Course Policies and Standards
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 course.
On normal class days no excused absences will be authorized.
When you are absent on days when you are due to report or assignments are due or for the final exam, 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.
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 material.
You are responsible for knowing the university’s Code of Academic Integrity. The principles governing that policy are two-fold:
In our society's unique mix of individuality and cooperation, learning how to walk the often fine line between work for which you have responsibility and work that is shared is vitally important. In our system of education you are graded on your own work, not that of others. At the same time, I am requiring that you work with fellow students in researching and reporting on the speeches and I encourage you do to so in reviewing for exams. So where do you draw the line?
In your group reports and bibliography, I am assuming that the principles of "own work" applies to the corporate work of the group. Thus, just as handing in the product of paper mills would be wrong for your individual papers, it would be for your group. But share fully and freely among members of the group. The grade will be on the group's product. On group study for the exam, all such study is acceptable.
Obviously things like handing in a paper you have purchased from internet sources or "paper mills" violates principles of academic integrity. So does bringing information into exams in forms other than memories and judgments in your head. But there are other important things you need to know and develop a feel for such as when to cite the work of others in papers and when information can be used without being attributed. The guidelines of the university policy will assist with your mastering that. I will be more than happy to assist at any time during the semester. If any of these suggestions or the University's material is unclear, I urge you to ask me. The responsibility for understanding academic integrity is yours.
Please, please do not take this issue lightly. It is my obligation
as a professor and my ethical obligation as an academic to report any
cases directly to the Student Honor Council and I will not hesitate
to do so.
Disabilities 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.
The University of Maryland subscribes to policies requiring respect for other students, including policies pertaining to nondiscrimination, sexual harassment and Code 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.
Electronic Devices in the Classroom
Please observe the following with regard to electronic devices: