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Course Policies

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 http://blackboard.medaille.edu 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.

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. Students should consult the Medaille College Policy Manual, Volume VI, Paragraph 6.2.2.5, for full details on the college’s policy and procedures for handling formal charges of academic dishonesty.

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 four, 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  late, no change
  • 2 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. This course is all about experiences and the development of your understanding of those experiences. If you aren’t having those experiences, then you aren’t taking the course.

Beginning with your second 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.