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Course Policies

Academic Honesty

I adhere to James Madison University’s Honor Code. Below is an EXCERPT but you should visit www.jmu.edu/honor/code.shtml for more information. Do not hesitate to ask should you have ANY questions. Individuals/groups caught will be punished.

“Students shall observe complete honesty in all academic matters. Violations of the Honor Code include, but are not limited to, taking or attempting to take any of the following actions:

  • Using unauthorized materials or receiving unauthorized assistance during an examination or in connection with any work done for academic credit. Unauthorized materials may include, but are not limited to, notes, textbooks, previous examinations, exhibits, experiments, papers or other supplementary items.
  • Giving false or misleading information regarding an academic matter.
  • Copying information from another student during an examination.
  • Rendering unauthorized assistance to another student by knowingly permitting him or her to see or copy all or a portion of an examination or any work to be submitted for academic credit.”

Office Hours and Electronic Communication:

Monday through Thursday from 9am to 10am Eastern Standard Time (EST), I will hold virtual office hours in blackboard via Elluminate. Office hours are also available via appointment. Elluminate is our preferred choice for office hours because it is free, easily accessible via blackboard and has many benefits. Elluminate allows us to live chat like instant messenger, audio chat, share files, share desktop screens, the whole class can be involved and other features.

I will also check my email regularly between 8am and 5pm. I will respond to most emails immediately and within 24 hours at the latest.

Student Concerns and/or Accommodations:

If you need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability, you should contact the Office of Disability Services (Wilson Hall, Room 107, www.jmu.edu/ods, 540-568-6705)  if you have not previously done so. Disability Services will provide you with an Access Plan Letter that will verify your need for services and make recommendations for accommodations to be used in the classroom. Once you have presented me with this letter, you and I will sit down and review the course requirements, your disability characteristics, and your requested accommodations to develop an individualized plan, appropriate for (class number).

JMU abides by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act, which mandate reasonable accommodations be provided for students with documented disabilities. If you have a disability and may require some type of instructional and/or examination accommodations, please contact me early in the semester so that I can provide or facilitate provision of accommodations you may need. If you have not already done so, you will need to register with the Office of Disability Services, the designated office on campus to provide services for students with disabilities. The office is located in Wilson Hall, Room 107 and you may call 540-568-6705 for more information.

Religious Observation Accommodations:

All faculty are required to give reasonable and appropriate accommodations to students requesting them on grounds of religious observation. The faculty member determines what accommodations are appropriate for his/her course. Students should notify the faculty by no later than the end of the Drop-Add period the first week of the semester of potential scheduled absences and deter­mine with the instructor if mutually acceptable alternative methods exist for completing the missed classroom time, lab or activity.

Grade Disputes:

If you wish to dispute a received grade, you must submit your grade dispute in writing within one week of receiving the grade in question.

Weather:

Decisions to close university operations will be made by the President or a designee. If the decision to close is made, announcements will be made on JMU radio station 1610AM, on the JMU Home Page on the World Wide Web and on area radio and television stations. When it is necessary to cancel classes due to weather or other emergency, we will hold class electronically, using. Blackboard. Please check Blackboard if class is cancelled for assignments. Additionally, the university may be forced to cancel or reschedule final examinations. Decisions to close university operations will be made by the President, or a designee. If the decision to close the university and reschedule final examinations is made, announcements will be made as noted above. When the university closes due to weather or other type of emergency, faculty will administer regularly scheduled examinations at a time designated by the university. The official make up time will be designated as part of the closing announcement. Unless otherwise notified, examination locations will be the same as the location for the regularly scheduled exam. If it is determined that exams cannot be given because of inclement weather or other emergency, faculty will assign final grades to students based on the exams, tests and projects completed prior to the regularly scheduled exam date.

 

Writing Guidelines:

Keep it simple. Identify yourself, the course, section, assignment and meeting time on the paper. You should use 12 point font, double-spaced and one inch margins all around. I don’t care which format (Chicago, APA, MLA, etc) you utilize but please pick one and be consistent. Default to specific assignment guidelines if they differ.

Resources:

James Madison University has an amazing amount of quality services available to you as a student. Career & Academic Planning, Counseling and Student Development Center, University Health Center Outreach & Prevention Services and the Learning Resource Centers just to name a few.

Communication Center: http://www.jmu.edu/crc

Writing Center: http://www.jmu.edu/uwc/

Library Service for Distance Learning: http://www.lib.jmu.edu/distance

Computing Resources: http://www.jmu.edu/computing/

Drop/Add:

Students are responsible for registering for and/or dropping classes and for verifying their class schedules on e-campus.

Living Document:

The syllabus is a work in progress and subject to change. You will be notified of any changes.

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