POLICY STATEMENT and Student Responsibility Statement
(Note: This is not a contract)
English 302/Business Communication
I. ATTENDANCE POLICY:
Study after study has shown that student success in higher education is tied to daily attendance. From another viewpoint (the student's), perhaps it is enough to say, "you're paying for it, may as well get your money's worth." Any specific number of "allowed" absences is merely a kind of "worst case" scenario; that is, the ideal situation is not to miss class at all, or as seldom as possible, rather than dolling out "days off" to one's self.
Specifics: Each student will be permitted four(4) absences. Upon the fifth class absence, the student's daily grade (and thus, overall grade) will decline proportionately. Beyond six (6) absences may constitute grounds for failing the course, as this amounts to two full weeks of daily work.
NOTE: An "absence" is simply defined as "not being present." This instructor does not distinguish between "excused," "unexcused" or any other category. That is, "car trouble," oversleeping, personal conflicts are all of the same category -- simply an absence. Notifying me of such absences is courteous, but not necessary; nor does such notification transform your absence into an "excused" one. In short, in this policy, one absence is the same as another; I simply take attendance at the start of class time, and mark accordingly. At that point, a student is either present, or not.
"Tardiness" is defined as "more than ten minutes late to class." This, too, constitutes an absence, although the student is encouraged to stay for the hour, for his/her own benefit.
NOTE: Being physically "present" in class, but inattentive, working on other class materials, emailing/text messaging, will be considered an absence. I will not comment upon this or embarrass anyone, but simply mark it so -- an absence.
The sole exception to this policy regards extenuating circumstances. If you believe that your circumstances involve or include (immediate) family tragedies, serious personal illnesses which render you incapable of attending any ISU class, or other drastic situations beyond the student's control, then it is then the student's responsibility to alert me, and/or your academic advisor.
Other personal responsibility factors:
1. Please turn off all cell phones before class.
2. See "NOTE" above.
Please Note: All assignments, including daily and personal assignments, must be laser printed. This includes chapter exercises, group meeting reports, and individual reflections.
Also Note: I Do NOT accept email attachments of either late or on-time assignments, unless you receive permission from me personally, beforehand.
Academic Dishonesty, including Plagiarism
Academic dishonesty can take a variety of forms: cheating on exams; submitting work prepared by someone other than the student him/herself; knowingly assisting in such behavior. This dishonesty ultimately affects all of us at the university, diminishing our reputations, spoiling the reliability of academic output, and worst of all, degrading the value of a university diploma. I myself will not tolerate any such behavior, and depending on its severity, can result in either of the following: a. failure for the course; b. potential conviction (after summary investigation) under Student Disciplinary Regulations, Section 4.2.1 (AUJ).
Plagiarism is covered in several official university sites. It's definition is "unacknowledged use of the information, ideas, or phrasing of other writers, an offense comparable to fraud and theft, and it is so recognized by the copyright and patent laws...."
Plagiarism also includes the use (deceptively or even 'partially") of other students' class assignments/papers. It is a fundamental form of academic dishonesty, and your instructor has a zero tolerance policy.
I hold my students responsible to these standards and ethics. As more advanced students in your various disciplines, these standards should already be quite familiar to university students.
After reading all of the above, please sign and return a print-out of this page, so that mutual acknowledgement of these policies is clear.
I have read the above statements of policy for this course (English 302/Business Communications, Section 09/Spring, 2007). I fully understand the language and intent of these policies.
Student Name (print clearly)