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Student Notifications Applicable to All MVC Courses
Missouri Valley College Catalog
The Missouri Valley College Catalog is the College’s official notification of its policies, rules, regulations, and standards of conduct. The student is responsible for knowledge of these policies, rules, regulations, and standards of conduct; enrollment is considered acceptance of all conditions specified in this document. However, the provisions of this document do not constitute a contract between any student and Missouri Valley College. The College reserves the right to change any of the policies, rules, regulations, and the standards of conduct at any time as may be necessary in the interest of the College. The College also reserves the right to modify or discontinue any of the services, programs or activities described in this document. If a material revision to a policy, rule, regulation, or standard of conduct is made and becomes effective during the academic year, students will be notified of such and will be expected to abide by the updated terms.
Graduate students are responsible for reviewing their program handbook and ensuring they comply with the program’s requirements.
Time Requirements per Credit Hour
Missouri Valley College courses require a minimum of 37.5 hours estimated learning time associated with each semester hour of credit assigned to the class.
Brightspace Course Access
Students have access to their Brightspace courses one week before and after the corresponding term.
Student Code of Conduct
It shall be the responsibility of every student enrolled at Missouri Valley College to support the academic integrity of the institution. This applies to personal honesty in all aspects of collegiate work, all student records, and all contacts with faculty and staff. Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated.
It shall also be the responsibility of every student enrolled at Missouri Valley College to be respectful of the right of other students, staff, and instructors to ensure a safe, peaceful atmosphere conducive to the educational goals of an institution of higher learning. Rude or disruptive behavior will not be tolerated.
Student actions that do not adhere to the MVC Student Code of Conduct will be addressed according to College policies regarding academic dishonesty and disruptive behavior. Students who exhibit dishonest, disruptive, or disrespectful behavior risk suspension or expulsion from the institution.
Academic integrity is expected and required of all students. Students and faculty are responsible and accountable for personally upholding that integrity. Cheating will not be tolerated and students found guilty of cheating in any way will be disciplined according to the Academic Dishonesty Policy in the MVC College Catalog.
Missouri Valley College values diversity and nurtures a campus culture to embrace all individuals with compassion, civility, and respect. We honor a demographically diverse student body celebrating differences in ethnicity, race, culture, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression; age, differences in ability, immigration status, nationality, national origin, education, socioeconomic status, family structure, military/veteran status, religious/non-religious beliefs, and local, state, nationally recognized groups/organizations.
The College seeks to comply fully with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. The ADA Coordinator works with the programs to assist the faculty in understanding and implementing accommodations.
Request for Accommodations
Accommodations based on a disability require approval by the ADA/Section 504 Coordinator. To initiate the approval process, students with disabilities seeking accommodations should schedule a meeting with Debbie Coleman, Director of Accessibility and Disability Services, second floor Ferguson Center (east hallway) Office 104, 660-831-4170 or email@example.com. This meeting should be scheduled as soon as possible once the student believes he/she/they needs accommodations. Failure to do so could delay accommodations, and any granted accommodations are not effective retroactively. The disability accommodations process requires that students provide documentation of their disabilities from a qualified professional. Once documentation has been provided, a determination will be made regarding students’ eligibility for accommodations. If you have any questions about how to initiate this process, please contact your instructor or the ADA/Section 504 Coordinator.
Class meetings may be recorded. Any student who objects to an in-class discussion being recorded must notify the instructor each time and at the time the discussion begins. The student may, if approved by the instructor, instead not participate in the specific discussion.
Student Notifications Specific to Online and Hybrid Courses
Etiquette rules are applicable to all online communications; online communications should be equal in terms of quality and consideration to face-to-face and printed communications.
Active use of the Brightspace Learning Management System is required in all online and hybrid courses. Although some aspects of online and hybrid courses may be completed using smartphones, Brightspace works best from a desktop or laptop computer with dependable, high-speed Internet access. The recommended browser is Chrome. Specific technical requirements can be found at https://www.moval.edu/computer-requirements-faq/.
Video Content in Online and Hybrid Courses
Using a webcam or camera on a mobile device to record and submit video content within the secure Learning Management System is required in all online and hybrid courses. Students may also be asked to record and post video content in a discussion board or participate in a recorded video conference.
Student Authentication Policy
Missouri Valley College takes academic integrity very seriously and we are committed to student authentication. As per The Higher Education Opportunity Act (Public Law 110–315, 13 Section 602.17, Subsection G), student authentication is defined as “processes to establish that the student who registers for a distance education course or program is the same student who participates in and completes the program and receives the academic credit.” Accordingly, compliance with Missouri Valley College Student Authentication Processes is a condition of enrollment in all online and hybrid courses.
Students enrolled in an online or hybrid course must also have a current photo, confirmed by a valid form of identification, within the Missouri Valley College student information system. Students who refuse to complete initial authentication requirements by the end of the add period will be dropped from the course. Students who refuse to complete subsequent authentication requirements will be withdrawn from and charged for the course and subject to other financial consequences if the change moves them from full-time to part-time status. Students with a reasonable need or hardship that prevents or prohibits them from authentication processes may appeal, in writing, to their instructor, who will submit appeals for review and resolution to the school dean.
Student Authentication Processes
- Online coursework is delivered and submitted through the secure Missouri Valley College Learning Management System (Brightspace), which requires login and pass code information administered by the College.
- Within the first week of the term, students must complete the institutional Course Ethics Agreement and submit an introductory video.
- Throughout each term, students must comply with course-specific authentication measures. Examples include live or video proctoring, video assignments, videoconferences, and extensive writing assignments. Costs associated with course-specific authentication measures, if applicable, are disclosed prior to enrollment via fees included in course schedules.
- A limit of 25 is placed on enrollment per course. This limit allows faculty to become familiar with the ways in which their students write and communicate.
- Faculty are required to report any suspicions or evidence of authentication breaches to the school dean.
Attendance in Online and Hybrid Courses
Instructors confirm attendance within the first week of the term. Attendance in an online course is based on submission of one or more academic activities, such as discussion board participation, quiz, paper, or other graded assignment; first week attendance in online courses is based on submission of a graded assignment specific to the course. Neither logging into a course nor the submission of the required introductory video confirms attendance.