CRITERION V: Integrity


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"Student Handbook"

For a number of years, the University distributed student policy information in printed form but in 1997 discontinued this practice in favor of Web distribution. Notice of the "Student Handbook" Web site ( is announced in the Northern Iowan, through printed bookmarks and half-page handouts, by means of UNI-Online (first initiated in Fall 1999), and in other ways.

Students who live in the residence halls receive a copy of Day By Day, which contains much of the information formerly included in the student handbook. As information proliferates, we have found, that printed materials are too bulky, prohibitively expensive, quickly outdated, and not read by students.

Important policy information is distributed to students each semester in the Schedule of Classes. In addition, a publication for all students, faculty, and staff addressing drugs, alcohol, and campus safety issues is distributed annually and will probably also appear on the Web in the near future.

The University has found that it is better to inform students by distributing relevant policies and procedures in multiple venues rather than by just saying, "It's in the handbook!"


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