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


Introduction to Sociology SOC-101

  • Fall 2012

  • Section 16 & 17

  • 3 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 11:50 a.m.

     Face-to-Face Office Hours: TTh 10:30 a.m. to Noon

Meeting Times


Method of Course Delivery

Online via the internet. Weekly discussions, weekly quizzes, and exams 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: None...though good reading and writing skills are highly recommended

Description


This introductory course presents the fundamental principles affecting human social systems. The concepts of traditional as well as contemporary theorists will be discussed. Emphasis will be placed on the forces governing groups and the conditions that transform social life. This course fulfills a social science requirement for the A.A. and A.S. degrees. 

Materials


Text Title: Essentials of Sociology

Author: Brinkerhoff et al.

Publisher: Thompson-Wadsworth

Edition/Year: 8th Edition/2011

ISBN: 0-495-81295-1

The NIC bookstore sells this text.  For other purchasing/renting options you can visit the following website:

Publisher's website for this text.

 

Outcomes


General Education Abilities

1. Cultural, Environmental and Global Awareness: The world is becoming smaller and more cultures are coming into contact than ever before. In this course you will not only learn more about our own society, but other cultures as well and how they are connected to the larger socio-historical global whole. In the process of taking this course, you will gain a broader understanding of the similarities and differences from around the world-and within our own culture. This will be measured through online weekly discussions, weekly quizzes and exams.

2. Scientific Reasoning: This class requires the ability to organize, develop, and integrate one's own ideas, beliefs and feelings within an appropriate framework, i.e. readings, questions, answers, and comments exchanged in class regarding the various topics covered and discussed. Good communication requires a respectful, courteous manner in spite of differences in ideals and moral values. This will be measured through online weekly discussions, weekly quizzes and exams.

3. Critical Thinking: At times during the course of the semester you will be presented with multiple--and perhaps even contradictory--explanations regarding issues surrounding social and cultural phenomena. You will need to understand the different perspectives offered and demonstrate the ability to critically apply the different perspectives put forth in this class. This will be measured through online weekly discussions, weekly quizzes and exams.


Learning Outcomes and Assessment

By the end of the semester the student should be able to:

1. Understand the origins of sociology and how sociology relates to the other social sciences. Explain what science is and the methods social scientists use to study their subject matter. This will primarily be measured through weekly quizzes and exams.

2. Relate how their behavior is social and how they fit into society and other social structures. Discuss the processes involved in social interaction, its impact on social structures, social change, and the socialization process.  This will be measured through online weekly discussions, weekly quizzes and exams.

3. Describe the nature of culture and its diversity within the United States and internationally. Display an understanding of issues surrounding cultural diversity and an understanding of cultural backgrounds other than their own.  This will be measured through online weekly discussions, weekly quizzes and exams.

4. Identify and give examples of the various levels of social structure, including social groups, formal organizations, communities, and societies.  This will be primarily measured through weekly quizzes and exams.

5. Describe the properties and processes common to behaviors called "deviant" and the mechanisms of social control that may be applied.  This will be measured through online weekly discussions, weekly quizzes and exams.

6. Explain the significance and dimensions of social stratification in social structures, and be able to discuss the dynamics of stratification as it relates to race and ethnicity, gender, and age.  This will be measured through online weekly discussions, weekly quizzes and exams.

7. Describe the basic structures and functions of several social institutions, such as the family, economy, education, religion, and politics. Discuss how social institutions change and how they relate to each other and to other aspects of social structure.  This will be measured through online weekly discussions, weekly quizzes and exams.

8. Explain the basic elements of ecology and describe how urbanization and population changes influence the social and physical environment.  This will be measured through weekly quizzes and exams.

9. Relate what is characteristic of collective behavior and social movements, gives examples of various types of each, and explain how these relate to social change.  This will be measured through online weekly discussions, weekly quizzes and exams.

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

Weekly Discussion Participation: 13 weeks at 10 points per week = 130 points

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

Weekly Quizzes: 10 quizzes worth 20 points each (there are 13 quizzes, the lowest 3 scores of which will be dropped) = 200 points

Exams: 2 exams worth 200 points each = 400 points

Total Number of Points Possible = 990 (390+200+400)

Letter grades will be assigned based upon this percentage/point breakdown:

92.5-100% (916 to 990 points) = A 
90-92.4% (891 to 915 points) = A- 
87.5-89.9% (866 to 890 points) = B+ 
82.5-87.4% (817 to 865 points) = B 
80-82.4% (792 to 816 points) = B- 
77.5-79.9% (767 to 791 points) = C+ 
72.5-77.4% (718 to 766 points) = C
70-72.4% (693 to 717 points) = C-
67.5-69.9% (668 to 692 points) = D+
60-67.4% (594 to 667 points) = D
Below 60% (less than 594 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, compose and post your personal response regarding issues related to the chapter assigned for each week, look at what others have written, and personally comment on the postings of others in the course. You can log on at any time of the day or night to do this (though keep in mind that specific due dates have to be adhered to). 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).   

Weekly discussions have 2 components: (1) Your written personal response to the chapter discussion assignment and (2) participation, which are your written reactions to the postings of other students each week. Your personal responses to the discussion assignments are worth up to 20 points per week and your active discussion participation (reacting to the postings of others) is worth  up to 10 points per week. Keep in mind that discussion assignments and participation together are worth up to 390 points out of the 990 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).  

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 are only good for late weekly discussions for up to 1 week late--they cannot be used on other assignments.

Quizzes 

Quizzes can be found on the "Weekly Quizzes" page.  The quizzes 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.   There will be a total of 13 quizzes given, the lowest 3 scores of which will be dropped. Each quiz will be worth up to 20 points (10 highest quizzes at 20 points possible each = 200 points possible out of the 990 points possible in this course). Quizzes will be based only on the reading material assigned the particularly week they occur and are intended to help you keep up with your reading assignments. Quizzes consist of true-false questions and will not be difficult providing you have read the material assigned for that week.

Quizzes can only be taken sometime during the week that particular chapters are assigned. This week-long window should allow you to take the quiz at a time that works for your schedule. You will have up to 2 times at doing each quiz, allowing you to improve your score (only the highest score is counted). Each quiz is timed and will only allow its completion within a certain number of minutes (if you do not complete it within the allotted time you will be scored only on what you have completed). What this means is that if you haven't read the material and intend to take a quiz thinking you can look up the answers as you go, you will find yourself running out of time for the quiz--you will not succeed on these unless you have read the material ahead of time. The amount of time allotted for the completion of each quiz is 10 minutes. A student that has read the material should be able to easily complete the quiz in this time. Note: quiz questions and their order are selected at random by the computer program used for the quizzes in this course. This means that the quiz you retake will not be the same as the first time you took it, though it covers the same material...

It is important to note that there are no makeup opportunities for missed quizzes--This is what the buffer of the 3 lowest quizzes being dropped is for. This should accommodate times when you are ill, out of town, are having computer problems, etc. Do not use this buffer up for trivial reasons, once used up it is gone.  Also, do not wait until the last minute to do quizzes...you never know when something might go wrong...

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 990 points possible in this course). The final exam will not be comprehensive and will carry the same weight as the other exam. Both exams will consist of multiple choice questions (neither quizzes nor exams have essay questions--the weekly discussions provide enough essay type assignments in this course). 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) for a one week period of time in which you get to choose the one hour block in which to do the exam. 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 read the material and studied for the exam you will not do well...1 hour is not enough time to try to look up all of the answers for the 50 multiple choice questions in these exams). You will be allowed up to three attempts on each exam, the highest score of which will be the one that counts. Because the exams are randomly generated, the exam for your second attempt will differ from the exam of your first attempt (and the third attempt will differ from your second attempt), though the same material is covered.

Late exams: The exams have a whole week in which you can choose a time to do them. If you cannot do an exam during this time you need to contact the instructor, providing a reasonable excuse in order for an extension to be granted and a makeup opportunity to be set up (when I say "excusable reason," I mean that it will need to be something very serious or important...). Extensions will only be granted if you communicate with the instructor prior to the regular time allotted for the exam expiring. Keep in mind that you are given a week in which to complete the exam, which is plenty of time to be able to do the exam on time. Waiting until the last moment to try to do the exam risks failing the exam (in addition, waiting until the last minute will not give you an opportunity to retake the exam to improve your score). I will not grant an extension for second or third attempts on the exam (if you waited until the last minute to do the exam and have done poorly, that is your fault). 

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 via online discussions is required. 

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 discussion opportunity in Week 16 where you can earn up to 20 extra credit points by engaging in an extra discussion based on chapter 15 of the text.

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
Introduction to Sociology
Soc 101 -- Fall 2012
Online Sections 16 & 17

 

Week 1 (8/27-9/2):

Reading: Begin reading Chapter 1 "The Study of Society"--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 Study of Society"

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…).  Quiz 1, which covers Chapter 1, is available from Monday 9/3 through Sunday 9/9.

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

Reading:  Chapter 2 "Culture"

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.  Quiz 2, which covers Chapter 2, is available from Monday 9/10 through Sunday 9/16.

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

Reading: Chapter 3 "Socialization"

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.  Quiz 3, which covers Chapter 3, is available from Monday 9/17 through Sunday 9/23.

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

Reading: Chapter 4 "Social Structure and Social Interaction"

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.  Quiz 4, which covers Chapter 4, is available from Monday 9/24 through Sunday 9/30.

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

Reading: Chapter 5 "Groups, Networks, and Organizations"

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.  Quiz 5, which covers Chapter 5, is available from Monday 10/1 through Sunday 10/7.

Week 7 (10/8-10/14):

Reading: Chapter 6 "Deviance, Crime, and Social Control"

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.  Quiz 6, which covers Chapter 6, is available from Monday 10/8 through Sunday 10/14.

Week 8 (10/15-10/21):

Reading: Chapter 7 "Stratification"

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.  Quiz 7, which covers Chapter 7, is available from Monday 10/15 through Sunday 10/21.

***Access to Exam 1 begins at 5:00pm on Monday, 10/15.  Exam 1 covers chapters 1 through 7.

Week 9 (10/22-10/28):

Reading: Chapter 8 "Racial and Ethnic Inequality"

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.  Quiz 8, which covers Chapter 8, is available from Monday 10/22 through Sunday 10/28.

***Access to Exam 1 ends at the end of the day on Monday, 10/22.

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

Reading: Chapter 9 "Sex, Gender, and Sexuality" AND Chapter 10 "Health and Health Care (note: this is the only week where 2 chapters are assigned).

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.  Quiz 9, which covers Chapters 9 and 10, is available from Monday 10/29 through Sunday 11/4.

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

Reading: Chapter 11 "Family"

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.  Quiz 10, which covers Chapter 11, is available from Monday 11/5 through Sunday 11/11.

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

Reading: Chapter 12 "Education and Religion"

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).  Quiz 11, which covers Chapter 12, is available from Monday 11/12 through Sunday 11/25 (extended time due to Thanksgiving).

Week 13 (11/19-11/25):  Thanksgiving, no assignments this week

Week 14 (11/26-12/2):

Reading: Chapter 13 "Politics and the Economy"

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.  Quiz 12, which covers Chapter 13, is available from Monday 11/26 through Sunday 12/2. 

Week 15 (12/3-12/9):

Reading: Chapter 14 "Population and Urbanization" 

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.  Quiz 13, which covers Chapter 14, is available from Monday 12/3 through Sunday 12/9.  There are no more weekly quizzes.   

Week 16 (12/10-12/16):

Reading: Chapter 15 "Social Change" 

The only weekly discussion assignment this week is an extra credit discussion based on Chapter 15.  If you opt to do the extra credit discussion, you can earn up to 20 bonus points (there is no participation for this week nor is there a quiz).  Responses to the Chapter 15 extra credit opportunity are due by no later than the end of the day on Sunday, 12/16—Late passes cannot be applied to this extra credit assignment and late extra credit assignments are not accepted…no exceptions. Otherwise, use this time to work on preparing for your exam. 

***Access to Exam 2 will begin at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, 12/10

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.