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Nashville Sta= te Community College

Occupational Therapy Assistant Program

Course Policies

Fall 2009


Class Expectations

Students are expected to come to class prepared for active participation.

This includes:

      =   reading all assigned materials prior to cl= ass

      =   assignments ready to be submitted at the beginning of the class period

      =   all books and other supplies prepared before the beginning of the class session. All power points and other class information printed before class is schedu= led to start

      =   students dressed in appropriate attire for= the class session

o   hats removed

o   gum disposed of

o   clothing that would be appropriate in the = OT treatment setting

§  Appropriate undergarments

§  Shirts that allow movement without exposing/drawing attention to the chest area, a= nd that do not ride up when arms are raised.

§  Pants/shorts that allow movement without exposing underwear

§  Closed toe shoes, preferably athletic shoes

o   No excessive jewelry

o   Nails trimmed and neat

o   Tattoos effectively covered



Students are expected= to attend and be on time for all classes, labs and Fieldwork experiences. The Instructors have observed that student’s ability to follow attendance polic= ies often predicts academic and Fieldwork performance.


In order to facilitat= e the best performance from each student, Instructors will

  • Lock doors at 5 minutes after scheduled sta= rt of class
  • Allow late students to enter the class only= at the break time
  • Require that all students call and leave a message with their instructor if they are running late. This will coun= t as a tardy.
  • Mark the student as absent if he/she is run= ning late and does not call and leave a message (this includes test dates)<= o:p>


Tardy/Absence Calculation

  • Two (2) tardies= =3D 1 absence
  • Three (3) Unexcused absences or a combinati= on of tardies and absences that equal a total of three= (3) unexcused absences =3D Instructor Option
    • Lower final gr= ade
    • Dismiss studen= t from class with a grade of “F”
  • A total of 5 absences (excused, unexcused or combination) for all OTA class =3D student must meet with OTA Advisor = and Program Director to discuss strategies for Program completion.


Excused Absence

  • Student sick: Do= ctors note required
  • Students child is sick: Doctors note required
  • Immediate family member is sick or requires immediate medical attention: note from hosp= ital staff person required
  • Death in immedia= te and/or extended family: Note from funeral home required


Unexcused Absence
  • Anything not lis= ted under excused absence


As= signments

All assignments are to be turned in on the scheduled date, at the beginning of = the class period. Students are expected to complete all assignments per syllabus guidelines. It is the students responsibility to clarify any questions they might have regarding assignment guidelines with instructor.


Late Assignments

  • Will automatical= ly receive a “0” grade unless arrangements have been made with the Instru= ctor prior to assignment due date.
  • Emailed(through campus or My NSCC email) and faxed = copies of the assignment are accepted if transmitted by assignment deadline (= i.e. if assignment due at 8 a.m., must be faxed or emailed before 8 a.m.)
  • Any assignment t= hat has been emailed or faxed must be followed by a hard copy of the assignment, given to the Instructor the next business day.<= /span>
  • If a student has= not turned in all assignments at the end of the semester, their course gra= de will be submitted as “Incomplete”
  • Course grade wil= l be converted to letter grade once assignment has been submitted to the Instructors satisfaction


Late Assignment Tickets

Occasionally situations arise for students when, for a variety of reasons, they are late= in turning in an assignment. In an effort to allow students a “grace” period, = each student will receive one (1) “Late Assignment Ticket” per course.     <= /o:p>


The Late Assignment Ticket:

  • May be used at a= ny point in the semester
  • Allows the stude= nt to submit any one written, individual assignment, late<= /span>
  • Submission deadl= ines
    • For assignment= s due Monday – Thursday: Student must submit the assignment within two (2) business days of its original due date. Assignment due no later than = 3pm of the second business day.
    • For assignment= s due on Friday: assignment must be submitted the next Monday, no later tha= n 3 pm.
    • For assignment= s due the day prior to an NSCC scheduled holiday: assignment due the next scheduled business day, no later than 3 pm
  • Student must inc= lude their ticket with the submitted assignment
  • Ticket must be s= igned and dated by the student
  • Lost/stolen tick= ets will not be replaced
  • Tickets may not = be used for a group project, presentation, test and/or competence checkou= t
  • Tickets may not = be shared or transferred between students
  • Tickets, per cou= rse, are valid for one semester. New tickets will be issued at the beginnin= g of each semester.

Presentations are an integral part of the teaching/learning process. Students who do not = present on the day they are assigned disrupt the teaching/learning process and affe= ct classroom continuity and learning. Most courses require students to partici= pate in both individual and group presentations. The following applies:


Individual and Group Presentations/Ass= ignments

  • If a student is unable, for any reason, to present their assignment as scheduled, they must contact the Instructo= r as soon as possible, BEFORE class is scheduled to begin
    • This is important for all assignments, but especially individual presentations. For individual presentations, the Instructor must be able to have adequate time to prepare material to cover your presentation herself.
    • If you cannot be in class, and do not info= rm the Instructor, then the entire class will not get the material necessary= for testing, and for practice.
  • If a student is absent on their scheduled presentation day (individual or group)
    • Student must provide a medical excuse sign= ed by a physician
    • If the student does not contact the Instru= ctor in a timely manner (BEFORE class is scheduled to begin), he/she will receive a grade of “0” for that assignment.
    • Students who miss their presentation times= must complete an additional assignment to make up for the incomplete grade=
    • Make-up assign= ments must be completed, even if a grade of “0” was awarded
    • Individual Instructors will determine if the make-up assignment will be a presentation or a written assignment
    • It is the students’ responsibility to cont= act the Instructor regarding the make-up assignment. The Instructor will = NOT contact the student regarding make-up assignments.<= /li>


Group Presentations<= /h3>
  • All presentation= s will begin at their scheduled time
  • If a group membe= r is tardy/absent, the group will still present at their scheduled date/tim= e. Group members are expected to be familiar with the entire presentation= and be able to share the information as scheduled
  • If a group membe= r is tardy/absent and the group is unable to share all information per assignment guidelines, the group grade will be affected<= /b>



Performance competencies are an integral part of= the OTA curriculum. Students must be able to demonstrate the ability to perform= a specific skill, and demonstrate effective clinical reasoning to apply that skill in the appropriate manner given a clinical scenario.


Student must earn a grade of “75” or above on ea= ch competency to pass the course.


If a student fails a competency on the first attempt, s/he has the opportunity to repeat the competency one time. Student must earn a grade of “75” or better on the second attempt to pass the competency and the course.


NOTE: If a student has a passing grade in the course, but fails a competency on the second attempt, s/he fails the course= .


Competency testing occurs at pre-scheduled times during the semester. Students must complete their competency at the scheduled time.


Excused absences for competencies:

    • Student sick: Doctors note required
    • Students child= is sick: Doctors note required
    • Immediate fami= ly member is sick or requires immediate medical attention: note from hos= pital staff person required
    • Death in immed= iate and/or extended family: Note from funeral home required
    • Pre-arranged schedule conflict (such as a legal appointment): p= roof of appointment required, must notify instructor at least two days bef= ore competency. NOTE: Regular doctors appointments do not apply in this situation – schedule conflict approval is at the discretion of the instructor.=


If a student misses a scheduled competency (first or second attempt), and has an unexcused absenc= e, s/he will earn a grade of “0”. An unexcused absence for the second attempt = will result in course failure.


All missed/ retake competencies must be re-scheduled and completed within one week of the orig= inal competency. Students are responsible for contacting the instructor for re-sc= heduling. If the student does not re-schedule and complete the competency within the = one week timeframe, student will earn a grade of “0”. If the student fails to re-sch= edule and complete a competency retake within one week, student earns a grade of = “0” and fails the course.


On= line Tests

It is strongly recommended that students take their tests on campus, in campus computer labs, if they are uncertain about their Internet connections at ho= me. Personal computer problems will not be considered as an excuse if a student misses an online test.


It is the students responsibility to confirm date and time of test. Failure to take the test on the scheduled date and time will result in a “0” grade. <= /p>


In cases of emergency (for student or immediate family member for whom student= has primary responsibility) missed test= s may be rescheduled (supporting documentation must be provided). Test retake sho= uld be scheduled with instructor, student must contact instructor. Retake must = be completed within two days of original test date (unless medical documentati= on provided). 


On occasion, the NSCC= My NSCC server may have a glitch that interrupts an individual student’s ability to access and/or complete a test. If a student suspects a server problem, proc= eed as follows:

  • Students must notify their instructor regar= ding the server difficulties within two hours of attempting to take = the test. (Notification can occur via email or voicemail).
  • Instructor will contact NSCC Computer Servi= ces to verify that a server problem existed.
  • If NSCC Computer Services does not find a s= erver problem during the individual students testing period, no further acti= on will be taken, students test score stands.
  • If NSCC Computer Services verifies server problems during the individual student’s testing period, the following will occur:
    • If the student was unable to access the te= st:
      • Instructor options:
        • The test will be reset at the beginning; student will have full time to take the test.
        • The instructor reserves the right to off= er a similar, but different, test to the student.
    • If the student was “cut off” during their = test and went over the allotted time:
      • Instructor options:
        • the instructor will schedule an alternative= test time via internet or paper/pencil.
        • Student will be provided a limited amoun= t of time (time allotted is the instructors discretion) to complete unanswered/not scored questions and answers.
        • Student will be provided the full test t= ime and will be required to retake the entire test. <= /li>
        • Instructor reserves the right to offer similar, but different, test questions.
    • If the student was able to complete the te= st during the server disturbance, test scores do not change, no addition= al time or retakes will be provided.


Test Review


Students may make a r= equest to an instructor to review a test within the week immediately following the test date. This request may be made via email or through a verbal request to the instructor. Faculty will make a copy of the test and notify the student when the copy is available for review. Student may come to the OTA offices = and request the test from Annette. Students will have the opportunity to review= the test in the OTA office area. Unless otherwise requested, the OTA faculty me= mber will not review the individual test with the student. Students will not be = allowed to take notes or make copies of the test.


Unless otherwise arranged by the individual instructor, tests will not be available for final exam review.

 <= /p>



Gr= ading

The following scale is used for all OTA program courses:


93 - 100 =3D A

85 - 92   =3D B

75 - 84   =3D C

Anything below a “C” or 75 is not passing and therefore will receive a grade of “F”<= o:p>




Cheating will not be tolerated. In addition to NSCC Academic Dishonesty Policy (below) the follo= wing applies:


If evidence demonstra= tes a student is cheating, the following options are available to the Instructor:=

  • “0” grade for the assignment 
  • Dismissal from the course with a grade of “= F”
  • Dismissal from the Program


NSCC Academic Dishonesty (Honor Code)

Any form of academic dishonesty, cheating, plagiarizing, or other academic misconduct is prohibited. “Plagiarism may result from:  (1) failing to cite quotations and borr= owed ideas, (2) failing to enclose borrowed language in quotation marks, and (3) failing to put summaries and paraphrases in your own words” (A Writer’s Reference 331).  Academic dishonest= y may be defined as, but is not limited to, intentionally trying to deceive by claiming credit for the work of another person, using information from a web page or source without citing the reference, fraudulently using someone els= e’s work on an exam, paper, or assignment, recycling your own work from another course, purchasing papers or materials from another source and presenting t= hem as your own, attempting to obtain exams/materials/assignments in advance of= the date of administration by the instructor, impersonating someone else in a testing situation, providing confidential test information to someone else, submitting the same assignment in two different classes without requesting = both instructor’s permission, allowing someone else to copy or use your work, us= ing someone else’s work to complete your own, altering documents, transcripts or grades, and forging a faculty/staff member’s signature.

In addition to other possible disciplinary sanctions that may be imp= osed through regular college procedures as a result of academic dishonesty the instructor has the authority to assign an “F” or a “Zero” for the exercise, paper, or examination or to assign an “F” for the course. 


NSCC Appeals Process

If a student believes that he/she has been erroneously accused of academic dishonesty and if his/her final grade has been lowered as a result, the stu= dent may appeal the case through the appropriate college grade appeal procedures= as outlined in the Student Handbook.


NSCC Academ= ic and Classroom Misconduct

Nashville State Community College has a zero tolerance policy for disruptive conduct in the classroom.  Students whose behavior disrupts the classroom will be subject to disciplinary sanctions.

The instructor has primary responsibility for control over classroom behavior a= nd maintenance of academic integrity.  He/she can order temporary removal or exclusion from the classroom of any student engaged in disruptive conduct or conduct which violates the general rules and regulations of the College.=

Disruptive behavior in the classroom may be defined as, but is not limited to, behavior that obstructs or disrupts the learning environment (e.g., offensive langua= ge, harassment of students and professors, repeated outbursts from a student wh= ich disrupt the flow of instruction or prevent concentration on the subject tau= ght, failure to cooperate in maintaining classroom decorum, etc.), the continued= use of any electronic or other noise or light emitting device which disturbs ot= hers (e.g., disturbing noises from beepers, cell phones, palm pilots, lap-top computers, games, etc.)


Procedures for Disruptive Behavior

If a student disrupts classroom activities, the instructor should:<= /span>

  1. Ask the student = to leave the classroom and meet with the instructor after class to discuss the incident.  If the incident= is resolved the instructor should make a report with the Dean of Students concerning the incident and how the matter was resolved.
  2. Should the stude= nt refuse to leave, the Office of Security should be called to remove the student from the classroom.
  3. After class, the instructor should send a report to the Dean of Students concerning the incident with a recommendation of desired outcome.
  4. Prior to the next class meeting, the student must meet with the Dean of Students.  The student may not attend class u= ntil the disruptive incident has been resolved by the student, instructor a= nd Dean of Students.
  5. The student and instructor will receive written copies of any disciplinary sanctions imposed.
  6. If a student den= ies guilt, he/she will be advised of the opportunity to elect the procedure they wish to pursue toward the disposition of proposed action against them.


Am= ericans with Disabilities Act

<= st1:PlaceName w:st=3D"on">Nashville State Community College complies with the Americans with Disabilities A= ct. If you wish to request any accommodations for this class, please notify the Instructor as soon as possible.

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