MODERN LANGUAGE 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. View details.

Read these procedures to have the interview be officially certified by ACTFL. Also complete and print these forms to bring along with all the required materials to the interview.

Independent Reading

Information and forms for independent readings.

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

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.

Grade Requirements

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.

Transient Student Grade Policy

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 towards the student’s degree requirements at The University of Akron.

Transfer Students

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.