A university policy is a document that (1) states the university's position on a particular issue, and (2) includes procedures for compliance. A university policy is defined by all of the following criteria:
- It has broad application throughout the university
- It helps achieve compliance with applicable laws and regulations, promotes operational efficiencies, enhances the university's mission, or reduces institutional risks
- It mandates actions or constraints and contains specific procedures for compliance
- The subject matter requires university president and/or executive officer review and approval for policy issuance and major changes
If a policy fits these criteria, it is a university policy. If it does not, it is a departmental, office, or unit policy.
Academic Dispute Resolution Procedure
Challenges to academic decisions or actions of the faculty or academic administration will be reviewed according to the procedure that implements the UA Board of Regents Policy 09.03.024 and its University Regulation on Student Dispute Resolution: Review of Academic Decisions or Actions. Appropriate issues for this procedure include such things as alleged grading error or arbitrary or capricious assignment of final grades or dismissal from or denial of admission to an academic program based upon academic considerations. Academic decisions based on alleged violations of the Student Code of Conduct will not be reviewed under this procedure until the Student Conduct Review Procedures are exhausted.
-- See the full Academic Dispute Resolution Procedure
Kodiak College's contact for students with questions about the new academic dispute resolution procedure is:
Betty Walters, Interim Director
University of Alaska Anchorage
117 Benny Benson Drive
Kodiak, AK 99615
Academic integrity is a basic principle that requires that students only take credit for ideas and efforts that are their own. Cheating, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty are defined as the submission of materials in assignments, examinations, or other academic work without proper citation, or submitting work that is based on sources prohibited by the faculty member. If you are not sure what constitutes plagiarism, you should immediately complete the UAA Academic Integrity Tutorial and Quiz on this topic.
Substantial portions of academic work that a student has submitted for a course may not be resubmitted for credit in another course without the knowledge and advance permission of the instructors. For more information, refer to the UAA Fact Finder/Student Handbook and Student Code of Conduct. (linked in the above module).
Any student deemed to be cheating or plagiarizing will receive zero credit for the assignment, will have a discussion with the instructor, and the Assistant Director for Academic Affairs will be informed. Consequences may be severe, even resulting in dismissal from the institution. Advice on avoiding plagiarism may be obtained at OWL English from Purdue University.
Acceptable Use Policy
Section II of UAA's Acceptable Use Policy states that:
Content that does not clearly identify the author or defames or threatens others;
Statements that are bigoted, hateful or racially offensive;
Content that discusses illegal activities with the intent to commit them;
Content that infringes another's intellectual property, including but not limited to, copyrights, trademarks or trade secrets;
Material that contains vulgar or obscene language or images;
Advertising or any form of commercial solicitation;
Content related to partisan political activities;
Excessive or unsolicited electronic mail;
Copyrighted material, including without limitation software, graphics, text, photographs, sound, video and musical recordings without the express permission of the owner of the copyright in the material, or other legal entitlement to use the material (DMCA, Pub. L., No. 105-304, 112 Stat. 2860 [Oct. 28, 1998]).
Additionally, users further agree that they will not (a) access or attempt to access any other user's account/information without permission, or misrepresent or attempt to misrepresent their identity while using UAA's information resources, or (b) engage in the disproportionate use of information resources that creates a debilitating effect on information resources available to other users.
Please review the entire Acceptable Use Policy located online.
The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted materials. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use," that user may be liable for copyright infringement. Therefore, you should not make any reproductions of any of the content posted in the Blackboard shell. You should not distribute any of the content to any other party. The content in Blackboard is for your private study in the mastery of this subject matter.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords 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 post-secondary institution.
Safety from Sexual Violence (Title IX)
Members of the University of Alaska community, guests and visitors have the right to be free from sexual violence. All members of the campus community are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that does not infringe upon the rights of others.
Kodiak College as part of UAA takes all matters of Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault and Sexual Violence seriously. If you have concerns or need to report an incident, please contact the UAA Director & Title IX Coordinator. The contact number is (907) 786-1424.
The office is located in Anchorage:
University Lake Building Room 108
3890 University Lake Drive
Anchorage, Alaska 99508
Our local campus contact is Sandra Chichenoff
Benny Benson Building Room 104
117 Benny Benson Drive
Kodiak, AK 99615
Safety in Online Environments
KoC/UAA will never send you an unsolicited e-mail asking you for your password or other personal information. If you receive such a message, please delete it. If you have any concerns, contact the IT Call Center at (907) 786-4646, menu option 1, or via email at email@example.com.
If you experience cyber bullying, cyber stalking, or other inappropriate conduct as part of your involvement in a KoC/UAA class, please notify your instructor immediately.
Student Code of Conduct and Safety on Campus
As with all members of the University community, the University requires you to conduct yourself honestly and responsibly, and to respect the rights of others. You are responsible for knowing and abiding by the Student Code of Conduct in the UAA Student Code of Conduct.
Safety is a priority at Kodiak College/UAA. All members of the academic community are encouraged to take responsibility for their own safety by taking the time to locate the nearest exits and emergency telephones when they are in campus buildings. Safety concerns may be brought to the attention of any faculty or staff. Alternately, the University offers a confidential Online Incident Reporting. This is a web platform for staff and students to report injuries, damage to UA property and unsafe work conditions. You will be asked to login with your UA credentials if you use this method.
Student Support Accommodations
Kodiak College adheres to the policies of the Americans with Disabilities Act and ensures that all students have equal access to the campus and course materials. If you require disability-related assistance, please inform your instructor or contact Student Services (907)-486-1266 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org (or 1-800-486-7660 and ask for Student Services) so that we may obtain reasonable accommodations for your needs.
Blackboard Learn course management system, Blackboard Collaborate web conferencing system, the VoiceThread cloud-based software, and the Microsoft Office software products we use comply with the WCAG and Section 508 guidelines for accessibility. We have posted links to the full disclosure statements from the companies we use.
For complete information on the University of Alaska Anchorage's Disability Support Services, please visit the DSS website.
Withdrawal, Incomplete, and Audit Policies
It is your responsibility to ensure the accuracy of your class schedule each term and comply with all university regulations and deadlines. The university is obligated to ensure the integrity of the transcript as an historical document. Therefore, the transcript must reflect the actual history of the student’s experience at the university.
Withdrawal from any class will produce a designation of W for that class on the student's transcript. This designation does not carry grade points and is not used in calculation of GPAs. Students are responsible for all fees and tuition if they choose to withdraw from any course, and financial aid could be affected. Please note: Faculty members may also initiate a withdrawal for students who fail to meet the course participation and assignment requirements. Please contact specific faculty members for their course policies.
An I (Incomplete) is a temporary grade. It is used to indicate that a student has made satisfactory progress in the majority (>50%) of the work in a course, but for unavoidable absences or other conditions beyond the control of the student, has not been able to complete the course.
Auditors are students who enroll for informational instruction only. No credit is received for audited courses. The faculty member and student agree upon terms for auditing the course. Submission of papers for correction and grading and participation in laboratory experiences are at the discretion of the instructor. Faculty may withdraw students if they fail to comply with the agreed‐upon terms.