Course Policies

TURNING IN ASSIGNMENTS & GRADING

To complete this course successfully, you must attend class, complete assignments on time, and participate in class activities and discussions. All drafts will be uploaded to the specified folder in Google Docs & D2L. YOU MUST TURN IN A DRAFT BEFORE A FINAL VERSION. All final assignment will be uploaded to the specified folder in D2L. D2L submissions are so assignments can be run through turnitin.com.  If you have a question about your grade, please ask me about it.

LATE ASSIGNMENTS

Late assignments are, well, late. Unless you have spoken with me beforehand to arrange for an extension, I will subtract a half letter grade from the total grade for each day the paper is late. I will not grant extensions just for any reason, but if you absolutely cannot meet the deadline because of something unavoidable, contact me as soon as possible so we can discuss the situation. Computer problems are not an acceptable excuse for a late assignment—with the variety of resources on campus, you should have ample opportunity to complete your work on time

ATTENDANCE

I’ve created an attendance system as follows: each class is worth 2 points, if you arrive on time you will receive the full 2 points, if you are significantly late you will receive 1 point and absences equals 0. All of these will be totaled and then contribute to your attendance mark. Furthermore missing more than 5 classes will result in penalization and missing more than 7 will result in failure.

This may seem harsh, but the reasoning is simple—if you are absent more than five times, you have missed a significant amount of the course material and it will be difficult for you to achieve the goals of this course. Of course, there are always exceptions. If you have a valid reason for being absent for more periods, contact me and we can discuss the situation; however, if you are absent, you cannot make up in-class work for the class period you missed.

If you are absent, contact a classmate for the information and assignments you missed.  

ALWAYS EMAIL ME IF YOU ARE GOING TO MISS A CLASS. I understand illness and personal issues happen. The earlier you tell me, the faster and easier it will be to adjust assignments/grading. DO NOT WAIT UNTIL AFTER AN ASSIGNMENT IS DUE OR THE NIGHT BEFORE.

OTHER INFORMATION & POLICIES

Writing Center

If you want additional help with your writing, the Writing Center in Norlin Library is a great place to go to talk about ideas, improve your thesis or essay organization, or just generally work on your writing skills. Check the Writing Center website for more information about hours and services, or request an appointment online at: http://www.colorado.edu/pwr/writingcenter.html.

Disabilities*

If you qualify for accommodations because of a disability, please submit to your professor a letter from Disability Services in a timely manner (for exam accommodations provide your letter at least one week prior to the exam) so that your needs can be addressed. Disability Services determines accommodations based on documented disabilities. Contact Disability Services at 303-492-8671 or by e-mail at dsinfo@colorado.edu.

If you have a temporary medical condition or injury, see Temporary Injuries under Quick Links at Disability Services website (http://disabilityservices.colorado.edu/) and discuss your needs with your professor.

Religious Observances*

Campus policy regarding religious observances requires that faculty make every effort to deal reasonably and fairly with all students who, because of religious obligations, have conflicts with scheduled exams, assignments or required attendance. In this class, I ask that you contact me at least one week ahead of the date(s) that you will be absent so that we can discuss any assignments/class material that you will miss. See full details at http://www.colorado.edu/policies/fac_relig.html.

Classroom Behavior*

Students and faculty each have responsibility for maintaining an appropriate learning environment. Those who fail to adhere to such behavioral standards may be subject to discipline. Professional courtesy and sensitivity are especially important with respect to individuals and topics dealing with differences of race, color, culture, religion, creed, politics, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and gender expression, age, disability, and nationalities.  Class rosters are provided to the instructor with the student’s legal name. I will gladly honor your request to address you by an alternate name or gender pronoun. Please advise me of this preference early in the semester so that I may make appropriate changes to my records.  See policies at http://www.colorado.edu/policies/classbehavior.html and at http://www.colorado.edu/studentaffairs/judicialaffairs/code.html#student_code.

Discrimination and Harassment*

The University of Colorado Boulder (CU-Boulder) is committed to maintaining a positive learning, working, and living environment. The University of Colorado does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, creed, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status in admission and access to, and treatment and employment in, its educational programs and activities. (Regent Law, Article 10, amended 11/8/2001).  CU-Boulder will not tolerate acts of discrimination or harassment based upon Protected Classes or related retaliation against or by any employee or student. For purposes of this CU-Boulder policy, “Protected Classes” refers to race, color, national origin, sex, pregnancy,  age, disability, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression,  or veteran status.  Individuals who believe they have been discriminated against should contact the Office of Discrimination and Harassment (ODH) at 303-492-2127 or the Office of Student Conduct (OSC) at 303-492-5550.  Information about the ODH, the above referenced policies, and the campus resources available to assist individuals regarding discrimination or harassment can be obtained at http://www.colorado.edu/odh .

Honor Code*

All students of the University of Colorado at Boulder are responsible for knowing and adhering to the academic integrity policy of this institution. Violations of this policy may include: cheating, plagiarism, aid of academic dishonesty, fabrication, lying, bribery, and threatening behavior.  All incidents of academic misconduct shall be reported to the Honor Code Council (honor@colorado.edu; 303-7352273). Students who are found to be in violation of the academic integrity policy will be subject to both academic sanctions from the faculty member and non-academic sanctions (including but not limited to university probation, suspension, or expulsion). Other information on the Honor Code can be found at http://www.colorado.edu/policies/honor.html and at http://www.colorado.edu/academics/honorcode/.

 

* University of Colorado – Boulder recommended syllabus statement

Plagiarism

Plagiarism is a violation of the honor code. It is a portrayal of another’s work or ideas as one’s own and includes:

  • Buying a paper off the internet and turning it in as if it were your own work
  • Improperly citing references on a works cited page or within the text of a paper
  • If you have any questions about what plagiarism is please contact me or any of your professors or the writing centre. If you plagiarize an assignment it will result in an F on the assignment and possible further consequences such as a report to the Honor Council.
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