Academic Integrity

Academic dishonesty, including all forms of cheating, falsification of data or sources, and/or plagiarism will not be tolerated in this course. Penalties for an act of academic dishonesty may range from receiving a failing grade for a particular assignment to receiving a failing grade for the entire course. In addition, you may be referred to the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards for discipline that can result in either a suspension or permanent dismissal. The Student Conduct Code contains detailed definitions of what constitutes academic dishonesty but if you are not sure about whether something you are doing would be considered academic dishonesty, consult with the course instructor. You may access the Code online at


Unexcused Absences:
You will be allowed to miss one week of class during the semester (two unexcused absences for a section that meets twice a week, or one unexcused absence for a section that meets only once a week). Having more than the allowed unexcused absences will lower your participation grade in this course.

Excused Absences:
If you must miss class for what you believe to be a legitimate reason, you must put your reason in writing and provide documentation to support your explanation. This information should be given to Dr. Conley promptly and will be used to determine whether the absence is to be considered excused or unexcused.

Religious Holidays
Current University policy recognizes the rights of students to observe religious holidays without penalty to the student. Students will provide advance notice to the instructor in order to make up work, including examinations, they miss as a result of their absence from class due to observance of religious holidays. If satisfactory arrangements cannot be made with the instructor, the student may appeal to the school director of Health Promotion and Human Performance.

Regardless of whether your absences are excused or unexcused, it is your responsibility to make arrangements to make up missed course work.

Course Expectations

  • Please plan to be in class on time and stay the entire time. Coming to class late or leaving early is disruptive to the learning environment and will negatively affect the class, and therefore your participation grade. Late arrival or early departure can be considered an absence.
  • Please leave cell phones and other portable electronic devices off during class (I pods, Blackberries, etc.). Please do not read or send text messages or email during class.
  • If you are using a laptop computer or tablet during class it should only be for purposes related to this course. It is easy for your laptop or tablet to become a distraction to you and those around you. Inappropriate uses will be noted and may affect your participation grade.
  • Written assignments are due as indicated on the course schedule.
  • Late homework assignments will not be accepted unless related to an excused absence.
  • Late papers will receive a grade penalty of 10% reduction for each day late if an extension of the due date was not negotiated with Dr. Conley in advance of the due date.
  • Missed Quizzes: Quizzes are often given the first 10 minutes of class. It is important to be on time to class. The first missed quiz will automatically be considered the quiz grade that is dropped, regardless of the reason for missing the quiz (excused or unexcused absence). A second missed quiz can be made up if the absence was considered by Dr. Conley to be an excused absence.
  • No extra credit assignments are given in this course, other than an extra credit question on each quiz and a group jeopardy review opportunity.

Writing Assistance

  • EMU Writing Center
    • "The University Writing Center (115 Halle Library; 487-0694) offers one-to-one writing consulting for both undergraduate and graduate students. Students can make appointments or drop in between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays. The UWC opens for the Fall 2014 semester on Monday, September 8 and will close on Thursday, December 11."
    • "The UWC also has several satellite locations across campus (in Owen, Marshall, Pray-Harrold, and Mark Jefferson). These satellites provide writing support to students in various colleges and programs across campus. Satellite locations and hours can be found on the UWC web site:"

  • EMU Academic Projects Center (APC)
    • "The Academic Projects Center (116 Halle Library) also offers one-to-one writing consulting for students, in addition to consulting on research and technology-related issues. The APC is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays for drop-in consultations. Additional information about the APC can be found at"
    • "Students visiting the Academic Projects Center or any of the satellites of the University Writing Center should also bring with them a draft of what they’re working on and their assignment sheet.”

Special Needs Accomodations

  • Disability Resource Center (DRC):
“It is my goal that this class be an accessible and welcoming experience for all students, including those with disabilities that may impact learning in this class. If anyone believes s/he may have trouble participating or effectively demonstrating learning in this course, please meet with me (with or without a Disability Resource Center (DRC) accommodation letter) to discuss reasonable options or adjustments. During our discussion, I may suggest the possibility/necessity of your contacting the DRC (240 Student Center; 734-487-2470; to talk about academic accommodations. You are welcome to talk to me at any point in the semester about such issues, but it is always best if we can talk at least one week prior to the need for any modifications.” For more information:

Student & Exchange VISitor Statement (SEVIS)

The Student exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) requires F and J student to report the following to the Office of International Students (244 EMU Student Center) within ten (10) days of the event:
  • Changes in your name, local address, major field of study, or source of funding;
  • Changes in your degree-completion date;
  • Changes in your degree-level (ex. Bachelors to Masters)
  • Intent to transfer to another school.
Prior permission from OIS is needed for the following:
  • Dropping ALL courses as well as carrying or dropping BELOW minimum credit hours;
  • Employment on or off-campus;
  • Registering for more than one ONLINE course per term (F visa only);
  • Endorsing 1-20 or DS-2019 for re-entry to the USA.
Failure to report may result in the termination of your SEVIS record and even arrest and deportation. If you have questions or concerns, contact the Office of International Students at 734.487.3116, not the course instructor.