Faculty Guide: 2015-2016

Welcome to all graduate and undergraduate faculty - new and returning, full-time and adjunct!

This guide provides you with important policies and helpful hints for the successful running of your courses.

Absence from Class
If an emergency arises which results in your missing a scheduled class, you must notify your department chair/program director or the department secretary so that students can be informed and/or a substitute found. Faculty teaching for the College of Professional and Continuing Studies (CPCS) are expected to contact their students directly if they cannot meet their class(es)  They should also contact the following offices for notification purposes:

  • Main Campus classes:  Dean’s Office at 215-951-1234
  • Bucks classes:  Bucks County Center at 215-713-3900
  • Montgomery County Classes:  Metroplex Corporate Center at 215-834-2080
  • You can also use the "Cancel Class" procedure via mylasalle, located on the "Faculty Dashboard" channel on the "Home" page. Remind your students to update their portal accounts to enable receipt of such text messages.

Any rescheduling of classes or change of times must be approved by your department chair/program director so that the Registrar and Security Offices can be notified. The rescheduling of classes in CPCS must be approved by individual program directors and cleared with the Registrar’s Ofifice for Main Campus and site administrators at the Bucks County and Montgomery County centers for classes at those locations.

You might also wish to consider asking staff from Academic and Learning Support Services to conduct an appropriate academic skills workshop during your class time rather than cancelling the class altogether. Contact Melissa Hediger Gallagher  (x5115) or Dr. Mary Robertson (x1299) for additional information

Academic and Learning Support Services
Please encourage your students to utilize the Academic and Learning Support Services that are available to them, since help seeking is one of the best predictors of student success. A variety of programs and services are available in both face-to-face and online formats. Among them are:

  • Tutoring for 80+ courses
  • Supplemental Instruction in classes with higher rates of Ds/Fs/Ws such as math, science, and accountin
  • Facilitated Study Groups for targeted classes that are historically difficult
  • Writing and English for Academic Purposes Tutoring across the curriculum
  • Individual Appointments and Workshops on Specific Academic Skills such as time management, reading versatility, organization, note taking, test taking and more
  • Online Resources available at www.lasalle.edu/portal/learningsupport

For more information, please contact Teri Ceraso, Assistant Provost for Academic Support and Student Success at x1807.

A-V Equipment
A-V equipment is available through Multimedia Services in Olney Hall (Room 117). You can make a reservation on the Multimedia Services Web site, or by walk-in before class. Please investigate these services if you need audiovisual support for classroom instruction. A-V equipment is also available in the other buildings on campus that are used for instruction. Consult your department chair or Multimedia Services for more information. There is a collection of DVDs which are catalogued and stored in the Connelly Library. Streaming digital resources are also available. For more information about using these materials for instructional purposes, call (X1295) or email Rebecca Goldman, the Media/Digital Services Librarian.
For additional information please consult the Connelly Library website.

A-V equipment at the Bucks Center
For the first class meeting, faculty may call or e-mail in their needs. Requests for subsequent classes are entered by the faculty member into a binder located at the front desk, which lists all available equipment for every day of the semester. Any questions or special requests can be either emailed to Bob Heybach or by phone (215-579-7335).

A-V equipment at the Montgomery County Center
All A-V equipment available in classrooms is standardized and requires LUNA logon credentials to access them. Any questions, as well as request for non-standardized A-V equipment are available by contacting Information Technology Helpdesk at 610-834-1036. If tutorials or training are required to operate the equipment please schedule a time to do so. The security guard located at the front desk has accesses to troubleshooting documentation if needed. Any specialized software request necessary for classroom usage requires sufficient advanced notice.

Class Attendance
It is wise to take attendance at each class meeting for your records. For day school freshmen and other new day school students, attendance is one of the items to be reported with mid-term grades. The general attendance policy is from the La Salle University Catalogue: Students are expected to attend classes regularly. Absence required to provide for conditions beyond the control of the student, such as illness or serious personal or family situations, should be explained to the instructor. If absence extends over a protracted period of time, the Office of the Dean should be notified. Attendance is taken from the first regular class day regardless of the time of registration.

Class Lists
A few days before the first day of class you will be provided with instructions on how to obtain a preliminary class list through mylasalle (Web portal). You should verify that anyone who is attending your class and is not on your class list is a late registrant. After the drop/add period, you can obtain a final class list from through the portal. The last day for drop/add is
September 4 in Fall 2015 and January 25 in Spring 2016. If there are students present whose names are not on the list, please instruct the students to see the Registrar. If there are any other problems with class lists, please inform the Registrar's Office (x1020).

Classroom Access
Normally, classrooms are open prior to the start of your class. However, if your classroom is locked, call University Safety & Security at 215-951-1300, and an officer will come to open your classroom.

Computer Services
Full-time faculty are provided with a computer in their offices. Adjunct faculty have access to the use of a computer on a shared basis, either in their office on in the computer laboratories. The principal computer lab is in the lower level of Wister Hall.

Access to most computing services, including email, is through the Web portal: mylasalle. Information about mylasalle is available on the login page.

Account credentials for the mylasalle portal, email, and campus network will be mailed to your residence.

The Information Technology Technical Assistance Center, located in Olney Hall Room 200, is available to address any technology issues you may encounter. You may also contact the Center by phone at 215-951-1860 or by email at helpdesk@lasalle.edu.

Offices and Computer Resources at the Bucks Center
There are three offices and five cubicles for faculty use and all have network access. There are four computer labs available whenever they are not in use by a class, and a "resource center" consisting of fifteen PC's which are available whenever the building is open.

Office and Computer Resources at the Montgomery County Center
There is one private area at the Montgomery County Center with phone and computer/network access.  In addition, there are three work stations with a printer in the lounge area.

Course Syllabus
For most courses, you will receive a sample syllabus for the course which you are teaching from your department chair/program director. Please review the course content with your chair. You should distribute a syllabus to your students on the first day of class. This document provides the students with an outline of the course content and other expectations you have of them, including grading scheme, policy on absences, policy on academic integrity, classroom etiquette, and assessment, such as the number of tests, quizzes, and papers. In addition, the syllabus should indicate any office hours you will have on campus and/or how you may be reached. Your department chair/program director should be able to provide you with syllabi of others who have taught the course. Normally your course objectives should be in agreement with the objectives that the department/program has for the course. If you have questions about these issues, discuss them with your department chair/program director. A copy of your syllabus must be given to your department chair/program director and another sent to the Dean's office for filing. Faculty teaching in CPCS should submit this information to Program Directors and the Dean’s Office.

Emergency Closing
Call 215-951-1910 for info on emergency closings or check on mylasalle for up to date closing information.

Encourage students to sign up for the University's text alert system. Information about signing up is available here.

Courses at the University remain in session unless announced otherwise by the University, the radio and/or television media. “Day” numbers refer to classes held between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.; “evening” numbers refer to classes held after 4:30 p.m;  “weekend” numbers refer to classes held on Saturday or Sunday. Emergency Closing Numbers are:

  • Main Campus (Day) - 105
  • Main Campus (Evening/Weekend) - 2105
  • Bucks Center: 2746
  • Metroplex: Day is 1491; Evening is 2491

Emergency Closing at the Bucks Center: Faculty members may call 215-579-7335 for further information.

In all cases listen to KYW 1060 AM, phone the station (215-925-1060), or visit its website for additional information

Fully online courses are rarely cancelled for weather related reasons.

Please keep a copy of all assignments, quizzes, mid-terms and final examinations given in a course. A copy of your final examination should be given to your department chair/program director or secretary and another to the Dean's office to be kept on file. Faculty teaching in CPCS should give copies to their program directors and the Dean’s Office.  At the end of the term a photocopy of your attendance and grade information should also be given to your department chair/program director. This is to provide the chair/director with information in case you are not available to field a student grade complaint.

Final grades are collected for all students through the Registrar's Office. Mid-term grades for day school freshmen and other new day school students are collected through the Office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences. Please be sure to submit these grades no later than their due date. It is expected that you will inform all your students about their mid-term grades and keep them informed about their academic progress during the semester.

If the class contains a majority of first-year students, some formal evaluation of these students should begin as soon as possible in the first quarter, so that the mid-term assessment/advisement can be conducted on a firm basis.  You are encouraged to use the GradesFirst  Progress Report system throughout the semester to identify first-year students in particular who are struggling in some way or who may be exhibiting at-risk behaviors in your class. Doing so will initiate communication with the students’ advisers and the Academic and Learning Support Services team, who will then reach out directly to the student. For more information about the GradesFirst Progress Report system, contact Melissa Hediger Gallagher (x5115) or Dr. Jaime Longo (x1228).

In assigning grades, faculty have the option of using +/- grading system (Note: There are no A+ or D- grades.) Those faculty who do not wish to use +/- grades may assign A, B, C, D, F, etc. Please be sure to include an explanation of your grading policy on your syllabus which you distribute on the first day of class.

  A = Superior I = Incomplete
  B = Very Good W = Withdrawal
  C = Average S = Satisfactory
  D = Passable U = Unsatisfactory
  F = Failure X = Audit

A "+" adds 0.33 to the numerical equivalent of a grade and a "-" subtracts 0.33 from that numerical equivalent. For example, B+ = 3.33, B = 3.00, B- = 2.67

The I grade is a provisional grade given by an instructor to a graduate student who has otherwise maintained throughout the semester a passing grade in the course, but who has failed to take the semester examination for reasons beyond his or her control. The student has one full semester to complete the work.    If the work is not completed, then the I grade remains on the transcript and the student must retake the course if it is required for the degree.  

When it is physically impossible for the student to remove this grade within the time limit, he or she must obtain a written extension of time from the Dean of his or her school.

Graduate Grading
The following is the breakdown and definitions of grades distributed for courses completed:

  A indicates the demonstration of a superior level of competency
  A- indicates the demonstration of a very good level of competence
  B+ indicates the demonstration of a good level of competency
  B indicates the demonstration of an average, satisfactory level of competency
  B- indicates the demonstration of a less than average level of competency
  C indicates a below average, only marginally satisfactory level of competency
  F indicates failure to demonstrate a satisfactory level of competency
  I indicates work not completed within the trimester period
  W indicates an authorized withdrawal from a course unit after the trimester has commenced.

The grade points awarded for each letter grade are as follows:
= 4.00
= 3.67
= 3.33
= 3.00
= 2.67
= 2.00
= 0.00

Graduate Academic Policies and Procedures
The Graduate Catalog states the academic policies and procedures. It should be noted that the statement on Academic Standing, as stated in the current Catalog, remains the same: "Every student in the La Salle University's Graduate Programs is required to maintain a cumulative scholastic average of "B" (3.0). In addition, a student whose academic performance falls below this standard is subject to academic review by the director of the appropriate Graduate Program. Depending upon the degree of the academic deficiency, a student may be warned with regard to academic standing or required to withdraw from the program. A student with a cumulative grade point average below 3.0 is automatically in academic jeopardy whether or not he or she receives written notification of this status. A student must have a cumulative average of 3.0 or better to graduate from La Salle University. "A student with serious academic deficiencies will be required to withdraw from the program. A student admitted on a conditional basis who has a cumulative grade point average of less than 3.0 upon the completion of 6 or 9 credits (depending upon the specific program), may be required to withdraw from the program ..."

The W grade is assigned when a student officially withdraws from a course prior to its completion. The request for withdrawal from a course is filed with the students' Graduate Director’s Office (Non-Nursing evening students with the Dean’s Office of CPCS). The request must be filed on or before the "Last day to withdraw from a class," as published in the Academic Calendar located in the current edition of the graduate catalog and on the University Web site.

Final grades are collected for all students through the Registrar's Office. It is expected that you will inform all your students about their mid-term grades and keep them informed about their academic progress during the semester.

Mailroom and Duplicating Department
The mailroom and the duplicating department are located under the East Stands of McCarthy Stadium. Most day faculty have a mail box at this location; mail for CPCS faculty is distributed by the Dean’s Office of CPCS There is also a public fax located in the mailroom.

Office Hours
Faculty are expected to devote time each week to on-campus student counseling conferences. Normally, office hours equal to one-half your teaching load are set up to provide this counseling. These office hours should be announced to your class and included in your syllabus.

Duplication of materials is handled in different ways by different departments. Please consult with your department chair about the department's policy in this regard; CPCS faculty should consult with the Dean’s Office of CPCS if they are teaching on Main Campus.

Photocopying – Montgomery County Center
A copier is available for faculty use.  Faculty should see the security guard who will provide department code information.  The fax number is 610-834-1069.

Return of Student Papers & Examinations
Assignments, papers, quizzes and examinations should be returned within a reasonable time, particularly mid-semester examinations, in order to give students feedback on their course progress. Students have the right to request an explanation of a grade on such work.

Student Evaluations
For full semester courses, online course evaluations will be sent to students about two weeks before finals. Evaluations will close to student responses two weeks after the end of finals. If students complete their evaluations, they will be able to view their grades in Br. Luwis as scheduled. If students did not complete their evaluations on time, they will not be able to view their grades until two weeks after the course end date.

Exception: for part of term (4 week, 7 week, etc.) and fully online ("WB") courses, evaluations will be sent to students 2 weeks prior to the end date of the course. Students will be able to complete the evaluations up to 2 weeks after the conclusion of class.

How students complete the evaluation
Students will receive an email to their lasalle.edu account, with a link to complete each online course evaluation. The link takes them directly to the evaluation, which they can either complete, or indicate that they do not wish to complete (on each evaluation question). Students can only complete the evaluation once for each course. Students will receive periodic reminder emails, during the evaluation period. Students can also access the evaluation link through the Course Evaluations channel in the mylasalle portal.
How instructors view the results.

You can view the progress of evaluation submissions for your courses, and view results after final grades have been submitted, via the mylasalle portal (my.lasalle.edu). The Course Evaluations channel appears in the middle column of the Home page. During the evaluation period, you will receive periodic email notifications indicating the percentage of evaluations that have been completed for each of your courses. We recommend that you use this information to remind your students to complete their course evaluations. After the evaluation period has ended, you will receive an email with the full evaluation results. The results of each survey will still be viewable (and not disaggregated). You will only be able to see evaluation results after you submit grades to the Registrar. Your evaluation results will also be available to the appropriate department chair/director and dean.

Any issues with the completion of evaluations or viewing of results should be directed to the Helpdesk at helpdesk@lasalle.edu or 215-951-1860.

Student Withdrawal from Course
The last day for student withdrawal from a course is November 1 in the Fall 2013 semester, and April 1 in the Spring 2014 semester. Day students must notify the Dean's Office when they wish to withdraw from a course. CPCS students must notifiy the Dean’s Office of CPCS.

Textbook Ordering
It is important that textbooks be ordered in a timely fashion to enusre that they will be available when your students need them. Due dates for ordering texts are as follows:

  • Summer term: March 1
  • Fall term: April 1
  • Spring term: October 1

First one must login to the Barnes & Noble website. Once a signon and password are created, users can submit book adoptions to the Campus Store. Faculty or staff users can also research textbooks available by discipline and subject, write reviews of materials they have used, connect with publishers to request desk and review copies, and read news articles on textbooks, publishing, electronic books and college bookstore developments, amongst other subjects.

University ID and Parking Permit
Each new employee is issued an Identification Card which is required for the use of the Connelly Library and other university services. Photo identification cards are available at the University ID and Gold Card Account Office located in the lower level of the Union Building. You will need your ID to enter the library in the evening hours and to borrow materials. Parking permits can be obtained from the University Security Office which is located in the Carriage House.

Photo identification cards are processed at the Bucks and Montgomery County Centers at designated times each semester.

La Salle University provides parking for faculty, staff, students, and visitors on a registration and fee based parking policy. Please visit the Campus Security Webpage for more information on fees and policies.

Parking permits are not required for students or faculty at the Montgomery County Center.