Attendance is vital to your success. Failure to attend more than 10% of classes will result in automatic withdrawal. A withdrawal before the deadline will result in a W while a withdrawal after will result in a WF. If you anticipate being absent or if you are absent due to an unforeseen circumstance, please let me know via email as soon as possible.
Make-up, Rescheduling, & Late Assignments
Non-writing assignments, e.g., in-class activities, quizzes, exams, made up and will not be accepted late without an excuse from the Dean of Students. Written assignments will be deducted 10% per day late (up to a maximum of three days). If you foresee a scheduling conflict, please let me know ASAP.
All assignments should be in (or converted into) Microsoft Word format (i.e., .docx). No other formats will be accepted (e.g., .PDF, .pages). All slides should be in (or converted into) PowerPoint format (i.e., .pptx). No other formats will be accepted.
Internet activity and texting are counterproductive to your success, and these activities are distracting to your classmates and to me. (Click here for supporting research in this area.) Therefore, use of phones, computers, and recording devices are not allowed during class unless you have received permission from me for a specific activity or assignment. You may not take notes on a computer or record lectures without documented accessibility accommodations. Also, you should not have headphones during class unless you have documented accommodations.
Email will be the primary form of communication in my courses and per university policy. Be sure to check your student UNG email account daily. Course materials will be available in D2L (and Microsoft Teams, if using). We will not use the D2L email feature however. Therefore, only send emails to my UNG email rather than using D2L email. It is also important to be in class to receive any additional verbally administered instructions.
Any violation of the UNG Honor Code, including but not limited to cheating and plagiarism, will result in an automatic “F” in the course and mandatory reporting to the Office of Student Integrity. Cheating includes, but is not limited to, giving or receiving help on any exam, copying another student’s work, and discussing exams with other students. Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, using someone else’s work without giving citations for the work and submitting work that is not your own. All D2L submissions will be checked using TurnItIn plagiarism inspection software.
Artificial Intelligence Usage
The use of artificial intelligence (AI) in completing any course-related work is strictly prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, discussions, homework, papers, and exams. In this course, the use of AI technologies such as ChatGPT is considered a violation of the University of North Georgia's Student Honor Code, which states, "A Student will not lie, cheat, steal, plagiarize, evade the truth, conspire to deceive, or tolerate those who do." Specific conduct standards being violated may include, but are not limited to:
1.1 "Cheating – Receiving or giving assistance (cheating) in preparation of any graded assignment without prior authorization from the class instructor."
1.2 "Taking, attempting to take, or otherwise procuring intellectual property in an unauthorized manner."
1.3 "Selling, giving, lending, or otherwise furnishing to any unauthorized person by a Student enrolled in that course material that can be shown to contain the questions or answers to any examinations scheduled to be given at any subsequent date in any course of study."
1.4 "Plagiarism – Use of another person's ideas or expressions without acknowledging the source. Themes, essays term papers, tests and other similar requirements must be the work of the Student submitting them. When direct quotations or paraphrase are used, they must be indicated, and when the ideas of another are incorporated in the paper they must be appropriately acknowledged. All work of a Student needs to be original or cited according to the instructor's requirements or is otherwise considered plagiarism."
Any use of unapproved AI technology in student work will result in an automatic "F" in the course. In addition, the matter will be reported to the Dean of Students, who will conduct a thorough investigation and resolve any alleged violations of the Student Code of Conduct. Moreover, any infringement could potentially be a violation of US Copyright Law, which may carry additional legal consequences. Please be aware that all assignments are monitored by TurnItIn, an advanced plagiarism detection software capable of identifying work completed by AI. In summary, the use of AI, such as ChatGPT, for any course-related work is not only strictly monitored but also will not be tolerated under any circumstances. Students are encouraged to act responsibly and uphold the values and principles of academic integrity. Your dedication to honest, authentic work is not just a requirement, but also a testament to your character and personal growth.
Respect for Others
Within the classroom, we should demonstrate honesty, free inquiry, tolerance of differences and respect for others' opinions. This also includes respecting your peers and me by being engaged and paying attention during class, contributing to discussions, not talking while I am talking, and not talking over your classmates. Please also sit closer to the front of the class. Anyone perceived as disruptive to this objective will be given a verbal and/or written warning and may be asked to excuse themselves from class. Further disruptive conduct will be reported to the Dean of Students and may be subject to disciplinary procedures as outlined in the University of North Georgia Code of Conduct.
The classroom door will be closed once class begins to ensure safety and avoid disruption. While situational factors may occasionally interfere with being on time, avoid coming to class late. This is disrespectful and disruptive to your classmates and to me.
Title IX Mandatory Reporting
Due to the nature of the human psychological subject matter in this class, it is not uncommon that personal issues are shared with the instructor or arise as a result of class discussions or homework assignments. These issues might be shared in a verbal, written, or electronic format. Although an open discourse of these issues is important, students should be aware that, in most cases, faculty are mandated to report to the University any information regarding possible sexual assault, danger to self, and/or danger to others. It is also important that you understand that a faculty member acting in a faculty role has no obligation to maintain confidentiality regarding other personal issues you may choose to share with them, but they will likely try to do so when possible. It is important that you be aware of this so that you can make an informed decision regarding what you choose to share with faculty, students, and staff.
All other college policies regarding inclement weather, student disabilities, cheating, plagiarism, and campus office hours may be accessed at: http://ung.edu/academic-affairs/policies-and-guidelines/supplemental-syllabus.php. Please read this information so that you are familiar with the policies.