AcademicsAcademics Anonymous (not verified) May 18, 2015
Academic RegulationsAcademic Regulations admin August 30, 2016
Classroom ConductClassroom Conduct
Students are expected to conduct themselves as responsible learners. Classroom behavior should not detract from the learning environment. Each faculty member has the right to determine appropriate behavior for the classroom. Expectations might address behavior such as use of electronic devices, late arrivals or early departures, eating or sleeping.
A student violating a professor’s classroom policy or individual instructions regarding classroom disruptions might be dismissed from the class for the day on which the disruption occurs, subject to a reduction of participation grade, and/or referred to the Director of Community Standards.
Mission of Academic Advising at RhodesMission of Academic Advising at Rhodes
The mission of academic advising at Rhodes is to promote student learning. Each entering student is assigned an academic adviser, who will function in that capacity until the student formally declares a major. This must be done prior to the registration period of the spring semester of the sophomore year. At that point, a faculty adviser from the major department is assigned to or selected by the student.
Assisted by the academic adviser, the student learns:
- To understand the nature of a liberal arts education
- To assess his or her strengths and weaknesses
- To formulate educational and career goals
- To plan a course of action to achieve those goals
I. Guidelines for the Student Advisee
- Realize that final responsibility for meeting Degree or Foundation Requirements rests with the student.
- Prepare adequately for each advising session.
- Make preliminary course selections prior to registration advising appointments.
- With the assistance of the adviser and Career Services, clarify personal values, abilities, interests, and goals.
- Become knowledgeable about and observe institutional policies, procedures, and requirements. This requires a careful reading of the College Catalogue.
- Contact and make an appointment with the adviser when in need of assistance or when required. If the student finds it impossible to keep the appointment, notify the adviser before the scheduled appointment.
- Maintain a personal advising folder and take it to every advising appointment. Documents placed in this folder might include grade reports, declaration of major forms, course plan, and other documents related to the student’s academic record.
- Follow through on actions identified during each advising session.
- Keep the adviser informed about academic achievements, difficulties, and other factors that could influence the student’s academic career.
- Declare a major no later than the spring semester of the sophomore year and choose a new adviser if necessary.
- Evaluate the advising system, when requested, in order to strengthen the advising process.
- Accept final responsibility for all decisions.
II. Guidelines for the Academic Adviser
- Provide a professional, confidential, and caring atmosphere that encourages and respects interaction with students.
- Keep informed of information and resources that can be used to address questions on academic matters. Participate in educational advising programs offered throughout the year.
- Be knowledgeable of institutional policies, procedures, and academic requirements. Provide accurate information to assist students in selecting, scheduling, and registering for courses.
- Stay informed about non-academic resources (e.g., Counseling Center, Career Services, Student Development and Academic Services, etc.).
- Maintain a confidential file on each advisee showing the student's academic progress. Forward this file to a new adviser if one is chosen.
- Post and keep office hours. Be available beyond those times for special appointments.
- Assist advisees in selecting courses that will satisfy requirements, fit their strengths, and contribute to their career and life goals.
- Assist advisees in an honest self-assessment of academic strengths, skills, and interests as they make academic decisions.
- Work with Student Development and Academic Services to monitor advisees' academic progress and give appropriate advice, encouragement, or assistance if any student is experiencing academic difficulty.
- Initiate contact with advisees on a regular basis, especially in their first year.
- Contact and advise students whose academic success is at risk, especially those who have received notifications of deficient work, low mid-term grades, academic probation, and the like.
- Do not criticize other faculty, staff, or students in the presence of students.
- Keep a sense of humor.
III. Guidelines for the College
- Value academic advising as a necessary extension of the teaching/learning process.
- Provide ongoing training opportunities for new and continuing advisers.
- Ensure that academic advising is fully integrated into other programs of the institution (e.g., admissions, orientation, registration, counseling and career planning, etc.).
- Collect data on the impact of effective advising both on recruitment/retention and as an effective intervention for students in academic difficulty.
- Develop and implement strategies to evaluate academic advising as part of the faculty's annual assessment of performance.
- Communicate academic policies to students and provide supporting rationale for such policies.
Travel Policy for Countries on the Department of State Travel Warning ListTravel Policy for Countries on the Department of State Travel Warning List
Rhodes strongly encourages its students, faculty and staff who are contemplating travel abroad to plan well in advance and to take precautions to ensure a safe trip. When planning an itinerary prudent travelers should familiarize themselves with political, health, crime, and other safety-related conditions in any country and specific locations within the country(ies) to be visited. The easiest way to do this is to visit web sites provided by the U.S. Department of State at http://travel.state.gov, and the Center for Disease Control http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/ for health concerns and information on any required innoculations.
The following provisions apply to all Rhodes students who intend to study abroad or participate in any travel abroad sponsored or funded by Rhodes, or in connection with a trip abroad by a recognized student organization or institution affiliated with the College:
All Rhodes students have primary responsibility for their own safety when traveling internationally, whether or not their travel abroad is funded or sponsored by Rhodes or is accorded credit by Rhodes. Before departure, all students traveling abroad to participate in an internship, undertake research, study abroad in a Rhodes or affiliated program, or participate in a recognized student organization or athletic trip abroad, as individuals or in groups, must provide the College with a statement in a form provided by the College, acknowledging their understanding of the risks of such travel, affirming that they have reviewed and understand the relevant safety-related materials, and stating that they are assuming the risks related to their international travel. Students under the age of 18 must obtain a parental/guardian signature on the form. All student international travel must be pre-approved by the Director of International Programs.
Countries, or areas within a country, placed on the U.S. State Department Travel Warning List fall into one of two levels of severity – Alerts and Warnings. Rhodes will not grant or award credit, funding, support or otherwise sponsor any international academic or co-curricular project in any country, or area within a country, for which the U. S. State Department has issued a Travel Warning. These include locations for which the U.S. State Department has:
- Issued a travel warning that orders departure of U.S. dependents and non-emergency personnel;
- Recommended that U.S. citizens depart the country;
- Advised U.S. citizens against all travel to the country; or
- Recommended that U.S. citizens defer non-essential travel to the country.
Additionally, Rhodes students are strongly advised to use caution when traveling to countries for which the U.S. State Department has issued a Travel Alert, such as, for example, when the U.S. State Department has:
- Warned U.S. citizens of the (risks, danger, or potential risks or danger) of travel to the country;
- Urged U.S. citizens to evaluate carefully their security and safety before traveling to the country;
- Warned or cautioned U.S. citizens to consider the risks of travel to the country;
- Cautioned U.S. citizens to take prudent security measures;
- Urged or warned U.S. citizens to weigh the necessity of travel to the country; or
- Urged U.S. citizens to exercise extreme caution.
Travel to any country or area for which the U.S. Department of State has issued a Warning or Alert must have a petition completed and approved in writing by the Director of International Programs and the Dean of the Faculty. The Rhodes Travel Abroad Petition may be found in the Downloadable Forms section of the Study Abroad Students website.