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Academic Issues

Importance of Academic Success

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  • Failure to maintain full-time enrollment may result in deportation from the U.S. and inability to complete your program, so PLEASE plan your schedule carefully before you register for classes. You do not want to find yourself in a situation where your only choices are to fail a class or to drop below full-time and have to leave the program for immigration reasons!

  • In order to succeed you must understand what is expected of you. To do this, you must maintain open communication with your advisors and instructors and constantly verify that you are on the right track! Don’t rely only on what your friends tell you!

Classroom Expectations and Academic Standards

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Assignments: Students are responsible for knowing the classroom work schedule and assignment deadlines. Each course will have a syllabus given at the beginning of the semester that outlines assignments and expectations. You are expected to keep up with readings and assignments throughout the year. Students are also expected to keep up with class information by reading email, accessing reserved readings, websites, etc.

Classroom conduct: Regular attendance is expected. Participation is usually required and part of the grade. The teacher may cover material in class that is not in the text and may give hints about what will be in the exam.

Writing papers: Students are expected to write a concise and direct argument.

Grading and evaluation: Expectations and evaluation methods are usually explained on the syllabus. Tests, quizzes and assignments are frequent and will count toward your final grade. Students are often expected to think creatively on tests, not just memorize.

Relationships

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Probably very different from your home country!
Student to student: May be more or less competitive than your home country
Academic advisor: Helps plan your program of study; he/she can consult with you about academic problems and goals
Teaching/Graduate assistants (TA/GAs): May teach the whole class or may just help the professor
Professors: Often expect to communicate directly with students. Professors have office hours for seeing students and answering questions. Always inform your professor of problems/difficulties so that they know your situation. DON’T WAIT!

What are registration restrictions?

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A registration restriction is any event that prohibits you from registering for a class in your LoboWeb. This includes closed courses, courses requiring pre‐requisites, courses requiring departmental permission, courses with time conflicts, and other similar registration errors.

How can I register for a course that has a registration restriction BEFORE the add/drop deadline?

To seek permission to register for a restricted course BEFORE the add/drop deadline you must go to the instructor or department and request that the instructor/department provide you with an override to register for the course.  The instructor/department will approve an override in the database.  You can then go into your LoboWeb and register for the course as normal.  No paperwork is required.

How can I register for a course that has a registration restriction AFTER the add/drop deadline?

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  • To seek permission to register for a restricted course AFTER the add/drop deadline you must print out an Enrollment Authorization Form from the Office of the Registrar website: http://registrar.unm.edu/forms/EnrlAuth-DuringTerm.pdf.

  • You must take this form to the instructor or department and request that the instructor/department provide you with an override to register for the course. If the instructor/department agrees to allow you into the class, s/he will sign Enrollment Authorization Form.

  • You will also need a signature from the Dean of the college in which the course is located. The instructor/department will approve an override in the database.

  • However, you will NOT be able to register for the course in your LoboWeb. You must take the completed Enrollment Authorization Form and a state issued photo ID (passport, license, etc.) to the One Stop Center and they will register you for the class. Note: You will be charged late fees if you add a class after the registration deadline.

How can I drop a course BEFORE the add/drop deadline?

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To drop a course BEFORE the add/drop deadline you can simply go into your LoboWeb and drop the course from your registration. No paperwork is required, and you will receive a full refund for the course.

How can I drop a course AFTER the add/drop deadline?

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To drop a course AFTER the add/drop deadline, you can continue to simply drop a course from your registration via LoboWeb without the Dean's permission until April 14, 2017. However, you will not receive a full refund for the cost of the course. After April 14, 2017 you will need to seek a Dean's permission to drop a course. You must print out an Enrollment Authorization Form from the Office of the Registrar website: http://registrar.unm.edu/forms/enrlauth-latedrop-e41b.pdf. You must take this form to the course instructor and seek permission to drop the course. If the instructor agrees to drop you from the course you will also need to obtain a signature from the Dean of the school in which the class is located. You will then take the Enrollment Authorization Form to the One Stop Center and they will drop the class from your registration record.

Where can I find the different registration deadlines?

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For key registration deadline dates please go the Office of the Registrar website. Click on "Semester Deadline Dates" on the left hand side of the main page and choose the current semester.

What is plagiarism?

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Plagiarism is taking credit for someone else's work whether deliberately or unintentionally. This includes but is not limited to turning in all or part of an essay written by someone other than yourself (a friend, an Internet source, etc.) and claiming it as your own, and including information or ideas from research material without citing the source. The University of New Mexico considers plagiarism a serious form of academic dishonesty. Avoid plagiarism by carefully and correctly citing your sources whenever you use someone else's words, equations, graphics, or ideas.

Appropriately citing sources brings deserved credit to the work of other writers, indicates the level and quality of research conducted, provides a scientific foundation for scholarship, builds solidarity in the academic community, and facilitates the reader's ability to validate claims and pursue independent learning.

Examples of Plagiarism

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The following are considered examples of plagiarism but are not inclusive.

  • The submission of efforts of others as your own personal or group work in either clinical or classroom assignments such as history and physicals, examinations, tutorials.

  • Use of direct quotations without the use of quotation marks and referencing of the source of the quotation.

  • Incorrect paraphrasing information without proper citation of the source.

  • Failure to provide adequate citations for material used.

  • The purchase of a scholarly paper or any other academic product from the Internet or any other commercial sources and submitting it as your own work.

  • Downloading work from the Internet and submitting it without citation.

  • Directly copying and pasting from any source, electronic or written, into any academic assignment without explicit citation of the original source.

  • Submission of a work product from a previous course for credit in a current course without direct permission of the instructor.

  • Inappropriate and unattributed use of the cut/paste function in electronic medical record documentation of clinical care.

Consequences of Plagiarism

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The following procedure will be followed when a student is suspected to have plagiarized.

  • The instructor will notify the student verbally and in writing that there is concern regarding plagiarism.

  • If it is determined that plagiarism occurred, consequences may include a lowered grade, failure of the assignment, or failure of the course.  

  • A student may even be expelled from the university if the plagiarism is grave enough.