Administrative Policies and Procedures
Academic Grievance Procedure
When a student has an academic dispute with a faculty member over a grade, there are procedures that exist to resolve the complaint in the most satisfactory way for both the student and faculty member. If the complaint involves a final grade, the student must take the complaint to the faculty member no later than the first two weeks of the beginning of the following semester. This policy requires several steps to complete the process. For detailed information concerning the grievance policy visit UAR 112.04 at www.moreheadstate.edu/uar. The student grievance form can be found at www.moreheadstate.edu/academicprograms.
If you are unable to access the form electronically or need additional assistance contact Academic Programs at 606-783-2003 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Academic Honesty Policy
All students at Morehead State University are required to abide by accepted standards of academic honesty. Academic honesty includes doing one's own work, giving credit for the work of others, and using resources appropriately.
Guidelines for Dealing with Acts of Academic Dishonesty
If a faculty member suspects that a student is guilty of a breach of the standards and chooses to pursue disciplinary action through University channels, the faculty member should:
- Hold a conference with the student to attempt to address the problem.
- If the student is determined to be responsible, the faculty member should issue the sanction. The sanction may include failure of a particular assignment or exam, failure of a particular class, or any other appropriate disciplinary action.
- If a sanction is imposed on the student, then the faculty member is expected to report in writing to the department chair the details of the incident, the results of the student/faculty member conference, and the sanction issued. A copy of this report should be forwarded to the appropriate college dean and to the assistant vice president/dean of students. (The assistant vice president/dean of students is responsible for maintaining and safeguarding all University discipline records and for ensuring their confidentiality. A central record of all acts of academic dishonesty and plagiarism ensures that a student will be held accountable for subsequent violations.)
- If the assistant vice president/dean of students has previous violations of the code on file for particular student(s), this information is to be sent to the faculty member and department chair.
- If the faculty member and department chair determine that the severity of the academic dishonesty or the fact or nature of previous violations by the same student(s) warrants further disciplinary action, a request for further action should be made in writing to the assistant vice president/dean of students. The assistant vice president/dean of students will review the submitted material and hold an investigative hearing with the student(s) involved. At this time, the assistant vice president/dean of students will determine if further disciplinary action is warranted.
- The assistant vice president/dean of students will report, in writing, any additional disciplinary actions taken to the college dean, the department chair, the provost, the faculty member making the charges, and student(s) being charged.
Nothing in this policy shall prevent or prohibit the student(s) charged from making an appeal of the disciplinary action administered.
Sexual Harassment/Sexual Misconduct Policy
Morehead State University takes seriously the rights of the campus community to be free from sexual harassment in all forms. The Board of Regents has adopted a policy prohibiting sexual harassment across the University that applies to students and employees alike. PG-6 provides detailed procedures for the reporting, investigation and resolution of all such complaints. Students and employees are urged to become familiar with the policy and to report harassment. To view the Sexual Harassment Policy, visit www.moreheadstate.edu/titleix or contact the Office of Human Resources at 606-783-2097 to request an electronic or hard copy of the policy.
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
This information is provided to notify all Morehead State University students of the rights and restrictions under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (Public Law 93-380) as amended. FERPA is also known as the “Buckley Amendment”.
Notification of Rights under FERPA for Postsecondary Institutions
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) afford eligible students certain rights with respect to their education records. (An “eligible student” under FERPA is a student who is 18 years of age or older or who attends a postsecondary institution.) These rights include:
The right to inspect and review the student's education records
The eligible student has the right to inspect and review the student's education records within 45 days after the day Morehead State University receives a request for access. A student should submit to the registrar, dean, head of the academic department, or other appropriate official, a written request that identifies the record(s) the student wishes to inspect. The school official will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. If the records are not maintained by the school official to whom the request was submitted, that official shall advise the student of the correct official to whom the request should be addressed.
The right to request the amendment of the students education records
The eligible student has the right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the student believes is inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights under FERPA.
A student who wishes to ask the school to amend a record should write the school official responsible for the record, clearly identify the part of the record the student wants changed, and specify why it should be changed.
If the school decides not to amend the record as requested, the school will notify the student in writing of the decision and the student’s right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the student when notified of the right to a hearing.
Informal Proceedings: Morehead State University may attempt to settle a dispute with the parent of a student or the eligible student regarding the content of the student’s education records through informal meetings and discussions with the parent or eligible student.
Formal Proceedings: Upon the request of either party (the educational institution, the parent or eligible student), the right to a hearing is required. If a student, parent or educational institution requests a hearing, the Vice President for Student Success or his/her designee shall make the necessary arrangements. The hearing will be established according to the procedure delineated by the University.
The right to provide written consent before the university discloses personally identifiable information
The eligible student has the right to provide written consent before the university discloses personally identifiable information (PII) from the student's education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.
The school discloses education records without a student’s prior written consent under the FERPA exception for disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by Morehead State University in an administrative, supervisory, academic, research, or support staff position (including law enforcement unit personnel and health staff); a person serving on the board of regents; or a student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee. A school official also may include a volunteer or contractor outside of Morehead State University who performs an institutional service of function for which the school would otherwise use its own employees and who is under the direct control of the school with respect to the use and maintenance of PII from education records, such as an attorney, auditor, collection agent, a hosted software company or a verification agency.
A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibilities for the University.
The right to file a complaint
The eligible student has the right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by Morehead State University to comply with the requirements of FERPA. To file a complaint, the student should contact the Family Policy Compliance Office at the following address:
Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202
Disclosure of Information
FERPA permits the disclosure of personally identifiable information (PII) from students’ education records, without consent of the student, if the disclosure meets certain conditions found in §99.31 of the FERPA regulations. Except for disclosures to school officials, disclosures related to some judicial orders or lawfully issued subpoenas, disclosures of directory information, and disclosures to the student, §99.32 of FERPA regulations requires the institution to record the disclosure. Eligible students have a right to inspect and review the record of disclosures. A postsecondary institution may disclose PII from the education records without obtaining prior written consent of the student -
- To other school officials, including teachers, within Morehead State University whom the school has determined to have legitimate educational interests. This includes contractors, consultants, volunteers, or other parties to whom the school has outsourced institutional services or functions, provided that the conditions listed in §99.31(a)(1)(i)(B)(1) - (a)(1)(i)(B)(2) are met. (§99.31(a)(1))
- To officials of another school where the student seeks or intends to enroll, or where the student is already enrolled if the disclosure is for purposes related to the student’s enrollment or transfer, subject to the requirements of §99.34. (§99.31(a)(2))
- To authorized representatives of the U. S. Comptroller General, the U. S. Attorney General, the U.S. Secretary of Education, or State and local educational authorities, such as a State postsecondary authority that is responsible for supervising the university’s State-supported education programs. Disclosures under this provision may be made, subject to the requirements of §99.35, in connection with an audit or evaluation of Federal- or State-supported education programs, or for the enforcement of or compliance with Federal legal requirements that relate to those programs. These entities may make further disclosures of PII to outside entities that are designated by them as their authorized representatives to conduct any audit, evaluation, or enforcement or compliance activity on their behalf. (§§99.31(a)(3) and 99.35)
- In connection with financial aid for which the student has applied or which the student has received, if the information is necessary to determine eligibility for the aid, determine the amount of the aid, determine the conditions of the aid, or enforce the terms and conditions of the aid. (§99.31(a)(4))
- To organizations conducting studies for, or on behalf of, the school, in order to: (a) develop, validate, or administer predictive tests; (b) administer student aid programs; or (c) improve instruction. (§99.31(a)(6))
- To accrediting organizations to carry out their accrediting functions. ((§99.31(a)(7))
- To comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena. (§99.31(a)(9))
- To appropriate officials in connection with a health or safety emergency, subject to §99.36. (§99.31(a)(10))
- Information the school has designated as “directory information” under §99.37. (§99.31(a)(11))
- To a victim of an alleged perpetrator of a crime of violence or a non-forcible sex offense, subject to the requirements of §99.39. The disclosure may only include the final results of the disciplinary proceeding with respect to that alleged crime or offense, regardless of the finding. (§99.31(a)(13))
- To the general public, the final results of a disciplinary proceeding, subject to the requirements of §99.39, if the school determines the student is an alleged perpetrator of a crime of violence or non-forcible sex offense and the student has committed a violation of the school’s rules or policies with respect to the allegation made against him or her. (§99.31(a)(14))
- To parents of a student regarding the student’s violation of any Federal, State, or local law, or of any rule or policy of the school, governing the use or possession of alcohol or a controlled substance if the school determines the student committed a disciplinary violation and the student is under the age of 21. (§99.31(a)(15))
Release of Directory Information
FERPA defines "directory information" as information contained in the education records of a student that would not generally be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed. Typically, "directory information" includes information such as:
major field of study,
dates of attendance,
enrollment status (e.g. undergraduate or graduate, full-time or part-time),
participation in officially recognized activities and sports,
weight and height of members of athletic teams,
degrees, honors and awards received, and
most recent educational agency or institution attended.
The release of the above-noted information by an educational agency or institution is permitted under the law unless the student notifies the institution or agency in person that he/she does not want such information released. Eligible students may withhold directory information by notifying the Office of Student Success, 109 Enrollment Services Center, or by calling 606-783-2070.
Requests for non-disclosure will remain in effect until the eligible student informs the Office of Student Success to remove the disclosure restriction.