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Course Policies and Student Support

In an effort to reduce paper usage, some Political Science instructors may opt to provide instructions in their course syllabus that refer students to this page, which provides basic information about course policies and support services. If the URL of this page is provided in the paper version of the syllabus then this information will be deemed to constitute part of that document. In all cases instructions appearing on the paper version prevails over information presented online.

Academic honesty
Cheating includes (but is not limited to) allowing another student to copy from your work, presenting someone else’s work as your own, consulting electronic devices such as mobile phones or MP3 players and/or interacting with others while a test is ongoing. Information about procedures and penalties for academic dishonesty is outlined in the University Calendar and is available on the plagiarism section of the Department's website.

Campus support
A number of student support services exist on campus, such as the Counselling Centre and the QEII Library Commons. The Writing Centre is a free, drop-in facility for all Memorial University students who want help with their writing; the Centre provides individualized tutorials to students from all schools and faculties.

Class cancellations policy
Refer to the paper version of the course syllabus for your instructor's policy on class cancellations. The instructor may opt to circulate class materials to students’ “@mun.ca” email and they will be responsible for covering this on their own.

Classroom etiquette
Students are asked to contribute to a positive learning environment for everyone. If you must arrive late or leave early, do so quietly without distracting others; if you have a compulsion to check email or Facebook, sit at the very back of the classroom; if you have a cellphone, turn it off; if you have food or drink, consume it outside of the classroom; and if you must whisper to a friend, hold off until the end of class. Please be respectful of a range of opinions however if a classmate is causing distraction you should bring it to the instructor's attention after class.

Conduct of examinations
Memorial University has formal instructions regarding the conduct of in-term and final examinations. For all examinations, students: must be registered in the course; are permitted only to bring pens, pencils and, if permitted, other items for the examination; are not allowed to use communication devices; and may not speak to each other unless part of the examination process. For examinations in central locations (e.g., a gymnasium), students: may not enter the room until invited by the invigilator; must place their Memorial photo identification cards on the upper right hand corner of the desk until verified by the invigilator – those unable to produce this ID upon request will not be permitted to write the examination; must not normally leave the room during the first 30 minutes or the last 15 minutes; may not normally be admitted after the first 30 minutes; and should wear only scent-free products. A student leaving the examination room unescorted will not be permitted to return. See the university website for a list of instructions.

E-mail policy
Memorial University’s policy is that students are to use e-mail from an account with the official university domain name (@mun.ca). This is the sole address to be used for official university e-mail communication. The policy further states that "failure to appropriately check e-mail will not exempt them from responsibilities associated with the email correspondence." For more information, contact Computing and Communications.

English as a second language
Any students whose first language is not English and whom experience difficulty with the language of instruction should bring this to the attention of the course instructor at the earliest opportunity.

Equity
This course draws students from a variety of disciplines and ethnic and cultural backgrounds. This diversity of experience, world views, values, and approaches to problem solving is one of the most enriching aspects of the university experience. In order for this course to be a valuable experience for all participants there is an expectation that dialogue will be collegial and respectful across disciplinary, cultural, and personal boundaries.

Essay style
Unless otherwise instructed students in Political Science courses are expected to observe the Political Science Style Guide when preparing essays.

Missed testing and late policies
Refer to the paper version of the course syllabus for your instructor's policy on documentation of excused absences and penalties for late assignments.

Political Science website
Information about upcoming courses, sample course syllabi, instructors, work internships, international exchanges, degree requirements, the Political Science students' journal and more can be obtained from the Department's website.

Recording devices in classrooms
Students may not make a visual and/or audio recording, openly or surreptitiously, of any lecture material delivered in a course without the written permission of the course instructor.

Students with disabilities
Students who require physical or academic accommodations are encouraged to speak privately to the instructor so that appropriate accommodations can be made in order that you may participate fully in the course. All conversations will remain confidential. Assistance may be available through the Glenn Roy Blundon Centre which serves students whose disabilities involve conditions affecting mobility, vision, hearing, learning (disabilities), chronic illness, or mental health; support is also provided to students with documented temporary illnesses and injuries.

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