OVERALL COURSEWORK EXPECTATIONS
- Participants must maintain an overall 3.0 GPA to remain in good standing in the master’s degree program and with Urban Teachers. Participants who do not earn a final cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 will not receive approval for graduation and will be dismissed from the program.
- Participants may earn one grade of C+, C or C- for a course. However, a second grade of C+, C or C-, or one F grade, will lead to dismissal from the program.
- Overarching program accountability measures are described in detail in Section 5: Participant Evaluation and Teacher Certification of this handbook.
COURSEWORK ATTENDANCE POLICY
Participants are expected to attend each class session, arriving on-time. Absences and tardiness may result in a lower course grade and lower ratings on growth mindset & professionalism. It is the participant’s responsibility to ensure they have a full understanding of the course content and information missed during an absence. This includes reviewing materials that the instructor has placed on Blackboard, connecting with peers, and following up with the instructor with any questions/clarifications ideally within 24-36 hours after the absence. Participants are encouraged to reach out to instructors during posted office hours for additional support. Multiple occurrences of absences and/or tardiness in a course may result in the lowering of the final course grade up to one full letter grade.
All absences should be communicated to the appropriate clinical faculty member by the participant as soon possible. As noted above, participants are evaluated for professionalism, and failure to notify coursework instructors regarding an absence may affect participants’ growth mindset & professionalism ratings. Absences from coursework for school-related events will not be excused. The Site Team can help reinforce this policy with principals and school staff, if assistance is needed.
STUDENT CONDUCT POLICY
All Johns Hopkins School of Education students are governed by the university’s Student Conduct Code.
ACADEMIC INTEGRITY AND ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT
The Johns Hopkins School of Education places the highest value on intellectual integrity and personal trust within our community. Urban Teachers affirms the Johns Hopkins School of Education’s position that Urban Teachers participants assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to the Johns Hopkins University’s mission as an institution of higher education and with accepted standards of ethical and professional conduct. Students must demonstrate personal integrity and honesty at all times in completing classroom assignments and examinations, in carrying out their fieldwork or other applied learning activities, and in their interactions with others. Students are obligated to refrain from acts they know or, under the circumstances, have reason to know will impair their integrity or the integrity of the University. Instructors are required to investigate any suspicion of academic misconduct. Please read the Johns Hopkins School of Education’s Academic Misconduct Policy thoroughly, as ignorance of what constitutes an act of academic dishonesty cannot be used as a defense when facing a charge of academic misconduct.
OFFICIAL EMAIL COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE JOHNS HOPKINS SCHOOL OF EDUCATION
It is a Johns Hopkins School of Education policy to send all official university-related email communications to a participant’s assigned Johns Hopkins University email address, rather than to personal or work email addresses. Participants are expected to monitor that email address frequently to ensure that they receive all important and timely information from the Johns Hopkins University.
Any participant who thinks they need, or may need, an accommodation during their coursework should contact the Johns Hopkins University Office of Student Disabilities. We recommend that participants begin this process as soon as possible, collecting medical documentation in advance, since the processing and finalization of accommodation(s) can take several weeks and there is no guarantee that these accommodations will be applied retroactively.
PARTICIPANT FERPA RELEASE
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law designed to protect the privacy of a student’s (in this case, an Urban Teachers participant) education record. It prohibits the Johns Hopkins University from disclosing information from those records without the written consent of the Urban Teachers participant. The Act provides for the right to inspect and review educational records, the right to seek to amend those records and to limit disclosure of information from the records. Urban Teachers requires that program participants sign a FERPA release form that allows Johns Hopkins University to share pertinent academic and performance information with Urban Teachers and for Urban Teachers to share program performance data with school partners and to use for internal program improvement and evaluation and for research purposes. The Johns Hopkins University’s FERPA policy can be viewed online.