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Parkland maintains a strict adherence to its policies on academic honesty. For details regarding Parkland's academic honesty policies, please visit Article III, Proscribed Conduct of the Student Code of Conduct.
Faculty have the right to use a classroom contract in order to preserve the integrity of the teaching and learning environment.
This is a contract drawn up by the instructor to specify conditions for permitting a student to remain enrolled in a class. It represents the formal phase of addressing behaviors that are disrupting the classroom’s teaching and learning environment.
The need for a contract arises when the inappropriate behavior is exhibited again after the informal meetings have taken place when the student received written documentation (the documentation of student behavior form) about inappropriate classroom behaviors. In some cases of egregious behavior, there may not be an opportunity to complete the informal phase of the disciplinary process
Instructors work with their department chair or program managers to develop the contract in order to address the following; the concerning behaviors, description of appropriate behavior expectations, parameters of the contract (including time frame to fulfill expectations) behaviors (both verbal and non-verbal) that constitute a violation of the contract and most importantly, the consequences for violation of the contract. The student cannot negotiate any terms of the classroom contract due to being given prior notice of need for correcting inappropriate behaviors.
The goal is to retain a positive environment to protect both teaching and learning.
The faculty member’s responsibility is to maintain a positive environment in the classroom so that the faculty member can teach without undue hindrances and all students can constructively engage in class learning activities. There are occasions when maintaining an environment that is conducive to teaching and learning requires the removal of a student from class. Such action is necessarily a multi-step procedure to ensure that the student’s due process rights are not violated.
Faculty should document all issues with student behavior in relation to the learning environment as soon as they become apparent. While most issues are resolved informally at the faculty-student level, a written record of related incidents are required as evidence should a request for administrative removal become necessary.
The department chair in consultation with the faculty member may decide that the agreement on appropriate classroom behavior be explicitly spelled out in the form of a written student contract. The student behavior contract should include:
Student agreement to the contract is required before a return to class is permitted. When appropriate, contractual terms should be discussed with the Dean of Students. The department chair will expedite setting up of the contract so that the student does not lose class time.
If the student is not satisfied with the terms of the contract written by the department chair, the student should see the division dean. The dean will consider all perspectives of the situation including the student, other class members, faculty member and department chair before making a determination whether the student contract is used appropriately to manage the classroom teaching/learning environment. If the dean determines that the contract is appropriate, the contract is valid as written. If there are grounds for re-consideration, the dean will remand the case back to the department chair for review.
The Student Conduct Advisor is responsible for the distribution of relevant material to the administrative withdrawal hearing committee members as well as to the charged party. The Student Conduct Advisor is also responsible for the disposal of all materials following the hearing. The official administrative withdrawal hearing record will be maintained by the Dean of Students' office.
Health Professions programs. Faculty teaching in Health Professions programs should refer to their division document titled Health Professions Essential Qualifications, Code of Conduct, and Intent to Suspend or Dismiss Policy and Procedures. Questions on procedure should be directed to the Dean for Health Professions.
Parkland College has minimum academic standards required for satisfactory progress towards completion. For more information on minimum standards and implications for not meeting them, please visit the Academic Probation, Suspension, Dismissal webpage.
Please be sure and go see your instructors, either in their office or via Teams, during their posted office hours. Why? They keep office hours to be able to talk with their students and offer help if you need it. You can ask questions about assignments and talk about what additional help you may need in the course. If you’re facing challenges, even personal ones impacting your class, they are willing to hear you out and offer support. Your faculty want you to pass their classes, so they make time to talk with you about your concerns. Remember, there are no bad questions, and it is brave to ask for help.
Policy 5.01.03 contains significant information and process regarding permissible recording in the academic environment and processes regarding these recording expectations.
The syllabus is an outline of what you will be taught in class and a list of relevant rules, policies, and services of the college. There is a different syllabus for every class. Please read the syllabus for every class you take at Parkland so you will know what to expect.
Your instructors give you a syllabus at the start of each class. The syllabus is the contract between you and your instructor for the class. It tells you what work is expected, when it is due, and what guidelines will be used to grade you. Make sure you keep it and use it to help you meet the class expectations.
Please remember to use your instructor’s name and chosen title (Dr., Ms., first name, or professor) as they outlined in their syllabus when emailing, talking to, or texting them. Be professional in your communications with your instructors. You want to build good relationships with them because they want you to succeed and are willing to support your growth. They can write recommendations for internships, jobs, academic programs, scholarships, and university applications.
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