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Policy Statements

Expectations of Students, Faculty and Staff

In all organizations, a number of commonly understood, but usually unwritten rules and behaviors develop. As new students, staff and faculty enter the Oklahoma State University IE&M program, the failure of an individual to exhibit the expected behavior is usually due to an unawareness of the expected behavior. The resulting differences in expectations of modes and levels of behaviors by the different parties often lead to frustration and at times, friction. In an effort to reduce the level of frustration and friction, we have created a list of these expectations. Students with suggestions, corrections, or additions should contact Dr. Sunderesh Heragu, the School Head.

Preparation for Class

It is expected that students read the course syllabus and use it as a guide throughout the semester. Ask for clarification on any unclear points. A revised syllabus may be distributed during the semester if required.

Students are expected to complete assigned readings prior to class. This allows all students in the class to derive the maximum benefit from the lecture or activity. It enables the instructor to assume a common background of preparation and focus on more difficult or advanced topics. It also enables the student to pose questions during the lecture on material that needs clarification as well as to fully participate in discussions.

All written materials are to conform to professional standards. Instructors expect the student to be familiar with all assignments (especially homework problems) prior to the class period immediately preceding its due date. In this manner the student can assure him/herself that he/she understands the assignment by obtaining additional information or clarification prior to undertaking it. This allows the student to complete the assignment with the least frustration.

It is expected that a student will put forth an effort to learn. Do not expect faculty or staff to make an extraordinary effort to compensate for your lack of effort.

It is expected that everyone will accept responsibility for his/her own actions.

Include non-academic activities in your schedule. However, participation in these activities does not substitute for, or eliminate course requirements.

Do not ask for or expect special considerations that would not be available to other students.

It is expected that the faculty will come to class prepared and effectively utilize the entire class period.

In-class Behavior

Attendance is expected at all scheduled classes.

Students are expected to be seated at the starting time for class and have notebooks, calculators and texts ready for use. If a student arrives late, he/she should seek to minimize any disturbance to the class in session.

Talking among students should be kept to a minimum in both volume and duration. Students often seek quick clarification from a fellow student on a point. If quick clarification and/or resolution is not achieved, a request for clarification and/or resolution should be directed to the instructor.

Students will direct their attention to the material being presented. Extended external discussions, reading of non-class materials such as the O’Collegian, completion of homework and studying for other classes disturbs and distracts the instructor and other students and adversely affects the ability to lecture or learn effectively.

Casual and comfortable dress is usually acceptable. However, certain laboratories may require long pants/sleeves and foot/eye protection for safety reasons. Hats and caps may be particularly useful during lab work to keep hair out of the way. During special functions such as plant tours, receptions and guest speakers, more professional, formal dress is expected. Please ask if you are uncertain as to what is appropriate.

It is expected that the faculty member will begin and end the class at the scheduled times. Students should not prepare to leave class prior to the end of class; this distracts others in the class.

Raising your hand and waiting for recognition is the usual method of securing the floor during lecture. In other than lecture situations, please consult your instructor if in doubt.


It is expected that the faculty will return graded material in a timely manner to maximize the learning effect of the assignment or test.

It is expected that a student will determine what they did wrong on an assignment or test and learn what is correct.

Grades are determined by the faculty members. Grades will not be negotiated and are to be determined solely on the basis of academic performance based on the grading system published in the syllabus.

Academic Honesty

All university, college, and department policies on academic honesty will be strictly enforced. The consequence of academic dishonesty may be failure on the assignment, failure on the exam or failure of the course and referral of the case to the Dean of the College for additional disciplinary action. See the Student Handbook for additional details.

All assignments, exercises, analysis reviews, papers and projects shall reflect the effort and ability of the individual(s) submitting such work. Copying of articles without restatement and/or integration of your own thoughts will not be tolerated. References shall be cited in the assignment via an appropriate system. Depending on the severity of the abuse of this rule, appropriate action may include resubmission, an alternate assignment, a failing grade, or referral to the Dean of the College for appropriate action.

Office Hours and Operations

Faculty will provide adequate posted office hours. You should plan to visit with the faculty during his/her posted office hours. If a faculty member is willing to meet you during times other than his/her office hours, that information will be included in the syllabus. Calling ahead for an appointment is usually recommended if visiting with a faculty member at times other than his/her office hours.

IE&M office hours are 8:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Students are not permitted to remain in the outer office areas without faculty permission and supervision when the office is closed.

Always check with the secretary or student workers before proceeding to a faculty member’s office. The secretaries or student workers have the responsibility to maintain a professional office operation. Respect their decisions and treat them with dignity. They will provide assistance as quickly as possible.

The waiting areas are for your use, but keep them clean!

ENGL 3323 Paper

The English Department requires students enrolled in ENGL 3323, Technical Writing, to develop a technical paper with the assistance of a technical advisor. In addition to the policies of ENGL 3323, the following policies apply to students using IE&M faculty as technical advisors:

  • If a paper written previously by the student for an Industrial Engineering and Management course is used for ENGL 3323, only the instructor for whom it was written may serve as the technical advisor.
  • If a paper written previously by the student for an Industrial Engineering and Management course is to be used for ENGL 3323, it must have been developed and written solely by the student enrolled in ENGL 3323. The use of a paper with multiple authors will not be allowed for ENGL 3323.
  • At the beginning of the semester, students will develop and deliver to the technical advisor a copy of the due dates in ENGL 3323 and a schedule, (usually five working days in advance of ENGL 3323 due dates) of draft submission dates.
  • All copies of drafts submitted to the technical advisor with a summary of comments made by advisor are to be submitted to the instructor of ENGL 3323 with the final paper.