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Decorum: Lecture and Laboratory

(August 1, 2020)

General Information

Students should consult the following resources regarding academic decorum: Undergraduate Bulletin and The Student Code of Conduct.

Coronavirus Policy

Students are required to follow University policy regarding Coronavirus Safety Measures in both lecture and laboratory settings.  Face coverings are required and social distancing to the extent possible should be practiced.

Academic Integrity

As outlined in The Student Code of Conduct, violations of academic integrity are prohibited at Youngstown State University.  This includes plagiarism, the unauthorized use of tools or notes in taking tests or completing assignments, fabrication of data or information used for an assignment, working with others without permission from the instructor, and more, including knowing about past, current, or impending cases of academic dishonesty and not reporting it to me.

Students are hereby notified that violations of academic integrity, in all its forms, will be met with severe sanctions.

Electronic Communication/Data Storage Devices During Lecture

Students failing to meet the following course policy expectations will be invited to leave the classroom until such time that they agree to comply.  Moreover, I reserve the right to confiscate any device used in opposition to this policy.  Confiscated devices shall be returned after the lecture period.

·      During lecture, all cellular telephones or other electronic communication devices must be turned off or set in the quiet/vibration mode of operation.  Students shall not use cell phones or smart watches during lecture for communication, including texting.  If a student has an urgent need to use a cell phone, please quietly leave the classroom before using the device. 

·      Data storage devices (e.g., tablets, lap top computers, etc.) may be used during lectures only if they are not used for non-classroom purposes (e.g., email, internet surfing). 

·      Lectures may be electronically recorded provided the student obtains Dr. Cooper’s explicit permission.

·      Unless a device is explicitly permitted by Dr. Cooper, the use of all electronic devices during examinations, quizzes, etc., is strictly prohibited.  This includes cellular phones and smart watches!!!  During in-class lecture examinations and quizzes, students must not be in possession of their mobile phones, any watches, or any type of electronic device unless authorized to possess one.  Students violating this policy will be suspected to have committed academic dishonesty.

Electronic Communication/Data Storage Devices in the Laboratory

Electronic devices of any type, e.g., cell phones, tablets, laptops, etc., are NEVER permitted to be used in the laboratory.  These items must be stored away prior to beginning any work in the laboratory.  Cell phones may be kept on a student’s person for emergencies (NOT on a lab bench!), but their use should be limited to areas outside the laboratory.  To avoid contaminating electronic devices, proper hand disinfection should take place before their use.

Decorum

At all times, students are expected to exhibit appropriate behavior.  Such behavior is delimited by University policy (see The Student Code of Conduct for one of many resources in this regard).

During lecture and laboratory instructional periods, holding conversations independent of taking part in an instructor-initiated discussion is not acceptable.  Such conversations are inappropriate, distracting, and rude to instructors/peers.  Please refrain from conducting conversations that compete with classroom or laboratory instruction.  If such activity continues, the student(s) involved shall be asked to retire from the lecture.

Inappropriate behavior, including disrespect for Dr. Cooper or a laboratory instructor, is subject to expulsion from one or more lecture/laboratory sessions without the opportunity to begin or complete the assigned exercises.  In cases of extremely inappropriate behavior, more severe sanctions will be recommended.

Classroom Security

The doors to the lecture hall (Ward Beecher Science Hall, Room 3022) are permanently locked from the outside.  Once closed, no one can enter without a key or someone on the inside opening the door.  Obviously, this will present a challenge for late students.

At present, the door to the laboratory (Cushwa Hall, Room 2321) is not locked permanently, thereby allowing students to use the facility during open laboratory periods.

Please report any “broken” links to Dr. Cooper

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