Policy on Diversity
The School of Library and Information Management is committed to recruiting, retaining, and mentoring students with disabilities, of color, and from many cultural, religious, and linguistic backgrounds, and of different sexual orientation, and women and men who can be identified as potential leaders and administrators.
In pursuit of this goal, the School of Library and Information Management seeks to create intellectual, professional, and social environments that foster contact with and respect for diverse groups of people and increased appreciation for pluralistic ideas and experiences.
SLIM Grade Policy
All graduate courses required in the university-approved curricula of SLIM’s master’s programs, certificate programs, academic concentrations, and doctoral program--or their approved substitutions--must be passed with a final grade of B- or better to receive academic credit. If a student does not receive a final grade of B- or better in any or all of SLIM’s required courses, then the student will be given an academic warning and the student will be notified by SLIM administration that he or she must retake that course or those courses. In addition, if a student has a semester GPA of less than 3.0 he or she will be given an academic warning.
When a student has been given an academic warning, an administrative hold will be placed on the student’s record to block future enrollment, and the student will be removed from any registered courses for the upcoming semester. Before the student can be enrolled, he or she is required to meet with the student’s academic advisor with the goal of developing an academic improvement plan. The administrative hold can only be released by the student’s academic advisor or by the SLIM dean upon satisfactory completion of the academic improvement plan.
If the student fails to complete the terms set forth in the academic improvement plan, then the student’s academic progress will be reviewed by the student’s academic advisor and the SLIM dean, and a decision will be made regarding whether the student should be academically dismissed from SLIM’s graduate program.
SLIM Incomplete Grade Policy
SLIM’s Incomplete Grade Policy upholds the Emporia State University Incomplete Grade Policy (for full policy, go to: http://www.emporia.edu/regist/trnscpt/grades.html).
SLIM’s Incomplete Grade Policy further stipulates that an incomplete request will not be considered approved without an Incomplete Request Form having been submitted by the instructor and approved by the SLIM dean within two weeks after the issuance of the incomplete. If the incomplete grade is being requested for reasons of health, then documentation must be submitted to the SLIM dean’s office before the final grade change is made.
If a SLIM student’s request for a single incomplete grade is approved by the instructor and dean, then the student will be limited to enrolling in six credit hours in the immediately succeeding semester. If a SLIM student requests more than one incomplete grade to be issued at the conclusion of a semester, then an administrative hold will be placed on the student’s record to block future enrollment until all incomplete grades are finished and the final grade changes have been submitted by the instructor(s), signed by the SLIM dean, and accepted by the ESU Registrar’s Office.
Guidelines for Graduate Work
The following is a framework for evaluation of graduate work in the School of Library and Information Management. Student work, including group projects, will exhibit the following qualities:
a. A clearly defined purpose statement relating the paper. Project or other activity to the course and assignment objectives.
a. Substantial and pertinent content which fulfills the stated purpose.
b. Application of appropriate theories from information psychology, sociology of information, management of information organizations and information engineering to the practice of the information professions.
c. Quality, i.e., based on relevant research, analysis, synthesis, and logical organization, rather than quantity is emphasized; creativity and originality are encouraged.
d. Differentiation between generally accepted knowledge (fact) and personal opinion.
e. A literature review, when appropriate, with citations which place the work in the context of previous research in the information professions and related disciplines.
f. Contribution to evaluation of knowledge evidenced in the literature through analysis and synthesis.
a. For formal papers, logical organization, which includes a thesis statement and careful development of the paper, is important. Appropriate reference to the literature of the field should be prepared with consistent application of the American Psychological Association style manual.
b. Adherence to grammatical structure and standard English usage
c. Appropriate use of the communication medium, whether written, oral, or other formats. Students needing remediation are expected to seek help with the appropriate laboratory or service on campus, e.g., Writing Lab.
Absence from a SLIM Course’s First Class Weekend
SLIM’s attendance policy requires students to attend all face-to-face sessions of weekend-intensive graduate courses. Because attendance of the first weekend of class is especially critical to the overall success of a weekend-intensive graduate course, students who miss the first class weekend due to illness or personal emergency must withdraw from the course.
Students who must be absent from the first class weekend should first notify their instructors and advisors, at which time they will be advised to withdraw from the course and apply for tuition reimbursement due to illness or personal emergency by submitting the following ESU Business Office Petition for Tuition/Fee Readjustment.
All students who submit petitions for tuition/fee readjustment should be aware that, while SLIM policy supports the submission of petitions for tuition and fee reassessment when appropriate, SLIM cannot guarantee tuition and fee appeals will be granted by the ESU Business Office.
Absence from a SLIM Course’s Second Class Weekend
SLIM’s attendance policy requires students to attend all face-to-face sessions of weekend-intensive graduate courses. The second class weekend is critical to the success of a weekend-intensive graduate course; however, if a student is unable to attend all or part of the second weekend class session due to a documented illness or personal emergency, the course instructor has the authority to excuse the student and provide an appropriate academic action plan to compensate for the absence or to request the student to withdraw from the course.
A student who is unable to attend all or part of the second weekend class session due to a documented illness or personal emergency must notify the course instructor and his or her academic advisor in advance of the face-to-face session, if possible. Once notified, the course instructor, in consultation with his or her academic advisor, will advise the student of the appropriate action to address the situation.
To be eligible for an excused absence from all or part of a second weekend class session, the student must be actively participating in the course throughout the semester and be in good standing with SLIM and with Emporia State University. SLIM cannot guarantee that course instructors will excuse students who must miss all or part of the course’s second class weekend session.
As stated in the ESU Academic Appeals Policy and as adapted by ESU’s School of Library and Information Management, “a student who believes he or she has been unfairly dealt with concerning academic progress” is entitled to request an academic appeal. As is further stated in the Academic Appeals Policy, “the appeal must be initiated within 1 semester after the semester in which the issue occurs.”
The ESU Academic Appeals Policy states that its purpose is “to ensure that due process is observed.” In order to make that assurance, we must process the appeal as expeditiously as possible, preferably within 25 working days. The term “working days” includes Monday through Friday within fall and spring semesters, and it excludes legal holidays, university vacation days, the period of final examinations, and intersessions.
It is understood that the intent is to move the academic appeal procedure along as fast as is reasonably possible. When these appeal procedures requires an act ion that may not be accomplished within the prescribed time, SLIM’s director of program administration, in consultation with the SLIM Academic Appeals Committee, when appropriate, may extend the prescribed time if such an extension is requested before the expiration of the period originally prescribed.
As in the ESU Academic Appeals Policy, SLIM affirms that “it is not intended that an appeal shall fail or succeed upon a technicality. Therefore, all application of any part of this policy shall be equitable and reasonable.”
The procedures to be followed in processing a SLIM academic appeal are as follows:
- The student should make every attempt, when possible, to discuss the issue with the faculty member, in person or via email or telephone and attempt to resolve the issue.
- If this meeting between the student and the faculty member does not resolve the issue to the student's satisfaction, the student should then contact his or her regional program director to assist in clarifying the issues of the conflict.
- If clarification does not bring resolution and the student wishes to submit a formal academic appeal, then the student will be required to contact the director of program administration and submit a formal Request for an Academic Appeal.
- Upon receipt of a formal Request for an Academic Appeal, the director of program administration will notify the dean and the SLIM Academic Appeals Committee. If the SLIM Academic Appeals Committee is convened, the director of program administration will send to that committee (1) a written statement reflecting the regional program director’s attempt to resolve the issue, (2) the written statement by the student, and (3) a written response made by the course instructor to the issue in conflict.
- The convened SLIM Academic Appeals Committee shall review the written statement, and if the Committee finds that additional information is needed, it may interview the student and/or the faculty member. A face-to-face interview is not required. If an interview is deemed necessary, then it could be conducted in person or by telephone. The director of program administration should inform the student who is processing a grade appeal that he or she has the option of asking another student or member of the University community to be present at any interview requested by the dean or by the SLIM Academic Appeals Committee. This is an internal procedure to resolve an academic dispute, and legal counsel will not be allowed to speak for the student or for the course instructor in this interview. All deliberations of the SLIM Academic Appeals Committee shall be confidential.
- The SLIM Academic Appeals Committee shall then make its recommendation to the SLIM dean. If requested by the SLIM dean, the SLIM Academic Appeals Committee will send the dean a copy of all written materials used in its deliberations and its own written decision. The dean will have an additional 25 days to make the final decision. The director of program administration is responsible to see that the final decision is communicated to the appealing student, the student’s regional program director, and to the Emporia State University Registrar’s Office.
Open Office Hours
Face-to-face or over-the-phone help is available during these times on a FIRST-COME FIRST-SERVE basis. If you anticipate needing assistance it is best to schedule ahead of time via e-mail.
Allow at least one business day for our office to respond to your requests.
Our office is open weekdays and we adhere to the university schedule. Please be aware that a request sent to us over the weekend or during a university holiday may not be addressed until the next working day.
On-call, in person, and virtual support can be offered during your Adobe Connect sessions. You MUST contact our offices with a specific request AT LEAST one week in advance if you would like to take advantage of these services.
Important Note: You must also make the “slimhelp” member of your course a host so that we will be granted the access necessary to offer tech support.
If you would like to set up an Adobe Connect meeting with your fellow group members, you should e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the following info:
- your course number and section (i.e. LI815XA)
- your group name/number (if you have one)
- the names of your group members
- Date & time of your first meeting (minimum two business days’ notice is required).
Your group will be set up with a meeting room to use for the duration of the semester and you will all be designated as “hosts” so that you will be able to hold meetings anytime throughout the semester at your convenience.
Soon after the SLIM courses for the coming semester appear in Canvas, our office will load them with a SLIM template unless otherwise requested by a faculty member.
About one month prior to the start of class we will email you a template that outlines both required and suggested sections of a SLIM syllabus.
Please return your completed syllabi to us by the date requested, so that our office can have it posted before the start of semester classes.
Our office can locate and submit documents that faculty members would like to have in course reserves. If you are a faculty member wishing to put a course reading on reserve, you should contact our office at least one week in advance with your course number and section along with either a pdf file or a FULL citation, including page numbers.