Department Policies

Conduct in Class

Students should conduct themselves in accordance with the Student Handbook of Rights and Responsibilities. Any acts of classroom disruption that go beyond the normal rights of students to question and discuss with instructors the educational process relative to subject content will not be tolerated.

Examples of inappropriate disruptions are: disruptive (side) conversations; leaving class to go to the bathroom (especially during guest speakers); disrespectful comments about fellow students; interrupting the instructor about issues that should be discussed after class (such as a grade or accepting late homework); using computers to surf the Web, instant messaging or doing homework for another class; ringing cell phones. Sanctions for the above will be in accordance with the Student Handbook of Rights and Responsibilities.


Examinations must be taken when scheduled. Please plan your schedule accordingly. Make up examinations will not be allowed unless the instructor has, prior to the examination, approved a request for make up. Late take home exams will not be accepted.


Students are expected to attend every class. Attendance will be taken at the beginning of every class. Three unexcused absences will result in the reduction of one letter grade for the course. Four unexcused absences will result in failure for the course.


Students are expected to be in class on time. Four unexcused tardies will result in the reduction of one letter grade for the course. Five unexcused tardies will result in failure for the course.

Late Assignments

1000 and 2000 level courses, late assignments will be reduced as follows:

  • 25% reduction if turned in by the beginning of the next class
  • 50% reduction by the second class
  • Not accepted after the second class

3000 and 4000 level courses: late assignments will not be accepted.

Incomplete Policy

For a student to receive an incomplete, he or she must be passing and must have completed a significant portion of the course work. Students will not be given an incomplete grade in the course without sound reason and documented evidence.

Disabilities Policy and Academic Accommodation

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), all qualified students enrolled in this course are entitled to "reasonable accommodations."

Students who have an academic need may receive support in the following areas: 

  • Testing accommodations for students who have a documented disability
  • Assistance with test taking strategies and study skills
  • Intensive advising, personal counseling, tutoring, and support for non-traditional students through the department of Academic Support Services and the Learning Resource Center in Dewey Campus Center. 

Some services may require meeting eligibility requirements.  Please notify the instructor during the first week of class of any accommodations needed for the course.

Extra Credit

Policies regarding extra credit are at the discretion of the individual instructor.

Academic Integrity

We expect all of your work, including group projects, to be independent and original. This includes providing proper citation and credit when utilizing information from outside sources.

Students are expected to be honest in all their academic work at Johnson State College. Academic dishonesty in any form is prohibited and unacceptable. Acts of dishonesty for which a student may be disciplined include, but are not limited to, receiving or providing unauthorized assistance on an examination and plagiarizing the work of others in writing assignments.

The American Heritage Dictionary defines plagiarism in the following way: "To steal or use (the ideas or writings of another) as one's own." Students are responsible for knowing what specific acts constitute plagiarism; if students are uncertain whether a particular act constitutes plagiarism, they should consult with their instructors before turning in assigned work."

Revised 7/20/07