College of Liberal Arts: Links for Students: FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I get into a class with no open seats?
Students can not be signed into a class with no open seats because of fire marshal room size requirements. Neither the department chair nor the Deans' Office will sign a student into a course. However, often students who enroll in a course do not show up or drop the course during the drop and add period. To get one of these seats, let the instructor know that you want to enroll in the class.  The instructor may have a long waiting list of students for open seats and may advise you to find a different course because you would have little hope of getting an open seat. In addition, you should monitor the web enrollment pages everyday so that you can enroll if someone drops the class.

How do I contact my instructor?
You can find contact information on each department's web page.  You will find each instructor's office number, phone number, and e-mail address.  Each instructor will post office hours on his/her office door so you will know when they will be available to help you.  Instructors will also give contact information on the syllabus that you will receive the first week of school.  Remember, some instructors prefer voice mail, some prefer e-mail, so try both methods.

What is a syllabus, and why should I keep it?
A syllabus is your contract with your instructor.  It will tell you what work will be expected of you and how that work will figure into your final grade. For example, the syllabus will tell you how many exams you will have and what percentage of your final grade each will be worth.  Pay attention to the information on the syllabus about the class attendance policy and the make-up work policy. Knowing your instructor's policy will keep you from hurting your grade from excessive absence. Refer to your syllabus often throughout the semester to refresh your memory about the work that will be required.

How much homework should I expect in each class?
Oklahoma Board of Regents policy states that students should expect two to three hours of homework for every hour they spend in class, so for a three-hour class the student should expect six to nine hours of homework. Students who did not have much homework in high school are often surprised by the amount of homework required at university. A student taking 12 hours of course work should expect 24-36 hours of homework each week.  A good rule of thumb is to plan for 3 hours of home work between each class period.  Students often think that they can work 30-40 hours a week and take 12-15 hours of classes each semester.  Do the math--plot your work schedule, course times and homework times on a day planner.  Did you leave yourself any time to rest, eat, shop, have a little fun?  The College of Liberal Arts suggests that students work no more than 20 hours a week if they are taking 12 or more hours of course work. 

Where can I find a computer lab?
In the Liberal Arts building, room 125 is an open lab operating Monday-Friday (hours are posted on the door).  In the Communication building, room 103J is available for student use Monday-Friday when it is not in use by a class.  The Max Chambers Library has a large open lab in room 107 that is open Monday-Sunday until 10:00 pm.

Where is the lost and found?
If you have lost an item or found an item in the Liberal Arts building, come to the Deans' Office in suite 104.

What do I do if I can't buy my books?
Tell your instructor right away.  If the bookstore is out of books, your instructor needs to know so that the problem can be corrected.  If you are unable to buy your books because of financial reasons, your instructor will be able to help you find a solution. Don't get behind on your reading--it will be hard to catch up.

What do I do if my work schedule changes and I can't make it to class on time?
If you will be consistently late to class or will have to miss class, you will need to make a decision.  Either you will need to find another job with a schedule compatible with your school schedule, or you will have to drop the class.  It is not fair to the other students enrolled in the class to interrupt their learning experience by your coming or going out of the classroom.  Instructors are not expected to excuse students from classroom exercises or to "make up" lecture material when students miss class.

My instructor will only let me make-up work if I have an excused absence.  What is an excused absence?
Most instructors will outline what they consider an excused absence in the syllabus. Generally, serious illness, a death in the immediate family, or an official school event (homecoming float/house decorating is not an official school event) are often considered excused absences.  Always check with your instructor before your absence to see if it will be excused or unexcused.  Remember:  even an excused absence is counted as an absence in most instructor's attendance policies.   


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