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

Ethics PHIL-103

  • Fall 2012
  • Section 11
  • 3.0 Credits
  • 08/27/2012 to 12/20/2012
  • Modified 10/08/2012

Contact Information


Laura Templeman

Office: 208-769-7888, 

cell 208-660-5477 (9 am - 9 pm daily)

Use the in class email if you are my student;

email: [email protected]

LeeKildow Hall 218 A

North Idaho College

1000 W Garden Avenue

Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814

Meeting Times

Online class, contact me anytime 8 am - 10 pm daily via cell (text or call) or via in-class email which goes to my phone. 


Ethics is the investigation and discussion of personal, social, and professional moral issues and the principles and thinking skills used for their resolution. Emphasis is on the development and application of reasoning skills for decision making in the moral domain. This course provides awareness, sensitivity, insights, and skills essential to the success and moral integrity of the person in today's morally complex world. It fulfills an arts and humanities requirement for the A.S. and A.A. degrees. Lecture: 3 hours per week Recommended: ENGL 101


TEXTBOOK (text is on reserve at the NIC library if you do not wish to buy it)

Required: Contemporary Moral Issues , 3rd edition, by Lawrence M. Hinman, Prentice Hall, 2006; isbn: 0-13-182997-1, you must use the correct edition

Mica Peak Exchange bookstore:


PHIL 103 Ethics: These outcomes must include but are not limited to

Understand the metaethical theories and problems of egoism and altruism, relativism and universalism/absolutism, and values/valuing.

Understand teleological/consequentialist, deontological/non-consequentialist, and virtue-centered ethical principles and theories.

Apply these principles and theories to the analysis, evaluation, and decision-making for contemporary individual and social moral issues.



  • 15 pts = Discussion Posts (1 point each, 19 posting opportunities, so you can miss some without losing credit)
  • 24 pts = Unit Quizzes (6 pts each, best 4 out of 5)
  • 7 pts = Final exam (case )
  • 14 pts = summaries (1 pt each, 18 summary opportunities, so you can miss some without losing credit)
  • 20 pts = Cases (5 pts each, best 4 out of 5)
  • 20 pts = Homework (best 10 out of 11, 2 pts each)
  • + 10 possible extra credit points (can boost you 10%)
  • 100 pts total


  • 93-100 = A
  • 90-92 = A-
  • 87-89 = B+
  • 83-86 = B
  • 80-82 = B-
  • 77-79 = C+
  • 73-76 = C
  • 70-72 = C-
  • 65-69 = D+
  • 60-64 = D


  • 24 pts for Unit Quizzes: 5 quizzes . These are questions on the readings and class lectures, untimed, open book/notes. They are worth 6 points each. You get to drop your lowest score. These are found in the lessons tab.
  • 7 pts for Final exam: This will be case that you have to do research on, usually a current event case, so you can see that we can apply the theories and case format to events actually occurring in the world. This will be in the lessons tab.
  • 14 pts for summaries: You will be required to summarize articles we read. These are in the lessons tab and need to be written directly in the dialogue box (not sent as attachments). They must be proofread. More than 2 mistakes in spelling and grammar lowers your credit. See further directions in section 6 above.
  • 20 pts for cases: 5 times per semester you will collaboratively or individually present an analysis of a particular issue according to format taught in class. Each is worth five points, and you get to drop your lowest score. These are tests of your ability to use the theory we learn in real life cases. Click on the title to open the submission link. The first case is where you learn how to do these, so try not to miss this one or you will not do as well on the rest of the cases in class.
  • 20 pts for homeworks: 11 assigned, drop your lowest score. These are worth 2 points each. The homework questions are based on the readings, material presented in discussion, and the lectures. There should be no collaboration between students. You are on your honor to work alone, but you are encouraged to use your textbook or the class lecture for these untimed assignments. If you do all the homeworks, I will count all the scores, so this is your chance to get a few extra points outside of the extra credit.
  • 14 pts for discussion posts: 14 times during the semester you should post substantial philosophical thoughts in the discussion section of the class. These should be about the topic we are discussing, and should be based on the theory we have learned in class. (Please save personal discussions for the “Water Cooler” discussion section.) To get full credit, you need to post at least 14 of these substantial discussion posts. I will grade you on these as full (1 point), half (1/2 point) or no credit (zero) in your online gradebook. You are required to read every post in every section all semester long. You may post more often than required, but remember your classmates will have to read all of your postings, so keep it relevant.
  • Directions for required posting in the discussion forum: you must post a substantial entry on our reading. Substantial means a posting must be a minimum of 4-6 sentences in length, and must be a well-thought out presentation of a point of interest in our material. Merely agreeing or stating your opinion will not be enough, you must discuss the point philosophically by referencing one of the 5 theories (Kant, Utilitarianism, Aristotle, Feminism, Egoism) once we have learned about them in order to receive full credit. More than 2 spelling or grammar
    errors = no credit, so run spellcheck if you need to (which is the checkmark in the toolbar above the box you write in).
  • Extra Credit available: Extra credit is always available should you want it. I will always work with you if you are willing to put forth effort in this class. You may accumulate up to 10 points of extra credit. Check the schedule above to see what is offered.

Course Policies

You do not need to know anything in particular about ethics to take this course. I will guide you through everything until you can work on your own. I do expect that you keep reasonably abreast of current events as we work through the semester, because many of our topics are in the news. You can do this by watching the news (PBS hosts a BBC News nightly which is excellent), reading newspapers and/or news magazines, using some internet news service or listening to radio news programs. Pick a wide variety of perspectives to listen to; don’t exclusively use conservative or liberal media. You will be better educated (and therefore better able to argue effectively) if you listen to all sides of a disputed issue. Politifact, fact checker, snopes, etc are great “unbiased” sources.
1. This is not a self-directed course. I schedule work and you need to complete it by the due dates. This helps keep us all together and on task.
2. There are no makeups and no latework is accepted, so you will want to stay on top of the workload. Please remember that I do not accept late work. We all have the same amount of time in a week and the due dates are all clearly listed on the syllabus. It is not fair to those who work hard to get things in on time for me to accept latework. I allow you to make up or drop some of the points in each section, because I know life happens to get in the way of school. You can always make up the points with extra credit. I do not accept any latework, no matter what the reason. I know this is a tough but fair policy, and many people wind up with A's in my classes, so please do not ask me to accept your work late. I always feel bad saying no. Please feel free to call my Verizon cell 208-660-5477 any day between 8 am and 10 pm if you ever need help. If you text me, please include your full name, and tell me which class you are in.
3. I have designed the coursework to help you achieve a good grade and to facilitate your comprehension of the material. I would love to report all A’s, and if you do the reading and hand in most assignments on time, you stand a very good chance of getting an A.
4. You are responsible for any work assigned- even if you are not logging in to receive the assignment. Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have about any assignment or class material. Read all the lectures, announcements, discussion posts and emails (and, of course, text reading assigned).
5. Hopefully, this is just for the record: any student caught cheating will receive a zero on the test/quiz/assignment. When appropriate, the incident will be reported to the NIC authorities. A note on plagiarism: Plagiarism is using someone else's words or ideas (written or spoken) without giving them due credit in the form of citation. This includes, but is not limited to, cutting/pasting anything you find on the internet into your own work without citing (explaining where you got it from). There are programs that are run to check for plagiarism. Any student caught plagiarizing or cheating in any manner, will be given a zero for the assignment and may be officially reported to NIC, where the indiscretion may remain on your permanent record.
You will be composing original material in your discussion posts, summaries, and in your cases. In your summaries, if you copy or paraphrase from Hinman’s pre-article blurb, you will not receive credit. Use quotes sparingly, or not at all, as your summaries are only 4 sentences (see directions for summaries below). I have read the text many times over and will know if you copy from it. Please use your own words. Not only will you get much more out of the class, but you will always feel better about yourself if you are honest.
6. Try these suggestions to help you succeed in this class:

  • stay in constant communication with me. If you have technical or class related problems, the only way I will know is if you tell me. I understand you probably took this course because of the flexibility, and I will work with you as long as you do not take advantage of that. Email or phone calls are a necessity throughout the semester if tech problems occur. On rare occasions, late work may be accepted, but only if you arrange it with me prior to the due date.
  • make paper copies of the syllabus (required), lectures, etc. if it makes you feel more comfortable. Sometimes it's easier to refer to a paper copy than to log back on to check a small detail. The syllabus is required printing and should be referred to weekly/daily throughout the semester. I try to follow it closely and there is a grade worksheet at the end of it so you can always know where you stand if you fill it out each time you get work "handed" back.
  • keep a good sense of humor!!! Expect some technological glitches. We will spend section 1 finding our way around the online classroom before we move on to more course oriented material. I want you to be able to enjoy this class. Explore the site; you cannot erase anything I have built, so snoop around.
  • "Netiquette" expectations: I expect you to extend the same courtesies in your emails, threaded discussions, and group work as would in face-to-face contact. No rude or disruptive comments will be tolerated. Remember that there are real people with real feelings at the other end of your posting; don't "say" anything you wouldn't say to someone's face.
  • Our discussion forum should be a place where you can safely exchange ideas without fear of condemnation. Not everyone holds the same religious or ideological beliefs; to keep discussions respectful for all involved, try to keep your comments objective (as opposed to subjective, which means based on views you, as a personal subject, have developed). In this class, this is a very challenging request!! Just try to remember that your strongly held beliefs may be regarded by others as simple prejudice. I am sure we can all contribute in a positive and healthy manner without causing offense to others if we follow these guidelines.
  • Attendance: There are no makeups and no latework is accepted, so you will want to stay on top of the workload.
  • I check in at least three times weekly so I can keep on top of what is going on, and all material is graded within one week of the due date. Please feel free to call me at my cell #208-660-5477.


This looks much better in the BB syllabus link.

Section 2 Aug 27 –Sept 9 (open early in case you want to work ahead Theory

If there are changes in any of the scheduled assignments, I will let you know via email so
be sure to check your email daily.

Read lecture section 2

Read the Hinman class textbook: p xi-xxvii, 3rd edition (the text is on reserve at the NIC
library if you have not gotten your book yet, and it is only 13 pages to Xerox. I also scanned these pages into the
lessons tab in this section, so everyone can read these pages prior to homework 1.)

Due Friday, Sept 7: Discussion Post #2 (in the Discussion Forum called "Section 2
Discussion" which you can access via “discussions” or link to via the “lessons” tab. See
directions at the end of syllabus for what constitutes a ‘good post.’) To get full credit, you should
reply to one (not all) of my prompt posts OR reply to a classmate's post before the due date.

Due Sunday, Sept 9: Homework 1 (access via “lessons” and go to section 2, open all week)


Sept 10 - 16: Section 3 (Theory continued)

Read lecture section 3 (in “lessons” tab)

Due Sept 14: Discussion Post #3

 Due Sept 16: Discussion Post #4

 Due Sept 16: Homework 2


Sept 17 - 23 Section 4 (Theory last section)

Read: Section 4 lecture (in lessons tab)

 Due Sept 23: Discussion Post #5

 Due Sept 23: Homework 3


Sept 24-30: Section 5: Case Format

Read Section 5 lecture and print theory sheet (in lessons tab)

 Due THURSDAY (not our usual day!) Sept 27: First draft of Case 1 (to be submitted
via the case link inLessons: section 5 as an attachment in .doc, docx or .rtf) which enables you to be
eligible for full credit in the case. If you hand this in late, you will only be eligible for half the points,
and may not get feedback from me. I will send you feedback within 48 hours of this submission so

you can work on your final draft of Case 1, as long as you submit by Thursday. I will post all the

case directions in the link in lessons: section 5. If you send me the case in any other way (like

via email) it will not be attached to your gradebook and you will not get credit, so be sure to

post it in the link in section 5. You may have to scroll down to submit. You should attach it,

AND paste it in, in case I cannot get your attachment open. Usually the pasted in version is

hard to read and I want to use the attached version as I will write feedback directly in there

and then attach it back to you. Just in case, though, you should paste in a copy into the box

there, so I can see something if your attachment does not open. If I cannot see your post

because you do not follow these directions, I cannot give you credit.


There is a practice case in the discussion forum for learning purposes. Although no discussion post is
due in this section, you can discuss the case or ask me questions there if you have any.

 Due Sept 30: Case 1(via lessons tab, scroll down, send as an attachment in .doc, docx or .rtf!!)

Due Sept 30 Unit quiz 1 (quiz is in the lessons tab and then go to section 5)


Oct 1-7: Section 6 (Animal Rights part 1 of 2)

 Read Section 6 lecture

 Read Hinman p 377-415

 Due Oct 5: Sum 1=White, "Beastly Questions" pp378-380 (in lessons tab)

Due Oct 5: Sum 2= Singer, "Down at the Factory Farm" pp 381-388

DIRECTIONS for summaries: You are required to summarize articles we read. These are accessed via the lessons
tab and written directly in the dialogue box (not sent as attachments). I will not grade them if they are attached.
They must be proofread. More than 2 mistakes in spelling and grammar lowers your credit. Include the proper
heading from below. The summaries are 4 sentence maximum descriptions of whatever the author is trying to
convey. No run on sentences, please, and do not overuse the semi-colon. No personal opinions should be included,
only the main point the author is trying to convince you of, written as concisely as possible, with supporting detail
from the article. This is a wonderful skill to have (you will use it for the rest of your life- getting at the main point
of things), and you will get better at it as the semester goes on. Again, remember that there should be no
paraphrasing or copying from Hinman’s pre-article review. Use quotes/citations sparingly, or better yet, not at all.
At the risk of repeating myself: In your summaries, if you copy or paraphrase from Hinman’s pre-article
blurb, you will not receive credit. Every semester I have some students who do this. Please don't waste
your points doing this.

Each original summary should include the following, which you can copy/paste into Word if it helps you. If you do
not include the heading, you will not get credit:

Your Name

Summary # ____

Author’s last name, “title of article”

Pages in text where you find the article

Sum: 4 sentences maximum. No personal opinions. Include only the main point(s) the author is trying to get across
and his/her support for this argument. Call the author by his or her last name. Do not include bio information in
your summary. Use your own words! Do not paraphrase or copy from Hinman’s pre-article blurb or you will get an
automatic zero. Try not to use quotes from the article; the point is to write a concise summary in your own words
to be used as a study guide for the unit quizzes, homeworks and cases.

Due Oct 5: Discussion Post #6

 Due Oct 7: Discussion post #7

Due Oct 7: Homework 4


Oct 8 - 14 : Section 7 (Animal Rights part 2 of 2)

Read Section 7 Lecture

 Due Oct 12: Discussion Post #8

 Due Oct 12: Sum 3= Regan, “The Case for Animal Rights” p 394-401

 Due Oct 12: Sum 4=Cohen, “The Case for the Use of Animals in Biomedical Research” p 402-409

Due Oct 12: Homework 5

Due Oct 10,12,14: Case participation = 2 posts worth of substantial comment (one
by Wed and another by Friday). The cases from now on are group work, although you get
an individual grade. You will like the group work, even though you may be grumbling right
now. . In ethical dilemmas, if you approach a problem by yourself, you will, of course,
agree with your own analysis. However, in real life, ethical dilemmas are between people
who disagree and still need to come to a lawful conclusion. Hence, the group cases. We
need to come to an answer in a group setting where you may not be in agreement with
others. When the cases open, you should come online two separate times during the week
and post a substantial addition to the case included responses to your groupmates. Earlier
in the week is better. You will be in a group of 4-6 people, and your interaction using the
case format will lead to a decision by the end of the week. Although the case receives a
group grade, you will be graded according to your participation individually, and will be
notified of your grade if it is other than the posted group grade. All further instructions
will be included in the case itself. Two points for each of the posts due Wednesday and
Friday, one point for ok-ing the draft Sunday after it is posted = 5 total points.

Due Oct 14: Unit Quiz 2 (at the lessons tab)

Due Oct 14: Case #2 (see directions via lessons tab: Case 2. Only the leader needs to submit the
finished case to me via email please. Click on the Case title to open the submission link.)


 Oct 15-21: Section 8:Reproductive Technologies (part 1 of 3)

Read Section 8 lecture (this is a busy week)

 Read Hinman p 1-29

Due Oct 19: Sum 5=Stock, “The Clone Wars” p 10-20
Sum 6=Fukuyama “The Clone Wars” p 10-20

(You should combine Stock and Fukuyama into an 8 sentence max summary as they are debating back and
forth. It will count as summary 5 and 6.)

Due Oct 19:Discussion Post #9

 Due Oct 21:Sum 7= McGee “Parenting in an Era of Genetics” p 20-29

 Due Oct 21: Discussion Post #10 (on movies, see below)

 Due Oct 21: Homework 6

 Watch the movies (or read the full transcripts) on reserve at NIC. See info below:

. Please watch the video on reserve; there are two videos that are required and two others that are completely
optional. The required ones are, in this order, NOVA: 18 Ways to Make a Baby (55 minutes), and the second 60
minutes of Frontline: Organ Farm (the first 60 minutes are optional). These two videos are well-produced, very
up-to-date explanations of the ethical and scientific issues involved in the field of genetic manipulation and
technology. You would be hard pressed to find such concise yet detailed explanations of this issue elsewhere;
you should make every attempt to watch these required videos. If you know you cannot watch these videos,
please link to the video alternatives, which are the full written transcripts from both films. I have also put
these links in the backpack and below. (These videos are not optional, even for summer school. If you cannot
get to the movie, there are online transcripts you are required to read instead. You will not understand the
facts of the subject if you do not watch these or read these, and then you will not be able to discuss these
things in class and in the case.) Watch the videos as soon as you can. I show the Nova film in my first week of
this topic for my face to face classes. It really helps in giving an overall perspective on this subject.
. Those of you who cannot watch the tapes from NIC for the Genetic and Reproductive Technology section can
read the full transcripts for them online.
For "NOVA: 18 Ways to Make a Baby"

The first link above is the actual transcript of the movie we watch, which you are required to read in its
entirety. The second one is the link to's many subsections under "NOVA:18 Ways to Make a Baby."
Please read the transcript (the first link) in its entirety, but feel free to browse around for more info at the
second link.
For: "Frontline: Organ Farm, Part 2"
The top Frontline link is the one for the full transcript which you are required to read. The second Frontline is
the link to various subsections under this excellent film. This is not as good as watching the movie, but is a
close second. If you CAN watch the movie, all the better, and then you can disregard this.


Oct 22-28: Section 9 Reproductive Technology (part 2 of 3)

Read section 9 lecture

 Read Hinman 29- 44

 Read online article via link (see below)

Due Oct 26:Sum 8 Kamm “Embryonic Stem Cell Research: A Moral Defense” p 30-38

Due Oct 26:Discussion Post #11

Due Oct 28: Sum 9: Research this topic and find an article from the last 6 months and
summarize it. Include the link in your summary. Post this in the normal summary place for
points, but also in the discussion area (where it will also count as a post) so that others can see
the current events in this field.

 Due Oct 28:Discussion Post #12

 Due Oct 28:Homework7

Due Oct 28:Homework 8


Oct 29 – Nov 4daylight savings: Section 10 Reproductive Technologies (part 3 of 3)

Read Section 10 lecture

Due Nov 2:Sum 10, 11, 12

For sum 10, 11, 12= “18 Ways to Make a Baby” online links (see below for links)

Dr. Lee Silver interview “On Human Cloning”: for sum 10

Dr. Don Wolf interview “On Human Cloning”: for sum 11

Dr. Rudolf Jaenisch interview “On Human Cloning”:for sum 12

Due Nov 2: Discussion Post #13

Due Oct 31, Nov 2, 4: Two substantial participation posts in the case and ok draft.

Due Nov 4: Unit quiz 3

 Due Nov 4: Case 3 (see directions, due as .rtf attachment via the link in lessons. Only
the leader needs to submit the finished case. Click on the title to open the submission link.)


Nov 5 - 11 Section 11 Euthanasia part 1 of 2

Read Section 11 Lecture

 Read Hinman p 95-119

 Due Nov 9:Discussion Post #14

 Due Nov 9:Sum 13=Hardwig, “Duty to Die” p 108-119

 Due Nov 11:Discussion Post #15

 Due Nov 11:Homework 9

 On your own: Please do some research on the Oregon Death With Dignity Act and also
Jack Kevorkian. You can post about this in discussion.


Nov 12-18 Section 12 Euthanasia part 2 of 2

Read Section 12 Lecture

 Read Hinman p 120-136

 Due Nov 16:Sum 14:Rachels,“Active and Passive Euthanasia…” p120-5

 Due Nov 16: Sum 15=Doerflinger, “Assisted Suicide: Pro-Choice or Anti-Life?” p 125-131

Due Nov 16:Discussion Post # 16

Due Nov 14,16,18:Two substantial contribution posts to the case and ok draft.

 Due Nov 18:Unit Quiz 4

 Due Nov 18:Case 4 (due as .rtf attachment via the link in lessons or via in-class email.
Only the leader needs to submit the finished case.)


Nov 19- 25- Thanksgiving Break

extra credit if you want it

NOVA- extra credit if you want it

This is OPTIONAL!! If you do not want to do this, you do not have to. Here is what is

all due July 27:

Do a 5 point, 150- 250 word summary on the 2 hour: "NOVA: What Darwin Never Knew"

(tell me about the switches) and/or “NOVA: Cracking the Genetic Code”. These are on
the website. Worth 5 points each.

This is 10 points total of extra credit.


Nov 26 - Dec 2: Section 13- World Hunger and Globalization part 1 of 2

Read Section 13 Lecture

Read Hinman p 325-343,

 Due Nov 30: Sum 16 =Hardin, “Lifeboat Ethics” p 335-343

 Due Nov 30: Sum 17= “Unfree, Hence Poor” link from lessons

 Due Nov 30: Discussion post # 17

 Due Dec 2: Discussion Post #18

 Due Dce 2: Homework 10

On your own: do some research on famine in Africa and look for the political causes so you are prepared for the


Dec 3-9 : Section 14- World Hunger and Globalization part 2 of 2

Read Section 14 lecture

Read Hinman p 343-359

 Due Dec 7: Discussion Post #19

 Due Dec 7: Sum 18=Singer, “Rich and Poor” p 343-359

 Due Dec 7: Homework 11

 Due Dec 5, 7, 9: Two substantial contribution posts to the case and ok draft.

 Due Dec 9: Unit Quiz #5

 Due Dec 9: Case 5 (due as .rtf attachment via the link in lessons or via in-class email.
Only the leader needs to submit the finished case. Click on the title to open the submission

If you want to be in a group for the final case (next week), please send me an email in class
letting me know this. If I have enough students wanting this option, I will create a group.


Dec 10 -17 Wrap up and Final

Due Dec 17: FINAL (You must complete the final to get an A in class, no matter what your
pre-final points are. This is usually a current events Case worth 7 points because you need to
research the topic to do well, in the lessons tab)

This schedule is subject to change. 

Additional Items



. #1 ___/6 Points

. #2___/6

. #3___/6

. #4___/6

. #5___/6

. drop the lowest

. Total_____/24


. #1 ____/5
. #2 ____/5
. #3____/5
. #4____/5
. #5___/5
. drop the lowest
. total ______/20

SUMMARIES: 18 available; make tally marks up to 14__________________/14


. #1____/2
. #2____/2
. #3____/2
. #4____/2
. #5____/2
. #6____/2
. #7____/2
. #8____/2
. #9____/2
. #10____/2
. #11___/2
. Add all the ones you do (even if more than 20)
. total_____/20


 DISCUSSION POSTS: 19 available; tally marks up to 14 points Total=___________________/14

FINAL ______/7 EXTRA CREDIT? _+____/10 possible


Big sigh of relief now that you have read the behemoth syllabus. It seems overwhelming at first, so just take it a
section at a time and it will all work out. . Be organized and turn in your assignments on time and you stand
an excellent chance of scoring an A by the end of the semester. Good luck- and enjoy.


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: 

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:

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: 

Institutional Policies

Student Code of Conduct

The Student Code of Conduct applies to any student enrolled at North Idaho College.  This includes, but is not limited to, face-to-face classes and Internet classes.

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.


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.


Last day for students to withdraw from semester-length classes:

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:

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:

Additional withdrawal information:


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, Edminster Student Union Building, (208) 676-7156) and the Human Resources Office (Sherman Administration Building, (208) 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.

REMOVAL FROM CLASS FOR NON-ATTENDANCE:  Attendance is based on your participation in this class. Failure to attend may result in your being removed from this class and may result in your financial aid award being reduced. You are responsible for confirming the accuracy of your attendance record.