Psychology Department

Academic Support

Welcome to the UCCS Psychology Department. We are grateful for your willingness to partner with us in educating students at UCCS. The following information will help you navigate through the department and UCCS campus in your role as an Instructor.

The department staff can assist with instructional support including course materials, classroom issues, department policies, FCQ evaluations, syllabi, submitting grades, textbooks, and other questions that arise.

Shared office space is available for you to meet with students.  Please let David Dubois know if you would like to use this space.  He will arrange for you to have access.  It is usually helpful to make time to interact with your students before or after scheduled class times.  You do not have to use the office space provided and can meet with your students in other campus locations.

You will have a mailbox in Columbine Hall 4042 where you will receive on- and off-campus mail.

You will have access to the department copy machine in Columbine Hall 4042. A copy code will be assigned to you for your use during the semester for syllabi and tests. Other course materials may also be copied for students sparingly as we have a limited copy budget.

The copy machine has the ability to scan documents to create PDF files. Please let Laura Chandler know if you would prefer to have scans made.

It is a practice of the department to put articles or other ancillary course materials on reserve in the library for students to access as needed. Typically, you can e-mail syllabi, tests, or other course materials a day in advance of your class to Laura Chandler if you will not have time to make copies. If you will be on campus after 5:00 PM, the copy/mail room is always open.

The fax for university-related business is part of the copy machine. Cover pages and faxing directions are next to the copy machine. Ask department staff for assistance if you run into problems.

Everyone must purchase a parking permit to park on the UCCS campus.  To purchase a permit, you need a faculty ID card.  Please visit the University Center  Information Desk to obtain your faculty ID.  You will need to know your employee ID number in order to request your faculty ID card.  After obtaining your faculty ID card, you need to take an Authorization for Lecturer Parking Program Form to Parking Services located on the first floor of the Public Safety building (Building 34), located at the east end, and adjacent to, the Parking Garage to purchase a parking permit.

The Faculty Resource Center provides faculty with the instructional resources and support to explore and implement innovative teaching practices. The Center provides consultation, programs, training, and support.

The Center is a faculty-focused, collaborative endeavor to promote effective teaching, with special emphasis on technology-enhanced, hybrid, and online courses. The Center supports new ways of teaching and learning, including creative approaches to faculty-student engagement, course design and implementation, and the seamless integration of technology into the academic environment.

Columbine Hall 203 | Monday - Friday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM | 719.255.4872

UCCS PSYCHOLOGY DEPARTMENT SYLLABUS REQUEST

We have examples of syllabi available for the course you are teaching, and we can forward those to you if you like.  The department needs to keep a copy of your final course syllabus in our department files.  Please submit a copy to Laura Chandler at the beginning of each semester.

On your course syllabus, it is best to provide detailed information on:  

  • How students will be evaluated
  • Specific instructions on assignments
  • Grading policies
  • Phone or email contact information (However you prefer to be contacted by students.  The university gives you an email account to use so you can keep your personal contact information confidential)
  • Time and place you will be available for office hours (one hour per week should be plenty)
  • Attendance expectations
  • Options for make-up exams

The more details you include on the syllabus typically help eliminate issues with students at the end of the semester.  

All UCCS faculty should include the statement below on their course syllabus: 

DISABILITY SERVICES SYLLABUS STATEMENT 
If you are a student with a disability and believe you will need accommodations for this class, it is your responsibility to register with Disability Services and provide them with documentation of your disability. They will work with you to determine what accommodations are appropriate for your situation. To avoid any delay, you should contact Disability Services as soon as possible. Please note that accommodations are not retroactive and disability accommodations cannot be provided until a Faculty Accommodation Letter has been given to me. Please contact Disability Services for more information at Main Hall room 105, 719-255-3354 or dservice@uccs.edu

MILITARY SYLLABUS STATEMENT

Military students who have the potential to participate in military activities including training and deployment should consult with faculty prior to registration for any course, but no later than the end of the first week of classes.

Blackboard: The campus learning management system is Blackboard Learn 9.1.

See the Faculty Resource Center's Blackboard Support pages for more information.

A couple of things to know about Blackboard:

  • An empty course shell is created each semester for every section of every course listed in the official course inventory.
  • Log in at bb.uccs.edu with your campus credentials.
    • If you do not see any courses, you may not be listed yet in the system as the instructor of record.
    • Check with your department administrative assistant to have you added as the instructor of record.
    • If you have an urgent need to access your Blackboard course, contact your Blackboard college administrator to be manually enrolled.
  • Most course materials can be posted in Blackboard.
    • Video files must not be uploaded directly to Blackboard.
    • Send a request related to video upload to frc@uccs.edu to arrange for your video to be uploaded to our streaming video server.
  • For Blackboard training, call the FRC at 255-4872.
    • We provide one-on-one training or group training either on site or remotely in a web meeting room.

Only faculty can access Blackboard.  UCCS Psychology Department staff do not have access to Blackboard.  

University policy requires that faculty enter their course grades into the online grading system no later than 90 hours after their final exam has ended.  

Please contact the UCCS Office of the Registrar with questions or concerns about grading.

Monday - Friday:  8:00am-5:00pm
Mondays 5:00pm-6:00pm service by appointment only
Email Registrar@uccs.edu or call 719-255-3361 to schedule an appointment

 Accessing Online Grading via the MyUCCS Portal

• Login to MyUCCS Portal
• Click on the Faculty tab
• Click on Faculty Center/My Schedule (do NOT click on the grade roster tab)
• Validate the Term, click on "change term" if not Spring 2016
• Click on the grade roster icon to the left of the course to be graded

Entering, Approving & Posting Grades

• Grades can be entered manually (drop-down grading or bubble grading), or uploaded (using a .csv file).Tip: Save often when manually  entering grades.
• Once all grades are entered, update the grade roster action to "Approved" and click Save.
• If ready, click on the POST button to post grades to students' records.

What if a student is not on the roster?

If a student attended the class but his or her name does not appear on the grade roster, it is the student's responsibility to contact the Office of the Registrar at 719-255-3361 to resolve the issue. The instructor may also inform the student of the need to contact the Office of the Registrar or, if contact is not possible, identify the student to the Office of the Registrar. The instructor will not be able to assign a course grade until the issue is resolved. After the Office of the Registrar has informed the instructor that the matter has been resolved, the instructor assigns a final grade by completing a Change of Record form.

Do final grades automatically load from Blackboard to the grade roster?

Final grades in Blackboard do not automatically upload into the grade roster. Grades must be manually entered into the grade roster or uploaded using a .csv file.

How do I assign a grade of "F"?

If you assign a grade of "F", you will be required to enter an "F Grade Attendance Record" for the student (Attended Until Term Completed, Never Attended, or Attended Until...).

• "Attended Until Term Completed" is the same thing as an earned "F".
• "Never Attended" is assigned when there is no record of attendance or you do not know when the student stopped attending.
• "Attended Until..." is assigned if the student attended until a certain point in time. If this option is selected, you will be required to provide the date of the last academically related activity (such as attending class, completing a quiz, tutorial, paper, or project).

Grade rosters can be saved but not "Approved" or "Posted" until the aforementioned fields have been populated. Once you have posted your grade roster, any changes to the "F Grade Attendance Record" or "Date of Last Academic Activity or Attendance" can only be performed by the Office of the Registrar.

How can assign an Incomplete grade?

The instructor is responsible for determining the course completion requirements and grading standards.

• Grades of "IP" are assigned for graduate thesis, project or dissertation classes only.
• Grades of "I" should only be assigned under extenuating circumstances. Refer to your college's and/or department's policies prior to assigning an "I".

Grades of "I" automatically convert into an "F" after one year if a change of grade is not processed. Grade completions are reported using a Change of Record form, available through your dean's office. The deadline for completion of incomplete grades assigned last spring 2015 is May 14, 2016 (end of spring 2016 term).

What is a "W" grade?

A grade of "W" (Withdrawn) is administratively assigned by the Office of the Registrar when a student drops a class after the official census date for the class. The "W" grade will appear on the grade roster and the student's academic record. This is a requirement placed upon the University by the state auditing function. A "W" grade does not affect the GPA.

How do students check their grades?

Students can check their grades through the MyUCCS Portal or the UCCS2Go mobile application. Grade reports are not mailed to students. Under the provisions of FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act), student grades are NOT to be displayed in public places or online.

If you do not see a certified blue ribbon in Adobe® Acrobat or Adobe® Reader bearing the words "This document was certified by University of Colorado Colorado Springs with a valid certificate issued by GeoTrust CA for Adobe" this PDF SHOULD NOT BE ACCEPTED.

Can I changes a grade once the grade roster has been posted?

Once the grade roster has been posted, it cannot be un-posted for instructors to update or correct student grades. Grade changes must be processed using a Change of Record form available through your dean's office.

Other questions?
Please contact the Office of the Registrar at registrar@uccs.edu or 719-255-3361.

The Psychology Department uses the Scantron form F-1712-PAR-L for multiple choice quizzes and exams.  The Scantron machine is located in the Faculty Resource Center, Columbine Hall 203.  Please contact the Psychology Department staff for Scantron forms to create keys.

Additional support is provided by the department through a graduate student Department Grader to assist instructors who teach classes without a Teaching Assistant. The Department Grader will send an email with instructions on how to utilize their services at the beginning of the semester. The Department Grader can offer support including creating Scantron answer keys, scanning answer sheets through the Scantron machine, giving a summary report of grades, and proctoring exams as available.

Some courses have Teaching Assistants assigned to help with office hours, grading, guest lecturing, proctoring, and other instructional tasks. These Teaching Assistants would be your source of support for assistance rather than the Department Grader.

Faculty Course Questionnaires (FCQs) are not optional, they are mandatory evaluations. FCQs are administered online for the UCCS Psychology Department. Students will receive an email with directions on how to complete the online course FCQ. Please remind students in your class to check for this email. Laura Chandler is the department contact for FCQs.

If you have any concerns about students cheating, plagiarizing, or otherwise breaking the codes of academic integrity, please feel free at any time to talk with the Department Chair.

NOTE:  All students in Psychology courses are responsible for reading and complying with the Student Code of Conduct  Student Rights and Responsibilities, and the LAS Plagiarism Policy.

For various reasons students may request an incomplete in a class. A grade of IF or IW can be assigned. The department policy requires a contract signed by the student and the instructor stating what is necessary to complete the course. The student then has one year to make up the incomplete as agreed. When the work is completed a new grade will be assigned by completing a Change of Record Form. An IW can be given when a student is eligible to withdraw for medical reasons, or there is a death in the family. Rather than withdrawing, they can complete the course work as agreed. An IF should be used judiciously, only under clearly extenuating circumstances for a student with a nearly completed course. If a student is on your grade roster and never attended class, it is appropriate to assign an F. Typically, that student will contact you immediately to explain his/her circumstances. A Change of Record Form is used to change any grade that has been assigned and now needs to be changed.

The UCCS Psychology Department faculty wants to encourage students to participate in research in order to enhance their understanding of how the discipline gathers information and tests theories. We encourage all faculty/instructors to allow students to gain extra credit (not as part of course requirements) by participating in approved studies. While you will be provided a report at the end of the semester containing extra credit points students have put towards your class, you (as the instructor) have the freedom to decide how that extra credit is used for your class.

Due to the number of approved studies that take place each semester in the UCCS Psychology Department, we have adopted a research participation management system (Sona System) that not only allows students to sign-up for each individual study they would like to participate in but after a student participates in the study, they get the opportunity to choose which course they would like to put their extra credit toward. Students are not granted the extra credit unless they actually participate in the study during the timeslot in which they signed up; this is verified by the researcher (usually a graduate student) who updates this information in the Sona system. Extra credit points allocated to your course will be provided in a report during finals week and before final grades are due.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the extra credit system, please contact Laura Chandler.

UCCS DISABILITY SERVICES

Confidentiality in the accommodation process must be maintained by all parties. Disability Services cannot provide specific information about a student's disability, however Disability Services can verify if a student is eligible to receive accommodations for a specific course. It is important that faculty maintain confidentiality and do not discuss a student's disability or accommodation request with other faculty or students, including discussing it in class. While some students may be more comfortable disclosing the nature of their disability, many choose to keep their disability private.

How to support students with disabilities:

  • Include a "disability accommodation statement" on the course syllabus.
  • In order to receive accommodations, students must register with Disability Services and provide you a Faculty Accommodation Letter.
  • Meet with students who provide a Faculty Accommodation Letter privately during office hours to discuss approved accommodations.
  • Contact Disability Services if there are any questions or concerns regarding requested accommodations or how to work with a student.
  • Be aware of your assumptions and personal reactions to disability issues (i.e., invisible disabilities or veterans).
  • Expect students with disabilities to meet the same academic standards as their peers.
  • When students fail to communicate their accommodation needs prior to academic problems, instructors are not expected to make accommodations retroactive.

The department staff will assist you with textbook ordering and obtaining exam/desk copies.  Approximate deadlines for orders to be turned in to the UCCS Bookstore are listed below.  Please do not be late with text orders to the department or the UCCS Bookstore.  The UCCS Bookstore utilizes Verba Collect software to collect textbook orders and both the faculty and department staff can enter and verify textbook orders.  A set of articles can be put on reserve if no suitable text is available.  Course materials may also be compiled and sold to students through the UCCS Bookstore.  You may not sell compilations of articles directly.

Fall - April 15
Spring - October 15
Summer - March 15  

Please contact Laura Chandler regarding textbook ordering, exam or desk copies.

The issue of accessibility to instructional materials by students with disabilities has become a major one in higher education.   Currently, under the ADA, a number of colleges and universities are being investigated by the Office of Civil Rights and the Department of Justice regarding unacceptable response times in providing texts and materials in alternative formats.

Disability Services strives to have students who require alternative format texts and materials to register for classes as early as possible.  This allows UCCS to follow up with textbook lists to ensure that we can meet the student's needs at the beginning of each semester.  However, when textbook orders are late, our ability to obtain alternate formats from the publisher in a timely fashion, or to scan books and provide the necessary accommodation ourselves, is jeopardized.   You are encouraged to submit their textbook orders as early as possible.   The UCCS Chancellor has requested that we make this effort a priority.   

If you would like additional information about alternative formats, please contact:   

Leyna Bencomo
UCCS Assistive Technology Specialist

Most UCCS campus classrooms are "smart", i.e., outfitted with a podium, computer, DVD player and ceiling mounted digital projector.  Columbine Hall has technology available in most classrooms.  If your class meets in a Columbine Hall smart classroom, you must attend an orientation to use technology.

Please contact Steven Rodela to receive podium training and a podium key for the smart classroom(s) you will be using. 

Rodela, Steven. . . .719-255-3503
Technical Support Specialist
Information Technology - Computing Services
COLU 215B
srodela@uccs.edu

Because of budget constraints, please check with the Department Chair or Program Assistant before purchasing additional technology or multimedia for courses. 

Your UCCS username and e-mail account are automatically created when all of the HR paperwork has been processed.

  • You will need this username and password for logging into any campus computer, Blackboard, and the MyUCCS Portal.
  • Visit accounts.uccs.edu to look up your account, change your password, test your account, etc.
  • Tenure-track faculty and instructors will be added to the online campus directory, but lecturers will not.
  • The IT Help Desk web site has instructions for network access, configuring email, hardware recommendations, etc.

Your faculty ID card is all you need to check out books from the UCCS Kraemer Family Library.  In addition, the UCCS Kraemer Family Library has reciprocal borrowing agreements with most of the public colleges and universities in Colorado. Inter-library loan information is provided here https://uccs.illiad.oclc.org/illiad/logon.html.  You will be notified by UCCS email when your book/journal arrives.

Christina Martinez (cmartine@uccs.edu)  is the interim UCCS library liaison assigned to the Psychology Department faculty, staff and students.  She can provide any of your classes with an instruction session on the use of the library and computerized searching for materials in Psychology (e.g., Psych Lit).  These sessions are particularly useful if students must use the library to complete your class assignments.  Instruction sessions can be held in the classroom or in the library during day or evening hours.  You can contact Christi at (719) 255-3027.

The UCCS Psychology Department faculty and staff highly value instruction, scholarship, and service. Please do not ever hesitate to ask for help. We want to help you be the best faculty member you can be. Feel free to contact the department staff or the Department Chair as a good starting point.

 
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