- All due dates and times, as announced in class, are strict, to the second. If you believe your
work was delayed by truly exceptional circumstances, let me know as soon as those circumstances are
known to you and I will try to make a fair allowance. However, the default is that you get a zero if you
don’t turn in the work on time, and fail the class if you don’t turn it in at all (cf. Grade Components
- Although I expect students to attend all class meetings, I will not be taking attendance. If you
miss a class meeting, you are responsible for catching up on the lost material, including any important
announcements made in class, on your own. If you have a valid reason for missing a class, let me know
early and I will try to help you make up the class. There will be no make-up exams or quizzes. A
missed test earns zero credit. If you have a valid reason for missing a test, let me know as early as that
reason is known to you and I will make a fair allowance but there will be no make-up tests in any case.
- This course is based on an active learning format, so eﬀective classroom activities
are critical to its success. Students are expected to contribute to their own learning and that of their
classmates, and to devote 100% of their attention to these activities while in class. On a similar note, all
electronic and other distractions (computers, phones, assorted gizmos, etc.) must be completely silenced
and put away for the entire duration of the class. (Students who need any such devices for disability
accommodations should follow the guidelines outlined below. Others who need any accommodation in
this regard due to special circumstances should make advance arrangements with the instructor.) No
food or drink is allowed in class, other than water in a spill-proof container. Students who violate these
rules or otherwise cause distractions in class will be asked to leave with no warning; habitual violators
will face disciplinary action.
- All students are encouraged to make use of both the instructor’s and TA’s oﬃce hours to
further their learning, obtain assistance on homework assignments, obtain feedback on their class
performance, etc. However, oﬃce hours are not to be used as a substitute for attending and participating
in class meetings (see above). Similarly, assistance with homework assignments will be limited to what
is appropriate based on fairness to all; students are expected to demonstrate substantial eﬀort on the
assignment before seeking assistance.
- I may have to reschedule a few classes due to my other professional commitments. I will
make every attempt to minimize the number of such occurrences and to reschedule for a time that
works for most students. Further, I will make sure no student is penalized by such occurrences.
- (standard university wording): Academic dishonesty includes cheating, plagiarism and
all forms of misrepresentation in academic work, and is unacceptable at The University of Maine. As
stated in the University of Maine’s online undergraduate Student Handbook, plagiarism (the submission
of another’s work without appropriate attribution) and cheating are violations of The University of
Maine Student Conduct Code. An instructor who has probable cause or reason to believe a student
has cheated may act upon such evidence, and should report the case to the supervising faculty member
or the Department Chair for appropriate action.
- (standard university wording): If you have a disability for which you may be requesting an
accommodation, please contact Ann Smith, Director of Disabilities Services, 121 East Annex, 581-2319,
as early as possible in the term.
- (standard university wording): In the event of an extended disruption of normal
classroom activities, the format for this course may be modiﬁed to enable its completion within its
programmed time frame. In that event, you will be provided an addendum to the syllabus that will
supersede this version.