Tardinessis not okay. It’s disruptive for me and your classmates. If you arrive to class late, be aware of the following:More than 15 minutes late, you will be marked as absent for that dayLate for quizzes or in-class activities = zero pointsLate on speech days reduces your overall speech gradeRepeated tardiness will count against your participation pointsGetting up and leavingduring class time is disruptive and not appropriate. Please planyour bathroom//phone/text breaks for before or after class. Getting up and leaving duringa speech and/or between speeches is extremely disrespectful and will not be tolerated. Classroom Respect: This course is grounded in a theme of civility. Civility is the “care and concern for others, the thoughtful use of words and language, and the flexibility to see many sides of an issue” (Griffin, 2009, p. 5). This classroom will be a civil environment where all students can engage in the sharing of ideas and dialogue with one another about issues that are important to us. To facilitate this process, I request that you Maintain respect for one another in the class, regardless of different opinions, values, or other group differences.Give one another equal opportunity for discussion.Practice good listening skills. This means no texting, talking, doodling, sleeping, eating, etc. during class.Refrain from using any degrading or offensive language. Consider the effects of yourlanguage choices.Laptops, cell phones & such may not be used in this class unless indicated.Please turn off and put away ALL electronic devices and set all ringers to “silent” (not “vibrate”) before class begins. Using your devices in class without permission will incur consequences, including being asked to leave and your final grade will be reduced by up to 2.5%each time you engage in these sorts of behaviors.Blackboard is a component to this course. It is your responsibility to know how to access and interact with it. Check the Blackboard site often! This is where announcements, course material, discussion points, and course updates will be posted. McGraw-Hill Connectis an online resource accessible via Blackboard. Following our in-class review, it is your responsibility to know how to access and interact with the Connect site. Due dates for Connect quizzes are listed in your syllabus and will be made available on our Blackboard site.Grade Disputes and Grievance Policy:I put much thought and effort into grading. If you have a warranted disagreement with my grading on a specific assignment, please 4
follow these standards. First, you must wait 24 hours before contacting me. Second, you must contact me within seven days of receiving your grade. Third, you must present me with a written list of reasons as to why you believe your grade did not reflect how your work met the requirements of the assignment. This list should be clear and concise, focus on the work, and address the criteria of the assignment. This list should NOT contain issues relating to your personal life, etc.
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