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General information that all students should read and understand.

This course follows the rules, regulations, and policies of the University of Oregon as well as specific rules, regulations, and policies established by the course instructor.Please read each of the sections listed below. If you have questions, bring them up in a class meeting or in individual conversations/meetings with the course instructor.

Late Work

Missed Classes That Can be Scheduled Well in Advance

Ontime, Regular Class Attendance is Required

Respective for Diversity

Academic Misconduct Policy

Tests, Quizzes, and Other In-class Graded Activities



Respective for Diversity

    The Area of Teacher Education supports the University of Oregon Affirmation of Community ( and affirms its non-discrimination policy which states that the university community “is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge and the development of integrity. In order to thrive and excel, this community must preserve the freedom of thought and expression of all its members. A culture of respect that honors the rights, safety and dignity of every individual is essential to preserve such freedom.” This culture of respect includes a commitment to respecting diversity. Diversity includes, but is not limited to race, ethnicity, national origin, tribal affiliation, sex, gender, gender-expression/identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, age, physical abilities or religious affiliation. Faculty in the Area of Teacher Education encourage students to think critically about diversity and about the social privileges they are afforded. Faculty also encourage all students to expand their knowledge of other cultures. The Area of Teacher Education is committed to promoting an environment respectful of diversity and creating an academic community that is safe and welcoming to all individuals. Faculty will not tolerate discrimination or harassment in any form.

    If you believe you have been the victim of or a witness to discrimination or harassment, the University of Oregon encourages you to report it to the Bias Response Team (BRT). The team can help you document the incident and provide support. To report an incident, call (541) 346 – 1139 or go to: You have the option of providing your name or filing an anonymous report.

    It is the policy of the University of Oregon to support and value cultural diversity. To do so requires that we:
    • Respect the dignity and essential worth of all individuals.
    • Promote a culture of respect throughout the University community.
    • Respect the privacy, property, and freedom of others.
    • Reject bigotry, discrimination, violence, or intimidation of any kind.
    • Practice personal and academic integrity and expect it from others.
    • Promote the diversity of opinions, ideas and backgrounds which is the lifeblood of the university.

    If you believe you have been the victim of or a witness to a bias incident, harassment, or a hate crime, the University of Oregon encourages you to report it to the Bias Response Team. The team can help you document the incident and can provide support.
    Bias Response Team 346-1139
    Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity 346-3123

Students with Disabilities

Appropriate accommodations will be provided for students with documented disabilities. If you have a documented disability and require accommodation, you must meet with the course instructor within the first two weeks of the term. This documentation must come in writing from the Disability Services. Disabilities may include (but are not limited to) neurological impairment, orthopedic impairment, traumatic brain injury, visual impairment, chronic medical conditions, emotional/psychological disabilities, hearing impairment, and learning disabilities. Contact Disability Services:
Email Phone: (541) 346-1155 TTY: (541) 346-1083

To learn about Adaptive Technology for students at the UO, go to

Ontime, Regular Class Attendance is Required

It is expected that you will attend each class meeting and participate fully in the in-class activities and discussion. Failure to attend and participate will seriously affect your grade. This is not a class where you can "get by" without coming to class.

Most participants in the course are preservice or inservice teachers. I expect a high level of professionalism in the behavior of these students, as well as all other students in the class. For example, this means arriving at class on time, ready to go to work. It means paying attention to the instructor, and not disrupting the class. Cell phones should be turned off before the class begins. Class time should not be used for playing games on a computer or handling your email correspondence.

Each class meeting will typically include considerable time devoted to in-class discussions. Such discussions are an important part of the content of the course. To the extent that class time permits, it is expected that each student will participate.

Typically there will be one or more graded Attendance & Readings Quizzes at each class meeting. Part of the points in such a quiz are awarded on the basis of answers to questions covering required readings, and part of the points are awarded for being present to take the quiz. Often a quiz question will require you to relate ideas from current readings to ideas covered previously in the course and/or its readings.

An unexcused absence cannot be made up and results in a grade of zero on such a quiz. There may be other graded in-class activities that cannot be made up at a later time. In addition, much of what you will learn in class is not easily accessible just from your class reading.

If you have a conflict or other reason that requires that you miss a class, please let me know in advance--via email, phone, or in writing. An example would be illness, backed up by a doctor's excuse. I can be more flexible about reasons for missed classes if I have advance notice from you.

Missed Classes That Can be Scheduled Well in Advance

Do you have conflicts during the term that you know will require you to miss class? (If you will miss classes due to athletic events, for example, pleased give me your game/travel schedule from the athletic department as soon as possible.) Arrangements for anticipated scheduled conflicts should be made with me well in advance of the class to be missed.

Tests, Quizzes and In-class Activities

There will be no midterm or final exam.

There may be unannounced graded in-class activities throughout the term. These may be group activities, individual activities, or quizzes. The in-class activities and quizzes will not be on "picky" details. The individual and group activities will assume that you have done the reading and other assignments for class. In-class activities are an important part of your grade. You cannot do well in this class unless you are in class regularly to participate in in-class activities.

You may not make up any missed quizzes or in class activities. If you have a University approved excuse, then the quiz or activity score will not be counted in your grade for the term. (That is, you will receive an excused absence, and this will not affect your course grade.) If you do not have a University approved excuse, a grade of zero will be recorded.

Late Work

  • Work must be turned prior to or at the beginning of class to count as having been turned in on that day. Electronic assignments must be sent before the beginning of class or by the time stated on the Assignment sheet to be counted as being on time.
  • Late work will lose 10% for each day or fraction thereof that it is late. You will lose 10% over a 2-day or a longer (due to holiday) weekend.

    For example, suppose an assignment is due on or before 4:00 pm on Tuesday. If you turn it in after 4:00 pm, but before 4:00 pm on the next day (Wednesday), you will loose 10%. If you turn it in after 4:00 on the next day, but before 4:00 on the following day (Thursday), you will loose 20%. If your assignment is so late that it has lost 100% of the possible points, you will not receive any points for turning it in. However, you will receive the feedback on the assignment if you turn it in.

  • If you have a valid excuse for missing class (according to UO rules) when an assignment is due, then you have three weekdays from the original due date to turn the work in. If you feel you need more than this amount of time, then you must make special arrangements with the course instructor.
  • No assignments will be accepted after the scheduled (by the UO) time of the final exam for the course.

All grade corrections (for example, grades not recorded or incorrectly recorded for assignments that have been turned in, graded, and returned) are due by at or before the time scheduled (by the UO) for the final exam for the course.

Academic Misconduct Policy: Academic Integrity and Student Code of Conduct

You are expected to maintain the highest level of academic honesty (as detailed in the Student Academic Integrity Policies and Guidelines) as well as be familiar with and adhere to the University of Oregon's Student Code of Conduct. To obtain further information regarding Student Academic Integrity and the Student Code of Conduct, please contact the Office of Student Life (located in 164 Oregon Hall) by phone 346-1140 or on the web:
Student Academic Integrity:
Student Code of Conduct:


Plagiarism is one of the topics discussed in the Student Conduct Code. Computer technology has made it easier for a student to copy material without adequately and appropriately citing its source. This is not allowed in the courses taught by Dr. David Moursund. The following (quoted) brief news item discusses this type of plagiarism.


A survey of more than 18,000 students on 23 college campuses indicates a growing incidence of Internet plagiarism among U.S. college students. According to the survey, conducted by Rutgers University management professor Donald L. McCabe, 38 percent of respondents said they had been involved in "cut-and-paste" cheating within the past year. This compares to 10 percent in a similar, though smaller, survey conducted three years ago. McCabe attributed some of the rise to growing ignorance among college students about what constitutes proper citation. Many of today's students, he said, "are convinced that anything you find on the Internet is public knowledge." Indeed, nearly half the students who participated in the survey said they did not consider copying several sentences or even full paragraphs without citation to be cheating. New York Times, 3 September 2003 (registration req'd) (Edupage, September 03, 2003.)

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