Policies

Technology Assistance

If you encounter issues with your computer or accessing Blackboard, please contact Texas Tech IT Help Central at 806-742-HELP(4357) or ithelpcentral@ttu.edu.

 

Software Use

All faculty, staff and students of the university are required and expected to obey laws and legal agreements governing software use. Failure to do so can lead to monetary damages and/or criminal penalties for the individual violator. Because such violations are also against University policies and rules, disciplinary action will be taken as appropriate.

 

Academic Integrity

It is the aim of the faculty of Texas Tech University to foster a spirit of complete honesty and a high standard of integrity. The attempt of students to present as their own any work that they have not honestly performed is regarded by the faculty and administration as a serious offense and renders the offenders liable to serious consequences, possibly suspension. Additional information regarding academic integrity can be found on pages 57 – 58 of the Texas Tech University Undergraduate Catalog.

  •  Cheating: Dishonesty on examinations and quizzes or on written assignments, illegal possession of examinations, the use of unauthorized notes during an examination or quiz, obtaining information during an examination from the examination paper or otherwise from another student, assisting others to cheat, alteration of grade records, illegal entry to or unauthorized presence in an office are instances of cheating.
  • Plagiarism: Offering the work of another as one’s own, without proper acknowledgment, is plagiarism; therefore, any student who fails to give credit for quotations or an essentially identical expression of material taken from books, encyclopedias, magazines, and other reference works, or from the themes, reports, or other writings of a fellow student, is guilty of plagiarism.
  •  Collusion: The unauthorized collaboration with another person in preparing academic assignments offered for credit or collaboration with another person to commit a violation of any section of the rules on scholastic dishonesty.

As a result of completing registration at Texas Tech University, every student agrees to the following statement: “I understand that Texas Tech University expects its students to be honest in all their academic work. I agree to adhere to this commitment to academic honesty, and understand that my failure to comply with this commitment may result in disciplinary action up to and including expulsion from the University.”

  •  Any violation of academic honesty will result in a 0 on the assignment and you will not have the opportunity to make up the points. Serious offenses (as determined by the instructor) will be taken to Student Judicial Programs.

 

Civility in the Classroom

Students are expected to assist in maintaining a classroom environment that is conducive to learning. To foster an ideal learning environment, students are expected to be punctual, courteous, and respectful. Students are expected to share their opinions and feedback in a manner that is constructive and beneficial. It is expected that students will attend class with a positive attitude and eagerness to help each other succeed in the course. No cell phone use – including texting – will be permitted. Please leave your cell phones in your office or in your bag. There is no reason to have them out in class.While it is tempting to check e-mail, Facebook, or surf the Web, these activities will not be permitted during class lectures, unless specifically asked to do so as a part of the course discussion or assignments.

 

Students with Disabilities

Students, who, because of a disability, may require special arrangements in order to meet the course requirements, should contact the instructor as soon as possible to make any necessary arrangements. Students should present appropriate verification from Student Disability Services during the instructor’s office hours. Please note, instructors are not allowed to provide classroom accommodations to students until appropriate verification has been provided. For additional information, students may contact the Student Disability Services office at 335 West Hall or 742-2405.

 

Student Resolution Center

The Student Resolution Center is available to assist students with any conflict or problem that has to do with being a student at Texas Tech University. The office is in 024 East Basement Student Union Building or call 742-SAFE.

 

Course and Classroom Policies

The instructor reserves the right to modify the course syllabus, schedule and/or policies at any time during the semester. Such modifications will be announced to students during class or via Blackboard, the class website and/or email. It is the student’s responsibility to stay informed of these announcements and to contact the instructor to clarify any discrepancies or misunderstandings. Assignments may be postponed for a few days; however, I will never move a due date forward.


 

Attendance

Excused absences are permitted for officially approved trips (such as research conferences) or religious observance with written prior notification (p. 50-51, The Texas Tech University Catalog).Only students with excused absences are allowed to make up points for discussion/participation. No late assignments will be accepted without prior approval of the instructor. If approved, missed assignments must be completed within two days of returning to class. If you are ill or an emergency occurs, contact the instructor prior to the scheduled class time; otherwise, your attendance and participation are firm expectations.

On-Campus Students

  • In order to get the most out of this class experience, it is vital that you attend all class meetings. Much of the class is designed around discussion and participation. This course is most beneficial when all students attend and actively participate.
  •  If a student will be absent, he or she must notify the instructor PRIOR to the absence either by telephone or e‐mail. Students are responsible for obtaining any information they miss; ask a fellow student for notes.
  •  If you know you will be gone and have prior instructor approval, you can complete the discussion question online to earn participation points.

Distance Students

  • Your participation in this course will be assessed through your responses to daily discussion questions posted to the class blog. You are required to post a response to the question and/or provide a response to someone else’s comment. This dialog is the cornerstone of social media. Your responses should be several sentences long to demonstrate your grasp of the topic and ability to provide thoughtful input.
  •  Only one discussion question will be posted each day so you cannot post earlier than when the question is made available.
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