Participation in class
minimal requirement for class participation is attendance. Since even
quiet people can be participating by listening, thinking, and writing, I do not
monitor how much you actually talk about the course subject during class time.
If you are present, I will assume that you are participating. If you are
absent, you cannot participate.
see the attendance policy below for absences.
following policies are repeated in the syllabus for your information. Each of
the policies is based upon academic policies approved by the University Senate
and the Council of Trustees.
of the IUP policy headings is a hyperlink to the entire policy statement on the
web. Any material in quotations is directly from the policy itself. All other
statements are the application of the policy in this course.
Relevant requirements for a course syllabus at IUP can be read at the
University Policy on Semester Course Syllabi
Only work assigned by and
submitted to the instructor of record will count toward the final grade in this
note that all email communications from me will occur through the D2Lemail
system. You must activate your IUP email account to receive notices about
changes in the syllabus or class schedule.
Should I have to be absent from
class for any reason, I will attempt to notify you in advance by email as early
Academic Integrity Policy and Procedures
is an academic community within the society at large. All members within this
community are expected to accept the responsibility for academic integrity and
honesty. Academic dishonesty seriously erodes the quality of educational
pursuits and is unacceptable at IUP."
consider any form of academic dishonesty to be a waste of your time and mine.
Such dishonesty is usually as much work as doing the assignments. Furthermore, I
do not assign busy work, so each assignment is an opportunity to learn. If you
miss that opportunity, you miss learning something.
find any of the course assignments so disagreeable that you feel inclined to
cheat in any way, please talk to me about the problem with the assignment. I
would rather alter the assignment to help you learn better than to have you
violate the Integrity Policy.
door is always open for any discussion of the class and problems that you see
with my conduct in the class. We both lose if you do not talk to me. You might
have had the opportunity to direct your own learning more effectively, and I
might have learned more about my teaching and how to improve it.
Undergraduate Course Attendance Policy and
"The university expects all
students to attend class."
In accordance with this policy, I
allow three absences from class without any penalty. Each subsequent absence
will affect your participation grade in the class. You have to be present to
If you are having personal
problems or are ill, please email me about your situation, if nothing else.
Under these circumstances, if you are absent for a period of time, please worry
about nothing other than healing. You cannot learn if you are not healthy. You
need to have time to grieve loss. You need time to sort out problems. We will
sort out how to handle your absence when you return.
For any excused absences, illness
and other problems, or to participate in a university activity, please provide
me with written documentation. Please consult the following policies:
Inclement Weather Policy
IUP Policy for Enrolled Students Called to
Active Military Service
note that you will be considered absent if you come to class unprepared for the
meeting. In many class meetings, we will be discussing drafts of studentsí
writing or assigned readings. I will mark any student as absent from class if he
or she fails to bring or read assigned work.
I do not expect any disruption of
class. Learning can be noisy and may even involve some anger as people defend
their ideas. I have never experienced class disruptions that caused me to ask a
student to leave the class. However, I cite the policy for your information.
My own view of learning is that
you have the right to question anything, but do not have the right to call
others or their ideas names.
I never intend to embarrass
anyone. However, if I feel that you are insulting or stereotyping another
person, I will inform you directly. If you have any questions about my judgment,
please feel free to talk with me. I may ask you to speak with me outside of
class to avoid disrupting the learning of other members of the class.
"Students and faculty alike should
strive to create a class environment that reflects mutual respect and the
importance of learning. If a studentís behavior threatens to disrupt that
environment, the faculty member has a responsibility to seek resolution of the
faculty member is empowered to request that a student leave during particular
class period if, in the measured opinion of that faculty member, the student:
Significantly disrupts the learning process, or
a threat to others."
Final Examination Policies
The final examination is held at a
time scheduled by the university. If you are not able to make the final
examination because of a time conflict with another examination, please email me
in advance. If you miss the final examination without any prior notice, you will
not be permitted to take a make up.
Please do not schedule leaving
campus before the final examination. I once received a note from a studentís
mother who informed me that her daughter should be excused from the final
because she was scheduled to fly to Mexico the day before for a family vacation.
Can you imagine how I responded?
Late & Makeup Work
Late papers and assignments will not
be accepted for grading. Since all in class work and assignments will depend
upon class participation, no make up work is permitted. Students missing the
final examination without prior notice in writing will not be permitted to take
a make up examination. Written notice must be received at least one hour prior
to missing the examination.
IUP Student Grade Appeal Policy
If you are unhappy with my
evaluation of any of your work, please make an appointment to see me in my
office. Like anyone, I am capable of making a mistake or misjudging work. I am
happy to discuss my judgments of your work with you.
If we cannot agree on my final
evaluation of your work, you should consult the Grade Appeal Policy at the link
above and follow the procedure that is outlined.