Academic Bulletin

Undergraduate Bulletin (Stony Brook University)
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SUNY Korea Policy

First, students who have completed at least two (2) semesters at the Songdo campus can take courses outside of SUNY Korea and apply for transfer credits.

Second, students can apply for transfer credits up to six credits per academic year and a total that does not exceed twelve credits.*

(*SUNY Korea allows only 12 credits for transfer to ensure that students graduate with proper credentials of the SBU degrees.)

Third, all the courses the student is trying to transfer should have been taught or operated in English.  Exceptions can be petitioned to the Academic Affairs office of SUNY Korea.

Fourth, students must submit the course syllabi and related course materials to the Academic Affairs office of SUNY Korea when they apply for transfer credits.  The review and granting of any transfer credits is subject to the approval of the transfers office at SBU.

 (1) All students of SUNY Korea are required to attend every class.

 (2) Unexcused absences will seriously affect the student’s final grade in the  course.

 (3) If a student has over 20% unexcused absences in a course, the student’s  final grade in the said course will be an ‘F’.


i) If the class is a 150 minute class, and is held once a week, the 4th unexcused absence will lead to an F grade in the course.

ii) If the class is a 75 minute class, and is held twice a week, the 7th unexcused absence will lead to an F grade in the course.

iii) If the class is a 50 minute class, and is held three times a week, the 10th unexcused absence will lead to an F grade in the course.

iv) In the Intensive English Course (IEC), if a student misses more than 40 hours of the class in a semester, the student will receive an F grade in the course.

 (4) Students should report the reason for the absence to the instructor in  advance, or immediately after the absence.

 (5) When a student gets an excused absence, the student must provide  documentation for the said reason for the absence to the instructor.

 (6) The instructor of the course reserves the right to excuse absences.

 (7) The course instructor may excuse the absence if the submitted documentation fulfills the conditions below.

i) Extreme emergencies (e.g. death in the family)

ii) Severe medical reasons with doctor’s diagnosis (Not a slight illness)

iii) Very important events (e.g. national conference, official school event)

 (8) At the end of the semester, the course instructor should submit a copy of  the attendance sheet to the Academic Affairs Office.

Preamble: The Ministry of Education of the Korean government encourages SUNY Korea to offer traditional face-to-face courses, and discourages the offering of excessive online courses.  As a result, SUNY Korea Academic Affairs manages the offering of online courses to meet the mandate.  The online courses for students at SUNY Korea can be broken into two categories, as follows.

Category I — These include the online courses which are organized and offered by SUNY Korea, such as BIO 201 and HA 112. Students can register and take these courses as part of their regular course load at SUNY Korea, and do not pay additional tuition if they are already full-time students.

Category II — All other online courses which are not offered by SUNY Korea are considered additional courses outside of the regular SUNY Korea curriculum.  Students who take such online courses are responsible for the relevant tuition and expenses.


Policy and Petition for Approval:

There is no limit in the number of credits SUNY Korea students can take in Category I, offered by SUNY Korea.

There is a limit of nine (9) credits for SUNY Korea students in Category II.  Credits taken beyond this limit will not be recognized as towards the degree, unless a petition was approved prior to taking such courses.

SUNY Korea students must receive the approval of the Dean of Academic and Student Affairs before taking the online courses in Category II, regardless of where such online courses are offered.  Students who take online courses beyond the credit limits (in item 2) must petition for approval. Petitions typically will not be approved unless students cannot graduate without taking such online courses or are in an emergency situation related to their progress to degrees.

Petitions to the Dean of Academic and Student Affairs for approval is required when students take online courses as an overload*.

* Overload is defined as taking more than 17 credits (including all on-site and online courses) in a regular semester, or more than 6 credits in summer or winter sessions.





Important Policies and Expectations


Minimal Student Responsibilities

By accepting responsibility for their education, students enhance the development of their academic, social, and career goals. It is expected that students accept responsibility for their academic choices as part of their educational experience at SUNY Korea. Services are available to assist students with academic advising, long-range goals, and career exploration. Students are responsible for reviewing, understanding, and abiding by the University’s regulations, procedures, requirements, and deadlines as described in official publications, including, by way of example only, this Undergraduate Bulletin, the University Conduct Code, the Student Handbook, and class schedules.


Responsibilities in the Classroom

Students are expected to attend class regularly unless other arrangements are made; arrive for class on time and leave the classroom only at the end of class; engage in class discussions and activities when appropriate; exhibit classroom behavior that is not disruptive of the learning environment; secure and turn off all electronic communications and entertainment devices during class time unless otherwise directed by the course instructor. Any use of a cell phone or other unauthorized electronic device during an examination may lead to an accusation of academic dishonesty.

Absentee Policy

Students are expected to report for their examinations and major graded coursework as scheduled. If a student is unable to report for any examination or to complete major graded coursework on time, the student must contact the faculty member immediately. If the student cannot reach the faculty member, then s/he should contact the Department Coordinator or the Office for Academic and Student Affairs immediately.
Although faculty will consider each student’s request on its own merits and not attempt to define ahead of time the validity of all possible reasons a student might give for missing an examination or the date to turn in major graded coursework, instructors are expected to accept an excuse of significant illness, tragedy, or other personal emergencies and to make reasonable alternative accommodations for the student. It shall be the student’s responsibility to provide sufficient documentation to support any such request. Accommodations for other reasons will be at the discretion of the faculty.


Course Responsibilities

Students are expected to observe the requirements for the course and consult with the instructor if prerequisites are lacking; obtain and understand the course syllabus; keep up with the coursework and take all scheduled examinations; address any conflicts in syllabus and exam scheduling with the instructor as soon as possible; review all graded material and seek help if necessary; notify the instructor as soon as possible of any disabilities that might interfere with completion of coursework; complete the course evaluation form fairly and thoughtfully.


Academic Progress

Students are expected to take an active part in assessing their academic progress each semester, and to monitor their progress towards completion of graduation requirements. They are expected to review academic policies and procedures described in the current Undergraduate Bulletin and its Supplements; know basic University, college, and departmental graduation requirements in their chosen majors and minors so they may plan completion of these requirements; maintain personal copies of a tentative degree plan, progress reports, general educational material, and transfer credit evaluations until after graduation; see that any academic records from other universities are transferred and received by all the appropriate offices (Stony Brook University Admissions and Academic and Transfer Advising Services Office) for evaluation.

Interactions with Faculty, Instructors, and other Students

Students are expected to understand the concept of academic honesty and adhere to its principles; be respectful and polite to all instructors and other students; be familiar with and abide by the University’s sexual harassment policies as well as University policies regarding consensual relationships between instructors and students; consult the Student Conduct Code about other aspects of student conduct in and out of the classroom.


Minimal Instructional Responsibilities

Instructors at SUNY Korea have teaching responsibilities that involve a broad range of methods. The following list of responsibilities does not define good teaching; it defines only a minimal set of conditions and practices that faculty members and teaching assistants are expected to observe in performing their teaching functions.


Assessment of Student Performance

• Homework assignments, examinations, and term papers should be evaluated and returned promptly. Written comments, explaining the instructor’s criteria for evaluation and giving suggestions for improvement, should be provided.

• Instructors are responsible for providing students with appropriate and timely notification about their academic performance in a course. An examination or other assessment measure should be administered, graded, and returned to students before the end of the ninth week of classes.

• Examinations and term papers submitted at the end of the term should be graded and either returned to students or retained for one semester.

• Any change to the course grading policy during the semester must be announced and made available to all students enrolled in the course. Assigning additional work to individual students who wish to improve their grades, during or after the semester, is prohibited.

• Instructors must observe the Final Examination Schedule available at the website. Instructors of courses taught on the semester schedule may only give a unit exam in class during the last week of the semester if a final examination is also given during the Final Examination Period.

• Instructors must observe state laws, federal laws, and University policies regarding accommodations as noted in the Bulletin (e.g., student participation in University-sponsored activities or equivalent opportunity/religious absences). Accommodations such as make-up exams, assignments, or other coursework that fall outside of the purview of these laws and policies are at the discretion of the instructor.

Classroom and Conference Responsibilities

• Instructors must meet their classes regularly and promptly, at times and places scheduled. Instructors must be present for the complete duration of examinations.

• Classes should be canceled only for the most serious reasons, and students should be given advance notice, if at all possible, of instructors’ absences.

• Instructors must schedule and maintain regular office hours to meet their students’ needs, minimally three hours per week in the instructor’s office or another officially designated space on campus at times convenient to the schedules of as many students as possible. The instructor may choose to augment these hours with electronically based communication.

• Office hours should be announced in class and posted outside instructors’ offices and in department offices.

• Instructors should be available for appointments with students who are unable to meet with them during regularly scheduled office hours.

• Instructors are responsible for careful supervision and classroom preparation of teaching assistants assigned to their courses.

• The policy on electronic devices, described in the section Minimal Student Responsibilities, shall be announced before each course examination.

Course Definition and Requirements

• Instructors must adhere to the course descriptions in the Undergraduate Bulletin.

• Prerequisites that are not stated in the Bulletin or the Supplement or the Class Schedule may not be imposed.

• Instructors are required to assign grades on the basis of the body of work for which all students are responsible, as described in the syllabus. Grades shall be submitted in accordance to university policy #P207

• Instructors must conduct any teaching and course evaluation survey that has been approved by their departments, or by the College or University Senates. The results of class evaluations should be used in periodic reviews and revision, when appropriate, of the course.

• A written syllabus that clearly defines the content, course requirements and the learning objective(s) and outcomes of each course must be distributed at the beginning of the course, made readily available throughout the Add/Drop period, and kept on file in the department office. The syllabus should include:

- Explicit Learning objectives to specify student expectations

* For courses that satisfy the Stony Brook Curriculum and/or the Diversified Education Curriculum, the syllabus learning outcomes must incorporate the specific learning outcomes that have been approved for that course by the faculty.

- Instructor office hours

- The specific basis for calculating the final grade

- Information about examination dates and times

- The class policy on make-up exams, which must be consistent with university policy on Student Participation in University Sponsored Events, the policy on Final Exams and the New York State Education Law regarding Equivalent Opportunity and Religious Absences.

- A detailed course description from the Bulletin. Instructors may expand on the Bulletin description but not reduce or modify the Bulletin description.

- A tentative schedule of required readings and/or assignments.

- Required course materials and textbooks

- The Provost’s statements on Disability Support Services (DSS), Academic Integrity, and Critical Incident Management. See details below.


Required Syllabi Statements

The University Senate has authorized that the following required statements appear in all teaching syllabi on the Songdo campus as on the Stony Brook Campus.


Disability Support Services (DSS) Statement:

If you have a physical, psychological, medical or learning disability that may impact your course work, please contact One-Stop Service Center, Academic Building A201, (82) 32-626-1117. They will determine with you what accommodations, if any, are necessary and appropriate. All information and documentation is confidential.

In addition, this statement on emergency evacuation is often included, but not required: Students who require assistance during emergency evacuation are encouraged to discuss their needs with their professors and One-Stop Service Center.


Academic Integrity Statement:

Each student must pursue his or her academic goals honestly and be personally accountable for all submitted work. Representing another person’s work as your own is always wrong. Faculty are required to report any suspected instances of academic dishonesty to the Academic Judiciary. For more comprehensive information on academic integrity, including categories of academic dishonesty, please refer to the academic judiciary website.


Critical Incident Management Statement:

The State University of New York, Korea expects students to respect the rights, privileges, and property of other people. Faculty are required to report to the Office of Judicial Affairs any disruptive behavior that interrupts their ability to teach, compromises the safety of the learning environment, or inhibits students’ ability to learn.


Professional Conduct and Interaction with Students

• Instructors must report all suspected occurrences of academic dishonesty to the Committee on Academic Standing and Appeals (for classes in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences).

• Instructors should always be aware that in teaching and advising they represent the University. They are bound by the University’s sexual harassment policies. Instructors are also bound by University policies that prohibit any consensual relationships with students that might compromise the objectivity and integrity of the teacher-student relationship. Examples include romantic, sexual, or financial relationships.

• Instructors should strive to maintain the privacy and confidentiality of students’ examinations, homework, and final grades.

• In dealing with students, instructors should be polite, helpful, and fair. They should take into account the wide range of cultural factors and physical challenges that can affect learning, and should attempt to help students overcome any disadvantages.