Important Notices

 1. Attendance policy

In a two-day-a-week class, one unexcused absence (or a limited number of excused absences) will result in an attendance grade of 90 points. Two unexcused absences will result in an attendance grade of 80 points. For every additional unexcused absence, 30 points will be subtracted from the attendance grade -- if no attendance points are left, the points will be subtracted from the overall total. NOTE: absence during student presentations usually doubles the penalty; arriving to class late enough to miss a student presentation will usually be counted as an absence. A limited number of excused absences will not count against the attendance grade, but only “perfect” attendance will receive an attendance grade of 100 points. An excused absence must usually be acceptably documented, usually with a verifiable note from someone in a position of authority/expertise relevant to the cause of absence, e.g., from the student’s supervisor at work if it is work-related, from a doctor or nurse if it is health-related, etc. NOTE: if the class as a group prefers to count all absences as unexcused, the instructor will do so. Tardy class members are responsible entering without disrupting the class and for speaking to the instructor immediately after class to assure that their attendance is recorded. In any class where there is a significant amount of tardiness, two late arrivals will count against the student’s attendance grade at the rate of one absence. Five unexcused absences by the second census date (about 75% through the course) will probably result in the student being dropped for excessive absence. 

 2. Personal Electronics

Consistent with YCCD District Policy, cell phone use during class is NOT PERMITTED EXCEPT BY INSTRUCTOR’S PERMISSION. Violations of this policy may affect a student’s participation grade. Also, the use of laptop computers in class is not permitted except by instructor’s permission.

 3. Assignment revision

When assignments are “good faith efforts” submitted on or before due dates, students may, in consultation with the instructor, resubmit the assignment. The higher grade will be used in calculation of the term grade.   To facilitate such efforts, students may make appointments to discuss an assignment’s tentative grade before the assignment is returned in class, or even, when practical, before the assignment is due.

 4. Cheating/Plagiarism (misrepresenting someone else’s ideas or wording as one’s own)

Cheating in any form may result in automatic failure on the assignment in question, penalty to the participation component of the attendance-participation grade, or failure of the entire course, at the instructor’s discretion.

 5. Course requirements

All assignments must be completed for a class member to receive a passing grade. Requirements are not necessarily limited to those specified in the course syllabus. Some assignments may require independent or group activities outside of regularly scheduled class time and place. Class members are responsible for awareness of lecture and discussion materials, out-of-class assignments, etc., regardless of absence during activity or when an assignment was made or modified.

 6. Grading policy

See the first page of the syllabus for the relative weights of the assignments.   Generally, achieving 90% of the points possible will result in a term grade of “A” (80% for a “B,” 70% for a “C, 60% for a “D” and less than 60% an “F”). This course is offered on a pass/no pass basis, but the student must register it as such no later than the first 30% of the class. The Admissions Office (not the instructor) accepts students’ applications for pass/no pass grading status. (See the college catalog for policies and deadlines.)

 7. Late assignments

All late assignments will be penalized except under well-documented (see above) extenuating circumstances as defined by the instructor.

 8. Make-ups/extra credit

In consultation with the instructor, students may submit extra credit or make-up projects.   Students may use approved make-up projects to remove a limited amount of penalties for late submissions or absences. Students may submit approved extra credit projects for additional points.

 9. Non-class members in class

Anyone not registered who wishes to sit in on a class session (INCLUDING CHILDREN OF CLASS MEMBERS) must secure the instructor’s permission. Any such visit must be IMMEDIATELY terminated if it becomes disruptive.

10. Withdrawal procedures

It is the students’ responsibility to notify the Admissions Office of withdrawal from this course.   Withdrawal in the first four weeks will result in no grade recorded.   Withdrawal between the fourth and the fourteenth week will result in a grade of “W” recorded. Do not depend on the instructor to drop you from the class roll for non-attendance or any other reason: he will not necessarily do so. (See the college catalog for policies and deadlines.)

11. Pass-Fail Assignments

To fail a “pass-fail” assignment results in a 50-point deduction from the student’s point total.