Policies

Site: Kepler Certificate Program
Course: Kepler College Catalog & Student Handbook
Book: Policies
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Date: Friday, 17 September 2021, 10:23 AM

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1. Student Rights

Each student has certain rights that accompany his/her responsibilities. Those rights are to be protected by both students and staff regardless of an individual's race, sex, religion, color, creed, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, national origin, ancestry, or age.

Students have the right to be informed about class requirements and Kepler policies and procedures. Students' access to education shall not be inhibited by prejudices or capricious evaluations. Students have the right to participate in evaluations of programs, course content, and educational objectives.

Kepler assures the protection of confidential student records and information. Confidential information includes physical address, phone numbers, grades, and communication designated as private between student and faculty or administration. Information about student views, beliefs, private activities, and political associations which is acquired or learned by instructors or staff in the course of work is to be treated with professional judgment and confidentially. Student requests for references may be provided.

Kepler believes in respectful freedom of expression. Students may express their views by any orderly means. In the classroom, students may take exception to the information and may reserve judgment about matters of opinion, but they are responsible for learning the content of the course.

The Kepler Certificate Program provides an environment that respects and encourages the freedom to learn and to teach. In the celebration of teaching and learning, it is appropriate that individuals and groups be viewed with regard to their potential to contribute within the learning environment. Each has dignity and value.

Students may take exception to the information and may reserve judgment about matters of opinion, but they are responsible for learning the content of the course.

Honesty in Learning

An honor code is necessary for any legitimate learning environment. All forms of dishon­esty, including cheating, plagiarism, and fabrication of work are violations of the honor code. Students who violate this code will be disciplined. Depending upon the severity of the violation, this can result in a warning and a requirement to redo work, up to and including immediate expulsion from the Certificate Program.

Cheat­ing is defined as purposefully using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information or study aids in any assignment. Plagiarism is defined as representing the works or ideas of another as one's own in any assignment. This includes but is not limited to directly copying texts and materials, failure to list sources of arguments and information, and failure to acknowledge col­laboration in the authorship of written assignments.

Harassment

The Kepler Certificate Program will not tolerate harassment, discrimination, or sexual violence toward its students, faculty, or staff. In all its forms, harassment, discrimination, and assault violate fundamental rights and the law.

Students who witness or experience sexual harassment discrimination in their courses or at Kepler sponsored events are asked to report the incident. Instructors, adjuncts, supervisors, and administration are charged with promoting and maintaining an atmosphere that properly deters and responds to harassment and discrimination.

Conflict Resolution

Most complaints can be resolved by talking directly with the person with whom you have a com­plaint. If talking does not resolve your complaint, discuss your complaint with the individual’s imme­diate supervisor or the Certificate Program administration. If you don’t know who that is, ask.

If it is a complaint relating to your courses, contact Karen McCauley, Director of the Kepler Certificate Program at karenm@keplercollege.org. If necessary, she may involve other members of the Kepler administration. You may also send a letter or call the Kepler College administrative offices.

The most common and preferred method of resolving complaints against an instructor, administrator, staff, or fellow student will be to have a moderated meeting between the parties involved to resolve the complaint.


2. Student Responsibilities

Kepler provides an environment that respects and encourages the freedom to learn and to teach. In the celebration of teaching and learning, it is appropriate that individuals and groups be viewed with regard to their potential to contribute within the learning environment. Each has dignity and value.

As a community of people seeking education, Kepler students are dedicated to improving personally and educationally. Students should:

  • Practice personal and educational integrity.
  • Maintain standards of performance
  • Contribute to a safe, cooperative, and respect­ful learning environment.
  • Discourage bigotry and respect the diversity and dignity of all persons.
  • Respect the rights and property of all persons.
  • Bear the ultimate responsibility for the effects of their decisions and behavior.
  • Follow the ethical obligation to confront, challenge, or report destructive or abusive behavior.


3. Instructor Evaluation of Students

The Kepler Certificate Program uses multiple methods to help assess whether a student has passed a course, including performance observation, projects, demonstrations of learning, discussion participation, an indication of growth in understanding and performance, test results and more. This encour­ages students and faculty to design courses beyond just memorizing information and helps ensure that students can apply what they have learned.

Evaluations will include a consideration of: 

  • Analytical skills and critical thinking (creativity, synthesis, analysis, etc.)
  • Use and citing of sources (by author and title, internet link, etc.)
  • Mechanics (readability, grammar, vocabulary, syntax, etc.)
  • Clarity of argument or comprehension of the issue
  • Quality of support (graphics, explanations, and sources)
  • Regular participation including both a quantitative and a qualitative aspect. Did the student:
    • ask pertinent questions?
    • understand the material?
    • clearly communicate your understanding?

Final Evaluations

Your instructor will send your final evaluation within 30 days of the close of the term (or, if an extension has been granted, 30 days after you have completed all work for the term.)

Evaluations will show one of the following letter codes:

  • P = pass (student has successfully completed an average of 70% or more on the required course activities as determined by the instructor and posted to the course website).
  • PD = pass with distinction (94% or above)
  • I = incomplete 
  • A  =  audit
  • W = withdrawn

Incomplete Work

An incomplete agreement is given at the discretion of the instructor following a discussion with the student.

Students are expected to keep up with the work in the Certificate Program. Upon a written request by the student for an "incomplete", the instructor, at his or her sole option, may give extra time up to one term to finish a course. 

If the student asks in advance and if a course is repeated within the next 12 months, the instructor, at his or her sole option, can allow the student to re-take the course for no charge.

Under certain circumstances, a student may request an "incomplete," which is an agreement between the student and his or her instructor(s) that the student will complete work by a specified date after the course has ended, usually by the end of the following term.  


4. Nondiscrimination Policy

Kepler is committed to encouraging personal and intellectual growth in a democratic and cooperative setting and is committed to the principle of equal opportunity in education and employment. The college expressly prohibits discrimination against any person on the basis of culture, race, color, age, religion, gender, sexual orientation, geographical location, disability, religion, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, national or ethnic origin, previous educational and/or work experience, and socio-economic background in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, employment policies, scholarship programs, and other administered programs and activities

5. Use of Personal Charts and Faculty Readings

Although questions about a student's chart may be part of some class assignments, in general, the delineation of a student's personal natal chart with all its birth data will not be the focus of classroom exercises. There are several reasons for this:

  • Personal charts have personal data (birth date and time), which can compromise an individual's privacy;
  • Not all students are comfortable with sharing chart information and we want to ensure no student feels pressure to share any information they prefer to keep private;
  • Sharing personal charts can impact the ability of students to learn because the focus often shifts to one's chart rather than to the learning objective.

Students can ask questions in class related to their own charts. And, of course, students can and do share their own charts with their fellow students and friends at any time outside the classroom.

Astrological Consultations by Faculty

Faculty cannot ethically accept an individual student as a client to provide a chart reading or other astrological work. When the student is no longer enrolled with that instructor at Kepler, this conflict of interest does not apply.


6. Confidentiality of Records

Information about student views, beliefs, private activities, and political associations, which is acquired or learned by Kepler Certificate Program administration, faculty or employees in the course of work, is treated with professional judgment and confidentially. Professional evaluations and references about the ability and character of students may be provided under appropriate circumstances (for example, a student requests an evaluation to present to another party).


7. Retention of Records

All documentation submitted in support of a certificate or course challenge become property of Kepler and may not be returned or reproduced.