The College of Arts and Architecture

6. Other Academic Policies

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6.1 Procedures for Curricular Changes

Proposals for curricular changes may be initiated at any time by any member of the faculty, or group of faculty. Curricular motions must first be approved by a vote of the faculty in the area (as defined in Section 2.4) that is most directly related to the proposal, e.g., strings, winds and percussion, music education, etc. Once the motion has been discussed and approved by the faculty of the area, it is forwarded to the director, who shall consult with the appropriate associate/assistant director and who may request a meeting with the representative, coordinator, or area faculty to discuss the motion, particularly relating to any budgetary, scheduling, or facility implications of the proposal.

6.1.a   Undergraduate Changes

The motion is then forwarded to the Undergraduate Committee who shall discuss the proposal and record their vote. The results of the vote and any concerns about the proposal are reported to the director and to the appropriate area representative. The faculty may at that point amend or withdraw the motion. If it is still supported by a majority of the area’s faculty, the proposal shall be presented to the faculty at large.

The Undergraduate Committee chair shall provide a mechanism for the full faculty to be informed about the proposal. This normally involves a presentation and discussion at a regularly scheduled faculty meeting. Following the presentation and discussion, the motion may proceed to a vote by the faculty or, if further discussion and deliberation are deemed necessary, may return to the area or to the Undergraduate Committee before a revised motion is submitted to the faculty.

As with other motions that require a vote of the faculty, the motion will be circulated among the faculty for a minimum of one week prior to the vote. A 2/3 majority is required to pass a motion.

6.1.b  Graduate Changes

The Graduate School considers the School of Music to have two graduate programs: Music and Music Education.

After the initial steps discussed above, the motion is forwarded to the two graduate program chairs (Music and Music Education). Following that consultation, proposals related to Music curricula (i.e. IUG, MA, MM, DMA) will be reviewed by the School’s Graduate Committee (minus the Music Education representative), and proposals related to Music Education curricula (i.e. MME, PhD) will be handled by the graduate faculty in Music Education. The appropriate group shall discuss the proposal and record their vote. The results of the vote and any concerns about the proposal are reported to the director, associate director of graduate studies, and to the appropriate area representative. The area faculty may, at that point, amend or withdraw the motion. If it is still supported by a majority of the area’s faculty, the proposal shall be presented to the faculty at large.

The appropriate graduate program chair shall provide a mechanism for the full faculty of the School to be informed about the proposal. This normally involves a presentation conducted at a regularly scheduled faculty meeting. Following the presentation and discussion, the motion may proceed to a vote by the appropriate faculty (Music or Music Education graduate faculty) or, if further discussion and deliberation are deemed necessary, may return to the area or to the Graduate Committee/Music Education faculty before a revised motion is submitted to the appropriate voting faculty.

As with other motions that require a vote of the faculty, the motion will be circulated among the appropriate faculty (Music or Music Education graduate faculty) a minimum of one week prior to the vote. A 2/3 majority is required to pass a motion. The director’s office will communicate the results of the vote to the entire faculty.

6.2 Faculty Absences

Faculty are expected to be responsible professionals, fulfilling all obligations for classes, lessons, rehearsals, auditions, committee meetings, and any other duties associated with their appointment. The schedule established by the University with regard to class meeting times, holidays, and beginning and ending of semesters is to be followed. When occasional professional duties necessitate a faculty member’s absence from campus for a few days, the director should be notified and arrangements made for alternative learning experiences or make-up classes. The cancelation of classes for personal reasons, other than those relating to illness and family emergencies, is not permissible. The University policy on faculty absence can be found in HR-80.

6.3 Diversity

The School of Music is committed to supporting the University’s efforts to promote diversity among students, faculty and staff, and its policies relating to nondiscrimination and harassment. Penn State's official Nondiscrimation Policy is:

"The University is committed to equal access to programs, facilities, admission and employment for all persons.  It is the policy of the University to maintain an environment free of harassment and free of discrimination against any person because of age, race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran status, sex, sexual orientation, marital or family status, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, physical or mental disability, gender, perceived gender, gender identity, genetic information or political ideas. Discriminatory conduct and harassment, as well as sexual misconduct and relationship violence, violates the dignity of individuals, impedes the realization of the University’s educational mission, and will not be tolerated. Direct all inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policy to the Affirmative Action Office, The Pennsylvania State University, 328 Boucke Building, University Park, PA 16802-5901, Email: aao@psu.edu, Tel (814) 863-0471."