As the Semester Begins
The following items were compiled by the Office of the Faculty Secretary, University of Idaho, for the information of the academic community. The text was taken from various university sources as noted within the text and are accessible in the related links box to the left.
- INSTRUCTORS ADMIT TO CLASS ONLY THOSE STUDENTS WHO ARE REGISTERED (NAMES APPEAR ON THE CLASS ROSTER). THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE STUDENTS WHO ARE ON THE WAIT-LIST. WAIT-LISTED STUDENTS CAN BE ADMITTED ON A SPACE-AVAILABLE BASIS ONLY. INSTRUCTORS MUST EITHER SIGN AN CHANGE OF REGISTRATION FORM OR USE THE OVERRIDE FUNCTION ON VANDALWEB TO ALLOW STUDENTS TO ADD THEIR CLASSES.
- Instructors may drop students for non-attendance through the sixth business day following the start of the class. (Regulation M-4. Drop for Non-attendance. Students are responsible for notifying their instructors through the Registrar when extenuating circumstances not covered as an officially approved absence as defined in M-1 prevent their attendance during the first week of the semester. Instructors may drop students who have not attended class or laboratory meetings nor notified the instructor through the Registrar by the end of the sixth business day following the start of the class. Valid reasons for missing classes do not relieve the student of making up the work missed.)
- Students have the right to know the names of the instructors who will teach course sections. Departments must make information about adjustments in teaching assignments available to students, advisers, and deans whenever they occur.
- At the first or second class session, instructors are to discuss course objectives, explain the grading system, including the extent to which grades are affected by attendance, and inform students of any authorized class meetings to be held at times other than those shown in the “Class Schedule.”
- The scheduling of required class meetings at times other than those specified in the “Class Schedule,” Faculty Staff Handbook Section 4610, or authorized in the course descriptions requires approval by the Provost’s Office. For additional provisions applicable to such irregular class meetings, see regulation O‑9-c in the catalog.
- Instructors are available to students by appointment and at an appropriate number of office hours each week. A schedule of office hours is to be posted on or near each instructor's office door.
- Requests for changes in classroom assignment must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office. Space assignment is based primarily upon the enrollment in the course.
- In courses in which P (pass) grades are to be used, instructors must make the method of grading known at the beginning of the semester. Unless the course description carries the statement, “Graded P/F,” the instructor must make prior arrangements with the Registrar’s Office for such grading. For more information on P/F grading, see regulation E‑1-b in the catalog. (Regulation B‑11 covers the “pass-fail option.”)
- Students are protected against improper disclosure of their records. The complete texts of the student records policy, the Statement of Student Rights, and the Student Code of Conduct are referenced in the Faculty-Staff Handbook (sections 2600, 2200 and 2300 respectively).
- The posting of individual students' grades (final, mid-semester, or on examinations, quizzes, projects, term papers, daily assignments, or any other academic work) violates the rights guaranteed to students. The same is true of leaving graded papers (for students to search through and find their own) in hallways, offices, etc. Instructors and other officers may post, or otherwise release, statistical summaries of grades when individual students are neither identified nor identifiable.
- Graduate students engaged in any activity requiring faculty or staff time and consultation, or the use of any university facilities, must register (e.g. in a directed study or in an appropriately numbered research course, 500, 599, or 600) for the number of credits appropriate to the effort expected of the student as well as the effort required of the faculty member.
- A senior with a 3.00 GPA can register for 500 level courses in the regular manner. Courses will be placed on the undergraduate transcript.
- Students who wish to have course(s) for a particular semester recorded on a transcript other than the primary transcript have until the end of the second week of the semester to file a Course Level Adjustment Form to have courses placed on the appropriate transcript (i.e. undergraduates wanting to have courses placed on graduate transcripts).
- Instructors should proctor examinations diligently and should investigate all cases of suspected or alleged dishonesty, including plagiarism, in their classes. See regulation O‑2 in the catalog.
- Under University of Idaho's charter, “no instruction either sectarian in religion or partisan in politics shall ever be allowed in any department of the university.”
- Do not leave bicycles in entryways or hallways, and keep dogs out of university buildings except in special situations (explained in the “Administrative Procedures Manual,” Chapter 35, Number 35).
- In case of emergencies:
Critical or Life-Threatening Emergencies (911) Get to a place of safety and call 911 for immediate assistance. Follow the instructions of the emergency dispatcher.
After you have reported an emergency to the police, please report the situation to the university security cell phone (208) 874-7550 (dial all 10 digits).
In case of an emergency affecting any campus facility: DAY - call the main Facilities Management telephone, (208) 885‑6246; NIGHT – call Security at mobile dispatch cell phone (dial all 10 digits) at (208-874-7550).
For more information about emergency planning, see
- University of Idaho does not purchase insurance to protect the property of employees or students and will not compensate the owners for loss of or damage to such items. The only exception is in a situation where the property is used in the normal course of an employee's job performance and the loss is clearly due to negligence on the part of the University of Idaho. Standard homeowner's insurance policies do not necessarily cover losses incurred at the owner's place of work. Employees who have their own property on campus should consult their insurance representatives about coverage for it.
Consensual Romantic or Sexual Relationships: In order to foster healthy professional relationships at all levels of the institution, it is the policy of the University of Idaho that no employee shall enter into or continue a romantic or sexual relationship with a student or employee over whom she or he exercises academic, administrative, supervisory, evaluative, counseling or other authority. See Faculty-Staff Handbook 3205 http://www.webs.uidaho.edu/fsh/3205.htm for the full policy.