking/Reflective Assignments: 3 assignments at 50 points each = 150 points possible

Exams: 2 exams worth 200 points each = 400 points possible

Autobiographical Paper (or Research Paper Option) = 160 points possible

Total Number of Points Possible = 1100 (390+150+400+160)

 

Letter grades will be assigned based upon this percentage breakdown:

92.5-100% (1018-1100 points) = A

90-92.4% (990-1017 points) = A-

87.5-89.9% (963-989 points) = B+

82.5-87.4% (908-962 points) = B

80-82.4% (880-907 points) = B-

77.5-79.9% (853-879 points) = C+

72.5-77.4% (798-852 points) = C

70-72.4% (770-797 points) = C-

67.5-69.9% (743-769 points) = D+

60.0-67.4% (660-742 points) = D

Below 60% (Less than 660 points) = F

 

Weekly Discussions

 

Instead of a lecture format where you need to attend class, we will be relying on an interactive discussion format, where you log on, respond to issues assigned, look at what others have written, comment if necessary, etc. You can log on at any time of the day to do this. The topics for each of the weekly discussions can be found on the "Weekly Discussions" page of the course (note: this course is designed so that weekly assignments are released one week in advance of when they are scheduled--this course works best when people are on the same schedule so you will not be able to work more than one week in advance).  The "Weekly Discussions" page can be accessed through the "Main Lessons" page or via a quick link that appears on the left hand side of the screen when in the course (most course features, which can be accessed on a number of pages, can also be accessed through the quick links, making navigating through the course much easier).

Participation in weekly discussions is expected. Your responses to the discussion assignments are worth 20 points per week and your active discussion participation (reacting to the postings of others) is worth 10 points per week. Keep in mind that discussion assignments and participation together are worth up to 390 points out of the 1100 points possible in this class. See the "Discussion Guidelines and Success Tips" page, accessible from the course "Weekly Discussions" page, for more information and instructions on the weekly online discussion component of this course and how it is graded (this page can also be accessed via the quick links on the left hand side of the screen when in the course, as can a number of features of the course). 

Late Weekly Discussion Assignments: You have 4 "late passes" for late weekly discussion assignments, which are only good for up to 1 week late. Once you use up your 4 "late passes," you will not be able to post any late weekly discussion assignments and gain credit (weekly discussion assignments are considered late even if they are posted only 1 minute late...be careful to not use up these late passes as you never know when you might really need them). Late passes may be used for a late weekly discussion response for a particular week and/or your participation for a particular week (if you are late with both your response and your participation in a week, you will use up 1 late pass).  Late passes can only be used on late weekly discussions up to 1 week late--they cannot be used for other assignments.

 

Critical Thinking/Reflective Assignments

 

Critical thinking/reflective assignments will be given out 3 times during the semester and will be worth up to 50 points each for a total of 150 points out of the 1100 points possible in this course (see the Weekly Schedule for when these are made available and due--Critical thinking/reflective assignments will "appear" according to when they are scheduled on the  "Critical Thinking/Reflective Assignment and Paper" page, which can be accessed through the "Main Lessons" page or via a quick link on the left hand side of the screen when in the course).  Critical thinking/reflective assignments ask you to critically reflect upon various issues or concepts discussed in class or in your text. In doing so, you will need to: (1) Show knowledge of the issues or concepts being addressed by discussing/defining them and illustrating their application; and (2) Display an awareness of how these issues or concepts affect your own life by giving examples of their impacts upon your interpersonal relationships or upon the relationships of other people that you know, including family, friends, and/or acquaintances, who play some role in your life. Keep in mind that these are generic guidelines for the critical thinking/reflective assignments and that things will vary according to the specific assignment.

Submissions for these assignments will be through a Turnitin.com assignment submissions box that will be made accessible on the Critical Thinking/Reflective Assignment and Paper page of the course.  Turnitin.com is a plagiarism detection service the college subscribes to--the instructor also uses this service to check weekly discussion postings that appear to not be in a student’s own wording.  To learn more about plagiarism and how to avoid it, please go to the following website: http://www.plagiarism.org/

Late Critical Thinking/Reflective Assignments: Late critical thinking/reflective assignments will only be accepted if an extension is granted prior to the assignment due date. Extensions will only be granted for compelling reasons.

 

Exams 

 

There will be a total of 2 exams given in this course worth 200 points each (for a total of 400 points out of the 1100 points possible in this course). The final exam will not be comprehensive and will carry the same weight as the first exam. Exams will be accessible from the course "Exams" page, accessible from the "Main Lessons" page (or via a quick link on the left hand side of the screen when in the course).  Exams will consist of a combination of multiple choice and essay questions and are timed. You will be given a study guide 1 week in advance of when exams become accessible to be taken. When exams become accessible, you will be able to take the exam during a 2-hour time block of your choice sometime during the one week period the exam is available (see the Weekly Schedule). Exams are randomly computer generated from a pool of questions covering the material...this means that each person's exam will be different, though the same material is covered. Because of this, I do not require people to come in to take proctored exams--exams can be taken from your home or wherever and are open-text (though open-text, if you have not studied for the exam you will not do well...2 hours is not enough time to try to look up all of the answers). Please note: exam grades will not be released until after the exam period is over and essays have been graded.

Late Exams: Exams can only be made up if an extension has been granted. Extensions for exams need to be made prior to the date and time exams normally need to be completed by and will only be granted for very compelling reasons. 

 

Autobiographical Paper (or Research Paper Option) 

 

You will be writing an autobiographical paper for this class where you will be exploring different aspects of your own upbringing and family relationships. This paper is worth up to 160 points out of the 1100 points possible in this course. You can find detailed instructions on this paper on the "Critical Thinking/Reflective Assignment and Paper" page (the submission box for this paper also appears on this page).  There is a research paper option if you decide that you do not want to do the autobiographical paper. If you decide to take this option you will be required to submit a tentative topic statement and paper outline by October 24th.

Late Papers: Late papers will only be accepted if an extension was granted prior to the paper due date. Extensions will only be granted for compelling reasons.

Course Policies


Miscellaneous Policies

 

Academic Dishonesty: Cheating, plagiarism, or any other form of academic dishonesty will not be tolerated! Anyone caught violating this policy will receive an "F" for the course.

For a complete explanation of the North Idaho College Statement on Academic Honesty & Academic Integrity please go to: http://www.nic.edu/policy/ Student Code of Conduct; Policy 5.06 & Procedure: 5.06.01

Academic Dishonesty.
Violations of academic integrity involve using or attempting to use any method that enables an individual to misrepresent the quality or integrity of his or her work at North
Idaho College. These violations include the following:
• Cheating: using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, or
study in any academic exercise.
• Fabrication: falsifying or inventing any information or citation in an academic
exercise.
• Plagiarism: knowingly representing the words or ideas of another as one’s own
in an academic exercise.   To learn more about plagiarism and how to avoid it, please go to the following website: http://www.plagiarism.org/
• Violation of Intellectual Property: stealing, altering, or destroying the academic
work of other members of the community or the educational resources,
materials, or official documents of the college.
• Facilitating Academic Dishonesty: knowingly helping another to attempt to
violate any provisions of this policy.

Assistance: I am more than willing to help or assist students on material presented that they do not understand. If you need assistance, I encourage you to (1) send me a private e-mail and/or (2) call me at 208-769-3453 (my office). If you plan to be in Coeur d'Alene you can also make an appointment to see me at my office, providing our schedules mesh. Please do not ask me questions in the weekly discussions, as I tend to only read these once per week when I do grading and won't be able to respond to you in a timely fashion.

Behavior: Even though we don't meet face-to-face, we still need to be aware of the feelings of others and behave in a mature, courteous manner in weekly discussions or via e-mail. Disruptive behavior will not be tolerated.

SPECIAL RULES -- All discussions must be respectful of others. This means that you can not assume that others automatically agree with your religious or ideological views. This does not mean you can't disagree with someone. Indeed, we will find that people will disagree with one another quite a bit in this class. The key is to do it respectfully and tactfully (critically examining issues is fine, personal attacks on people because of their views is not). Remember that this is a course in sociology. We should try to set aside our biases in our attempt to understand the beliefs of others within our society. It is important to try to cultivate an objective view when doing this, especially given the idea that family and what constitutes family does not mean the same to everyone. You are all here to share a common learning experience. Each of you has much to contribute. Your weekly discussion is the place where you can explore new topics and ideas together. We are sure that you can all be successful in this venture.
Class Participation: Because we do not have lectures, class participation is required through the weekly online discussions.

Disabilities: In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504/508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, North Idaho College provides accommodations to eligible students who experience barriers in the educational setting due to learning, emotional / mental, physical, visual, or hearing disabilities.  Instructors will provide accommodations to students only after having received a Letter of Accommodation from the Center for Educational Access.

If a student would like to request accommodations, he or she must contact the Center for Educational Access so that a Letter of Accommodation may be sent to the instructor.  Students requesting accommodations must contact the Center for Educational Access at the beginning of each semester, 665-4520.

Extra Credit: There is an extra credit assignment in this course that is worth up to 30 extra credit points.  The instructor will post an explanation of what this entails sometime during the first few weeks of the course.

Late work: See specific assignments in this course above for late policies. THERE IS AN EXCEPTION TO THESE LATE POLICIES: In the case of something catastrophic happening in your life, contact me to discuss. I will treat these on a case-to-case basis (proof is required). Keep in mind that something catastrophic means something very serious has impacted a person's life is such a fashion that the normal allowances (the weekly discussion late passes, granting extensions prior to due dates) will not work.

Course Problems: Internet courses are sometimes prone to a number of problems. For example, the network here at school may be having difficulties or may be operating slow...this will cause frustrations at times. You might also have problems with your home computer or your Internet provider may be experiencing a high number of clients trying to log on at the same time, or a number of other factors may come into play. The key is to be flexible, have patience, and to always make sure you have backups of your work. Also, you should let me know if you are having difficulties or if you have found a bug in the course (and they do crop up every now and then!). If you have any problems with instruction please make an appointment to see me--this is academic procedure. Keep in mind that I am very open to discussion and I am here to help you to the best of my ability--your education is very important to me!

READING: With the exception of the first week, you should attempt to have all reading done prior to the week assigned.

Withdrawal: Withdrawal from Fall 2012 full semester length courses or from college must be completed by Monday, November 12, 2012.

Schedule


Course Schedule
Marriage and Family
Soc 220 -- Fall 2012
Online Sections 04, 05, & 06  

Week 1 (8/27-9/2): 

Reading:
 Begin reading Chapter 1 "The Meaning of Marriage and the Family"--No graded assignments this week

You are required to introduce yourself to others in this class in Week 1 discussion forum entitled "Week 1 Discussion (8/27-9/2),” introducing yourself to others," posting a brief biography about yourself.  Note: This needs to be completed by the end of the day on Sunday, September 2nd.  While this assignment is not graded, it is vitally important for attendance verification purposesfailure to do this means being dropped from the course for non-attendance.

Also use this week to familiarize yourself with this course, reading the syllabus, familiarizing yourself with the various features of this course, and e-mailing the instructor, checking in and letting him know that you have read the syllabus and are finding your way around the course okay.

Week 2 (9/4-9/9; 9/3 is Labor Day Holiday):

Reading:
 Chapter 1 "The Meaning of Marriage and the Family"

Note: Weekly discussions have two components, (1) your response to the weekly discussion assignment and (2) your active participation in the weekly discussion, where you react to the postings of other students averaging the equivalent of 5 reactions containing at least 4 meaningful sentences per reaction (see the Discussion Guidelines and Success Tips page for important information on this). The second component needs to be completed within 2 days of the due dates for weekly discussion assignments.

Responses to the Week 2 weekly discussion assignments are due by no later than the end of the day on Sunday, 9/9. Reactions to the postings of others (participation) must be completed by the end of the day on Tuesday, 9/11. Note that these are the latest dates and times to have these things accomplished--late discussion work is not accepted in this class once you use up your 4 "late passes" (see syllabus and other information pages for more information on this). Keep in mind that waiting until the last minute increases the chances of something going wrong (waiting until the day online assignments are due is not a wise practice…). 

Week 3 (9/10-9/16):

Reading: Chapter 2 "Studying Marriages and Families”

Responses to the Week 3 weekly discussion assignments are due by no later than the end of the day on Sunday, 9/16. Reactions to the postings of others (participation) must be completed by the end of the day on Tuesday, 9/18.

Week 4 (9/17-9/23):

Reading: Chapter 3 "Variations in American Family Life”

Responses to the Week 4 weekly discussion assignments are due by no later than the end of the day on Sunday, 9/23. Reactions to the postings of others (participation) must be completed by the end of the day on Tuesday, 9/25.

***Critical Thinking/Reflective Assignment #1 is made accessible on 9/19

Week 5 (9/24-9/30):

Reading: Chapter 4 "Gender and Family"

Responses to the Week 5 weekly discussion assignments are due by no later than the end of the day on Sunday, 9/30. Reactions to the postings of others (participation) must be completed by the end of the day on Tuesday, 10/2.

***Critical Thinking/Reflective Assignment #1 is due by the end of the day on 9/26

Week 6 (10/1-10/7):

Reading: Chapter 5 " Intimacy, Friendship,  and Love "

Responses to the Week 6 weekly discussion assignments are due by no later than the end of the day on Sunday, 10/7. Reactions to the postings of others (participation) must be completed by the end of the day on Tuesday, 10/9.

*** Study Guide for Exam 1 will be made accessible by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, 10/4

Week 7 (10/8-10/14): 

Reading: Chapter 6 "Understanding Sex and Sexualities"

Responses to the Week 7 weekly discussion assignments are due by no later than the end of the day on Sunday, 10/14. Reactions to the postings of others (participation) must be completed by the end of the day on Tuesday, 10/16.

***Access to Exam 1 will be made available starting 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, 10/11.  Remember: Once you start doing the exam you will need to complete it--there are no second chances.  Two hours are allowed for the completion of exams.

Week 8 (10/15-10/21): 

Reading: Chapter 7 "Communication, Power, and Conflict”

Responses to the Week 8 weekly discussion assignments are due by no later than the end of the day on Sunday, 10/21. Reactions to the postings of others (participation) must be completed by the end of the day on Tuesday, 10/23.

***Critical Thinking/Reflective Assignment #2 made accessible on 10/17

***Access to Exam 1 will be end by the end of the day on Thursday, 10/18

Week 9 (10/22-10/28): 

Reading: Chapter 8 "Marriages in Societal and Individual Perspective"

Responses to the Week 9 weekly discussion assignments are due by no later than the end of the day on Sunday, 10/28.  Reactions to the postings of others (participation) must be completed by the end of the day on Tuesday, 10/30.

***Critical Thinking/Reflective Assignment #2 is due by the end of the day on 10/24

***If you are doing the research paper option instead of the Autobiographical Paper project, you need to e-mail the instructor with your topic and a tentative outline by the end of the day on Wednesday, 10/24.

Week 10 (10/29-11/4):

Reading: Chapter 9 "Unmarried Lives: Singlehood and Cohabitation"

Responses to the Week 10 weekly discussion assignments are due by no later than the end of the day on Sunday, 11/4. Reactions to the postings of others (participation) must be completed by the end of the day on Tuesday, 11/6. 

Week 11 (11/5-11/11):

Reading:  Chapter 10 “Becoming Parents and Experiencing Parenthood”

Responses to the Week 11 weekly discussion assignments are due by no later than the end of the day on Sunday, 11/11. Reactions to the postings of others (participation) must be completed by the end of the day on Tuesday, 11/13.

Week 12 (11/12-11/18):

Reading: Chapter 11 "Marriage, Work, and Economics”  

Responses to the Week 12 weekly discussion assignments are due by no later than the end of the day on Sunday, 11/25 (delayed due to Thanksgiving...it is recommended that you do this before the break rather than at the end, but the choice is yours)...  Reactions to the postings of others (participation) must be completed by the end of the day on Tuesday, 11/27 (again, delayed due to Thanksgiving).

***Critical Thinking/Reflective Assignment #3 made accessible on 11/14

Week 13 (11/19-11/25): Thanksgiving -- No Assignments

Week 14 (11/26-12/2): 

Reading: Chapter 12 "Intimate Violence and Sexual Abuse" AND Chapter 13 “Coming Apart: Separation and Divorce” 

Responses to the Week 14 weekly discussion assignment are due by no later than the end of the day on Sunday, 12/2.  Reactions to the postings of others (participation) must be completed by the end of the day on Tuesday, 12/4.

***Critical Thinking/Reflective Assignment #3 is due by the end of the day on 11/28 (due date extended due to Thanksgiving)

Week 15 (12/3-12/9): 
 
Reading: Chapter 14 "New Beginnings: Single-Parent Families, Remarriages, and Blended Families"
Responses to the Week 15 weekly discussion assignments are due by no later than the end of the day on Sunday, 12/9. Reactions to the postings of others (participation) must be completed by the end of the day on Tuesday, 12/11.

*** Study Guide for Exam 2 will be sent out by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, 12/3

***Autobiographical paper (or research paper option) is due by the end of the day on Thursday, 12/6 

Week 16 (12/10-12/16): 

No assignments this week.  Use this time to prepare for/work on your exam or the extra credit assignment. 

***Extra Credit Assignment is due by the end of the day on Wednesday, 12/12.  Late extra credit assignments will not be accepted--no exceptions.

***Access to Exam 2 will be made available starting 5:00 p.m. on Monday, 12/10.  Remember: Once you start doing the exam you will need to complete it--there are no second chances.  Two hours are allowed for the completion of exams. 

Finals Week (12/17-12/20):

***Access to Exam 2 will be end by the end of the day on Monday, 12/17

Division Policies


For a complete explanation of the North Idaho College Statement on Academic Honesty & Academic Integrity please ferfer to Policy 5.06 & Procedure 5.06.01: http://www.nic.edu/policy/ 

Academic Dishonesty
Violations of academic integrity involve using or attempting to use any method that enables an individual to misrepresent the quality or integrity of his or her work at North Idaho College. These violations include the following:

Cheating: using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, or study in any academic exercise.
Fabrication: falsifying or inventing any information or citation in an academic exercise.
Plagiarism: knowingly representing the words or ideas of another as one's own in an academic exercise.
Violation of Intellectual Property: stealing, altering, or destroying the academic work of other members of the community or the educational resources,materials, or official documents of the college.Facilitating Academic Dishonesty: knowingly helping another to attempt to violate any provisions of this policy.

Student Responsibility
As outlined in the Student Code of Conduct, all North Idaho College students have both rights and responsibilities: Please access www.nic.ferpa.StudentCode/index.htm for complete information that pertains to this subject.

North Idaho College, in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504/508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, provides both services and accommodations to students who meet the guidelines provided in these acts.  For a complete description, please see:  http://www.nic.edu/policy/Section5/PL-5-13.pdf

Please contact the North Idaho College Center for Educational Access in Seiter Hall, Room 100 for assistance.  Phone:  208-769-5947

To withdraw from all courses a student must obtain a college withdrawal form from the Registrar's Office, secure the signatures of those persons indicated on the form, and return the form to the Registrar's office. No student may withdraw from the college after the final date of withdrawal from courses except for compelling and extraordinary reasons. In such circumstances a student must petition the Admissions and Academic Standards Committee for late withdrawal from college using the college withdrawal form available in the Registrar's Office.

 

For complete information regarding student withdrawals, please see the North Idaho College Policy 5.04.01:  http://www.nic.edu/policy/ 

Institutional Policies


Student Responsibilities

As students undertake to fulfill the obligations and duties outlined in this document, the college community of which they are a part undertakes to respect the basic freedoms of students. In recognition of students’ rights and dignity as members of the college, North Idaho College is committed to the principles found in the NIC Student Handbook.

Center for Educational Access/Disability Support Services

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504/508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, North Idaho College provides accommodations to eligible students who experience barriers in the educational setting due to learning, emotional / mental, physical, visual, or hearing disabilities.  Instructors will provide accommodations to students only after having received a Letter of Accommodation from the Center for Educational Access.  

If a student would like to request accommodations, he or she must contact the Center for Educational Access so that a Letter of Accommodation may be sent to the instructor.  Students requesting accommodations must contact the Center for Educational Access at the beginning of each semester.

Non-Payment

By registering at North Idaho College, you agree to provide payment by the due dates. You also understand that collection costs and legal fees will be added if the services of a collection agency are utilized.

If you are registered for a class and do not attend, you will still be liable for the tuition unless you drop the class.

Withdrawal

Last day for students to withdraw from semester-length classes for the fall term: October 12, 2012. 

Instructor-Initiated Withdrawal: Instructors have the right to withdraw students for academic reasons up until the same date; in doing so, instructors must notify students through NIC e-mail within 48 hours of submitting documentation to the Registrar's office, and students have the right to appeal the instructor's decision. For more information, see the NIC Procedure: http://www.nic.edu/modules/images/websites/121/file/section5/5.04.02procedure.pdf.

Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress Policy: All withdrawals, whether for individual classes, total withdrawal from school, or instructor-initiated are not considered to be satisfactory progress for financial aid.  See the Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress Policy: http://www.nic.edu/Websites/index.asp?dpt=29&pageID=1336

Additional withdrawal information:  http://www.nic.edu/catalog

Incompletes

An incomplete is assigned only if the student has been in attendance and has done satisfactory work to within three weeks of the end of the semester (or proportional length of time for a course of less than a semester in length).  Incompletes are issued only in cases of extenuating circumstances, such as severe illness or injury.  Incompletes are not issued in cases in which the student is simply unable to complete his/her work within the specified semester or session.  If a final grade of "I" is recorded, the instructor will indicate in writing to the Registrar what the student must do to make up the deficiency.  The instructor will indicate in the written statement what permanent grade should be entered if the Incomplete is not removed by the deadline.

All incomplete grades must be removed within six weeks after the first class day of the following term, excluding the summer session.  If the Incomplete is not removed by that date, the grade reverts to the grade indicated by the instructor's written statement authorizing the incomplete.

Discrimination and Harassment

North Idaho College has a zero tolerance policy for any acts of discrimination or harassment of any kind.  For more information, please see the NIC Student Handbook, Code of Conduct Article III and Article VIII. Compliance efforts with respect to these laws and regulations are the responsibility of each member of the campus community and are under the direction of the Dean of Students Office for Student Issues (2nd floor, ESU, 676-7156) and the Human Resources Office (Sherman Administration Building, 769-3304) for employee issues.

Institutional Statement


DROP FOR NON-PAYMENT:  By registering at North Idaho College, you agree to provide payment by the due dates. You will be dropped from classes if payment is not received by  5 p.m. Pacific Time on the third day of the semester. Students on the waitlist will be given the option to register for classes after students are dropped for non-payment.

DROP FOR NON-ATTENDANCE:  You must attend and participate in the first week of this class. Failure to do so will result in your being dropped from this class and may result in your financial aid award being reduced. For Internet classes, attendance is based on participation in an instructional activity; you must complete the first week’s assignment(s) by the assignment due date. Drop for non-attendance occurs at 5 p.m. Pacific Time on the second Tuesday of the semester.