General Academic Expectations
Language Center English courses, while pre-academic and non-credit, are essential to improving a student’s English level and lay the foundation for a successful academic career. The following are general expectations and guidelines for Language Center students.
Being in class is a requirement for all Language Center students due to the assumption that language development happens best through daily, communicative practice. Thus, the attendance policy of the Language Center allows a total of seven absences per courses that meet on a daily basis (AWG), and five absences for courses that meet three times a week (ARD and ALS), per semester, beginning on the first day of classes. There is no distinction between “excused” and “unexcused” absences. Upon the eighth or sixth absence, the student will be administratively dropped from the course and assigned the grade of “WF.”
Students can expect to spend a minimum of one hour each day preparing for each course. In the Al Akhawayn system, instructors expect language students to submit homework regularly, to be prepared every day, and to volunteer and participate actively in class. Students placed in the Super Intensive English Program will have to double the effort to meet the Language Center requirement in one semester. Thus, they are expected to work on their own a minimum of 15 hours per week.
Assessment and Evaluation
Instructors may give announced and unannounced tests on material for the day to see whether or not students have prepared for class. It is also commonplace for instructors to deliver a variety of quizzes and other assessments throughout the semester to promote and assist student learning. Finally, each course has a midterm and final examination.
Honesty in all work is taken very seriously at Al Akhawayn University.
Cheating on Exams
All attempts at cheating on tests of any kind will result in disciplinary action being taken against the individual(s) concerned. Students caught cheating will be called before the university’s Disciplinary Committee which will decide on the action to be taken. Students may have their examination scores canceled or, in serious cases, be suspended or expelled from the university. Cheating in examinations adversely affects the credibility of the university’s degrees and the reputation of the institution nationally and internationally.
Plagiarism: Cheating on Written Work
A student’s written work must be his/her own. Thus, the Language Center takes great care to ensure that students do not take work from the Internet, published sources, or other students and present that work as their own. The Language Center uses Turnitin.com (www.turnitin.com), an Internet-based website that searches student work for plagiarism. In addition, teachers who suspect that the written work is not the student's may call that work into question. Finally, if a student is caught and proven to have plagiarized, they will face sanctions ranging from a reduced grade on the individual assignment to a WF for the course or even expulsion from the university.