Classroom Protocols for Department Faculty

The following protocols are expansions of Utah Valley University Policy 601 ( and apply to classes taught in Public and Community Health. These are intended to reinforce rigor and to give all who teach our classes consistent protocols that can be pointed out to students as required. These protocols are in addition to UVU policy 601 referenced above. If language comes directly from that policy it will be in quotation marks.

Course Syllabi

Class syllabi in multiple sections of the same course should be coordinated within the department. These "syllabi should include an outline of the course objectives" and expected outcomes, means of assessment, policies on attendance, language or a link to University policy on plagiarism and cheating, and disability accommodations. Ideally in prerequisite and major classes connections will be made between content and the requirements of their profession, either orally or in the syllabus. See Student procedures for a discussion of ethics for those in community health, health care administration, and school health.

  1. Instructors are free to decide whether or not to offer extra credit in their classes. For those who choose to offer extra credit, the following applies:
    1. The total amount of extra credit obtainable by any one student may not exceed 3% of the total points possible in the course. For example, if an instructor requires two assignments worth 50 points each and two exams worth 100 points each, the total points possible equals 300. Therefore the total amount of extra credit obtainable by the student is 3% of 300 points, or nine points. This maximum amount also includes any points offered as extra credit for completing the Student Rating of Instruction at the end of the semester (which can be included as a required course assignment instead).
    2. The opportunity to receive extra credit points must be made available to everyone in the course. An instructor may not provide an opportunity to one student without providing the same opportunity to the entire class.
    3. Opportunities for extra credit requiring monetary cost may be offered as long as non-monetary opportunities are offered as well. For example, an instructor may offer extra credit for attending the HEAU conference (which requires a registration fee) as long as she/he also offers extra credit for an activity that requires no fee.
  2. Any courses covered by articulation agreements from the Utah System of Higher Education, accrediting bodies, concurrent enrollment, or state standards (such as School Health) must cover the content specified by the supervising bodies, as well as preparing students for requirement of whatever classes for which it may be a prerequisite.

Student Attendance

  1. At Utah Valley University class attendance is important; at any time a student has the right to ask an instructor to verify her/his attendance.
  2. Sponsoring agencies require that a last date of attendance be reported for all clients who do not complete a course for credit. Instructors should indicate the last date of attendance on the final grade roll for all non-completing students.
  3. Syllabi need to indicate clearly the number of unexcused (i.e., other than illness, family emergencies) absences allowed and the impact on grades of exceeding that number. Many faculty use 2, some use 3. This will be affected by number of times class meets per week.
  4. Excused absences may require documentation from the University, a medical practitioner or a funeral program, especially if the student misses more than 5 consecutive days.

Final Exams (and Exam Policies for Other Exams)

  1. All courses are required to have final examinations during finals exam week at the time and date scheduled by the University. The exam may be administered in either the Testing Center, the regular classroom or individually. Consistency should be maintained for all students in method of administration (i.e. in class or testing center). No students may be excused from the final exam. Reasonable and appropriate accommodations for students with disabilities must be provided as recommended by the Accessibility Services Department.
  2. Midterms, regular exams, and finals may be administered in the Testing Center or in the regular classroom. Instructors have the right to deny make-ups of missed exams. If an instructor allows for missed exams the exams will be reduced in points by a minimum of 20%, unless there is appropriate documentation from the University, a medical practitioner, or funeral program . Preferably students should contact the instructor before missing an exam, or as soon as possible when an exam is missed.
  3. If tests are given through the Testing Center, late exams must also be administered there. There is a fee attached to late exams.
  4. If the test was given in the classroom, and the instructor allows for a late or make-up exam, the instructor must proctor his/her own exam. Instructors should not rely on the administrative assistant for exam proctoring.

Refer to the link for Policy 601 for grading practices and rolls and attendance policies.