Syllabus Elements

Suggested Elements to Include on Your Syllabus: 

Academic Honesty

Any work submitted that is not the product of the student who has their name on the work, which would include work taken from any other sources and not properly noted or cited, is plagiarized work and will be prosecuted according to university standards.  Any sign of cheating in any way on any course exams or assignments will be addressed directly, according to university standards.  If you do not understand what plagiarism is, or what cheating entails, you must seek information regarding this matter from the current University Catalog and from me.  The consequences of plagiarism begin with a failing grade on the work, and possibly a failing grade in the course, depending upon university action.

 It is the expressed expectation of this instructor that all students demonstrate integrity and individual responsibility in all actions related to this course.  Unethical behavior of any kind is unacceptable and will be prosecuted vigorously.

Academic Integrity.

 Any work submitted that is not the product of the student who has their name on the work, which would include work taken from any other sources and not properly noted/cited, work not originally produced by the student, and/or work fabricated by a student, is plagiarized work or considered cheating and will be prosecuted according to university standards. If you do not understand what plagiarism is, you must seek information regarding this matter in the University Catalog. Prosecution will begin with a failing grade on the work, and possibly a failing grade in the course, depending upon university action. The policy on academic integrity and other resources related to student conduct can be found at: http://www.csuchico.edu/sjd/integrity.shtml. It is the expressed expectation of this instructor that all students demonstrate integrity and individual responsibility in all actions related to this course. Unethical behavior of any kind is unacceptable and will be prosecuted vigorously.

Honesty and Integrity.

Students are expected to demonstrate integrity and individual responsibility in all actions related to this course. Any sign of cheating on assignments or exams will be addressed promptly through proper university channels. If you do not understand what constitutes academic dishonesty, please review the University Catalog. Plagiarism means using the ideas or language of another as though they were your own and without giving proper credit. Sentences or phrases identical to those found in your source should be placed in quotation marks and attributed by a citation to the source. Even paraphrasing the words, ideas or information of another can constitute plagiarism when not properly attributed. When in doubt, over-cite. Plagiarism is grounds for failure in this course as well as disciplinary action by the university. Please note that, in this class, plagiarism encompasses using your own work if that work was submitted for credit in another class.

Accessibility 

If you have any disability related needs in terms of taking exams or other accommodations, please contact Disability Support Service (Colusa Hall 898-5959 or campus information 898-INFO for directions) on campus to obtain the appropriate documentation.  Afterwards, come by my office and identify your needs within the first two weeks of class so that any necessary arrangements can be made.

Add/ Drop Policy

Students may drop this course during the first two weeks of the semester without restriction or instructor approval.  Students may add if room is available through the instructor only.  During the 3rd and 4th weeks of classes, Change of Program (COP) forms are needed to add/drop, and require the instructor's signature.  After the 4th week of classes, all COP forms to add/drop require a serious and compelling reason (see University Catalog) and require approval signatures from the instructor, department chair, and dean of the college.  Do not assume you will be automatically dropped for not attending class; however, failure to attend the first two days may lead to being dropped.  It is your responsibility to make a commitment to dropping or staying in class by the second week.  If you do not follow the appropriate drop procedure, you risk getting a failing grade for the class.

Grade Distribution 

A = 94 – 100%

C = 74 – 76%

A- = 93 – 90%

C- = 73 – 70%

B+ = 87 – 89%

D+ = 67 – 69%

B = 84 – 86%

D = 60 – 66%

B = 84 – 86%

F = 59% and below

C+ = 77 – 79%