Policy on Incompletes and Withdrawals
Requests for incompletes (I) and withdrawal (W) must be made in accordance with university policies which are available at http://catalog.arizona.edu/2014-15/policies/grade.htm#I and http://catalog.arizona.edu/2014-15/policies/grade.htm#W respectively. Incompletes are not generally approved except under exceptional circumstances in advance consultation with the instructor. The grade of I may be awarded only at the end of a term, when all but a minor portion of the course work has been satisfactorily completed. The grade of I is not to be awarded in place of a failing grade or when the student is expected to repeat the course; in such a case, a grade other than I must be assigned. Students should make arrangements with the instructor to receive an incomplete grade before the end of the term. If the incomplete is not removed by the instructor within one year the “I” grade will revert to a failing grade.
Students wishing to contract this course for Honors Credit should email me to set up an appointment to discuss the terms of the contact and to sign the Honors Course Contract Request Form. The form is available at http://www.honors.arizona.edu/documents/students/ContractRequestFrom.pdf.
The UA’s policy concerning Class Attendance and Administrative Drops is available at: http://catalog.arizona.edu/2014-15/policies/classatten.htm
The UA policy regarding absences on and accommodation of religious holidays is available at http://deanofstudents.arizona.edu/policies-and-codes/accommodation-religious-observance-and-practice.
Absences pre-approved by the UA Dean of Students (or Dean designee) will be honored. See:
Attendance in an online course means logging in to the course regularly (several times per week) and reviewing/viewing all available and assigned resources such as lectures, readings and so on when available and assigned. This is tracked. Participating in course and attending lectures and other course events are vital to the learning process. Students who fail to log in to the course and begin participation by the end of the first week of class may be administratively dropped. Thereafter, students who fail to log into the course regularly and complete discussion and assignments in a timely manner may be administratively dropped. Students who fail to log in and participate due to illness or emergency are required to provide documentation from their healthcare provider or other relevant, professional third parties. Failure to submit third-party documentation will result in unexcused absences.
Assignment/Testing Schedule/Due Dates
The course schedule and calendar of assignments, discussion, quizzes and exam due dates are posted in D2L Content in the folder Course Documents. Students are responsible for reading and meeting all due dates specified in those documents. Missed discussion, groupwork, assignments, quizzes and exams may not be made up per the Late Work Policy above.
Each assignment is described in a separate document located in D2L Content in the folder Course Documents. The assignment particulars specify the required format for the assignment. Assignments that do not follow the required format may be penalized or refused.
Classroom and Community Behavior
The Arizona Board of Regents’ Student Code of Conduct, ABOR Policy 5-308, prohibits threats of physical harm to any member of the University community, including to one’s self. See: http://policy.arizona.edu/threatening-behavior-students.
Netiquette is the etiquette of online interpersonal communication behavior including communication between individuals and among groups of individuals such as in small group and class online discussion. Online communication should remain courteous and respectful at all times.
All policies and codes of the University of Arizona apply to students in this course. See: http://deanofstudents.arizona.edu/policies-codes for a list of policies.
Additionally, the School of Information has behavioral policies. In a class or in communicating with other students, faculty and staff it is acceptable to disagree with opinions expressed in the posts of your instructor or fellow students, but you are expected to demonstrate professionalism and respect at all times. Personal attacks, bullying, flames, or lack of respect will not be tolerated in email, discussion boards or in person. Repeated violations in the classroom or in the online community will result in the student being recommended for administrative drop. Repeated violations in the school community outside of the classroom or in the online community will be reviewed by the faculty and may result in a recommendation for expulsion from the school or other sanctions to correct the behavior. See http://sirls.arizona.edu/programs/graduatePolicies#Behavior%20Policy
Accessibility and Accommodations
It is the University’s goal that learning experiences be as accessible as possible. If you anticipate or experience physical or academic barriers based on disability, please let me know immediately so that we can discuss options. You are also welcome to contact Disability Resources (520-621-3268) to establish reasonable accommodations. For additional information on Disability Resources and reasonable accommodations, please visit http://drc.arizona.edu/.
If you have reasonable accommodations, please plan to meet with me by appointment or during office hours to discuss accommodations and how my course requirements and activities may impact your ability to fully participate.
Student Code of Academic Integrity
Students are encouraged to share intellectual views and discuss freely the principles and applications of course materials. However, graded work/exercises must be the product of independent effort unless otherwise instructed. Students are expected to adhere to the UA Code of Academic Integrity as described in the UA General Catalog. See: http://deanofstudents.arizona.edu/academic-integrity/students/academic-integrity.
The University Libraries have some excellent tips for avoiding plagiarism available at: http://www.library.arizona.edu/help/tutorials/plagiarism/index.html.
Selling class notes and/or other course materials to other students or to a third party for resale is not permitted without the instructor’s express written consent. Violations to this and other course rules are subject to the Code of Academic Integrity and may result in course sanctions. Additionally, students who use D2L or UA email to sell or buy these copyrighted materials are subject to Code of Conduct Violations for misuse of student email addresses. This conduct may also constitute copyright infringement.
Additional Resources for Students
UA Non-discrimination and Anti-harassment policy: http://policy.arizona.edu/sites/default/files/Nondiscrimination.pdf
UA Academic policies and procedures are available at: http://catalog.arizona.edu/2014-15/policies/aaindex.html
Student Assistance and Advocacy information is available at: http://deanofstudents.arizona.edu/student-assistance/students/student-assistance
Confidentiality of Student Records
FERPA is the federal law that governs the rights of students and institutional responsibilities with respect to student records. For an explanation of these rights, please see http://www.registrar.arizona.edu/ferpa/default.htm
Subject to Change Statement
Information contained in the course syllabus, other than the grade and absence policy, may be subject to change with advance notice, as deemed appropriate by the instructor.