Requesting an Excused
The university has a set of defined procedures designed to ensure fairness
to all students in obtaining an "excused absence." I abide
by these procedures as adapted for the special circumstances of this
On normal class days no excused absences will be authorized.
When you are absent on days when assignments are due or exams
given, you will need to request an excused absence. University
policy requires that you do so in writing and "provide documentary
support for [your] assertion that absence resulted from one of the [approved]
causes"(emphasis added). There are thus several obligations if
you are going to be absent.
- Notify me as soon as feasible of your upcoming or recent absence
and provide documentation for the reason. I am serious about prompt
notification. In general you should notify me before your absence.
When that is not possible, you need to notify me as soon as you are
near a telephone or email. I have voice mail and email that provides
a time-stamped documentation of your notification
- You need to request the make-up (an excused absence) in writing
specifying the reason for your absence. The university has a limited
number of legitimate
reasons for absence and these are the ones I accept.
- You must document the validity of the reason you have provided
for the absence. Such documentation must be signed by an person who
testifies to the reason, and should contain information on contacting
(phone or email) someone who can verify the reason. Medical excuses
must be from licensed medical personnel, must contain contact information
for that personnel, and must indicate a condition requiring absence
not simply that you were seen by medical personnel. Please note
that it is now the policy of the University Health Center to no longer
provide documentation of illness. Thus, if you are ill enough that
you need to miss an exam or assignment due you will need to find medical
personnel that will provide such documentation.
Since the abstracts are primarily
designed to assist in your preparation for discussion and discussion
cannot be made up after an absence, and since documenting absences as
the University requires for make-up is too complicated for the value
of the assignment, I will use an alternative: I will collect abstracts
seven times during the semester (grading your best five). Abstracts
not handed in when I collect them cannot be made up. If you prefer the
documentation requirement to this method of make-up, please notify me
within the first week of class.
Late Papers and Incompletes
Papers are due at the beginning of class on due dates. Papers
handed in after that hour will have a grade assigned but no comments
made on them. If you have not handed in the paper by the last day of
class, or if you miss the final exam for any reason, you must contact
Klumpp within 48 hours and sign an incomplete form. Without it, your
grade will be calculated on the basis of an "F" on the missing
You are responsible for knowing the university’s
Code of Academic Integrity.
The principles governing that policy are two-fold:
- the work that I should mark as yours is
material that you have authored, and
- you have the responsibility to give recognition
to others whose work you incorporate in your projects.
You should review the university’s policy and
make certain that you implement these two principles, especially on
your web page work.
and Religious Observances
The University of Maryland accommodates students
with disabilities and
recognizes the rights of students to exercise
their religious rites. I ask only that you notify me during the
first week of classes if you have concerns in either of these areas
and require that I accommodate your needs in any way including alteration
in the due date or manner of completing assignments.
Since the opportunity to work in the classroom is so central to this course,
I am concerned that everyone assume responsibility for enhancing the learning
in the classroom. I prefer that you think of the necessary behavior as
common courtesy -- behaving so that if others do the same, the classroom
will be an environment for learning. Just in case, let me be more stern,
however. Following are some basic rules:
- No talking or whispering to other students. If you have something
to say, say it aloud and we will talk about it.
- Be on time for class. If you are late, sit in a chair as close to
the door as possible and avoid disruptive behavior.
- Do not plan to leave class early. If you must, sit close to the
door and leave with minimum disruption. If you have problems with
physiological needs, relieve them before class or hold them.
- Keep your verbal and nonverbal comments about the ideas of other
students considerate and be prepared to defend judgements that you
The University of Maryland subscribes to policies
requiring respect for other students, including policies pertaining
of Student Conduct. Those disrupting the class in any way will be
asked to leave the class after a first offense and to drop the course
after subsequent problems. Disruptive behavior is defined as any behavior
that distracts students concentrating on the normal operation of the
class. According to university rules, I am the final judge of
disruptive behavior in my classroom.
in the Classroom
Please observe the following with regard to electronic devices:
Audial electronics (watches, cell phones, computers, etc.) should
be turned off or silenced before all classes.
Cell phones and text messaging devices are potentially disruptive
and certainly inappropriate in the classroom. Those engaging them
during class time may be asked to leave the classroom. Similarly,
no ear phones may be worn during class. Your attention is important
to mastery of the subject matter of the class.
No laptops or other computers will be permitted in class. The most
successful students in this course have reproduced the notes available
on the website and modified them to reflect the material of class.
Those who find this too restrictive typically reserve time after
class to compose notes on class. I do not mind students taking notes
on things we discuss in class, but mastering facts and information
is only the first dimension of the material you need to get from
the class. So, do NOT let the taking of notes distract from a more
basic understanding of the communities and speeches we study. It
is for this reason, that I prohibit computers in class: I do not
wish for the things said in class to pass from your ear to your
fingertips without your brain engaged.
No disruptive audio or video recording will be allowed, and any
recording at all can occur only with my permission. That permission
will be granted only for extraordinary circumstances. Recording
is no substitute for attendance.
No electronic devices of any kind will be permitted on test days.