the material and your success in the course. In addition, as a graduate course, this is aprofessional course, and you are expected to conduct yourself in a professional manner, whichincludes good attendance. If you are alive, you need to be here. To be considered present, youmust be in class on time, participate in all class activities, and remain in class for the entire period.
If dire circumstances cause you to miss class, let me know and I will work with you.
The only excused absence is a university sanctioned one. Extra-curricular (non-academic) activities, studying for another course, breaking up with a boyfriend /girlfriend, and very many similar issues are not sufficient cause to miss this class orto be late with an assignment.
Excessive absences will lower your final grade: after one absence (which is theequivalent to one week in a longer semester), you will lose one letter grade for eachadditional absence.
At three or more absences, you will fail the course. (three weeks of instruction)
Missing class the day an assignment is due does not automatically mean you getmore time to complete that assignment.
If you arrive at class after your name is called, you are tardy. Two tardies equal oneunexcused absence.
Because the summer session is so short and moves so quickly, I will not take your formal essayslate. The only exception is a
catastrophe in your life. There are no other exceptions tothis rule.
Graduate work relies heavily on access to computers, specific software, and the Internet. At somepoint during the semester you WILL have a problem with technology: your laptop will crash, a filewill become corrupted, a server will go down, or something else will occur
These are facts, notemergencies. Technology problems are no excuse for unfinished work. Count on "stuff" happeningand protect yourself by doing the following: Plan ahead – start early, particularly if scarceresources are required. Save work often – at least every ten minutes. Make regular backups of files in a different location from the originals. Save drafts of work at multiple stages. When editingan image, set aside the original and work with a copy. Practice safe computing when surfing theweb and checking email. On your personal computer, install and use software to control virusesand malware.
In general, treat each other and me with respect and follow simple standards of common courtesy.Here are a few specifics:
all cell phones or other electronic communication devices and place them out of sight (in a bag, purse, pocket) while in class.
Please do not bring food to class (it can be highly disruptive). If you wish to have a drink, as Iwill usually have one, please make sure it has a secure lid.
When group work is assigned in class, you must work in a group, not as an individual.
During group work time, please stay on task and work cooperatively with other group members.