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Attendance: Lecture and Laboratory

(August 1, 2020)

General Information

Assigned Course/Laboratory Sessions.  The coronavirus pandemic has markedly affected the delivery of this course.  Instead of attending three lecture sections per week and two laboratory sections per week, students will be assigned one (1) particular lecture session and one (1) particular laboratory session to attend each week.  Dr. Cooper will distribute those assignments via email.  Due to social distancing issues, assignments cannot be changed nor can a student “drop in” on a different session.  However, before the end of the second week of the semester, students may trade session assignments with a student PROVIDED that Dr. Cooper is notified by email (not by verbal notification).  After this time, there will be no changing of assigned sessions.

The maximum number of students in any of the lecture sessions has been set at 31.  Exceptions to this limit shall not normally be entertained.

NOTE: To clarify, all lectures will be provided as online videos available via CONNECT.  There will be no live, online lecture meetings with one or two minor exceptions.  Students are not to attend any lecture or laboratory session for which they are not assigned.

Assigned Seating.  For contact tracing purposes, students shall sit in assigned seats.  Both in the lecture and laboratory, students shall choose a seat at the first class meeting and remain in that seat for the entire semester.  Students requiring special seating accommodations must privately notify Dr. Cooper by email, preferably before the semester begins, so that proper arrangements can be made.  In extenuating circumstances, changes in assigned seats may be considered.  However, before the end of the second week of the semester, students may trade assigned seats with one another PROVIDED that Dr. Cooper is notified by email (not by verbal notification).  After this time, there will be no changing of assigned seats.

Face Coverings.  As noted in the Coronavirus Safety Measures section of this syllabus, properly worn face coverings are required to be worn during lecture and in the laboratory.

Consequences of Being Absent/Tardy.  A student who is absent or tardy during a lecture or laboratory activity cannot make up the work and shall receive a score of “0”.  Consideration shall be given for missed work due to an “Excused Absence” (as detailed below).  However, making up missed laboratory assignments is particularly difficult given the nature of the materials being used.  Chronic tardiness is not acceptable, especially regarding laboratory participation. 

Should a student arrive late to lecture, please sit in a seat in the last row of the lecture hall.

Recording Attendance.  Student attendance of both lecture and laboratory sessions shall be recorded for contact tracing purposes should the need arise.  Attendance shall be tracked electronically using a feature of the YSU app.  Students should download the YSU app to their mobile phone and scan the QR code posted next to the door of the classroom/laboratory.  

“Excused Absence” Policy.  Absence(s) by students will be handled in accord with the attendance policy adopted by YSU’s Academic Senate and published in YSU’s eBulletin.  In part, this policy reads as follows:

“The responsibility for work missed during absence rests with the student. The instructor has no obligation to give make-up graded coursework or to review other class work missed by a student as a result of absence except under those specific conditions cited below:

  1. Participation in University-sponsored activities. University-sponsored activities are those that are scheduled by academic, student affairs, and athletic units. They include, but are not limited to: intercollegiate athletic competitions; activities approved by academic units, including artistic performances; R.O.T.C. functions; academic field trips; professional conferences; and special events connected with coursework.
  2. Government-required activities, such as military assignments, jury duty, or court appearances.
  3. Religious observances that prevent the student from attending class.
  4. Death of an immediate family member, including father, mother, sister, brother, spouse, children, step-children, step-parent, parent-in-laws, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, grandparents, foster parents, foster children, legal guardians, any person who stands in the place of a parent (loco parentis), or a domestic partner.

e.    Documented personal illness.”

NOTE: Vacations or other types of travel away from campus are not defined as an excused absence regardless if plans were made prior to or after enrolling in BIOL 3702, BIOL 3702L, or BIOL 3702H.  Exceptions for unanticipated travel is solely at Dr. Cooper’s discretion.

University Cancellation and Closing Procedures.  Due to unforeseen circumstances (e.g., bad weather, power outage, etc.), YSU may cancel classes or close the University.  Details of these procedures can be found on the Cancellation and Closing Procedures web page.  Students are strongly encouraged to not only review this information, but also consider subscribing to PenguinAlert text messages.  In addition, students may wish to listen to broadcasts of WYSU-FM 88.5 (, which is the official radio source regarding information about University operations.

When the University cancels classes, closes the institution, or invokes the “unscheduled leave” policy, Dr. Cooper shall amend any impacted lecture or laboratory activities as appropriate to meet educational objectives while endeavoring to hold students harmless.

Lecture Attendance

Starting and Ending Class.  Dr. Cooper actively endeavors to begin the lecture portion of this course promptly at 10:00 AM on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays throughout the semester.  With few exceptions, the lecture shall be concluded by 10:45 AM, leaving 5 minutes for students to disinfect their seating area (see Coronavirus Safety Measures).  Students are expected to be punctual, if not early for lecture.  Please note that the lecture section operates on “Dr. Cooper’s Apple iPhone Time”, which may or may not correlate to the time that exists at other places on campus.

When the weather is agreeable, students shall exit the lecture hall by the doors at the front of the auditorium.  Students should avoid clustering by the doors prior to and after class.  Also, crowding the doorway prior to the release of a class meeting before this course’s scheduled time is discouraged.

Expectations.  Attendance of lecture sessions is not required.  However, regular and on-time attendance of the lecture portion of this course is strongly encouraged.  There is no doubt one’s final course grade can be positively impacted by regular and on-time attendance.

Missed In-Class Activities.  A student who is absent from lecture and misses an in-class quiz shall not be given a “make up” opportunity.  Rather, students who miss the in-class quiz shall take the “Second Chance Quiz” as a substitute (see Grading for details).  Students with an excused absence who miss an Active Learning Exercise shall be given an alternative assignment.  The format of this exercise shall be left to Dr. Cooper’s discretion.

Laboratory Attendance

Starting and Ending Laboratory.  Laboratory sessions will begin promptly at their scheduled times.  Students are expected to be punctual, if not early for laboratory.  A student who is tardy shall not have directions repeated by the laboratory instructor and may not be permitted to participate in laboratory activities.  The latter may possibly result in the student receiving a score of “0” for any laboratory activity being conducted that day.  Any decision rendered by the laboratory instructor is final.  Laboratory sessions typically run the entire scheduled time, particularly if a student comes prepared to work and does so diligently.

Open Laboratory Periods.  Students enrolled in BIOL 3702L shall be occasionally need to return to the laboratory to complete an assignment during an Open Laboratory Session (click on the previous link to view the schedule of open laboratory sessions).  This schedule is also posted in the laboratory.  Students should never enter the laboratory during a period in which another class is scheduled to be meeting.

Important Note: Only 12 students are permitted in the laboratory at a time, even during Open Laboratory Sessions.

Expectations.  Attendance of the laboratory sessions is absolutely mandated.  A student who is absent during a laboratory activity is very likely to receive a score of “0”.  Exceptions are detailed in the “Excused Absence” Policy section above.

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