Travel and Research Support

The College of Business supports faculty attendance at professional meetings and professional development workshops. This support is anchored in the following principles

  1. The College of Business expects its faculty to engage in scholarship resulting in publication in refereed/peer reviewed journals.
  2. Professional development is a required component of a faculty member’s duties and responsibilities at Northern Michigan University, and is necessary for reappointment, tenure, and promotion.
  3. Intellectual contributions in the form of refereed/peer reviewed publications from faculty are a requirement for AACSB accreditation.
  4. The College is committed to maintain its AACSB accreditation.
  5. Faculty members are at different stages in their career cycle and university and college expectations for scholarship have evolved.  Support and reward systems are necessary to build and maintain a culture of scholarship in the college.

The College of Business provides additional and specific support to encourage and reward scholarship.  This support takes the form of additional travel funds, purchase of supplies including software, released time, publication bonus and summer research support. The primary purpose of this support system is to increase the quantity and quality of faculty scholarship as evidenced by publication in refereed/peer reviewed journals.

All faculty in the College are eligible to participate in the Research Incentive Plan.

For more information, contact Julie Downs at

Add/Drop Dates

A student can add or drop a course any time before 5 p.m. of Thursday of the first week of classes.  Courses dropped before this deadline do not appear on a student’s transcript and tuition is adjusted accordingly.  After this deadline or if a course is filled, a student may add with permission of the instructor by having the instructor sign an “add” card. The student then takes the signed card to the Student Services Center in Hedgcock to be officially registered in the course.  Add cards are available in the College of Business office.

If a student drops after that date, he/she will receive a “W” grade for the course and tuition will be charged for the course.  The final date to drop a course with a “W” grade is published on the Registrar’s Web Site:

Audio Visual

Projection equipment, televisions, and other equipment and services are provided by the Audio Visual Department.  To order equipment, call 227-2290.  Deadline for requests is 48 hours prior to the date needed.

Book Orders

Book order forms are distributed by the NMU Bookstore three times a year.  Listed on these are the books used one year before.  (Example:  For Winter 2007 the forms will show what was used by that faculty member during Winter 2006 rather than Fall 2006.)  Books for CIS 110 and the IS courses are selected by a committee. For other courses, individual faculty members are responsible for choosing and ordering books for their own courses. Book orders are due October 15 for winter courses and April 1 for summer and fall courses. The bookstore will buy  books back from students at the end of the semester  only if they know that the book will be used again the following semester.  Therefore, orders turned in on time help students get the best price if they are selling their books at the end of the semester.

There are three ways of completing a book order:

  • The faculty member completes the form and gives it to Mary Beth Reed and she submits it to the NMU Bookstore. 
  • The faculty member e-mails the bookstore with the order with a copy to 
  • The faculty member calls in the book order and the bookstore faxes a copy of the order form they complete to the College of Business.

Mary Beth Reed handles all book orders in the College of Business and has the phone numbers of many of the textbook publishers.  It is important that she receives a copy of all book orders for our central files.

If no book is being used for a course, please return the book order to Mary Beth Reed with that information.

Class Cancellation

Be sure to let the College of Business Office (, 906-227-2960 or 2900) know if you will be missing a class.  Also let the office staff know what your students will be doing during class time (proctored test, class activity, home assignment, etc.)  Be sure to give the students ample notification that you will not be in class and what you expect them to accomplish during your absence. Faculty members should specify a policy for class cancellations in their syllabus.

If you cancel a class because of illness or other emergency, please call the office as early as possible so that a sign can be posted letting the students know that class has been cancelled.  If possible, also send an e-mail message to all of the students.

An Absence From Class form (available from the College office, 301 Cohodas) should be completed and returned to the College of Business office. 

Clerical Support

Julie Downs, College of Business receptionist in 301 Cohodas, will provide clerical support.  It is important for all adjunct faculty to inform her of your current e-mail address, mailing address and telephone number. Mail will be forwarded to you once a week.  When students call the College of Business with questions about your class, they are given your e-mail address.

In an attempt to control ever-increasing copying costs, the College of Business has a fast, heavy-duty laser printer, which is significantly less expensive than the copiers.  In order to access this printer, please send print jobs as e-mail attachments to  Our office staff will print and collate your tests, handouts and other printed items.  Please give 24 hours notice and clear instructions on how you want your print job completed.

Mobile Devices for Adjunct Faculty

Adjunct faculty teaching three or more credit hours will be issued an IBM ThinkPad or other mobile device.  Eligibility is verified by a signed employment contract on file in Academic Affairs, 610 Cohodas. For adjuncts teaching fewer than three credit hours, approval must be granted by the associate dean of the College of Business.

Where: Mobile devices are issued to adjuncts at MicroRepair on the ground floor of the Learning Resources Center. The adjunct must present an NMU Wildcat Express ID Card and a copy of the teaching contract after it is  approved by Academic Affairs.

When: Adjuncts teaching semester-long courses may pick up a mobile device two weeks prior to the start of classes for the semester in which the adjunct is teaching. Semester dates are determined by the university academic calendar; pick-up and due dates are calculated according to this calendar.

Adjuncts teaching courses shorter than a full semester may pick up a mobile device two weeks prior to the start of class; it must be returned when the class is completed. The adjunct's employment contract is used to determine these dates.

Return:  The mobile device must be returned on the day grades are due or when the teaching contract expires (see preceding statement regarding adjuncts with less than full semester teaching assignments). mobile devices are to be returned to the Library. Failure to return the mobile device on the due date will result in a $15 per day fee billed to the adjunct. NMU Public Safety will be notified and the mobile device will be considered stolen.

Re-issue:  Adjuncts who are contracted for the semester immediately following the initial appointment will be re-issued the mobile device for the following semester (e.g. an adjunct teaching in fall semester may return to the library upon documentation of a winter semester contract and be re-issued the mobile device). This re-issue transaction must be done in person at the library following the procedures outlined above.

Adjuncts completing a teaching assignment at the end of winter semester who are contracted to teach again in the following fall semester may use the mobile device over the summer. A signed contract for fall semester must be on file with Academic Affairs no later than the winter semester mobile device due date (usually the date grades are due).

The adjunct continuing to use the mobile device under these conditions must return the mobile device by the August due date and be reissued another model.

Adjuncts who do not have a signed contract for the fall semester must return the mobile device by the winter semester due date. If the adjunct is subsequently issued a contract for fall semester, the adjunct may pick up a mobile device two weeks prior to the start of the fall semester.

Copyright Compliance

Northern Michigan University recognizes the need for compliance with U.S. copyright laws, including the provisions of fair use, while conducting business as a nonprofit educational institution.  Compliance extends to printed, recorded, and digital information, including Internet resources.  All NMU employees and students are expected to comply with U.S. copyright laws.

Classroom use: Faculty and staff with questions regarding copyright laws as they pertain to instructional materials and classroom use, can obtain further information through the Lydia M. Olson Library or 906-227-2294.

NMU Copyrights: NMU also protects its original material, official seal and signature, and creative works according to U.S. copyright and trademark laws. You may not modify, copy, reproduce, republish, upload, post, transmit or distribute in any way Northern Michigan University materials or the likeness of these materials, in part or whole, without written consent.

General Information:  For more detailed information concerning U. S. copyright law, users may consult the following Web sites:

General Copyright Information:

U.S. Copyright Office:

Copyright and Multimedia Law for Webbuilders and Multimedia Authors:

Further information and assistance for obtaining permission to reproduce copyrighted material, is available at the Copyright Clearance Center,

All other copyright questions should be directed to:

Communications and Marketing
607 Cohodas Hall
Northern Michigan University
Marquette, Michigan 49855

Course Evaluations

Faculty members are required to use the College of Business course evaluation process for each course taught, whether during the academic year or the summer session.  Faculty members are free to use questions in addition to the standard questions.  Likewise, they are free to hold mid-term course evaluations to gain feedback from their students. 

Article of the Master Agreement governs the course evaluation process:

For teaching faculty, the evaluation shall include student evaluations from each course.

The collection of student evaluations shall be prescribed so that the anonymity, security, completeness, and integrity of the student responses are preserved.  If the process of collection is not specified in the bylaws, it shall be under the direction of the department head in consultation with the appropriate departmental faculty committee.

The final student evaluations shall be collected not earlier than the final week of the class  nor later than the end of the final exam week. 

The department head shall direct the creation of such summary analyses of the student evaluations as deemed necessary for consideration by the department evaluation committee.

Faculty access to student evaluation materials will be prevented until after grades for the course have been submitted and the time period for posting grades has concluded.

Student course evaluations are available either on paper or on-line.  The questions, listed on the below, are the same on each form.  However, the paper evaluations create more work, as the office staff must type in the responses to open-ended questions.  It also takes additional time and effort to process paper evaluation forms.  The sample below is the on-line version.   The questions are the same for on-line or paper evaluations.

College of Business Course Evaluation

  Strongly Disagree Disagree Neutral Agree Strongly Agree Does Not Apply
1. Overall, this was a good course.            
2. Overall, the instructor is an effective teacher.            
3. Overall, course objectives were met.            
4. The instructor gave clear explanations.            
5. The instructor graded and returned tests/papers promptly.            
6. The instructor provided feedback about performance.            
7. The instructor encouraged students to ask questions and feel free to disagree.            
8. The Instructor provided information about how grades will be determined.            
9. The Instructor seemed to enjoy teaching.            
10. The Instructor treated students with respect.            
11. The Instructor seemed to be well prepared for each class.            
12. I, personally, participated actively.            
13. I, personally, did my best work.            
14. I, personally, attended class regularly            
15. Kept up with class assignments.            
16. What is your Class Status? Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior Does Not Apply Other
I enrolled in this class I am using it as an elective Because it is require Does Not Apply
What did you like most about his course?  
How could the course be improved  

Paper course Evaluation

Mary Beth Reed will distribute paper course evaluation materials approximately two weeks before the end of the course if requested by the faculty member.  Along with the mobile device forms and questions, there will be an envelope addressed to Julie Downs, College of Business Receptionist, and a label to be signed by the person conducting the evaluation. This label will be used to seal the envelope.  No. 2 pencils are available at the reception desk.

The course evaluation will be conducted during the final two weeks of the course.  For a full-semester course, that would be either the last week of scheduled classes or final exam week.

The instructor will give the evaluation materials to a reliable person (a student or another faculty member) and leave the room.  If evaluations are conducted at the beginning of a class period, the instructor will wait in the hall until finished.  If evaluations are conducted at the end of a class period, the instructor may leave.

The person conducting the evaluation will distribute the evaluation materials and collect them.  All online forms should be placed in the envelope. The envelope should be closed and sealed. The label should be signed by this person and placed over the flap. Evaluation questions and pencils should also be collected and returned to the instructor.

The person conducting the evaluation will take responsibility for getting the evaluation materials back to the College of Business.  These materials can be delivered by hand.  Alternately, if an appropriate and willing office is located near the classroom, they can be sent via campus mail.

The written comments will be typed and kept in the College of Business  Office and made available to the instructor after grades for the course have been submitted.  Summaries of the computer-scored sheets will also be made available to the instructor after grades for the course have been submitted.

Instructors in short courses may want information about their courses in order to have feedback before teaching another section of the same or similar course within a semester.  Associate Dean Marge Sklar will, upon request of the instructor, share a general summary (no specifics or direct quotes) of the written comments with that instructor.

On-Line Course Evaluations

On-line evaluations are available during the last two weeks of the semester.  If you wish to have your students do the evaluation at a particular time, please let the Associate Dean Marge Sklar know so that she can set up your evaluations separately. 

On-line evaluations have the same questions as paper evaluations.  However, the students have the option of writing comments for each question, not just the two open-ended questions at the end. 

To use on-line evaluations, have your students access them at:

Students sign on using their NMU ID and password.  While the evaluations are not on EduCat, they are linked to the registration system, so a student can access evaluations only for those courses for which they are registered, and only once for each course.  Duplication will not occur.

Exams: Proctoring, Make-ups and Grading

This policy upholds the concept that all aspects of instruction are the responsibility of the faculty member teaching the course.  The office staff is happy to assist faculty members when there is no suitable time for an instructor to proctor his/her own make-up exam, but this should be the exception rather than the rule.

Proctoring:  Only instructional faculty may proctor exams.  If an instructor must be absent for a scheduled exam, he/she should use other methods instead of asking a student or secretary to proctor an exam, such as:

  • take-home exams
  • other graded outside-of-class activities.
  • approach a colleague and ask him/her to proctor the test.

Make-Up Exams:  If it is not possible for the faculty member and the student to find a viable make-up time, then the test should be given to Julie Downs, College of Business receptionist.  Note: This should be the exception rather than the rule.  The procedure is:

  • For efficiency, make-up tests are all kept in the receptionist’s office.
  • Have the student call the receptionist (227-2900) and make an

           appointment to take the test at least 24 hours in advance.

  • Give clear, simple instructions for the test.
  • Make sure the receptionist has the test before the student is told he/she can come in to take it.
  • The student will not be proctored during the test.

Grading:  Only a faculty member may grade a test. Please do not ask the office staff to grade tests.


A fax machine is available in the College of Business, 301 Cohodas.  The fax number is 227-2930.

Final Examination Policy

The final exam schedule can be viewed at

The Provost instituted the final exam policy below in response to student complaints about exams being given early or not at all.  Please remember that faculty members are required to be in attendance for a “final exercise” (not necessarily an exam) during the scheduled meeting time in finals week.  Any changes to the schedule should receive approval from Associate Dean Marge Sklar and be announced to the students at least two weeks prior to the scheduled exam. The policy statement is below:

In the past some faculty have given final examinations (or other assigned final projects/assignments) either early or not at all, causing problems for those students and faculty who follow the guidelines for finals week.  When such a change is made without approval of the department head, it is a violation of the AAUP Master Agreement.  In an attempt to eliminate the problem, I am re-issuing the policy statement below pursuant to Article 6.2.3 of the Agreement:

"Faculty shall meet their assigned classes at their scheduled times for the entire period and for the full length of the semester.  Any change in time or location of the scheduled class must have prior approval of the department head, and the faculty member is expected to give students timely notification of the change."

A "final exam" period is scheduled for every class.  In the spirit of the above article, faculty must meet their classes at the scheduled times and places for the entire period and give their final examinations (or other substitute activity) as part of their professional and contractual responsibilities.  Because some classes require juries or other means to determine final grades, any change in meeting time or location of a scheduled examination must have prior approval of the department head, and the faculty member is expected to give students timely notification of the change.  The definition of "timely" in this case means at least two weeks.  Any decision to waive or substitute another experience for a scheduled examination must also have prior approval of the department head.  Department heads shall copy their deans on any changes they approve so that the Academic Cabinet will have some sense of the nature and extent of exceptions to the stated policy.

In the event that a faculty member fails to abide by this policy, I will expect such to be documented with copies to the Dean and the Provost.

Fred Joyal, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs

Grades for Courses

NMU provides an on-line grading process for faculty. The grading program is activated during final exam week. The deadline for grades is 12 noon on Tuesday following final exam week.  Access to the grading system is via Web for Faculty, accessed through MyNMU. 

Recording F Grades

Faculty are requested to enter the grade for each student in each course.  If a student earns an “F” grade in the course, the faculty member is also requested to enter the last date of student activity for the course (last date attended, handed in assignments or took an exam.)  Please keep this in mind during the semester. 

Recording Incomplete Grades

Faculty members are asked to send an Incomplete Grade Form to the Registration and Scheduling office for any Incomplete grades assigned.  Note that Incomplete Grades are given rarely, but if necessary to students who have met with some unavoidable problem, such as illness or injury late in the semester which prevents them from successfully completing a class which they were passing at the time the problem occurred.  Incomplete Grades should not take the place of any regular grade, including F or W grades and must not be issued to give a student “a break.”

Process for Changing an Incomplete to a Letter Grade

At the time an "I" grade is awarded, the instructor completes the form stating (1) the reason for awarding the incomplete, (2) what work has to be performed by the student to complete the course, (3) the deadline for completing the work, and (4) the alternate grade to be awarded in the event the deadline is not met. One copy of this form is retained by the instructor, one copy is forwarded to the Records Office and one copy is mailed or given to the student by the instructor. If an instructor fails to indicate an alternate grade, the incomplete will automatically revert to an "F" at expiration of the deadline. The maximum time that can be given to complete an "I" grade is one year.  When the student completes the work, the faculty member completes the Incomplete Grade Form and sends it to the Registrar’s office.  The faculty member’s signature is sufficient to change an I grade. 

Changing a Course Grade

Normally, course grades are changed only because of instructor error, either in calculating or in entering a grade.  Grades may not be changed after the fact to accommodate a student who finds himself in academic trouble because of poor grades. In fact, because of college athletics rules, if a grade is changed to help a student raise his GPA, the College must write to every student and offer them the same opportunity. 

Changing Improperly Recorded Grades

If a student believes that a clerical error has been made in awarding the final grade for a course, he/she should meet with the instructor to determine if there has been an error. A change of grade is normally allowed only for clerical error. Requests for a grade change must be signed by the instructor of the course and the Associate Dean before being referred to the Dean for review. If a grade is changed, the Registrar’s Office will notify the student of the change. Grade changes must be received by the Registrar no later than the 15th working day of the following semester (exclusive of the summer session). Students who believe they have been unfairly graded in a course can file a grade appeal; the procedure is outlined in the NMU Student Handbook

Inclement Weather Policy

If the university is closed due to inclement weather, that information is posted on the Web site ( and broadcast on local television and radio stations. It can also be obtained by calling 227-BRRR. 

Guidelines: A General Statement

The primary responsibility for implementing the Inclement Weather Policy resides with the individual. As a student, you bear the responsibility of making your special circumstances known to your professor. As a professor, you bear the responsibility of making your special circumstances known to your students and to apply this policy as fairly as possible.

A reminder: University policies are not made lightly, and they are not meant to be taken lightly. Everyone should try to avoid creating a situation where conflict might arise in operating under or applying a given policy.

Guidelines to the Student

Excused absence because of inclement weather conditions is generally a matter between you and your professor. If there is an unresolved matter after you have sought an excused absence from your instructor, it is your right to appeal the matter to the head of the department in which the instructor is a member or, in his/her absence, to the dean of the college.

If you miss class because of inclement weather, you must notify the faculty member at the earliest possible time—preferably within 24 hours—and not a week or two later.

Guidelines to the Faculty Member

If a student resides in an area where conditions have caused local school closings, then weather should be a factor in excusing that student. For example, if schools in Ishpeming have been closed, a student in that area may well have problems driving into Marquette.

If you are unable to drive to the campus for a class because of inclement weather/unsafe road conditions, it is your responsibility to call the department/dean’s office to do everything possible to provide timely notification to students that you have canceled class. You may also notify your students through the class roster function in EduCat.

If you want/need verification about road or weather conditions on a particular day, contact Public Safety  at 227-2151. Staff members there should be able to provide this information.

Identification Cards

All faculty and staff are required to have an NMU ID card.  Take a copy of your teaching contract to Human Resources, 202 Cohodas and then the picture is taken and the card made at the Wildcat Express Office, 1107 University Center, 227-1686.  The card must be obtained prior to checking out a mobile device and also checking out materials from the library.


Classrooms are locked when not in use so you will be issued a key for your classroom. Mary Beth Reed will complete a key request form and obtain the necessary signatures. You will be notified when the key is ready to be picked up at Public Safety, 100 Services Building (County Road 550) where you will sign for it upon receipt.

Library Facilities

The Lydia M. Olson Library is located on the second and third floors of the Harden Learning Resources Center.  The telephone number is 227-2260.

If you wish to contact the library electronically, please use the following email addresses:

Circulation Unit:
Reference Unit:
Administrative Office:


The library contains books and journals and provides access to numerous databases. As a selective depository for U.S. and Michigan government publications, the library houses government documents and a map collection. Textbooks and media supporting teacher education are housed in the Pre-K to 12 Collection. Instructional Media Services has video recordings, 35mm slides, sound recordings, and other media for faculty and student use.


Library facilities include study areas, conference rooms, coin/card operated photocopy machines, microform printers, audiovisual and multimedia equipment, and facilities for making transparencies and laminations of learning aids. The library is also wired for networked mobile device use.


Normal fall/winter semester hours are:

Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday: Noon - Midnight

NMU Identification Number

All students, faculty and staff are issued an eight-digit identification number.  Social security numbers are no longer used. 


All parking in non-metered lots requires a current parking permit. The fee is $25 per vehicle per semester for adjunct faculty teaching a total of four credits or less per semester.  A number of lots on campus are restricted to faculty/staff parking.  Parking policies and related information are included in pamphlets available from Public Safety.

Current parking decals must be displayed beginning August 31 of each school year.  They can be purchased at Public Safety, 100 Services Building (County Road 550).  For more information regarding parking on campus, call 227-1476.


All adjunct professors are considered part-time faculty of Northern Michigan University with a rank of either adjunct assistant professor or adjunct instructor. They have the same privileges and responsibilities as other employees.

Recreation Memberships

Adjunct faculty members can purchase a single recreation membership for $203, if they teach eight credits, during the period August 1 through July 31.  With this membership, the NMU ID card is used to access the facilities in the PEIF and the Superior Dome.  Single walking passes are available for $30 per semester. Lockers are also available for an additional fee.  Further information, including membership fees for other family members, is available at 126 PEIF or by calling 227-2519. 


Rosters are available on MyNMU.

Student Issues

Student Handbook

The student handbook is on-line at   Some topics relevant to our role as faculty members include:

Course Syllabi and Grading

Students have a right to be informed of the instructional objectives of each course at the beginning of the semester. Instruction should be directed toward fulfillment of the stated objectives of each course. Students are likewise entitled to be informed at the beginning of each semester of the course requirements and of the methods and criteria to be employed in the evaluation process, including the determination of the course grade. Each academic department shall make available a copy of the course syllabus to each student enrolled in each course and shall maintain a copy of each syllabus on file with the department head. Reasonable notice (at least one week) should be given as to when major exams are scheduled and when major assignments are due. University policy requires that classes be met regularly at the scheduled times and in the scheduled place, but if a change is necessary, every effort should be made to accommodate the needs of the students. Students should expect to have timely appraisal of their progress in each course and opportunities to discuss their academic work with their instructors. Students should have an opportunity to review all written work on which they have received a grade. Course work, except for exams, which is not returned to students at the end of the semester should be kept on file by the instructor for thirty (30) days following the first day of class for the next regular semester (exclusive of the summer session), after which it may be disposed of in a manner which protects the confidentiality of the students. Exams not returned to students at the end of the semester must be kept on file by instructors for one calendar year. Course grades should be based entirely upon students’ performance in meeting course requirements as outlined in the syllabus.

This is echoed in article 6.2.2 of the Master Agreement, which grants students the right to review their class work and requires faculty members to keep student work for a full year:

Students shall be provided timely appraisal of the students' progress in each course and shall be provided an opportunity to review all written work on which they have received grades (including final exams which shall be retained by the instructor for one [1] year).

Student Academic Responsibilities

Students should strive to obtain the highest possible level of academic achievement. They have an obligation to abide by accepted standards of academic honesty which dictate that all of their scholastic work shall be original in nature. Once enrolled in a course, students are expected to become familiar with instructional objectives, course requirements, and methods employed in determining the course grade. Students shall assume responsibility for familiarizing themselves with the course syllabus and completing all the requirements of the course.

Class Attendance

The Undergraduate Bulletin states that:

Students are expected to attend all class meetings of courses in which they enroll. Students who are absent from classes because of participation in university-sponsored activities are excused. Students are responsible for all class work whether or not their absence is excused.

University-sponsored activities include student athletes and others who will miss class because of their participation in some event.  Please note that students occasionally think they are automatically given the right to miss class under certain circumstances (i.e. if they are traveling for an athletic event.)  However, they have the obligation to give their instructors a verification of their scheduled absence before they miss class.  The faculty member does have the right to establish an attendance policy and include that policy in the course syllabus. 

Students who miss class because of a personal emergency, illness, etc. are expected to notify the instructor.  It is the prerogative of the instructor to ask for verification of any such absences.  A clear statement in the course syllabus as to what you expect of your students goes a long way toward preventing abuse of an instructor’s helpful nature.

Grade Appeals

Students who feel they have reason to believe that the grades which they have received are incorrect or unfair should first consult with the instructors for the courses in question, seeking satisfactory explanations and/or resolutions. If, after talking with the instructor, the student feels that the complaint has not been resolved, the student shall ask the appropriate department head to review the matter. The department head shall discuss the matter with the instructor involved, seeking resolution of the complaint. If, in the opinion of the student, the complaint remains unresolved after this discussion, the student may submit a formal request in writing to the department head that the complaint be submitted to adjudication through an appeals system involving two appellate levels: a departmental appeals committee and a college appeals committee. The instructor may make a written response to this request and provide that response to the department head who will share it with the departmental and college appeals committees, as appropriate, and make it a matter of record.  

Academic Dishonesty

In instances where there are reasonable grounds to suspect a student of academic dishonesty as defined in the Student Code in Section 2.2.3, the instructor should inform the student of the nature of the alleged violation within fourteen (14) calendar days of becoming aware of the alleged violation, exclusive of dates when the University is not in session.

After affording the student an opportunity to respond, the instructor should decide whether or not the student is guilty of dishonest academic practices. If the instructor concludes that dishonest academic practices have occurred, the instructor should take appropriate corrective action. Such action may include a repetition of the assignment or a lowering of the grade for the course. The most severe penalty which may be imposed directly by the instructor upon a student found guilty of academic dishonesty is a grade of “F” for the course to which the violation applies.

The decision of the instructor shall be subject to appeal following the rules of procedure outlined in Section 1.2.1. The instructor should keep a complete record of matters pertinent to such incidents and forward a summary of the incident to the appropriate department head and the dean of the college. The dean of the college will then inform the Dean of Students of the violation who may then initiate disciplinary action in accordance with the Student Code. Students who are given a grade of “F” as a result of a finding of academic dishonesty may not withdraw from the course if found responsible through disciplinary action in accordance with the Student Code.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.  The act was designed to assure students and their parents certain rights vis a vis student records.  As our students are adults, FERPA does not allow us to disclose any privileged information to anyone other than the student (including parents) without express written permission each time a student allows us to disclose his or her information. 

The statement below is from the government web site at:

FERPA Statement

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.

FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children's education records. These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level. Students to whom the rights have transferred are "eligible students."

Parents or eligible students have the right to inspect and review the student's education records maintained by the school. Schools are not required to provide copies of records unless, for reasons such as great distance, it is impossible for parents or eligible students to review the records. Schools may charge a fee for copies.

Parents or eligible students have the right to request that a school correct records which they believe to be inaccurate or misleading. If the school decides not to amend the record, the parent or eligible student then has the right to a formal hearing. After the hearing, if the school still decides not to amend the record, the parent or eligible student has the right to place a statement with the record setting forth his or her view about the contested information.

Generally, schools must have written permission from the parent or eligible student in order to release any information from a student's education record. However, FERPA allows schools to disclose those records, without consent, to the following parties or under the following conditions (34 CFR § 99.31):

  • School officials with legitimate educational interest;
  • Other schools to which a student is transferring;
  • Specified officials for audit or evaluation purposes;
  • Appropriate parties in connection with financial aid to a student;
  • Organizations conducting certain studies for or on behalf of the school;
  • Accrediting organizations;
  • To comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena;
  • Appropriate officials in cases of health and safety emergencies; and
  • State and local authorities, within a juvenile justice system, pursuant to specific State law.

Schools may disclose, without consent, "directory" information such as a student's name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, honors and awards, and dates of attendance. However, schools must tell parents and eligible students about directory information and allow parents and eligible students a reasonable amount of time to request that the school not disclose directory information about them. Schools must notify parents and eligible students annually of their rights under FERPA. The actual means of notification (special letter, inclusion in a PTA bulletin, student handbook, or newspaper article) is left to the discretion of each school.

For additional information or technical assistance, you may call (202) 260-3887 (voice). Individuals who use TDD may call the Federal Information Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339.

Or you may contact us at the following address:

Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20202-5920

Note:    The above statement is a verbatim copy of the government requirements.  It applies to grade and secondary schools as well as higher education.  Our students are adults, therefore we are required to honor their right to privacy even from their parents.  We are not permitted to give the proscribed information to their parents. 

Posting Grades and FERPA

The University interprets FERPA to mean that student grades cannot be posted in any form where it may be possible to identify the student and his/her grade information.  This includes using social security numbers, NMU ID numbers, and so on.  The safest way to post grades is to make them available on EduCat, which guarantees that only the individual student can access his or her grading materials.  This policy also precludes passing out quizzes, homework, etc. in any manner that makes it possible for anyone other than the individual student to see his or her grade.

Directory Information and FERPA

FERPA allows the university to identify information which it considers public record and can release this directory information without student authorization. Northern Michigan University is under no obligation to release directory information to anyone who inquires. FERPA only says that an institution may release directory information. When in doubt, NMU will not release information to questionable sources and may require the source to provide a written release from the student before releasing any information.

Students have the right to restrict the release of their directory information. This is done by printing the Prevent Disclosure of Directory Information (PDF) form. Mail form to the address below or drop off at the Student Service Center, 105 Cohodas Administrative Center. Restrictions can be applied to a student record any time during the semester. However, to prevent information from appearing in the university telephone directory, the request must be made within 18 calendar days of the beginning of the Fall Semester.


An electronic copy of your syllabus should be e-mailed to Mary Beth Reed ( to be added to our central files.  This should be done at the start of the semester.

Also be sure to include in your syllabus the learning objectives for the course and the method by which grades will be determined.  CIS 110 and IS courses in the College of Business have liberal studies, division V, formal communication studies status.  For these courses, a statement as to how the course meets the liberal studies definition for that division should be included. 

The following statement should be used on all syllabi for notification to students of NMU’s disability services:

“If you have a need for disability-related accommodations or services, please inform the Coordinator of Disability Services in the Disability Services Office at 2001 C B (227-1737).  Reasonable and effective accommodations and services will be provided to students if requests are made in a timely manner, with appropriate documentation, in accordance with federal, state, and university guidelines.”

Teaching, Learning, and Communication Initiatives

Over 9,000 students, faculty, and staff are ongoing participants in NMU's Teaching, Learning, and Communication (TLC) mobile device initiative.

Each TLC participant receives a current model ThinkPad or an iBook (art and design majors); special NMU Restore DVDs that include NMU licensed software; walk-in, telephone, and email Help Desk hardware and software support; damage ($50 deductible) and theft ($500 stolen fee) insurance; and pre-configured wired, wireless, and dial-in Internet network connectivity. NMU Restore DVD updates will be available each fall semester so that students and faculty can keep their operating system and software current.

If you need help with your mobile device, please contact the Help Desk (phone 906-227-2468), fill out a Problem Report Form, or visit its walk-in area in the Learning Resources Center, first floor, room 116.

The IT Web site contains mainly technical information and software updates for NMU Thinkpad. Information about the TLC ThinkPad program, policies, and issues are available at the NMU Web site


EduCat ( can be used to create entire on-line courses, or to simply publish materials that supplement existing courses. EduCat requires minimal technical expertise on the part of the developer of the course, and on the part of the student. EduCat is entirely Web-based. There is no software to install (other than a web browser such as Netscape or Internet Explorer) on the computers used by the students or instructors.

Common areas for course design may include:

  • bulletin boards
  • chat rooms
  • calendar
  • syllabus
  • testing
  • instructor biography

EduCat is available to any faculty member at NMU to use for material dissemination to students through an Internet browser. Instructors requesting a course at NMU should use the EduCat Course Request Form   For additional information on EduCat course design, setup, and implementation, contact the Center for Instructional Technology Education.

EduCat is available for all NMU classes.

The Center for Instructional Technology in Education known as the CITE was conceptualized in 1996 and opened its doors in 1999 to provide a resource center for faculty to development and enhance knowledge and skills in the use of technology in the University's curriculum. CITE is located in the lower level of the Learning Resources Center  227-CITE.  For more information, contact Kathy Saville or visit their web site at

Current Adjunct Faculty

Fall 2006

Kim D. Alanko

S. Ken Culp

Paula McCormick  (IS 100 Web)
228-5489 (Home)
225-5715 (Office Until 1/20/06)

Mary Beth Reed (OIS 101/103)
301 Cohodas Admin Center

William Sklar  (MKT 230 Web)

Ruth Watry (MGT 221)
201 W. Cohodas Admin Center

Matthew Wiese  (MGT 221)