Student Expectations

Student Expectations


Participation Rubric

Iowa Central Rubric

*Please note that you will be administratively withdrawn only if you do not participate, take a quiz, or submit an assignment in the first week of class.

Related Post vs. Not Related Post
Students receive participation points based upon the number of days a student posts and the total number of posts made (see Participation Rubric) up to ten points per week.  Iowa Central uses Central Time Zone year- round for tracking weekly participation.  You need to contribute to the discussion, not just acknowledge, or “log on.”  Posts made to the Meet-N-Greet, FAQ’s, or other generic comments will not be graded as “Related.”  Our overall objective in this class is to learn together and that is best accomplished by “listening,” reflecting, and asking questions.  When stating or defending a theory, substantiate and when possible, document your reasoning.  When questioning the ideas of another student, respect their opinions and ask your questions graciously.  Simply stating comments such as “I agree” or “You are correct” are not considered active and relevant participation.  Try asking probing questions about the responses you read.  Using “open ended questions” can also add to the overall learning environment.  An open-ended question is one that cannot be answered using “yes” or “no” responses.  Also, comment on the ideas being presented by your classmates.  What do you agree with, specifically?  Why do you think your classmate made a good point?  How might what was stated help you understand the ideas from the reading or assignment activity? What kinds of ideas do you associate with the given responses?  Explain your answers.  In most cases, a “Related” post should consist of more than one or two sentences. Participation points can only be earned by participating in the current week. Posts made to future weeks or previous weeks will be marked “Not Related.”
Weekly posting will be calculated based upon days posted and the number of “Related” posts.  Use the rubric above to assist you in calculating the number of points you may receive for the week.  Your instructor will grade your post as “Related” or “Not Related.”   The following criteria will also help you to determine whether your post is graded as “Related” or “Not Related.”

Related posts are:

  • Meaningful, insightful, and go beyond the obvious
  • Relevant to the topic and contain pertinent information
  • Demonstrating an understanding of the material
  • Expressive of personal opinions or counter arguments in a way that is respectful to students and instructor
  • Written in complete sentences and free of grammatical errors. This may not be an English class, but it is college level.  One error is accepted but multiple errors are not.

Not Related posts are:

  • Short statements that lack an understanding of the material
  • A repeat of what others have stated with no original information or additional insight
  • Demeaning  or negative toward another student or instructor
  • Not relevant to the topic or details regarding the topic are not clear
  • Lacking supporting information behind the main idea
  • Written in incomplete sentences and/or containing more than one grammar/spelling error
  • Those that contain plagiarism or posts that fail to cite an outside source that was use
  • Those that are made to previous or future weeks. Only posts made to the current week are counted into participation for that week.

Students who choose not to post or have posts that are considered “Not Related” will not receive points for participation.  Failing to post to the forums does not constitute as an official withdraw from a course.  If you find the need to withdraw, you must complete the withdraw form which can be found on the website.  To withdraw, go to Please note that you will be administratively withdrawn only if you do not participate, take a quiz, or submit an assignment in the first week of class.

Be sure to read the information and complete the form.  There may be ramifications of financial aid, full-time/part-time enrollment status, final grades, etc.  You must withdraw within the first week (7 days) of class in order to receive a 100% refund.  Withdrawing after the first week will result in charges for the tuition and the course appearing on your official transcript.

FAQ Forum

The course FAQ forum can be used to ask the instructor or other student’s questions pertaining to the course. You can use this forum as a question and answer forum or simply as an open educational forum. Since it is an open class forum for all to see, all posting in the FAQ should always be done with the purpose of expanding your educational experience in a respectful way to all. Please read all new posts to the weekly FAQ forum as you may find the comments/questions informative and class updates may be posted here.

You are encouraged to interact with your fellow class mates in the FAQ forum, but these posts will not be counted toward your weekly participation points and will be marked “Not Related.”

Follow all compliances set by Iowa Central Community College:

A student is to have completed all program courses for the semester prior to the one in which they are currently enrolling with a “C” or better grade. Any exception will have to be approved in writing by the Program Director and Director of the Department.

Discrimination Complaint Procedures Policy Statement

It is the policy of Iowa Central Community College to provide for the prompt, fair and impartial consideration and disposition of complaints involving issues of discrimination on grounds of race, religion, sex, age, national origin or disability without fear of reprisal or sanctions. For this purpose, the following complaint procedures are instituted for all Iowa Central Community College employees, students and all persons who have submitted application for employment or admission. Iowa Central Community College assures that full cooperation will be provided to any individual who files a complaint of discrimination. Further, the College is committed to a program of Affirmative Action (A.A.) and will carry out, as appropriate in each individual case, the terms of the complaint adjustment. Persons wishing to file a complaint may decide to resolve the matter through the informal complaint procedure, the formal complaint procedure, or both, following the steps outlined below. The complainant may contact the A.A. Officer at any time for advice. The A.A. Officer at Iowa Central is Judge Brown, Ext. 2602.

Family Education Right and Privacy Act (FERPA)
Iowa Central Community College does not release any student information to parents, law enforcement, or any agency without a signed release of information from the student or a court subpoena for the information. FERPA (Family Education Right and Privacy Act) guidelines are available on the web

Formal Complaint Procedure
The formal complaint procedure will be used by all Iowa Central Community College employees, students and all persons who have submitted applications for employment or admission.

1. Iowa Central Community College requires that an aggrieved person who believes that he/she has been discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, age, national origin or disability submit a written complaint to the A.A. Officer. This written complaint must be sent to the A.A. Officer within 30 calendar days following the occurrence of the matter which causes him/her to believe discrimination has occurred, or 30 calendar days after he/she discovered the matter. The written complaint will contain the date of occurrence of the matter, location, party or parties involved, witnesses and the facts and/or rationale of the complaint.

2. The complainant will have an interview with the A.A. Officer to discuss the complaint. The A.A. Officer shall advise the complainant as appropriate of the following rights:

a. He/she may have a representative with him/her at any meetings with the A.A. Officer.

b. The complainant may, at any time within the complaint procedure, but within 90 days of the occurrence of the matter, file a complaint with the Human Rights Commission in Fort Dodge.

c. The complainant may file a complaint with the Iowa Civil Rights Commission in Des Moines within 180 days of the occurrence of the matter, and with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Kansas City within 360 days of said occurrence.

d. He/she may also be advised of the right to file a complaint with any other appropriate agency(ies).

3. The A.A. Officer will have 21 calendar days in which to make a complete inquiry into the complaint. The A.A. Officer may conduct the investigation personally or through the use of a qualified fact-finder selected from a list of College employees trained by the A.A. Officer or an appropriate agency for this purpose. This inquiry will include a thorough and documented review of the circumstances under which the alleged discrimination occurred. The inquirer shall be permitted access to relevant data and to all individuals involved.

4. The A.A. Officer will contact the complainant within 21 days and furnish this individual with a written summary of the inquiry.

a. If a satisfactory resolution of the complaint is arrived at, the terms of said resolution shall be reduced to writing and made a part of a Complainant File, with a copy of the terms of the resolution provided the complainant.

b. If a satisfactory resolution of the complaint is not arrived at, the complainant shall be advised of the A.A. Officer’s recommended disposition of the complaint. The complainant will have 10 days to request, in writing, that the President review the complaint. The President will review the complaint and take such action as he/she deems appropriate. These procedures will be regarded as minimum standards for furnishing any person an opportunity to be heard on complaints regarding suspected acts of discrimination. The complainant reserves the right to withdraw the complaint at any time during informal or formal complaint procedures.

Informal Complaint Procedures
A student or a person who has a discrimination complaint and wishes to use the informal grievance procedure will proceed in the following manner. The individual will schedule an informal discussion with the Vice President of EMSD or his/her designate. This informal discussion will be at an opportune time within 10 working days after the matter causing the individual to believe discrimination has occurred, or 10 days after he/she has discovered the matter, provided the discovery is within six months of the occurrence. At this informal discussion, the individual and the Vice President of EMSD may each request the presence of a third party and/or the AA Officer. If the complaint is not resolved, the complainant may then proceed, within the following 30 calendar days, through the administrative line of authority to the succeeding levels of supervision. An informal resolution can be achieved at any time if all parties are satisfied with the outcome of the meeting.

Sexual Harassment Prohibition
All members of Iowa Central Community College, including, but not limited to, the administration, the faculty, the staff, and students are expected to conduct themselves at all times so as to provide an atmosphere free from sexual harassment. This includes, but is not limited to, interaction between faculty and students. Any person who engages in sexual harassment as a member of Iowa Central Community College will be in violation of this policy and subject to disciplinary procedures, which may include termination. Sexual harassment is defined as any unwelcome sexual advance, request for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical contact of a sexual nature when

1. Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment or educational development; or

2. Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for either employment or education decisions affecting such individual; or

3. Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or educational performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work or educational environment.

Sexual harassment is prohibited in any Iowa Central Community College activity or program, including academics, extracurricular activities, research related programs or activities, occupational training, or athletics, either intramural, interscholastic, or intercollegiate. Any member of the Iowa Central Community College community, i.e., faculty, students, or employees, who believe that he/she is being subjected to sexual harassment should notify the supervisor, department head, or administrator immediately. An investigation will be undertaken and appropriate sanctions and corrective measures will be instituted if the allegations warrant such action. Iowa Central Community College will not tolerate or condone any form of sexual harassment.

Other Iowa Central Compliance Information
Other compliance information can be found at the following websites:

Scholastic Dishonesty
Iowa Central Community College may initiate disciplinary proceedings against a student accused of scholastic dishonesty. Scholastic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, cheating and plagiarizing. Plagiarism is presenting someone else’s words as one’s own, whether in writing or in speaking. Cheating and plagiarism, whether intentional or accidental, are serious offenses. Scholastic dishonesty will not be tolerated in any course. Plagiarism and other forms of cheating are examples of such dishonesty and will result in serious consequences.

Disciplinary Action by the Instructor—An instructor who suspects a student of scholastic dishonesty will inform the student of the allegation as soon as possible. It is up to the instructor to determine the disciplinary action to be taken, which could include giving the student a zero for the assignment, reducing the student’s grade for the course, assigning an “F” for the course, or other action. The instructor will send a written report of the incident to the student, the appropriate department chair and the Vice-President of Instruction. If the instructor concludes that the incident merits additional disciplinary action (such as suspension or expulsion), he/she will send a written report of the case to the Vice-President of Instruction for recommended additional disciplinary action.

Code of Conduct
As a student of one of Iowa Central’s online programs, I will abide by all rules and regulations of Iowa Central.  I agree that I may be subject to disciplinary actions established by the College to address violations of the honor code.  I will take sole responsibility for my actions in the online courses.  All coursework, unless otherwise given prior approval, will be completed solely by me.  Collaboration on quizzes, tests, assignments,  and other academic exercises are not tolerated by Iowa Central.  I have a understanding of what actions are portrayed as cheating/plagiarism by me as a student.   All work will be my own work and without copyright violations.

As an Iowa Central student and user of iNET, I respect the privacy of other users and will adhere to this policy by not harassing, abusing, or insulting other students, professors, or administrators at Iowa Central.  I will respect the integrity of the computer systems and will not disrupt the learning environment.  I will not wrongfully hack computer systems and will not abuse copyright policies and laws.

Violators of this policy will be subject to disciplinary action by administrators of Iowa Central and may lead to expulsion from the institution.