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Forestry: Tools For Success

  1. 1. “Tools for Your Academic Success” Guidelines for New Undergraduate Students Spring 2010 College of Forestry Student Services Office 140 Peavy Hall Corvallis, OR 97331-5710 541-737-1594
  2. 2. Welcome to Oregon State University’s College of Forestry. It’s our goal to help you in your academic success! Seek assistance and advice. Ask questions! Understand your advisor is your ally and resource. Carefully review, and know, academic calendar timelines and deadlines. Care for your mental, physical, social, and spiritual wellness. Education and educational decisions are your responsibility. Study! Set yourself up for success. To assist in getting you started on your road to success we provide the following “Tools” filled with academic, personal, and professional resources. Whether you’re joining us from high school or as a college transfer student you will experience transitions in teaching styles, relationships, surroundings, and a myriad of rules and regulations. We highly encourage you to become familiar with University, college and departmental policies, procedures, and guidelines. You will have the opportunity to be more successful by utilizing these tools. Save this guide and other helpful resources you’ll receive from the University and your department. The OSU General Catalog, Schedule of Classes, Registration Handbook, and your degree program’s Advising Guide, all contain valuable resources for your success; not to mention your academic advisors, professors as well as the Student Services Office in 140 Peavy Hall. We’re here to assist you no matter what the circumstance. Phone 541-737-1594 to make an appointment to meet with Clay Torset. Once again, welcome to the College of Forestry. We wish you well in your academic career with us. We’re here to help you succeed so don’t be afraid to ask that “stupid question.” It’s been known to be the smartest question you’ll ever ask!! From all of us in the College Student Services Office…Welcome!
  3. 3. Advising Rights and Responsibilities The College of Forestry is committed to helping students succeed. Each student is assigned an advisor within their academic department to assist with appropriate course selection, explain program options in line with student interests, and provide information about mentoring and other professional opportunities. In addition, advising personnel in the College Student Services office are a valuable resource for information and assistance regarding University rules and regulations, petitions, job placement and referrals to University programs and resources such as national and international exchange programs. The advising effort is one of mutual respect and collaboration between you and your advisor. If the process is to be effective both you and your advisor must meet certain obligations. With that in mind, here are some key responsibilities for your relationship. As an advisee, you should: • Understand and accept that you are ultimately responsible for your education and your own decisions. • Be prepared when you come to advising sessions; bring a preliminary course plan for the upcoming term. • Be active in your advising session and ask questions when you have them. • Understand and communicate personal values, abilities, and goals. • Provide accurate and truthful information when being advised. • Initiate a purposeful relationship with your advisor and make appointments when necessary or when in need of assistance. • Keep your local address and phone up to date in Student Online Services and regularly check your ONID account. • Call and/or email to cancel appointments that cannot be kept. • Learn and understand OSU’s policies, procedures, and requirements as they relate to your academic success and/or degree completion. • Follow through on plans-of-action identified during advising sessions. Advisors should: • Develop a purposeful relationship with and be an advocate for their advisees. • Inform students of the nature of the advisor/advisee relationship. • Assist students in defining and developing expressed educational, career, and life plans. • Provide timely and accurate educational information. • Promote learning opportunities that will help students define or meet personal goals & plans. • Assist students in preparing a program that is consistent with their abilities and interests. • Monitor progress toward educational/career goals. • Interpret and provide rationale for institutional policies, procedures and requirements. • Inform inquiring students of campus resources and special services available to them. • Refer students to those resources that can enhance or supplement their academic or personal experience. Developed by the Council of Head Advisors – Winter 2006
  4. 4. College of Forestry Undergraduate Lead Advisors Department of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management Forest Engineering, Forest Engineering/Civil Engineering, Forest Operations Management, Forest Management Jim Kiser, FE Lead Advisor 737-4219 PVY 027 Marv Pyles, FE/CE Lead Advisor 737-4571 PVY 269 John Sessions, FOM Lead Advisor 737-2818 PVY 223 Kama Luukinen, FM Advisor 737-2608 PVY 209 Jordana Chambers/Admin Assistant 737-1350 PVY 204 Sue Plagmann, Admin Assistant 737-1486 PVY 204 Lesley Nylin, Admin Asstistant 737-1349 PVY 204 Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society Recreation Resource Management, Tourism & Outdoor Leadership and Natural Resources Majors Kama Luukinen, RRM Advisor & 737-2608 PVY 209 NR distance advisor Kreg Lindberg, TOL Advisor 322-3126 CSB 230 Connie Patterson, NR – Corvallis Advisor 737-9135 PVY 215 Marge Victor, NR - Distance Advisor 737-8662 PVY 213 Ron Reuter, NR – Bend Advisor 322-3109 CSB 231 Marty Roberts, Undergrad Assistant 737-1485 RH 321 Department of Wood Science & Engineering Wood Science & Technology Charles Brunner, Lead Advisor 737-4205 RH 116 David Smith, Advisor 737-8506 RH 236 Margie York, Undergraduate Secretary 737-4259 RH 119 College Student Services Clay Torset, Head Advisor 737-1592 PVY 140 Kira Hughes, Scholarship Coordinator 737-3475 PVY 140 Stacey Kroese, Student Services Assistant 737-1593 PVY 140 FIRSTEAM, Student workers 737-1594 PVY 140 Kama Luukinen Jim Kiser Marv Pyles John Sessions Charles Brunner FM / RRM Advisor FE Advisor FE/CE Advisor FOM Advisor WST Advisor NR - Distance Advisor Connie Patterson Marge Victor Ron Reuter Kreg Lindberg Clay Torset NR – Corvallis Advisor NR - Distance Advisor NR – Bend Advisor TOL Advisor Head Advisor
  5. 5. Requirements for Graduation In addition to the University and your academic degree program requirements, students in the College of Forestry must also meet specific requirements to graduate. Unless noted, the following apply to all undergraduate programs in the College of Forestry. • Grades of "C-" or better must be earned in all required forestry courses (with FE, FOR, FS, WSE course designators) or approved substitutions for majors, minors and options in the following College of Forestry degree programs: Forest Engineering, Forest Management, Forest Operations Management, Recreation Resource Management, and Tourism & Outdoor Leadership. Grades of "C" or better must be earned in all required forestry courses (with FE, FOR, FS, WSE course designators) or approved substitutions for majors, minors and options in the following College of Forestry degree program: Forest Engineering/Civil Engineering. Grades of "C-" or better must be earned in upper-division core and breadth courses for Natural Resources majors. • S/U Grading – Students majoring in any of the College of Forestry degree programs may not take for S/U grading (Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory) any course listed as a requirement for the major, minor or option. This includes approved substitutions. Baccalaureate core courses may be taken S/U unless they are also being used to fulfill a program requirement. Note: The Natural Resources Program allows up to two S/U graded courses in the core, breadth, or option. See your Advisor for approval. • Writing III (Speech) – As a College of Forestry student, COMM 111 or 114 is required to fulfill your Writing III (Speech) Baccalaureate Core requirement. COMM 111 or 114 cannot be taken as S/U grading (Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory). Note: COMM 218 does not meet the College speech requirement. While strongly encouraged, the Natural Resources degree program does not require the Writing III be fulfilled with COMM 111 or 114. • Approved Work Experience. Six-months work experience is required in all College of Forestry undergraduate degree programs with the exception of Natural Resources and Tourism & Outdoor Leadership. See your advisor for information. College of Forestry Scholarship Opportunities The College of Forestry awards between $300,000 and $400,000 in undergraduate scholarships annually. To be considered for scholarship new and returning students must apply before February 1 of each year. Notices of these, and other scholarships, can be found via the Forestry, Financial Aid, or University web pages noted in the Helpful Websites section of this handout. College of Forestry scholarship applications are available beginning in mid-November on the Student Services web page at Scroll down for the on-line application link. Application access terminates at 11:59 p.m. on February 1 each year. Professional and Personal Requirements
  6. 6. Those majoring in forest engineering, forest engineering-civil engineering, forest operations management, forest management, recreation resource management, or wood science and technology must complete six months of satisfactory employment in an area related to their major. Those majoring in tourism and outdoor leadership must satisfactorily complete a supervised internship. Students are personally responsible for fulfilling all curricular requirements in proper sequence. Work performance and personal conduct are thoroughly appraised by the college. Since the profession of forestry is highly regarded for its ethical and academic standards, students are responsible for observing the Professional Code of Conduct (below) of the college in its entirety. Departure from these ethical requirements may be reason for removing a student from the college. The College of Forestry Code of Professional Conduct The purpose of the College of Forestry Code of Professional Conduct is to foster a learning environment and to practice behavior that is acceptable in the professional workplace. This conduct can be described simply as being honest, civil, courteous, responsible, and respectful. The University’s policies on honesty, ethics, and substance abuse (including alcohol) can be found at: Forestry students will use only authorized sources of information in completing their exams and assignments, will honestly report all sources (and references) for work submitted, and will not assist others in using unauthorized sources or in misrepresenting the sources they use. (Copying from others’ exams, submitting dry-labbed data, and plagiarism are example violations.) Forestry faculty and students assume that forestry students are honest and that they consistently abide by the Professional Code. Therefore, Forestry professors may leave the classroom during tests and in other ways help students develop and promote personal integrity. Forestry students will participate in classroom, lab, or field activities, and participate in groups with whomever one is assigned. They will be respectful of the dignity and diversity of individuals, strive to build constructive relationships among fellow students and with the instructor, and avoid disruptive and discourteous behavior such as coming to class late, talking at inappropriate times, reading newspapers in class, or monopolizing class time. Students will make safety a priority in class and field activities, and will always use/operate equipment (including vehicles and tools) in a safe and legal manner. During class activities*, students, faculty, and staff will completely abstain from the consumption of illegal drugs and alcohol, and be free from their influence, during classes, labs, or field activities. During other COF-sponsored activities**, students, faculty, and staff of legal drinking age will act responsibly and moderately when consuming alcohol. The College policy for violations of the drug and alcohol code during class activities is a failing grade in the class. All violations of the drug and alcohol rule must be reported and enforced. Instructors and faculty members who oversee COF-sponsored activities (such as club advisors) are encouraged to give the Professional Code of Conduct in writing to students. Student organizations should work together with their faculty advisors to develop consequences for violations, and these should be incorporated into the by-laws of each organization. Definitions: * A class activity is any scheduled activity associated with a course, including lectures, labs, and field trips. This includes overnight field trips, field school, Starker Lecture dinners, and applies to students, faculty, and staff. It does not include activities done independently by students, such as studying for classes, working on independent study classes, theses/dissertations, or internships.
  7. 7. ** A COF-sponsored activity is any activity that is held on or off-campus that is funded or organized by the College of Forestry, or that is attended by COF faculty, students or staff using any COF funds. The definition of student is any matriculated undergraduate or graduate student. The policy applies to all students taking COF classes or attending COF-sponsored events, whether they are Forestry students or not. Academic Dishonesty Students are expected to conduct themselves honestly and professionally in the course of the program. Academic dishonesty is defined by the Oregon Administrative Rules as “an intentional act of deception in which a student seeks to claim credit for the work or effort of another person or uses unauthorized materials or fabricated information in any academic work.” Academic dishonesty includes: CHEATING - use or attempted use of unauthorized materials, information or study aids or an act of deceit by which a student attempts to misrepresent mastery of academic effort or information. This includes unauthorized copying or collaboration on a test or assignment or using prohibited materials and texts. FABRICATION - falsification or invention of any information (including falsifying research, inventing or exaggerating data and listing incorrect or fictitious references. ASSISTING - helping another commit an act of academic dishonesty. This includes paying or bribing someone to acquire a test or assignment, changing someone's grades or academic records, or taking a test/doing an assignment for someone else (or allowing someone to do these things for you). It is a violation of Oregon state law to create and offer to sell part or all of an education assignment to another person (ORS 165.114). TAMPERING - altering or interfering with evaluation instruments and documents. PLAGIARISM - representing the word or ideas of another person as one's own OR presenting someone else's words, ideas, artistry or data as one's own. This includes copying another person's work (including unpublished material) without appropriate referencing, presenting someone else's opinions and theories as one's own, or working jointly on a project, then submitting it as one's own. The Honor Board The student Honor Board administers the College of Forestry’s Professional Code of Conduct. The Board has two major functions: - to publicize the Professional Code of Conduct - to determine the guilt or innocence of students charged with violations of the Professional Code of Conduct. The Dean of the College determines penalties. The Honor Board is not necessarily involved in every alleged violation of the Professional Code of Conduct. - If an individual professor chooses to determine guilt and assign penalties, he or she may do so, but the student may appeal the decision of guilt to the Honor Board and the penalty to the Dean.
  8. 8. The Honor Board is separate from all other functions of the College of Forestry and all Forestry clubs. - This does not bar any club official from Board membership, but keeps people from becoming Board members simply on the basis of other affiliations. Reporting violations: - It is the responsibility of all Forestry faculty and students to report violations of the Professional Code of Conduct. - Apparent violations should be submitted in writing to the student Chair of the Honor Board or to the Faculty Advisor. Periodic review of the Professional Code of Conduct: - The Honor Board should review the Professional Code of Conduct and these associated guidelines at least every two years. They should obtain input from both students and faculty on the effectiveness of the system. The Honor Board will submit any proposed changes of the system to the Dean for approval. Other information: - Board composition: one undergraduate from each of the following majors: Forest Engineering or Forest Engineering / Civil Engineering, Forest Management, Recreation Resource Management, Natural Resources and Wood Science & Technology and two graduate students from any two departments. The faculty advisor is non-voting. - All Honor Board decisions are confidential. Decisions of the Board are not included in the accused student’s file. - The principle of “innocent until proven guilty” applies to all Honor Board cases. - A unanimous vote of the Board members present is required for a guilty verdict. Helpful Websites Along with the assistance provided by your advisors, faculty and the Student Services Office, the websites below will serve as some of your most useful resources. Also browse the College of Forestry ( and the OSU homepages ( for additional information. Academic Regulations Don’t worry about memorizing them but being familiar with them will benefit you! These are also in the OSU General Catalog and the OSU Registration Handbook. Academic Success Center and Academic Resource List Need assistance in a particular subject area? Study Skills? Tutors? Check out the Academic Resources Listing, in particular the Math Learning Center and Center for Writing and Learning! Baccalaureate Core Courses Fulfilling the Baccalaureate Core provides for a well-rounded, interdisciplinary education to all our graduates and is a University requirement. These are also in the OSU General Catalog and the OSU Registration Handbook.
  9. 9. College of Forestry Homepage Everything you wanted to know about the College of Forestry but were afraid to ask. And if you still can’t find your answer please do ask. We love questions! Financial Aid You guessed it…the dollars and cents! Find information on applying for aid, student employment, and scholarships. Student Conduct Regulations Student Online Services You’ll come to know and use this site a lot! Register for class, check on your student account, print a transcript, update your address – almost all your University records can be accessed (via your PIN#) through the Student Online Services. Corvallis, Oregon Your community. Extracurricular Opportunities The College of Forestry and OSU offer an extensive list of opportunities to complement your academic degree program. Whether you’re joining a student club in your academic area, or something entirely unrelated, becoming a well-rounded student will help you in your academic, personal, and professional success. We all need that “balance” between academics and fun. Be sure to check out areas of interest to you: College of Forestry Student Clubs SAF’s Job Fair The Student Chapter of the Society of American Foresters (SAF) holds an annual job fair on the first Tuesday of February. Agency representatives visit with students regarding open positions they are recruiting for, or provide information on what they look for in future employees. McDonald-Dunn Research Forest College of Forestry’s own teaching and research forest located minutes from campus. And did we mention the great mountain biking and hiking trails? College of Forestry Jobs Page Exclusive to students in the College of Forestry, the Student Employment webpage can lists helps you locate summer work positions, as well as permanent jobs upon graduation! http:// OSU Student Employment