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Course Policies

These policies are mostly college-wide policies or at least policies applicable to both courses in this learning community. There is a slight difference is the way the two courses encourage attendance and timely submission of work, but the intent remains the same: come to class and submit your work on time.

Statement on Disabilities

Any student with a disability who believes he/she needs accommodation(s) in order to complete this course should contact Disability Services as soon as possible. The Coordinator will determine what accommodations are appropriate and reasonable under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Disability Services is located in the Main Building, Room H122, and can be reached by phone at (716) 566-3088.

Campus Emergency Closure

In the event of a campus emergency closure, please log onto your Blackboard course link at to continue with your course requirements and to communicate with your instructor. You should access this course link early in the semester to familiarize yourself with it. Report any access or usage problems to the course instructor.

That’s the official policy, and you should do it for those courses whose instructors use Blackboard. Because I use my own server for my course webs, you should look at this web ( and, even better, your email in the event of a campus emergency closure.

How to know what to do

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Academic Integrity

Medaille’s faculty and administration expect all students to complete their academic assignments with honesty and integrity. Students who engage in any form of academic dishonesty (e.g., plagiarism, cheating on a test, forging a signature or an entire college document) will be dealt with severely, with penalties ranging from an F on a given assignment to failing a course or even academic suspension. For formal charges of academic dishonesty, students should consult the relevant policies in the College catalogs and the Admissions handbooks, which are reviewed and updated regularly.

Course Attendance Policy

You should come to class. The main learning in this course will come from your opening your ears and eyes, your intensive, concentrated experiences, and your reflections on your experience. I’ll do my part to make it worth your while. I expect you to do your part to get something out of it.

In my experience, students who miss class also have other problems. I encourage you to keep me notified, especially via email, about your absences. I reserve the right to lower your final course grade for absences in excess of three, whether excused or not, including participation in athletic events.

If you know ahead of time that you are going to miss more than that many classes, especially because of sports team commitments, let me know ASAP.

  • 0 absences, add 2 points to final grade
  • 1 absence, add 1 point to final grade
  • 2 absences for any reason, no change
  • 3 or more absences for any reason, subtract 2 points from final grade for each absence

Timely completion of work

  • 1 or 2 late, no change
  • 3 or more late, subtract one point from final grade for each late assignment and one more for each late week

I can predict from experience that many of you are highly skilled procrastinators, so you’ll be happy to know that this course is a procrastinator’s delight. There are more than a dozen deadlines, that many occasions for you to procrastinate. However, doing an assignment at the last minute before it is due is very different from doing it late. In this course, you can revise all your written work, so there is even less reason not to send whatever you have when it is due.

Beginning with your third missed deadline, I will deduct one point from your final course grade. I will deduct another point for each week it continues to be late.