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policies and procedures

The Policies and Procedures outlined below are driven by the overarching commitment of the BMMT Program faculty to provide students with the best possible training to enter the teaching profession.

Advising

Advising will be handled by the BMMT Program Coordinator if you are an undergraduate major and by the College of Education if you are a Second Bachelor Teaching Certification major.

This means that you should contact your advisor as soon as you are accepted at Eastern Michigan University and/or have declared your major as BMMT. Program students want to get started on the right foot towards a successful degree path. Skipping the step of contacting your advisor for help with course selection is ill advised.

There are a few TIPS that will help you have a successful academic advising meeting with the Program Coordinator. Remember that you are entering a profession and you should always be prepared for meetings! If you follow these TIPS, you will be on your way to an exciting Inside the Law Program of Study:

TIPS for planning for your advising appointment:

  1. Prepare ahead of time.
  2. Review the EMU Catalog and/or the website so that you know what Gen Ed and other courses you need to take to complete your degree.
  3. Review the Standard course schedule on this website. The schedule will tell you when the required BMMT courses are offered, allowing you to plan around other course work and employment.
  4. Look at the standard schedule of BMMT courses and the EMU Catalog to make sure you know what prerequisites are required for the courses you want to take.
  5. You need a minimum of 124 total hours to receive a Bachelor of Science Degree at EMU, which may not include prerequisites. There are other graduation requirements so review the EMU Catalog.

The BMMT Program Coordinator can be contacted at emu_bmmt.emich.edu. The COT Advising Office can be contacted at 734-487-1416

Course Enrollments

Every course has an enrollment limitation, or cap. All Program courses are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Inability to enroll in a Program course, whether caused by untimely registration or otherwise, may lead to delays in your graduation.

Every course also has enrollment minimums set by the University. If a course in which you have enrolled is cancelled because of low enrollment, you should contact the Program Coordinator if you need help in making other arrangements.

Course Overrides

General Override Procedure

If you wish to request an override for a BMMT course, contact the program coordinator in an email containing the following information: name, E#, course name and the course CRN (course registration number). Failure to provide this information may result in the program coordinator’s ignoring the override request until a proper email is received. The Program Coordinator will refer override requests to the appropriate instructor of record for approval and processing.

Prerequisite Overrides Are Strongly Disfavored

Course sequences are designed in a way such that later courses build upon skills and competencies taught in their prerequisites. A prerequisite override will be granted only under exceptional circumstances, and only if the student can demonstrate to the satisfaction of the program coordinator and the course instructor that his or her learning and performance in the course will not be impaired on account of the override. A prerequisite override does not excuse the student from taking the overridden course, nor is an override considered to be fulfillment of the overridden course. A prerequisite override only allows the student to take a sequential course out of order.

Course Substitutions

Each Program course is part of the curriculum because it is designed to impart skills and competencies that are essential or useful to paralegals and other legal professionals. Substitutions for required Program courses will be granted only under exceptional circumstances, and only if the student can demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Program Coordinator that he or she has the competencies of the course for which substitution is being sought. In every case, a student seeking a course substitution must obtain the permission of the Program Coordinator before taking the course that the student will seek to have substituted for a Program course.

Course Substitution Paperwork

If the Program Coordinator approves a Program course substitution, you are responsible for completing the paperwork necessary to have the substitution made a part of your University record. The required course substitution form and instructions for completing the form are available from the Program Coordinator or in the STS Main Office, 122 Sill Hall.

Incompletes

Incompletes are strongly discouraged. The University policy on incompletes is as follows:
An incomplete (I) grade may be awarded only when a student has completed the majority of the work of a course and the student's work has been of acceptable quality ("C" or better for undergraduate students) but the required amount of work has not been completed because of illness, necessary absence, or other satisfactory reasons. It is never applied to poor work or nonattendance of class by the student. It means the student has informed the instructor of the reason for the requested incomplete, and the instructor has agreed to the request. If you receive a grade of incomplete (I) in a course, you should not re-register for the course. An (I) grade must be replaced by a grade within one calendar year from the end of the semester or session in which the grade was given. The initiative for removal of an incomplete rests with the student. If not converted by the end of the one-year period, the incomplete will remain as a permanent part of the student’s record.

The Program construes "illness, necessary absence, or other satisfactory reasons" to include:
(1) a death in your immediate family (meaning parents, grandparents, and siblings, and aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews where the relationship is not more distant than first degree); (2) a documented illness, injury, or condition for which you are under a physician's care and which incapacitates you for an extended period of time; (3) being called to active duty in the United States Armed Forces during the term in which the incomplete is requested; or (4) other extraordinary circumstances which, in the judgment of the "instructor of record for the course", would prevent a reasonable person from completing the course requirements in a timely manner. Where the phrase instructor of record for the course is used in this policy, if the instructor of record is a member of the Program's adjunct faculty, then that phrase means both the adjunct faculty member and the Program Coordinator, and all requests must be delivered to, and permissions must be secured from, both the adjunct faculty member and the Program Coordinator.

Every request to take an incomplete must be in writing and must conform to the requirements subsection .30 of Rule 100, except that the ten-day limitation therein does not apply. Appropriate documentary evidence must be included. The written request must be delivered to the instructor of record for the course. Oral requests will not be considered. Permission from the instructor of record for the course must also be in writing. Except in cases of unforeseeable emergency, a request must be submitted prior to the close of the last week of regularly scheduled classes for the term in which an incomplete is being requested.

In all cases, the discretion to allow a student to take an incomplete is vested in the instructor of record for the course. It is the policy of the Program to exercise that discretion in favor of denying a request for an incomplete. The burden is on the student requesting the incomplete to demonstrate, by clear and convincing evidence, that he or she has satisfied the criteria for taking an incomplete. If the instructor of record for the course is a member of the adjunct faculty, then the determination of the Program Coordinator as to whether an incomplete will be granted shall be final.

The Program adheres strictly to the one-year completion requirement. Exceptions to this requirement will be considered only when a student is able to demonstrate extraordinary circumstances which, in the judgment of the instructor of record for the course, reasonably prevent the student from completing the course requirements within one year. Permission to extend the time for completion of an incomplete beyond the one-year period must be secured by the student from the instructor of record for the course and, pursuant to University policy, from the Associate Dean of the College of Technology. Every request to extend the period of completion beyond the one-year period must be in writing and must conform to the requirements of University Policy. The request must be delivered to the instructor of record for the course and the Associate Dean of the College of Technology. Permission from the instructor of record for the course and from the Associate Dean of the College of Technology to extend the time for completion must also be in writing.

Prior Learning Assessment Hours

If a student qualifies for credit for work experiences through Prior Learning Assessment (PLA), a maximum of 9 BMMT core credit hours may be earned through PLA. For more information about PLA or transfer credit, please consult the BMMT Program Coordinator.

Program of Study

The Program offers legal courses (those with a "BMMT" prefix) based on a standard schedule. This standardized schedule was created so that each Program major can develop a plan of study leading to graduation. The Program Coordinator is available to help you with your plan of study. However, it is your responsibility to plan your studies through graduation. This means that you must be familiar with: (1) all University General Education requirements, including all prerequisite courses; (2) all Program course requirements, including all prerequisite courses; and (3) all University graduation requirements. Failure to develop and follow a plan of study may cause delays in your graduation.

Independent Study

In the rare case, there may be a need for a student to engage in a course of “Independent Study.” All Independent Study requests must be approved by the Professor as well as by the School Director and the Program Coordinator. Independent Studies are neither permitted as a substitute for University and Program degree requirements nor as a part of a plan to improve a student’s GPA. There is an Independent Study Application, which can be obtained from the Program Coordinator.

Standard Course Scheduling

This is the Program's Schedule of BMMT courses. The Program offers courses each fall and winter on a standard course schedule. In other words, we offer the same BMMT courses each fall term, and the same BMMT courses each winter term. This schedule was created so that students can plan their schedules well in advance, and to accommodate the scheduling needs of a variety of students. Courses having a BMMT prefix will be scheduled as described here, but the fact that a course is scheduled does not guarantee that there will be sufficient enrollment for that class to be offered. If a course is cancelled for lack of enrollment, students should consult the Program Coordinator regarding possible substitution or transfer to another section. In the summer term, one or two BMMT courses may be offered.

STANDARD SCHEDULE

Fall Odd (2019, 2021)

  • BMMT 100 Contemporary Business (online)
  • BMMT 101 Computers and Technology (online)
  • BMMT 123 Document Creation (online)
  • BMMT 200 Principles of Career and Technical Education (hybrid)
  • BMMT 201 Microcomputer Applications for Business (online)
  • BMMT 205 Women and Business [Meets Gen Ed U.S. Diversity Requirement] (online)
  • BMMT 213 (formerly LEGL 213) Advanced Spreadsheet Applications
  • BMMT 250 Personal Finance (online)
  • BMMT 371 (formerly 366) Methods of Teaching Marketing Education (hybrid)

Fall Even (2018, 2020)

  • BMMT 100 Contemporary Business (online)
  • BMMT 101 Computers and Technology (online)
  • BMMT 123 Document Creation (online)
  • BMMT 200 Principles of Career and Technical Education (hybrid)
  • BMMT 201 Microcomputer Applications for Business (online)
  • BMMT 205 Women and Business [Meets Gen Ed U.S. Diversity Requirement] (online)
  • BMMT 213 (formerly LEGL 213) Advanced Spreadsheet Applications
  • BMMT 250 Personal Finance (online)
  • BMMT 371 (formerly 366) Methods of Teaching Marketing Education (hybrid)

Winter Even (2020, 2022)

  • BMMT 100 Contemporary Business (online)
  • BMMT 101 Computers and Technology (online)
  • BMMT 201 Microcomputer Applications for Business (online)
  • BMMT 205 Women and Business [Meets Gen Ed U.S. Diversity Requirement] (online)
  • BMMT 220 Word/Information Processing Applications (online)
  • BMMT 250 Personal Finance (online)
  • BMMT 363 Curriculum for Career and Technical Education (hybrid)
  • BMMT 496 Records Administration Using Database (online or hybrid)

Winter Odd (2019, 2021)

  • BMMT 100 Contemporary Business (online)
  • BMMT 101 Computers and Technology (online)
  • BMMT 201 Microcomputer Applications for Business (online)
  • BMMT 205 Women and Business [Meets Gen Ed U.S. Diversity Requirement] (online)
  • BMMT 220 Word/Information Processing Applications (online)
  • BMMT 250 Personal Finance (online
  • BMMT 360 Methods of Teaching Business Education (hybrid)
  • BMMT 363 Curriculum for Career and Technical Education (hybrid)
  • BMMT 496 Records Administration Using Database (online/hybrid)

Summer A Even (2018, 2020)

  • BMMT 205 Women and Business [Meets Gen Ed U.S. Diversity Requirement] (online)
  • BMMT 396 Electronically Stored Information and eDiscovery (online). NOTE: Effective Summer A 2019 the prefix for this course will be LEGL 396.

Summer B Even (2018, 2020)

  • BMMT 250 Personal Finance (online)

Summer A Odd (2019, 2021)

  • BMMT 205 Women and Business [Meets Gen Ed U.S. Diversity Requirement] (online)

Summer B Odd (2019, 2021)

  • BMMT 250 Personal Finance (online)

 

Student Teaching

Student teaching is coordinated through the EMU College of Education and offered each Winter semester.