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Attendance and Participation:  Attending and participating in class is the best way to learn the course material and to succeed in this course.  Class activities facilitate learning by encouraging you to use, apply and integrate the concepts and methods that we discuss. Written notes from in-class assignments (which I will ask you to hand into me) represent one way that I reward regular attendance.  It is your responsibility to get notes form a classmate for any classes that you miss.  I recommend exchanging contact information with other students in the class so you will be able to borrow any notes that you miss from them. If you loan your notes to someone, be sure to get that person’s name and contact information. I also consider attendance, punctuality, behavior (the degree to which responsibilities are carried out in a professional manner), and class participation when deciding whether to tip a borderline grade one way or another.

Classroom environment:  The class will be run as a combination lecture/discussion format, so student participation is crucial to the success of the course. Constructive and appropriate contributions to classroom discussion are welcome. Given the sensitive nature of some course topics, I request that you respect other students’ perspectives and experiences during discussions. I will endeavor to do the same. Also, please refrain from engaging in behaviors that are disrespectful and distracting to me and your peers.  These behaviors include (but are not limited to): text messaging, using cell phones, reading newspapers, checking email, surfing the internet, sleeping, arriving late or leaving early.



Heather Smith, Ph.D.
Stevenson 3089