Student are expected to attend all their classes and to accept full responsibility for a decision to miss a class without official authorization.
Authorized absences are granted for reasons of (1)student illness, (2) death in the family, (3) religious holidays, (4) participation in outside-of-the classroom educational activities, and (5) participation in University-sponsored activities or programs including intercollegiate athletic contests. For participation in educational activities or athletic contests, students must apply for authorized absence and arrange to make up work BEFORE the missed class.
Each instructor will establish his/her own grading policy based on classroom participation, homework, unannounced quizzes, etc. This policy shall be clearly stated in writing at the beginning of the course.
Students who miss class for an officially authorized reason are entitled to make up work at the convenience of the instructor. Students who miss a class without official authorization may make up work at the discretion of the instructor. Students are solely responsible for materials presented, assignments made up, and tests given in regularly scheduled classes.
Grading policy (from MU catalog, first paragraph* plus "Grades and Grade Point System") - Each instructor establishes his or her own grading policy based on classroom participation, homework, unannounced quizzes, etc, and states it clearly and in writing at the beginning of the course. Sufficient measures are built into each course structure to evaluate student achievement.
The grade point average (GPA) is a comprehensive evaluation of a student's academic standing. The grades and terms used to describe achievement are reported at the end of each semester as:
Grade Description Grade Point Value
- A Excellent 4.0
- A- 3.7
- B+ 3.3
- B Good 3.0
- B- 2.7
- C+ 2.3
- C Acceptable (Average) 2.0
- C- 1.7
- D+ 1.3
- D Poor 1.0
- D- 0.7
- F Fail 0.0
Freshmen - all majors. At the end of the freshman year, all art students must successfully pass a Core Review. All transfers and students on probation must successfully complete a Core Review.
Core Foundations Review = sampling of student work from Design I and II and Drawing I and II. Core panel = three faculty members
Core process = Discussion without student present. Evaluation form will be given to each student as well as a brief verbal review with the faculty panel.
BSE junior review - all BSE students will have a portfolio review in the fall semester of their junior year.
Process - sampling of student work from all art courses completed as well as any independent artwork.
BSE Junior Review panel = three faculty members (at least one Art Education and one Studio Faculty members)
BSE Junior Review process = Discussion without student presence. Evaluation form will be given to each student as well as a brief verbal review with the faculty panel.
BFA Junior Review - 60-75 credit - currently in place
BFA Senior Seminar
BFA Senior Exhibition Review - panel of at least three faculty members review exhibition with student present. Faculty Panel - advisor, advisor's choice, student's choice.
All grievances must first be taken up with the instructor. If the complaint is not satisfactorily resolved the complaint should be then brought to the student's advisor and then in writing too the department Chairperson. After meeting with the Chairperson of the department, the student may bring the complaint to the joint faculty/student Grievance Committee to be heard. If the matter is still unresolved then it will be forwarded to the Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.
Grievance Committee composition = 2 Art students and two art department faculty with the Department Chair as moderator.