International Human Rights Law (Fall 2014)

Professor Schnably

Ground Rules

You should be familiar with the following rules and any others I mention in class.


Seating Chart:

I will pass around a seating chart on the first day of class.  You must be on the seating chart to receive credit for the course. If you are not on the seating chart, I will not turn in a grade for you at the end of the semester, even if you take the exam. It is your responsibility to see to it that your name is on the seating chart. You must sit in your assigned seat for each class. If you would like to move to a different seat after the first day, just let me know and I’ll be happy to adjust the seating chart.

You must be on the seating chart to receive credit for the course. If you are not on the seating chart, I will not turn in a grade for you at the end of the semester, even if you take the exam. It is your responsibility to see to it that your name is on the seating chart.

Attendance:

Attendance is mandatory, as is preparation. Class discussion is crucial to your understanding of the materials.

In-class exercises. There will be five in-class role-playing exercises. Each student will do one. The dates will be announced in advance, and you will have a chance to express a first and second preference, though I can’t guarantee that it will be accommodated. You must attend on the date on which you are doing an in-class exercise. An unexcused absence on that date will result in lowering your final grade one step. Any request for an excused absence must either be submitted one week prior to the date of the class and approved by me, or if submitted later than that (including after the class) must be accompanied by an explanation as to why the request for an excused absence was not submitted earlier, as well as the reason for the absence (and, where appropriate, documentation). My judgment in each case (based on the form you file with the Dean of Students Office) is final. As to what might excuse an absence, see below.

Other days. No more than five unexcused absences are permitted. You may not count an absence on a date on which you are scheduled to do the in-class exercise as one of these five. If you have more than five unexcused absences, I may lower your grade for the course by half a grade. So long as your unexcused absences number five or fewer, being absent will have no effect on your grade. Of course, if you are absent you will miss the class discussion that day, and that may have an indirect impact. There is no set limit on excused absences (e.g., for illness), but if the number of excused absences becomes so great that in my judgment it calls into question whether you could learn the material covered in the course, I would talk to you and consult with the Dean of Students, and then reach a conclusion as to whether you may continue being enrolled in my class.

Procedure in case of absence: If you are absent for any class, you must file an absence form with the Dean of Students, which you can do on-line. It’s fine to e-mail me as well, but you must submit the Dean of Students form in any case.

  • I will determine whether the absence is excused or unexcused. As for what constitutes an excused absence, these include: My judgment in each case (based on the form you file with the Dean of Students Office) is final. No absence will be excused for any date the student is not present if the student does not file a form with the Dean of Students Office. You should file the form before the date you will be absent, if possible, or within a few days afterwards.

    You must be on the seating chart to receive credit for the course. If you are not on the seating chart, I will not turn in a grade for you at the end of the semester, even if you take the exam. It is your responsibility to see to it that your name is on the seating chart. You must sit in your assigned seat for each class.

    Class conduct:

    Taping classes:

    You may tape the class only with my prior permission.

    Disability:

    If you believe that you have a disability that might affect your ability to comply with any of these ground rules, or might require an accommodation in any other respect, please contact the Office of Disability Services.

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