1. Attendance/Punctuality/Participation policy:  Class members with “perfect” attendance and significant class participation will receive maximum points for the participation grade.  Unexcused absences will significantly affect the attendance/participation grade, as will excessive tardiness.  An excused absence must usually be acceptably documented 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 for making sure 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. 

  2. Dropping Students:  Students will be dropped for any of the following reasons: (1) excessive absences; (2) failure  to complete assignments; or (3) not participating in-class as defined by this syllabus.

    • Excessive Absences:  Normally, students will be dropped for a third unexcused absence before the second census date, and excessive excused absences before that date will also result in being dropped.  Attendance will be taken by the professor at every class session.
    • Failure to Complete Assignments:  Failure to complete assignments in a timely manner will result in a student being dropped.
    • Not participating in-class:  During remote instruction, students are required to both attend and actively participate during class sessions.  Participation, at a minimum, is defined as: (1) displaying a live video feed by facing and looking directly into the webcam or other video source (i.e., substituting the live video feed for a picture or name will not suffice); (2) maintaining engagement during lectures, classroom exercises, and student presentations; and (3) offering relevant and appropriate comments when called-upon in class. 
  3. Using Canvas:  Students MUST use Canvas to submit assignments and take online quizzes and exams.  No other method will be offered, accepted, or graded.  Students are advised to complete assignments and exams early.  “Technical difficulties with Canvas” WILL NOT excuse missed assignments, quizzes, or exams.

  4. Cheating:  Plagiarism (misrepresenting someone else’s ideas or wording as one’s own) or cheating in any other 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.   This course is offered on a pass/no pass basis, but it must be registered as such by the student 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, or approved extra credit projects to add points to their term total.

  9. 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

  10. Withdrawal procedures:  It is the students’ responsibility to notify the Admissions Office of withdrawal from this class.  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.