Master Syllabus

2017-2018 Academic Year

Mission Statement

Missouri State University-West Plains empowers students to achieve personal success and to enrich their local and global communities. As a two-year public institution, we provide accessible, affordable and quality educational opportunities.

Vision Statement

Missouri State University-West Plains will be a model among two-year, learning-centered institutions, combining open admission opportunity with academic excellence and innovative student support in an environment strengthened by community partnerships and global awareness.

General Education Goals (GEG)

  1. Communication

    Learning Outcome Goal: To develop students' effective use of the language systems essential to their success in school and in the world. Students should be able to read and listen critically, to write and speak with thoughtfulness. Students will demonstrate the ability to…


    1. Communicate ideas and share information effectively utilizing the written method
    2. Effectively communicate ideas and share information orally
    3. Communicate digitally using a variety of media effectively
  2. Critical Thinking

    Learning Outcome Goal: To develop students' ability to distinguish among various levels of abstraction, identify underlying assumptions, make informed judgments and to solve problems by applying processes and evaluative standards. Students will demonstrate the ability to…


    1. Analyze strengths and weaknesses of conclusions or solutions; attack or defend using relevant evidence and reasoned argument
    2. Analyze and synthesize information from a variety of sources for application to a situation
    3. Employ problem-solving processes
  3. Information Management

    Learning Outcome Goal: To develop students' abilities to locate organize, store, retrieve, evaluate, synthesize and annotate information from print, electronic and other sources in preparation for solving problems and making informed decisions. Students will demonstrate the ability to…


    1. Locate and retrieve sources of information
    2. Evaluate information for its currency, utility, validity and accuracy
    3. Organize information in a logical and consistent manner
    4. Present information in a clear and concise manner
  4. Valuing

    Learning Outcome Goal: To develop students' abilities to understand the moral and ethical values of a diverse society and to understand that many courses of action are guided by value judgments. Students should be able to make informed decisions. Students will demonstrate the ability to…


    1. Demonstrate awareness of differences that exist among cultural value sets
    2. Demonstrate understanding of how and why value sets develop
    3. Recognize the consequences of one's actions guided by a value set
    4. Realize value of a group by experiencing its culture
  5. Global Awareness

    Learning Outcome Goal: To develop students' understanding of their place in a global society with increasingly interconnected issues that are economic, political, environmental and cultural; students must understand the complexities of the global community that will be their future. Students will demonstrate the ability to…


    1. Demonstrate an understanding of how each person's actions relate to events beyond the local community.
    2. Demonstrate an understanding of the differences in cultures through comparison of economic systems, political systems, cultural heritage, religion or ethnic backgrounds.
    3. Demonstrate an understanding of how one's perception of history shapes perspective and policy of individuals and cultures.
    4. Demonstrate an understanding of the role of the United States in the world and its impact on international problems.

Learning Assessment

Assessment of student learning is an integral part of curriculum development and revision. It documents that learning has occurred and provides a rational basis for making purposeful changes to curriculum content and pedagogy.

Assessment of student learning has the intent to improve student learning (the knowledge, skills and attitudes acquired through study and practice).

Through the assessment process, General Education Goals, Academic Program Objectives and Course Objectives are assessed to compare student-learning objectives (desired learning) to student-learning outcomes (what actually was learned) and use the information generated by these comparisons to make programmatic and pedagogical changes to improve student learning.

Assessment is the process that evaluates the university learning experience with the purpose of continual improvement and has the objective of assuring the accomplishment of the mission of Missouri State University-West Plains.

Education Guarantee

For full-time students in good standing, taking no more than 50 percent of courses online: If you have no more than two absences in each class, turn in all homework and assignments, visit with each of your instructors and your advisor outside of class, and use our free tutoring at least three times for each of your classes, Missouri State University-West Plains guarantees you may be allowed (one time only) to retake the class(es) in which you received a 'D' or 'F' tuition free the next regular semester in which the course is offered – if you earn a term GPA less than 2.0. (Does not apply to Nursing and Respiratory Care degrees due to selective admissions criteria.)

Missouri State-West Plains Promise

Any student at Missouri State University-West Plains can succeed by claiming their education and making a true effort to follow simple proven techniques. If you do these things, mastering the objectives of each course, Missouri State University-West Plains promises you will succeed!

Student Responsibility

You are a college student now. You own your education. It is your responsibility to get to class, do your homework, seek tutoring when needed and monitor outside activities and their effect on your academic work (whether social events, sports or a job, all take time and energy). We will not send a report card to your parents or call anyone if you don't show up to class. As a college student, you are now responsible for your academic success.

It is as easy as A, B, C…

  1. Attend class and tutoring.
  2. Bring your Brain; be an active, not passive, participant by planning the use of your goals, time and money.
  3. Complete assigned homework and readings, and Communicate with your instructors and resource contacts, especially if you need help.

10 Steps to Success

  1. Make it your goal to graduate! Commit to your goal. Write it down. Be specific and personal. Post it where you can see it and read it every day. See yourself in a cap and gown receiving your diploma. You are the one responsible for achieving your goal.
  2. Go to class! Go to every class. Be on time. If you must miss a class, contact the instructor before you miss the class.
  3. Do all the homework and assignments and turn them in on time.
  4. Do all the reading, write an outline of the main points, keep it and discuss it with someone.
  5. Visit each of your instructors and your advisor during their office hours and communicate with them by email or phone.
  6. Use the free tutoring services – often!
  7. Plan your time. Use a planner to schedule and prioritize all assignments and tests, determining when you must complete outlines, research, drafts, study or turn in final projects and papers.
  8. Manage your money. Make a budget and create a spending plan. Pay bills promptly. Distinguish between wants and needs. Record your spending and compare your income to your record of expenses.
  9. If you need help, ask for it! Don't wait! Contact your instructor, advisor, RA (if in student housing), tutor, librarian, coordinator of student life, financial aid office, Student Government Association, TRiO office, veterans office, dean of student services, dean of academic affairs or chancellor. Keep asking for help until you get it.
  10. Go to class! This is worth repeating. It is the basic building block of a college education. Take responsibility for getting to class and make this a priority!

Student Resources

Academic Affairs: Lybyer Enhanced Technology Center, Room 206, (417) 255-7272,
Advisement and Academic Coaching Center for Empowering Student Success (AACCESS): Melton Hall, Room 100 (Central Office), (417) 255-7222,
Business and Support Services: Cass Hall, (417) 255-7260,
Campus Safety: Cass Hall, (417) 255-7258,
Career Development Center: Looney Hall, (417) 255-7230,
Equity and Diversity: Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action, Equity Non-Discrimination policy,,
Financial Aid: Cass Hall, (417) 255-7243,
Garnett Library: , (417) 255-7945,
Grizzly Tutoring Lab:
Lybyer Open Lab:
My Grizzly Den:
Registration and Records (R/R): Cass Hall, (417) 255-7979,
Student Life and Development: Putnam Student Center, (417) 255-7233,
Student Services: Lybyer Enhanced Technology Center, Room 207, (417) 255-7417,

Title IX Policy on Sexual Assault, Stalking and Other Forms of Sexual Misconduct

The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its education programs and activities, and it is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 ("Title IX") not to discriminate in such a manner. The University is committed to maintaining an environment that is safe and free from sexual violence and sexual harassment, including sexual assault and stalking. The University will take immediate action to eliminate harassment, prevent its recurrence and address its effects. When an allegation of sexual misconduct is brought to a responsible University employee's attention "responsible employee", and a respondent is found to have violated this policy, serious sanctions will be used to reasonably ensure that such actions are never repeated. This policy reaffirms these principles and provides recourse for those individuals whose rights have been violated. Title IX, state law, and University policy also prohibit retaliation against an individual who has brought forward a complaint of sexual misconduct or taken part in a conduct process as a result of a sexual misconduct complaint.

The complete Title IX policy is located at:

Advisement Note: Students with a term GPA of less than 2.0 could have additional issues, including academic standing, financial aid, A+ program and scholarship renewals.

Accommodation Policy

Missouri State University-West Plains is committed to providing an accessible and supportive environment for students with disabilities. Equal access for qualified students with disabilities is an obligation under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Students seeking service are responsible for notifying the University of their disabilities, requesting academic accommodation(s), and providing documentation of the disability from a qualified professional. Documentation must include necessary evidence of a disability-related need for the requested accommodation(s). Accommodation(s) cannot be based simply on the student's preferences; students must show a legitimate purpose for requesting an academic accommodation. Such accommodation(s), auxiliary aids, and services cannot alter the fundamental nature of the course or program of instruction. In addition, auxiliary aids and services cannot result in an undue burden to the University. Auxiliary aids and services as defined by law will be provided without cost to a student entitled to such aid. Students generally will not be provided devices or services of a personal nature, such as attendants, individually prescribed devices or readers for personal use or study.

Students requesting academic accommodation(s) should contact the disability services coordinator in the advisement and academic coaching center for empowering student success (AACCESS) at (417) 255-7222 (voice) or (417) 255-7715 (TTY).

Non-Discrimination Policy

(Approved by the Board of Governors 2016/02/05)

Missouri State University is a community of people with respect for diversity. The University emphasizes the dignity and equality common to all persons and adheres to a strict non-discrimination policy regarding the treatment of individual faculty, staff, and students. In accord with federal law and applicable Missouri statutes, the University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin (including ancestry, or any other subcategory of national origin recognized by applicable law), religion, sex (including marital status, family status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other subcategory of sex recognized by applicable law), age, disability, veteran status, genetic information or any other basis protected by applicable law in employment or in any program or activity offered or sponsored by the University. Sex discrimination encompasses sexual harassment, which includes sexual violence, and is strictly prohibited by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.

This policy shall not be interpreted in a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces of the United States of America.

The University maintains a grievance procedure incorporating due process available to any person who believes he or she has been discriminated against. Missouri State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Minority/Female/Veterans/Disability/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity employer. Inquiries concerning the complaint/grievance procedure related to sex discrimination, including sexual harassment and sexual assault, should be addressed to the Title IX Coordinator, Carrington Hall 314, 901 S. National Ave., Springfield, Missouri 65897,, 417-836-8506, or to the Office for Civil Rights. All other inquiries concerning the grievance procedure, Affirmative Action Plan or compliance with federal and state laws and guidelines should be addressed to the West Plains campus Equal Opportunity Liaison/Deputy Title IX Coordinator Brenda Polyard at (417) 255-7966 or the Equal Opportunity Officer, Office for Institutional Equity and Compliance, Park Central Office Building, Suite 111, Springfield, Missouri 65897, (417) 836-4252 or to the Office for Civil Rights. (Res. Board Policies No. 70-11; Bd. Min. 10-28-11.)

Suicide Prevention Policy

As required by Missouri law (Mo. Rev. Stat. §173.1200), this Policy is intended to advise Missouri State University students, faculty and staff of certain national, regional, and local suicide prevention programs available to students, faculty and staff on and off of Missouri State University’s campuses, the proper procedures for identifying and addressing the needs of students exhibiting suicidal tendencies or behavior, and the available University training regarding suicide prevention and response.

See the full Suicide Prevention Policy in the System's Policy Library.

Academic Integrity

The community of scholars that is Missouri State University-West Plains is committed to developing educated persons. Educated persons accept the responsibility to practice personal and academic integrity. Each participant of the University community refrains from and discourages behavior that threatens the freedom and respect each member deserves. The following policies and procedures specifically address student academic integrity but recognize that student academic integrity is only part of the entirety of academic integrity in a community of scholars and that all members of the community share the responsibility for fostering academic integrity.

The Missouri State University-West Plains Faculty Handbook states that course policy statements must include a statement of the instructor’s policies concerning cheating and plagiarism, including consequences. An instructor’s policies on academic integrity issues, while they may reflect the instructor’s personal views, also should be consistent with this University policy on student academic integrity.

Definition: Academic Dishonesty: Any one of the following acts constitutes academic dishonesty:

  • Cheating: The term "cheating" refers to using or attempting to use unauthorized technology, materials, information or study aids in any academic exercise.
  • Fabrication or other misconduct in research: The term "fabrication" refers to unauthorized falsification or invention of any information (including research data) or any citation in any academic exercise; "misconduct in research" refers to any violation of ethical guidelines for attributing credit and authorship in research endeavors, non-compliance with established research policies, or other violations of ethical research practice.
  • Plagiarism: The term "plagiarism" includes, but is not limited to, the use, by paraphrase or direct quotation, of the published or unpublished work or sections of a work of another person without full and clear acknowledgement, whether intentional or not. This includes any material copied directly or paraphrased from the Internet. The unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling of term papers or other academic materials, including material taken from or ordered through the Internet, also constitutes plagiarism.
  • Facilitating academic dishonesty: Assisting or attempting to assist another to violate any provision of this Academic Integrity Policy, whether or not that action is associated with any particular course, is considered academic dishonesty.

Review and Appeal Process: There is an appeal process for removal of an 'XF' Grade. To see the full policy, visit

Attendance Policy

Attendance is taken for all courses, the entire semester. Financial aid is not released until after attendance is confirmed. Students who stop attending courses may be held responsible for federal funds received and be required to pay back federal funds. Students should talk with the office of financial aid before no longer attending a course, dropping a course or withdrawing from a semester. Students who fail to attend 25% or more of the course class meetings can be dropped by the faculty member. Please be reminded that attendance in an online course is measured by active participation, such as posting on a discussion board, turning in an assignment, completing an exam, etc. Attention online students: Signing into Blackboard does not constitute attendance.

See the catalog for the revised Attendance Policy.

Weather Policy

Missouri State-West Plains Weather Hotline - (417) 255-8075

The general policy for weather is that classes will not be canceled because of inclement weather. Students should use their own good judgment regarding travel when weather conditions are questionable.

However, in extreme conditions classes may be canceled. Faculty, staff and students should call the Missouri State-West Plains Weather Hotline at (417) 255-8075 for information regarding the status of Missouri State-West Plains classes, Mountain Grove extended campus classes and Missouri State Outreach classes on the West Plains campus. An official announcement will be issued through the local radio stations and Springfield television stations only if Missouri State-West Plains and Mountain Grove extended campus classes are canceled.

Campus Safety

Evening Safety

The campus employs one or more individuals to provide an Evening Safety Services program. These services include a campus safety presence, escort services and emergency services. In the event of an evening emergency, please call the Garnett Library 417-255-7945 or the Evening Safety personnel 417-257-9078.

Hostile Persons

Hostile Persons Guidelines:

Emergency Procedures Posters

The Campus Safety & Parking Committee prepares Emergency Procedures posters providing instruction in the event of fire, tornado, or other emergencies. These posters are located in each room in each campus facility.

Additional Information

Additional information regarding campus safety at Missouri State University-West Plains may be accessed on the Campus Safety and Parking website at:

Emergency Messages

The office of registration and records (417) 255-7979 may be contacted by emergency personnel or your family to relay messages to you in case of an emergency. Routine messages are not accepted in order to allow instructors to conduct orderly class sessions. In the event of an evening emergency, please call (417) 257-9078.

Electronic Devices in the Classroom

As a member of the learning community, each student has a responsibility to the other students who are members of the community. When cell phones or pagers ring and students respond in class or leave class to respond, it disrupts the class. Therefore, the office of academic affairs asks that cell phones, pagers or similar communication devices be turned off or put into silent mode during class. At the discretion of the instructor, exception to this policy is possible in special circumstances.

The University also acknowledges the usefulness of electronic devices to students in the learning process; however, the use of computers, PDAs or other electronic devices in classrooms and instructional settings is at the discretion of the instructor. Students should review instructors' policy statements for information about whether or not they will be allowed to use such devices in the classroom or other instructional setting.