Departmental Policies

Oral Proficiency Interview

During their final semester before graduation, all French and Spanish majors and double majors are required to complete an oral proficiency interview (OPI) with a certified faculty tester. Details can be viewed here.  Students who wish the interview to be officially certified by ACTFL should read these procedures and also view, print and complete these forms and bring them and the required materials to the interview.

Independent Reading

Information and forms for independent readings can be found here.

Appeal Process

Appeal Process: If you find yourself in a situation where you have a problem or a disagreement with your instructor about any of the policies stated in this syllabus, it is very important to follow the steps listed below, in the order given:

   1. Discuss with your Instructor the nature of your concern.
      This is where 99% of any disagreements are resolved, so give this your full attention and cooperation.

   2. If, after talking to your Instructor, you feel that the situation has not been resolved you should then talk to the Section Coordinator. The Section Coordinator will first determine that the Instructor has had the opportunity to discuss your situation with you. The coordinator then will make a determination only after having heard about the situation from all of the parties involved. This is where virtually all remaining conflicts will be resolved.

   3. In the highly unusual case that you are still not satisfied, the next step is to contact the Modern Languages Department Chair. Again, the Department Chair will ensure that both the Instructor and Section Chair have discussed your situation with you before proceeding with your complaint."

Academic Dishonesty

"Academic Dishonesty: The Department of Modern Languages has no tolerance for violations of the Student Code of Conduct, among which plagiarism in particular is one of the most serious offenses. As an academic institution, The University of Akron encourages students to learn from and build upon the work of others. However, when a student creates a work that incorporates the words or ideas of another, he or she must properly acknowledge the source of that information. Failure to do so constitutes plagiarism and is prohibited
by University Rule 3359-42-01

Students should be sure to review the Student Code of Conduct.  Your instructor will enforce these policies in order to maintain a supportive learning environment for all students.


C Rule for Majors
Effective FALL 2003

For in-major upper-division courses, "C Rule: As of Fall Semester 2003, all courses that are applicable toward fulfillment of the requirements for a major in Modern Languages must be passed with a grade of C or better in order for the course to count toward the major." 

New Transient Student Policy (College "C-" Rule)
Effective FALL 2003

Effective Fall 2003, if a student takes a course as a transient student at another institution, the student must earn a grade of C- or better in order for the credits to apply. This policy is stated on page 45 of the 2003-2004 Undergraduate Bulletin. Item #3 of the updated policy states:

    A student must earn a grade of “C-” or better in the course at the other institution in order for the credits to apply towards the student’s degree requirements at The University of Akron.


Transfer Coursework for Transfer Students
who are admitted to the University of Akron
Effective Spring 2004

Please be advised that effective Spring 2004, The University of Akron will transfer credit only for coursework taken in which the student receives a grade of “C-” or higher from the other institution. If a student receives a lower than C-, no credit will be given nor can the department accept the course. The student will receive zero credit for the course. If the course is required by the department/college, it must be retaken.

This new policy is on page 48 of the 2003-2004 Undergraduate Bulletin ; below please read an important part of the new policy follows as stated in the Bulletin:

    The University of Akron awards transfer credit for college-level coursework completed at an accredited institution as designated in Accredited Institutions of Postsecondary Education Programs/Candidates with earned grades of “C-” or better. A summary of the number of credits accepted will be listed on the official academic transcript along with the name of the institution and dates of attendance.