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2018-2019 Graduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Academic Services

Academic Common Market

Participation in the Academic Common Market allows qualified students from southern states to pay in-state tuition while pursuing certain degree programs at The University of Memphis. This arrangement is available only for students whose home states do not offer the designated program. The state in which the student resides determines which of the programs offered by The University of Memphis it will make available to its students.

The Academic Common Market is sponsored by the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB). Participating states are Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia (Florida and Texas grant access for graduate level programs only). Current SREB common market guidelines and requirements may be found on the web at www.sreb.org/programs/acm/acmindex.asp.

Students may request through their home state coordinators that additional programs be made accessible. A list of the state coordinators with their addresses and telephone numbers may be obtained from the Office of Curriculum Planning or from the Academic Common Market web site at www.sreb.org/programs/acm/acmindex.asp.

In addition to certification requirements that the student’s state of residence may specify, the following pertain: (1) students must be fully admitted to a degree program that has been approved as an Academic Common Market program (non-degree students are ineligible); (2) students must obtain a letter certifying residency, term of entry, and approval for the particular University of Memphis program from their state’s Academic Common Market coordinator.

NOTE: After enrollment, students remain eligible for in-state tuition only so long as they are continuously enrolled—consecutive fall and spring terms—in the same major for which they were originally certified. If students change major, they must process a Change of Major through their advisor and notify the Office of Admissions to change the Academic Common Market residency code on their records. Failure to process the Change of Major and to notify the Office of Admissions may subject the student to out-of-state fees for all subsequent terms of enrollment in classes for a major other than the one for which the student received ACM certification. Missing a fall or spring term of enrollment or a change of major requires that the student be recertified through the ACM coordinator in the student’s state of residence.

Academic Personnel Services

The Office of Academic Personnel Services conducts The University of Memphis’ program for student evaluation of instruction. The Student Instructional Rating Systems (SIRS) uses a comprehensive approach for collecting, analyzing, and reporting student reactions to certain aspects of classroom instruction. All teaching faculty are required to participate in the student evaluation program. SIRS are not to be administered during the week of final exams. Faculty receive the completed forms and a computer generated summary at the beginning of the following semester. These documents, which are an important part of the dossier prepared for tenure and promotion, also provide useful information to individual faculty members for course development and/or improvement of instruction.

Cecil C. Humphreys

The Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law offers a program of instruction leading to the degree of Juris Doctor.

Admission to the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law is on a selective basis. To be eligible for admission, a student must have received a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and must have made a satisfactory score on the Law School Admission Test. Questions concerning additional admissions requirements should be addressed to the Assistant Dean for Admissions, Recruitment, and Scholarships at lawadmissions@mail.law.memphis.edu.

The regulations and policies of the School of Law are set out in greater detail in the Law School Bulletin. Additional information can be obtained by contacting Law Admissions, 3715 Central Avenue, Memphis, TN 38152, or visit the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law home page at www.law.memphis.edu.

Disability Resources for Students

The Disability Resources for Students Office provides, arranges, and coordinates academic accommodations and support services to qualified students with disabilities to enable them to fully access the educational opportunities at The University of Memphis. To establish eligibility for disability accommodations and services, students are required to register with the Disability Resources for Students Office and provide current medical or psycho-educational documentation of the disability from a professional who is appropriately qualified to diagnose the particular disability.

Disability information is strictly confidential, is not released without written consent, and does not appear on transcripts or any permanent record of the University.

Students must follow established university procedures for obtaining accommodations and services. Specific accommodations and services are determined on an individual basis and are based on documented functional limitations resulting from the disability. Services available include orientation to disability services, assessment of disability related needs, academic accommodation plans each semester, test accommodations, books on tape, note-takers, readers, scribes, interpreters, Braille, enlarged print, loan of adaptive aids and special equipment, adaptive computer lab, guidance and counseling, adapted campus housing, accessible parking, and limited campus shuttle service.

Since some services require advance notice, applicants are requested to provide sufficient notice to Disability Resources for Students of anticipated needs and expected date of enrollment. For more detailed information, please contact the Director of Disability Resources for Students at 901.678.2880.

Extended Programs

Extended Programs provides credit and non-credit educational opportunities, both on and off-campus, and through innovative educational methods, such as video-assisted courses and online courses. Extended Programs also provides support for Tennessee Public Service activities.

The Office of Public Services is a prime contact for individuals and organizations outside the University. Through this office, access may be gained to University facilities and resources.

Professional and Contract Training features Custom Corporate Training, Online Sales & Marketing Certification, Business & Career Development, The Global Marketplace, Human Resources Training, Corporate Technology, Small Business Development, Foreign Languages, On-Line Courses, Real Estate & Real Estate Appraisal, National Safety Council Defensive Driving Course, Regents Online Continuing Education, and MidSouth Training Program.

Jackson Center is located on the campus of Jackson State Community College, offers a wide variety of graduate and undergraduate courses and degree programs to students living in the Jackson area. In addition, the Jackson Center houses the Office of Extended Programs, which coordinates course and program delivery at various locations in West Tennessee.

The Keep Tennessee Beautiful program, established in 1983, serves as the state Keep America Beautiful agency and state resource center for litter prevention and proper solid waste management education. Keep Tennessee Beautiful is funded by Tennessee Department of Transportation.

For more information, please contact Extended Programs at 901.678.2991 or visit their website at: www.memphis.edu/extended/.

International Students Services in the Center for International Education Services

International Student Services (ISS), at the Center for International Education Services (CIES) advises international students, faculty, staff, visiting scholars, and researchers regarding federal regulations from the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement; health insurance matters; and employment issues. In addition, the Center prepares federal documents necessary for internationals in certain visa categories, as well as meeting the SEVIS requirements set by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

ISS produces the federally mandated orientation for F-1 and J-1 visa holders new to campus. ISS also frequently provides this information for in-country dependent family members of students, faculty, and researchers on campus, as well as to international applicants to the University and area colleges and University staff.

ISS advises the International Students Association and several other international student clubs. Annual events include International Night, International Education Week, Diwali, and India Fest among various other cultural events.

Currently, ISS consists of Rebecca Laumann, Executive Director, CIES; Clar Nunis, ISS Intermin Assistant Director, ISS; Gail Warren, and Brenda Cowans. For more information, please visit the website at: www.memphis.edu/cies/iss.

Mid South ACT

Mid-South ACT provides services for individuals of all ages with disabilities in the areas of assistive technology and augmentative alternative communication in West Tennessee, East Arkansas, and North Mississippi. These technologies allow all individuals with special needs access to the world. The Center provides services and information to teachers, students, consumers, and caregivers regarding assistive technology. This is a “hands-on” center set up for the purposes of hardware and software preview and assistive technology evaluation.

Minority Affairs

The Office of Minority Affairs houses such registered student organizations as the Black Student Association, Black Scholars Unlimited, the Hispanic Student Association, NAACP, and the Minority Association of Pre-Health Students. The office provides a venue where student groups as well as individuals can go to study, use office equipment, and interact with their peers and the office staff. In addition, the office deals with academic, social, and personal concerns that the students may need to address.

The Office of Minority Affairs also serves as a resource for students, providing information on scholarships, internships, employment opportunities, and community resources available to them. The office also works in conjunction with various other campus departments as well as community agencies to provide students with services that may assist them in academic and professional endeavors.

For more information, call 901.678.2054.

Oak Ridge Associated Universities

Since 1971, students and faculty of the University of Memphis have benefited from its membership in Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU). ORAU is a consortium of 91 colleges and universities and a contractor for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) located in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. ORAU works with its member institutions to help their students and faculty gain access to federal research facilities throughout the country; to keep its members informed about opportunities for fellowship, scholarship, and research appointments; and to organize research alliances among its members.

Through the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), the DOE facility that ORAU operates, undergraduates, graduates, postgraduates, as well as faculty enjoy access to a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Students can participate in programs covering a wide variety of disciplines including business, earth sciences, epidemiology, engineering, physics, geological sciences, pharmacology, ocean sciences, biomedical sciences, nuclear chemistry, and mathematics. Appointment and program length range from one month to four years. Many of these programs are especially designed to increase the numbers of underrepresented minority students pursuing degrees in science- and engineering-related disciplines. A comprehensive listing of these programs and other opportunities, their disciplines, and details on locations and benefits can be found at www.orau.gov/orise/educ.htm or by calling either of the contacts below.

ORAU’s Office of Partnership Development seeks opportunities for partnerships and alliances among ORAU’s members, private industry, and major federal facilities. Activities include faculty development programs, such as the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards, the Visiting Industrial Scholars Program, consortium research funding initiatives, faculty research and support programs, as well as services to chief research officers.

For more information about ORAU and its programs, contact Dr. Andrew W. Meyers, Vice Provost for Research, ORAU Councilor for The University of Memphis, at 901.678.2590; Monnie E. Champion, ORAU Corporate Secretary, at 865.576.3306; or the ORAU Home Page at www.orau.org.

Psychological Services Center

The Psychological Services Center offers psychotherapy and psychological evaluation services to children and adults. The clinic is open to the general public, as well as the University community. Fees are reduced for university students, staff, and faculty. The Center is located in room 126 of the Psychology Building. For appointments or information, contact the Center at 901.678.2147.