Last updated on December 2nd, 2021

Clicker Policies

Each student has a registered clicker and is responsible for the activity of that clicker registered through the audience response system. Appropriate use of clickers during class is expected. Students should only use the clicker registered in their name and should be aware of their clicker status (location, functionality) in all learning activities, as its use in class will be taken to indicate the presence of the student registered to the clicker. To earn participation credit, students must attend their assigned class activities (assigned by College, cohort or any other means outlined in the syllabus or course management site) and will only earn credit for participation in their assigned activities. Misrepresentation of participation records is a violation of the honor code and students may face academic penalties for attempting to misrepresent their participation record for their assigned learning activities.

Attempting to earn participation credit for an activity that has been partially attended, or for which the student has not attended, will result in referral to to the Dean of Basic Sciences Office for disciplinary action and students may be subject to academic penalties and further disciplinary consequences.

Any student using more than one clicker, or using another person’s assigned clicker, will be referred to the Dean of Basic Sciences office for disciplinary action and may have the academic penalties applied that have been outlined in the course syllabus.

Random clicker checks will be carried out during the term. After the last clicker assessment, a sign out system will be used to verify student presence and compare it with the participation records from the audience response system. Anyone who is registered as participating through the audience response system, but who is not present for sign-out, will be referred to the Dean of Basic Sciences Office for consideration of the reasons, and possible disciplinary action.

Any student leaving a learning activity early, e.g. prior to the full debrief after the last clicker assessment of the lecture, will not be considered as fully participating. Although students are expected to make every effort to participate in all required academic activities, they must participate in at least 80% of required course activities to earn credit for the course. Any student trying to claim credit for participation, by clicking in on the first and last clicker assessment, but who has left prior to sign out during checks, is in violation and will be flagged during a clicker check. Any student who has clicked in during a clicker check, but is not present and signed out, irrespective of the reason for the absence, is in violation and will be flagged during a clicker check.

It is the responsibility of every student to have a registered clicker, to ensure that the student knows where it is and that it is in working order and functional during course activities, and to check the course gradebook weekly to detect any problems with his or her participation records. Failure to do so may result in the loss of participation credit or flagging of the student during clicker checks, for which the student will be held responsible.

Those students flagged during random clicker checks will receive an e-mail inviting them to explain, in writing and in person, the reasons for the discrepancy between the audience response system and the sign out data. They will be referred to the Dean of Basic Sciences Office for the determination of the appropriate academic penalty. They may then be further referred to the Judiciary Office for the potential disciplinary action.

Faculty Panel for Academic Professionalism

The FPAP deal with all professional behavior issues whilst students are enrolled in the basic sciences courses, e.g., missed examinations, examination compliance issues, cheating, plagiarism, and/or behavior contrary to the outcome objectives and expectations provided in the student manual and syllabus.

Where appropriate, any course and examination noncompliance issues may be referred to a dean of basic sciences Faculty Panel on Academic Professionalism hearing. The Panel Hearings will be administered by the Office of the Senior Associate Dean of Basic Sciences. An Associate/Assistant Dean of Basic Sciences, not involved directly in student support, will Chair the meeting, and the membership of the panel will be comprised of at least 2 other faculty of the School of Medicine as appointed by the Snr Assoc Dean of Basic Sciences. The faculty serving on the panel will be MD faculty of the SOM, that are not involved in student advising, and that have experience with the standards for promotion and progression outlined in the student manual.

A quorum for the committee is 3, and decisions are reached by simply majority in which the Chair has a casting vote in the event of a tie. The committee may refer the student to an appropriate support service, or when appropriate, and as outlined in the course syllabus, recommend application of the appropriate academic penalty published in the course syllabus. The panel may reduce the penalty applied, but cannot exceed that published in the syllabus. The committee may also require evidence of remediation and can define a customized remediation pathway for any infractions related to lapsed professional behavior. Course grades may be held as incomplete (I) until the student demonstrates any remediation outcomes as defined by the FPAP. The recommendation of the Panel is passed to the Snr Assoc Dean of Basic Sciences for action and communication to the student by the Senior Associate Dean of Basic Sciences Office.