Policies Offered for Review by Campus Community

SOCORRO, N.M. January 22, 2014 – The review by constituents of proposed policies or amendments to existing policies is an essential part of the policy-making process at New Mexico Tech; thus, Campus Community Review has been added to the proposed amended procedure of the Policy Development, Amendment and Rescindment Policy (formerly titled Policy Development at New Mexico Tech).

According to the procedure, policies being developed or amended will be posted for review and comment by the campus community for 15 calendar days. The policy draft for review will be accessible on a link on the President’s Policies and Procedures webpage with the email of the person to contact for comments. Comments by any member of the campus community – faculty, students, staff, and administrators – are welcome and will be considered prior to issuing the final version of the policy.

In keeping with its own proposed procedure, the draft of the amended Policy Development, Amendment and Rescindment Policy is available for review beginning today on the Policies and Procedures webpage.

The webpage is currently being redesigned, with reorganization to include all New Mexico Tech policies, but will stay live during this process so that proposed and existing policies may be viewed. The Policies and Procedures webpage is found at the following link: http://www.nmt.edu/nmt-policies-and-procedures  

Also available for review and comment beginning today is the draft of the Verification of Student Identity in Distance Education Courses and Programs Policy.

The purpose of this policy is to ensure that New Mexico Tech operates in compliance with provisions of the U.S. Federal Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), Public Law 110-315, concerning the verification of student identity in distance learning.

The policy states, “All credit-bearing courses and programs offered through distance learning methods must be conducted with processes that verify that the student who registers for a distance course or program and receives academic credit is the same student who participates in and completes the course or program.” The procedures for doing so are within the policy.

Iver Davidson, Director of Educational Outreach and Distance Instruction said, “In addition to ensuring that distance education courses meet federal requirements for verifying student identity, the new policy is designed to enhance the quality of distance instruction by increasing interaction between faculty and distant students and by adhering to accepted best practices in the field of distance instruction.” 

The policy draft can be viewed at the following link: http://www.nmt.edu/nmt-policies-and-procedures.

New Mexico Tech Policies help to ensure coordinated compliance with applicable laws and regulations, to promote operational efficiencies, to enhance the institute mission, or to reduce institutional risk.

Additionally, New Mexico Tech Policies help to ensure integrity and other fundamental institutional values that define the vision of New Mexico Tech, such as academic freedom, freedom of expression, shared governance, maintaining collegiality and citizenship, and upholding accountability for professionalism and diplomacy among administration, faculty, staff, students, other constituents and maintaining accountability to our accrediting and regulating organizations. 

New Mexico Tech Procedures are the methods for implementing our New Mexico Tech Policies.

Faculty, staff and student orientation directs any new members of the New Mexico Tech community to the Policies and Procedures webpage as well as to the Tech Catalog and/or applicable handbooks. 

It is the responsibility of the faculty, staff or students to familiarize themselves with the policies and procedures that apply to them.

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By Mary Dezember/New Mexico Tech