FAQ: On this Page
In each of the sections below, you will find answers to some of the questions that faculty new to SDSU may have. If there is a question you think should be added, please send it to the CTL Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who do I call if...
I'm locked out of my office
I need help with Blackboard
My office computer doesn’t work?
I can't get into WebPortal?
I can't get into PeopleSoft?
There's a problem with the computer in my classroom?
I can't get into the computer console in my classroom?
How do I / where do I go to...
Get my faculty ID?
Get a parking pass?
Get keys for a smart classroom?
Get started with Blackboard?
When does the semester officially begin and end?
When is my final exam and can I schedule it for a different date?
1.0 Final Examinations and Projects
1.1 Because of many valid methods of instruction, not all courses may require the standard, comprehensive final examination. When, however, an instructor does conclude a course with a major, comprehensive final examination, that examination shall be given at the place and time scheduled during the final examination week. Other tests such as an hour exam or quiz may be given during the final week of classes. No examinations shall be given on “study and consultation” days.
1.2 Although university policy does not demand the administration of a final, comprehensive examination on the day, time, and place specified in the Class Schedule, the days designated for Final Examinations shall be counted among the academic workdays constituting the legally defined semester or session. Every instructor, therefore, shall conduct some class business with students on the day and at the time officially scheduled for the final examination for each course. The instructor may use the scheduled final examination period to review examinations or projects with the class.
1.3 Should an instructor determine that final course assignments can be called neither “major, comprehensive final examinations” nor “hour exams” nor even “projects,” the instructor shall exercise professional expertise and responsibility, common sense, and good will to translate the letter and spirit of this policy.
Am I required to have office hours? How many?
Do I have to put ______ in my syllabus?
“2.0 Course Syllabi: The syllabus for each course shall describe the course’s purpose, scope and student learning outcomes. In addition, each syllabus shall include office hours and contact information for the instructor, refer to the current procedure for accommodating students with disabilities (refer to Student Disability Services), and describe the course design, required materials, schedule, and grading policies, which may vary by section. A syllabus shall not bind the instructor to specific details, and the instructor shall retain the right to adjust the course design. Major departures from the syllabus, however, especially with regard to student learning outcomes, major assignment due dates and exam dates, and grading policies, shall be made only for compelling reasons.”
For additional information on what goes into a good syllabus, see the CTL Issues page on Syllabus Design.
Is there a policy about how to handle grading / attendance / cheating / ____?
Do I have to make accommodations for students with issue _______?
A parent called and wants to know how their child is doing in my class – how should I respond?
A student has plagiarized/cheated - do I have to report it? To whom?
I think a student just indicated they were sexually assaulted – am I required to report it? To whom?
A student has asked me for help but I don't feel equipped to advise them - what should I do?
How can I improve my teaching?
Miscellaneous other questions
Does SDSU provide access to / licenses for computer software on my personal computer?
How do I sign up to get campus alerts?
Can I date a student, or a colleague?