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Academic Resources

Curriculum Management

The University of North Texas has established several committees responsible for the multiple facets of the vast curriculum a university of its size requires.  The University Undergraduate Curriculum Committee (UUCC) consists of faculty members concerned with the academic integrity of the institution, the quality of course and programmatic offerings, and the realization that the institution is diverse and that the academic programs it offers will be similarly diverse.  The UUCC is a committee of the Faculty Senate and works with the Oversight Committee on the Core Curriculum, Graduate Council, Office of the Core Curriculum, and the Office of the Registrar in order to meet educational objectives, and ensure the University places the primary responsibility for content, quality, and effectiveness of its curriculum with its faculty as required by SACS-COC.

Curriculog is an electronic tool which faculty members who are designing, changing, or removing courses can use to process approvals in a virtual environment.  In order to submit information into the Curriculog system, a user must receive permission from the Office of the Registrar personnel assigned to oversee the Curriculog System.  Each college, department, and division has the freedom to permit or restrict access to Curriculog.  A faculty member interested in submitting into the system should find out who has permission and if permission is desired, request permission from an authority in the college, department, and/or division.  Information and permissions can be obtained by contacting catalog@unt.edu.

Scheduling Classes

The schedule of classes is an on-going process.  Chairs work about one-year out to develop course offerings for the spring, summer, and fall terms.  In most instances, the departmental assistant will be of great help with the task of scheduling classes for the upcoming year.  For additional assistance with any aspect of this process, please contact the Registrar Scheduling team directly, or visit the share point website for related documentation and process guides.

Small Class Size

Definitions:

The University of North Texas (UNT) defines a small class as:

  • undergraduate-level credit class with fewer than 12 registrations,
  • graduate-level credit class with fewer than seven registrations, and
  • combined undergraduate and graduate level classes with fewer than 12 registrations.

These defintions apply to organized classes whereby the primary mode of instruction is lecture, laboratory, or seminar.  Special problems, theses and dissertation enrollment, private lessons, etc. are excluded from these requirements.

Approval Process:

Decisions to offer courses below the minimum are determined at the college/school level and should be made with careful consideration (i.e.., program requirements, student demand, and financial accountability). Please note the decision to offer a small class is the exception not the rule.  Deans must approve low enrollment classes no later than the close of the 4thclass day during the fall/spring term or 2nd class day during the summer term to allow enough time for students to be placed in another class.  The chair must submit a written justification to the dean for final approval.  The dean should maintain a record of any exceptions.  Listed below are some reasons a department may justify a low enrollment course:

  • Required course for graduation (This course is not offered each semester or term, and if canceled, may affect date of graduation of those enrolled.)
  • Required course for majors in this field and should be completed this semester (or term) to keep proper sequences in courses
  • Course in newly established degree program, concentration, or support area
  • Cross-listed courses taught as a single class by the same faculty at the same location, provided that the combined courses do not constitute a small class
  • First time offering of the course
  • Class size limited by accreditation or state licensing standards
  • Class size limited by availability of laboratory or clinical facilities
  • Voluntarily offered by a faculty member in excess of the institutional teaching load requirements and for which the faculty member receives no additional compensation (faculty is teaching course as an overload).

Small Class Reports:

The Office of the Registrar maintains a daily reporting of small classes https://registrar.unt.edu/faculty/reports.  The password protected site allows quick access for academic administrators to review enrollment reports (class listing, class compare, off campus, etc.).  For specific questions on these enrollment reports, please contact the registrar's office at x4617.

Syllabus

As department chairs, you are responsible for ensuring that all course syllabi are uploaded to the Faculty Information System by the 7th class day, as per House Bill No. 2504.  Instructors of record are responsible for developing course syllabi.  The University requires consistent elements in each syllabus, which mirror the legislatively-mandated information.   This includes a brief description of each major course requirement and examination, required/recommended reading, and a general description of the subject matter of each lecture or discussion.  The Teaching Excellence Handbook includes standard syllabus language.

Teaching Excellence Handbook

The Teaching Excellence Handbook is provided as a resource for instructional activities at UNT.  Included in this resource are helpful tips and important University information that will assist instructors, whether first-time teaching assistants or experienced professors, in carrying out their teaching responsibilities.  The handbook can be found electronically on the CLEAR website. 

Grade Appeals

UNT Policy 06.040 outlines the grounds for a student grade appeal and the process by which the appeal must be carried out.  Chairs are responsible for granting extensions for any time limits identified in the policy, reviewing all formal grade appeals initiated by the student, attempting to resolve appeals through consultation with the instructor and student, forwarding all unresolved appeals to the faculty committee, and notifying the student and instructor of the final resolution in writing, signed by the department chair. 

Student Standards of Academic Integrity

UNT Policy 06.003 addresses the investigation and resolution of all allegations of student academic dishonesty.  When an instructor and student cannot reach an agreement regarding the degree of academic penalty, the department chair may seek guidance and advisement on academic misconduct penalties from the Office of Academy Integrity.  The department chair has final authority over appeals of academic penalties imposed for single violations.

Academic Integrity Officer:  Karen Weiller-Abels

Code of Student Conduct

UNT Policy 07.012 explains what conduct is prohibited, the process the University uses to review alleged violations, and the sanctions that can be imposed.  When students may have violated the Code, they must meet with a University official to discuss the violation in an educational process.  Any faculty member, student or staff member can report alleged misconduct to the Dean of Students Office.