COURSE POLICY SHEET
ALL COURSES

  • Homework
  • Class Attendance
  • Classroom Etiquette
  • Grading Policy
  • Academic Honesty
  • Incomplete Policy
  • The purpose of this paper is to present the classroom administration policies for which all students will be held responsible. These guidelines apply equally to all students. Special note to Section 504 students: Accommodations will be made as specified by the 504 coordinator, but they are not automatic or carte blanche - special accommodations will be made on a case-by-case and task-by-task basis. Please keep your instructor informed!

    HOMEWORK DUE DATES:

    All assignments are due AT THE START OF CLASS (unless specified otherwise on the assignment) on the date specified for each assignment - whether you come to class or not. Unless specified otherwise (some assignments may not be accepted late for ANY reason), assignments- including oral presentations - presented after this time, up to two weeks from the due date will lose 25% of the credit. Assignments submitted two weeks or more after the due date will be assigned a grade of 0 (zero, no credit). No exceptions, for any reason. Late oral presentations are not subject to the two week limit.

    Note: for every hour spent in class, plan to spend at least 1-3 hours outside of class on course-related work.

    NO MATERIAL WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER 5 PM ON THE LAST CLASS DAY OF THE SEMESTER.

    ATTENDANCE:

    Regular attendance is expected and may be recorded. Coming late or leaving early may be treated as an absence. You should arrive on time and remain in your seat until class is dismissed. Please DO NOT enter the classroom when a student presentation is in progress. This type of disruption can be disconcerting and put your peer at a disadvantage, which could affect the presentation grade. Please wait until the student presentation has finished before you enter the room late.

    Students who miss more than the equivalent of two weeks of class for ANY reason may be assigned a "WA" grade unless

1) All course work (exams, assignments, etc.) is up-to-date,
2) You have a current course grade average of 70% or better.

Since most tests are scheduled well in advance and scores may be dropped or substituted with higher scores when computing final course averages, make-up tests are NOT given. Missed tests will usually be graded as a zero. For numerous reasons it may be desirable or necessary for students to miss class. Whatever the reason may be, certain facts should be kept in mind:

  1. Exams and other activities requiring your presence may be scheduled just before, in between, or immediately after official breaks. Don't even think of making plans to leave campus early or return late after breaks with the expectation that you can make up missed work another time.
  2. There is no such thing as an excused absence! If you are not there, you are absent regardless of the reason! Generally, missing class for any reason does NOT excuse you from responsibility for material covered or assignments given or collected, or tests administered. It is up to you to find out what happened in class. It is not possible for your instructor to provide private tutoring to students who miss class. It is not possible to make up an absence. Most activities cannot be reproduced outside the classroom environment. Note to athletes: when attendance is used to determine a portion of the course grade, options are available for extra credit in other components of the grade to compensate for absences caused by events sanctioned by the Athletic Council. This option is available to all students with absences.
  3. An assignment is due on the designated date whether you are present or not. Failure to hand in your work at the appointed time due to absence does not excuse you from the late policies as specified above.
  4. Material covered in class may not appear in your textbook, especially lecture demonstrations.
  5. Our accrediting body requires that some type of final exam be given during final exam week. Early final exams will not be offered for any reason.

CLASSROOM ETIQUETTE - CELL PHONES/LATE ARRIVALS:

CELL PHONES: While class is in session, you should participate in the class activities, avoid private conversations or making unnecessary and distracting noise. Cell phones should be turned off while class is in session. Please be considerate of your instructor and your peers at all times!

LATE ARRIVALS: When a student oral presentation is in progress and you arrive to the classroom area late, please wait until the student presentation is completed before you enter the room. Since student presentations are typically graded, as a courtesy to your peers, please refrain from interrupting the flow of the presentaton by the distractions associated with late arrival. When the instructor is speaking, you should immediately enter the room and take your seat as quickly and unobtrusively as possible.

COMMUNICATION:
Electronic mail and, where appropriate, Web pages will be used extensively for communication purposes. Plan to check your electronic mailbox at least once daily! My email address is: kopec at stedwards.edu

GRADING:
Letter Grade
A+
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
D
F
Numerical Grade
≥ 98
≥ 93
≥ 89
≥ 86
≥ 82
≥ 79
≥ 76
≥ 69.0
≥ 60.0
< 60.0

The instructor reserves the right to change the grade determination methods in a UNIFORM manner to raise the course letter grade corresponding to certain numerical grades, or the weight of one or more grade categories. If implemented, grade determination changes will be done ONLY in a manner BENEFICIAL to the class. Individual exceptions will not be considered. Keep in mind that a "C" means you are doing acceptable, passing, COLLEGE-LEVEL work. It is NOT a failing grade. Grades will be posted at the Canvas web site. Please monitor your grades and inform your instructor of recording errors.

ACADEMIC HONESTY: Students who violate the St. Edward's University Academic Integrity Policy will be subject to the full range of penalties as described in the Undergraduate Bulletin and in the Student Handbook. Withdrawal from a course is not allowed when an F for academic dishonesty has been imposed.

It is tempting to copy another's work rather than creating an involved web page or researching and writing a report from scratch, especially considering how easily electronically recorded media can be duplicated. DON'T DO IT!!! When creating web pages, it is permitted to adapt segments found in published texts or web sources for your programs, as long as the adapted segments are identified as such (including the reference) in the source code as a comment. When writing papers, avoid use of quoted passages. Always keep quoted sections to 10% or less of the total word count and identify the source. This policy applies to ALL course work.

INCOMPLETE GRADE POLICY:

CATASTROPHIC EVENTS MUST OCCUR TO GET A GRADE OF "I", AND ONLY IF

    1. THE EVENT OCCURS DURING THE LAST TWO WEEKS OF CLASS.
    2. YOU ARE UP-TO-DATE ON ALL YOUR WORK AND EXAMS,
    3. YOU ARE MAINTAINING AT LEAST A "C" AVERAGE, AND
    4. YOU HAVE AN ACCEPTABLE ATTENDANCE RECORD UP TO THAT POINT.

    If granted, missing work must be completed by by October 1 for all summer-term courses, March 3 for all fall semester courses and July 1 for all spring semester courses, or a grade of "F" will be entered on the transcript.

    KEEP IN MIND THAT ALL GRADES ARE BASED ON ACHIEVEMENT, NOT EFFORT!

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Revised 1/16/17