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					   Ivy Tech Community College
On-Line Adjunct Faculty Orientation

 Funding for this initiative provided by The Lilly Endowment
Dear Adjunct Faculty,

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the ranks of adjunct faculty at Ivy Tech Community College. Your role as
an adjunct is vital to the overall success of the College and more importantly the long -term personal and
professional success of our students.

Over the past several years, Ivy Tech has experienced tremendous growth in student enrollment and it is
anticipated this trend will last for several years. As a result, our partnership with adjunct faculty will remain
vital to the delivery of quality education to students around the state.

This on-line orientation has been developed in collaboration with individuals from around the state to provide a
broad orientation experience for you. While it is impossible to anticipate or include all necessary items for a
comprehensive on-line experience, this Web-site will serve as an excellent starting point for many of the
questions you may have. In addition, I also would encourage you to utilize this resource for future reference.

Orientation to the College for both faculty and students cannot be limited to a single event. Therefore, adjunct
faculty are encouraged to take advantage of professional development opportunities, as well as the resources
provided on your local campus.

On behalf of the College, I would like to extend a warm welcome and best wishes for a successful and
productive academic year.

Marnia Kennon, Ph.D.
Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana
Purpose of On-Line Adjunct Faculty Orientation
The purpose of this On-Line Adjunct Faculty Orientation experience is to provide newly hired adjunct faculty with
a broad overview of Ivy Tech Community College and its expectations of faculty members.

This experience has been divided into six sections. Those sections include:

             * General Community College Information
             * Adjunct Faculty Responsibilities
             * Key Employment Policies
             * Classroom Management
             * Technology
             * Additional Resources

While this experience provides a good starting point, becoming oriented to the College and the community college
teaching experience can not be defined by a single event. Therefore, you are strongly encouraged to seek out
additional information from your colleagues and instructional supervisor, as well as utilize the tools and resources that
have been developed for your support. A brief overview of some tools and resources are provided in the last section of
this orientation experience.

Please be advised that no statement in this on -line experience is intended to create an employment contract. Adjunct
faculty are encouraged to refer to the College’s on -line Part-Time Employee Handbook and the Adjunct Faculty
Handbook located in the Employee Service Tab of Campus Connect for updates, changes and further information.
               Section I:
       General Community College
Section Highlights Include:
  * What is a Community College?
  * Some Community College Fast Facts
  * Teaching in the Community College
  * About Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana
What is a Community College?

    “Community Colleges are centers of educational opportunity. They are an American invention that put publicly
    funded higher education at close-to-home facilities, beginning nearly 100 years ago with Joliet Junior College.
    Since then, they have been inclusive institutions that welcome all who desire to learn, regardless of wealth,
    heritage, or previous academic experience. The process of making higher education available to the maximum
    number of people continues to evolve at 1,173 public and independent community colleges. When the branch
    campuses of community colleges are included, the number totals about 1,600.”

Source: American Association of Community Colleges, (n.d.) About community colleges. Obtained on November 2,
    2007 from:
    Some Community College Fast Facts

A National Snap Shot:

•    11.6 million students attend community colleges

•    Forty percent attend full-time and the remaining 60% attend part-time

•    Average age of enrolled student is 29

•    Fifty-nine percent of students are female and 17% of all students are single parents

•    Thirty-nine percent of students are first generation college attendees– they are the first in their family to attend

•    Community college enrollments are diverse – racial minorities account for 34% of enrollment

•    The majority of students enrolled in community colleges are employed while simultaneously attending class

•    Twenty-seven percent of full-time students and 50% of part-time students are employed full-time and 50% of
     full-time students and 33% of part-time students are employed part-time.

Source: American Association of Community Colleges. (n.d.) Community college fast facts. Obtained on November 2,
    2007 from:
Teaching in the Community College

Introduction to the Community College:

   Community colleges have historically played an important and multi -faceted role in higher education. Throughout
   the United States, they have served as the gateway to education for the majority of individuals enrolled in higher
   education. Yet, the state of Indiana relied on four-year universities to provide associate degree programs and Ivy
   Tech to provide technical training and education. However, in July 2005, the state realigned higher education,
   which called for Ivy Tech to serve as the community college system across Indiana. As a result, the College is
   now engaged in the process of transforming itself into a comprehensive community college that will support the
   growth of educational achievement and economic development within the state. Over the next several years, it is
   predicted that community colleges will continue to grow quickly across the nation, outpacing four-year institutions.
   Ivy Tech is no exception to this trend. In fact, it is expected the College will grow by approximately 50,000 students
   in the next few years.

   While it is difficult to describe the typical community college or the students who attend them, there are some
   commonalities. Historically, community colleges have served returning adult students and students who are
   “academically at risk.” Nationally, the demographics have begun to shift and reflect the increasing student need for
   access to affordable and flexible higher education. At Ivy Tech more and more recent high school graduates and
   better prepared students are attending the College. Therefore, the College has a more diverse student population,
   which in turn produces more diverse student needs and expectations.
Teaching in the Community College continued...

Challenges for Students:

   With Ivy Tech’s changing population, a new set of challenges has emerged for students. The majority of our
   students attend the College part-time, yet many have full-time responsibilities. In some situations, students
   balance multiple life circumstances while attending school – employment, family, health care - all of which place
   them at risk for failure.

   Although Ivy Tech provides the lowest-cost of higher education in the state of Indiana, finances continue to be a
   major challenge for many of our students. As a result, students may often feel pulled in two directions: one
   academically and one financially. For most college students, whether at a two-year college or a four-year
   university, having a job is a necessity to basic survival. Therefore, it is not uncommon for a student to experience
   competing priorities between school and work.

   Also, many students who enter higher education, both traditional and non -traditional in age, are required to
   complete remediation or skill advancement courses to strengthen their foundation of knowledge in reading, writing,
   and/or mathematics. Thus, the road to degree completion for many students can be longer and more challenging
   than anticipated, and can lead to confidence issues, as well as frustrations that ultimately cause the student to
   “stop-out” temporarily or drop-out permanently.
Teaching in the Community College continued..

Challenges for Faculty:

    Teaching in a community college can also be a challenge, particularly for adjunct faculty. While by definition,
    adjunct faculty are part-time employees of the College, many committed and dedicated individuals go above and
    beyond expectations. Ivy Tech Community College is fortunate to have such well qualified, committed, and
    dedicated adjunct faculty who provide quality education to students in a caring and compassionate manner.

    However, similar to the challenges faced by students, some commonalities may exist for adjunct faculty. We know
    from College surveys that the typical Ivy Tech adjunct faculty member has competing priorities beyond his/her
    teaching position, often involving another job and family commitments. Additionally, adjunct faculty are most likely
    to teach at night or on weekends when the majority of community college students can be found on campus, and
    yet services provided by the College are limited. This problem may be further compounded by limited access to
    administrators who can provide guidance and clarity on College policy and procedures, as well as limited access
    to full-time faculty who can assist with course development and mentoring.
Teaching in the Community College continued..

Goals and Objectives:

   Despite the challenges, the experience of being a successful college student or a successful adjunct faculty
   member is an overwhelmingly positive and rewarding experience for the vast majority of individuals in the
   community college setting. However, successful achievement does not occur without effort from the College,
   students, and full-time and adjunct faculty.

   To succeed as an adjunct faculty member, one must be intentional in thought and action. While working with
   college students may at times seem challenging, the conscientious adjunct faculty member must remain mindful of
   the challenges both students and instructors face. It is necessary for adjunct faculty to aim for student success,
   knowing that success builds upon success, and that the ultimate goal for students is demonstrated through
   learning outcomes, not merely memorization of information or materials. Therefore, when developing lesson
   plans, lectures, experiments, demonstrations, community service projects, quizzes, presentations, final exams,
   etc., faculty must keep College goals and objectives in mind - - student learning is the priority!

   Adjunct faculty play an important and vital role in the success of the College and, more importantly, in the personal
   and academic success of students. This guide has been developed to equip Ivy Tech Community College of
   Indiana adjunct faculty with the necessary resources to provide quality instruction and learning opportunities for
About Ivy Tech:

  As a community college, Ivy Tech strives to meet the educational needs of individuals and serve as the engine in
  workforce and economic development within the state of Indiana. Therefore, the College has developed a clearly
  articulated mission to serve this purpose. As an adjunct faculty member, it is vital to understand our role as an
  open-access institution of higher learning. Below is the College’s Mission Statement:

          Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana is a statewide, open -access, community college
          that provides residents of Indiana with professional, technical, transfer and lifelong

          education for successful careers, personal development and citizenship. Through its
          affordable, quality educational programs and services, the College strengthens Indiana’s

          economy and enhances its cultural development.
About Ivy Tech

Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana accomplishes its mission through strategic emphasis on:

•   Professional and technical education to prepare students with the knowledge, comprehension, and skills to
    achieve their goals, meet the needs of Indiana’s employers, and contribute to Indiana’s economy.

•   General education to provide students with awareness and understanding of knowledge and facts, abilities to
    make sound, ethical judgments to pursue critical and reflective thinking, and to engage in creative applications of
    life skills.

•   Transfer education to equip students with the necessary knowledge and skills in general, technical, and
    professional areas and apply the skills to a baccalaureate degree.

•   Developmental education to develop student competencies in language arts, mathematics, and computing.

•   Student development and services for recreational, social, wellness and personal interest activities, involvement
    in community activities, and leadership activities. These also include career and academic counseling, advising,
    job placement, transfer services, tutoring, and accommodating students with unique needs.

•   Continuing education for licensure renewal, re-certification requirements, and other employment-related
    interests or requirements. These opportunities may include courses for the General Equivalency Diploma, and
    courses, workshops, and seminars for personal interest, self-improvement, and enjoyment.
About Ivy Tech
Purposes Continued:

•   Workforce education and training in credit, noncredit and contract credit courses, certifications, custom
    designed courses and consultative and evaluative services offered to businesses and industries to enable the
    State’s employers to be effective, productive, and competitive nationally and internationally.

•   Community service that connects the resources of the College to the cultural, recreational, and civic aspects of
    our service communities by making College resources available through volunteerism and community

•   Diversity that reflects the communities we serve and their diverse needs. Diversity is sought in the student body,
    faculty, staff, and services, and in providing accessible, inclusive, and caring learning environments.

•   Continuous Improvement of all instruction and services offered to students, employers, and the community,
    including increasing compensation and numbers of full-time faculty, part-time faculty, and student support staff.
    Continuous improvement includes, but is not limited to, seeking program accreditations, increasing graduate rates,
    upgrading libraries and instructional equipment, increasing use of technology in instructional and administrative
    activities, improving the condition and amount of space, and acquiring new types of space for student activities,
    continuing education, and community services.
             Section II:
   Adjunct Faculty Responsibilities

Section highlights include:
  * Adjunct Faculty Responsibilities
  * Adjunct Faculty Instructional Responsibilities
  * Adjunct Faculty Responsibilities for Teaching On-Line
Adjunct Faculty Responsibilities

  The primary responsibility of adjunct faculty at Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana is to provide quality
  instruction for the student by employing teaching/learning processes and strategies that promote student learning.
  This goal is accomplished by working with the student in classrooms and laboratories, individual conferences, and
  other related activities that help the student develop interests and abilities to his or her fullest capacity.

  In general, minimum faculty responsibilities to the College include the following:

  1.      To demonstrate an understanding of the College’s mission and purposes.

  2.      To stay current in the field of study, subject matter and skills as appropriate.

  3.      To improve teaching skills by participating in on -going professional development activities.

  4.      To submit current course syllabi, objectives, teaching strategies and assessments to the
          instructional supervisor.
Adjunct Faculty Responsibilities Continued...
5.   To keep accurate records of student attendance and performance and submit same at the end of the semester.

     The grade record or copies of the grade record (paper or electronic) must be given to the instructional supervisor
     at the end of each semester.

     The following information should be included in the instructor’s grade records for each traditional, FLEX, hybrid,
     accelerated and distance education class section:

             Course title
             Course and section number
             Student names
             Class session dates
             Assignment weightings
             Grading scale

6.   To follow established policies and procedures of the College and program.

7.   To return attendance verification lists and final grades as directed. Instructors’ grade rosters are due after the last
     session of the course according to the regional schedule. Instructors must assign a grade or status to each

8.   To maintain appropriate and timely communication within and among administrative units and students.
    Adjunct Faculty Instructional Responsibilities
Instructor responsibilities toward the student should include the following:

•          Demonstrate a positive, supportive, student-centered attitude.

•          Teach to the objectives of the course.

•          Although adjunct faculty are not expected to maintain office hours, they should let students know how and when they
           may be contacted outside of class.

•          Prepare for each class meeting. The conduct of the first class meeting can greatly influence an instructor’s success in
           the class. The following are some general guidelines for the first class meeting:

       –        Obtain a class roster from Campus Connect before going to class. Plan to arrive early for the first class meeting.
                Write your name and the course number, title, and section on the board.

       –        When the class is assembled, announce the course title and section number and check the roster to make sure
                that all students present are officially enrolled in the course. If a student is present but not on the roster, ask if
                they have registered. If the answer is “yes”, his or her name should appear on the second week roster. If the
                answer is “no”, inform the student that he or she will need to contact the Registrar’s Office before attending the
                next class session.

       –        Inform the students what textbook, tools, materials, uniforms, etc. they will need for the course.

       –        Develop and distribute a course syllabus consistent with the following Course Outline of Record format.
                Instructors may obtain the Course Outline of Record from which to develop a syllabus from the instructional
                supervisor or from the Ivy Tech website:

       –        Syllabi must contain the Academic Honesty Statement, Copyright Policy, ADA Statement, and Right of Revision

       –        Prepare a complete lesson for the first class session, even though some students will not have purchased the
                books or supplies.
Adjunct Faculty Responsibilities for Teaching On-Line

 More than and 20% of all Ivy Tech students take an on -line class at some point in their academic career. If you are
 teaching an on-line class:

 •You should take advantage of the on -line certification program for adjunct faculty located on each campus. Faculty who
 will be teaching on-line in the Spring 2008 semester and beyond are required to obtain certification prior to teaching an
 on-line course.

 •When teaching on-line, you should return e-mails to students within 48 hours of receiving the message. It is also a good
 idea to utilize these guidelines if you provide your e-mail to students in face-to-face classes as well.

 •Students should receive feedback on their work in an on -line class just as they would in a face-to-face class. The
 average response time to assignments should be approximately three to five days.

 •If you are teaching an on-line class from the Statewide Library of Courses, it is important that you not alter the
 assessments activities in the course. There are opportunities for flexibility within the course, as outlined in each course’ s
 instructor resources but the goal is to provide students with a common presentation of materials, as well as common
              Section III:
        Key Employment Policies
Section Highlights Include:

      * Personnel Policy Overview
      * Select Personnel Policies
Personnel Policy Overview

The following pages provide a brief summary of select Ivy Tech employment policies. However,
this on-line orientation experience should not be considered inclusive of all policies pertaining to adjunct

A complete and detailed version of all College employment policies may be viewed on -line at:
Select Personnel Policies

Alcohol and Other Drugs:
   The College is committed to maintaining a drug and alcohol free workplace. College employees must never report
   to work or represent the College under the influence of alcohol and/or other drugs, or be in possession of alcohol
   or other drugs. Employees who violate this policy will be subject to disciplinary action including, but not limited to,
   termination of employment.

   The College recognizes the importance and value that adjunct faculty bring to the institution, therefore adjunct
   faculty are eligible for certain, limited employment benefits. Adjunct faculty members may choose to participate in
   one or both of the College’s tax-deferred voluntary retirement plans. Our tax-deferred plans, the 403(b)
   Supplemental Retirement Annuity (SRA) and the 457(b) Deferred Compensation Plan (457) allow you to contribute
   money toward your retirement on a pre-tax basis. You decide how much money per paycheck that you want to
   contribute. The College will deduct that amount before taxes are taken out. That amount is then invested, in the
   manner you choose, where it grows into a supplemental retirement benefit for you. You may direct your
   contributions to either AUL or TIAA-CREF. Please see your regional Human Resources Department for more
   information on these plans and/or the paperwork necessary to enroll.
Select Personnel Policies

College Closings / Inclement Weather:
    The College may close due to weather, emergencies or other events that are authorized by the President, Vice
    President or Chancellor. Non -benefits-eligible employees, including adjunct faculty who are paid based upon
    contact hour, are paid only for hours actually worked and will not be paid during College or regional closure
    periods. Each region/campus of the College has developed a communication plan in the event of a College
    closure. Please check with your local campus for specific information.

Confidentiality/FERPA (APPM 3.4):
    As an educational institution, Ivy Tech complies with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, sometimes
    referred to as the Buckley Amendment. Disclosure of student personal information, including disclosure to
    student’s parents is prohibited, unless the student has submitted approval in writing to the Office of Student Affairs
    for the semester in which the release of information is requested. Please consult with your supervisor or the Office
    of Student Affairs before releasing any information regarding a student.

Direct Deposit:
    All newly hired College employees are required to have payroll direct deposit as a condition of employment. Forms
    should be included in your new hire materials or may be obtained from your local Human Resources Office.
Select Personnel Policies

Employee Complaints:
    The College administration wants to provide employees with a working environment that contributes positively to
    good communication, cooperation, and teamwork among employees. Employees are encouraged to bring to the
    attention of their immediate supervisor legitimate concerns perceived by them. Supervisors have an obligation to
    meet with the employee, hear their concern and attempt resolution. The intent is early discussion of the issue and
    resolution of the concern. The College encourages employees to resolve their complaints informally and in a
    timely manner.

Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action (EEO/AA) Policy:
    The College employs qualified individuals and provides equal opportunities for the advancement of employees.
    The College employs, promotes, transfers, reclassifies and trains in a manner which will not discriminate against
    any person because of race, color, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, physical or mental
    disability, or age, per the College’s EEO/AA policies. The College is committed to providing a work environment
    free of discrimination. If you believe you have been discriminated against or harassed by a coworker, supervisor,
    or agent of the College, you should promptly report the facts to your supervisor, the Human Resources
    Administrator, or the regional Affirmative Action Officer.

    All College visitors, students, and employees are expected to park in assigned parking areas where indicated.
    Check with the regional campus where you work for details.

    As adjunct faculty you are required to report any time not worked. Adjunct faculty are paid on the 15th of the
    month and the last working day of the month. If the 15th falls on a week-end, you will be paid the preceding
    Friday. Please check with your instructional supervisor or Payroll Office for further information
Select Personnel Policies
Prohibition Against Harassment:
   Ivy Tech will not tolerate harassment based on race, color, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national
   origin, physical or mental disability or age, and/or opposition to prohibited discrimination or participation in this or
   any other complaint procedure. This prohibition covers harassment against any Ivy Tech employee by anyone
   (supervisors, co-workers, students, or non-employees) in or related to an Ivy Tech campus. As an employee of
   the college you are required to attend the College’s Sexual Harassment Awareness program.

   Sexual Harassment is simply one form of harassment covered by this policy. Sexual harassment encompasses
   unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other oral, written or physical conduct of a sexual

   Employees are encouraged to report inappropriate behavior before it becomes severe or pervasive. An employee
   who believes he/she has been a victim of harassment and who desires to file a complaint to that effect should
   complain first to his/her immediate supervisor unless that supervisor is the subject of the complaint. The
   employee may file a complaint with the Human Resources Administrator.

Safety and Violence Prevention:
   Ivy Tech is concerned with the safety and security of its students, staff and faculty, as well as guests and visitors
   to the College. It is imperative that if individuals see or hear a threat that it is reported immediately to appropriate
   College personnel. Appropriate College personnel will deal with threatening actions or statements (including
   notifying local law enforcement officials) that a reasonable person could interpret as leading to an act of possible

   Ivy Tech Community College is a smoke-free work environment. Smoking is not permitted inside any facility.
   Smoking may be permitted in designated outdoor smoking areas. It should be noted that some campuses are
   completely smoke-free and smoking is not permitted on campus except inside personal vehicles.
               Section IV:
         Classroom Management

Section Highlights Include:

      * Getting Started
      * First Day of Class Tips
      * Adjunct Faculty Authority & Safety
      * Code of Student Rights & Responsibilities
      * Select Academic Policies
Getting Started

 Prior to the beginning of the semester, there are several things you can do to make the semester run smoothly for
 both you and your students.

 Below is a brief checklist of tasks you should complete before the first day of class.

 * Complete your employment paperwork.
 * Sign and return your completed Adjunct Faculty Agreement.
 * Submit your official transcripts.
 * Obtain your campus ID.
 * Obtain parking tag/permit (if applicable).
 * Log onto Campus Connect to obtain e-mail address (see Technology section).
 * Obtain information about class location, and confirmed class times.
 * Identify the location of your campus mailbox.
 * Identify the location of your storage unit (if available on your campus).
 * Locate the Adjunct Faculty Office or Workspace on your campus.
 * Confirm your attendance at campus orientation for faculty.
 * Obtain a copy of the text/materials used in your course.
 * Obtain a grade / attendance book or sheet.
 * Develop your course syllabus and have it approved by your program chair or course
 * Copy or request copies of your course syllabus.
 * Plan your first lesson.
 * Obtain a copy of your class roster from Campus Connect.
    First Day of Class Tips
The First Day of Class:

•         The conduct of the first class meeting can greatly influence an instructor’s success in the classroom. The following
          are some general guidelines for the first class meeting:

      –        Obtain a class roster by accessing the ON-LINE FACULTY SERVICES tab of Campus Connect (specif ic inf ormation regarding
               Campus Connect is located in the Technology section of the Adjunct Faculty Resource Guide discussed in the Additional
               Resources section).

      –        Plan to arrive early f or the f irst class meeting.

      –        Write your name and the course number, title, and section on the board.

      –        Introduce yourself and tell a little about your background, etc. This will help the students f eel comf ortable and assist the m in
               beginning the learning process.

      –        When the class is assembled, announce the course title and section number and check the roster to make sure that all students
               present are of f icially enrolled in the course. Using an “ice-breaker” or other f un activity during this time with students can help
               f acilitate rapport between others in the class, including the instructor.

      –         If a student is present, but not on the roster, ask if they have registered. If the answer is “yes,” his or her name should appear on
               the second week’s class roster. If the answer is “no,” inf orm the student that he or she will need to of f icially register f o r the course
               bef ore the end of “late registration.” Direct the student to the appropriate of f ice f or registration.

      –        Inf orm the students what textbook(s), tools, materials, unif orms, etc. they will need f or the course.

      –        Distribute the course syllabus on the f irst day of class. Syllabi must contain the Academic Honesty Statement, ADA Statement , and
               Right of Revision Statement.

      –        Prepare a complete lesson f or the f irst class session, even though some students will not have purchased the book(s) or suppl ies.

      –         Set the tone f or the entire semester. Be honest with students about course expectations.
Classroom Management

Adjunct Faculty Authority and Safety :

    Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana adjunct faculty have the right and obligation to set reasonable behavior
    expectations for students in their classroom. The College has established the Code of Student Rights and
    Responsibilities that outline these behaviors. It is vital that College rules are consistently and fairly enforced both
    inside and outside the classroom, to maintain an environment that fosters learning and student success.

    Provided below is an abbreviated version of the College’s Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities. In addition
    to these policies, adjunct faculty have the authority to establish standards regarding class attendance, tardiness,
    make-up work, and taking tests outside the regularly scheduled time. It is vital that adjunct faculty clearly
    communicate classroom policies to students in writing and verbally at the beginning of the semester. Remember,
    what may be assumed as common practice in your classroom may not be the case in another .
Classroom Management

Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities:

    Below is a link to the College’s Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities. This document includes detailed
    information regarding College policy and expectations for student behavior inside and outside the classroom.
    Detailed information regarding reporting, process, and appeals can be found at

    The College is committed to academic integrity in all its practices. The faculty value intellectual integrity and a high
    standard of academic conduct. Activities that violate academic integrity undermine the quality and diminish the
    value of educational achievement.

    The reputation of Ivy Tech and the community depends, in large part, upon the behavior of its students. Students
    enrolled at the College are expected to conduct themselves in a mature, dignified and honorable manner. Students
    are entitled to a learning atmosphere free from discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment and intimidation.
    This applies to the conduct between faculty/staff to students, student to student, and students to faculty/staff.

    Students are subject to College jurisdiction while enrolled at Ivy Tech. The College reserves the right to take
    disciplinary action against any student whose conduct, in the opinion of Ivy Tech representatives, is not in the best
    interests of the student, other students, or the College.

    All Ivy Tech students are expected to abide by the College rules of conduct.

    "Student" as used refers to a student, a group of students, a prospective student or a group of prospective
Select Academic Policies

   Following are summaries of Ivy Tech’s general academic policies. This list should not be considered inclusive of
   all policies pertaining to adjunct faculty and students. An abbreviated version of the College’s general academic
   policies are contained within the Adjunct Faculty Handbook. Information on how to access the Adjunct Faculty
   Handbook is located in the Additional Resources section of this on -line orientation experience. Also, a complete
   and detailed version of all academic policies are published in the College’s Academic Policies and Procedures
   Manual (APPM) which is available through your campus’ Dean of Academic Affairs or via the Internet at

Academic Integrity (APPM 3.12):
   Ivy Tech Community College recognizes academic integrity as a fundamental principle of collegial life. The
   credibility of the College’s educational programs rests upon the foundation of student learning and integrity.
   Students who misrepresent their academic work violate the rights of their fellow students and undermine the
   faculty’s authority and their ability to assess learning. The College therefore views any act of academic dishonesty
   as a serious offense requiring disciplinary measures, including failure for the exam or specific coursework, course
   failure, suspension, and expulsion from the College. In instances where the College’s academic integrity is suspect
   to violation, please consult with your supervisor.
Select Academic Policies Continued…

Attendance Policy for Adjunct Faculty (APPM 3.3):
    Adjunct faculty members are responsible for meeting with all scheduled classes and advising appointments. It is
    the responsibility of the adjunct faculty member to notify his/her supervisor or Dean of Academic Affairs, of any
    absence at least 24 hours in advance, unless an emergency situation precludes such notice.

Attendance Policy for Students (APPM 4.4):
    Students are expected to attend class meetings, or other activities assigned as part of a course of instruction, on a
    regular basis. Instructors are expected to provide students with a written statement at the beginning of the
    semester which clearly states attendance expectations. Additionally, instructors are responsible for maintaining
    attendance records.

Class Cancellation and Rescheduling Policy (APPM 7.4):
    Courses must meet for the advertised number of sessions or schedule periods/days/weeks. Classes cannot be
    canceled or re-scheduled without approval of the Dean of Academic Affairs.

Class Period / Letting Out Early (APPM 7.4):
    The standard class/lab/shop period is 50 minutes. Courses blocked-scheduled for more than one hour must meet
    the same standard. The total instructional time must remain the same regardless of length of term. CAUTION:
    Any instructor or administrator who unknowingly or inadvertently provides less than the scheduled time could
    cause a liability for financial aid recipients for excess benefits received. Therefore, courses must meet for the
    advertised number of sessions or scheduled periods/days/weeks. Classes cannot be cancelled or re-scheduled
    without approval of the Dean of Academic Affairs or his/her designee.
Select Academic Policies Continued…

Safety and Security – Faculty Responsibilities (APPM 3.5):
    The health and well being of students and employees are major concerns for the institution. It shall be the policy
    of the College to conform to the provisions of the Occupational Safety and Health Act as they apply to the
    operations of the College, specifically in maintaining a workplace that is free from hazards that would be likely to
    cause death, serious physical harm, or diseases in connection with work performed. Faculty are expected to
    strictly observe OSHA requirements and all other local, state and federal safety rules and regulations that pertain
    to the classroom/lab/clinic.

Student Rights and Responsibilities (APPM 9.1):
    The purpose and overall objective of the Student Rights and Responsibilities policies at Ivy Tech are to provide a
    process for the fair and just administration of the College’s student judicial system and provide students, faculty
    and staff with the college rules and procedures for due process. A copy of the Ivy Tech Student Rights and
    Responsibilities may be obtained from the Office of Student Affairs on your campus.
Select Academic Policies Continued…

Syllabus Requirements (APPM 1.5):
   All Ivy Tech course syllabi are expected to meet minimum standards. Syllabi should communicate clear and
   concise information to help the student understand the scope of the course and expectations for successful
   completion. All syllabi should contain the following required information which should be identical to information
   obtained from the Course Outline of Record (COR): course title, course pre-fix and number, prerequisites, co-
   requisites, program, division, credit hours, contact hours, catalog description, major course learning objectives,
   course content, Academic Honesty Statement, Copyright Policy and ADA statement.

   Additionally, syllabi must also contain: Instructor’s name, Instructor’s phone number, Instructor’s Ivy Tech e-mail
   address, Instructor’s office location and hours (if applicable), course section number, additional course learning
   objectives, required text or other instructional materials, required consumable materials and equipment supplied by
   the student, method(s) of instructional delivery, method(s) of evaluation, grading scale, make-up policy,
   attendance policy, activities scheduled, last date to drop course without a grade or “W”, the name and location of
   the Disabled Student Support Coordinator or administrator, and right of revision statement.

   Additional optional information may be contained in course syllabi at the discretion of the instructor. For more
   detailed information, please refer to APPM 1.5 or consult with your supervisor.
                   Section V:
Section Highlights Include:

      * Technology Overview
      * Campus Connect
      * Library Resources & Virtual Library
      * Help Desk Information
Technology Overview

  As a community college that serves a wide-range of educational needs throughout the state, Ivy Tech relies on
  technology for a variety of uses. Ivy Tech’s technology and on -line services are delivered through a single portal,
  known as Campus Connect. Students, faculty, staff and administrators use this single portal to access the College’s
  resources and services. Campus Connect serves as the primary venue for communication within the College.
  Therefore, all employees are expected to access and use their Campus Connect log -in on a regular basis.

  Through Campus Connect, adjunct faculty are able to:

          * Access the College’s e-mail system

          * Access the College’s Distance Education platform powered by Blackboard

          * Utilize Pronto, an instant messaging feature that can be used in conjunction with students enrolled in your

          * Install Classtop, a software package that enables faculty to “drag and drop” files from their PC into the
             Distance Education platform powered by Blackboard

          * Access on-line faculty services that enable faculty to view their course schedule, view and print class
            rosters and submit student grades
Campus Connect

As a new faculty member, you will need to create a Campus Connect account to access and utilize the College’s
technology resources. Below is a list of steps that need to be completed in order to create your account. These steps
are also published on the Campus Connect website.

     To access Campus Connect for the first time:

     1.) Use a web browser to access the Internet (current browser recommendations are located on the Campus
         Connect Web page listed below)

     2.) Type in the address line and hit ENTER

     3.) Click on the FIRST TIME USERS link to set up your account and establish your password

     4.) Enter your Username and Password in the Secure Access Login box on the Campus Connect
         home page

     5.) Click the LOGIN button.

In the event you experience difficulty setting up your Campus Connect account, contact the Ivy Tech Help Desk. Their
contact information and hours of operation are located on the next page.
Help Desk Information

  The Ivy Tech Help Desk is available to assist you with any on -line issues, including Campus Connect, Distance
  Learning, and E-mail. The Help Desk may be contacted on -line or via telephone.

  1.) To contact the Help Desk on -line, go to the HELP channel on the HOME tab of
      Campus Connect.

  2.) Click the “FAQ” link to see answers to frequently asked questions about Campus

  3.) Click the “TUTORIALS AND TRAINING” link to learn more about using Campus

  4.) If you need personal technical assistance, click the “CONTACT THE HELPDESK”
      link to create a ticket.

  Also, the Help Desk is reachable by phone at 1-877-IVY TECH. The hours for the Help Desk are as follows:

          Tuesday – Thursday: 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
          Fridays:            7:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.
          Saturday – Monday: 24 Hours
Library Resources & Virtual Library

  Each of Ivy Tech’s 23 campuses has a library. The College’s libraries have purchased several shared on -line
  resources so that students around the state can have similar access, regardless of the size of the campus they
  attend. Each library has a core collection of reference, program-related, and general education support materials.
  Each library also offers reference service to assist students with research.

  There is a statewide library catalog that displays the resources of all 23 campuses. Students and faculty can also
  search the catalogs of several other Indiana colleges and university libraries. There is an inter-library loan service
  that enables students and faculty to borrow materials from other libraries (both inside and outside the Ivy Tech
  system) when they are not available locally. Tours of the library are available at each campus, see your campus
  librarian for more information. Hours of operation, staffing, and some services vary from campus to campus. To
  access the College’s virtual library system or for a tutorial, visit the following Web -site:
                 Section VI:
            Additional Resources

Section Highlights Include:
      * On-line Resources
      * Campus Resources
Adjunct Faculty Resources

  On-Line Resources:

     The College has developed several on -line resources to support adjunct faculty. All on -line resources,
     including but not limited to the Adjunct Faculty Resource Guide and the Adjunct Faculty Employee
     Handbook are located in the Adjunct Faculty Resource Center and are contained within Campus
     Connect. Remember, in order to access these resources, you must create a Campus Connect Account.
     Go to

  Campus Resources:

     Each campus of Ivy Tech Community College has developed resources specific to the needs of adjunct
     faculty. Please contact your instructional supervisor, adjunct faculty coordinator or Office of Human
     Resources for detailed information regarding the resources and services provided to you.
                                  Thank You!
Thank you for completing the On -Line Adjunct Faculty Orientation.

This Web-site will remain active and you are encouraged to visit it from time to time as a resource.

It is strongly recommended that you schedule time with your instructional supervisor to continue the orientation
process. Some additional items that your supervisor will be able to discuss with you include, but are not limited to:
reporting attendance, reporting “no shows” and other administrative tasks that need to be completed at the
beginning of the semester.

Again, on behalf of the entire College, welcome to Ivy Tech Community College. We are glad that you have
chosen to share your time, talent and expertise with us and our students.

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