Faculty Resources & Services

Faculty/Student Communication

Faculty should provide students with their Fontbonne e-mail address and their preferred means of communication.

All faculty members are expected to keep weekly office hours. Adjunct faculty are strongly encouraged to maintain at least one office hour per week. Faculty must post the times they are available on the office door or on the department bulletin board and should make these times known to the department assistant.

Classroom Observations

Maintaining a high level of quality in the curriculum, instruction, and services to students is of paramount importance to Fontbonne University. Those part-time faculty designated as senior lecturers will be observed every three years, while those designated as lecturers will be observed every two years. New part-time faculty will be observed during their first year at Fontbonne.

The Classroom Observation Form of Full-Time and Adjunct Faculty Members is available in the Office of Academic Affairs.

The major areas under review include:

  • Knowledge of subject matter
  • Organization of content
  • Presentation/teaching skills
  • Student-to-student/instructor-to-student interactions
  • Course construction/materials and environment


Responsibility for class attendance rests with the individual student; however, faculty members must take attendance. The accurate recording of student's attendance has financial aid implications. Fontbonne University expects regular attendance. Faculty who use regular attendance as part of the course requirements for evaluation purposes should notify their classes of the policy in writing on the course syllabus distributed at the first class meeting.

Each instructor is expected to give reasonable consideration to the feasibility of make-up work. Students are directly responsible to instructors for class attendance and for work missed during an absence for any cause.

8-Week Courses

If a student misses the first class of an undergraduate course that meets for eight weeks or less on a weekly basis, the student is automatically withdrawn from the course by the Registrar's Office. An exception to this policy will only occur when the student has obtained prior approval to miss the first class from the faculty member teaching the course.

A student-athlete is not allowed to register for an eight-week course during the season of the student's sport without the written consent of the athletic director and the faculty academic advisor.

Unannounced Absence/Tardiness

In the event that a class has not been notified of the absence or late arrival of a faculty member:

  • For classes which meet two or more times per week, students must wait 15 minutes before leaving a class.
  • For classes which meet only once per week, students must wait 30 minutes before leaving a class.

Class Cancellation

Faculty are responsible for all scheduled classes and should be prompt in meeting and dismissing classes. if it is not possible to conduct a class due to a related professional commitment, the faculty is to contact the department chairperson to make appropriate arrangements. Any changes in class location, time or date should be cleared in advance with the Registrar's Office and the department chairperson.

If a faculty member must cancel class on short notice due to an emergency situation such as illness, the faculty must contact the Registrar's office in order for a class cancelation notice to be posted. The faculty member should also notify the department chairperson. The instructor is encouraged to notify students in the class via email and/or the online course management system.

Children in Classrooms and Offices

Infants and children create a distraction in a work setting. Except in an emergency, infants and children need to be taken care of elsewhere.

Fontbonne's liability coverage does not extend to children of employees or children of students.

Only the instructor and students registered for a class are permitted to attend the class. Reasonable exceptions include guest speakers, faculty or administrators observing the class, and prospective students visiting a class.

Field Trips/Policy on Transportation

Any Fontbonne employees intending to drive Fontbonne students on a planned University-sponsored activity in University rented vehicles or in privately-owned vehicles must be approved by Fontbonne University as an authorized driver, must hold a Missouri Class E driver's license or equivalent from another state, and must adhere to the guidelines stated in the university policy. Planned University-sponsored activities include, but are not limited to, class field trips, athletic events, service projects and trips.

Any Fontbonne students intending to drive Fontbonne employees and/or students on a planned University-sponsored activity in a University rented vehicle must be approved by Fontbonne University as an authorized driver and must adhere to the guidelines stated in the university policy. Students are not permitted to drive University-owned vehicles. Final permission for an authorized student driver to drive other University owned or rented vehicles is at the discretion of the activity sponsor. Planned University-sponsored activities include, but are not limited to, class field trips, athletic contests, service projects, and trips.

Please review the transportation policies carefully in Fontbonne University Policy Manual, Volume II, 2.8.1.

Academic Freedom and Professional Expertise

Academic Freedom

Members of the faculty are entitled to full academic freedom as obtained in other American institutions of higher learning. The 1940 Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure, including The 1970 Interpretive Comments, as officially endorsed by the American Association of University Professors, is the guideline.

More specifically, the University recognizes that faculty and students are entitled to full freedom of inquiry and expression in their educational pursuits under the principle of academic freedom. The University therefore affirms the vital importance of free inquiry to its educational mission, endorses the right of its faculty and students to free inquiry and expression, and expects them to exercise these freedoms responsibly. This belief in the critical importance of responsible free inquiry and expression is and will continue to be central to the University's support of its faculty in their academic activities, including their teaching, research, and publication. The University understands the special situation and role of faculty-supervised student publications, performances, exhibits, internships, and other practical and creative work. The University affirms that these activities because they are a significant part of the educational experience and require freedom of inquiry and expression.

Professional Expertise

Faculty members must have a broad and up-to-date knowledge of their field. Courses should be organized in a clear, logical, and challenging manner. Course objectives, structure, and bibliographies should be periodically revised. Relationships to concrete situations and to other departments should be made. High standards of scholarship should be evident in the teacher's own work and required in students' work.

Classroom Responsibilities

Both faculty and students have responsibilities within the classroom.

The following list of some of the primary responsibilities has been developed in order to maximize teaching and learning at Fontbonne University:


  • Shows respect for students and other faculty
  • Does not discriminate against any student for any reason
  • Sets standards for excellence in student work
  • Encourages student participation in discussion, when appropriate
  • Is open-minded and responsive to student questions and comments
  • Uses effective examples in class to aid students' understanding
  • Uses a variety of teaching methods to address different learning styles
  • Is available outside of class for consultation
  • Is prepared for each and every class
  • Shows enthusiasm about the subject material
  • Demonstrates knowledge of the subject
  • Shows interest in students' success outside the classroom
  • Begins and ends each class on time
  • Uses textbook(s) as an integral part of the course if a text is required
  • Develops a clear syllabus with an explicit description of course requirements and grading policy
  • Develops a clear and fair attendance policy in accordance with University policies
  • Provides timely feedback on tests, papers, and projects
  • Develops tests and assignments that fairly and accurately assess the knowledge gained in the course
  • Maintains involvement in his or her professional field


  • Makes education one of his or her top priorities
  • Prepares for each class by completing all readings and assignments
  • Attends class regularly
  • Comes to class on time
  • Remains until class is over
  • Asks relevant questions in class for clarification or seeks help outside of class (as needed)
  • Pays attention during class
  • Studies approximately two hours per week for each credit hour taken (undergraduate); three-four hours (graduate)
  • Adheres to policies regarding academic honesty
  • Submits complete assignments on time according to instructors' requirements
  • Informs the instructor of any special circumstances in a timely manner (e.g., athletics, ADA accommodations)
  • Participates in class discussions
  • Shows respect for other students and instructor in the classroom
  • Shows respect for alternative points of view

Academic Regulations and Grading Details

General academic information, policies, and regulations are explained in the Fontbonne University Catalog.

Grading and evaluation details are available in the Fontbonne University Policy Manual, Volume VI.

At the beginning of each semester, instructors will inform the students in the class of the factors taken into consideration for grading each course. Methods of grading and evaluations should be included in the course syllabus.

To express the quality of a student's work in numerical form, letter grades are translated into quality points. Each grade carries a specific number of quality points.

The grade point average (GPA) is calculated by dividing the quality points earned by the credit hours attempted. Note that the grade point average is figured on the basis of credit hours attempted, not credit hours passed. Grades of Pass, No-Pass, and Incomplete do not carry quality points and are not computed in the GPA.

An undergraduate student who has a minimum of 30 credit hours may choose the pass/no pass (P/NP) grading option for selected courses, not to exceed six courses. This policy allows a student the opportunity to explore unfamiliar discipline areas. A student may not choose the P/NP grading option in courses required for the major, minor, concentration or certificate unless the student first obtains approval from the department chairperson.

If a student is earning a passing grade in a course but does not complete the requirements of the course in a timely manner due to extraordinary circumstances that occur within the last two or three weeks of the semester and are beyond their control (e.g., serious illness), the student may request a grade of Incomplete (I). The request must be made on the appropriate form obtained from the Registrar's Office.

If a grade from a particular course does reach the Registrar's Office in time for the semester reports, the student will receive a deferred grade (X). As soon as the grade becomes available, it will be recorded on the student's transcript.

Course Syllabus or Outline

A syllabus for each course should be made available in the Office of Academic Affairs and kept up-to-date with semester revisions. Two copies are to be submitted at the beginning of the semester to the departmental chairperson, who will file one copy with the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Faculty members are expected to give a written course syllabus to each student in each class at the beginning of each course.

The course syllabus should include at least the following items:

1.  Course information, including semester/year, course number and title, meetings, instructor

2.  Contact information and availability

3.  A course description and/or objectives

4.  Required materials

5.  Course outcomes

6.  Course content, including an outline of major topics and tentative schedule

7.  Instructional methods/student activities

8.  Requirements for the course such as assignments, term papers, and examinations

9.  A statement of policy on grading for the course which includes:
a. Those items that constitute the final grade
b. How the calculation of the final grade will be determined

10.  A statement of attendance policy

11.  Withdrawal deadline

11.  A subject-change-clause and statement of student responsibility

12.  A statement on academic integrity

13.  A statement of nondiscrimination

14.  A statement of accommodation of students with disabilities

Standards for Writing

Instructors evaluate five basic elements of writing during evaluation. Though these elements are called by many different names, they can be summed up in the following list. It is important to note that some instructors, depending on the academic discipline or the specific course or assignment, may weigh some elements more heavily than others. The first three are considered major elements, and a writing assignment may be considered inadequate if one of these elements is missing or seriously flawed.

  • Focus
  • Development
  • Organization
  • Style
  • Convention

Details of these elements, how they operate at each grade, and criteria for an A, B, C, D, and F paper are available HERE.

Code of Student Character and Conduct

Fontbonne's tradition has always involved a commitment to facilitating the development of ethical, moral, and value awareness in the entire campus community, including students. It is our belief that the campus environment can be a positive influence on students' values. A basic assumption is that students at Fontbonne are motivated, mature, and responsible.

Guidelines meant to support that assumption are available in the Fontbonne University Policy Manual, Volume VII.

Academic Integrity

According to its mission, Fontbonne University is committed to graduating global citizens who are prepared to think critically, act ethically, and assume responsibility as citizens and leaders. Fontbonne University expects the highest standards of integrity from its students.

A violation of academic integrity includes, but is not limited to, any act of cheating, plagiarism, fabrication, dissimulation, and any act of aiding and abetting academic dishonesty. In cases where academic integrity is in question, the following definitions and policies will apply:

Cheating is a purposeful deception in the preparation and/or submission of papers and assignments and the taking of exams, tests, or quizzes.

Plagiarism is the representation of the words and ideas of another as one’s own in any academic exercise. Plagiarism includes failing to give a citation for using work from another person or source. Modifications and rephrasing do not reduce the requirement for giving a citation. This also applies to information obtained electronically, such as from the Internet.

Fabrication is the deliberate falsification or invention of any information or citation in any academic exercise, including making up a source, giving an incorrect citation, or misquoting a source.

Dissimulation is the disguising or altering of one’s own actions with the intent to deceive another about the real nature of one's actions concerning an academic exercise. Examples include fabricating excuses for such things as missing classes, postponing tests, handing in late papers, and turning in a paper for one class that was originally written for another class (when original work is requested).

Individual instructors will set specific policies regarding academic integrity. In general, students may expect to receive a 0 on any assignment, exam, test, or quiz and perhaps fail a course when a violation of academic integrity has occurred.

Broader violations of academic integrity include, but are not limited to:

Abuse of resources is the damaging of any resource material or inappropriately limiting access to resource material that is necessary for academic work. Abuse includes hiding library materials; removing non-circulating material from the library; hiding or stealing another person's textbook, notes, or software; and failure to return library materials when requested by the library.

Forgery of academic documents is the unauthorized changing or construction of any academic document, such as changing transcripts, changing grade books, changing grades on papers which have been returned, and forging signatures. Completion of an application for any academic program that omits or falsifies any requested information would be another example. Such violations can result in the revocation of the application even if approval was previously granted on the basis of fabricated information.

Sabotage is the damaging or impeding of the academic work of another student. Sabotage includes ruining another student's lab work or destroying another student' term paper.

Aiding and abetting academic dishonesty is knowingly facilitating any act defined above.

Violations of academic integrity have a broad impact on the university and will result in university review and action. Faculty who observe violations of academic integrity are asked to report all violations to the Office of Academic Affairs where records of violations will be maintained for five years. University review and action may include tutorials on the appropriate use of materials, academic probation, or expulsion, depending on the nature of the offense.

Specific procedures for disciplinary action are detailed in the Griffin Scratch and Fontbonne University Policy Manual, Volume VI.

Course Schedule & University Catalog


Faculty should consult with the department chairperson regarding textbook choices and orders.

The campus bookstore has initiated a textbook rental policy. In general, faculty are responsible for ordering textbooks directly through the bookstore. Order forms may be obtained in the mailroom or the bookstore.

The bookstore manager will set appropriate deadlines for ordering textbooks each semester. Such deadlines are generally published in the Academic Activities Calendar. Desk copies should be requested directly from the publishing company by the instructor.

Class Roster

Class rosters are no longer available in hard copy. Attendance should be recorded through the faculty portal in GriffinNet. Watch your university email for dates and procedures.

See your department chair if there are any questions about the roster.

Or contact the Registrar: 314-889-1421 / registraroffice@fontbonne.edu


Mid-semester examinations are given at the discretion of the instructor.

Semester examinations in each course are optional. Ordinarily, each faculty member decides the value and importance of the final examination in terms of the nature of the course and its objectives.

The decision regarding the examination should be announced early in the semester. In those instances where no examination is given, faculty members must be certain that they have sufficient evidence from other assignments and/or tests to give the student a just grade.

Students do not make up regular tests and examinations missed because of absence except at the instructor’s discretion.

Examination Schedules
Exam schedules for each semester are printed in the front of the semester course schedules. Please refer to the fall or spring semester course schedule to determine when exams will be held. Frequently, a specific course exam schedule is also included in the course syllabus.

Examination Week
An exam week that excludes regular class meetings and assignments will be part of each semester’s calendar; the following conditions will be in effect:

1. Ordinarily, the last exam, either unit or comprehensive, should be given at the time scheduled for final exams.
2. If an instructor chooses not to give an exam, the scheduled exam time should be used for a class meeting.
3. Assigned papers, research reports, and other class materials may be due before or during exam week.

Mid-Semester Progress Reports

Faculty should report unsatisfactory academic progress for undergraduate students at the seven-week point each semester to the Registrar’s Office. The Registrar’s Office will send faculty notification that warning reports should be submitted on the Wednesday prior to the semester mid-term date for students who show unsatisfactory academic progress. Faculty should submit these reports online.

The names of students who have one or more unsatisfactory reports will be sent to the Office of Academic Advising and to the student’s academic advisor for intervention. This policy assumes that faculty will give and grade at least one substantial assignment or multiple smaller assignments prior to the mid-term date of each semester.

Course Evaluations

Formal course evaluations are completed by students at the conclusion of each course.

The forms are distributed by the Director of Institutional Research, 314-719-3661.

The surveys include information concerning the instructor and course.

Last Day of Attendance

Faculty must submit the last date of attendance for each student in his or her course in order to comply with Federal Financial Aid Guidelines.

The 'last date of attendance' column must be completed for each student when the grade form is submitted at the end of the course session.

For most students, this will be the last class meeting of the course (default date). For others, the faculty will need to delete the default date and input the last date that the student attended the course.

The last date of attendance must be recorded on drop or withdrawal forms as well.

Grade Change/Appeal

If a dispute about a grade cannot be resolved informally between/among the student, faculty member, department chairperson, college dean, and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, the student may enter into the formal appeal process.

If an undergraduate student wishes to challenge a recorded final grade, the student must begin the appeal process no later than three weeks into the next fall or spring semester.

Students should attempt to resolve a grade complaint in conversation with the professor before beginning a formal appeal. If the matter cannot be resolved, the student should begin the appeals process as explained in the Fontbonne University Catalog.

Grade change policies and details of the appeals process are available in the Fontbonne University Policy Manual, Volume VI.

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