Academic Policies

Goodwin College maintains a comprehensive set of policies that detail out the workings of our institution. These policies are included in the Undergraduate Catalog that is updated and released each September.

A select few of these policies are laid out on this site but the full set can be accessed anytime through the Catalog. Past catalogs are available online or paper copies can be obtained either through the Registrar’s Office or through the Library.

Academic Integrity

At Goodwin College, we value integrity as an essential component in our interactions with each other. We believe that the purpose of a college education is for students to learn to think critically and to express their own opinions using their own ideas. The concept of academic integrity in all intellectual pursuits is a value that is fundamental to academic life and scholarly practice. Students at Goodwin College are obligated to uphold high standards of academic integrity in their scholarship and learning. It is expected that students take personal responsibility for their work and acknowledge the ideas of others. Academic integrity means doing one's own work and giving proper credit to others whose ideas and work a student is utilizing. It is the responsibility of each student to become familiar with what constitutes academic dishonesty and plagiarism and to avoid all forms of cheating and plagiarism.

Goodwin College defines academic dishonesty as including, but not limited to, (a) plagiarism: presenting, as one's own, the ideas or words of another person or persons for academic evaluation without proper acknowledgement and (b) cheating: providing or receiving assistance in a manner not authorized by the instructor in the creation of work to be submitted for academic evaluation including papers, projects, and examinations.

The entire Policy on Academic Integrity is available through the office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs and online.

Appeals and Grievances Policy

The Academic Review Committee (ARC) exists as the final arbitrator of all grievances at Goodwin College. There are specific instances where the ARC may be called upon to make a final judgment on academic issues. However, this Committee is the last resort and the student must follow all required steps in their entirety before taking the issue to the ARC.

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Nondiscrimination Policy

Goodwin College is an affirmative action/equal opportunity educator and employer, fully committed to the goal of providing equal opportunity and full participation in its educational programs, activities, and employment without discrimination because of race, color, religious creed, sex, age, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, disability, or any other consideration not directly and substantively related to effective performance. This policy implements Federal and State laws, regulations, and executive orders.

To file a discrimination complaint, or for inquiries concerning Goodwin College's Nondiscrimination Policy, Title IX and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act, contact Ann Clark, Executive Vice President and Provost, (860) 528-4111.

Intolerance Policy

The staff, faculty, student body, and administration of Goodwin College form a multicultural community of individuals from diverse race, ethnic, and class backgrounds, national origins, religious and political beliefs, physical abilities, and sexual orientations. The College maintains that activities, programs, and everyday interactions are enriched by acceptance of one another in an environment of positive engagement and mutual respect.

AIDS and Other Communicable Diseases Policy

Any person who has been identified as having HIV or AIDS is treated in the same manner as any other student or employee. Goodwin College does not recognize HIV, AIDS or other communicable disease status as a criterion for denial of admission or employment.

Drug and Alcohol Policy

Goodwin College is dedicated to providing quality educational services to its students and a quality work environment for its employees. In keeping with this commitment, Goodwin College maintains a campus free from drug and alcohol abuse. The manufacture, possession, distribution or use of illegal drugs or alcohol is prohibited on campus. Any violation of this policy will warrant disciplinary actions up to and including dismissal and may result in local, state, and/or federal criminal charges.

A. Standards of Conduct

All students, faculty and staff are prohibited from the unlawful possession, manufacture, use or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol on Goodwin College's campus and parking lots, or as part of any of the school's activities.

B. Legal Sanctions

All drugs are controlled by Federal Law. (Most drug offenses are prosecuted under state law, which may be more severe.)

  1. Unlawful possession of all controlled drugs: First offense: Up to one-year imprisonment and/or fines up to $5,000. Second offense: Twice the imprisonment and fines for first offense.
  2. Unlawful distribution or possession with intent to distribute:
    1. Narcotics (i.e. cocaine and the opiates). First offense: Up to 15 years imprisonment and/or fines up to $25,000, plus three-year mandatory special parole. Second offense: Up to twice that of first offense.
    2. Amphetamines, barbiturates, hallucinogens (including marijuana). First offense: Up to five years imprisonment and/or fines up to $15,000 plus two-year mandatory special parole. Second offense: Up to twice that of first offense.
    3. Unlawful distribution of all controlled drugs by someone over 18 to someone under 21. First offense: Up to twice the fine and imprisonment otherwise authorized. Second offense: Up to three times the fine and imprisonment otherwise authorized.
C. Health Risks

Materials describing the health risks associated with the use of illicit drugs and the abuse of alcohol are kept in the library in separate special files marked Drugs/Alcohol/AIDS Information.

D. Counseling

Students, faculty or staff members seeking drug or alcohol counseling, treatment or rehabilitation should speak to the Dean of Students who will refer them to the proper agency. Each state has a single agency for the various drug abuse prevention, treatment and rehabilitation programs. In Connecticut, this is the Connecticut Alcohol and Drug Council, Department of Mental Health and Addicted Services, 460 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT 06115.

E. Violation of the Standards of Conduct

Students and employees found using, possessing, manufacturing or distributing illicit drugs and/or alcohol will be given a written warning for a first offense. If a student or employee further abuses the standards of conduct, he/she can be terminated from Goodwin College for one year or permanently depending on that person's desire to obtain rehabilitation, etc.

Hartford Consortium

As a member of the Hartford Consortium for Higher Education, an alliance of area colleges and universities, Goodwin College participates in the Consortium’s Cross-registration Program. Full-time undergraduates are eligible to enroll in selected courses in languages, urban studies, women’s studies, international studies, and religious studies at other local campuses. The Cross-registration Program offers eligible students full credit at usually no extra charges.

The other members of the Hartford Consortium are Capital Community College, Central Connecticut State University, Hartford Seminary, Rensselaer at Hartford, Saint Joseph College, Trinity College, University of Hartford and University of Connecticut. The associate and affiliate members are Charter Oak State College, Saint Thomas Seminary, and Connecticut Public Television and Radio.

For more information, please contact the Registrar or call the Hartford Consortium at (860) 906-5016. You also may visit the Consortium website.

Persons with Disabilities Policy

Goodwin College is committed to the goal of achieving equal educational opportunity for individuals with disabilities and actively seeks to develop and maintain reasonable accommodations for all students. Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply for admission. With appropriate documentation, students may request reasonable accommodations through the Student Services Center.

Goodwin College is accessible to people with disabilities. Accessible parking is located in the front of the school in designated areas. A ramp is located at the entrance of the college. All campus buildings have been built to handicapped specifications.

School Closing Policy

Unscheduled school closings due to inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances will be announced on the following stations no later than 7:00 a.m. for day classes and 3:00 p.m. for evening classes.

WRCH 100.5 FM
WTIC 96.5 FM
WTIC-1080 AM
WZMX 93.7 FM
Channel 3 WFSB-TV
Channel 30 WVIT-TV
Channel 8 WTNH-TV

Students may also access school closing information by calling (860) 218-1240 or by checking the College Student Intranet website.

Sexual Harassment Policy

Students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment free of sexual harassment. Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, as amended, makes sexual harassment unlawful and further states that the employer is responsible for enforcing the law. Section 31-126 of the Connecticut State General Statutes characterizes sexual harassment as an unlawful labor practice.

Sexual harassment is defined as "any unwelcome sexual advances or requests for sexual favors or any conduct of a sexual nature." This includes verbal or nonverbal sexual innuendos, suggestive comments, threats, insults, jokes about specific traits, sexual propositions, suggestive or insulting noises, obscene gestures, physical body contact, or coercing of any sexual activity.

Complaints of sexual harassment should be directed to Ann Clark, Executive Vice President and Provost, (860) 528-4111.

Technology and Internet Policy

Access to all computer systems, networks and electronic devices owned by Goodwin College imposes certain responsibilities and obligations to all faculty, staff and students (who will be referred to as “users” in this document). This policy will outline the acceptable usage for all computers and peripherals, network resources, telephones and all other electronic devices owned and maintained by Goodwin College. Users failing to adhere to this policy may face disciplinary actions by Goodwin College and/or local and federal law enforcement agencies.

The rest of the policy can be viewed online.

Transfers and Experiential Credit

All College policies regarding the transferring and awarding of credit are detailed in the College Catalog. If you have any questions please refer to the Catalog or contact a Transfer Counselor.

Weapons Policy

Any weapon, or anything that is determined to be a weapon by the Vice President for Academic Affairs or the Vice President for Physical Facilities and Information Technology, is not allowed anywhere on campus. Any such weapon will be confiscated and the violator will be subject to reprimand, probation, suspension, or dismissal.


Last Modified: 4/30/2014

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