Graduate Course Policies

Creating a Welcoming Environment

I want to make sure all students feel welcome, included, and safe in this course. If you ever feel there is a problem that is preventing you from learning in this or any IUP course, please speak to me right away so we can figure out a solution. I also hope you will help me to make sure that all students in our course feel safe and encouraged to learn and participate together. You can help me to make all students feel welcome, so please do.

To get a better sense of Dr. Pagnucci’s desire to create a welcoming course environment, here is my personal statement about my efforts to make this course and the university more welcoming for students:

In addition, here is some valuable information about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) which you may find useful:

IUP Land and Complex History Acknowledgment Statement

It’s important to acknowledge that Indiana University of Pennsylvania occupies lands originally inhabited by the Lenape, Shawnee, and Hodinöhšönih—the Six Nations (Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Onödowága:’, Cayuga, and Tuscarora).

We acknowledge that this land has long served as a site of meeting and exchange among Indigenous peoples including the Osage, Erie, Iroquois, Lenape, Munsee, Shawnee, Allegany, and the Susquehannock tribal nations. We acknowledge the painful history of genocide and forced removal from this place, and honor and respect the many diverse Indigenous peoples still connected to this land. We acknowledge that this place was founded upon exclusion and erasures of many Indigenous peoples. The purpose of land acknowledgements is to recognize and remember the violent histories and legacies of settler colonialism. Today, we work to weave connections and create coalitions for justice. In so doing, we also acknowledge the labor and sacrifice of those who built up this land and our nation, and we acknowledge the ideas of thinkers who came before us and upon whose insights and actions we can continue to build.

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 and Late Course Work

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.

Note: 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.

IUP’s Department for Disability Access and Accommodations (D2A2)

Any student with special needs or a disability who may require an accommodation for this class should register with IUP’s Department for Disability Access and Accommodations (D2A2). Please email disability-access@iup.edu or call at 724-357-4067.

This office offers evaluation and support for students with disabilities. Please request that D2A2 send me a letter confirming your registration with their office and outlining the accommodations for which you qualify. Also, please schedule to meet with me as soon as possible in order for us to discuss any accommodations you may need for this class. I’m happy to help you.

D2A2 provides access to the university’s education and services as mandated by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act. The D2A2 office serves as an advocate for students with disabilities. I will work with D2Arecommendations to provide support for any students with disabilities in any of my courses. Please register with the D2A2 if you are a student with special needs. The office staff will help me to work with you to meet your needs.

Maintaining Student Safety: IUP University Police 724-357-2141

Your safety is of the utmost importance to me. I will work hard to make sure that our classroom is a safe learning environment. However, it is always possible for an unexpected crisis to occur. If there is ever a time in which you feel unsafe in our classroom, please inform the instructor immediately. If that is not possible or danger seems imminent, please immediately call IUP University Police: 724-357-2141.

I recommend that you put this number in the favorites list of your cell phone to have it for quick access. Even if police assistance ends up not being needed, it is much better to err on the side of safety and call if you feel unsafe rather than risk delay in requesting police help when it is needed. The police can also get medical assistance if that is needed. While as your instructor I too will call the police if a situation warrants it, it is possible that I might be unable to call while dealing with the situation. If you ever feel personally unsafe or know another student is in danger, then please don’t hesitate to call the police. It is always better to act and be mistaken than to hesitate and wish you had acted sooner.

Let me note that as an instructor, I have personally experienced some crisis situations, and so I am recommending from experience that you always be ready to call the police in any situation in which you feel unsafe. If you ever think to yourself, “maybe I should call the police,” you should call right then without hesitation. We should all work together to keep each other safe. Again, the number for IUP University Police is 724-357-2141.

In addition, if a situation ever occurs in which your immediate safety is threatened, please call as soon as possible. Ensuring the safety of all students is a top IUP priority. I would much rather that university police be called even if they turn out not to be needed than that they be called too late to help.

IUP Email

IUP’s email system will be used as one official means for communicating with students during this course.

IUP’s Kathleen Jones White Writing Center

Trained tutors in the IUP Kathleen Jones White Writing Center can help you at any stage in the writing process, from developing a topic to drafting and revising. They can help you to document sources, understand your professor’s feedback, and more. The Writing Center has three locations: For walk-in tutoring (no appointments), visit Room 218 in Eicher Hall, or visit the Satellite Writing Center in the Library, first floor. You can also make an appointment for an online tutoring session (at least 24 hours in advance). The Writing Center’s website contains a link for making appointments for online sessions, or call 724-357-3029.

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.