Forum Policies

I. USP 110/111 Attendance and Grading Policy

To receive a grade of “Satisfactory” in USP 110/111, students must attend 12 approved events on the USP Scholars Forum Syllabus by the end of the semester. “Incomplete” grades will not be given in this course. You may have absences during the semester, either excused or unexcused, and you will still receive a grade of “Satisfactory” if you attend at least 12 approved Forum events. Note: If you are registered for USP 110/111 and do not drop it by the deadline to drop classes, you will still receive a grade for the course. This grade cannot be removed from your permanent transcript.

Attendance at Scholars Forum events is taken with University Scholars Program Event Attendance Cards. These cards are distributed at the beginning and collected at the end of events. Students MUST thoughtfully complete both sides of the card to receive attendance credit. We value your feedback and review it carefully.

A Final Note: Students who are participating in the Scholars Forum cannot receive Forum attendance credit for events that they perform in during the course of the semester. Also, students will receive credit only once for the same Forum events (e.g. If a student sees Arcadia twice, s/he can only get attendance credit for one performance).

II. USP 110/111 Forum Charges

In order to provide the widest range of appropriate educational, cultural and personal opportunities possible through the USP 110/111 Scholars Forum, the University Scholars Program makes available to USP students a variety of activities on and off campus, and the opportunity to attend special dinners with faculty, noted alumni and other special guests. These are optional activities that may be used in partial fulfillment of the Scholars Forum requirements. These are free for University Scholars enrolled in USP 110/111, the Scholars Forum. The USP, however, must pay for these tickets and events. Students who sign up for, but who then do not show up to attend these events, not only waste valuable and limited resources but also deny other University Scholars the opportunity to attend these events, as well members of the campus and larger community, due to seats held but not utilized. In addition, no shows risk damaging the reputation of the University Scholars Program, as well as University Scholars, with valuable campus and off-campus partners who are counting on our full participation.

Thus, students who sign up for but fail to attend events for which there is a program cost will be charged the full cost of the event or unused ticket (not the discounted student price). Events for which there is a cost include ticketed events, events including a meal and those events where transportation is provided. Students will receive an email indicating the charges and musts come to the USP Office to pay the amount due.

Students who fail to promptly pay their assessed Forum Charges will have a hold placed on their university records until the charge has been paid. A hold on university records prevents the student from future registration and from receiving transcripts. Note:  Students will not be charged if they cancel their event registration at least 72 hours in advance of the event.

Students who sign up for, but who then do not show up to attend 2 events in a given semester, without canceling before the 72 hour period, will be removed from the Classmate registration system for the remainder of that semester and will be removed from any remaining events for which they are registered. Students who do the same for 3 events in a year will be removed from the Classmate registration system for the current and following semester.

III. Signing up for Forum Events

Some events in the schedule require sign-up, while others do not. This is indicated after each event description in italics. Students will register for optional events that require sign-up by clicking the link in the event description. This links to the Reporter event registration system.  Students must login to sign up for events and to cancel reservations.

IV. Academic Integrity

Academic misconduct will not be tolerated in this class. Information about the Code of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity are available at:

V. Statement for students with disabilities

Reasonable accommodations will be made for students with verifiable disabilities. In order to take advantage of available accommodations, students must register with Disability Services for Students at 1900 Student Health Center, Campus Box 7509, 515-7653.

VI. Forum Etiquette

Our Forum speakers and performers are guests of the University Scholars Program and NC State University. Sleeping, talking, reading, and text messaging friends are all examples of rude and disrespectful behavior that not only prevent everyone from taking advantage of our guests’ expertise and knowledge, but also reflect poorly on the University Scholars Program and its students. All students are expected to adhere to proper rules of etiquette while in Forum: turn off and put away cell phones and laptops; put away newspapers and other texts; sit up and focus on the presentation; and when asking questions of Forum guests, remember to be respectful.

Students who arrive to Scholars Forum events late will not receive an attendance card and will not receive credit for attending the event. Students who leave Scholars Forum events early will also not receive credit for attending. In order to receive credit for Scholars Forum events, students must arrive on time, before the speaker/performance begins and must stay for the duration of the event, even if it lasts longer than advertised.

Violations in Forum Etiquette during Scholars Forum or any optional Forum events are prohibited and can result in the loss of attendance credit and/or dismissal from the event.