8. Where can I get help (or send my students to get help) with special situations?
Situations will occasionally arise that require you or your students to seek outside help.
- Academic dishonesty in any form is a very serious offense. The first step in dealing with this problem is prevention. You might want to direct or even require your students to complete the University Libraries' tutorial on plagiarism before they submit written assignments for your course. If you suspect a student of any form of academic dishonesty, you should discuss the situation with your department, and you must submit a Violation of Academic Integrity Report to the Office of Undergraduate Education. More information about the University’s standards of academic integrity can be found in the Undergraduate Academic Regulations section of the Undergraduate Bulletin; you may want to refer your students to this information as well.
- Occasionally, faculty are confronted by disruptive behavior by students that can negatively affect the learning environment for an entire class. There are several resources available for dealing with the situations
- Disruptive behaviors which do not rise to the level of a crime can be discussed with Mr. Clarence McNeill, Assistant Vice President for Student Success and Director of Conflict Resolution and Civil Responsibility. Mr. Clarence McNeill can assist with referrals to the campus judicial system or can work with you or the student(s) directly to address the issue. Mr. McNeill can be reached at 442-5501 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- There is helpful information on the myUAlbany portal (Responding to Students in Crisis) with some strategies for addressing behavior issues in the classroom. This site also has an online form for reporting a student who is disruptive or who you believe might be at risk. This form, when submitted, is emailed directly to Conflict Resolution staff and will be answered promptly.
- As always, any case of violence or threat of violence must be reported immediately to the University Police Department at 442-3131 or 911. If you suspect a crime has taken place you should report that crime to the University Police.
- Very rarely, you may encounter a student facing emotional or psychological problems who needs help from the University Counseling Center.
- Students who are having academic difficulty may benefit from programs administered by Academic Support Services.
- Students who are in need of help with the writing process may want to contact The Writing Center.
- Students with disabilities can receive support from the Disability Resource Center.