Late Work. Given the fast-moving nature of the class, with one week’s work building on the next and the necessity of ongoing engagement with one another’s thinking and writing, late work is deeply problematic to the effective functioning of the group community and strongly discouraged. All exercises, presentations, written work, and other assigned activities are due on the assigned date. Absent explicit prior arrangement with the instructor, exercises will be docked a full letter grade if submitted late, and will receive an F if submitted more than one week late. The same holds for the final, reflective statement, the only exceptions being Religious Observances (see below). Presentations may not be made up if missed–it is your responsibility to schedule yourself on a date without a known conflict.
Attendance. Attendance is required, and is a key component of the Participation portion of your final grade [see Requirements]. Regarding inclement weather, official closures and delays are announced on the campus Web site and snow phone line (301-405-SNOW) as well as local radio and TV stations.
Religious Observances. The University of Maryland policy “Assignments and Attendance on Dates of Religious Observance” states that students should not be penalized in any way for participation in religious observances and that, whenever feasible, they be allowed to make up academic assignments that are missed due to such absences. It is the student’s responsibility to inform the instructor of any intended absences for religious observances in advance and that early prior notification is especially important in connection with final examinations, since failure to reschedule a final examination before the conclusion of the final examination period may result in loss of credits during the semester.
Accommodations for Students with Disabilities. The University is legally obligated to provide appropriate accommodations for students with documented disabilities. In order to ascertain what accommodations may need to be provided, students with disabilities should inform the instructors of their needs at the beginning of the semester. They will make arrangements with the student to determine and implement appropriate academic accommodations. Student should also register with Disability Support Services (DSS) (301-314-7682).
Academic Integrity. The University supports a student-administered Code of Academic Integrity and an Honor Pledge. The Code prohibits students from cheating on exams, plagiarizing papers, submitting the same paper for credit in two courses without authorization, buying papers, submitting fraudulent documents, and forging signatures. All students in the class are expected to abide by the letter and spirit of this Code.