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Academic Affairs
The University’s Faculty Senate is robust and active in shared governance, which serves to ensure fair and ethical conduct. The procedures and processes are numerous. We have chosen to highlight a few in order to demonstrate how the university operates with integrity as it relates to Academic Affairs.
 
The Academic Appeals committee hears student grade appeals, cases of dishonesty and appeals of academic suspension. This transparent process includes many steps and procedures to ensure the fairness and due process necessary for such important decisions. The committee makes recommendations to the Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs. Moreover, faculty members are elected to the Academic Appeals committee by the vote of the entire faculty—they serve terms of three years. According to the faculty handbook, two students also sit upon this committee.
 
The University has an Educational Policy Committee that reviews the curriculum of the many programs at WVSU. The EPC committee is charged with reviewing course revisions, additions, and deletions. Moreover, the EPC committee reviews all requests for the creation of new programs and the deletion of any existing programs. The committee also has a subcommittee entitled “Curriculum Committee,” which is charged with pre-reviewing all proposals. To ensure integrity in this aspect of Academic Affairs, there exist multiple stages in the process for the aforementioned. In addition, the entire faculty elects the committee members for three-year terms. Two students also serve on the committee as well as ex-officio (non-voting) members – VP of Academic Affairs and the Registrar. All decisions made by the committee proceed to the Faculty Senate for approval and then to the Vice President of Academic Affairs for final action. The multiple step processes make these actions transparent.
 
The University has a detailed and comprehensive Academic Integrity policy that offers transparency and due process for those accused of Academic Dishonesty. The Faculty Handbook clearly and deftly defines Academic Dishonesty and various ways in which it can be violated. Moreover, the policy clearly articulates the procedures by which accusations should transpire, from the accusation through the appeals process, which is as open and transparent as the process allows.
 
The WVSU Faculty Development Handbook is a comprehensive document that explains the processes for how Academic Affairs facilitates in the development of faculty. The document outlines how faculty may secure grants for research and publications, monies for conference travel, and curriculum development grants. Moreover, this document functions as a roadmap for new and existing faculty, particularly in how they are supposed to orient themselves to the University. The important aspect of the document centers on the transparent process by which faculty secure the aforementioned monies. The monies are awarded in an equitable and competitive process, highlighting the integrity of the University.
 
Employees have recently been asked to sign a Confidentiality Agreement as a way to protect the private information of students and to comport itself with the Health Insurance Portability and
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