Just so that we are clear, work conflicts, medical appointments, being delayed by traffic, trips that you had planned before signing-up for class, not feeling well, and faulty alarm clocks are not the type of events that fall into the category of excused absences. A student wishing to observe a religious holy day must notify me in writing within the first week of class. Changes to the schedule may be made at my discretion and if circumstances require. I will do my best to notify you via email, in-class and with a hard copy of the changes. It is your responsibility to note these changes when announced. Changes made verbal in class carry the same weight as written instructions on Canvas. Readings must be completed for the day they are assigned on the course schedule. Be sure to read the book and take notes while reading; lectures are intended to complement(not duplicate) that information. Academic Integrity: University standards regulating academic integrity (e.g., cheating, plagiarism, etc.) are strictly enforced. Infractions may result in a zero for the assignment or a failing grade in the course. Please ask if you have questions or concerns.Plagiarism: is a serious offense in this course. Using the words and ideas of others is borrowing something from those individuals. It is always necessary to identify the original source of supporting information; you must cite the source of any material, quoted or paraphrased, used in your presentation. The absence of this documentation constitutes plagiarism–a serious academic and professional offense. Proper documentation requires a bibliography of any outside texts you have consulted including both traditional sources and on-line sources.
Putting your name on a piece of work indicates that the work is yours and that the praise or criticism is due to youand no one else. Putting your name on a piece of work in which any part is not yours, is plagiarism –unless the borrowed thought or wording is clearly marked and the work is fully identified. Keep in mind that plagiarism is a form of theft. Taking words, phrasing, or sentence structure, or any other element of another person’sideas, and using them as if they were your own, is stealing. Simply paraphrasing the work of another without acknowledging the information source is also plagiarism. Merely restating another individual’sideas in different words does not make the ideas yours. ALL presentations are to be your original work. Using speeches or presentations from previous semesters or other classes is still considered plagiarism. Your responsibility as a speaker is simply to distinguish between what are yourthoughts and ideas and what is not, and to credit those who have contributed to your presentation. Serious infractions of these rules will result in a failing grade in the course.These standards may seem subtle, so feel free to ask if you have questions or concerns.