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Email Communications

(January 1, 2021)

Students may contact Dr. Cooper by using any email system they desire.  However, all email responses by Dr. Cooper or any electronic communications initiated by him will only be made using the University’s YSU Mass Email System.  Hence, the use of the YSU email account provided is mandatory.  Students should check their YSU email regularly. 

Students are especially encouraged to check their email messages the morning prior to class for any last-minute notifications.  Missing any email message from Dr. Cooper because a student did not activate their YSU email account or by a student’s failure to check for messages on a regular basis shall not form the basis of an acceptable excuse for not being aware of information critical to this course.

Take Note: Dr. Cooper often sends group emails prior to morning laboratories and the 10:00 AM lecture.  Students should regularly check their emails for messages each weekday morning.

In addition, while Dr. Cooper welcomes email messages from students, please note that he typically receives over 100 emails each weekday during the semester.  Hence, to help Dr. Cooper more readily recognize a message from a student in his class, please use the term “BIOL 3702” in the Subject line.

On occasion, it is possible that attachments in the emails distributed to students by Dr. Cooper may be inadvertently included that do not wholly comply with the American with Disabilities Act (ADA).  If a recipient of one of Dr. Cooper’s email messages receives such a document, but requires one that fully meets ADA standards, please contact him at the earliest convenience.  He will send a compliant document as soon as practical.

Finally, please note the following.  Students are welcome to send Dr. Cooper an email message any time of day or night and he certainly does appreciate informational messages, e.g., “I have the flu”.  However, unless the email involves a dire situation, Dr. Cooper’s general policy is that he does not respond to student email messages after leaving YSU for the evening, before 8:00 AM on weekdays, on weekends, holidays, or when the University is closed.  He does endeavor to respond to emails within 24 hours of their receipt.

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It is possible that portions of this web page are not wholly in accord with the American with Disabilities Act.  If this is the case, a student currently enrolled in this course should contact Dr. Cooper (; 330.941.1361) and compliant material shall be provided as soon as practical.

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