Important Notices For Students

· · Important Notices For Students
Important Notices For Students 2020-09-17T09:09:36+00:00

Notice of Non-Discrimination

It has been, and will continue to be, the policy of Northwestern State University to be an equal opportunity employer. All employment decisions are based on job related standards and must comply with the principles of equal employment opportunity.

In keeping with this policy, the University will continue to recruit, hire, train, and promote into all job levels the most qualified persons without regard to race, color, gender, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, age, pregnancy or parenting status, veteran status or retirement status. All personnel actions, such as compensation, benefits, transfers, layoffs, training, and education are administered without regard to race, color, gender, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, age, pregnancy or parenting status, veteran status or retirement status.

The University is committed to equal opportunity for student success by providing access to educational programs, tuition assistance, and social and recreational activities for all students without regard to race, color, gender, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, age, pregnancy or parenting status, veteran status or retirement status.

Additionally, the University provides equal access to the Boy Scouts of America and other designated youth groups.

Student and employee complaints or injuries related to Title IX should be directed to the Title IX Coordinator – Kim Johnson Liner (318-357-5570; johnsonk@nsula.edu) located in room #308 of the Friedman Student Union.

In accordance with Section 35.106 of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), all participants, applicants, organizations, and interested individuals are advised and notified that the ADA Coordinator for Northwestern State University is Randi Washington (318-357-4460), located in Room 108 of the Eugene Watson Library. For academic services, contact the Director of Accessibility and Disability Support, Randi Washington (318-357-4460) located in room 108 of the Eugene Watson Library.

Title IX Notices

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination based on sex in educational programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance. To ensure compliance with Title IX and other federal and state civil rights laws, Northwestern State University prohibits discrimination and sexual misconduct on the basis of sex, which includes sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, coercion, and discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.  Retaliation through intimidation, threats, coercion, or discrimination is also prohibited.  It is the intention of the University to take whatever action may be needed to prevent or correct sexual misconduct and, if necessary, sanction individuals who act in violation of this policy.

For more information, please see NSU’s 2020-2021 Student Handbook.

For assistance concerning sexual misconduct, harassment, or assault, please see NSU’s Not Alone webpage.

Contacts for Assistance:

  • Title IX Coordinator; Director of Student Advocacy, Kim Johnson Liner, (318) 357-5570
  • Interim VP for Student Experience and Dean of Students, Frances Conine, (318) 357-5285
  • Director of Accountability and Student Conduct, Traci LaBom Norris (318) 357-5286
  • Counseling and Career Services (318) 357-5621
  • Student Health Services (318) 357-5351

Contacts for Emergencies:    

  • University Police (318) 357-5431 (This number can contact an NSU Counselor 24/7 or a Confidential Advisor)
  • 911
  • Sexual Assault Hotline (800) 656-4673

Campus Climate Survey Regarding Sexual and Relationship Violence

In March 2016, Northwestern State’s Office of the Dean of Students administered the Louisiana Board of Regents mandated Everfi Campus Climate Survey to 3750 students who attend the Natchitoches campus. The purpose of this survey was to gain insight about the campus atmosphere regarding sexual and relationship violence. To view the results, please click here: http://studentaffairs.nsula.edu/

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA of 1990:

Northwestern State University and the Office of Accessibility and Disability Support are committed to making students with disabilities full participants in university programs, services, and activities through its compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. The OADS coordinates services and accommodations for students with disabilities and serves as an information center concerning disability-related issues. The OADS is committed to providing equal educational opportunities to students by minimizing the impact of functional limitations upon their academic and non-academic lives through providing reasonable accommodations to ODS registered students.

Reasonable accommodations are modifications to a course, program, service, or employment that do not fundamentally alter the course or program. Appropriate accommodations are determined through the individual intake appointment by reviewing documentation submitted by a qualified and licensed professional, discussion with the student, and evaluating the essential requirements of a course or program. After the intake appointment, a student will have approved accommodations available for use at their discretion.

NSU Accessibility and Disability Support Website: http://studentaffairs.nsula.edu/disability-support/

Director of Accessibility and Disability Support: Randi Washington, Eugene Watson Library, Room 108,  318-357-4460, washingtonr@nsula.edu.

Counselor, Accessibility and Disability Support: Abby Ferguson, Eugene Watson Library, Room 108, 318-357-4460, fergusona@nsula.edu.

Director, Facilities Services: Dale WohletzFacilities Services Complex, 318-357-4519, wohletz@nsula.edu.

Drug-Free Schools and Campuses Regulations:

Northwestern State Alcohol & Drug Policy

Northwestern State University students are expected to be familiar with and abide by the policies governing alcohol and drugs on campus.

The university prohibits possession or consumption of alcohol on campus and the possession of alcoholic beverage containers except as provided by university policy that complies with all state and federal statutes.   Northwestern State University conforms to all local, state, and federal laws regarding the use of alcohol and other drugs on campus. Northwestern is a member of the Drug-Free schools and campuses and abides by their standards regarding policies, athletic programs, educational programs, enforcement, and assessment. Students and employees who fail to abide by university policies regarding alcohol and other drugs will be subject to disciplinary action according to established university policies and procedures that conform to local, state, and federal laws.

Students and employees of Northwestern State University are hereby informed that the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession or use of controlled substances is prohibited on university property. Students and employees of the University found to be illegally manufacturing, distributing, dispensing, possessing or using controlled dangerous substances on university property shall be subject to disciplinary action in accordance with applicable policies of the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors and Northwestern State University as well as Federal, State of Louisiana and local laws.  In addition to university disciplinary action, students and employees found to be illegally manufacturing, distributing, dispensing, possessing, or using controlled substances shall also be subject to criminal prosecution.  The term “controlled dangerous substance,” means a drug, substance, or immediate precursor in Schedule I through V of Louisiana RS40:964.

A complete listing of NSU sanctions, Federal, State and local laws, health risks and alcohol and drug support services are found in the NSU Student Handbook here.

Tobacco Free Policy

Effective August 1, 2014, Northwestern State University became a Tobacco-Free University. The use of all tobacco products in any form, and the use of e-cigarettes are prohibited on all campuses and property of Northwestern State University. This policy applies to all students, faculty, staff and visitors at all University events and all University facilities. Whether indoor or outdoor. The Tobacco-Free policy also applies to housing located on the property of Northwestern State University.

To clarify the above statements, the use of tobacco products is always prohibited, on all Northwestern State University property and as follows:

  • In all interior space on Northwestern State’s main campus and all satellite locations
  • In all property leased or operated by Northwestern State
  • In all housing located on the Northwestern State campus
  • In all indoor and outdoor athletic facilities, the entire facility
  • In any vehicle owned or leased by Northwestern State,
  • In all personal vehicles while on the campus of Northwestern State, while parked or moving.

In accordance with ACT No. 211, of the 2013 State of Louisiana Legislative Session, and in accordance with Louisiana Revised Statute 40:1300.263, all public post-secondary institutions shall be smoke free, and nothing shall prohibit a public post-secondary institution from developing a tobacco–free policy for its campus, the University has established a Tobacco-Free Policy. “Smoke-Free” means the prohibition of smoking as defined in R.S. 40:1300.253(14). “Tobacco-Free” means the prohibition of the use of tobacco derived or containing products, as defined in R.S. 40:1300.263(B)(2). All facilities, property (whether owned or leased), and all vehicles of Northwestern State University regardless of campus or location are Tobacco Free. 

University Policies

Fall 2020

 Disability Statement

In accordance with Section 35.106 of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), all participants, applicants, organizations , and interested individuals are advised and notified that the Interim ADA Coordinator for Northwestern State University is the Executive Director of Institutional Effectiveness & Human Resources, Veronica M. Biscoe (318-357-6359), located in #111 Caspari Hall. For academic services, contact the Director of Disability Support and Tutoring, Randi Washington in the Office of Disability Support, which is located in Watson Library in the Academic Success Center; telephone (318)357-4460 or TTD (318)357-4393.

 Student Academic Honesty Statement

Academic dishonesty is defined as the following: 1) acquiring or using a published test bank, 2) copying from another student’s test, paper or computer file, 3) using unauthorized materials during a test, 4) collaborating during a test with any other person by giving or receiving information without authority, 5) stealing, buying, or otherwise obtaining non-administered or unauthorized tests, 6) selling or giving away non-administered or unauthorized tests, 7) bribing anyone to obtain information about a test, 8) substituting for another student or permitting another person to substitute for oneself to take a test, 9) submitting as your own, in fulfillment of academic requirements, any work prepared totally or in part by another, 10) supplying to another student any theme, report, or other work for use in fulfilling academic requirements, and 11) plagiarism, defined as the use of another person’s work and the unacknowledged incorporations of that work in one’s own work that is offered for credit. Students are expected to abide by the Northwestern State University Academic Honor Code for all educational work including electronic and on-line course work, internships, and other academic pursuits outside the traditional classroom.

Academic dishonesty will result in one or more of the following disciplinary measures to be decided by the course instructor: 1) verbal/written warning including creation of a record in Judicial Affairs, 2) conference with department chair or dean, 3) reduction of test/course grade to an “F”. And, 4) a student may subsequently be referred to Judicial Affairs and receive additional disciplinary sanctions including educational alternatives, probation, suspension or expulsion from Northwestern as a result of academic dishonesty. Refer to the section in the Student Handbook.

Sexual Harassment & Assault

Please refer to the following website for complete information: https://www.nsula.edu/notalone/

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination based on sex in educational programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance. NSU is committed to equal opportunity for student success by providing access to educational programs, tuition assistance, and social and recreational activities for all students without regard to race, color, gender, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, age, pregnancy or parenting status, veteran status, or retirement status. Student complaints or inquiries related to Title IX should be directed to the Director of Student Advocacy/Title IX Coordinator, Kim Johnson Liner, (318-357-5570 or johnsonk@nsula.edu), located in room #308 of the Student Services Center.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): In accordance with Section 35.106 of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), all participants, applicants, organizations , and interested individuals are advised and notified that the Interim ADA Coordinator for Northwestern State University is the Executive Director of Institutional Effectiveness & Human Resources, Veronica M. Biscoe (318-357-6359), located in #111 Caspari Hall. For academic services, contact the Director of Disability Support and Tutoring, Randi Washington (318-357-4460), located in room #234 of the Friedman Student Union.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement: Northwestern State University defines diversity as including, but not limited to differences in age, gender identity and expression, religion, language, sexuality, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, race, mental and physical abilities, and geographic background. In our mission to understand our differences, we also hope to realize our commonalities and recognize how all these parts of our identities shape each of our experiences of the world. We are dedicated to fostering a community based on empathy, thoughtful dialogue, personal growth, and action.

Social Media: Every Northwestern State University student is encouraged to help create an environment that promotes learning, dignity, and mutual respect for everyone in classrooms and on social media. Students should be aware of their association with and responsibilities to NSU while using social media, whether on official NSU sites or in personal communication. Students must also keep in mind that once digital content is created, they have very little control over how that content is shared or how permanent it becomes, and so the impact of statements and the online persona must be considered, especially in regard to potential classmates and employers.  Students should exercise their freedom of speech to communicate online with respect, which includes adhering to the Student Code of Conduct and reading and responding carefully to others in order to understand their point-of-view. Students must take responsibility for their words and criticism should be constructive, respect diversity, and show tolerance of differences. Students should make it clear that they are stating an opinion and not acting as an official representative of

NSU when using social media for personal communication. When that may seem unclear, it may be useful to use a disclaimer such as, “views and opinion expressed are my own and do not reflect those of NSU.”

Classroom Civility: Northwestern State University students, faculty, and staff are expected to create an environment that promotes academic excellence, personal dignity, mutual respect, and individual responsibility in both face-to-face and electronic educational settings regardless of the content of the ideas and opinions being shared. Our diverse backgrounds as individuals combined with ideas and concepts being taught and discussed require that we demonstrate respect for ideas and opinions that may differ from our own. It is part of the educational process to think critically about our own reactions, beliefs, and opinions, and examine why we hold them.  Students who use inappropriate language, are verbally abusive, display defiance or disrespect to others, or behave aggressively toward others, speak at inappropriate times, take frequent breaks, interrupt the class by coming to class late or leaving early, engage in loud or distracting behaviors, use cell phones or other noise-making electronic devices like watches with alarms, listen to music on headphones, or play with computers or hand held games during the class period may be asked to leave the class and may be subjected to disciplinary action. The instructor of a course may deem additional behaviors or actions inappropriate; these actions or behaviors will be outlined in the course syllabus. Students who are online and make others feel unwelcome, disrespected, harassed, use inappropriate language, are verbally abusive, or display defiance or disrespect to others may also be subjected to disciplinary action under the Northwestern State University Student Code of Conduct and Sanctions (Article VII  Sanctions). Copies of the infractions and sanctions are available on the NSU website at NSU Student Handbook.

Attendance: Class attendance is an obligation and a privilege. All students are expected to attend their enrolled classes. Students in professional degree programs (e.g., Nursing, Allied Health, Education) are required to meet the minimum number of attendance or clinical hours each semester in each course. Failure to attend classes or clinical hours may jeopardize the students’ scholastic standing in their courses and may lead to suspension from the University.

Students are responsible for all class activities missed during their absences or tardiness, whether excused or unexcused. In the case of planned absence, students are responsible for anticipating such conflicts and discussing them with their instructors in advance, preferably at the beginning of the semester. In the case of unplanned absence, students shall submit documentation to their instructors upon their return to the respective class. In the case of long-term absences due to quarantine, medical treatments, military orders, or other situations, students must contact their instructors at the beginning of the period of absence to discuss a plan for completing the semester. Students tardy for a class meeting should resolve the matter with their instructors at the end of the class period during which the tardiness occurred.

Course instructors are required to state expectations regarding class attendance during the first week of classes in writing to the students and must maintain a permanent attendance record for

each class. Instructors may establish grading policies that incorporate attendance requirements, including policies and penalties for class absence, tardy attendance, make-up work, and late coursework. Instructors may excuse an absence for documented illness and doctor appointments, personal and family issues, and other similar situations at their discretion pursuant to the class attendance policy, and shall excuse absences for official University-excused activities reported by University personnel, for religious observances supported by students’ religious beliefs, for official military orders and for first responder orders during emergencies, scheduled court appearances, and jury duty. The instructor may treat the tardiness as an absence pursuant to the class attendance policy.

Acceptance of make-up work and penalties for late work are determined by instructors’ discretion pursuant to the written attendance policy for the course. For students with excessive unexcused absences (ten percent or more of the total class meetings), instructors may complete the Non-Attendance Report of Grade Form and submit it to the academic dean of the course recommending that the student be dropped from the roster of that class. A grade of “F” shall be given if a student has unsatisfactory academic performance in the course and may be given if the student has five or more unexcused absences for MWF classes, four or more unexcused absences for MW or TR classes, two or more unexcused absences from classes that meet for three hours one time a week (Monday-Saturday), and two or more weeks of unexcused absences from Internet classes.

Official University-excused absences shall be sanctioned by the academic dean, dean of students, or the athletic director or the dean or director designee. Course instructors shall be notified in advance when students are participating in official University activities.

*updated August 20, 2020