Policies and Rules:
I hope our time together can be not only painless and informative, but also fun and interesting. However, I expect you to respect the following rules.
1) You must come to class prepared to discuss in detail the readings and topics assigned.
2) All written assignments must be typed with cover page, headings, double spaced, paginated and stapled.
3) Late papers / assignments will not be accepted, except by approval of the professor. Approval must be arranged ahead of time. You will lose 5 assignment grade-points per class session beyond the due date. Therefore, complete work as early as possible to accommodate unforeseen circumstances. Sometimes this means that shaky and on time is better than late and great.
3) If an emergency arises, it is your responsibility to advise me ASAP via voice or E-mail.
4) It is also your responsibility to respond to roll call during every class meeting to receive credit for the attendance and participation component.
5) It is expected that chauvinist language (racist, sexist, etc...) be avoided.
6) Automatic failure will result from cheating, submitting work prepared by another, or plagiarism.
7) Remain respectful of others, no disruptive behavior.
8) There are no late final projects!!!
9) Be advised that the out-of-class-time requirements for this course may seem heavy at times. As you read the syllabus, please pay close attention to these requirements. Make sure that your course load for this term and / or your job hours will permit you to devote the necessary time to be successful in this course.
Commitment to Diversity:
In our commitment to the furthering of knowledge and fulfilling our educational mission, California State University, San Bernardino seeks a campus climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the entire variety of human experience. In our commitment to diversity, we welcome people from all backgrounds and we seek to include knowledge and values from many cultures in the curriculum and extra-curricular life of the campus community. Dimensions of diversity shall include, but are not limited to, the following: race, ethnicity, religious belief, sexual orientation, sex/gender, disability, socioeconomic status, cultural orientation, national origin, and age. (CSU San Bernardino University Diversity Committee Statement of Commitment to Diversity, 1995).
Statement of Reasonable Accommodation:
The College of Education faculty fully support the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Faculty members will provide reasonable accommodations to any student with a disability who is registered with the Office of Services to Candidates with Disabilities and who needs and requests accommodations. Reasonable accommodations may involve allowing a student to use an interpreter, note taker or reader. Accommodations may be needed during class sessions and for administration of examinations. The intent of the ADA in requiring consideration of reasonable accommodation is not to give a particular student an unfair advantage over other Candidates, but simply to allow Candidates with disabilities to have an equal opportunity to be successful.
If you are in need of an accommodation for a disability in order to participate in this class, please let me know ASAP and also contact Services to Students with Disabilities at UH-183, (909) 537-5238.
University Policy on Academic Honesty:
Academic Honesty: “Plagiarism and cheating are violations of the Student Discipline Code and may be dealt with by both the instructor and the Judicial Affairs Officer. Plagiarism is the presentation as one’ own, the idea and writing of another. Plagiarism is academically dishonest and subjects the offending student to penalties up to and including expulsion. Students must make appropriate acknowledgements of the original source where material written or compiled by another is used.” (CSUSB Bulletin 2001-2002, p. 57)
“Definition of plagiarism/cheating: Plagiarism is the act of presenting the ideas and writings of another’s as one’s own. Cheating is the act of obtaining or attempting to obtain credit through use of any dishonest, deceptive, or fraudulent means. Cheating includes but is not limited to:
Copying, in part or in whole, from a test, software, or another evaluation instrument.
Submitting work previously graded in another course unless this has been approved by the course instructor or departmental policy. Submitting work simultaneously presented in two courses, unless this has been approved by both course instructors or by the department policies of both departments. Using or consulting during an examination sources or materials not authorized by the instructor. Altering or interfering with grading or grading instructions. Sitting for an examination by a surrogate, or as a surrogate. Any other act committed by a student in the course of his or her academic work, which defrauds or misrepresents, including aiding or abetting in any of the actions defined above.
Plagiarism is academically dishonest and makes the offending student liable to penalties up to and including expulsion. Student must make appropriate acknowledgements where material written or compiled by another is used.”
Source: CSUSB Faculty Senate: Policy and Procedures concerning Academic Dishonesty Education Policy and Resources Committee.
Instructor’s Academic Freedom Policy:
Some of the material dealt with in this class may be perceived as controversial or offensive to some students. While students are encouraged to respond to the material and to freely offer their opinions, if any student becomes uncomfortable with any of the topics, or finds any of the material questionable, that student is urged to see the instructor for discussion.
Any views or opinions presented in this course by the instructor are solely those of the instructor, and do not necessarily represent those of CSUSB or the CSU system. Academic freedom gives faculty the right to express their views — in speech, writing, and through electronic communication, both on and off campus — without fear of sanction, unless the manner of expression substantially impairs the rights of others or those views demonstrate that they are professionally ignorant, incompetent, or dishonest with regard to their discipline or fields of expertise.
Free inquiry and free speech are the cornerstones of an academic institution to the creation and transfer of knowledge. Expression of diverse points of view is of the highest importance, not solely for those who present and defend some view but for those who would hear, disagree, and pass judgment on those views. The belief that an opinion is pernicious, false, and in any other way despicable, detestable, offensive, or ‘just wrong’ cannot be grounds for its suppression.”