Property (A2) (Fall 2015)
You should be familiar with the following
rules and any others I mention in class.
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 final
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.
Attendance is mandatory, as is preparation. Class discussion is crucial
to your understanding of the materials.
- Attendance on Class Discussion Days:
- For any class you miss, 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.
- inability to attend class because of religious observance on a religious holiday. (You may see the University policy here);
- other reasons to be considered on a case-by-case basis. For example, if you are too sick to attend class, that would be an excused absence.
- Up to five unexcused absences are permitted. 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.
- NOTE: An absence on one of the days on which an in-class exam is scheduled can be excused only as described below (see “Attendance on In-Class Exam Days”)
- Attendance on In-Class Exam Days:
- You must attend on all of these days. There will be three. The dates are Tuesday, September 8 (2:00 pm); Thursday, Oct. 1 (2:00 pm), and Monday, November 9 (2:00 pm). The exams will be administered through our anonymous grading system.
- Unexcused Failure to Attend on an Exam Day: A student will receive a failing grade for any exam given on a date the student fails to attend without being previously excused.
- Illness or Emergency Before the Exam Day: A student who is ill or has an emergency prior to the beginning of an In-Class Exam Day must notify the Dean of Students prior to the start of the class, provide supporting documentary or other evidence, and request to be excused. If the student is excused, the Dean of Students will arrange for the student to do the exam or an alternate as soon as possible thereafter. However, a student who is excused from attending but decides nonetheless to attend and begin or continue the exam waives the excuse and will be graded based on his or her performance that day.
- Illness or Emergency During In-Class Exam Day: A student who becomes ill or has an emergency during an in-class exam and is unable to continue should immediately notify the proctor and the Dean of Students, and request to be excused. All cases caused by medical emergency must be documented by competent medical personnel in writing or in a direct telephone conversation between the physician and the Dean of Students. If the student is excused, and does not in fact complete the exam, the Dean of Students will arrange for the student to do the exam or an alternate as soon as possible thereafter.
- Excuse After Missing an Exam Day: A student who requests to be excused after failure to attend on such a day must submit a written request to the Dean of Students. Approval will be granted only in unusual circumstances for compelling reasons that justify failure to request in advance that the absence be excused. Such reasons include serious personal illness requiring the care of a physician and death or serious illness in the student’s immediate family or household, such that a request to be excused prior to the exam could not have been submitted. If an excused absence is granted, the Dean of Students will arrange for the student to do the exam or an alternate as soon as possible thereafter.
- Please arrive on time. It’s better to aim for at least a few minutes early so you can get settled.
- Please don’t talk during class except to participate. I welcome class participation, but side conversations -- even whispering, even if it’s about class-related materials -- disturbs other students around you, as well as me.
- Please bring all materials assigned for a given day. That will typically be your casebook, and in many instances also the supplementary materials. I will expect you to have them with you and be able to refer to them when I call on you.
- Please don’t let any electronic device you bring make any noise in class. You’re welcome to bring your cell phones, blackberries, laptops, etc. into the classroom, but you need to make sure that any electronic device you have doesn’t create a disturbance in class. This means:
- Before each class, turn off cell phone or set it to vibrate.
- Set your laptop to start running silently, with no sound sequence when it starts up.
- If you arrive late, don’t turn your laptop on unless you’re certain it will make no noise when you start it. If you’re not certain it will start silently then take your notes by hand that day.
- If an electronic device of yours does go off during the class, please come up and see me after class to let me know what you’ll do to prevent it from happening again.
- Please use your laptop in class only for class purposes such as note taking. Using your laptop for other purposes, such as playing games or sending or receiving instant messages or e-mail, is inconsistent with the class. It distracts students around you and makes you unprepared when I call on you, which slows down the class.
- Please don’t leave class before it’s over, even briefly, unless it’s really urgent. Coming and going during class, like arriving late, distracts everyone, including me. Occasional instances where someone has to step out for an urgent need won’t be a problem, but if it starts happening too often I will impose a requirement that anyone leaving before class is over not return for the rest of the class, which will at least cut the disruption in half.
Your final grade will consist of points earned on the final exam, which will be closed book; points earned on the in-class exams (see above); and class participation, which can raise your grade but not lower it. Once your final grade is determined this way, I may lower it as indicated above for excessive absences.
You may tape the class only with my prior permission.
If you believe that you have or might 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. The Acting Coordinator of Disability Services is Jessie Howell (305-284-1924; email firstname.lastname@example.org).
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