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CMU Online

Students interested in taking courses through CMU Online must be admitted to Central Michigan University prior to registration. Those students applying veterans educational benefits toward tuition of a course should contact the CMU Online office for infor- mation regarding certification and restrictions. Further information regarding course schedules, enrollment procedures, or registration instructions is available at our World Wide Web site at www.cel. cmich.edu/ecampus. Questions relating to registration may be directed to 800-688-4268.

Courses offered through CMU Online mirror on-campus courses in terms of their scope, study requirements and level of difficulty. Most students limit themselves to two online courses per term, especially if a student is new to independent learning, is employed full time, or has a large semester class load.

Learning Package Courses

Learning packages provide students with highly organized courses in a format specially suited to independent study. Mastery of course content is aided by specific learning objectives, interest- ing and informative study materials, and proctored examinations that test competency at specified intervals throughout the course. Faculty who teach learning package courses make provision for contact with their students and are available to address student questions and concerns. Credit earned through learning package courses can be applied toward a baccalaureate degree only. For a list of course offerings and specific registration dates students should visit our web site at www.cel.cmich.edu/ecampus.

Online Courses

Online course delivery provides each student with a virtual classroom where lectures, multimedia study materials and class discussion are all provided using the latest technology, over the World Wide Web. Online learning allows students to work at a comfortable pace in the comfort of their own homes. Interactive online tools offer students the opportunity to connect with faculty and peers to discuss course content in cyberspace. Course prerequisites and requirements may vary across classes and subjects. Questions regarding online courses may be directed to staff at cmuonline@cmich.edu.

Examination Proctors

A proctor is the person that administers exams to our students. Students taking courses must identify a proctor for any course that requires monitored exams. Once a proctor is identified, our office will verify the information and mail the exams directly to the proctor. The proctor administers the exams at the location they were mailed, one at a time, and mails them back to our office, for grading, in the postage-paid envelope provided.

Acceptable proctors include school counselors, school/college administrators/teachers, military/industry education or testing centers, or the librarian at a local library. In addition, any ProfEd center will proctor exams, as will the staff. Unacceptable proctors include, but are not limited to, family members, friends, co-work- ers, and other CMU students. CMU reserves the right to deny any proctor or assign proctors to students as deemed necessary by the CMU Online staff.

The student is responsible for any proctor’s fees. If one of the CMU centers is to be used as a proctor, please check with that center to determine available times and dates for testing. Should you have any questions, contact the office at 800-688-4268.

Academic Information


Planned Experiences

The planned experiences credit option provides a flexible learn- ing format which can be tailored to fit particular student objectives. This learning option also allows the student to take full advantage of all instructional resources available. The student should consult her or his academic advisor to develop a planned experience and should consider the following guidelines:

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    The experience must develop skills not previously acquired by the student.

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    Planned experience credit will not be granted for work or study in which the student was involved prior to enrolling in the planned experience.

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    The experience may be graded on a credit/no credit basis at the student’s request and with the faculty reviewer’s ap- proval.

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    The student may earn no more than 30 semester hours of credit through planned experiences. No more than 15 se- mester hours of credit may be earned for a single planned experience.

The following course numbers and titles are used to record credit granted for planned experiences:

CDE 291 Planned Experience in Community Development (1-15) CDE 491 Planned Experience in Community Development (1-15) CEL 291 Planned Experience in Administration (1-15) CEL 491 Planned Experience in Administration (1-15)

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their educational records. They are:

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    The right to inspect and review the student’s educational records within 45 days of the date the university receives a request for access. Students should submit to the registrar, dean, head of the academic department, or other appropriate official, written requests that identify the record(s) they wish to inspect. The university official will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. If the records are not maintained by the university official to whom the request was submitted, that official shall advise the student of the correct official to whom the request should be addressed.

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    The right to request the amendment of the student’s educa- tional records that the student believes are inaccurate, mis- leading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights. Students may ask the university to amend a record they believe is inaccurate or misleading. They should write the university official responsible for the record, clearly identifying the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading. If the university decides not to amend the record as requested by the student, the university will notify the student of the decision and advise the student of her or his right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment.Additional information regarding the hearing procedure will be provided to the student when notified of the right to a hearing.

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    The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable in- formation contained in the student’s educational records, except to the extent that FERPAauthorizes disclosures without consent One exception which permits disclosure without consent is dis- closure to university officials with legitimate educational interest and/or needs to review an educational record in order to fulfill her or his professional responsibility. A university official for the purpose of this policy is defined as follows:


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