Mission and Goals

Mission – In educating the individual to the benefit of society, Peru State College cultivates the capacity and propensity for life-long learning by fostering independent inquiry and promoting the value of knowledge and discovery. Through innovative undergraduate and graduate programs, Nebraska’s first state college continues its commitment to making a vital contribution to the future of the region and the state.

The Purposes of Peru State College support the accomplishment of the mission and are derived from the specific responsibilities assigned to the institution by the Nebraska State College System Board of Trustees and the Nebraska Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education. These Purposes are to:

  • Provide an accessible high quality education through effective instruction and an emphasis on student learning to the citizens in the assigned service region.
  • Provide graduates with a solid foundation for continued life-long learning through a strong general education program.
  • Provide thoughtfully developed and relevant baccalaureate degrees in selected academic fields with emphasis on teacher education, business, and selected disciplines in the arts and sciences.
  • Provide valued graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in education and organizational management for those who are, or who wish to be, advanced practioners.
  • Contribute to the development of the fields of knowledge and teaching in the disciplines represented in the College programs.
  • Contribute to the economic and cultural development of the service region.
  • Goals

The Goals of Peru State College are to instill in our students:

  • effective communication skills;
  • computer and information literacy;
  • independent critical thought and intellectual capacity for change;
  • preparation to assume social and civic leadership roles;
  • the ability to pursue intellectually, ethically, aesthetically, and physically rewarding lives.

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Academic Integrity

The College expects all students to conduct themselves in a manner that supports an honest assessment of student learning outcomes and the assignment of grades that appropriately reflect student performance. It is ultimately the student’s responsibility to understand and comply with instructions regarding the completion of assignments, exams, and other academic activities. At a minimum, students should assume that at each assessment opportunity they are expected to do their own original academic work and/or clearly acknowledge in an appropriate fashion the intellectual work of others, when such contributions are allowed. Students helping others to circumvent honest assessments of learning outcomes, or who fail to report instances of academic dishonesty, are also subject to the sanctions defined in this policy.

Instances of academic dishonesty may be discovered in a variety of ways. Faculty members who assign written work ordinarily check citations for accuracy, run data base and online checks, and/or may simply recognize familiar passages that are not cited. They may observe students in the act of cheating or may become aware of instances of cheating from the statements of others. All persons who observe or otherwise know about instances of cheating are expected to report such instances to the proper instructor or Dean.

In order to promote academic integrity, the College subscribes to an electronic service to review papers for the appropriate citations and originality. Key elements of submitted papers are stored electronically in a limited access database and thus become a permanent part of the material to which future submissions are compared. Submission of an application and continued enrollment signifies your permission for this use of your written work.

Should an occurrence of academic misconduct occur, the faculty member may assign a failing grade for the assignment or a failing grade for the course. Each incident of academic misconduct should be reported to the Dean and the Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA). The VPAA may suspend for two semesters students found to be responsible for multiple instances of academic dishonesty. The reason for the suspension will be noted on the student’s transcript.

A faculty member need present only basic evidence of academic dishonesty. There is no requirement for proof of intent. Students are responsible for understanding these tenets of academic honesty and integrity. Students may appeal penalties for academic dishonesty using the process established for grades appeals.

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Drop/Add Period

During a 16-week course, students can drop or add during the first week of class. The drop/add period ends on Sunday at midnight, at the conclusion of week one.

There is not a drop/add period during the first week of 8-week courses. Students will need to add or drop these courses before the start date. If a student withdraws from an 8-week course after the start date, they are still obligated to pay for the
course.

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Administrative Withdrawl/Drop and ‘No-Shows’

Students who do not meet the prerequisites of a course as stated in the current catalog and who have not received
permission to enroll from the appropriate Dean may be administratively dropped from the course. Students who are so

identified after registering for a course will be notified within the drop/add period by the appropriate Dean of the
School that they do not meet the prerequisites and should institute the procedures for dropping the course. Students
who do not drop will be notified by the Dean of the School that they are being withdrawn. The Dean of the School will
notify the Student Records Office to have the student withdrawn.

Students are considered “no shows” if they do not complete a graded item for an online course during the two weeks of class (first week for eight week courses). Upon receiving attendance and grading records, Student Records will administratively drop those students not attending or participating in their courses. Students receiving scholarships/financial
aid may need to return some or all of their awards. Students may be readmitted to a course upon completion of the
appropriate form and with the instructor’s permission.

Students who are on academic probation and fail to meet the requirements of the Academic Probation Contract may
be subject to administrative withdrawal.

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Attendance and Scholastic Attitude

Students are considered “no shows” if they do not attend or log in to a 16 week course during the first two weeks of class
(or one week for eight week courses). Upon receiving attendance records, Student Records will administratively drop
and notify those students not attending or participating in their courses. Students receiving scholarships/financial
aid may need to return some or all of their awards. Students may be readmitted to a course upon completion of the
appropriate form and with the instructor’s permission.
Students are expected to attend classes regularly, to arrive punctually, and to complete all assigned work. Attendance is
a privilege and a responsibility represented not only by the student’s investment, but also by a significant investment by the
State of Nebraska.
When it is necessary for a student to miss class, he/she has the responsibility to notify his/her instructor in advance
whenever possible. Faculty members have the prerogative of allowing students to make up and complete work missed
during the absence.

Instructors have the right to base a portion of a student’s grade on attendance. Instructors must present their grading
practices and attendance policies to students in writing during the first week of the semester.
Whenever absences or other elements of scholastic attitude (regardless of cause) become detrimental to the student’s
standing in class and/or the success of the class as a whole, the instructor may confer with the student. The instructor
and the student may mutually agree that the registration in the course should be withdrawn, or the instructor may issue the student an “early warning.”Future conferences for the same or related reasons may result in the student being
administratively withdrawn from the class. If the student requests, the appropriate Dean of the School may be asked to

participate in the decision. The grade will be a “W” if the course withdrawal is prior to the last date to withdraw with a “W”. An “F” will be recorded after this date.

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Withdrawal from a Course or College

Students who wish to withdraw from a class must notify their advisor and course instructors and officially withdraw
through myPSC. Athletes must notify their head coaches of their intent to withdraw before withdrawing or dropping
a course. Before withdrawing, students should check with the Financial Aid Office for any funding consequences.
Students withdrawing after the last day to drop/add courses receive a “W.” After one week past the term mid-point date,
students who initiate a withdrawal receive an “F” for the course. Students withdrawing from a portion of their courses,

but not all courses, will receive no proration of charges and/or financial aid.
Students who wish to withdraw from the College must initiate their withdrawal with the Director of Student Assessment and Success Services, whose office is in the Center for Achievement and Transition Services (CATS), and complete all
the appropriate paperwork. Tuition refunds, if any, are made according to the College’s current refund schedule. If
the student is a federal aid recipient, aid eligibility must be recalculated based on the withdrawal date. As a result, the
student may owe a portion of his/her financial aid back to the College.
Prior to one week past the mid-point of the term, withdrawal course grades will be “W.” After one week past the midpoint
of the term, the Vice President for Academic Affairs will determine if unusual or extenuating circumstances
surround a withdrawal request and recommend either Withdrawal (W) or Failing (F) grades for all coursework. Poor

academic performance is not a sufficient reason to receive all “W’s.”

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Incomplete Coursework

To designate a student’s work in a course as incomplete at the end of a term, the instructor records the incomplete grade (I). Students may receive this grade only when serious illness, hardship, death in the immediate family, or military service during the semester in which they are registered prevents them from completing course requirements. In addition, to receive an incomplete, a student must have substantially completed most of the course’s major requirements.

Unless extenuating circumstances dictate otherwise, students must initiate requests for an incomplete by filling out an Incomplete Grade Completion Contract, which requires the signature of the student, instructor, and Dean.

The Incomplete Grade Completion Contract cites the reason(s) for the incomplete and details the specific obligations the student must meet to change the incomplete to a letter grade. The date by which the student agrees to complete required work must appear in the contract. The Dean, the instructor, and the student receive signed copies of the Incomplete Grade Completion Contract.

Even if the student does not attend Peru State College, all incomplete course work must be finished by the end of the subsequent semester. Unless the appropriate Dean approves an extension and if the student does not fulfill contract obligations in the allotted time, the incomplete grade automatically becomes an F.

Students who have filed an application for graduation are not eligible for a grade of Incomplete.

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College Catalog

Below is a link to the webpage which houses the college catalogs. You may download the catalog which has the dates when you began your course work at PSC. In most cases, you will be subject to the catalog requirements that were in effect when you began your program at Peru State College.

http://www.peru.edu/studentrecords/catalogs

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Transcript Request

For an official copy of your College transcript, please click on the link below.

http://www.peru.edu/studentrecords/

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Library Resources

We have an excellent Online Library. Peru offers 24/7 access to online library services to cater to every student’s needs.
To login to EBSCO or other research data, go to the library web page. Enter your MyPSC NUID and password into the correct fields.

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Equal Opportunity Policy

Peru State College is an equal opportunity institution. PSC does not discriminate against any student, employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, or age in employment and education opportunities, including but not limited to admission decisions. The College has designated an individual to coordinate the College’s nondiscrimination efforts to comply with regulations implementing Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies practices may be directed to Eulanda Cade, Director of Human Resources, Title VI, VII, IX Compliance Coordinator, Peru State College, P.O. Box 10, Peru, NE 68421-0010, 402-872-2230.

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