The following common policies have been developed to standardize courses within this program. Individual courses may have additional policies in effect that augment or supersede the following.
Special Needs Policy
If you have other non-disability related concerns or if you feel uncomfortable, overwhelmed, or unhappy, privately communicate these concerns to the instructor or department directors.
Credit/No Credit (Pass/Fail)
Incomplete Status (I)
No Recording Policy
Internet & Blackboard Policy
First Class Absence
If an enrolled student does not attend the first class meeting of the semester or session and is not present at the start of the second meeting, the instructor may officially delete (drop) the student from the course roster, allowing waitlist students to replace them.
Your attendance and participation at each class meeting is extremely important. Slides and assigned readings alone do not substitute for the richness of the in-classroom experience which is not only used to deliver content, but also to expand upon the written assignments and encourage questions and inter-student discussions. Absences from class meetings will negatively affect your learning and progress towards learning objectives. Students are still responsible for assignments, required readings, and any insights developed through in-class discussion despite absences. Notify the instructor in advance of any planned absences and ask classmates for notes and information you have missed.
Preparation & Participation
Please arrive prior to the start of class, ready to learn, and having completed all the assigned reading beforehand to enable thoughtful in-classroom discussion. If you are not prepared, you lack respect for your classmates that made time to complete the assignments. We all genuinely have something to contribute to the discussion; if you do not prepare, you cannot participate, and thus deprive others of your perspective and opinion (and selfishly benefit from other's perspectives and opinions). Active participation means that you listen not only to the instructor but also to your peers. Your eyes should be focused on the person speaking, not on your laptop or mobile device.
Telephone Usage Policy
Modern times dictate that almost all students (and instructors) will be carrying a mobile telephone with them during class meetings. You are required to silence your device during class meetings. Sending messages or checking emails during class time is discourteous and disruptive, and may lead to expulsion from the classroom. If you must place or receive an urgent voice call or text message, silently exit the classroom and complete your communication outside (or during a break). All devices must be surrendered prior to any exams.
Wifi Usage Policy
Internet capable devices may only be used for purposes directly related to class activities, such as working on exercises, taking notes, or referencing information that is relevant to the class. All other uses (e.g., chatting, texting, games, social networking, email, unrelated web browsing) are prohibited. Your Internet Service Provider (the University) will also govern the acceptable use of your Internet connection. Confidentiality of any radio transmissions (including WiFi) is not assured so be cautious with your data privacy.
In-Class Courtesy / Student Conduct Policy
Students are expected to show the instructor, guests, and fellow students respect by their courteous behavior during class meetings. If you bring food or drink into the classroom (and if allowed by the facility), kindly clean up after yourself. Disrespectful behavior includes reading, watching, listening, or working on unrelated materials or working on assignments, external communications, or sleeping. Disruptive, threatening, or aggressive behavior will result in removal from the classroom and potentially further administrative discipline.
Plagiarism shall be defined as the act of incorporating ideas, words, or specific substance of another, whether purchased, borrowed, or otherwise obtained, and submitting same to the university as one's own work to fulfill academic requirements without giving credit to the appropriate source. Plagiarism shall include but not be limited to [a] submitting work, either in part or in whole, completed by another; [b] omitting footnotes for ideas, statements, facts, or conclusions that belong to another; [c] omitting quotation marks when quoting directly from another, whether it be a paragraph, sentence, or part thereof; [d] close and lengthy paraphrasing of the writings of another; [e] submitting another’s artistic works, such as musical compositions, photographs, paintings, drawings, or sculptures; and [f] submitting as papers purchased from research companies. Your written work may be submitted to an online plagiarism detection system (such as TurnItIn.com) where it will be included in a reference database solely for the purpose of detecting plagiarism.
Academic Dishonesty Policy
Academic dishonesty ("cheating") is defined as the act of obtaining or attempting to obtain credit for academic work by the use of dishonest, deceptive, or fraudulent means. Examples of cheating include: [a] copying, in part or in whole, from another's work or examination; [b] collaborating with others in work to be presented without the permission of the instructor; [c] using notes or other devices considered inappropriate under the prescribed testing condition; [d] falsifying records, laboratory work, or other course data; [e] altering or interfering with the grading procedures; and [f] knowingly and intentionally assisting another student in any of the above.
This course has zero tolerance for academic dishonesty and students involved in cheating or plagiarism will be given a failing ("F") grade for the course. Additionally, students will be reported and referred to the SDSU Office of Judicial Procedures for discipline at a University level which may include punitive sanctions, such as probation, suspension, or expulsion.
Government Security Clearance Policy
For the protection of those that hold security clearances, please do not discuss or post online materials which you know or suspect to be under U.S. Government classification. Security clearances prohibit the handling or transmission of documents which exceed the classification level of the individual, or which are displayed outside of approved facilities or information mediums. While you may not be under such restrictions, your classmates might; your actions can have a detrimental effect on their ability to uphold their oaths, agreements, or pledges. When in doubt, please consult the instructor prior to discussion in class or online.
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