Important Rules (please be sure that you read and understand them!):
Disability Statement: If you have a physical, learning, sensory or psychological disability and require accommodations, please let us know as soon as possvible. You will need to register with (and provide documentation of your disability to) University Disability Support Services (UDSS) in SEO, room 330 Knight Hall.
Attendance and Late Policy: University-sponsored absences are cleared through the Office of Student Life. The policy for make-up tests and late lab assignments is as follows: Make-up dates for tests are not part of the schedule, and, if necessary (due to University-sponsored absences only), should be arranged in advance and must occur within one week of a student’s return from an excused absence. To receive credit, students must complete all make-up work by the last day of class. It is the student’s responsibility to approach the instructor to request a makeup exam.
Although our lecture hall (room 129 in the Classroom Building) is in the WyoCast system, we strongly recommend that you to resist the urge to skip class and simply watch lecture online. The Wyocast system is meant to aid your comprehension of lectures and should not be used as a substitute for attendance. Rather, its best uses are for review of lectures on complicated topics and for students who legitimately can’t make it to class due to illness, inclement weather, or University-sponsored excuse. Note: If you do not show up at lecture often enough, you will not receive any of the available attendance/participation points (see details above). Also please note that the instructors are not responsible for any malfunctions in the Wyocast system. To the contrary, if you don't come to lecture and cannot view the lecture online due to some technical difficulty, you, the student, are still responsible for understanding any material we cover in class.
Conduct: University Regulation 29, change 1, states that the instructor can “establish reasonable standards of conduct”… “which should be made known at the outset” of each course. In this course the standard of conduct is as follows: We expect regular attendance & participation and respectful interactions at each meeting. That means no sleeping, iPods, video games, and/or networking/texting/talking on phones, PDAs, PPCs, PCs, Macs, facebook, myspace, or anything else in class. We expect you to show respect to your fellow students and your instructors by refraining from talking during class. If you fail to meet these standards of conduct we will ask you to leave the lecture hall. Also, please download and read A&S—Students and Teachers Working Together. It has guidelines for syllabi, attendance, classroom deportment, phone and email protocol, office hours, and how to make appointments outside of office hours. Additional regulations can be viewed on the Office of the General Counsel website.
Academic Honesty: University Regulation 6-802, revision 2, defines academic dishonesty as “an act attempted or performed which misrepresents one’s involvement in an academic task in any way, or permits another student to misrepresent the latter’s involvement in an academic task by assisting the misrepresentation.” This pertains to aid from classmates as well as former students of the class and anyone else. Note that it also pertains to students who witness acts of academic dishonesty; by failing to inform the instructors of such a witnessed act, the witness is guilty of assisting in the act. UW has well-defined procedures for judging cases of suspected academic dishonesty, and serious penalties may be assessed to offenders. Please do not cheat and avoid any behavior that might be misconstrued as cheating. Note this means that the work you turn in must always be your own. If we catch you with more than one clicker in class we will treat it as an act of academic dishonesty and you will receive a score of zero for the attendance/participation part of your grade. Note also that use of calculators, phones, PDAs, PPCs and anything else that gives you an unfair edge over your classmates is prohibited during tests and quizzes.
Contacting Us/E-mail Policy: Contact your TA with questions about labs. Contact Dr. Riebe and Dr. Swapp for information about tests, quizzes, lectures and the structure of the course.
The most effective way to contact us with simple questions is by e-mail. We will respond as quickly as possible, but it may be take us up to 24 hrs on weekdays or 48 hrs on weekend to get back to you. In any case, do not wait until the last minute to ask us a question! For example, do not expect a response if you send us a question at 11 PM about a test the next day! We expect your questions to be coherently written, with correct spelling and good grammar. We don’t have time to interpret messages written in shorthand with excessive abbreviations. If you have a complicated question, it may be best for all if you come see us in office hours, call, or come talk to one of us after class.
From time to time throughout this course, we will use e-mail to contact you at your uwyo.edu address with organizational information and announcements. Hence it is very important for you to check your email regularly; we suggest that you check it at least once per day.
Changes in the Syllabus:The instructors reserve the right to make changes to the syllabus (especially the schedule and the readings) as the course proceeds. Such changes will be announced in class with plenty of lead time. Substantive changes to the syllabus shall be communicated by E-mail.
Please check this course website (http://geoweb.gg.uwyo.edu/geol1100/)
often for updates to the “live” version of the schedule.
Additional Rules, Guidelines, and Expectations: Please refer to the syllabus and the College of Arts and Sciences Statement on Student/Teacher Conduct.
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