Policies

Policies

Evening exams

During the academic year, courses for the new LS 7A, 7B, and 7C series, as well as those for the current LS series (i.e. LS 1, LS 2, LS 3, LS 4, 15, 20, 30A, and 30B), will have evening midterm exams from 6-7:50PM or 8-9:50PM. Dates of these evening exams are posted in the Schedule of Classes, to enable
you to make class and work arrangements accordingly so that you are free to take the evening exams
at the scheduled times.

Excused Absences

Verification of medical disability and other excused absence
documentation are to be hand delivered to the Core office for proper handling.

Exam Guidelines

  1. DO NOT ARRIVE LATE FOR THE EXAM!!! There will be NO accommodation for late arrivals.
  2. In order to receive a test you must present your Bruin ID prior to receiving exam. If you do not have your ID, you will not receive a test.
  3. Backpacks, books, notes, etc must be left at the FRONT of the room with the TA/proctor; there are to be no notes or other forms of papers on or near a student’s desk. Either leave in your backpack or do not bring at all.
  4. No Cell phones are allowed during the exam – you may leave in your backpack turned off. Students may NOT use cell phone as a clock to keep time. If a cell phone goes off during the test, it is a TA’s right to confiscate for the remainder of test and possibly dismiss you from the remainder of the exam.
  5. No Hats in testing room, you may leave in your backpack.
  6. Go to the restroom before the exam starts!
  7. A scantron will be provided, however, you will need to bring a #2 pencil and eraser (for scantron use) and a pen for writing short answer Q’s.

Academic Integrity

“With its status as a world-class research institution, it is critical that the University uphold
the highest standards of integrity both inside and outside the classroom. As a student and member
of the UCLA community, you are expected to demonstrate integrity in all of your academic endeavors.
Accordingly, when accusations of academic dishonesty occur, The Office of the Dean of Students is
charged with investigating and adjudicating suspected violations. Academic dishonesty, includes,
but is not limited to, cheating, fabrication, plagiarism, multiple submissions or facilitating
academic misconduct.” Source: The Office of the Dean of Students

Students are expected to be aware of the University policy on academic integrity in the UCLA Student
Conduct Code www.deanofstudents.ucla.edu

Please note sections on (1) cheating (2) plagiarism (3) unauthorized study aids
http://www.studentgroups.ucla.edu/dos/assets/documents/StudentGuide.pdf

Violation of course policy involving plagiarism, cheating or possession of course materials during
examination will be referred to the Dean of Students who will be encouraged to take strong action.
Do not cheat! The penalties can be very harsh. Do not believe it if you hear that “everyone does
it.” You generally do not hear about the punishments because they are kept confidential. If you
are found responsible by the Dean of Students for violating course policy, cheating on any course
materials, helping someone else or being helped, a zero will be assigned for the entire assignment,
and no exceptions will be made! Past examples of penalties also include loss of an entire term of
credit and suspension for several terms. If you plan to apply to graduate or professional school,
such a negative mark on your record may be a major obstacle to admission.

Final Examination Alternate Dates (rev. 06/07/09)

UCLA Policy 870, II (B) 8: No student
shall be excused from assigned final examinations except as provided in Senate Regulation A332 or in
Section 92640(a) of the California Education Code policy on alternate examinations. The University
must accommodate requests for alternate examination dates at a time when that activity would not
violate a student’s religious creed. This requirement does not apply in the event that administering
the test or examination at an alternate time would impose an undue hardship which could not
reasonably be avoided. Accommodation for alternate examination dates are worked out directly and on
an individual basis between the student and the faculty member involved.

Faculty members should remember that while it is fully at their discretion to make arrangements
with individual students for alternate examination times, including final examinations, they must
conduct the scheduled final examination for the Class as a whole at the times and places established
by the department chair and the Registrar’s Office.

This text was taken directly from
the UCLA Registrar’s Office Official Notices webpage: http://www.registrar.ucla.edu/soc/notices.htm#Anchor- Examination-3800

Required Documentation for Discussion/Midterm/Lab Absences
If you have missed a discussion section or exam, you may bring your documentation to the LS Core
Office once you are cleared to return to classes. For lab absences, please submit documentation to
the LS Core Labs prep room located in Young Hall, room 2344.

Final Exam Viewing Policy (rev. 03/25/09)

  • The Life Sciences Core Office retains
    final exams for Life Sciences 1, 2, 3, 4 & 15.
  • Exams are retained for student viewing
    for one (1) quarter.
    • Fall exams may be viewed the following Winter quarter
    • Winter exams may be viewed the following Spring quarter
    • Spring and Summer exams may be
      viewed the following Fall quarter
      You may view your final exam up to two (2) times, so make
      sure you have plenty of time when you come in.

  • Exams and keys are available
    beginning week three (3) of the quarter and remain available through week 10.
  • The
    office is open from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. unless otherwise posted. Exams may be viewed Monday –
    Friday 9:30-11:30, unless otherwise posted.
  • Students may view their final exam and a
    copy of the answer key with their Bruincard.
  • Exams are not available for viewing
    during final exam week, between quarters or summer sessions.
  • Students may NOT write
    on their own exam or on the answer key. Notes may be taken on a separate piece of paper.
  • Final exams and/or answer keys may NOT be photocopied, photographed or duplicated
    electronically.

Incomplete Grades (rev. 06/2009)

Once an Incomplete (I) grade is assigned, it remains on
the transcript along with the passing grade students may later receive for the course. The
instructor may assign the I grade when work is of passing quality but is incomplete for a good cause
(such as illness or other serious problem). It is the student’s responsibility to discuss with the
instructor the possibility of receiving an I grade as opposed to a nonpassing grade.

If an I grade is assigned, students may receive unit credit and grade points by satisfactorily
completing the coursework as specified by the instructor. Students should not reenroll in the
course; if they do, it is recorded twice on the transcript. If the work is not completed by the end
of the next full term in residence, the I grade lapses to an F, NP, or U as appropriate. The College
or school may extend the deadline in unusual cases (not applicable to graduate students).

This text was taken directly from the Grades page under Academic Policies in the General Catalog:
http://www.registrar.ucla.edu/
catalog/catalog09-10-35.htm

The Life Sciences Core discourages the assignment of
Incomplete for any student who has performed more that one standard deviation below the average on
midterms, or who is missing a midterm exam. This is in keeping with the policy from the UCLA General
Catalog, which states that the student’s work must be complete and passing. The Dean of Students
Office is 1206 Murphy Hall, (310) 825-3871.

Concurrent Enrollment through UCLA Extension (UNEX) (rev. 10/2009)

The Life Sciences
Core Education office has the following policy for Concurrent Enrollment for Fall, Winter, and
Spring quarters

  • Beginning 9AM Monday of Week 3, students may bring their UNEX
    enrollment application to the Core office (222 Hershey Hall).
    • The last day and time to
      bring enrollment application for processing to the Core office is 3PM on Thursday of Week 3.

  • Students are required to show photo ID (Bruincard or Driver’s License) in order to
    obtain approval and receive signature to concurrently enroll in any of the LS Core courses. In
    addition, approval and enrollment will only be granted to the student requesting enrollment. There
    are NO exceptions to this rule.
  • Approval will only be granted to enroll in requested
    section, should space permit.
  • Students have 24 hours to take the signed application
    to the Extension office to submit payment.
  • Students will need to return to the Core
    office by no later then 3PM of receiving signature and approval from the LS Core office with the
    following materials:
    • Yellow carbon copy of enrollment application
    • Original receipt showing proof of payment made within 24 hours
    • UID #
    • BOL
      ID
  • IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE:
    • Only 1 application per
      person per class per quarter
    • The Core office may close during certain periods of the day
      for mandatory meetings. Make certain to process application in a timely manner to avoid missing
      deadline.
    • Should a course have a scheduled midterm during Week 3, concurrent enrollment
      must be processed and proof of payment returned to the LS Core office by 3PM of the day of the
      midterm.
    • The Core office is open Monday through Friday, 9AM-12PM and 1PM-3PM, unless
      otherwise noted on the Core office door.

Course Articulations

How to Submit a Life Sciences Course Equivalency Request

  • Before you submit a new course articulation request for equivalency of a Life Sciences
    course from another college, click here to review the list of
    articulations currently approved.
  • For courses from community colleges in California, you can also visit www.assist.org.
  • If an articulation does not exist, you may submit a request through one of the following two
    options: completing an articulation request or in person.
  • To submit request online, fill out the Equivalency Request form and attach your course
    syllabus and transcripts.
  • If you’re submitting a request in person, you may complete the form and attach your course
    syllabus and transcripts.

All requests will be reviewed within 2-4 weeks. We will contact you by email once a decision has been made by the faculty committee.

Permanently Swapping Sections (rev. 2009)

  • If you are enrolled in a section with a
    time conflict, you may email your classmates with hopes of finding someone willing to switch with
    you. You may do this by logging onto my.ucla.edu and clicking on ‘Classmates’ under the LS course,
    then copy and paste their email addresses onto your email. Below is a sample email.

    Hi LS 2 Students,

    I’m enrolled in LS 2 Section 2A and I
    have a time conflict. If you are enrolled in any of the sections listed below and are willing to
    switch, please email me or call me at ________.

    Thank you,

    Joe Bruin

  • Once you find someone to switch, please arrange a time with your fellow classmate
    to visit the LS Core Office to make the change official. Both students must be present with their
    Bruin cards.

Laboratory Section Absence (rev. 2009)

Students must attend the laboratory section in
which they are enrolled. Make-up labs will not be granted. If a student has a legitimate, excused
absence (with documentation), lab points can be pro-rated. If a University-sanctioned activity
conflicts with a scheduled lab, with advance notice and appropriate documentation alternate
accommodation may be possible if space permits.