Compliance Audit Report Index


The institution publishes academic policies that adhere to principles of good educational practice. These are disseminated to students, faculty, and other interested parties through publications that accurately represent the programs and services of the institution.



Southeastern is in compliance with Educational Programs Comprehensive Standard 3.4.5.



Southeastern Louisiana University has academic policies that assure that the academic mission of the University is accomplished in a manner consistent with good educational practice and provides for a quality learning environment. The University employs a variety of publications to disseminate its mission, priorities, policies, and procedures, as well as other factors that demonstrate that the University adheres to principles of good educational practice. These publications and documents accurately represent the programs and services of the University, and are made available to faculty, staff, students, and interested members of the public via Southeastern's Document Database, employee handbooks, departmental web sites, and printed University publications. Examples of policies and guidelines that demonstrate the University is accomplishing its mission in a manner consistent with good educational practice include

  • General Academic Regulations
    Academic regulations of the University adhere to good educational practice and provide a framework that fosters scholarly inquiry, quality, and professionalism. These regulations promote the University's expectations of quality and accurately reflect its programs and services. Beginning on page 45 of the General Catalogue regulations pertaining the following topics are discussed: registration, grading, academic probation and suspension, class attendance, academic renewal, credit by exam, advanced placement, general education requirements, and graduation requirements. Regulations concerning the admission of international students are presented in this section of the Catalogue as well. The Student Handbook details academic regulations as they apply to students. Academic regulations can be found in the Faculty Handbook and in the Provost's Welcome Back Memo, which is distributed each semester to all University faculty. Finally, regulations with respect to confidentiality are found in employee handbooks (Part IV, Section E), and FERPA guidelines can be found in the General Catalogue (page 68) and in employee handbooks (Part VI Section K).
  • Faculty Rights and Responsibilities
    Faculty rights and responsibilities channel efforts of faculty in a manner consistent with good educational practice. Expectations both within and outside of the classroom are detailed and presented to faculty through multiple avenues. Part IV of the Faculty Handbook is the primary source of information detailing faculty rights and responsibilities, including grading policies and the appeals policy. Upon hiring, new, full-time faculty members are required to attend the University's Faculty Orientation program (Part III, Section G) through which University policies and practices are communicated. In addition, every semester the Provost disseminates the Welcome Back Memo reminding faculty of specific rights and responsibilities related to their efforts. In addition, as indicated in employee handbooks (Part V, Section J), academic freedom and professional responsibility policies assure that faculty members may pursue intellectual and professional efforts in an environment conducive to scholarly inquiry and professionalism.
  • Instructional Practices
    Both the faculty and graduate assistant employee handbooks (Part IV, Section L) communicate the University's instructional practice expectations, including Southeastern's policies and procedures on class attendance, grade and attendance report policies, grading system, and course information sheets. In addition, the Provost's Welcome Back Memo, which also communicates instructional practices, is distributed every semester. Southeastern's instructional policies adhere to good educational practice and accurately reflect the programs and services of the institution.
  • Student Code of Conduct
    Student Code of Conduct expects that students will assist in the development and maintenance of an environment conducive to scholarly inquiry and professionalism through expectations of honorable conduct. The Student Handbook communicates the University's mission, core values, the University's academic calendar, University services, the Code of Student Conduct, and other University policies. The Student Handbook also contains “Steps Towards Success,” a tip sheet on how to successfully manage time and prepare properly for assignments and tests. The Student Code of Conduct adheres to good educational practice and is widely disseminated. The Student Code of Conduct can be found in the General Catalogue, page 103, in the Student Handbook, and on the University's web site.
  • Disability Policies
    Southeastern complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act and applicable state laws. Disability policies assure that programs and services of the University are available to students with disabilities and are disseminated through employee handbooks (Part IV, Section F), the Student Handbook and on the Disability Services web site.
  • Standards for Quality Distance Education
    The University recognizes that new approaches to instruction must meet the same high quality standards that exist for traditional settings. Southeastern's Standards for Quality Distance Education provides guidance on the development of courses offered via distance technologies and the means of assessment of those courses. The distance education policy assures that such courses are developed in a manner consistent with good educational practice. The distance education policy can be found in both the Faculty Handbook and the Graduate Assistant Handbook (Part IV, Section M).
  • Intellectual Property Policy
    Intellectual property is the result of creative, intellectual endeavors. Consistent with the policies of the University of Louisiana System, the University's Intellectual Property Policy is intended to support faculty, staff, and students in identifying and protecting intellectual property, defining rights and responsibilities of all involved, administering intellectual property matters, and establishing support offices to provide the required assistance. Southeastern's Intellectual Property Policy is widely disseminated and can be found on the University's website, in employee handbooks (Part VI, Section R), and in the Student Handbook.
  • Copyright Policy
    While Southeastern Louisiana University promotes scholarly work in an open and free atmosphere, it is the policy of the University that all faculty, staff, and students act in compliance with all applicable laws, including all applicable copyright laws. Southeastern's Copyright Policy offers guidelines to enable University faculty, staff, and students to interpret and adhere to copyright laws. All employee handbooks (Part VI, Section J) and the Student Handbook contain information on the Copyright Policy, assuring widespread dissemination of the policy.
  • Faculty Evaluations
    Faculty evaluations are conducted annually for all full-time faculty members by their academic department heads. This evaluation, which results in individual written reports to faculty by their department heads, is aimed at improving the ability of faculty to address the needs of the University on an ongoing basis. As discussed in the Faculty Handbook, Part III, Section E, faculty evaluations have explicit expectations of faculty performance in the areas of teaching/job effectiveness, professional activity, and service. While all three areas are evaluated annually, teaching/job effectiveness is considered the most important factor in the evaluation. For tenure track faculty, annual evaluations tie directly to their tenure quest, as tenure guidelines require performance in each of the three areas evaluated under the annual faculty evaluation effort. In addition, each college has orientation and mentoring programs that serve to disseminate policies and procedures that embrace good educational practice. Aimed at improving the teaching, research, and service abilities of faculty, mentoring programs target teaching/job effectiveness as one of the areas in which development efforts are expected.
    By annually evaluating faculty performance, the University assures that all faculty are performing in a manner that is conducive to good educational practices. The evaluation process involves recognition of quality performance. The process may result in remediation/mentoring should a particular faculty member fail to perform adequately. The performances of faculty members tie directly to the mission of the University and expectations of quality inherent in quality educational practices.

  • University's Policy on Accreditation of Academic Programs
    University efforts to achieve or maintain national accreditations have resulted in widespread efforts to achieve good educational practices. The University's policy on accreditation of academic programs provides for external reviews to assure tjat academic programs adhere to principles of good educational practice that are widely recognized. The Board of Regents mandates that Southeastern achieve national or international accreditation of specific professional programs, and recommends that the University seek additional accreditations for non-mandated programs. The role and impact of national accreditation standards on the University assists in defining widely recognized principles of good educational practice. Examples of self-study reports that have led to the accreditation of Southeastern's programs, which delineate good educational practices at Southeastern Louisiana University, include the College of Business and Technology Self-Evaluation Report and the Questionnaire for Review of the Computer Science Program. In academic areas for which national accreditation does not exist, the University engages in an academic program review process through which an external review team assesses the programs and assures that the University is adhering to good educational practices.


Document Location
Document Database
General Catalogue 2003-2004, Admission Criteria and Academic Regulations

(pages 45-68)
Student Handbook
Faculty Handbook
Provost's Welcome Back Memo, Spring 2004
Employee Handbooks, Part IV, Section E. Confidentiality of Information
Policies and Procedures Relating to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
Employee Handbooks, Part VI, Section K. Policies and Procedures relating to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
Faculty Handbook, Part IV. Responsibilities and Duties of Faculty
Faculty Handbook, Part III, Section G. Orientation of New Faculty Members
Employee Handbooks, Part V, Section J. Academic Freedom and Professional Responsibility (Section D. in the Graduate Assistant Handbook )
Faculty Handbook and Graduate Assistant Handbook, Part IV, Section L. Instructional Practices
General Catalogue 2003-2004, Judicial Affairs

(page 103)
Student Handbook, Student Code of Conduct
Employee Handbooks, Part IV, Section F. Accommodations for Students with Disabilities
Student Handbook, Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance Statement
Office of Disability Services
Standards for Quality Distance Education
Faculty Handbook and Graduate Assistant Handbook , Part IV, Section M. Standards for Distance Education
Intellectual Property Policy
Employee Handbooks, Part VI, Section R. Intellectual Property
Student Handbook, Intellectual Property
Copyright Policy
Employee Handbooks, Part VI, Section J. Copyright Policy
Student Handbook, Copyright Policy
Faculty Handbook, Part III, Section E. Evaluation of Faculty
Faculty Handbook, Part III, Section H. Tenure and Promotion Guidelines
Louisiana Board of Regents, Policies and Procedures Manual, Academic Affairs Policy 2.13, General Policy on Program Accreditation

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College of Business and Technology Self-Evaluation Report (AACSB)
Questionnaire for Review of the Computer Science Program, (ABET)
Guidelines for Academic Program Review 2002-2003



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