Department of Art


Academic Misconduct
Academic honesty is required in all academic endeavors. Violations of academic honesty include any instance of plagiarism, cheating, seeking credit for another's work, falsifying documents or academic records, or any other fraudulent activity. Violations of academic honesty may result in a failing grade on the assignment, failure in the course, or expulsion from the University.

Please see the Student Handbook and Calendar for specific activities identified as violations of this policy and the student due process procedure. This handbook is available online at
Attendance Policy
Study in any arts field requires a commitment and dedication to a constructive learning environment and continuous practice. The Department of Art believes that student academic success is enhanced by good classroom attendance. The following Attendance Policy was developed in an effort to be consistent and to inform students of the attendance expectation in the department.
  1. Students are expected to come to class on time and prepared.
  2. Attendance will be recorded at every class session.
  3. The equivalent of 2 weeks worth of absences will result in an automatic F (i.e. 6 classes for a course that meets M, W, F, 4 classes for a course that meets T,TH, etc.) No exceptions.
  4. Each tardy or early departure counts as 1/2 an absence.
  5. Roll call will be taken at the beginning of class only. It is your responsibility to inform the instructor that you are late; if you don't inform the instructor you will be counted absent.
  6. Arriving more than 15 minutes late or leaving more than 15 minutes early is an absence.


MWSU Department of Art Attendance Policy

Building Pass Policy
Missouri Western State University (MWSU) normal working hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Use of MWSU art facilities at any other time is restricted to art students who have a Building Pass. Conditions for use of any art facility after normal hours are that:
  1. You will do no harm to any building or its contents. If any damage occurs you will report it to the Building Monitor. The Building Monitor will in turn report it to the appropriate authorities. Department Dean’s Administrative Coordinator, Chairperson, faculty member, or department Administrative Assistant will also be notified.
  2. You will check in with the building monitor upon entry to the building, provide your ID and building pass and retrieve it from the building monitor when you leave.
  3. You will clean up any mess that you make.
  4. You will not allow anyone entry into a building who does not have a Student Building Pass in their immediate possession.
  5. You will close doors and assure you locked all the rooms you utilized. You will not leave any door ajar so others may enter the building.
  6. You will use MWSU art facilities only for legitimate academic related activities.
  7. You will display your student Building Pass when asked by Campus Police, staff, or faculty.
  8. Building Passes are to be used outside of regular MWSU working hours.
  9. No children are allowed in the classrooms, hallways or should they be camped out at night while parents are working in the labs.
Failure to abide by these rules will result in revocation of the privilege to use MWSU art facilities after normal working hours.
Copyright Policy
Students are required to read and be aware of the provisions and rules of The Copyright Act and the DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act). Students can access this information at A grade of F will be given to any assignment that exhibits undeniable plagiarism.
Grade Appeal
In the event that a student believes that a grade received was based on something other than the performance in the course, that the grade assignment was the result of more exacting or demanding standards than were applied to other students in the course, or that the assignment of the grade was representative of a substantial departure from the instructor’s previously announced standards, an appeal may be made.
  1. The student must discuss the course grade with the instructor of the course no later than 30 days into the succeeding regular academic semester.
  2. If the student desires to appeal the grade further, the student must notify the department chairperson in writing. First complete the following form. The appeal must be made to the chairperson no later than ten (10) calendar days after the aforementioned 30 days.
  3. The department chairperson shall notify the student in writing of the departmental decision within 30 calendar days of the receipt of the written appeal.
  4. If the appeal is not resolved at the departmental level, the student may follow the grade appeal process outlined in the MWSU Student Handbook of Rights and Responsibilities (
Animals and Pets

Animals and animal pets are generally not permitted within the Department of Art at Missouri Western State University. The only exceptions to this prohibition are:

  • Animals used in current teaching and research.
  • Licensed and specifically trained assistive, service, or medically required animals for persons with disabilities.
  • Animals required by law (e.g., patrol dogs accompanying police or security officers).
  • All dogs in outside areas must be leashed, in accordance with Missouri leash laws. Leashed animals must not be left unattended and must not be tied to trees, railings, or similar immovable objects.

Any other animal that you wish to bring on campus, the owner must attain written permission from the Chair of the Department of Art.


Service Animals are defined as dogs that are individually trained to respond to an individual’s needs and to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability. Examples of such work or tasks include guiding people who are blind, alerting people who are deaf, pulling a wheelchair, alerting and protecting a person who is having a seizure, reminding a person with mental illness to take prescribed medications, calming a person with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) during an anxiety attack, or performing other duties. Service animals are working animals, not pets. The work or task a dog has been trained to provide must be directly related to the person’s disability.


Animals in campus buildings can pose sanitary and health related problems to the campus community, including, but not limited to: fear, allergies associated with pet hair or urine, animal to human disease transmission (i.e., fleas, ticks, parasites, viruses, etc.), excessive noise, animal bites, and property damage.

Classroom Recording Policy

It is vitally important for Missouri Western State University to foster and maintain an educational environment that promotes free discussion, inquiry and expression by students, both inside the course and out, without fear that their exercise of such rights will have negative repercussions in areas over which Missouri Western State University has responsibility. It is equally important that students understand the narrow line separating their First Amendment rights and the legal and privacy rights of others so that students can exercise those rights with responsibility.

The content of any lecture/class presentation remains the intellectual property of the person delivering the session. Students may make audio or video recordings of course activity only with permission of the faculty member conducting the course. If the student believes it is necessary to record sessions due to a disability or needs additional assistance, the student must first contact Missouri Western’s Accessibility Resource Center to establish such need. By virtue of this policy, all students and attendees in any classroom setting or university presentation are placed on notice that they may be recorded or taped, both photographically or audio based.

Any and all recordings of lectures or class presentations are authorized solely for the purpose of the student’s individual or group study with other students enrolled in the same class. Such recordings may not be reproduced or uploaded to publically accessible web environments. Recordings of classes or course material may not be exchanged or distributed for commercial purposes, for compensation or for any other purpose other than study by students enrolled in the present class. Students must delete all recordings and tapes at the end of the course.

Please note that materials used in the classroom or online presentations (video, graphic, photographic, etc.), web-based and social media may also have their own copyright. While presentations and displays are generally allowed when reproduced in the classroom, copyright law does not extend the privilege to second-level reproductions. Any violation of this policy may subject a student to disciplinary action under the Student Code of Conduct as outlined in the Student Handbook and result in disciplinary action by the University and/or punishment under Federal or State Privacy, Intellectual Property or Copyright Law.