Academic Policies


Course Assignments and Outcomes  Student absences do not reduce or eliminate course requirements or outcomes.

Documentation  Absences may only be excused by a student’s individual faculty member who reserves the right – as appropriate – to require timely, written verification of the basis for the student’s absence from class in a form acceptable to the faculty member.

Nichols College Health Services does not provide documentation for excused absences unless the student is required to leave campus or is quarantined to his/her room.

This policy is consistent with our goal of supporting dialogue between faculty and students. Students are responsible for promptly notifying faculty about absences. These are conversations students will have in the future with supervisors in the workplace, and these conversations will serve as an introduction to appropriate workplace behavior.

Excused Absences  Those absences from class specifically approved by the faculty member upon receipt of required absences documentation.

Extended Absences  Extended absences are excused absences that are projected to result, or in fact result, in cumulative or consecutive student absences of three weeks or longer during a semester. For example, extended absences can include, but are not limited to, health or injuries, court appearances, or death of an immediate family member.

Extended Absences and Course Outcomes  Students who require an extended absence must complete a Request for Special Academic Adjustments Form and submit it along with supporting documents to the Assistant Dean for Learning Services.

Once the formal request has been received by the Assistant Dean, he/she will assemble an ad hoc review committee consisting of an Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, a faculty member/advisor, and other departmental administrators as needed.

The ad hoc committee will review the information submitted by the student and make a determination whether there is any form of reasonable academic adjustment or accommodation that may be offered that will allow the student to complete course requirements despite an extended absence during the semester. If adjustment or accommodation is deemed potentially available by the ad hoc committee, the Assistant Dean or appropriate designee will work with the student and student’s faculty to attempt to reach mutual agreement on such an adjustment or accommodation.

Students should review the Nichols College Policy Relative to Absences as well as consult with the Student Financial Services office regarding Financial Aid eligibility.

Faculty Recommendations Relative to Course Outcomes  Faculty shall determine, as an exercise of their individual discretion, whether excused student absences have materially impeded student progress or outcomes. If such a determination is made, faculty reserve the right to recommend that the student consider withdrawal from the course by the College’s course withdrawal date, established each semester on or before the end of ten full weeks of classes. The decision to withdraw from the course is, however, ultimately left to the student.

Financial Implications of Withdrawal from the College
Financial Aid Eligibility – Students who cannot successfully meet academic outcomes in any given semester of attempted credits and choose to withdraw from the College are required to meet with the Office of Financial Assistance to discuss College and Federal Government Financial Aid requirements.

Tuition & Refunds – Tuition, fees and room & board refunds for students who cannot successfully meet academic outcomes in any given semester of attempted credits and choose to withdraw are made in accordance with the College’s standard refund schedule in the College Catalog. There are no additional refunds for withdrawals due to absences.

Students are required to meet with both the Office of Student Accounts and the Office of Financial Assistance to discuss financial implications of withdrawal from the College.

Grade of Incomplete  Assuming the faculty member determines as an exercise of his/her individual discretion that a student returning from an excused absence (i) has already completed at least 60% of the current semester’s coursework, and (ii) projects to be able to successfully complete all course requirements if provided limited additional time, a faculty member may assign a grade of Incomplete to allow a student up to seven (7) weeks of additional time to complete course requirements. Students are required to engage their professor and establish with the professor a mutually agreeable written plan for submitting all required coursework.

Make-up work  Students are responsible for communicating directly with faculty members about missed work from excused absences. Direct conversations between student and faculty member clarify how the student can fulfill his/her academic responsibilities and continue his/her academic efforts while working around an illness/injury/other challenge.

Withdrawal from a Course  Withdrawal from (or failure) of a specific course for any reason, does not entitle a student to a refund for that course.

Withdrawal from a course may impact a student’s Financial Aid eligibility. It is strongly recommended that students meet with the Office of Financial Assistance prior to withdrawing from any course to discuss Financial Aid implications, if any.

Withdrawal from the College  In cases where course outcomes cannot be met because of excused absences, Nichols College also allows for students to officially withdraw from the College altogether, as opposed to withdrawing from a specific course. Tuition, fees and room & board refunds will be calculated on the College’s standard refund schedule found in the College Catalog. There are no additional refunds for withdrawal from the College due to excused absences.

Appeal Procedure for Contesting a Grade

The appeal procedure may not be used to challenge a grade that results from a faculty member exercising usual and customary professional judgment in the evaluation of student work. No grade may be appealed after six months from the issuance of the grade.

1.    A student who believes an error has been made in his/her grade in any class should attempt to resolve the issue informally with the instructor.

2.    In the event that an informal resolution does not occur, the student should promptly (within two weeks of speaking with the instructor) submit the grievance in writing, with supporting evidence, to the instructor’s Associate Dean and request a meeting with that person. The Associate Dean should then arrange a meeting with the student within two weeks, review the grievance and supporting evidence, meet with the instructor, and resolve the problem, providing the student with written notification.

3.    If the student remains dissatisfied with the Associate Dean’s decision, within two weeks of receiving written notification from the Associate Dean, the student may submit a written appeal to the Academic Dean to request a meeting. Following this meeting, the Academic Dean would make a binding decision, thereby concluding the matter.


Statistics indicate that attendance is a top predictor of student success.

Faculty members record attendance electronically, daily, or minimally, weekly. Recorded absences generate courtesy Absence Alerts by direct email to students, to advisors and to coaches the following day. Students, advisors and coaches follow-up on email alerts as needed to encourage the highest level of student engagement possible.

Attendance may or may not be built into the grade structure of the course. All faculty course attendance policies are published as part of their course syllabi. Students should make sure they understand their professors’ attendance policies, which vary. For example, absences usually do not excuse course assignments or due dates without prior communication with the professor.

Students should go to class regularly. When unable to attend class they should communicate directly with their professors. Students are responsible for promptly notifying faculty about absences. These are conversations students will have in the future with supervisors in the workplace, and these conversations will serve as an introduction to appropriate workplace behavior. This policy is consistent with our goal of supporting dialogue between faculty and students.

Class Standing By Credit Hour

Completed credit hours:

Senior                        87+

Junior                        57-86

Sophomore              27-56

Freshman                  0-26

Continued Enrollment/Academic Suspension

Suspension Warning  Students whose cumulative grade point average (GPA) falls below the minimums established below will be placed on Academic Suspension Warning (ASW), and will be enrolled in the College Success program.

Credit-Hours Attempted                          Cumulative GPA
(not including W courses)

1-31                                                               1.5

32-45                                                             1.75

46 or more                                                    2.0

Academic Suspension  Failure to meet the minimum required cumulative grade point average by the end of the next nine or more credit hours will result in Academic Suspension. Additionally, if any student receives less than a 1.0 GPA in any one semester in which he or she was enrolled for nine or more credits, the student will be placed on Academic Suspension. These suspended students with extenuating circumstances may appeal the suspension to the Academic Review Committee by a letter to the Registrar. Committee meetings are held in January and June. The appeal letter is due in the Registrar’s Office prior to the meeting.

If there is no appeal or an appeal is not successful, suspended students wishing to re-enter the College at a later time must submit a letter of intent to the Registrar for consideration by the Academic Review Committee. The letter must be submitted after five months have elapsed and at least three weeks before the student would like to enroll.

As an indicator of academic promise, a student may take a maximum of seven credit-hours during the period of Academic Suspension.

If the suspension appeal is successful, the student will be eligible to return to Nichols College on Academic Probation*. There are two categories of Academic Probation:

1)  Standard Academic Probation: This category of probation is for students who were on Academic Suspension Warning but did not meet the minimum required cumulative GPA after one semester, and for transfer students** who did not achieve the required minimum 1.75 GPA before their second semester at Nichols.

2)  Restart Program: This category of probation is for students who received less than a 1.0 GPA in any one semester in which he or she was enrolled for nine or more credits. As part of the Restart Program, an Action Plan will be created with the student which will include weekly meetings with an assigned Success Coach.

All readmitted students are required to have an approved Action Plan on file. Readmission to the College does not guarantee eligibility for Financial Aid.

*Academic Probation  A student permitted to re-enroll falls into the category called Academic Probation.

No student on Academic Probation may hold office in any College organization, participate in any intercollegiate event or program, including athletics, or otherwise represent the College publicly. A student on Academic Probation is expected to attend all classes. Students on Academic Probation are not excluded from membership in student organizations or from intramural athletics. Participation in intercollegiate athletics is subject to the regulations of the National Collegiate Athletic Association and other athletic associations in which the College holds membership.

In cases where a student’s overall GPA is 2.0 or above, Academic Probation does not prohibit participation in co-curricular activities, as previously described.

Students who are on Academic Probation and are suspended again are not eligible for readmission or appeal until a period of at least five months has elapsed; the exception to this rule is for the student who has earned a GPA of 2.0 or higher during their most recent semester (fall or spring).

**Transfer Students  Transfer students, before their second semester at Nichols College, must achieve a GPA of 1.75. Students who have not met this requirement before their second semester at Nichols will be placed on Academic Probation. Thereafter, they must follow the previously stated GPA guidelines.

Readmission After Long-Term Suspension  Students who were suspended for academic reasons and who have been separated from Nichols College for a period of five years or longer may appeal for readmission on a full-time or part-time basis by submitting a letter to the Registrar. Normally, such students will not be required to go before the Academic Review Committee. Their standing and academic program status will be evaluated and determined after readmission.

Course Load

The normal course load for full-time day students is 14-17 credit-hours. No first-year student may exceed that limit. Sophomores with a GPA of 3.0 or above, juniors with a 2.7, and seniors with a 2.4 may take up to 19 credit-hours. Under special circumstances, seniors with GPAs under 2.4 may be permitted to take up to 19 credit-hours with special permission from the Academic Advisor and Academic Dean/Associate Dean. Students who want to take more than 19 credit-hours are required to seek approval by Petition. Tuition includes up to 19 credit-hours per term.

Course Repeat

A student may elect to repeat any course with one exception: the course is part of a sequence of courses and the more advanced course has already been completed. Upon completion of a repeated course, the student’s transcript will indicate that a course has been retaken. The most recent grade earned will become the official grade for the course. It will replace the former grade as a factor in the GPA. The student’s cumulative grade point average will reflect this performance. This policy does not apply to the WF grade.

Grade Point Average (GPA)

The point value for each grade received is multiplied by the number of credit-hours for that course. A total of the grade points for the semester’s courses is then divided by the overall credit-hours attempted to determine the semester grade point average (GPA). A perfect average would be 4.0 (A).

The semester grade point average includes only grades received in a given semester. The cumulative grade point average is a measure of the student’s total coursework attempted at Nichols College. To figure the cumulative grade point average, the total number of grade points (the sum of all course grades multiplied by their grade point values) is divided by the total number of credit-hours attempted. Credits assigned W grades are not counted in the total of attempted credit-hours for the GPA or CGPA. Exception: Financial Aid calculations count credits associated with W grades as attempted credit-hours.

Grades of AU and W have no effect on GPA. A grade of P is counted toward hours earned but does not have a quality point value. Grades WF and F are included in hours attempted but represent no earned hours and 0.0 grade points.

Grade Reports

Grade reports are available to all students online at the end of each semester and also at mid-semester to first-year students. Deficiency (below C-) grade reports are also available online to all students at mid-semester.

Grading System

Letter grades are awarded in all courses as follows:

Grade          Grade Points per Credit-Hour

     A               (93 – 100%)                           4.0           Excellent

     A-             (90 – 92.99%)                       3.7

     B+             (87 – 89.99%)                       3.3

     B               (83 – 86.99%)                       3.0           Above Average

     B-             (80 – 82.99%)                       2.7

     C+             (77 – 79.99%)                       2.3

     C               (73 – 76.99%)                       2.0           Average

     C-             (70 – 72.99%)                       1.7

     D+            (67 – 69.99%)                       1.3

     D              (63 – 66.99%)                       1.0           Below Average

     D-             (60 – 62.99%)                       0.7

     F               (59.99% and below)            0.0           Failure

     AU            Only with the permission of the Registrar during

     W             Withdrawn within first 10 weeks of a semester

     WF           Grade is awarded in instances of academic dishonesty

     I                Indicates coursework not completed. Incomplete (I) grades must be removed within seven weeks of being issued or the Registrar will change the grade to F

     P               Pass (courses on pass/fail basis; see Registrar for regulations governing pass/fail courses)


Dean’s List: The Dean’s List gives recognition to those students who achieve high grades during a single semester. In order to be included on the Dean’s List, a student must have a minimum average of 3.2 for at least 12 undergraduate credit-hours and must have received no grades below C+ during the semester. Students on the Dean’s List whose semester average is 3.6 or higher will receive Dean’s High Honors.

Commencement Honors: High scholastic achievement during the entire College career is recognized at Commencement. Outstanding scholars are awarded degrees with three levels of distinction. In order to be eligible for Commencement Honors, a student must have earned at least 60 credits at Nichols College and must have achieved the following cumulative averages:

         Honors                                                 Required Average

         Cum Laude                                           3.2–3.59

         Magna Cum Laude           3.6–3.79

         Summa Cum Laude          3.8–4.0

In order to be recognized as valedictorian or salutatorian, a student must have earned at least 90 credits at Nichols College.

In order for a student to participate in the graduation ceremony in May, he/she must not have more than 7 credit-hours to complete.

Nichols Honors Scholar Commencement Recognition: At graduation, students who have successfully completed the Honors Scholar Program, (see ACADEMIC PROGRAMS, Nichols Honors Scholar Program), with the required 3.4 GPA will be recognized. Their diploma and official College academic transcript will reflect the designation Nichols Honors Scholar.

Limitations of Applicability

A student in continuous attendance must complete the graduation requirements listed in the Catalog in effect at the time of initial registration. In the event a student does not remain in continuous attendance at Nichols, the requirements for graduation become those in effect at the time of re-entry into the program.


Students are encouraged to register for classes online during designated periods each semester.

Requirements for Degrees

An appropriate degree is awarded to each student who fulfills the following requirements:

1.    Completion of all admission requirements.

2.    Successful completion of one of the programs of study in the catalog in effect at the time of the student’s matriculation. For full-time students, the program must be completed within 10 semesters, not necessarily consecutive. Part-time bachelor’s degree candidates shall complete all degree requirements within 10 calendar years.

3.    Achievement of a cumulative grade point average of 2.0.

4.    Achievement of a grade point average of 2.0 in the concentration or the major area of study.

5.    If a student has completed all course requirements for graduation but does not meet the 2.0 overall CGPA and/or the 2.0 GPA in the major or concentration requirements, the student may take a maximum of 3 courses in an attempt to meet the GPA graduation requirement.

6.    Satisfactory completion of the Cultural Enrichment Program attendance requirement. This requirement pertains to current and former full-time day students who wish to obtain a Bachelor’s degree.*

7.    Satisfactory completion of two W-designated (Writing Intensive courses).**

8.    All students (including transfer students) must take at least 30 credit-hours – immediately preceding graduation – at Nichols College and complete all degree requirements. 30 of the final 36 credit-hours must be taken at Nichols College.

*The Cultural Enrichment Program  The Cultural Enrichment Program is an administrative degree requirement for participation in the offerings of the Robert C. Fischer Institute for Policy and Culture. The purpose of this program is to expose the student to a rich variety of shared experiences outside of the classroom during each academic year.

The Fischer Institute offers or sponsors 20 to 30 events during an academic semester, affording students a wide range of personal choice to satisfy the attendance requirement. Students are required to attend 16 cultural programs over their four years at the College. This requirement is prorated for transfer students. Events are listed on each semester’s Institute calendar, distributed to all students electronically, and posted on the College website. Events are open to the public, unless otherwise noted.

**Writing-Intensive Courses  Students are required to complete at least two writing-intensive “W” courses prior to graduation. “W” courses are upper-level offerings designed to give students additional writing practice in various academic disciplines. Normally, students are expected to take one “W” course in their concentration or major, and another outside the concentration/major. Transfer students should consult Academic Advisors about the “W” course requirement and the selection of “W” courses. The schedule of classes, published by the Registrar, indicates the “W” courses being offered during a given semester.


Transcripts are furnished upon written request to the Registrar’s Office. Each transcript costs $10.00.

Transfer Courses

Students enrolled at Nichols must receive written approval from the Registrar before registering for a course(s) for credit to be taken at another institution for transfer back to Nichols. Transfer credit is awarded only for grades of C or better.

Unit of Credit

Nichols College, a NEASC accredited institution, recognizes the “Carnegie Unit” as the measure of a traditional semester credit hour and as the primary measure of degree attainment that may be awarded on the basis of a combination of both formal and informal activities and learning experiences. The Nichols College definition of credit hour follows the definition of credit hour established by the United States Department of Education and is consistent with the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) guidelines.

United States Department of Education Definition of the Credit Hour:

For purposes of the application of this policy and in accord with federal regulations, a credit hour is an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement that is an institutionally established equivalency that reasonably approximates:

1. Not less than one hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours out of class student work each week for approximately fifteen weeks for one semester or trimester hour of credit, or ten to twelve weeks for one quarter hour of credit, or the equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time,


2. At least an equivalent amount of work as required outlined in item 1 above for other academic activities as established by the institution including laboratory work, internships, practicums, studio work, and other academic work leading to the award of credit hours.

Policy Guideline:

Courses offered at Nichols College for full time day students and/or graduate and professional studies students may be delivered in a traditional 15 week semester, in 7 week accelerated modified HyFlex and/or in online formats. Regardless of learning modality, courses deliver equivalent learning experiences. The following factors would be fair indicators of equivalency.

•   Learning outcomes for the same course in varying formats should be stated identically. The statement should be sufficiently abstract that multiple and varied learning activities and assessments would serve to demonstrate accomplishment of the outcomes.

•   Equal numbers of instructional hours across formats for a course, activities delivered in class and online outside the physical classroom.

Direct faculty instruction time includes but is not limited to classroom instruction, e-learning, laboratory work, field work and internships. Additional academic activities include, but are not limited to, readings, reflections, essays, reports and group or teamwork.

Each of these basic measures for undergraduate, accelerated and graduate programming may be adjusted to reflect modified academic calendars, delivery modalities, and formats of study. It is expected that for every hour of instruction time students will have at least an additional 2 hours of outside classroom work.

Table of Direct Faculty Instruction Time

Credit      Total “clock           Direct faculty                  Direct faculty
hour        hour time”            instruction time              instruction time
                of instruction        per week in a                  per week in a
                                             7-week session                15-week semester

1              15 hours                1 hour, 47 minutes          50- 60 minutes =
                                                                                      1 clock hour

2              30 hours                3 hours, 34 minutes         1 hour, 40 minutes

3              45 hours                5 hours, 21 minutes         2 hours, 30 minutes

Withdrawal from a Course

Students are permitted to withdraw from a course during the first 10 weeks of a semester with a grade of W. The W grade has no impact on a student’s GPA. Students exercising the W grade option should consult with their academic advisor and should bear in mind that full-time students may not carry fewer than 12 credits. The W grade option allows flexibility up to the 10th week but not after. W grades accrue to credits attempted for financial aid; therefore, financial aid may be impacted.

Withdrawal from the College

Students who withdraw from the College prior to the completion of a semester must do so by the last day of classes for that semester. Students must meet with a member of the Student Financial Services office to complete a withdrawal during the semester. A “W” will appear on the student’s transcript for any class that was not completed. Students who plan to withdraw from the College after a semester has ended may file a withdrawal to be effective at the end of the semester. The withdrawal between semesters must be completed prior to the beginning of the next semester in order to avoid incurring additional financial obligations.

Full-time day students who elect to leave Nichols College for reasons other than graduation must officially withdraw from the institution. Please see the full policy, Withdrawal Procedures and Policies, under STUDENT FINANCES, FINANCIAL REGULATIONS.

Use of Correct English

Any student whose written or spoken English in any course is unsatisfactory may be reported by the instructor to the Provost who may assign supplementary work, without academic credit, varying in amount with the needs of the student. If the work prescribed is equivalent to a course, the regular tuition fee is charged. The granting of a degree may be delayed for failure to make up such deficiency in English to the satisfaction of the Provost.


Enrollment in an academic course at Nichols College obligates the student to follow the College’s Academic Honesty Policy, the violation of which can lead to serious disciplinary action. The policy may be stated simply as follows:

The College expects all academic work submitted by a student (papers, exams, projects, computer programs, etc.) to be the student’s own. Plagiarism (as defined below), cheating during examinations, and assisting others in the acts of plagiarism or cheating, are expressly prohibited by the policy. In sum, a student’s academic performance must be an honest representation of the student’s ability.

As a condition for continuing enrollment, all students at Nichols College are required to sign the following statement:

I understand and hereby subscribe to the Nichols College Academic Honesty Policy, as stated and explained above, as a condition for my continuing enrollment at the College.

Academic Dishonesty Defined

1.    Plagiarism is the un-credited use of words or ideas which are the result of other persons’ creative efforts. Examples include the following:

a.  Copying of other persons’ work during examinations, with or without their permission;

b.  Duplication of other persons’ homework, themes, essays, reports, research papers, computer code, spreadsheets, graphics, etc. with or without their permission;

c.  Use of specific passages or detailed use of specific ideas as set forth in books, journals, magazines, etc. without proper citation;

d.  Use of materials provided by term paper services.

2.    Complicity in plagiarism is condoning copying of one’s own work, including homework, themes, essays, reports, research papers, computer code, spreadsheet, graphics, etc. (Note: Selling or assisting in the sale of such work may violate Massachusetts General Law Part IV, Title I, Chapter 271, Section 50.)

3.    Use of notes, mobile devices, “crib sheets,” or other outside help during examinations unless the instructor specifically authorizes use of such materials or an “open book” examination format. (Note: Taking an exam for another person is a violation of Massachusetts General Law Part IV, Title I, Chapter 271, Section 50.)

Levels of Severity

See Levels of Severity Chart on page 43.


Penalties for violating the Academic Honesty Policy may be imposed regardless whether a student knowingly or intentionally committed academic dishonesty. Resources are available to assist students with proper citation and use of sources. Pleading ignorance does not excuse or justify a violation of the Academic Honesty Policy. In addition, prior incidents in other courses may be taken into consideration when determining penalties.

Minor and Significant Violation Penalties

A faculty member will exercise his or her own judgment in determining whether a minor violation warrants a conversation with the student or warrants formal sanctions. The faculty member may permit the student to resubmit the assignment, with or without a grade penalty. In cases of minor violations, faculty are encouraged, but not required, to forward a record of minor violations that are resolved informally to the Office for Academic Affairs for record keeping. For minor violations that are resolved informally, faculty should keep a copy of the Academic Honesty Violation Report for their own records. For formal sanctions of minor violations and for all significant violations, faculty shall submit an Academic Honest Violation Report to the Office for Academic Affairs and keep a copy for their own records.

Penalties for Minor Violations  The following penalties are imposed for minor violations that warrant formal action as determined by the faculty member.

First minor violation

     The student receives a failing grade on the assignment. The faculty member submits an Academic Honesty Violation Report to the Office for Academic Affairs.

Second minor violation

     The student receives a failing grade in the course. The faculty member submits an Academic Honesty Violation Report to the Office for Academic Affairs.

Third minor violation

     The student is recommended for suspension from the college. The Academic Dean will convene an ad hoc committee of at least three (3) faculty members to determine the appropriate course of action.

Penalties for Significant Violations  The following penalties are imposed for significant violations of the Academic Honesty Policy.

First significant violation

     The student receives a failing grade in the course. The faculty member submits an Academic Honesty. Violation Report to the Office for Academic Affairs.

Second significant violation

     The student is recommended for suspension from the College. The Academic Dean will convene an ad hoc committee of at least three (3) faculty members to determine the appropriate course of action.

Third significant violation

     The student is recommended for expulsion from the College. The Academic Dean will convene an ad hoc committee of at least three (3) faculty members to determine the appropriate course of action.

Delay in Detection

If instances of plagiarism or academic dishonesty are discovered after course credit is earned or a degree is awarded, the College may impose penalties retroactively. Possible actions include changing the course grade, withholding a degree, or rescinding a degree. In such cases, the Academic Dean will convene an ad hoc committee of at least three (3) faculty members to determine the appropriate course of action.

Faculty Reporting Process

A faculty member has the responsibility both to determine that an Academic Honesty Policy violation has occurred in his or her course and to impose the appropriate penalty for this violation. The faculty member should follow this process to document and report the incident:

1.    Compile the documentation indicating that academic dishonesty has occurred.

2.    Discuss the incident with the student.

3.    After the discussion, determine the consequences of the violation and notify the student.

4.    Document the incident.

•   Complete the Academic Honesty Violation Report

•   Submit a copy of the report to the Office for Academic Affairs, if warranted (see Penalties)

•   Keep a copy of the report and all supporting documentation for faculty member’s own records

If the Office for Academic Affairs’ records indicate that this is not the student’s first offense, the Academic Dean will take action in accordance with the previously stated guidelines.

Student Right to Appeal

Minor Violation Penalty Appeal Procedure  A student may appeal a minor violation penalty if the student believes that he or she is unjustly accused or that the penalty is inappropriate. The student must submit a written appeal, with supporting evidence, to the faculty member’s Associate Dean for Business or Associate Dean for Liberal Arts (day courses) or Director (evening and online courses) within seven (7) business days of being notified of these accusations and/or sanctions and request a meeting with this Associate Dean/Director. Following this meeting, the Associate Dean/Director would make a binding decision within seven (7) business days, thereby concluding the matter.

Significant Violation Penalty Appeal Procedure  A student may appeal a significant violation penalty if the student believes that he or she is unjustly accused or that the penalty is inappropriate. The student must submit a written appeal, with supporting evidence, to the Associate Dean for Business or Associate Dean for Liberal Arts (day courses) or Executive Director for Graduate & Professional Studies (evening and online courses) within seven (7) business days of being notified of these accusations and/or sanctions. The Provost/Executive Director will convene an ad hoc committee composed of at least three (3) faculty members and the Provost/Executive Director (ex officio and nonvoting). After a hearing, the committee will issue a final and binding decision within two (2) business days.

Levels of Severity* Chart

Multiple minor violations in a single course or across multiple courses are considered a significant violation and should be dealt with
as outlined below.

                                              Minor Violation                                                                                              Significant Violation

1.       Using verbatim phrases or sentences without proper citation or                  1.      Using verbatim paragraphs of text without proper citation.
insufficient citation of other individuals’ concepts and/or ideas.

2.       Replacing certain words or reordering phrases instead                                 2.      Copying most or all of a paper, article, or other document.
of paraphrasing.

3.       Reordering or combining individual sentences verbatim                                3.      Using all or part of another student’s work, with or without
          to create a new paragraph.                                                                                      that person’s knowledge or permission.

                                                                                                                                   4.      Allowing your work to be copied by another student, in whole or
                                                                                                                                            in part. (Note: Selling or assisting in the sale of such work may
                                                                                                                                            violate Massachusetts General Law Part IV, Title I, Chapter 271,
                                                                                                                                            Section 50.)

                                                                                                                                   5.      Submitting a paper found online.

                                                                                                                                   6.      Purchasing a paper, spreadsheet, or other content from any
                                                                                                                                            source. (Note: Selling or assisting in the sale of such work may
                                                                                                                                            violate Massachusetts General Law Part IV, Title I, Chapter 271,
                                                                                                                                            Section 50.)

                                                                                                                                   7.      Use of notes, mobile devices, “crib sheets”, or other outside
                                                                                                                                            help during examinations.

                                                                                                                                   8.      Multiple minor violations in a single course or across multiple
                                                                                                                                            courses are considered a significant violation.

*Unless an instructor specifies otherwise, these guidelines apply to all courses.

This publication provides information concerning the programs at Nichols College and does not constitute a contract with the student.

The policies and procedures contained in the 2017-2018 Nichols College Catalog will remain in effect until June 30, 2018. Nichols College reserves the right to change at any time the rules governing admission, tuition, fees, courses, the granting of degrees, or any other regulations affecting the campus community. Such changes are to take effect whenever College officials deem necessary and will be communicated via written notice whenever possible or other means as appropriate.

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Catalog of Nichols College
July 2016