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MSU Teacher Education Unit (TEU)

Discipline and Grievances

Reports on difficulties with candidate performances or dispositions reported in methods courses or student teaching placements are maintained in student files and by the office of the Director of Advising and Field Placement. When a candidate exhibits difficulties in the area of dispositions, an Inappropriate Dispositions Form is filed with advisors and the Chair of TEHP first, with second filings being taken to the TEAC for administrative action. Notification and remediation processes for difficulties in Student Teaching were noted earlier in this narrative. Reciprocally, candidates may bring difficulties with cooperating teachers or university supervisors forward to their advisors, the Director of Advising and Field Placement, or Chair of TEHP as well.

The Faculty Handbook of the Faculty Senate outlines requirements for student evaluations of faculty teaching and effectiveness of courses. These standard evaluation forms include opportunity for candidates to anonymously provide both quantitative rankings on specific quality criteria and narrative comments. These student course evaluations are given to the faculty member and the chair, and are included as a formal part of faculty evaluation system used in the CEHS and the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs for the University. Candidates also provide evaluations of their advisors and student teaching supervisors that are shared with these individuals and chairs and are also considered in annual faculty evaluations. The faculty evaluations are part of the documentation presented for promotion and tenure.

Candidate requests for review of admission or retention criteria or other TE program related issues may be made to the TEAC, and if these relate to advanced (graduate) programs, the Graduate Council. TEAC records are maintained in the CEHS Deanís office and Graduate Council records in the Office of the Dean of the Graduate School. Candidates are encouraged to work through minor issues with peers, faculty or advisors directly to build positive conflict resolution skills necessary for effective work in schools with peers, parents and administrators. The Chair of TEHP and Dean of the CEHS both maintain an open door policy for both candidates and faculty for mediating and resolving issues. More serious complaints are handled formally. General complaints from any MSU student (i.e. related to grades, behavior of faculty or other students, equity issues, appropriate application of policies) may be carried to the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs. Grievance policies are outlined in the MSU Student Handbook. Records of formal complaints of this nature are maintained in the VPSA office. MSU maintains standard non-discrimination and harassment policies in line with the policies of the State Board for Higher Education, and the North Dakota University System.

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