Northern Arizona University
Safe Environment Policy
NAU’s Safe Working and
Learning Environment Policy seeks to prohibit discrimination and promote the
safety of all individuals within the university. The goal of this policy is to prevent the occurrence of
discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, age, national origin, religion,
sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status and to prevent sexual
harassment, sexual assault or retaliation by anyone at this university.
You may obtain a copy of
this policy from the college dean’s office.
If you have concerns about this policy, it is important that you contact
the departmental chair, dean’s office, the Office of Student Life
(928-523-5181), the academic ombudsperson (928-523-9368), or NAU’s Office of
Affirmative Action (928-523-3312).
Students with Disabilities
If you have a
documented disability, you can arrange for accommodations by contacting the
office of Disability Support Services (DSS) at 928-523-8773 (voice),
928-523-6906 (TTY). In order for your individual needs to be met, you are
required to provide DSS with disability related documentation and are encouraged
to provide it at least eight weeks prior to the time you wish to receive
accommodations. You must register with DSS each semester you are enrolled at NAU
and wish to use accommodations.
Faculty are not
authorized to provide a student with disability related accommodations without
prior approval from DSS. Students who have registered with DSS are encouraged to
notify their instructors a minimum of two weeks in advance to ensure
accommodations. Otherwise, the provision of accommodations may be delayed.
Concerns or questions regarding disability related
accommodations can be brought to the attention of DSS or the Affirmative Action
Institutional Review Board
Any study involving
observation of or interaction with human subjects that originates at NAU—including
a course project, report, or research paper—must be reviewed and approved by
the Institutional Review Board (IRB) for the protection of human subjects in
research and research-related activities.
The IRB meets once each
month. Proposals must be submitted
for review at least fifteen working days before the monthly meeting.
You should consult with your course instructor early in the course to
ascertain if your project needs to be reviewed by the IRB and/or to secure
information or appropriate forms and procedures for the IRB review.
Your instructor and department chair or college dean must sign the
application for approval by the IRB. The
IRB categorizes projects into three levels depending on the nature of the
project: exempt from further
review, expedited review, or full board review.
If the IRB certifies that a project is exempt from further review, you
need not resubmit the project for continuing IRB review as long as there are no
modifications in the exempted procedures.
A copy of the IRB Policy
and Procedures Manual is available in each
department’s administrative office and each college dean’s office.
If you have questions, contact Carey Conover, Office of Grant and
Contract Services, at 928-523-4889.
The university takes an
extremely serious view of violations of academic integrity.
As members of the academic community, NAU’s administration, faculty,
staff and students are dedicated to promoting an atmosphere of honesty and are
committed to maintaining the academic integrity essential to the education
process. Inherent in this
commitment is the belief that academic dishonesty in all forms violates the
basic principles of integrity and impedes learning. Students are therefore responsible for conducting themselves
in an academically honest manner.
Individual students and faculty members are responsible for identifying instances of academic dishonesty. Faculty members then recommend penalties to the department chair or college dean in keeping with the severity of the violation. The complete policy on academic integrity is in Appendix F of NAU’s Student Handbook.
Academic Contact Hour Policy
Arizona Board of Regents Academic Contact Hour Policy (ABOR Handbook, 2-206,
Academic Credit) states: “an hour
of work is the equivalent of 50 minutes of class time…at least 15 contact
hours or recitation, lecture, discussion, testing or evaluation, seminar, or
colloquium as well as a minimum of 30 hours of student homework is required for
each unit of credit.”
The reasonable interpretation of this policy is that for
every credit hour, a student should expect, on average, to do a minimum of two
additional hours of work per week; e.g., preparation, homework, studying.