College of General Studies

Policies and Resources for CGS Faculty

The CGS Instructor’s Handbook is a one-stop resource document for CGS-affiliated instructors. It provides a brief overview of the College of General Studies and its programs as well as a comprehensive list of our policies, procedures, expectations, and tips related to teaching at CGS.

We hope you will use the handbook to familiarize yourself with the resources available to support your teaching endeavors at CGS. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact us at the phone numbers or email addresses listed in the Handbook.


Inside This Handbook
CGS Overview: mission, programs, and students CGS Academic Affairs: What we do for you Policies and Procedures: Course Descriptions and Textbooks; Office Hours; Course Permissions; Low Enrollment and Course Cancellations; Class/Workshop Cancellations; Holiday Policy for Online Courses; Credit Hour Policy for Online Courses; Course Syllabus; Student Evaluations of Teaching (OMET); Grading; “G” Grades; Grade Change Request Forms; Academic Integrity Standards, and Academic Assessment. Campus Resources and Services: Testing Center, Identification Card (Panther Card) Appendix: CGS Course Syllabus Checklist, G Grade Form

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CGS G Grade Contract AY 18 (downloadable form)

Grade Change Request Form

Other Faculty Resources

CGS Guide for Online Instructors AY 2017-2018 (PDF)

The College of General Studies Academic Integrity Code provides guidelines pertaining to student-faculty academic integrity issues in the classroom and other contexts such as plagiarism.

You can find academic and other policies for the College of General Studies in the AY18 CGS Student Handbook.

The Office of the Provost at the University of Pittsburgh offers a variety of information for faculty online, from ordering books and equipment to transportation services. See also their Teaching Resource Guide for Full-Time and Part-Time Faculty located on the same website.