policies

Course Announcements, Policies, and Expectations are posted at https://stolofd.wordpress.com/policies/ 

(Adapted from descriptions provided by the Online Course Subcommittee and other sources, May 2013 and campus offices)

Including on this website are links to campus resources – the Office of AccessAbility Services. Academic Services Center, Writing Center, Judicial Affairs, Sources of Student Assistance and Information, Eastern Weather Closing Policy, and Policies on classroom recordings by students, and filing of student work:

– and policies for this course – Writing Standard, Late Policy, Plagiarism, Electronic Communication, Technology Expectations, changes to course syllabus, and discussing policies in the first threaded discussion.

See the university calendar for more important dates – http://www1.easternct.edu/connect-with-us/files/2014/11/2014-2015AcademicCalendar.pdf

Learning AccommodationsOffice of AccessAbility Service:

“If you are a student with a disability and believe you will need accommodations for this class, it is your responsibility to contact the Office of AccessAbility Services at 465-5573. To avoid any delay in the receipt of accommodations, you should contact the Office of AccessAbility as soon as possible. Please note that the instructor cannot provide accommodations based upon disability until the instructor has received an accommodation letter from the Office of AccessAbility services. Your cooperation is appreciated.”

Academic Services Center:

Students are encouraged to use the support offered by the Academic Services Center (ASC) located on the ground floor of the Library.  Advising Services and tutoring in math, writing, and other subjects, including supplementary instruction, are available. The ASC also offers assistance in study techniques, time management and understanding learning styles. Spring 2014 hours: (Tutoring) Sun. 2-9; M.-Th. 9-9, Fri. 9-5., Sat. Closed;  (Advising) M.-Th. 9-7, Fri. 9-5. Sat.-Sun. Closed. For further information call 465-4310 or check the ASC website at http://www1.easternct.edu/asc/.

WRITING CENTER STATEMENT:

“The ECSU Writing Center, located in the ASC and staffed by trained peer tutors, is available to help all students with their writing. The Writing Center supports the liberal-arts mission of ECSU by helping students with their writing from any class, at any stage, from brainstorming and drafting to revision to proofreading and editing. We help students do their own work, and do it more comfortably and confidently. Any student can and should use the Writing Center–the process of talking with readers about writing and getting feedback on their writing is something all writers do and can benefit from. Students can either drop into the Center or make an appointment by going to http://www1.easternct.edu/writingcenter/appointment/ and registering online. It’s a good idea for students to bring copies of any assignment sheets to the Writing Center, so the tutor knows what is expected of the assignment.”

Writing standards:

In this course, all assignments will be either submitted as an attachment in the submission folder of each assignment or posted in the participants’ electronic portfolio. It is recommended that the participants develop their assignments in WORD, apply spelling and grammar checks, and then either submitted in the assignment folder or copy and paste their essays directly on a new webpage within their ePortfolios.

It is expected that all written work will reflect professional standards of communication. Complete sentences, proper punctuation, capitalization and spelling, and generally accepted rules of grammar are the hallmark of educational professionals. Excessive errors will be reflected in reduced assigned points or in a request to re-submit the assignment.

Academic Conduct Policy and Definitions:

“Students should read and understand Eastern’s Academic Misconduct Policy, which can be found in the Eastern Student Handbook at http://kb.easternct.edu/article.aspx?article=1522&p=11. Students are expected to take personal responsibility for their intellectual work and to respect and acknowledge the ideas of others. Academic honesty means doing one’s own work and giving proper credit to others whose work and thought are drawn upon. It is the responsibility of each student to become familiar with what constitutes academic dishonesty and plagiarism, and to avoid all forms of cheating and plagiarism. Students may not engage in any form of academic misconduct, and are responsible for learning how to present the ideas of others in their own work, and avoid all other forms of academic misconduct. For current documentation practices, consult the instructor or a style manual (e.g., APA, MLA).  All violations will be handled under the procedures established in the Academic Misconduct Policy.” – Angelo Simoni, Director of Judicial Affairs & University Judicial Officer, December 30, 2014    

A Plagiarism Policy for this Course

The first time that a student had plagiarized, copied information from other authors without appropriate citations and quotes, the student will be allowed to revise the essay, assuring that all copied information is appropriately cited and that most of the student’s essay is original. Late penalties may be imposed during the time that the student takes for revisions.

The second time that a student has plagiarized, they will be given an opportunity to explain why they continue to plagiarize, but not given the opportunity to revise the essay for credit in the course.

The third time that a student has plagiarized, they will be no longer receive any credit for subsequent assignments in the course after this third occurrence of academic misconduct.

For more information about plagiarism, please review the following webpages:

iParadigms (2011). Plagiarism Report. Retrieved from http://www.turnitin.com/assets/en_us/media/plagiarism_report.php .

iParadigms (2011). White Paper: Plagiarism and the Web. Retrieved from http://pages.turnitin.com/rs/iparadigms/

Knapik, Dave (December 2nd, 2009). What is the origin of plagiarism? Retrieved from http://www.answerbag.com/q_view/1867703#ixzz2yCyVtwGvNEISTE

Liu, B. (2003). Strategies for Preventing Plagiarism. Retrieved from http://nutmeg.easternct.edu/smithlibrary/documents/policy.pdf

Eastern Connecticut State University (Feb. 6. 2013). Policy on Academic Misconduct. Retrieved from http://kb.easternct.edu/al/12/3/article.aspx?aid=1522&bt=4 .

Develop the support of your essays using texts and webpages assigned in this course and research articles written within the last 6 years drawn from the university holdings – including books and other paper materials in the collection and online research articles obtainable as full-text pdf files. To review how one may download online research from library resources, please follow

Eastern Connecticut State University (2012). Research Databases – Finding Articles to Support Research Papers Retrieved from http://lgdata.s3-website-us-east-1.amazonaws.com/docs/646/1044558/Research_Databases.pdf

Late policy:

The due dates for the assignments and the closing of the discussions are posted in their titles as the 4 numbers at the end of the title. For example, 0120 represents January 20, 1205 represents December 5. During 15-week academic sessions, one will lose one point from the value of an assignment for every day late. Being a few minutes late after the closing time for an assignment – set at 11:59 pm at the end of the posted closing date of the assignment – will be considered late and will lose a point from the assignment.

During a short academic session, summer or wintersession courses, penalties for lateness will increase, since the period for the course has been shortened. For example, for a six week course, 2 points will be reduced for every day late.

Electronic communication:

“Effective August 1, 2009, email will become an official form of correspondence within Connecticut State University System (CSUS).  Therefore, it is expected that communications to students sent via email will be received and read in a timely fashion. It is expected that students check their university email at least as often as their class meets, in recognition that certain communications may be time-critical. Students should not assume that email sent from outside providers will be received by their professor.”

For this course, it is preferred that course communication be through the BlackBoard LEARN course shell email system. In general, it is important to remember that email should not to be considered as private and therefore is not appropriate for transmitting sensitive or confidential information.

Technology Expectations:

In this course, assignments are either submitted as electronic documents within the assignment folders in Blackboard or posted within the participants’ electronic portfolio.

Students are expected to have sufficient bandwidth and computer capacity to access course materials. A browse check can be run to determine your computer capacity to operate the Blackboard course shell. The Browser Check can be found at http://nutmeg.easternct.edu/portal/password_faq.htm.

Sources of Student Assistance and Information:

“The University Home Page (http://www.easternct.edu/) provides links to the many resources and services available to faculty and students at Eastern Connecticut State University.

The Current Students page linked to the Home Page (http://www.easternct.edu/portal) provides a wide range of information regarding the various services available to students. Also on this page are links to several technical support services and procedures. Additional information can be found at

  • The Information Technology page (Blackboard log on page) at http://www.easternct.edu/its/webct/.
    • The policies links will provide information about general IT policies as well as Copyright and Filesharing.
    • Under Services, the student will find information regarding the helpdesk including its hours and contact information as well as after-hours contact information. VPN, Banner, and Calendars are among the resources accessed from Services.
    • Solutions for most common problems can be found under FAQs.

Password problem solutions can frequently be found at Passwords FAQs at http://nutmeg.easternct.edu/portal/password_faq.htm. But you also see some answers here for students having trouble logging into Blackboard as well as a link to the Browser check.

Education/Curriculum Research Guide at http://easternct.libguides.com/education provides guidance on using the university online databases for obtaining research articles and other documents to support scholarly writing. Students are encouraged to contact Ms. Hope-Marie Cook, Head of the Curriculum Center/Education Librarian at cookh@easternct.edu and the instructor for guidance on how to access recent (after 2008) online articles to inform their writing.”

Classroom Recording by Students:

Classroom recording may be an appropriate academic adjustment, auxiliary aid, and/or service for a student with documented permanent and temporary disabilities.  Eastern’s Office of AccessAbility Services (OAS) determines if classroom recording is appropriate for a student. When that determination is made the following statement is printed on the Letter of Accommodation from OAS that grants a student use of a recording device in the classroom:

“Student understands that faculty members have copyright interest in their class lectures and he/she agrees not to infringe on this right in any way. Student will use these recordings only for personal academic use during this course and will not upload, broadcast, transcribe, share or release all or any part of these recordings, in accordance with federal copyright laws. Student understands that the faculty member and students in the class have privacy rights and agrees he/she will not violate those rights by using the tape recordings for any reason other than that of his/her own personal study. Student agrees to destroy all recordings at the end of the current semester. Failure to comply with recording guidelines may result in disciplinary action.”

A student without documented disabilities may request permission to record classroom activity. The instructor will have the sole discretion to determine if recording will be allowed.

Filing of Student Work:

 For the sole purposes of course and program improvement and for program accreditation, student work will be archived. If or when samples of work are shared with stakeholders, all documents will be anonymized. If you prefer that your work not to be used for these purposes, you must submit a written request to the professor by the third week of coursework.

 Changes to Course Syllabus:

 Faculty reserve the right to make changes to the course syllabus, as needed. However, every attempt will be made to keep such changes at a minimum and are usually made in response to School of Education and Professional Studies, program or professional accreditation/certification requirements and regulations.

Eastern’s Weather Closing Policy

“In the event of a delayed opening of the University, any class that would have at least 45 minutes of meeting time remaining after the announced opening time will meet starting at the announced opening time. Any class meeting that would have fewer than 45 minutes of meeting time after the announced opening time will not meet. For example, if opening the campus is delayed until 10 a.m., classes running from 9:30-10:45 a.m. would meet from 10-10:45 a.m.

In the event of an early closing of the University, any class that would have at least 45 minutes of meeting time prior to the announced closing time will meet until the announced closing time. Any class meeting that would have fewer than 45 minutes of meeting time before the announced closing time will not meet. For example, if we were to close the University early at 3 p.m., classes running from 2-3:15 p.m. would meet from 2-3 p.m.”

Comments and agreement on these policies:

In the first threaded discussion in this course, students will be asked to comment on these policies and indicate that they will abide by these policies throughout this course and avoid plagiarism during their studies at Eastern.

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