Other Course Policies

Each student is responsible to check both email and Canvas course Announcements at least once a day. If you haven't done so yet, consider enabling the "email right away" feature for Canvas Announcements. In Canvas, go to Account and in the Announcements row select "Notify me right away".

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Attendance and Participation: Research shows that students who attend and actively participate in classes perform better. To help you be more successful I have the following attendance policy.

You are required to attend and participate in each class. You earn points for every class period that you attend and participate in. In the beginning of a class I may pass around a sign-in sheet. Students who arrive to the classroom after I have collected the sign-in sheet will lose their participation points for that class period. At the same time, having signed the sign-in sheet does not automatically earn you points. If you do not participate in class I will determine how many points to assign to you for that class period.

Communication: To ensure effective communication, you are required to use your university email ( for all communications related to this class. It is your responsibility to check your university email daily, as many important communications will be done via email. Either see the instructor in person, or send an email. Always put COSC XXX, in the subject line when emailing the instructor, where XXX is the course number such as COSC 211, COSC 592, etc.

Computer Use: To ensure that all students can focus and learn as much as possible, it is important to eliminate all distractions. To this end, using computers in class for any purposes that are not directly related to the course is prohibited – whether you use your own personal computer or any of the classroom computers. Prohibited activities include, but are not limited to surfing the Web, reading news, checking your non-EMU email, browsing social media. Computers should only be used for activities related to the course. You may be removed from the classroom for violating this policy. Please be respectful to other students.

Academic Dishonesty Policy: Unless otherwise required, each student is expected to complete his or her assignments/exams/quizzes individually and independently. Although study together is encouraged, the work handed in for grading by each student is expected to be his or her own. Any student that copies an assignment or other work from another student in this class or obtains solution online will automatically receive 0 for that assignment and/or may receive an F for the course. Any student that engages in any form of academic dishonesty, including, but not limited to plagiarism, cheating, and falsification, will automatically receive 0 for all the work that was done with such violations, as well points deduction from their final score for this course, and/or a grade F for the course. Instructor reserves the right to determine appropriate sanctions for every act of academic dishonesty. Finally, every act of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards for review and possible university disciplinary action.

Behavior Expectations and Policies: Every student is expected to act in a civilized manner and treat others respectfully at all times. It is the responsibility of every student to know and adhere to the Student Conduct Code. Students that act disrespectfully or hinder the learning process will receive a warning and/or points deduction and/or will be dismissed from the classroom. Violations of the Student Conduct Code will be reported to the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards for possible university disciplinary action.

University Policies

University Policies

Dates and Deadlines: click here.

Accommodations for Students with Disabilities: Any student who feels s/he may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability is encouraged to contact Disability Resource Center (DRC) at (734) 487-2470,, located in room 246 of Student Center. DRC will be happy to assist you and to work with you to obtain a letter of accommodation (LOA). Once you have spoken with DRC and obtained the LOA, I will be happy to meet with you privately during my office hours to discuss your special needs. Please be aware that a delay in getting LOA for the current semester may hinder the availability or facilitation of those accommodations in a timely manner. Therefore, it is in your best interest to get your letters of accommodation as early in the semester as possible.

Note: In addition to the articulated course specific policies and expectations, students are responsible for understanding all applicable University guidelines, policies, and procedures. The EMU Student Handbook is the primary resource provided to students to ensure that they have access to all university policies, support resources, and student's rights and responsibilities. Changes may be made to the EMU Student Handbook whenever necessary, and shall be effective immediately, and/or as of the date on which a policy is formally adopted, and/or on the date specified in the amendment. Please note: Electing not to access the link provided below does not absolve a student of responsibility. For questions about any university policy, procedure, practice, or resource, please contact the Office of the Ombuds: 248 Student Center, 734.487.0074,, or visit the website:

CLICK HERE to access the University Course Policies

Student Handbook Link:

Graduate School Policies:

The instructor reserves the right to alter this syllabus as necessary with the proper notice.

Campus Resources

Computer Science Tutoring Lab

Pray-Harrold 513

M-R 10am-8pm, F noon-2pm.

Staffed with graduate assistants and tutors, our tutoring lab is a great place to get help and get your questions answered.

International Student Resource Center (ISRC): 316 King Hall (734) 487-2859

The ISRC helps international students with language for course assignments in any subject, or with general English grammar, speaking, listening, pronunciation, reading, and writing skills.

All international students at EMU are welcome to visit the ISRC for support with their academic assignments. Many students benefit from one or two visits in their initial semester as they acclimate to EMU and to studying in the U.S. Others benefit from weekly appointments to assist with U.S. academic expectations and conventions. Faculty may refer students to the ISRC, and students are welcome to make appointments with or without a referral.

Hours for the ISRC are posted each semester on the Web site. We recommend making an appointment (appointments are for 1 hour), but drop-in appointments may be available. You can see this semester’s schedule and make an appointment online at, or you can email

We also encourage international students to visit the University Writing Center for additional writing support.

Library Research and Technology Help

The EMU Library offers support for finding, evaluating, and using information sources for research papers and projects.

Use the Library Guides link in Canvas to locate library research guides for your assignments or subject area. Self-service help on using the library, research basics, plagiarism, and citing sources can be found at

For one-to-one research help, visit the Library, call the Information Desk (734-487-2445), or make an appointment with a subject specialist librarian. Subject specialist librarians, assigned to each EMU department, can give you expert advice on your research. You can also consult a librarian online via the 24/7 Ask-A-Librarian chat service –

The Academic Projects Center (first floor of Halle –, offers drop-in help with research, writing, and technology. You can get help with brainstorming, finding sources, structuring an essay, or putting together a presentation using PowerPoint or Emich Google Apps. The APC is staffed by Library faculty as well as by writing and technology consultants.

Some University Library services have changed, and may continue to change, in response to the pandemic. Please check for current information at

University Writing Center

The University Writing Center offers one-to-one writing consulting for both undergraduate and graduate students. Students can make appointments or drop in during our open hours, Monday through Friday. The UWC opens for Winter 2019 on Wednesday, January 9, and closes on Thursday, April 18. For Winter 2019 hours, visit

The UWC also has several satellite locations that provide drop-in writing support to students in the various colleges and their programs: CAS – Pray-Harrold and Mark Jefferson, CHHS – Marshall, COB – Owen, and COT – Sill and Roosevelt. The Pray-Harrold UWC satellite (rm. 211) is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.Other UWC locations and hours can be found at

UWC writing consultants also work in the Academic Projects Center(116 Halle Library), which offers drop-in consulting for students on writing, research, and technology-related issues.

Students seeking writing support at any location of the University Writing Center should bring a draft of their writing, along with any relevant instructions or rubrics. Students are encouraged to come to the UWC at any stage of the writing process.

Holman Success Center

G04 Halle Library


The Holman Success Center is an invaluable and FREE resource for all undergraduate students at Eastern Michigan University. As part of our Academic Support Services, HSC provides Drop-in Tutoring, Supplemental Instruction, Study Tables, a Book Loan program, Success Coaching and other tremendous resources that are all focused on one thing - the success of our students. The main office is open M-F from 8am - 5pm. The Eagle Study Tables, Tutoring, and Supplemental Instruction schedules can be found on our website One of the most important things you should do as a student at EMU is to drop by the HSC and familiarize yourself with what the HSC has to offer. Give yourself the best opportunity to succeed at EMU and visit the HSC today!

Swoop's Pantry

104 Pierce Hall 734 487 4173

Swoop’s pantry offers food assistance to all EMU students who could benefit. Students are able to visit twice per month to receive perishable and non-perishable food items, personal hygiene items, baby items, and more. Students can visit our website for hours of operation and more information.

Ozone House

Help for homeless young people or those at risk of becoming homeless.

Title IX

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex under any education program or activity receiving federal financial aid. Sexual assault and sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX. What you need to know about Title IX

Student and Exchange Visitor Statement (SEVIS):

The Student Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) requires F and J students to report numerous items to the Office of International Students & Scholars (OISS)