Academic Dean and Provost Notice
1 Jan 14
ACADEMIC DEAN AND PROVOST NOTICE 1531
From: Academic Dean and Provost
Subj: ACADEMIC SCHEDULING AND START OF SEMESTER ITEMS - SPRING
(a) ACDEANINST 1531.61, Courses, Classes, and Semester Examinations
(b) ACDEANINST 1531.62, Academic Reporting System
(c) ACDEANINST 1531.59, Majors, Course Enrollments, and Changes
(d) ACDEANINST 1531.58, Administration of Academic Programs
(e) ACDEANINST 1531.64, Academic Accountability
(f) USNAINST 1531.53, Policies Concerning Graded Academic Work
1. Purpose. To describe schedules for classes, marking periods, submission of grades and academic performance reports, and to emphasize several items concerning academic administration at the start of a new semester. The guidance for previous and following years is similar; specific (e.g., date) changes are highlighted in red. Additional detailed information may be found in references (a) through (f).
2. Academic Schedule.
a. The calendar for the spring semester of Academic Year 2013-2014 is available online at http://www.usna.edu/Academics/Calendars-Events/index.php.
b. The first day of classes for the spring semester is Tuesday, 7 January 2014. This first day will follow a Monday class schedule. No other day during the spring semester will have a class schedule different from that normally associated with that calendar day. The last day of classes is Tuesday, 29 April 2014. Weekdays with no classes will occur on Monday, 20 January 2014 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday) and Monday, 17 February 2014 (Washington's Birthday). There will be no classes during Spring Break: Monday, 10 March 2014 through Friday, 14 March 2014.
c. The normal schedule of class periods during the semester is as follows:
Apart from emergencies or inclement weather, this schedule of class periods is applicable through ALL days of the fall semester, with the exception of Friday, 7 March 2014, the last class day before Spring Break. On this day, an early schedule will be in effect, which is as follows:
d. In the event of hazardous weather, one of the following schedules may be in effect.
Under certain circumstances, it may be necessary to cancel all classes. To determine the operating status of the Naval Academy, call the Hazardous Weather Hotline at 410-293-0032 and/or be sure to be signed up to receive automated notifications. The schedules above appear at: http://www.usna.edu/BaseOps/weather.php and also on the Academics site.
3. Academic Reserve Periods and Schedule of Xperiod Tests. The Academic Reserve periods for the spring semester are scheduled during the week of Mon, 10 Feb 2014 - Fri, 14 Feb 2014 ("6-wk") and the week of Mon, 31 Mar 2014 - Fri, 4 Apr 2014 ("12-wk"). Great effort goes into minimizing non-academic activities (e.g., movement orders, athletic events, evening lectures, etc.) scheduled for midshipmen during these weeks, therefore faculty are urged to use the Academic Reserve Periods for course examinations and/or other critical academic assessment activities. Xperiod exams are conducted during Academic Reserve weeks during the time interval 0655 to 0745, and are scheduled by the ADAA at the request of Department Chairs, as scheduling availability permits. The schedule for Xperiod exams is posted at http://www.usna.edu/Academics/Calendars-Events/X-Period-Exams.php. Note that there may be conflicts involving midshipmen in the courses scheduled for Xperiod exams. Therefore, Department Chairs must determine those midshipmen for whom conflicts exist and make appropriate arrangements to resolve them. The number and identity of the midshipmen with conflicts may be determined from the module Midshipmen – Course Conflicts accessible from the Faculty menu of MIDS.
4. Submission of Grades and MAPRs. Grades and MAPRs for each of the marking periods must be submitted via MIDS. Departments will announce earlier schedules that will assure smooth administration of the reporting process and meet the absolute MIDS deadlines tabulated below. Faculty members must adhere to these earlier departmental deadlines. Reference (b) applies.
|First Marking Period
|Second Marking Period
|Grades||1600 Wed, 19 Feb 2014||1600 Tue, 8 Apr 2014|
|MAPRs||1600 Thu, 20 Feb 2014||1600 Thu, 10 Apr 2014|
Department chairs will announce earlier deadlines for their courses to assure timely processing of midshipman records. Deadlines for course grades and MAPRs to be submitted at the end of the final examination period will be announced later. Grades at the end of each marking period are assumed to be CUMULATIVE. Furthermore, since grades are used for a variety of important purposes, they should represent each faculty member's best judgment of each midshipman's performance to date. The practice of awarding "blanket" grades is strongly discouraged.
Faculty members are reminded that any Incomplete grades from the previous semester should be resolved at the earliest time possible in the current semester and changes of grade should be submitted to the Registrar in accordance with reference (c). Too, any end of course grade change must be made within 4 months of the original submission.
5. Adding and Dropping Courses. Midshipmen may not add courses after Tuesday, 21 January 2014 nor drop courses after Friday, 11 April 2014. See reference (c).
6. Review and Final Examinations. All courses will conduct final examinations during the Examination Period, the only exceptions being those approved by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs via endorsement by the respective Department Chair(s). Wednesday, 30 April 2014 is scheduled for review and study. This day is reserved for academic purposes and may not be scheduled for any activity that mandates participation by midshipmen. In particular, mandatory events by teams, clubs, or other ECAs are not permitted during the academic day. See reference (a). Final examinations will begin on the morning of Thursday, 1 May 2014, and continue, with the exception of Sunday, 4 May 2014 until Thursday, 8 May 2014. Three examination periods, each of 3 hours duration, will occur each day at 0755, 1330 and 1930. The detailed schedule of final examinations will be published later in the semester. Faculty and midshipmen are urged not to make personal commitments that might conflict with the final examination schedule. Midshipmen should not make travel plans prior to the publication of the final examination schedule. Requests to alter a midshipman’s final examination schedule to accommodate travel arrangements made in advance of the publication of that schedule will not be approved.
7. Standard Classroom Protocols. The Naval Academy is both a college and a military command. Each of these aspects of the institution imposes certain constraints and requires certain protocols. Midshipmen are expected to attend every class unless officially excused. Every class is expected to be taught by the assigned faculty member or an approved substitute. Midshipmen and faculty members are expected to be attired appropriately, afford one another normal courtesies, and treat each other with dignity and respect. At the start of every class, the midshipmen will come to attention and the section leader will report absences to the instructor. At the end of every class, the section leader, at the direction of the instructor, will again bring the section to attention and dismiss the section. The instructor may permit midshipmen to drink but not to eat during class. Midshipmen should make head calls prior to class to avoid the need to do so during class. Once class begins, midshipmen are expected to remain alert and engaged.
8. Course Policy Statements. All instructors must distribute copies of their course policy statements to their students at the start of the semester. Course policy statements should be reissued when significant changes are made by the instructor. At a minimum, these should address course goals, grading policy and availability for extra instruction. The expectations for submitted work, including referencing/citing other resources so as to avoid plagiarism (see also Nimitz Library's guide on avoiding plagiarism), should be included in course policy statements and further discussed during class as needed. Additional items recommended for inclusion on course policy statements include statements explicitly addressing the expectations for professionalism, dignity and respect within and beyond the classroom. A copy of the course policy statement should be kept on file in the department office. See reference (d).
9. Section Leaders, Absence of Instructors. Each instructor must select a section leader and an assistant section leader for each of his/her sections. Normally, the section leader and assistant section leader are chosen from among the most senior midshipmen present. In addition to reporting absences, the section leader is responsible for alerting the department office in case the instructor is absent. While waiting for a substitute instructor, the section leader should direct the class in productive study. Under no circumstances should midshipmen dismiss themselves from a regularly scheduled class. See reference (e). Instructors should remind their sections of this policy.
10. Midshipman Accountability. Instructors will record accountability for each meeting of their sections via MIDS. Instructors are not to adjudicate midshipman excuses; their role is accurate and timely reporting. A separate system, administered by the Commandant's staff, will determine the validity of excuses for lateness, early departure or missing class. Instructors are expected to run MIDS for each meeting of their sections as soon after the meeting as possible. No discrepancy between the MIDS section roster and the list of midshipmen attending a section should be allowed to persist without investigation. Instructors should report unresolved cases to their department chairs as soon as possible. Instructors must not report midshipmen present in sections they do not attend. Division directors and department chairs are responsible for monitoring the timely submission of MIDS reports by their faculty. The MIDS system will generate email reminders to instructors when reports are overdue.
11. Prerequisites. Too often midshipmen register for the wrong courses and discover their errors after the deadline for adding new courses. All instructors should verify, on the first day of class, that all of their students are in the proper course and have met all prerequisites. Instructors should verify their rosters against those posted on MIDs and resolve all discrepancies as soon as possible. Only department chairs, the AcDean/ADAA and/or the Academic Board may waive prerequisite requirements.
12. Testing. Faculty members and midshipmen are reminded of the policies concerning the administration and reproduction of tests and the preparation and submission of academic course work. These policies appear in reference (f).
13. Advising, Preregistration, and Registration. A separate notice, to be distributed later, will provide guidance concerning academic advising and the schedules for preregistration and registration.
14. This guidance and its supporting materials are posted online on the USNA Academics website under Academics | AcDean | Rules and Regulations.
JENNIFER K. WATERS