Graduate Course Policies

Course Work Standards

  • Students are expected to actively participate in all class activities. This means fully cooperating with other students, thoroughly completing course assignments, and regularly speaking during discussions. If the instructor feels a student is not meeting these criteria, the student’s grade will be docked accordingly.
  • All course papers must be produced using a word processor or web page creation program.

Course Deadlines

Since sharing written and other materials in class will be an important part of this course, meeting deadlines is critical. Therefore, work that is turned in late will be lowered by one letter grade. Overdue work will not receive credit if it is more than one class session late. Missed daily work may not be made up. Exceptions to this rule will only be made at the instructor’s discretion in extenuating circumstances. 

: Since the course schedule may need to be revised during the semester, assignment deadlines announced in class have precedence over the ones listed on this syllabus.

Course Misconduct

The world of the professional scholar depends on academic honesty. Not only is plagiarism shunned, but, in fact, the exact opposite is valued: the more references you know as a scholar, the more usefully your own work can be integrated with other people’s. Here at IUP, students caught cheating, plagiarizing, or in some other way violating IUP university policies will be disciplined accordingly, including potentially failing the course or being expelled from the university. For more information, please consult IUP’s “Academic Integrity Policy and Procedures.”

Disability Support Services

Any student with a disability who may require an accommodation for this class should be sure to document their disability with the IUP Disability Support Services office (Advising & Testing Center, 216 Pratt Hall, 724-357-4067, Please request the Disability Support Services office to send me a letter, confirming your registration with their office and the accommodations you qualify for. Also, please schedule to meet or communicate with me as soon as possible in order to discuss your accommodation needs for this class.

Maintaining Student Safety

Indiana University of Pennsylvania and its faculty are committed to assuring a safe and productive educational environment for all students.  In order to meet this commitment and to comply with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and guidance from the Office for Civil Rights, the University requires faculty members to report incidents of sexual violence shared by students to the University’s Title IX Coordinator.  The only exceptions to the faculty member’s reporting obligation are when incidents of sexual violence are communicated by a student during a classroom discussion, in a writing assignment for a class, or as part of a University-approved research project.

Faculty members are obligated to report sexual violence or any other abuse of a student who was, or is, a child (a person under 18 years of age) when the abuse allegedly occurred to the Department of Human Services (1-800-932-0313) and University Police (724-357-2141).

Information regarding the reporting of sexual violence and the resources that are available to victims of sexual violence is set forth at: 

Course Syllabus Disclaimer

While this syllabus is as complete and accurate as possible, all dates are subject to change. The instructor of this course may make changes to this syllabus, including grading criteria, if the instructor determines that the educational needs of the students enrolled in this course require that the syllabus be changed. Students will be notified by the instructor of any changes that need to be made to this syllabus and how those changes will better meet the students’ educational needs.