Course-related Policies and Resources
Registration Add/Drop/Withdraw Period
Students may drop part or all of their course load through self-service on their GullNet accounts. If students wish to withdraw completely from the University, they should complete and submit a Withdrawal form, available in GullNet. Failing to attend classes does not constitute an official withdrawal or relieve students from their financial obligations to the University. Students failing to comply with procedures for official withdrawal and/or official dropping of courses risk receiving a grade of F in the courses at issue and will forfeit all right to refunds which might otherwise be made. Detailed procedures for official withdrawal from the University and official dropping of courses, including deadlines for submitting the forms necessary for the disbursement of refunds, are available on the University website ( www.salisbury.edu/registrar and www.salisbury.edu/gullnet).
Diversity and Inclusion
Diversity and inclusion are core values of Salisbury University. A diverse and inclusive campus community brings irreplaceable value to our educational experience and work environment, and strengthens us all. Diversity encompasses more dimensions than just the legally protected categories. All people have talent and potential that is spread across communities and groups, locally and globally. Inclusion means creating an environment of respect, connection and involvement among people with different experiences and perspectives. We strive to create a truly diverse and inclusive environment where the richness of ideas, backgrounds, and perspectives of our community is harnessed to create value for our institution, today and in the future.
For more information on programs and services, visit the Office of Diversity & Inclusion website.
Academic Misconduct Policy
Integrity is a principle that permeates all the activities of the University and guides the behavior of faculty, students and staff. The spirit of academic integrity denotes adherence to the precept that one's work is one's own. To learn about Salisbury University's Academic Misconduct Policy and information about plagiarism, refer to the following resource:
Disruption of the Academic Process
In an effort to build an environment in which the instructor’s ability to teach and the student’s ability to learn are unhindered, Students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that does not disrupt the academic process. Disruption of the academic process refers to any act(s), word(s), or general conduct of a student in a classroom or other academic environment that, in the reasonable estimation of the instructor, directs attention away from the academic matters at hand, including, but not limited to, noisy distractions, persistent, disrespectful or abusive interruption of lecture, exam, academic discussion or general University operations.
Complaints and reports of behavior that disrupts the academic process are resolved according to the University’s Code of Community Standards. Please note that, while the Dean of Students Office has the authority to initiate student accountability proceedings against students for disruptions of the academic process, instructors and relevant academic officers may take administrative action in response to disruptive conduct.
Misappropriation of Course-Based Intellectual Property
Lectures delivered by faculty in class, as well as course materials faculty create and distribute, are protected by federal copyright law as their original work. Misappropriation of intellectual property is the act of intentionally taking the intellectual property of faculty or others, and/or the sale or distribution of class notes, tests, assignments or class projects for profit, either directly or through a third party, without the express consent or permission of the faculty member or lecturer, or without documentation to demonstrate the need for such accommodations. Such property includes, but is not limited to class notes, tests, assignments, class projects or other academically related work. All academic work undertaken by a student must be completed independently unless instructed otherwise by a faculty member or other responsible authority.
Emergency Absence Policy
Students are expected to attend all class meetings and complete all work in courses for which they are registered. However, Salisbury University recognizes that students may experience serious medical issues, the death of a loved one, or other significant and unexpected life events during the course of an academic term. The Emergency Absence Policy aims to minimize the impact of serious life events upon students’ academic progress. The policy balances supporting students in achieving their educational goals with the academic integrity of the curriculum and the principles of faculty academic freedom. Please refer to the policy for additional details.
Salisbury University contracts with Turnitin for plagiarism detection and deterrence in support of The Salisbury Promise and the Academic Misconduct Policy. As a condition of participating in this course, all required papers may be subject to submission for textual similarity review and plagiarism detection through Turnitin. All papers submitted to Turnitin will be included as source documents in the Turnitin reference database solely for the purpose of detecting plagiarism consistent with fair use principles under federal copyright law. You may be asked to directly submit certain written course requirements through MyClasses. The instructor may also submit a student's written assignment through Turnitin if the instructor, in good faith, suspects plagiarism.
Use of Zoom for Remote Sessions
During the semester, students may have courses with synchronous/remote sessions using Zoom. Faculty will communicate expectations and provide guidance on how Zoom will be used as part of instruction with their course, including Zoom etiquette and best practices. Students will be expected to have proper technology available to attend these sessions. First time users of Zoom may be prompted to install Zoom on their computer. Students should review Zoom's Getting Started on Windows or Mac article to ensure your speaker/microphone or headset are ready for the remote sessions. Some class sessions may be recorded and delivered to the students through MyClasses. Professors may require remote students to display video and use audio during these sessions; however, students and faculty should discuss appropriate exceptions.
The Family Right and Privacy Act (FERPA) protects the privacy of your educational records. A classroom recording is one of those records. Please review the Zoom and FERPA Compliance Guide for more information.
Writing Across the Curriculum
Since 1984, Salisbury University has been committed to assisting our students to improve their writing via writing assignments in every academic course per a national program known as Writing Across the Curriculum.
University Writing Center
At the University Writing Center (UWC), trained peer consultants are available to work with students at any stage of the writing process. Located on the second floor of the Guerrieri Academic Commons, the UWC offers a place where writers can meet to talk about their papers and projects. In addition to the important writing instruction that occurs in the classroom and during office hours, students are also encouraged to make use of this service. For more information and to make appointments, visit the UWC’s website.
The SU Libraries provide students with services and collections to help them succeed in their courses. Students will find course reserves (including textbooks for many courses) at the Library Service Desk, where they also can borrow books, laptops, iPads, and DVDs and get help finding the best sources for their papers. They also can make research appointments to meet with librarians for help developing research strategies and can use a chat service to get quick answers to questions. They can use more than 300 public computers (Windows and Macs) and print in black & white, color, and even 3D. Group study rooms and collaboration tables provide space for working together, and quiet reading rooms provide space for individual study. For more information and hours of operation, visit the SU Libraries website.
Center for Student Achievement
The Center for Student Achievement (CSA) offers students opportunities to make the most of their out of class study time. Students are encouraged to participate in structured study such as Supplemental Instruction(SI) and Tutoring. Students looking for additional assistance with study strategies and time management should make an appointment for an academic success coaching session(s) or enroll in GENL 103 Advanced Learning Strategies. To make an appointment for tutoring and/or success coaching use the Navigate app or call the CSA 410-677-4865; and for more information and hours of operation visit the Center for Student Achievement website . Students who use CSA services earn higher grades, persist at a higher rate and graduate at a higher rate than students who do not use CSA services.
Disability Resource Center: Access and Accommodations
If you have already been approved for reasonable accommodations through the Disability Resource Center (DRC), please complete the following next steps as soon as possible: (1) send your DRC Accommodations Letter(s) through the AIM portal, and (2) initiate a conversation and/or meet with your faculty members to discuss the implementation of your approved accommodations in each of your courses.
If you have not yet established accommodations with the DRC, but have or think you may have a disability/condition that requires accommodations (conditions include but are not limited to: mental health, attention-related, learning, vision, hearing, physical, or chronic health). Students with disabilities can request reasonable accommodations, auxiliary aids and services, and/or modifications to University policies, through the DRC by following the DRC's procedures for Requesting Academic Accommodations. For questions or more information, please refer to the Disability Resource Center website or contact the DRC at (410) 543-6087 or email@example.com. The DRC is located on the 2nd floor of the Guerrieri Student Union (GSU), Room 229.
Accommodations for Religious Observances
Students are expected to attend all class meetings and complete all work in courses for which they are registered. However, Salisbury University values and respects the diverse religious backgrounds of its student body and understands that these observances might occasionally conflict with class schedules and academic responsibilities. The Religious Accommodations Policy emphasizes the importance of accommodating religious observances while maintaining the integrity of the curriculum. To gain a comprehensive understanding of the Religious Accommodations Policy and its application, we encourage all students to refer to the full policy document which outlines the procedures for requesting accommodations, the responsibilities of both students and faculty, and the overarching philosophy that guides our approach to these matters.
Additional Student Support Services - SU Cares
At Salisbury University, we care about our students. We believe that working collaboratively with faculty, our students and their families, and other university offices promotes academic, personal and life-long success. We encourage students to read, print and refer to our SU Cares list of Student Affair resources. Services and operational hours may vary during emergencies. For more university support services, please visit the SU Cares clearinghouse website.
Food and Housing Insecurity
Any student who has difficulty affording groceries or accessing sufficient food to eat every day, or who lacks a safe place to live, and believes this may affect their performance in the course, is urged to contact the Student Affairs Office at 410-543-6080 or firstname.lastname@example.org for support. If you are experiencing food or housing insecurity, Food for the Flock is a free food pantry located across from the bookstore that serves Salisbury students. You can contact Food the Flock at email@example.com or Dining Services at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Sexual Misconduct and Title IX
It is the policy of Salisbury University (SU) to comply with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX), which protects individuals from discrimination based on sex in any SU educational program or activity. Any form of sex discrimination (which includes acts of sexual harassment, sexual assault and sexual violence) is prohibited by Title IX. Retaliation for asserting claims of sex discrimination is also prohibited under SU policies and Title IX.
If you experience discrimination, you are encouraged to report the incident to the Salisbury University Office of Institutional Equity (OIE). Learn more about your rights and options at the Office of Institutional Equity website or call 410-543-6426.
Students may also contact the Counseling Center, a confidential resource, for support related to sexual assault or power-based personal violence at 410-543-6070, or visit Counseling Center website. Also, you can contact the Life Crisis Center (an off-campus resource) at 410-749-4357, 24 hours/day.
In situations where the OIE becomes involved in the resolution of complaints, assistance to students who need help with academics, housing, or other issues is available.
Inclement Weather Policy
Should inclement weather result in classes being canceled information will be given to all local radio and television stations. Students can receive information concerning cancellations by listening to local stations, visiting the SU website or by calling the Gull Line at (410) 546-6426.
Please refer to the entire Inclement Weather Policy for additional information.