Attendance Policy

Due to the rampant absenteeism last year and the resulting 12 failing grades, we have instituted a new attendance policy:

If you accrue more than six (6) unexcused absences, you automatically fail this course. Period. No exceptions.

Remember that encounter forms and walk-out statements DO NOT INDICATE AN EXCUSED ABSENCE. See the course page on absences.

Classroom Environment

We are going to try to maintain a proper academic learning environment in the classroom. Toward that end, here are some rules.
  • ALL cell phones are to be turned OFF and put away. We don't want to hear any phones going off and interrupting the class.
  • Do not use a cell phone for frivolous web-surfing or instant messaging during the class period.
  • Do not read newspapers or other stuff during class. This is quite rude to everyone else.
  • Do not work on any other class assignments during the class.
  • Don't yak with your neighbors. This bothers everybody else. Save the chatter for after class. If you have something to contribute to lecture, please raise your hand until you are acknowledged.
  • Do not eat during the class. This particularly means crunchy snacks or other noisy food.