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Course Grading Policy

Course Grading Policy

Didactic grades are based on: tests scores, projects and assignments originating in the classroom setting. Clinical grades are based on random rechecks, clinical case studies, film critique, student/staff evaluations, staff tech evaluations, competency work, self-evaluations/conferences and daily clinical experience documentation.

The RADSC letter grade/percentage scale for each course will be distributed and discussed on the first day of class. The percentage values within didactic & clinical components will vary with each RADSC course.  

Each didactic exam/test covers the material discussed in class and related homework assignments. All letter grades are based on the RADSC course grade listing.  

Students are expected to attend all didactic classes and labs. If a test is missed, it is the student's responsibility to arrange to take a make-up exam at the earliest possible time. Lecture and lab notes should be obtained from peers. 

The didactic instructor will try to be available before and after class to answer questions etc. Office hours can be arranged by contacting the course instructor for private conferences. 

Any didactic class missed will result in a deduction from the final didactic grade, any clinical education activity missed must be completed by the end of the current semester or a grade of 0 will result for that activity. Missing (2) didactic classes will result in a course grade that is one full grade lower than the grade earned (i.e. grade/percentage indicates an A- grade, student will receive a B- grade). Any didactic or clinical assignments handed in late will result in a 10-point deduction for that assignment. If extenuating circumstances such as prolonged illness or death in the family prevent attendance and are judged to be valid, the course instructor may waive the deduction. Each case will be treated on an individual basis. Past practice / performance will be a deciding factor.

* A "C" Grade in all components of the stated RADSC curriculum is necessary to pass the course. A "C" Grade for didactic component is 75% and clinical component is 85%. 

Academic Integrity:

Academic integrity is the pursuit of scholarly activity in an open, honest and responsible manner. Academic integrity is a basic guiding principle for all academic activity at The Pennsylvania State University, and all members of the University community are expected to act in accordance with this principle. Consistent with this expectation, the University's Code of Conduct states that all students should act with personal integrity, respect other students' dignity, rights and property, and help create and maintain an environment in which all can succeed through the fruits of their efforts.  Academic integrity includes a commitment not to engage in or tolerate acts of falsification, misrepresentation or deception. Such acts of dishonesty violate the fundamental ethical principles of the University community and compromise the worth of work completed by others. (Also read attached Statement regarding academic integrity). 

Examples of Violations of Academic Integrity:

  1. Cheating: Using crib sheets; pre-programming a calculator or computer; using notes or books during a closed book exam; or any other action designed to persuade a reasonable person that the responses provided are those of the test-taker or author.
  2. Copying on Test: Looking at another unsuspecting student's exams and copying; copying in a compliant manner with another student; exchanging exams for the purpose of copying; passing answers via notes; discussing answers in exams, etc.
  3. Plagiarism: The fabrication of information and citations; submitting others' work from professional journals, books, articles, papers, electronic sources of any kind, or the submission of any products from commercial research paper providers regardless of what rationales a vendor uses; submission of other students' papers or lab results or project reports and representing the work as one's own; fabricating, in part or total, submissions and citing them falsely. Note: Copying and pasting any materials from the World Wide Web is plagiarism.
  4. Acts of Aiding and Abetting: Facilitating acts by others; unauthorized collaboration of work; permitting another to copy from an exam; permitting another to copy from a computer program; writing a paper for another; inappropriately collaborating on home assignment or exam without permission or when prohibited, etc.
  5. Unauthorized Possession of Examinations: The possession of examinations, through purchase; stealing exams; failing to return exams on file; selling exams; photocopying exams; buying exams; any possession of an exam without the instructor's permission, etc.
  6. Submitting Previous Work: Submitting a paper, case study, lab report or any assignment that had been submitted for credit in a prior, or concurrent, class without the knowledge and permission of the instructor(s).
  7. Tampering with Work: Changing own or another student's work product such as lab reports, papers, computer programming assignment, or test answers; tampering with work either as a prank or in order to sabotage another's work, etc.
  8. Ghosting: Taking a quiz, an exam, performing a laboratory exercise or similar valuation in place of another; having another take a quiz, exam, or perform an exercise or similar evaluation in place of the student, etc.
  9. Altering Exams: When instructor returns graded exams for in-class review and subsequently collects them, student changes incorrect answers and seeks favorable grade adjustment asserting the instructor made mistake in grading; other forms may include changing the letter and/or numerical grade on test, etc.
  10. Computer Program Theft: Electronic or physical theft of computer programs, code, data or text belonging to another, etc.
  11. Failure to Cite Electronic Resources Regardless of the Source: All electronic resources must be cited in every report, paper, project, portfolio, or any other document submitted for evaluation by an instructor.
  12. Tampering: Interfering with or using another student's or faculty member's email, computer account, or website; sending viruses or worms; or any similar may also constitute malicious academic dishonesty, which may be sanctioned by University policy and applicable federal and state laws.

Consequences of academic dishonesty:  The instructor may assign an academic sanction ranging from failure on the assignment to failure in the course.  The instructor reports each academic sanction to the Capital College Office of Judicial Affairs, which keeps a record.  Students can appeal academic sanctions to the Committee on Academic Integrity.  In more serious cases of academic dishonesty, the Office of Judicial Affairs may apply disciplinary sanctions in addition to the academic sanctions.  These may range from automatic failure for the course to probation, suspension or expulsion from the University.  An "XF" grade is a formal University disciplinary sanction that indicates on the student's transcript that failure in a course was due to a serious act of academic dishonesty. ( Policies and Rules for Students, Section 49-20 )

Note to students with disabilities : It is Penn State 's policy not to discriminate against qualified students with documented disabilities in educational programs. If you have a disability related need for modifications in this course, contact your instructor and the Disability Service Coordinator in the Student Services Building . Instructors should be notified during the first week of classes.

Revised 09/29/2004