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ASU Academic Affairs Manual

School of Sustainability Policies

School of Sustainability Undergraduate Policies, Procedures and Forms

School of Sustainability Graduate Policies, Procedures and Forms

Community of Care

Assisting with Behavioral Concerns

Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

Any student requesting an academic adjustment must first be registered with the Disability Resource Center (DRC). More information is available at the DRC website: Students can request services using DRC Connect feature.

Course instructors must implement the accommodation prescribed by the DRC and should remind students on the first day of class each semester that they are willing to make any necessary accommodations due to a temporary or permanent disability. Students may discuss any special needs during posted office hours or by appointment.

Students registered with the Disability Resource Center must contact course instructors when the semester begins regarding particular classroom and laboratory accommodations and provide to the instructor DRC documentation that verifies and details the nature of the accommodation. Examples of accommodating students with disabilities may include, but are not limited to, providing readers, scribes, note takers, interpreters, and special testing arrangements; allowing the use of recorders in the classroom; and providing adapted course materials and course requirements.

The Disability Resource Center will contact faculty for course material when a student enrolled in the course needs an alternative text format; faculty should immediately provide the required text material to assure that DRC can arrange transcription into the appropriate format and assure the material is available at the beginning of the semester.

For examinations, the faculty member or designee should administer tests, quizzes, and exams for which students with disabilities need only extended time or proctoring. If more accommodation is needed beyond what is detailed in the DRC documentation, the instructor should contact the Testing Office at the DRC a minimum of three working days in advance of the test and ask for further guidance. The DRC will administer academic examinations requiring private rooms, readers, interpreters, scribes, or adapted equipment (e.g., CCTV enlarger, Braillewriter). However, the DRC may not be able to provide scribes or readers in some technical fields (e.g., some foreign language, math, science, and computer courses). Consequently, instructors may need to provide personnel to administer these examinations. If a test needs to be restructured for a student with a disability, the instructor may consult the DRC regarding test restructuring, but any changes in content are the sole responsibility of the instructor.

Disability resources

The ASU Disability Resources Center (DRC) provides services to qualified students with disabilities, including accommodations for:

  • Alternative formats
  • Equipment loan
  • Interpreting/CART services
  • Laboratory accommodations
  • Note taking
  • On-campus transportation
  • Public transportation

ASU’s Office of Equity & Inclusion supports and fosters a culture of inclusiveness. We promote and assist with equal opportunity and diversity initiatives. We also provide university leadership and hiring officials with clear and accessible employment data, timely and effective consultation, high-impact training, and rigorous review of employment-related policies and procedures. For more information, visit ACD 401: Prohibition Against Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation.

ASU policy on sexual violence

Sexual Harassment

The university prohibits sexual harassment by employees and students and will not tolerate sexual harassment that unlawfully interferes with an individual’s work or educational performance or unlawfully creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working, learning, or residential environment. Additional information can be found at

Title IX

Title IX is a federal law that provides that no person be excluded on the basis of sex from participation in, be denied benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity. Both Title IX and university policy make clear that sexual violence and harassment based on sex is prohibited. An individual who believes they have been subjected to sexual violence or harassed on the basis of sex can seek support, including counseling and academic support, from the university. If you or someone you know has been harassed on the basis of sex or sexually assaulted, you can find information and resources at

Proposed SOS Academic Integrity Policy (8/21/17)

ASU School of Sustainability students are expected to be ethical in their multiple roles as students, researchers and representatives of the University. When in doubt about appropriate conduct, students should review ASU Academic Integrity Policies and Resources and consult an instructor or advisor to seek clarification as needed. As outlined by ASU’s policy, a student may be found to have engaged in academic dishonesty if he or she:

  • Engages in any form of academic deceit, such as fabricating data or information;
  • Refers to materials or sources or uses devices (e.g., memory cards or drives, audio recorders, camera phones, text messages, crib sheets, calculators, solution manuals, materials from previous classes, or commercial research services) not authorized by the instructor for use during the Academic Evaluation or assignment;
  • Possesses, reviews, buys, sells, obtains, or uses, without appropriate authorization, any materials intended to be used for an Academic Evaluation or assignment in advance of its administration;
  • Acts as a substitute for another person in any Academic Evaluation or assignment;
  • Uses a substitute in any Academic Evaluation or assignment;
  • Depends on the aid of others, including other students or tutors, in connection with any Academic Evaluation or assignment to the extent that the work is not representative of the student’s abilities;
  • Provides inappropriate aid to another person in connection with any Academic Evaluation or assignment, including the unauthorized use of camera phones, text messages, photocopies, notes or other means to copy or photograph materials used or intended for Academic Evaluation;
  • Engages in any form of plagiarism (the act of taking work or ideas, passing them off as one’s own and not giving credit to the source);
  • Uses materials from the Internet or any other source without full and appropriate attribution;
  • Permits his or her work to be submitted by another person in connection with any Academic Evaluation or assignment, without authorization;
  • Claims credit for or submits work done by another;
  • Signs an attendance sheet for another student, allows another student to sign on the student’s behalf, or otherwise participates in gaining credit for attendance for oneself or another without actually attending;
  • Falsifying or misrepresenting hours or activities in relationship to an internship, externship, field experience, clinical activity or similar activity; or
    Attempts to influence or change any Academic Evaluation, assignment or academic record for reasons having no relevance to academic achievement.

Students have the responsibility to understand and uphold the highest standards of academic integrity. Newly admitted graduate students will receive a “priority task” on their MyASU directing them to complete a blackboard module on academic integrity. The module consists of a PowerPoint that outlines academic integrity and students must take a quiz and pass with an 80% or higher. The School of Sustainability has a zero-tolerance policy for any form of academic dishonesty. Penalties for unethical behavior range from failing grades to dismissal from the program. The School follows the University’s policies and procedures when responding to an academic integrity complaint and determining sanctions.

Proposed SOS Academic Integrity Internal Guidelines (8/21/17)

The School of Sustainability’s academic integrity policy is incorporated into all degree program handbooks and posted on the School’s website here. School instructors and staff should consult ASU’s Academic Integrity Policies and Resources website when handling an academic integrity matter.

It is recommended that academic integrity matters that involve School of Sustainability students be reported to Lisa Murphy ( so the School can track students that have repeat offenses. This information can also help support the School’s retention efforts if staff find that students with academic integrity issues are also experiencing other challenges. Advisors can reach out to these students with resources that could help. Students are added to an internal tracking spreadsheet and the matter is documented in an internal, secure electronic file. When reporting the incident, Lisa will let the instructor or staff member know whether there have been other incidents which could influence the type of sanction that is provided.

Instructors have the authority to determine certain sanctions, but some of the more serious sanctions have to be recommended to and decided on by the School’s Dean. If assignment of a grade of XE and withdrawal of credit for a previously accepted course or requirement is being recommended, please email Dean Boone ( and copy Lisa Murphy ( Depending on the seriousness of the circumstance, Dean Boone can also recommend to the Provost revocation of degree, expulsion from the University, suspension, or other sanctions. If the student is not a sustainability student, Dean Boone and Lisa Murphy can help identify how to escalate the situation to the appropriate contact in the other college or school.

Students have the right to appeal sanctions up to certain levels. Please review the resources provided on ASU’s website for more details. If a sanction made by an instructor is appealed, it should go to Dean Boone for review and final decision. The student may only seek to have the Dean’s decision reviewed by ASU’s University Hearing Board if the final decision imposes a sanction of suspension or expulsion from the university, revocation of admission, or revocation of degree.

Some situations may also involve violations of ASU’s Student Code of Conduct and an Incident Report can be filed which will result in follow-up by ASU’s Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities staff (separate from the school’s action with the academic integrity violation).

The university community should in all its activities be sensitive to the religious practices of the various religious faiths represented in its student body and employees. Faculty are asked to recognize the obligations of their students who may be participating in the observance of religious holidays. (See the Council of Religious Advisors website for more information about various religious holidays: Students should notify faculty at the beginning of the semester about the need to be absent from class due to religious observances.

Board of Regents policy prohibits discrimination against any student, employee, or other individual because of such individual’s religious belief or practice, or any absence thereof.
Administrators and faculty members are expected to reasonably accommodate individual religious practices (e.g., by an adjustment to the academic or workplace environment, such as rescheduling, flexibility in scheduling, voluntary substitutions, job reassignments, modification of grooming requirements). A refusal to accommodate is justified only when undue hardship to the university’s legitimate business purposes would result from each available alternative of reasonable accommodation (e.g., requires more than ordinary administrative costs, diminishes the efficiency in other jobs, infringes on other employees’ job rights or benefits, or impairs campus/workplace safety). Contact the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost or the Office of Equity and Inclusion for assistance in determining undue hardship or reasonable accommodation:
Employees subject to this policy who will be absent from assigned responsibilities, including teaching assignments, to observe religious holidays, are not required to obtain administrative approval for the absence provided they do one of the following in advance of the absence:

  1. arrange to have another qualified individual assume job responsibilities, including the teaching of classes, in their absence or
  2. arrange directly with students to reschedule the class or otherwise make up the class time missed, provided the needs of students are considered.

Within ten working days after the semester commences, employees observing religious holidays must notify their immediate supervisors (generally chairs, heads, or directors) of the days during the semester that they will be absent and that arrangements no. 1 or no. 2 listed above have been or will be made prior to the absences.

ACD 304–04: Accommodation for Religious Practices

The Council of Religious Advisors