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Reasonable accommodations: These are available for students with documented disabilities or chronic medical or psychological conditions. If you have such a condition and need accommodations to fully participate in this class, please visit the Vancouver Access Center website to follow published procedures to request accommodations. Students may also contact their campus offices to schedule an appointment with an Access Advisor. All disability related accommodations are to be approved through Vancouver Access Center/Services. It is a university expectation that students connect with instructors (via email, Zoom, or in person) to discuss logistics within two weeks after they have officially requested their accommodations: phone( 360) 546-9739 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Academic integrity policy: Washington State University, a community dedicated to the advancement of knowledge, expects all students to adhere to high expectations of scholarship and the Standards of Conduct for Students. Potential violations of the Standards of Conduct for Students should be referred to the Center for Community Standards. The Center for Community Standards supports students, upholds their rights and responsibilities, and holds them accountable for behavior that doesn’t meet our community expectations. University instructors have the authority, and are expected to intervene, in all situations where students may have violated academic integrity expectations.
Where an instructor believes it is more likely than not that a student violated expectations, they have the authority to assign an academic consequence consistent with the academic integrity statement found in their course syllabus. The instructor is required to report the violation to the Center for Community Standards to provide an appropriate and fundamentally fair process for the student. More information regarding responding to academic integrity violations can be found here. Feel free to contact the Center for Community Standards if you would like more specific information about the process: phone 509-335-4532 or email email@example.com. The Writing Program (509-335-7959) can assist with proactive assignment design that minimizes the risk of academic dishonesty.
Policy prohibiting discrimination and harassment: This policy expresses WSU’s commitment to maintaining an environment free from discrimination, including sexual harassment, and applies to all students, faculty, staff, or others having an association with the University. Discrimination, including discriminatory harassment, sexual harassment, and sexual misconduct (including stalking, intimate partner violence, and sexual violence) is prohibited at WSU (See WSU Policy Prohibiting Discrimination and Harassment (Executive Policy 15) and WSU Standards of Conduct for Students). If you feel you have experienced or have witnessed discriminatory conduct, you can contact the WSU Office of Compliance and Civil Rights (CCR) and/or the WSU Title IX Coordinator at 509-335-8288 to discuss resources, including confidential resources, and reporting options. (Visit https://ccr.wsu.edu/ for more information). Most WSU employees, including faculty, who have information regarding sexual harassment or sexual misconduct are required to report the information to CCR or a designated Title IX Coordinator or Liaison. Visit https://ccr.wsu.edu/file-a-report/ for more information.
Absences: Students should make all reasonable efforts to attend all class meetings. However, in the event a student is unable to attend a class, it is the responsibility of the student to inform the instructor as soon as possible, explain the reason for the absence (and provide documentation, if appropriate), and make up class work missed within a reasonable amount of time, if allowed. Missing class meetings may result in reducing the overall grade in the class.
Any student who is required to participate in off-campus, university-sponsored activities such as field trips, musical performances, judging teams, intercollegiate athletic events, etc., should obtain an official Class Absence Request form from the faculty or staff member supervising the on- or off-campus activity. The form must contain specific information concerning the activity and date, be signed by the supervising faculty or staff member, and be submitted by the student at least one week in advance to the individual instructors of the student’s classes. These university-sponsored absences are subject to an instructor’s attendance policy and are not intended to imply additional acceptable absences. In all instances, it is the student’s responsibility to make up all work missed.
Military Service members: Students who are members of the National Guard or a reserve branch of a military service are occasionally required to miss class for weekend drills, active duty, and related responsibilities and are entitled to make up the class (RCW 28B.10.270). In such a case, instructors must not penalize students for the absences and must allow them to make-up the missed work. In each instance, it is the responsibility of the student to inform the instructor of the duty before the absence, provide appropriate documentation if requested, and complete the missed work as soon as reasonably possible. And I personally thank you for your service!
Flexible attendance as an access accommodation: Some students have disabilities or chronic medical conditions of an episodic nature that may require flexibility regarding attendance. The Access Center recognizes that in some cases, allowing absences beyond those normally allowed in a course is a reasonable accommodation. However, there are courses in which a specified standard of attendance may be an essential part of the course. When the Access Center determines that flexible attendance may be a reasonable accommodation, instructors will receive notification of approved accommodations and procedures for their consideration. Final determinations regarding flexible attendance will be determined on a case-by-case basis. The Access Center does not provide accommodations for acute illnesses such as the common cold or flu. In these cases, students are to work with their instructors as indicated under: c.6. Other Absences.
Reasonable religious accommodation: Washington State University reasonably accommodates absences allowing for students to take holidays for reasons of faith or conscience or organized activities conducted under the auspices of a religious denomination, church, or religious organization. Reasonable accommodation requires the student to coordinate with the instructor on scheduling examinations or other activities necessary for course completion. Students requesting accommodation must provide written notification within the first two weeks of the beginning of the course and include specific dates for absences. Approved accommodations for absences will not adversely impact student grades. Absence from classes or examinations for religious reasons does not relieve students from responsibility for any part of the course work required during the period of absence. Students who feel they have been treated unfairly in terms of this accommodation may refer to Academic Regulation 104 - Academic Complaint Procedures.
Adverse weather conditions: When appropriate campus authorities declare a
Yellow/Delayed or Limited Operations or
Red/Closed campus condition (BPPM 50.40-46), or travel to instructional locations is unsafe, classes may be canceled or delayed. When a student does not attend due to adverse conditions, the instructor will not penalize the student. See the Adverse Weather or Natural Hazard Statement for Vancouver or the more detailed policy statement at the Office of the Provost website.
Other absences: Students must sometimes miss class meetings, examinations, or other academic obligations affecting their grades due to extenuating circumstances. It is the responsibility of the student to provide a written explanation for the absence to the instructor as soon as it is reasonable to do so. When possible, students should provide appropriate documentation for their absence but instructors cannot require written excuses from health care professionals. Determinations regarding the acceptance of an absence are the discretion of the instructor based on the attendance policy as stated here.
Lauren’s Promise: I will listen and believe you if someone is threatening you. Lauren McCluskey, a 21-year-old honors student athlete, was murdered on October 22, 2018, on the University of Utah campus by a man she briefly dated. We must all take actions to ensure that this never happens here. Discrimination, discriminatory harassment, sexual harassment, and sexual misconduct (including stalking, intimate partner violence, and sexual violence) are prohibited at WSU (see Executive Policy 15 — WSU Policy Prohibiting Discrimination and Harassment, the WSU Standards of Conduct for Students, and relevant employee manuals).
WSU has instituted procedures to respond to violations of these laws and standards, programs aimed at the prevention of such conduct, and intervention on behalf of victims. If you are in immediate danger, call 911. If you are experiencing sexual assault, domestic violence, stalking, discrimination or harassment, you have support and options. If you share information with me, please know that I am required to reach out to the Title IX Coordinator in WSU Compliance and Civil Rights (CCR), and CCR will reach out to you with information about on and off campus reporting options and resources.
CCR is a system-wide resource (all campuses) which is available for intake consultations for you to learn more about available support. You can reach them directly at 509-335-8288, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or report online (anonymous reports accepted). You can also speak to a victim advocate, a medical provider, or counselor confidentially about your concerns. Advocates help survivors of crime determine their own needs in regards to their physical and emotional health, reporting options, and academic concerns. At no cost, advocates connect survivors to campus and community services, and provide accompaniment to important appointments (court, hospital, and police) and support throughout the process. For a list of confidential victim advocates and medical providers, please visit CCR Resources.
WSU Police Department (WSU PD) officers and campus security will treat victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, stalking, hate crimes, and other crimes with respect and dignity. WSU PD, campus security departments, CCR, and victim advocates can also help you with safety planning.
Safety and emergency notification: Classroom and campus safety are of paramount importance at Washington State University, and are the shared responsibility of the entire campus population. WSU urges students to follow the “Alert, Assess, Act,” protocol for all types of emergencies and the “Run, Hide, Fight” response for an active shooter incident. Remain ALERT (through direct observation or emergency notification), ASSESS your specific situation, and ACT in the most appropriate way to assure your own safety (and the safety of others if you are able). Please sign up for emergency alerts on your account at MyWSU. For more information on this subject, campus safety, and related topics, please view the FBI’s
Run, Hide, Fight video and visit the WSU safety portal. Full details can be found here.
Academic freedom at WSU: It is the policy of Washington State University to support and promote the rights of all individuals to express their view and opinions for or against actions or ideas in which they have an interest, to associate freely with others, and to assemble peacefully. The faculty has the right to dissent and protest. The above rights exist in equal measure for each member of the University community. They exist regardless of the professional stature of the individual and regardless of the degree of acceptability among others of views or opinions advocated.
In order that these rights may be exercised by all and that orderly functioning of the University may be assured, certain limitations must be placed upon the manner in which these freedoms are exercised. Accordingly, Washington State University insists that the free expression of views and opinions, whether by individuals or by groups, be such that the rights of others are not violated. Use of physical means to disrupt the educational processes and functions of the University, including classroom and laboratory activities, services, meetings, or ceremonies conducted by the University, its departments, divisions, or affiliated organizations, would constitute such a violation. Members of the University community who violate the rights of others will be subject to appropriate disciplinary procedures. Principles of due process will be observed throughout such procedures. Students engaging in behavior that is disruptive to the course objectives may be asked to leave or be referred to the appropriate disciplinary process. Instructors are similarly committed to creating a civil and productive environment for the free exchange of ideas; students who have concerns about their instructors should contact the department chair or director for that course. Department chairs and directors may be found in the academic catalog.
Service/emotional support animal guidelines: Pets are not allowed on campus. Emotional support animals are not allowed in public buildings or in classrooms. Trained service animals are allowed in classrooms. If you have questions about animals on campus, please contact the university ADA Coordinator ADA Coordinator and refer to Executive Policy 39 Service and Support Animal Police found here.
Please, however, be aware that I, Carol Siegel, am severely allergic to animal dander and so must leave the classroom if you bring a cat in and will not be able to return. I can tolerate the dander from most dogs if I am wearing an KN95 mask and using special allergy medication. Please let me know in advance if you need to bring a service animal into class and we can discuss options.
Academic complaint procedures: (Academic Regulation 104) A student having complaints about instruction or grading should attempt to resolve those issues directly with the instructor. If that fails, the student should send an email to the instructor using his or her official WSU email account no later than 20 business days following the end of the semester. This email should briefly outline the complaint and be copied to the chairperson of the academic department. If the complaint is not resolved with the instructor within 20 business days of sending the email, then the student may work directly with the chairperson of the academic department in which the course is offered. The chair’s decision shall be rendered within 20 additional business days. After the chair’s decision, the student or the instructor may appeal to the academic college Dean’s Office. Complaints must be presented in writing to the college dean within 20 business days of the chair’s decision. The written statement should describe the complaint, indicate how it affects the individual or unit, and include the remedy sought from the college dean. The decision of the college dean is the final step and shall be made within 20 business days.
At the campuses other than Pullman, the procedure is identical except that the program leader shall substitute for the department chair, and the campus chancellor or his or her designee shall substitute for the college dean, if the department chair and/or the college dean is not located on that campus. The University Ombudsman is available at any stage for advice or assistance in resolving academic complaints.
Cougar Food Pantry: We know that it can be hard to make ends meet when you're paying for college and living on a tight budget. If you are struggling to feed yourself or your family, the Cougar Food Pantry can help. The pantry provides free, nonperishable food items for WSU-Vancouver students in need. The process is simple, anonymous and judgement-free. Learn more and request food at the Couger Food Pantry or stop by the Cougar Center in the Student Services Center. Help your fellow Coug — refer a friend in need!
Audio, video, digital, commercial note-taking and other recording during class: ©2023 Carol Siegel as to this syllabus, all lectures, and course-related written materials. During this course students are prohibited from making audio, video, digital, or other recordings during class, or selling notes to or being paid for taking notes by any person or commercial firm without the express written permission of the faculty member teaching this course.
Important dates and deadlines: Students are encouraged to refer to the academic calendar often to be aware of critical deadlines throughout the semester. Questions regarding the academic calendar can be directed to the Office of Student Affairs in VSSC 100 or call (360) 546-9559.
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