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Academic Dishonesty, Policy Appeals, and Grade Appeals Policy

All courses in majors offered by the School of Natural Resources will include the following Academic Integrity Statement in their syllabi:

Students are expected to adhere to guidelines concerning academic dishonesty outlined in Section 4.2 of University's Student Code of Conduct ( (Optional) Instructor - Outline penalties possible for instances of dishonesty such as cheating and plagiarism here. Students are encouraged to contact the instructor for clarification of these guidelines if they have questions or concerns. The SNR policy on Academic Dishonesty is available at

Grade and Policy Appeals, and Incidents of Academic Dishonesty in School of Natural Resources courses are to be handled in the following framework:

Student Appeals of a School of Natural Resources Policy or Policy Decision:

A student wishing to appeal an NRES, WATS or SNR policy or policy decision must first discuss with his or her academic adviser the policy or decision in question. If a satisfactory solution is not achieved with the adviser, the student may request a decision from the SNR Undergraduate Committee (undergraduate student) or Graduate Committee (graduate student) and then the SNR Director (in that order). If a satisfactory solution is not achieved at the School level, the student may appeal his or her case through the appropriate College Dean's Office, using that body's appeal process.

Students appealing a policy decision must do so within one semester (Fall or Spring) following the decision.

Student Appeals of School of Natural Resources Course Grades:

In the event of a dispute involving NRES or WATS course grades, the student must first appeal to his or her instructor and, failing resolution with the instructor, to the SNR Undergraduate Committee (undergraduate level course) or Graduate Committee (graduate level course), and then to the SNR Director in writing (in that order). If a satisfactory solution is not achieved at the School level, the student may appeal his or her case through the appropriate College Grade Appeals Committee using that body's process.

If a grade is appealed to the appropriate SNR Committee, the instructor must provide a written justification for the awarding of the grade. The student shall provide an account of the grounds for the grade appeal and evidence that the student has sought to resolve the case in consultation with the instructor.

Students appealing a course grade must do so within one semester (Fall or Spring) following the grade.

Academic Dishonesty:

Academic dishonesty can involve, but is not limited to, cheating; fabrication or falsification of information; plagiarism; destroying, defacing, stealing, or making inaccessible library or other academic resource material; complicity in the academic dishonesty of others; falsifying grade reports; or misrepresenting illness, injury, accident, etc., to avoid or delay an examination, or the timely submission of academic work.

Consequences of academic dishonesty in NRES or WATS courses, depending on the degree of severity as interpreted by an instructor, may range from a warning to assigning an F for the course. The instructor might also choose to assign a zero or partial credit for a specific assignment, quiz, examination or laboratory report in which dishonesty was involved. Before imposing an academic sanction the instructor shall first attempt to discuss the matter with the student. In all cases, including sanctions not involving a lowered grade (e.g. retaking an exam) the instructor must document the instance(s) of student activity that constitutes academic dishonesty. Documentation must be kept by the instructor for a minimum of two years and must be made available to appropriate School, college, and UNL authorities if cases of academic dishonesty result in disciplinary hearings or appeals at those levels. When an academic sanction is imposed that causes a student to receive a lowered course grade, the instructor shall make a report in writing of the facts of the case, and of the academic sanction imposed against the student, to the SNR Director and, if necessary, to the UNL Director of Student Judicial Affairs. The student shall be provided with a copy of this report. Further, the instructor may recommend to CASNR, CAS, or UNL disciplinary proceedings against the student for violation of the Student Code of Conduct if the instructor, in the exercise of his or her professional judgment, believes that such action is warranted.

If the student believes that the allegations of the instructor regarding Academic Dishonesty, or the proposed penalty to be imposed, are unjust or not warranted, the student should contact their academic adviser and the SNR Director to discuss the matter. This process must be initiated within one month of the class grade assignment. If a student facing a sanction due to academic dishonesty in an SNR course wishes to appeal the sanction, the following process must be followed. First is an appeal to the chief instructor of the course. Failing this appeal, next is an appeal (in writing) to the SNR Undergraduate Committee (undergraduate student) or Graduate Committee (graduate student), then to the SNR Director (in that order). If a satisfactory solution is not achieved at the School level, the student may then appeal through the appropriate CASNR, CAS, Graduate Studies, or UNL appeal process, subject to the process and requirements of those bodies.

Approved by SNR Undergraduate and Graduate Curriculum Committees - 09/13/2013

Approved by SNR Faculty - 10/03/2013


Welcome to the School of Natural Resources (SNR) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln! It has a long, rich history in the University. The administrative staff consists of the following people:

  • Director - John Carroll
  • Associate Director - Paul Hanson
  • Associate Director for Conservation and Survey - Matt Joeckel
  • Assistant to the Director - Christine Steggs
  • Administrative Associate - Maria Hansen

Welcome to the School of Natural Resources (SNR) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln! It has a long, rich history in the University. The administrative staff consists of the following people:

  • Director - John Carroll
  • Associate Director - Paul Hanson
  • Associate Director for Conservation and Survey - Matt Joeckel
  • Assistant to the Director - Christine Steggs
  • Administrative Associate - Maria Hansen

Welcome to the School of Natural Resources (SNR) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln! Our success as a unit depends on your success and contributions as an individual. The information contained in this website will help you get an overall understanding of our programs, activities, organization, and policies and procedures.

The School of Natural Resources has a long, rich history in the University. Many of the components of the School began as stand-alone departments. In an effort to promote collaboration and service to the University and the State of Nebraska, several of these stand-alone departments merged in 1997 to become the School of Natural Resource Sciences, and later became the School of Natural Resources in 2003 with the addition of several more units. A number of other centers and divisions are associated with the School. They include:

  • Center for Advanced Land Management Information Technologies (CALMIT)
  • Conservation and Survey Division (CSD)
  • Great Plains Cooperative Ecosystems Studies Unit (GP-CESU)
  • High Plains Regional Climate Center (HPRCC)
  • National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC)
  • Nebraska Fish and Wildlife Cooperative Research Unit (NFWCRU)
  • Nebraska State Climate Office (NSCO)

John Carroll serves as the School's director. The SNR director reports to the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) and the three deans for the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR) which are the following:

  • Agricultural Research Division (ARD)
  • College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR)
  • Extension Division

The director is supported by the following people:

  • Associate Director - Paul Hanson
  • Associate Director for Conservation and Survey - Matt Joeckel
  • Assistant to the Director - Christine Steggs
  • Administrative Associate - Maria Hansen
  • Faculty Coordinators:
    • Community Engagement - Dennis Ferraro
    • Faculty Mentoring - Pat Shea
    • Teaching - Drew Tyre
  • Mission Area Leaders:
    • Applied Climate and Spatial Science - Martha Shulski and Brian Wardlow
    • Applied Ecology - Larkin Powell
    • Environmental Science - Steve Thomas

The SNR Organizational Chart shows the layout of the administration of the School as well as its many components. An abbreviated version of the chart is also available.

Advising - Undergraduate Students


  • Natural Resources majors - Sara Winn:,  102d HARH, EC 0981   Phone: 402-472-0636


  • Advise undergraduate students majoring in Applied Climate Science, Environmental Restoration Science, Fisheries and Wildlife, Grassland Ecology and Management, Pre-Forestry, Water Science, and Undeclared Natural Resources.
  • Serve as liaison for incoming freshmen, transfer students, and international students.
  • Maintain course plans that show courses for each semester of a 4- or 5-year program.
  • Coordinate and track internships.
  • Maintain information for the SNR Current Undergraduate Student website.

Faculty are expected to do career advising with the students.

Building Hours


  • Events Manager - Jacki Loomis:,  121a HARH, EC 0961   Phone: 402-472-7550

Hardin Hall's exterior doors and hallway doors are unlocked from 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. They are locked evenings, weekends, and University Holidays.

Door schedules are adjusted to accommodate classes and events scheduled through SNR staff.

If there are after-hours access issues that require immediate attention, contact the UNL Police Department at 402-472-2222.

Please do not prop doors open.


UNL Computer Use Policy


Undergraduate students in majors coordinated by SNR will be authorized to use the HarH 24/7 lab (HarH 148) while they are taking classes at UNL.

Course Evaluations


  • Graduate Admissions Coordinator - Patty Swanson:,  229D HARH, EC 0982   Phone: 402-472-5355

SNR will coordinate Faculty and Teaching Assistant evaluations for all courses in majors coordinated by SNR. By the end of the first week of class, the Graduate Admissions Coordinator must be informed of any faculty or teaching assistants who are not listed in MyRed for them to be evaluated at the end of the semester.

Course Syllabus


  • Assistant to the Director - Christine Steggs:,  908 HARH, EC 0989   Phone: 402-472-8120
  • Adminstrative Associate - Maria Hansen:,  909 HARH, EC 0989   Phone: 402-472-9873

Each course is required to have a syllabus that is distributed to students and emailed to the SNR Administrative Associate no later than 5 PM the first Friday of class. SNR shall maintain a database of all NRES and WATS home courses, and all other courses taught by SNR faculty.

UNL Faculty Senate Syllabus Policy: All courses must have a syllabus and all syllabi must include specific information about the instructor, course requirements, grading policy and schedule for examinations. This policy may be found at

CASNR information for teaching may be found at

Each syllabus must include:

  • The name of each Teaching Assistant (if applicable)
  • A Late Assignment Policy with a clear statement regarding penalties for late work
  • The following language: “Students with disabilities are encouraged to contact the instructor for a confidential discussion of their individual needs for academic accommodation. It is the policy of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to provide flexible and individualized accommodation to students with documented disabilities that may affect their ability to fully participate in course activities or to meet course requirements. To receive accommodation services, students must be registered with the Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) office, 132 Canfield Administration, 402-472-3737 voice or TTY.”
  • If the course is ACE-approved, syllabus must include the Student Learning Outcome (SLO) that will be achieved, a brief description of the opportunities the course provides for students to acquire the knowledge or skills necessary to achieve the SLO(s), and a brief description of the graded assignments that will be used to assess the students' achievement of the SLO(s).
  • Academic Dishonesty, Policy Appeals, and Grade Appeals Policy

Crime Prevention and Safety

In an effort to raise awareness for safety of individuals, university property, and personal property, the University of Nebraska Police Services Department and the Division of Student Affairs invite all students, faculty, staff, and visitors to review UNL policies on:


SNR is primarily housed in Hardin Hall on east campus at UNL (at the northeast corner of the intersection of 33rd and Holdrege Streets). Faculty, staff, and laboratories are also located in the CSD Annex, East Campus Service Building, Kiesselbach Crops Research Laboratory, and the Natural Resources Research Annex. Outside of Lincoln, we have faculty in the research and extension centers in Scottsbluff, North Platte, and Norfolk. Off-campus field sites include the Barta Brothers Ranch, Nine-Mile Prairie, and Prairie Pines. We conduct research at a variety of locations throughout the state. For more information about SNR's facilities see Location & Facilities on the SNR website.

GIS/Graphics Service Center


  • GIS/Graphics Manager - Les Howard:,  229f HARH, EC 0982   Phone: 402-472-9192
  • Graphics Specialist - Dee Ebbeka:,  229 HARH, EC 0982   Phone: 402-472-7526


  • Develop and maintain survey-related GIS databases.
  • Develop GIS databases for faculty and staff research and projects.
  • Provide GIS support for faculty and staff research and projects.
  • Develop maps and graphics using GIS databases. Provide technical support for GIS software.
  • University contact for ESRI software/technical support.
  • Provide general and technical assistance for GPS.
  • Maintain handheld GPS units for general use.
  • Large format scanning and plotting.
  • Produce maps, graphics and high-quality illustrations and drawings.
  • Produce posters and slide presentations for professional meetings.
  • Produce flyers, brochures, hand-outs and displays.
  • Flat-bed scanning, slide scanning, lamination, foam board mounting and comb binding.


The GIS/Graphics Service Center is required to charge fees to cover the cost of operating expenses, equipment, materials and supplies. An hourly rate for these services has been determined based on equipment costs, depreciation, licensing fees and replacement needs. The hourly fee covers such expenses as phone lines, Internet connections, computers, large format plotter, large format scanner, laminator, printers and software and licensing fees. Additionally, all materials are charged at cost with no markup. The cost of materials covers such expenses as plotter paper, foam board, laminating film and other miscellaneous supplies. The following is a list of all fees charged through the GIS/Graphics Service Center.

  • Hourly rate – $6.00/hr.
  • Large format plotting
    • Plain, coated paper – $1.00/ft.
    • Glossy paper – $2.00/ft.
  • Color laser prints – $0.25/pg.
  • Lamination (glossy) – $ 0.30/ft.
  • Lamination (satin) (large format) – $ 1.50/ft.
  • Foam board
    • 30" x 40" (adhesive) – $7.00/ea.
    • 48" x 72" (adhesive) – $22.00/ea.
    • 40" x 60" (non-adhesive) – $5.00/ea.
  • Mylar – $2.00/ft.

Note: For long term projects, a customer may be referred to CALMIT to make use of their services.

Talk with the Graphics Specialist to get information on UNL logos and policies for appropriate use.

Go Green


  • Sales and Events Manager - Jacki Loomis:,  121a HARH, EC 0961   Phone: 402-472-7550

Environmental stewardship, preservation, and sustainability are important in SNR. We participate in recycling and energy conservation programs.


Unwanted equipment, books, etc., are to be reused within the department whenever possible. If we cannot find a new use and the item was purchased with University funds, it must be sent to Inventory. Complete the Surplus Equipment Pickup form, and send to Inventory Coordinator.


Recyclables are collected in Hardin Hall, Recycle bins are serviced on an as-needed-basis.  The collection locations are:

1st Floor Lobbies North and South
2nd Floor Lobby North and South
138 - Dock Area
9th Floor Lobby

Self-Serve Recycle bins are located in the Tower floors 3-9 and in the graduate student areas in the 2nd floor north and the Tower basement.

We do single-stream recycling; meaning, all recyclables we collect may go in the same container. We collect non-food paper products, non-food plastics (plastic drink bottles are acceptable, but not plastic food wrapping), glass bottles, and metals (aluminum, tin, and steel cans). No Styrofoam.

Corrugated cardboard boxes should not be put in the SNR Recycling Bins. Write "Trash" on them and set them in the hallway for Custodial Staff to pick-up and take to the outside cardboard recycling bin or take them directly to that outside bin yourself.

Contact the Sales and Events Manager with questions.


SNR makes every effort to reduce consumables and waste. We use print-on-demand printing to generate all letterhead and envelopes.

Energy Conservation

Within Hardin Hall, SNR has worked with Facilities to reduce energy usage by removing one light bulb from each overhead light. Occupants in the tower have agreed to use only the "after hours" mode for day-to-day lighting, which reduces the number of overhead lights that are in use.

Occupancy sensors were installed in Hardin Hall in 2009, with additional sensors being installed in 2010. Occupancy sensors are located in tower offices, conference rooms, lobbies, and labs with fume hoods. These sensors control the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) and lighting for each room. Lighting for offices is optional, based on whether the occupant turns on the lights when he/she enters the room. Because the conference rooms have dimmer switches for lighting during presentations, the occupancy sensors were set to control only the HVAC system, so lighting in conference rooms continues to be controlled manually. Most rooms are set on a 10 minute timer, but lobbies and tower restrooms are set at 5 minutes. After 5 or 10 minutes of motion not being detected, the HVAC and lights, if set, will be turned off. When the occupant returns, the HVAC system and lights will turn on. Generally, HVAC sensors recover costs in 3 years and light sensors in 5 years.

SNR employees have the opportunity to participate in the energy conservation program by turning off their computer at night. This is not an option for employees who use remote access to connect to their work computer outside of regular work hours.


Emeritus faculty*, retired staff, visitors, guests, and students** are not eligible for Worker's Compensation. If they are injured while on University property, they must use their personal funds/insurance to cover any medical expenses.

** Students who are employees (e.g. student workers) and sustain a work-related injury or illness will qualify for worker's compensation if the injury was sustained while doing their job. If they are injured while walking to class, that injury is not covered under worker's compensation.

Links to the forms are avaialable on the SNR website at Accident/Injury forms.

Additional information about on-the-job and student injuries may be found at


Health Insurance

Students are required to carry health insurance. They may have their own or participate in the UNL Healthy Option Student Plan. UNL's student health insurance is provided by Aetna Student Health. Coverage includes medical, dental, and prescription medications. You can enroll yourself and dependents online via MyRED or in person at the University Health Center, located at 1500 U Street on City Campus. Further details are available from the University Health Center ( and from Graduate Studies (

Students on assistantships are automatically enrolled in student health insurance. However, if you have other insurance or wish to waive this benefit, you must complete the waiver request form every semester by the fourteenth (14th) day of classes. Insurance for the Spring semester provides coverage through mid-August.

International students are required to show proof of insurance upon arrival to campus.

Travel Insurance

Students, faculty and staff traveling on University sponsored trips, including student field trips, etc., should be made aware of the following information:

  1. Students should have health insurance coverage. They can get coverage through the following methods:
    • Through their own private health insurance coverage
    • Through their parents health insurance coverage
    • Through the UNL Student Health Insurance Program
  2. Regardless of whether students have health insurance or not, they must enroll in the Student Trip Insurance Program before they travel on University sponsored trips. The UNL Student Trip Insurance Program (available through the UNL Benefits Office), covers students with $2,500 of accidental medical and $30,000 of accidental death for 25 cents per student, per day. Faculty and staff may opt to take this coverage as well. The Student Trip Insurance form is also available with SNR forms website.
  3. Students are not covered by any other University insurance coverage, such as Workers Compensation, on any trips. Their own medical coverage or Student Trip Insurance will be the coverage.
  4. Faculty and staff traveling abroad should consider having international medical insurance. In the event of an emergency this would cover emergency medical evacuation. Air Ambulance and FrontierMedex are two providers used by the University.
  5. Students, faculty and staff who are participating as volunteers on trips are not covered by the University's liability program. However, faculty and staff who are participating as a part of their job function are covered by the University's liability program.
  6. Faculty and staff who volunteer for trips are not covered by workers compensation and will rely on their own medical coverage should there be an injury. Faculty and staff who go on trips as a part of their job would be covered by workers compensation.

Before planning a trip, please contact the UNL Benefits Office (402-472-2600) so they may help you with required release forms and insurance information.

Library Services

The NCard (University ID) provides authorization to use the Library facilities. Library locations are below; additional information can be found at

UNL Libraries Location
(City Campus unless otherwise noted)
Love 13th & R Street
Architecture 308 Architecture Hall
C.Y. Thompson 38th & Holdrege (East Campus)
Engineering W203 Nebraska Hall
Geology 10 Bessey Hall
Mathematics 14 Avery Hall
Music 30 Westbrook Music Building
Schmid Law 152 McCollum Hall (East Campus)

Lost and Found


  • Office Associates located in the Nebraska Maps & More Store: n/a,  101 HARH, EC 0961   Phone: 402-472-3471

The School of Natural Resources will hold Lost and Found items in Room 101 Hardin Hall (Nebraska Maps & More Store), for a period of 30 days. Items not claimed after 30 days will be forwarded to the UNL Police Department or disposed of in accordance with UNL Policy.

See UNL Campus Police Lost and Found policies.

NCard (Photo ID)

If your card is lost or damaged beyond normal wear-and-tear, a replacement fee of $20 is charged. A reduced replacement fee will be charged for stolen cards if accompanied by proof of theft, such as a police report or insurance claim form.

Notary Service


Notaries in Hardin Hall.


There is no free parking on campus. If you will have a car, purchase your parking permit from Parking and Transit Services online or in person in the Stadium Drive Parking Garage. A map of available student lots can be at

If you are driving a rental car or other vehicle, you must register that vehicle with Parking and Transit Services.

A free bus pass (valid for both campus and city bus systems) is also available for all registered students.

Off Campus Parking

Street parking available on the streets surrounding East Campus. When parking in the neighborhoods be courteous to those in the neighborhood. Watch for snow emergency information following snow storms.


Remember to register your bicycle, if you plan to bike to campus. Secure bikes only on bike racks.

Printing Information


  • Information Technology Manager - Tri Tran:,  226b HARH, EC 0982   Phone: 402-472-8289

Work with your adviser to determine your printing needs and whether they have funds to pay for your printing. If they have funding and approve, contact the Information Technology (IT) group to request access to the needed printers.

SNR Calendars


  • Events Coordinator - Jacki Loomis:,  121a HARH, EC 0961   Phone: 402-472-7550
  • Communications Associate - Shawna Richter-Ryerson:,  911 HARH, EC 0989   Phone: 402-472-6515

Today in SNR, the daily SNR calendar, is displayed on the monitors in the lobbies, posted near each elevator throughout Hardin Hall, and appears on the SNR Employee Information web page.

The SNR Calendar is intended to highlight events that the public is welcome to attend. It is also included in the College of Arts and Sciences calendar.

Information that is of a personal nature or not work-related may be posted in the Employee Lounge (204 Hardin Hall) and Student Lounge (239 Hardin Hall).

Teaching Philosophy

The School prides itself on high quality teaching. Faculty believe courses should be rigorous with up-to-date information from an informed instructor. Faculty members are responsible for helping students reach the desired outcomes in the course description. They have high expectations for students and plan quality instruction and active learning opportunities which will enhance a student's achievement. Sound educational principles must be followed. Faculty in the School will be expected to abide by these expectations, plus the following:

  • Set, post, and keep regular office hours or to be easily accessible to students for course consultation.
  • Meet all classes where and when scheduled.
  • Conform to the departmental course description for each course assigned.
  • Prepare a syllabus, which clearly specifies course requirements and grading policies.
  • If the course is approved as an ACE (Achievement-Centered Education) course, syllabus must be updated to include the Student Learning Outcome (SLO) that is to be achieved, a brief description of the opportunities the course provides for students to acquire the knowledge or skills necessary to achieve the SLO(s), and a brief description of the graded assignments that will be used to assess the students' achievement of the SLO(s). Throughout the course, collect samples of student work on key assignments that demonstrate how well they are achieving the SLO(s). At the end of the course, submit via BlackBoard the samples and a one-page reflection statement that describes the sampling strategy, how the student work demonstrates achievement of the learning outcome, and any changes that could be made to improve student learning. Adhere to deadlines for submitting reports.
  • Distribute the syllabus to the Alumni Coordinator no later than the first day of class.
  • Distribute the syllabus to the students no later than the end of the first week of class.
  • Conduct end of semester course evaluations for faculty and teaching assistants in all sections.
  • Manage course paperwork, including grades, in a timely manner.
  • Respond to email and phone messages within 48 hours of receiving them.
  • Participate in an annual performance evaluation.
  • Notify students and the Director's Office if a class is cancelled due to faculty illness.

Courses will be based on the course description which is made public in the University bulletin. A copy of the course description and sample syllabus (if the course has been taught previously) is available to new teaching faculty.

It is critical that courses reflect both our Doctoral/Research Extensive status and Land grant mission and are research-based and practical whenever possible and appropriate. Instructors must know and use the theories related to their content. Personal or anecdotal stories or examples can be used but must illustrate a theory or known best practice.

Vending Machines


  • Office Associate - Sales - Lisa Greif:,  101 HARH, EC 0961   Phone: 402-472-3679
  • Office Associate - Operations - Karen Gilbert:,  101 HARH, EC 0961   Phone: 402-472-8197

Vending machines are available in the north and south first floor lobbies of Hardin Hall and in 204 Hardin Hall (in the tower).

Contact the Office Associate for Operations to reports problems with the vending machines and to receive monetary refunds when a product is not dispensed, due to a machine malfunction.