Course Policies (Syllabus)

This is the course syllabus. All policies for the course are listed below. By enrolling in this course you are comitting to comply with the policies. Instructions from instructors, regardless of whether they exist explicitly in the syllabus, are also considered de facto course policy.

You may find extra information in the Canvas site for your course.

General Classroom Policy

The course adheres to all University policies, but has a few additional ones that may differ from other courses.


We have a zero tolerance policy for any harassment, disrespectful behaviors, and the like.

Laptops and other Electronic Devices in Lecture & Lab

Laptops and other similar devices are allowed in lecture and lab only if they are being used for class-related reasons. The instructors may, at any time, disallow the use of laptops in class. Laptops in lab are to the discretion of the lab instructor.

Course Correspondence


Class announcements will be made via Canvas Announcements. Not receiving or reading course announcements does not excuse one from the contents. No exceptions. Ensure your Canvas Notification settings are setup appropriately. To access past course announcements, go to Canvas > Announcements.

Contacting Instructors via Email

Due to the large number of students enrolled in the course, we have course email accounts set up to streamline communication with your instructors. If you need to contact your lab instructor or lecture instructor, visit the Contact page for information on how to get in touch.

We will not respond to emails sent to our personal email accounts or sent via Canvas Messaging.

Instructors will return student emails as quickly as possible. Please understand that at times it may take a little longer, especially over the weekend and during holidays. You should expect at least two business days to receive a response.

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Course Accommodations

If you have a disability that may require special arrangements (ADD, depression, dyslexia, etc.) please let us know during the first two weeks of class by email or in person. If you experience an unexpected issue (broekn arm, concussion, etc.) please let us know as soon as you are able. If you feel that you need assistance at any time, please visit Disability Services for Students as soon as possible. The sooner that we receive your memo/paperwork, the sooner we can assist you in your needs for the course. Accommodations are not retro-active.

Disability Services for Students

Every attempt will be made to accommodate qualified students with disabilities (e.g. mental health, learning, chronic health, physical, hearing, vision, neurological, etc.). You must have established your eligibility for support services through Disability Services for Students. Note that services are confidential, may take time to put into place, and are not retroactive. Captions and alternate media for print materials may take three or more weeks to get produced. Please contact Disability Services for Students online or by calling (812)-855-7578 as soon as possible if accommodations are needed; you can also visit the office in person - check their website for details. You can also locate a variety of campus resources for students and visitors who need assistance at the ADA website.

Disability Services for Students (DSS) Our Accomodations

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Attendance is taken during every lab and lecture meeting. It is worth a substantial portion of the course grade.

Lecture attendance will be taken using your CrimsonCard. Make certain you have your official, active CrimsonCard with you during lectures. All students may receive attendance without their CrimsonCard once throughout the semester.

Lab attendance will be taken manually by your lab instructor.

Errors in attendance do occur, though infrequently. You have one week from the class period to raise a potential attendance error with either the course instructors or your lab instructor depending on if the error was in lecture or lab, respectively.


All students will receive four (4) excused absences throughout the semester for lecture and lab. (This is four for both, not four for each.) Additional excused absences will not be granted. We do not accept documentation to go beyond the four excused absences all students receive. We highly suggest that students do not use these four absences frivilously and instead save them in case something beyond their control does occur.

If you have an extended absence due to a situation beyond your control (e.g. long-term hospitalization, concussion), please discuss with the instructors as soon as possible. With documentation, this is the only possible exception to the regular attendance policy.

Producing a falsified documents, forged documents, or attempting to falsify attendance in any way will be considered academic misconduct and dealt with accordingly.

Late for Class

Attendance points will not be given to students who are more than 15 minutes late to lecture or lab, or students who leave early, unless there are special circumstances discussed with the instructor beforehand.

Participation in Class

Participation in class discussions, activities, and lectures is important to being successful in the course. When you are in class, you are expected to be on task. Attendance points will not be given to individual students who are not actively participating in class and attendance may not be given to groups in class in which member(s) are using electronic devices not related to class material.

Attendance for Religious Observances

Students are asked to check for conflicts between class days and religious holidays, holy days, etc. Arrangements will be made, but it is crucial that instructors are aware of them ahead of time.

Religious Observance Policy & Form

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Academic Misconduct

We take academic misconduct very seriously when it does occur in the course. As instructors, we are bound by University rules when dealing with these sorts of situations. University policy on academic misconduct is linked below.

Uphold and maintain academic and professional honesty and integrity

Misconduct in this couse is not limited to what is contained in the Student Code of Conduct. See additional information below.

What is academic misconduct?

Plagiarism constitutes using others' ideas, words, or images without properly giving credit to the original source. This includes copying written work, code, a friend's paper, etc. If you turn in any work with your name affixed to it, we assume that work is your own and that all sources are indicated and documented in the text, with quotations and/or citations in MLA or APA format.

Some examples of academic misconduct include (but are not limited to): copying a friend’s homework, forgetting to use quotation marks correctly, using an assignment from another class, using an assignment from a previous I101 student, turning in old work (if you are retaking the course), etc. If you have any questions, please contact us ASAP.

What happens in this course?

We will respond to acts of academic misconduct according to University policy concerning plagiarism. Sanctions for plagiarism can include (at minimum) a grade of F for the assignment in question and/or for the course and must include a report to the Dean of Students Office.

We will report any and all acts of plagiarism or cheating. Be sure to use citations correctly and check your work. If you are working with others, be sure that you are turning in your own work.

In short, please do not plagiarize. If you are concerned that you have, please ask one of the Instructors.

Other Information

In addition to plagiarism, falsley signing in for attendance, assignments, harrassment of students/instructors, etc. are also treated as cases of academic/personal misconduct. All cases will be reported to the University in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct and University guidelines.

For those of you who would like more information about what plagiarism is, please visit this tutorial. If you complete this tutorial within the first 3 weeks of the course and forward your “certificate of completion” email that you receive to i101lab@indiana.edu, we will award you one 3x†®a ¢reÐi† point.

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In the course, virtually all assignments will be submitted electronically via Canvas. This is done in the Assignments section of Canvas. We will explain how to do this during your first lab meeting. Other assignments will be submitted as HTML webpages, which will also be explained during lab sessions.

Always double check that your assignment has been submitted, as Canvas occasionally fails to upload correctly. It is your responsibility to make sure that the uploaded submission is viewable and complete; you can accomplish this by re-downloading your submission from Canvas.

You are allowed to re-submit assignments until the due date, at which point you will only be able to submit once.


Save a copy of the assignments that you complete for this class to Box@IU or Google@IU. If you forget to turn in an assignment we will only accept said assignment if we can see the version history in one of these services. We will not accept the last modified dates on local files. Missing the submissions but having a verifiable file history does not guarantee that you will receive credit; this is at your instructors discretion. We typically only allow this to occur once for each student.

Learn more about Box@IU and Google@IU

Late Policy

The due dates on the course schedule and on Canvas are firm. If you do not turn in your assignment on time, you will lose 50% per 24 hours after the due date, then we will no longer accept submissions for the assignment. No exceptions.

The Pre-Lecture Prep Assignments are exempt from the late policy and the technology buffer. Leave ample time to make a submission on these assignments before the due date and time.

Technology Buffer

There will be a 15 minute buffer added to every due date in case there are network issues while uploading your assignment. If you utilize this technology buffer, contact your lab instructor to remind them of this policy. This is not meant to be used habitually and will be granted (after the first occurance) at instructor discretion.

TurnItIn Assignments

Most papers in the course will be turned in via TurnItIn through Canvas. Leave yourself ample time before the due date to make a submission to these assignments, as the process for turning in these assignments can take a bit longer. You are allowed to make resubmissions up until the due date, after which you will only be allowed a single submission.

If you run into issues, do not email your assignment (this will not count as a submission) and instead follow the TurnItIn Troubleshooting instructions on your Canvas site.


We will do our best to stick to a seven (7) day turnaround time for returning grades on assignments. If you have not received a grade after that period, you should speak with or contact your lab instructor to inquire about the delay.

Grade Breakdown

It is each student's own responsibility to help us keep track of their grades on Canvas and raise issues in a timely manner. We consider a timeline manner to be around two weeks. After this timeframe we will not entertain requests for changes in the gradebook.

Percentage Group Note
15% Lab Assignments Small assignments over lab material.
20% Lab Checks (Exams). There are four.
15% Lecture Assignments Pre-Lecture Prep, Small Activities, etc.
10% Final Project (Lab) Website, Presentation, etc.
20% Major Projects & Papers Final Papers, Individual Midterm, etc.
20% Attendance Lecture & Lab. (And Extra Credit.)

Grading Scale

This course has a grading scale that differs from the generic scale.

Letter Percentage
A+ 99%
A 94%
A- 90%
B+ 87%
B 84%
B- 80%
C+ 77%
C 74%
C- 70%
D+ 67%
D 64%
D- 60%

Extra Credit

Extra Credit opportunities will come along throughout the semester and will be announced. Each extra credit opportunity is worth one attendance point.

Posting Final Grades

The last opportunity to raise grade concerns is 5:00 PM on the Wednesday of Finals Week. Disputes or changes after this date will not be processed except in cases of instructor error.

  • Grades are final once posted.
  • Grades will not be rounded up.
  • Incomplete grades are given under extraordinary circumstances only.

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The course has four (4) exams throughout the semester. See the course schedule for details.

Lab Checks/Exams

There will be four (4) Lab Checks/Exams throughout the course. Your lab instructor will go over the structure and content of these exams. These will occur during your regularly scheduled lab time on Canvas.

Duo/Two-Step Login

Being unable to Duo/Two-Step Login to Canvas for a scheduled Lab Check/Exam is not a valid reason to schedule a makeup exam. Make sure that your device is sufficiently charged so that you are able to login. It is also a good idea to get a Duo token and keep it in your backpack for emergencies.

Makeup Exams Procedures

We only offer make-up exams in extreme, documentable situations (emergencies, etc.). If you qualify, we only offer makeup exams during set makeup exam periods. We handle these on a case-by-case situation. You must request an exam within one week of your originally scheduled exam. Please fill out the form linked in the Canvas Announcement regarding the Lecture Check or Lab Check ASAP. We will require official documentation of some sort. You will need a note or documentation for that day, so please be sure to visit the doctor if you are sick on an exam day.

Canvas Announcements

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University Information

The information below is important and is not specific to this course.

Title IX Information

As your instructors, one of our responsibilities is to help create a safe learning environment on our campus. Title IX and our own Sexual Misconduct policy prohibit sexual misconduct. If you have experienced sexual misconduct, or know someone who has, the University can help. You are encouraged to visit Stop Sexual Violence (link below) to learn more. If you are seeking help and would like to speak to someone confidentially, you can make an appointment with a Mental Health Counselor on campus; use the link below to access contact information.

Stop Sexual Violence Mental Health Counseling on Campus

It is also important that you know that federal regulations and University policy require instructors to promptly convey any known information about potential sexual misconduct to our Deputy Title IX Coordinator or IU’s Title IX Coordinator. In that event, they will work with a small number of others on campus to ensure that appropriate measures are taken and resources are made available to the student who may have been harmed. Protecting a student’s privacy is of utmost concern, and all involved will only share information with those that need to know to ensure the University can respond and assist.

Emergency Procedures

Protect IU provides emergency procedures for the university. You can find a list of emergency procedures using the following link.

Emergency Procedures

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Recent Updates

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