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The following policy statements about Title IX and disability accomodations have been approved by the university counsel and should be included in all university syllabi.
While not required, we recommend that you consider adding course policies to your syllabi addressing some or all of the following items as you deem appropriate for your discipline and course. Samples of policy statements from MUW faculty have been used with permission to offer suggestions for your individual adaptation and use. Topics include: Academic Integrity and Plagiarism; Attendance; Canvas; Change of Syllabus; Classroom Ettiquette; Late or Missed Work; Use of Technology
Please check with your department chair to see if there are any college or departmental standards which may supersede these examples.
Academic Integrity and Plagiarism
Please note that I take issues of academic and personal honesty very seriously. Any form of cheating, plagiarism, or other forms of dishonesty will be dealt with as severely as allowed under the MUW guidelines. Any discovery of academic dishonesty will result in a grade of zero for the assignment and a report to the Academic Standards Board for possible further disciplinary action. More severe cases may result in failure of the course itself. You can learn more about plagiarism, other forms of academic dishonesty, and MUW policies in the university bulletin (available on the registrar’s website and linked in Canvas). Remember that you can review the guidelines about avoiding plagiarism any time at the website where you will take your initial Plagiarism Tutorial and Quizzes at the beginning of the semester. You may also speak with the staff in the Writing Center or me about any lingering questions you may have.
I expect all of my students to adhere to the highest standards of academic and personal honesty. Cheating, plagiarism, and other dishonest practices will be punished as much as MUW policies allow. The consequence for a finding of academic dishonesty is zero points for the assignment and notification of the department chair and dean. Plagiarism refers to the reproduction of another's words or ideas without proper attribution. The university bulletin contains further information on dishonesty.
Attendance is required. You are required to attend 50% of all classes; if you miss more than this percentage, you will fail this course. No distinction will be made for excused or unexcused absences. If you are absent for any reason, you will be counted absent. Attendance will be taken at the beginning of the course, so be on time. Those habitually late will find that they are counted absent. All reporting and attendance policies of the university will be followed.
This course will cover a lot of ground very quickly and the exams will draw from all class material: readings, lectures, and classroom discussion. As a result, attendance and class participation are essential components of your grade. Per departmental policy, students must attend at least 75% of class meetings to earn credit for a course. Absences beyond that amount will result in failure of the course. I make no distinction between “excused” and “unexcused” absences; if you are not present when class begins, then you will be counted as absent. However, if you know you will be absent from class due to an illness, university service, or other planned event, please do to let me know ahead of time. If you are absent for any reason you will still be responsible for any material you missed, so please be sure to do the reading, borrow notes from a classmate, and speak with me if you have any questions about what was covered that day.
Canvas will be used as a repository for all course handouts, assignment instructions, exam review sheets, and for some required and suplementary readings. You are encouraged to submit your written assignments through Canvas rather than by email or turning in a hard copy. I will also use Canvas to alert the class to any changes to our syllabus, readings, or schedule. Therefore, it is important that you check Canvas regularly and that you make sure that you have not altered your notification settings to the point that you will not be alerted to any updates. To check your update your notification preferences click on the "Account" icon in the left-hand navigation menu and select "Notifications." If you experience any difficulties with Canvas remember that you can access free assistance 24/7 by calling 844-747-4606 or via live chat with a Canvas representative by clicking "Help" in the lower left-hand corner of your Canvas screen.
Change of Syllabus
In the event of a major campus emergency or at the instructor’s discretion, the above requirements, deadlines and grading policies are subject to changes that may be required by a revised semester calendar. Any such changes in this course will be posted, once the course resumes, on the course website or can be obtained by contacting me via email or phone.
Basic “rules of respect” will be observed at all times in this course. Throughout our time together we will discuss highly sensitive subject matters, including issues of race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, religion, and politics. Since history is open to multiple interpretations, disagreement is fine – but disagreements are to be grounded in historical interpretation and facts. They must be targeted at ideas and they must be delivered respectfully. Personal attacks will not be tolerated and neither will editorial comments that are not grounded in historical sources.
Late or Missed Work
Homework: Completed homework can be submitted one class period late, at the beginning of class, for partial credit. Incomplete homework will not be accepted, nor will complete homework more than one class late.
Quizzes: The daily quiz always takes place from 10:00am to 10:05am. Students who arrive late still must turn in their quiz at 10:05. There will not be any opportunities to make up missed quizzes. In lieu of retakes, every student will have their three lowest quiz grades dropped at the end of the semester.
Exams: There will be one opportunity to retake a missed exam: the last day of classes from 2:00pm to 5:00pm. Only one exam can be retaken.
Let’s face it: technology breaks. Servers go down, transfers time out, files become corrupt. The list goes on and on. These are not considered emergencies. They are part of the normal production process. An issue you may have with technology is no excuse for late work. You need to protect yourself by managing your time and backing up your work.
Late assignments will be docked a half-letter grade (e.g. A- to B+) for every day they are late. Points will continue to be deducted even after a grade of “F” is reached. Absence from class on the due date does not automatically mean I will accept the assignment without penalty, so please make sure that you get in touch with me if you know you will be absent.
Use of Technology
You are welcome to use a tablet, laptop, or similar device to save the cost of printing out online readings or for taking notes. However, cell phones, tablets, and laptops using wifi connections distract you and the people around you. Using them during class for anything other than legitimate class purposes disrespects me and your classmates, so if you know that you will be tempted to use them for other purposes please turn them off before class begins. If your phone rings during class or I notice you texting, there will be consequences. If you have a particular personal or family circumstance which necessitates you leaving your phone on during class, please let me know ahead of time.
Computers, tablets and smartphones may not be used in the classroom. Laptops and tablets must be stowed in backpacks or under desks for the duration of class, while phones must be turned off.
All cell phones and other unapproved electronic devices must be turned off before class starts. No student should be texting or checking their texts during class. Laptop computers are permitted, but are only to be used for taking notes. They are not to be used for checking your email, Facebook, Twitter or any other non-course related materials. I reserve the right to eject students from the classroom for disruptive or disrespectful behavior. Do not record lectures on any device without express permission from me.
MUW cares about the academic success of its students. To that end, faculty encourage students to perform their best on papers and tests, to attend class and come to class on time, to complete assignments and take tests on time, to participate in class, and to show courtesy to peers and instructors. Faculty will assist students who do not exhibit these traits of academic success and, if appropriate, will refer these students to the necessary campus resources. As one part of the academic early-alert program, students who perform poorly at midterm (falling below a midterm semester GPA of 2.0) will have holds placed on their accounts. The early-alert holds for poor midterm performance serve not as a punitive measure but rather as an opportunity for students to seek advice at a crucial moment in the semester. Students who have early-alert holds on their accounts for poor midterm performance will be contacted by their college's Student Success Navigator, who will work with them to draw up action plans for academic success. Once those plans are in place, the early-alert holds for poor midterm performance will be released. The student is also strongly encouraged to consult with their instructor and/or academic advisor regarding early alerts. If you have questions about this program, please contact Ms. Claudia McDavis, MUW’s Coordinator of Student Success, at 662-329-7138.
The Math Lab provides students in Intermediate and College Algebra with access to tutoring and to the Hawkes Learning System Software used for homework and tests. Located in 402 Reneau Hall, the lab is generally staffed by student tutors between the hours of 10:00-5:00 Monday through Thursday during the fall and spring semesters. Specific hours and further information can be found here: www.muw.edu/as/scimath/math/mathlab
Student Success Center
If you need help with study skills, tutoring, disability accommodations, test proctoring, or other acdemic support please contact the Student Success Center for assistance. You can find them on the first floor of Reneau Hall or online at www.muw.edu/ssc
All MUW students are eligible for two FREE hours of tutoring per week in up to two courses through the Student Success Center. To connect wtih a tutor, please submit the tutor request form on the Student Success Center's website: www.muw.edu/ssc/tutoring/request
Students who are concerned about the writing components of this course should take advantage of the wonderful resources in the Writing Center. Located in Painter 106, the center is open for walk-ins and face-to-face or online appointments. You can look for assistance at any stage of the writing process, but remember that the tutors are not there to write your paper for you or to simply proofread your work. Opening hours can be found posted on the Writing Center door, on the Writing Center's Facebook page, or on our course Canvas page.