Institutional Policy against Sexual Harassment at the University of Puerto Rico
The University of Puerto Rico prohibits discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity in any of its forms, including that of sexual harassment. According to the Institutional Policy Against Sexual Harassment at the University of Puerto Rico, Certification Num. 130, 2014-2015 from the Board of Governors, any student subjected to acts constituting sexual harassment, must tum to the Office of the Student Ombudsperson, the Office of the Dean of Students, and/or the Coordinator of the Office of Compliance with Title IX for an orientation and/or a formal complaint.
The University of Puerto Rico complies with all federal, state and regulations concerning discrimination, including “The American Disabilities Act” (ADA Act) and Law 51 of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico . Students who receive Vocational Rehabilitation services should contact their professor at the beginning of the semester to plan for reasonable accommodation and necessary assistive equipment in accordance with the recommendations of the Office of Affairs for Persons with Disabilities (OSEI) of the Dean of Students . Also, those students with special needs that require some type of assistance or accommodation should contact their professor. A request for reasonable accommodation DOES NOT EXEMPT the student from complying with the academic requirements of the study programs.
The University of Puerto Rico promotes the highest standards of academic and scientific integrity. Article 6.2 of the UPR Students General Bylaws (Board of Trustees Certification 13, 2009-2010) states:
… that academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to: fraudulent actions; obtaining grades or academic degrees by false or fraudulent simulations; copying the whole or part of the academic work of another person; plagiarizing totally or partially the work of another person; copying all or part of another person answers to the questions of an oral or written exam by taking or getting someone else to take the exam on his/her behalf; as well as enabling and facilitating another person to perform the aforementioned behavior.
Any of these behaviors will be subject to disciplinary action in accordance with the disciplinary procedure laid down in the UPR Students General Bylaws.
Alternative teaching methods
Certification No. 112 (2014-2015) of the Governing Board defines a classroom course as a course in which 75% or more of the instructional hours require the physical presence of the student and the teacher in the classroom. This means that 25% of a classroom course could be offered without requiring the physical presence of the students and the teacher in the classroom. If necessary, such a course may complete up to 25% of the contact hours (11.25 hours for a three credit course, for example) non-face-to-face by alternative methods, such as: Video-conferences, instructional modules, discussion forums and cyber chatting among others. If so, the calendar / agenda will be modified to include the topics that will be covered by alternative methods.