2020-2021 Catalog 
    
    Jul 30, 2021  
2020-2021 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Academic Policies and Procedures



The academic year at the University of Maine at Fort Kent consists of two regular semesters (fall and spring), a 14-week summer term, a 3-week Winter Term (between the fall and spring semesters), and 7 week sessions offered within the spring, summer and fall terms.  Information about course offerings is found on the University website.

Semester Credit Hour

Credit for passing a course results in the award and posting to a student’s record a specified number of semester credit hours.  One semester credit hour, also termed the credit hour, represents an amount of academic work engaged in by a student while achieving a set of learning outcomes for which there is evidence.  In accord with Federal regulation one semester credit hour is assigned to academic work involving:

  1. One hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student work each week for approximately fifteen weeks for one semester; or
  2. The equivalent amount of work performed over a different amount time; or

For internships, the University of Maine at Fort Kent defines 45 hours of internship work the equivalent of 1 credit.

Academic Honesty

Honesty and integrity are vital to the functioning of the academic process.  Students are expected to follow the procedures established in each class, in each assignment.  Each student will submit only his or her own work with inclusion of proper attributions where appropriate.  Faculty must be clear about their expectations for individual and collaborative assignments.  Students who work collaboratively with other students must acknowledge the work of all students to a project.  Students who plagiarize work from any source are subject to serious consequences ranging from failing an assignment to being dismissed from the University depending on the circumstances.  Normally, students will not fail an entire course because of one incident, but repeated incidents will result in more serious consequences.

Plagiarism

The spectrum of plagiarism is a wide one.  At one end of the spectrum is word-for-word copying of another’s writing without enclosing the copied passage in quotation marks and identifying it in a footnote or reference.  More often, plagiarism results from patching together passages from various sources, the writer’s major contribution being the cement to hold the pieces together.  Another example is the paraphrasing or abbreviation of someone else’s ideas or the restatement of someone else’s analysis or conclusion without acknowledgment that another person’s text has been the basis.  Weaving these “borrowed” ideas into the text without referencing the original source is plagiarism.  Today’s electronic sources make it easier to download material and present it as one’s own without making any or only minor changes.  It is the responsibility of each student to become familiar with the definition of plagiarism and not commit this error out of ignorance.

Attendance

The University and its faculty are firmly committed to both regular classroom attendance and participation in University-sponsored extra-curricular activities. Each professor will specify the attendance and absence policy as part of the written syllabus distributed at the beginning of the course. Students seeking an excused absence from class must obtain excused status – in advance whenever possible – from the professor of the class, find out their obligations, and schedule makeup work as necessary.

If it is not possible to speak to the professors prior to an absence, the student must, within a day or two of return to campus, consult with the professor(s) of the course(s) involved. It is the student’s responsibility to set up consultations and to meet the obligations and deadlines established by the professor.

Academic Recognition

The University formally recognizes students who achieve academic excellence through publication of the Dean’s List at the conclusion of each semester. There are two separate lists, one for full-time students (Dean’s List) and one for part-time students (Academic Recognition List).   

Dean’s List

full-time matriculating undergraduate student qualifies for the Dean’s List if the student:

  • is registered for and has completed a cumulative 12 or more calculable credits within the University of Maine System in the semester (recognition issued by “home” campus),
  • has achieved a semester grade point average of 3.20 and higher,
  • has no grades below “C” for the semester,
  • *has no DG grades for the semester.

Academic Recognition List

part-time matriculating undergraduate student qualifies for the Academic Recognition List if the student:

  • is registered for and has completed a cumulative 6-11 calculable credits within the University of Maine System in the semester (recognition issued by “home” campus),
  • has achieved a semester grade point average of 3.20 and higher,
  • has no grades below “C” for the semester,
  • *has no DG grades for the semester.

*Students who were not eligible for the Dean’s List or Academic Recognition List at the time of final grading due to having classes graded with a DG, and who later complete those classes and now meet the requirements, may contact the Registrar’s office and request to be added to the Dean’s or Academic Recognition List retroactively. 

Deadline for these requests is no later than the end of the semester immediately following the semester in which the DG was issued.

Academic Standing/Probation

To maintain full academic standing and matriculant status, a student (full-time or part-time) must achieve the following minimum Cumulative Point Averages:

Attempted Credits GPA
Up to 29 Attempted Semester Credit Hours 1.67
30-59 Attempted Semester Credit Hours 1.75
60 or more Attempted Semester Credit Hours 2.00

A student (full- or part-time) who fails to achieve the required Cumulative Point Average (CPA) to maintain full academic standing is placed on academic probation for the next semester of full- or part-time enrollment. If, at the end of the probationary semester, the CPA still is below the required minimum, the student’s academic status is reviewed by the Academic Affairs office. For the student who has demonstrated substantial academic improvement, although the CPA remains below the required minimum, academic probation (full- or part-time enrollment) may be extended by the Academic Affairs office. For the student who does not show substantial academic improvement during the semester of probation, academic suspension from the University will follow. Readmission into a degree program will not be permitted for one year following academic suspension. Readmission is through the Admissions Office.

Grading Policy

The University of Maine at Fort Kent uses a system of letter grades to measure student achievement. The grades are reported to the Registrar’s Office by the faculty at the end of each semester. Grades reports are not mailed to students, unless requested by the student. Students may obtain grades in their MaineStreet Student Center. Transcripts of grades are withheld for students who have unpaid balances on their accounts or overdue library books. It also is the University policy to withhold grades for students who have defaulted on their university-based student financial loans.

The grades that are reported to the Registrar are used to compute the Cumulative Grade Point Average. Each grade is assigned a numeric value of quality points:

Grade Quality Points Per Credit
A 4.00
A- 3.67
B+ 3.33
B 3.00
B- 2.67
C+ 2.33
C 2.00
C- 1.67
D+ 1.33
D 1.00
D- 0.67
F (Failing) 0.00
P (Pass/Fail) (grade of “C” or better) 0.00
DG (Deferred) 0.00
I (Incomplete) 0.00
W (Withdrew) 0.00

The number of credits in each course is multiplied by the numeric value of each grade received. The product is the total of quality points earned in each course. The Cumulative Point Average (CPA) is obtained by dividing the number of credit hours attempted at UMFK into the total number of quality points earned (18 credit hours attempted divided into 54 quality points gives a CPA of 3.0).

Courses which are assigned pass/fail (P/F) grades are not used in the computation of grade point averages. Grades of “W” withdrew, “I” incomplete, or “DG” deferred, do not have a numeric quality point average and are not used to compute grade averages.

Incomplete Grades

In rare instances a student may be unable to complete the semester’s course work for reasons beyond the student’s control. In such cases the instructor will assign the temporary grade of “I” (Incomplete). An “I” grade must be removed within two weeks after the close of the semester or Summer Session in which the student enrolled for the course. “I” grades not changed during the two weeks after the close of the semester will be converted to a grade of “F”. Grades of “F” are computed in grade point averages.

Deferred Grades

Due to the nature of some courses, which may continue into the following semester or other circumstances, instructors may assign grades of “DG” (Deferred). Grades of “DG” must be removed before the close of the semester or summer session following the semester in which the student enrolled in the course. Grades of “DG” left unchanged after that period of time will be converted to grades of “F.” Grades of “F” are computed in grade point averages.

Grade Changes and Appeals

If a student has reason to question an assigned grade, the following procedure will apply:

  1. If a student that believes they has been assigned an incorrect grade for a course, they should immediately contact the instructor of the course.
  2. If the instructor determines that a change of grade is warranted, he or she will submit a grade change. Grade changes must be approved by the Division Chair and/or the Academic Affairs office, and are then routed to the Registrar’s Office for correction in the student’s official academic record.
  3. If the instructor determines that a grade change is not warranted and the student believes he/she has evidence to support the change, the student may appeal directly to the Division Chair.
  4. If the student is not satisfied with the decision of the Division Chair he/she may appeal to the President/Provost through Academic Affairs office. 

The decision by the President/Provost is final.  Appeals made to the Division Chair and to the Academic Affairs office must be in writing and the student making the appeal should be certain to cite evidence supporting the student’s contention. The appeal for a grade change to the Division Chair and to the Academic Affairs office must be presented within 60 days after the first day of classes for the semester or summer session following the semester in which the grade was earned.

Repeated Courses

A student may repeat a course only once.  Further repetitions will be allowed only with approval of the faculty member teaching the course. Students will retain the right to appeal this faculty decision to the Division Chair, and ultimately to the Academic Affairs office. Repeated courses must be taken at the earliest opportunity (normally the next semester the course is offered). Credits are awarded only once for a course unless it is a course that may be taken more than once.  Only courses and quality points for the attempt in which the highest grade is earned are computed in the grade point averages.

Academic Forgiveness

Students may petition to have one complete semester of UMFK coursework removed from calculation on their academic transcript. This includes courses, grades, and quality points. Removal of partial or selective coursework is not permitted under this policy. The following are the conditions to request academic forgiveness:

  1. Only one semester will be forgiven.
  2. A period of three years of separation from higher education must have elapsed after the semester to be forgiven.
  3. The student has since completed 45 credits in good standing.
  4. Student must petition the Academic Council for the request.

The Academic Council will recommend approval or denial of the request to the Academic Affairs office.  Academic Forgiveness does not apply to financial aid satisfactory academic progress.

Course Loads and Waivers

For all students who are in good academic standing, the total credit hour course load will not exceed 19 credits without special approval (see Overload Approval).

Fall and Spring 15 week semesters:
A student may enroll for a maximum of 19 credits with no more than 9 credits of seven-week classes at the sametime.

Winter Term 3 weeks:
A student may enroll for a maximum of 6 credits.

Summer semester:
A student may enroll for a maximum of 19 credits in a 14-week summer session with no more than 9 credits of seven-week classes at the sametime.

Exceptions:

  1. A first semester degree student, admitted as a Conditional Student, will be allowed to enroll for a maximum of 13 credits during the first semester.
  2. All degree students on Academic Probation will be allowed to enroll for a maximum of 13 credits during their semesters on probation.
  3. Credits in approved Internships or Environmental Studies Field Experience are excluded from the semester’s Course Load.

Overload Approval

Success in coursework is one important goal for the UMFK student. The course credit limits have been developed to assist the student to reach that goal. For the accomplished student who has given sufficient evidence of academic proficiency, permission to take a course overload during any given semester must be obtained in writing prior to registration. Students submit a written request to the Academic Affairs office. The request must include a recommendation from the student’s academic advisor and meet the following two conditions.

  1. Students with cumulative grade point averages between 2.00 and 3.00 may be considered for an academic overload not to exceed 20 credit hours.
  2. Students with cumulative grade point averages between 3.00 and 4.00 may be considered for an academic overload not to exceed 22 credit hours.

Course Waivers or Substitutions

Matriculuated students may petition to have a course, condition to a course, or a specific degree requirement waived from their program of studies. Matriculuated students also may petition to have a course substituted for another course in their degree requirements. To request either change, the students must follow procedures, depending on requirements:

For a change in Major/Minor Requirements

  1. Submit a written petition requesting the change to the Chair of the Division responsible for the major or minor.
  2. The Chair, in consultation with appropriate faculty, will recommend to the Academic Affairs office either approval or denial of the request.

For a change in General Education/Other Degree Requirements

  1. Submit a written petition requesting the change to the Chair of the Academic Council.
  2. The Academic Council, in consultation with appropriate faculty, department, division, or other unit, will recommend to the Academic Affairs office either approval or denial of the request.

Graduation and Commencement

Candidates for degrees who wish to participate in Commencement exercises must file an application for graduation with the Registrar’s Office before the end of the third (3rd) Friday in the month of March.  Candidates for degrees who DO NOT wish to participate in Commencement exercises must file an application for graduation with the Registrar’s Office before the end of the second (2nd) Friday in the month of April.

Applications for degrees to be awarded at the end of a fall or summer term should be completed and filed in the Registrar’s Office before the end of the previous term. No applications will be accepted for fall or summer term degrees after the end of the second week of instruction of the regular term.

Commencement exercises at the University of Maine at Fort Kent are held in May.  Commencement exercises at the University of Maine at Fort Kent are held only once each academic year.  Students are not permitted to participate in Commencement exercises unless they have completed all degree requirements prior to Commencement.

For those who applied for graduation prior to the application deadline and were denied, appeals to participate in Commencement ceremonies from students who failed to meet graduation requirements due to extenuating circumstances may be submitted to the Academic Affairs office no later than fourteen (14) calendar days from the date of the application denial notification.  

A student may not participate in two separate Commencement exercises for the same degree.

Graduation credentials will be recorded on the transcript, and the diploma issued, when all degree requirements have been completed. The diploma will be dated the same as the transcript. The graduate will be considered as an alumnus/alumnae of the year he/she completed degree requirements.

Graduation Honors

Students who maintained a high level of academic achievement during their undergraduate careers at the University of Maine at Fort Kent are graduated with honors. Graduation with honors is based solely on the student’s GPA at the University of Maine at Fort Kent.

Honors will be calculated based on the student Cumulative Grade Point Average as follows:

  • 3.20 to 3.49 cum laude,
  • 3.50 to 3.79 magna cum laude, and
  • 3.80 to 4.00 summa cum laude.

For the purpose of determining honors for the Commencement Ceremony, coursework taken during the semester of graduation will not be used in the calculation of honors.  For official transcripts and diplomas, the calculation of honors will take place after all official grades are posted.

Any questions regarding a student’s academic standing and qualifications for graduation honors should be directed to the Registrar’s Office.

Residency Requirements

To be eligible to receive the first baccalaureate or associate degree from the University of Maine at Fort Kent, the candidate shall have earned a minimum of thirty (30) semester hours of degree credit at the University of Maine at Fort Kent or through UMFK programs. This, and other degree requirements, shall have been met prior to conferral of the degrees. Challenge exams, CLEPs, and experiential learning credits may not be applied toward the 30 credit residency requirements.  In the certificate programs, a student must complete at least 51% of their credit requirements at the University of Maine at Fort Kent or through UMFK programs.

Dual Degrees

Associate Degree to Baccalaureate - A student who has been awarded an Associate degree may elect to apply for admittance into a program leading to a bachelor degree.

  1. A student with no elapsed time since being awarded the Associate degree may submit a Change of Major form to the Registrar’s Office. The requirement term and advisor’s signature are required on the form. If the student is continuing into the BSN program, the director of nursing signature is required. Forms are available in the Registrar’s Office or online.
  2. A student with one or more semesters (not including summer semesters) elapsed since being awarded the Associate degree, must apply through the Admissions Office for admittance into the Bachelor degree program.  A new requirement term will be assigned. Students may use the Adult application form and submit the form to the Admissions Office. 

Additional Associates or additional Baccalaureate degrees - In order to receive the additional degree, the following conditions must be met:

  1. The first degree has been awarded.
  2. The student has applied through Admissions for the subsequent degree.
  3. A minimum number of credits will have to be completed beyond the total hours earned for the previous degree: 15 for each additional Associate; and 30 for each additional Baccalaureate.

Double Majors

A student who has declared one major, can complete a second major, listed under the same or another degree.  The “Double Major” student will earn one degree, which will include the two majors. In cases where the majors are associated with different degrees, the student must select a primary degree and will graduate with only that degree. Both majors will be recorded on the student’s transcript and diploma at graduation. The second major may be declared at the time of admissions or later at the Registrar’s Office. No more than 6 credits may overlap between the two majors.

Academic Review Policy For Student Concerns

Occasionally, a student may have reason to question an academic process or result. In such cases, the following procedure will apply:

  1. The student must discuss the concern with the appropriate faculty member.*  If the concern persists,
  2. The student must consult with the division chair/dean of the appropriate division who will attempt to resolve the complaint. Failing this,
  3. The student may request a review of the situation to be made by the President/Provost through the Academic Affairs office. 
  4. All parties are expected to adhere to the final decision.

The foregoing steps should be made in order of progression and all information, recommendations, and decisions must be made IN WRITING and made available to the next level of review. Maximum efforts and attempts should be exerted toward resolution of concerns without the necessity of review.

*Early college and concurrent enrollment students may choose to seek the support of the Dean of Community Education to assist them in bringing their concern forward.