(Read) Class Policies

Policies, Requirements & Class etiquette
  1. Attendance: This course involves active participation both in class and online. It is vital to attend class, arrive on time, and participate. Now is the time to develop the professional habits that will serve you well as a history/social studies teacher.
    • NOTE: Penalties start to take effect after 3 absences, and discounted from your final grade
    • The University’s attendance policy (including policies related to religious observance) can be found at academicaffairs.appstate.edu/syllabi (6.3)
  2. Specific Needs: Appalachian State University is committed to making reasonable accommodations for individuals with documented qualifying disabilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. If you have a disability and may need reasonable accommodations in order to have equal access to the University’s courses, programs and activities, please contact the Office of Disability Services at (828) 262.3056 or at ods.appstate.edu. Once registration is complete, individuals will meet with ODS staff to discuss eligibility and appropriate accommodations.
  3. Medical and Other Excuses: Every semester, an illness or a family emergency forces someone to miss an assignment. If you find yourself in this situation, fairness to all students in the class requires proper documentation. It would also be in your benefit to speak to the instructor as soon as possible in person, by phone, or by email. Without proper documentation, missed assignments will be marked as such – including class participation due to unexcused absences.
  4. Plagiarism and Cheating: By enrolling in this course, each student assumes the responsibilities of an active participant in ASU’s scholarly community in which everyone’s academic work and behavior are held to the highest standards of honesty. Cheating, fabrication, plagiarism, and helping others to commit these acts are all forms of academic dishonesty…and they are wrong.
    • Academic misconduct could result in disciplinary action that may include, but is not limited to, suspension or dismissal.
    • You can read the full .pdf document on ASU’s policy on plagiarism and cheating at: academicintegrity.appstate.edu (click on “Academic Integrity Code”).
    • If you have any questions about what constitutes plagiarism in a history course, please arrange a time to talk to the instructor.
    • You can also read this excellent overview on plagiarism from Indiana University.
    • If you believe academic misconduct is taking place, please notify the instructor as soon as possible. For further definitions on what academic misconduct is and how to avoid it at all costs please read this document.
  5. Food, Drink, Tobacco: Drinks are permissible, but please be mindful of where you place your cups and keep other students in mind. Food and tobacco are prohibited (please take care of your food before class, or store it away for after class).
  6. Mutual Respect: Please value each others’ ideas and questions. As a future middle or high school teacher, you will come to realize the importance of fostering a welcoming environment, one where students are free to share their thoughts.
Technology Policy

Portable technology is now an indispensable tool for teaching and learning history/social studies. Participants in this course are encouraged to bring a laptop and/or tablet to class when possible. We will work in various settings (individual, pairs, small groups) throughout the semester but with a focus on individual projects and assignments. Therefore, it will be more effective if each student brings his/her own computing device during each class session.

Remember: computing devices are to be used for course work and the tasks at hand only. Your screen is visible to others; please do not let your screen become a distraction. (Rule of thumb: What if grandma looked at your screen, would she be proud of you?)

Finally >> Please silence mobile computing alerts and ringers before class begins


(And please remember to report dog bites)