Teaching Guide for the Department of Criminal Justice

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					                  Teaching Guide for the Department of Criminal Justice

This guide has been designed to help full-time and adjunct faculty who are teaching in the Saint Leo
University Department of Criminal Justice. The information included here should help instructors turn the
Master Syllabus for assigned courses into a course syllabus for distribution to students.

In order to help keep the focus on quality teaching, a Master Syllabus has been designed to provide
structure for the content and assignments to be covered in each specific course.

The Master Syllabi applies to all faculty regardless of serving as an adjunct or full time instructor, following
the specified academic requirements set forth in the Master Syllabi. All academic issues and
instructional processes are the responsibility of the Department Chair.

The Master Syllabus should be considered an instructional tool and policy to assist faculty in complying
with the academic policies of Saint Leo University, the Department of Criminal Justice and SACS
accreditation standards.

Simply use the Master Syllabi templates found in Intranet (revised annually) to develop your individual
assigned course in its entirety. No other format-style or modifications is acceptable. Please note you
should not simply change the date found in the footer section of the syllabus to comply with our master

You are expected to use the master course syllabus for the course you are assigned to teach and
incorporate your assessments and assignments into the syllabus. We check all syllabi submitted by
faculty each term for compliance. If we find issues during our review process of course syllabi, Center
Directors and Faculty will be contacted for corrective action. Repeated issues may result in loss of
clearances to teach.

The Chair of the Department of Criminal Justice recognizes each instructor’s experience as a teacher and
as a content area expert. Our focus is one of academic excellence to remain in compliance with the
accreditation standards mandated by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). We
seek academic quality and rigor in all our courses.

Instructors are chosen on a term by term basis to teach. The Department and University reserves the
right to adjust, modify or remove any faculty clearances or course assignments at any time deemed in the
best interest or needs of the University.

The Master Syllabi are designed to and reduce time spent in course design, so that instructors can focus
on delivering the content in a manner appropriate for the format (online, face-to-face, or blended or CD-
ROM) and the students (traditional or non-traditional).

Expectations for Implementing a Master Syllabus
The Master Syllabus for all courses requires all instructors to: follow the outline of the course, adhere to
and maintain standardized academic policies, and set standards to maintain compliance with SACS
accreditation requirements and the academic expectations for all our students in the Department of
Criminal Justice. All of these course requirements are necessary and are non-negotiable.

In addition, all criminal justice undergraduate students are required to complete the national ACAT Senior
Exit Examination prior to graduation. This assessment tool is mandated by the university as an important
method to identify our students’ subject matter knowledge from our teaching content and methods
covering relevant criminal justice topics.
Our Master Syllabi have incorporated specific assessments and standard course objectives that align to
the subject matter found in the approved textbooks. This systems approach to education is vital to
teaching the content and developing the intellectual knowledge and critical thinking skills of our students,
and will assist students sitting for the ACAT examination.

The Master Syllabi contains the academic course objectives that are required for delivery of the class
using any of our various traditional, on-line, blended, VTT, directed study, special topics and CD-ROM
instructional methods. You are not to edit or modify any of these course objectives.

Faculty assigned to teach in our distance learning (DL or COL) programs should not be using generic,
pre-developed, “cut and paste canned replies” in any online course and are expected to use current real
world-applied examples pertaining to actual criminal justice course topics and posts-replies in classes.
These communications should be instructor responses that are substantially more than a line or two or
contain a reply such as “good post.”

The curriculum contact person responsible for the development of all Master Syllabi courses is listed as
the “instructor” in the Master Syllabus. This information should be replaced with the instructor’s contact
information. All syllabi must contain the current academic term, the course location, the instructor’s office
hours and assigned e-mail address.

Non-saintleo.edu email accounts cannot not be used. A telephone contact number for the instructor is
also a requirement.

All faculty are expected to frequently check their assigned Saint Leo University email accounts. If
teaching in a particular term, you are expected to check your email account no less than every 48 hours.

All syllabi must contain course policies for student attendance, submission of late work and guidelines for
make-up work. There are no opportunities to resubmit work if the first submission is suspected to contain
plagiarized information. These must be consistent with all university policies found in the academic

Regardless of the delivery method, the department and the university expect all faculty to use the Master
Syllabi template and maintain a professionally designed document that is; well written and prepared using
good punctuation, grammar, syntax, spelling, standardized font style and size, formatting and margins,
proper use of the bold function, the standard black colored text and an easy to read style. This
expectation has all been addressed in the Master Syllabi, thus alleviating the need for instructors to
spend time on formatting issues.

Center Directors will forward to the Department of Academic Affairs all course syllabi developed-
submitted by adjunct faculty for review and approval. These course syllabi submitted by Center Directors
(or at University Campus the Department Chair) each term are maintained on file as the official course
record and are individually reviewed each term by the Department Chair, the Dean and by SACS or our
designee. All syllabi must be standardized and open to inspection and review at any time.

As the instructor, you have some control over some of the course assessments. However, the set course
requirements and assignments listed in the course master syllabi must remain intact. You may add
additional assignments or assessments. All course assessments must be rigorous enough to challenge
the students’ knowledge of the course content and objectives. The department does not consider one (1)
final paper and or an exam as adequate to assess the student’s knowledge of the subject matter.

Assigning unequal percentages with greater weight to particular assessments that are not academically
rigorous is not an acceptable method to assess or evaluate content knowledge and for grading purposes.

Any additional assessments for courses must be academically rigorous and defendable and follow the
same requirements set forth in the Master Syllabus for academic rigor. The Department Chair and/or
their designee will assess individual courses and evaluate instructors for quality standards to ensure
compliance to the University’s policies and SACS academic standards. No faculty member should
engage in any processes that incorporate and or encourage grade inflation practices.

Please keep in mind the importance of our commitment to continuously improving the academic rigor of
our program as well as our focus on improving the critical thinking skills for students, when designing
course assessments.

Instructors should refer to the Faculty Handbook for information on Saint Leo University’s Academic
Freedom Statement.

Communications Policy:
In the business world, employees are evaluated on their ability to communicate effectively by speaking
and writing. A certain communications protocol is an acceptable practice for all employers and it speaks
volumes about the quality of an individual. As educators, part of our job should be to reinforce good
grammar, syntax and spelling in verbal communications-conversations and in written correspondence.

In criminal justice effective communication skills are underscored as being a priority. Therefore, the
department has instituted a similar policy. All students and faculty are expected to communicate in a
professional and respectful manner with attention to detail and to correct poor grammar, syntax and

The department expects faculty to enforce a professional dialogue of communications with online
students and or responding to emails or other written correspondence. Our expectations include using
acceptable etiquette, proper grammar, spelling, syntax and correct salutations properly addressing faculty
and students by name and title.

One of the best ways to address this issue is to communication this policy in writing to students and then
enforce the rule. The use of abbreviated words, comments and or slang-street language is not
acceptable. One liner and the use of lower case letters and poor grammar without proper salutations are
not acceptable forms of communication for the business world.

Faculty Teaching Online Courses:
Faculty members assigned to teach online courses are expected to log into the virtual class on a daily
basis. These faculty members are expected to read-respond to all student messages and posts-
replies by providing meaningful dialogue and active learning conversations to support the theme of the
topic while engaging students in critical thinking exercises. Faculty members with experience in the field
of criminal justice are expected to provide students with the benefit of individual experience in their
assigned courses.

APA Writing Requirement:
All faculty members are required to use the APA style and written mechanics for writing for all scholarly
writing assignments. No other writing style is acceptable. This policy does not apply to routine postings
for online courses, however topics that align to content should be written and cited using APA. The
department recommends all students obtain a copy of the most recent APA Manual for Publication as a
guide to assist them in their written assignments.

Please review the following APA tutorials:


All written work other than routine postings for online courses is required to be submitted to turnitin.com
for content analysis. Faculty members shall coordinate their user account access with the appropriate
Center Director or Department Chair for faculty teaching on main campus. The department recommends
faculty provide students with an acceptable range-percentage of properly quoted text material for all
scholarly written assignments. Students shall submit their written assignments directly to turnitin.com and
not faculty.

As a general rule to follow, the department suggests 20% or less as an acceptable percentage for written
assignments that exceed 500 words. Far less of a percent is recommended for scholarly assignments
containing less than 500 words. Issues of suspected plagiarism should be forwarded to the appropriate
contact person as outlined in this teaching guide.

Grade Mark Feature:
Turnitin.com features an electronic grading system that is an invaluable tool. Faculty is able to access
student’s papers, read them leaving electronic comments embedded in those assignments for students to
access and read. Faculty shall use the grade mark feature in assessing and grading scholarly

Grade Mark provides an analysis of word content that allows you to compare and contrast the use of
unquoted material found in assignments. At times, this tool has uncovered cases of academic plagiarism.
It is suggested all faculty access turnitin.com and read the directions and benefit for using the Grade Mark
feature. All written submissions are maintained by turnitin.com as archived documents.

Grading Rubric:
The grading rubric found in the Master Syllabi is designed to assist in the grading of written work
assignments. The rubric is not used for routine online email posts and replies. Individual faculty
members should provide the percentages they attribute to written assignments in the rubric matrix as a
guide for assessing students work. Simply fill in the percentages found in the matrix in the Master Syllabi.
This tool is a requirement for all scholarly written assignments.

Course Description:
No course description can be modified. All courses are listed in detail in the University catalog. Each
course has specific language that identifies the course, its purpose and course objectives.

Approved textbooks are listed in the Saint Leo Intranet. Note that many textbooks are revised every 2-3
years. The most recent textbook copy and supplements should be used. The Department Chair must
approve any request for change in textbooks. Consideration for a textbook change can only be made
upon request by a full-time faculty member. An examination copy and proposed textbook must
accompany any formal request for a textbook change.

All master course syllabi list the APA Manual as a required text. There are numerous commercial APA
format software programs that are available for students and faculty use. It is recommended that faculty
obtain-purchase a copy of the most recent APA Manual for Publication to become familiar with the
department policy on scholarly writing.

Course Objectives:
No modifications can be made to these objectives.

The master course syllabus serves as a guide to cover the traditional, online, blended format, VTT,
directed study, group projects-field trips, CD-ROM instructional methods and field placement student
Please apply the necessary academic course materials to the appropriate course delivery format as
required and outlined in the Master Syllabi. The department recommends faculty use a variety of active
and creative learning projects as course assessments in all courses. The traditional lecture style is
outdated and does not provide the benefits of active learning projects among students and faculty.

For example, for an on-line class, the following should apply to each student who will be required to
respond to the discussion question(s) on the discussion board for each module:
       Each response must be in reference to at least one of Saint Leo University’s core values. You are
       encouraged to use as many of the core values as necessary to support this class. After replying
       to the discussion question in each module, students must then respond to two (2) other
       classmates’ postings. Due to the different delivery formats, the instructor has the discretion to
       design methods of student participation.

For the traditional on-ground class, the instructor may include lecture material and student-group style
interactive discussions, and or Socratic examination activities and use of technology-based internet
projects, video or use of Power Points and or You Tube material as part of the course design. Faculty is
encouraged to approach topics from a global perspective.

Final Grade:
Grading criteria for Associate and Bachelor Degree Courses is provided below. The grading scale is
designed and set by the University. No modifications are permitted. Incomplete grades are not permitted
for a student failing a course.

Below is the University grading scale and associated quality points as specified in the University Catalog.
No other grading assessments may be utilized.

Quality Points

Grade            % of total points earned
        A        94% to 100%
        A-       90% to 93%
        B+       87% to 89%
        B        84% to 86%
        B-       80% to 83%
        C+       77% to 79%
        C        74% to 76%
        C-       70% to 73%
        D+       67% to 69%
        D        60% to 66%
        F        Below 60%
        FA       Failure Absences
        I        Incomplete

Saint Leo University Core Values:

The University embraces its Core Values Statement and encourages faculty and students to promote and
live these ideals in their personal and professional lives.

All courses will include the application-use of at least one of the core values in graded assessments. All
courses must list our core values statement. Faculty is encouraged to use our core values regularly in all
interactions with students underscoring the importance of each of those values in life.

Students are expected to be mindful of the core values of Saint Leo University when conducting research,
developing scholarly work, submitting work, and interviewing and working in groups.

Excellence: Saint Leo University is an educational enterprise. All of us, individually and collectively, work
hard to ensure that our students develop the character, learn the skills, and assimilate the knowledge
essential to become morally responsible leaders. The success of our University depends upon a
conscientious commitment to our mission, vision, and goals.

Community: Saint Leo University develops hospitable Christian learning communities everywhere we
serve. We foster a spirit of belonging, unity, and interdependence based on mutual trust and respect to
create socially responsible environments that challenge all of us to listen, to learn, to change and to

Respect: Animated in the spirit of Jesus Christ, we value all individuals' unique talents, respect their
dignity, and strive to foster their commitment to excellence in our work. Our community's strength
depends on the unity and diversity of our people, on the free exchange of ideas and on learning, living
and working harmoniously.

Personal Development: Saint Leo University stresses the development of every person's mind, spirit, and
body for a balanced life. All members of the Saint Leo University community must demonstrate their
commitment to personal development to help strengthen the character of our community.

Responsible Stewardship: Our Creator blesses us with an abundance of resources. We foster a spirit of
service to employ our resources to university and community development. We must be resourceful. We
must optimize and apply all of the resources of our community to fulfill Saint Leo University's mission and
Integrity: The commitment of Saint Leo University to excellence demands that its members live its mission
and deliver on its promise. The faculty, staff and students pledge to be honest, just, and consistent in
word and deed.

Professional Character and Ethics
As an additional value focused on enhancing the University’s core values, the department has identified
character, ethics and personal integrity as essential traits for Criminal Justice professionals.

Therefore, faculty who teach are expected to educate students on the need for personal ethics and
integrity by incorporating instruction in and assessing a student’s knowledge of these additional five (5)
topical legal-professional concepts:

Bivens v. 6 Unnamed Federal Narcotics Agents

Brady v. Maryland, 373 U.S. 83 (1963)

Citizens Protection Act of 1998 (McDade Amendment)

U.S. Supreme Court Giglio v. United States, 405 U.S. 150 (1972)

18 USC Part II Chapter 223 Section 3500 Jencks Act, Demands for Production of Statements and
Reports of Witnesses

Additional Services
Technical questions concerning COL courses should be addressed to the eCollege Help Desk, by clicking
the Help button in the upper right corner of the Course Home page. Then select Help Desk from the left-
hand navigation tree in the Help Pages window, to access the e-mail form. Or, phone the eCollege Help
Desk at 866-501-1636.

Weekly Schedules
As a guide, each Master Syllabus outlines the required course objectives taken from the textbook
chapters and material that are required to be covered for the designated academic term. Considering the
various delivery formats, instructors are required to adjust the course requirements to accomplish the
stated objectives.
All of the stated course outcomes identified must be covered in the course. The instructor may add more
content material to the current guide, however is not permitted to reduce or modify the required course of

Academic Honor Code
As members of an academic community that places a high value on truth and the pursuit of knowledge,
Saint Leo University students are expected to be honest in every phase of their academic life and to
present their own work only that represents their original work. The practice of grade inflation is not
condoned in the department and should not be utilized.

Faculty members do not have discretion to ignore suspected cases of plagiarism. In instances where a
student is suspected of honor code infractions, the process for reporting and resolving these issues is
found in the undergraduate academic catalog under the heading of Academic Honor Code. For students
enrolled in University College, a report goes to the Academic Standards Committee.

For students enrolled in the Division of Continuing Education and Student Services, the report goes to the
Center Director. For students enrolled in the Center for Online Learning, the report goes to the Director of
the Center for Online Learning.
In cases where plagiarism or other form of cheating is suspected faculty are required to prepare a written
report for submission to an appropriate official outlining the issues that would suggest a student may have
violated the academic standards of Saint Leo University.

The department recommends faculty have a candid discussion with students to underscore the policy of
the university and importance of academic integrity.

ACAT National Criminal Justice Senior Exam
CRM-496 is a non-graded course to measure the student’s retention of criminal justice course curriculum
by administering a final examination to graduating seniors.

Under no circumstances, should faculty engage in any activities or practices to provide any questions to
students in advance or other specific assistance-benefit or specific guidance to any student. No previous
material(s) taken from any ACAT National examination is to be provided to students or to otherwise allow
students to gain an advantage or benefit from previous examinations.

The ACAT examination and its results are submitted to various university departments and to
governmental agencies that collect these data and must remain a valid and a valuable assessment tool
and the integrity not compromised.

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