Course Policies

All students are expected to comply with the following policies.

Academic Integrity: Academic integrity and honesty are basic values of Ohio University. Students are expected to follow standards of academic integrity and honesty. Academic misconduct is a violation of the Ohio University Student Code of Conduct subject to a maximum sanction of disciplinary suspension or expulsion as well as a grade penalty in the course. You are expected to be familiar with the information on academic integrity provided at http://www.ohio.edu/communitystandards/academic/students.cfm.

Turnitin: Students agree that by taking this course all required assignments may be subject to submission for textual similarity review to Turnitin.com for the detection of plagiarism. All submitted papers will be included as source documents in the Turnitin.com reference database solely for the purpose of detecting plagiarism of such papers. Use of Turnitin.com page service is subject to the Usage Policy and Privacy Pledge posted on the Turnitin.com site.

Classroom Incivility: You are expected to behave in a civil manner, carefully listen to whoever is talking at a moment, and respect other people in class. I will not tolerate behaviors that are harmful to the learning of students, such as distracting your classmates’ attention (e.g., by chatting with someone next to you), disrupting other people’s speech, mocking or insulting other people, and showing general disrespect and poor manners toward other people in class. If you harm your classmates’ learning in these ways, you will be asked to leave the classroom.

Electronic Devices: During class, you may use laptops or tablets only to participate in class, and unless otherwise instructed, you may not use any electronic devices, such as cellphones, tablets, and laptops, while you are taking exams in class.

Grade Disputes: If you believe that a grade on any specific assignment was in error, or unfair, you should resubmit that assignment, along with a brief cover note detailing those prima facie errors, or disagreement, together with appropriate evidence. The same procedure should be followed regarding the final grade. A request for re-grading or re-assessment is just that: the revised grade may increase, remain unchanged, or decrease. An explanation will be provided to the student in any case. Note that this policy does not apply to grade calculation errors, which should be brought to my attention right away.

No Extra Credit: There will be no extra credit assignments.

Attendance: Attendance will not be taken, but you will be responsible for any in-class activities you miss.

Late or missed assignments: If applicable, your class has a special policy on late or missed assignments give you some freebies. You are to use these freebies to cover occasional sick days and other absences. If you must miss a large portion of the semester due to illness or other reasons, you should talk to your advisor and instructors as soon as possible.

Exceptional circumstances: In general, an exceptional circumstance is a medical emergency, the death of a near relative, or a university-related trip (e.g., athletic team commitments). If you are in these circumstances, (i) obtain written documentation from a relevant authority (e.g., doctor, coach, etc.) verifying that you are/were in one of these circumstances, (ii) contact me as soon as you can to set up an appointment, and (iii) show me the documentation. I will then decide how to apply the policy on late or missed assignments and exams to your circumstance, and I will make, by mutual agreement, any necessary makeup assignments or other arrangements.

24-Hour Email Policy: I will respond to your email within 24 hours of receipt, unless I’m stranded in the middle of nowhere. If you don’t get a response after 24 hours, please resend an email.

University Resources for Learning

Your success in this course is important to me. I recognize that there are multiple ways to learn and that this multiplicity should be acknowledged in the structure of university courses and the evaluation of their participants. Thus, I encourage you to discuss your learning styles and comprehension requirements with me during my office hours or at another arranged time, if necessary. It is best to do this as early as possible. Every student is entitled to a meaningful and stimulating learning experience, and you are strongly encouraged to use the services provided by the Academic Achievement Center (https://www.ohio.edu/uc/aac) and the Student Writing Center (https://www.ohio.edu/uc/aac/swc). Disabled students are also strongly encouraged to use the services provided by Student Accessibility Services (https://www.ohio.edu/uc/sas), including the provision of note-takers, transcribers, and sign-language interpreters.