Northern Arizona University

Policy Statements


Safe Environment Policy

NAUís Safe Working and Learning Environment Policy seeks to prohibit discrimination and promote the safety of all individuals within the university.The goal of this policy is to prevent the occurrence of discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status and to prevent sexual harassment, sexual assault or retaliation by anyone at this university.


You may obtain a copy of this policy from the college deanís office or from the NAUís Affirmative Action website you have concerns about this policy, it is important that you contact the departmental chair, deanís office, the Office of Student Life (928-523-5181), or NAUís Office of Affirmative Action (928-523-3312).


Students with Disabilities

If you have a documented disability, you can arrange for accommodations by contacting Disability Resources (DR) at 523-8773 (voice)or 523-6906 (TTY), (e-mail)or 928-523-8747 (fax).Students needing academic accommodations are required to register with DR and provide required disability related documentation.Although you may request an accommodation at any time, in order for DR to best meet your individual needs, you are urged to register and submit necessary documentation ( 8 weeks prior to the time you wish to receive accommodations. DR is strongly committed to the needs of student with disabilities and the promotion of Universal Design. Concerns or questions related to the accessibility of programs and facilities at NAU may be brought to the attention of DR or the Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity (523-3312).


Institutional Review Board

Any study involving observation of or interaction with human subjects that originates at NAUóincluding a course project, report, or research paperómust be reviewed and approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) for the protection of human subjects in research and research-related activities.


The IRB meets monthly.Proposals must be submitted for review at least fifteen working days before the monthly meeting.You should consult with your course instructor early in the course to ascertain if your project needs to be reviewed by the IRB and/or to secure information or appropriate forms and procedures for the IRB review.Your instructor and department chair or college dean must sign the application for approval by the IRB.The IRB categorizes projects into three levels depending on the nature of the project:exempt from further review, expedited review, or full board review.If the IRB certifies that a project is exempt from further review, you need not resubmit the project for continuing IRB review as long as there are no modifications in the exempted procedures.


A copy of the IRB Policy and Procedures Manual is available in each departmentís administrative office and each college deanís office or on their website: you have questions, contact the IRB Coordinator in the Office of the Vice President for Research at 928-523-8288 or 523-4340.


Academic Integrity

The university takes an extremely serious view of violations of academic integrity.As members of the academic community, NAUís administration, faculty, staff and students are dedicated to promoting an atmosphere of honesty and are committed to maintaining the academic integrity essential to the education process.Inherent in this commitment is the belief that academic dishonesty in all forms violates the basic principles of integrity and impedes learning.Students are therefore responsible for conducting themselves in an academically honest manner.


Individual students and faculty members are responsible for identifying instances of academic dishonesty.Faculty members then recommend penalties to the department chair or college dean in keeping with the severity of the violation.The complete policy on academic integrity is in Appendix G of NAUís Student Handbook


Academic Contact Hour Policy

The Arizona Board of Regents Academic Contact Hour Policy (ABOR Handbook, 2-206, Academic Credit) states:ďan hour of work is the equivalent of 50 minutes of class timeÖat least 15 contact hours of recitation, lecture, discussion, testing or evaluation, seminar, or colloquium as well as a minimum of 30 hours of student homework is required for each unit of credit.Ē


The reasonable interpretation of this policy is that for every credit hour, a student should expect, on average, to do a minimum of two additional hours of work per week; e.g., preparation, homework, studying.


If an instructor believes it is appropriate, the syllabus should communicate to students that some course content may be considered sensitive by some students.


ďUniversity education aims to expand student understanding and awareness.Thus, it necessarily involves engagement with a wide range of information, ideas, and creative representations.In the course of college studies, students can expect to encounteróand critically appraiseómaterials that may differ from and perhaps challenge familiar understandings, ideas, and beliefs.Students are encouraged to discuss these matters with faculty.Ē