Course Policies

Response Time for Emails and Grading: Questions and comments should be submitted via the LMS e-mail. Remember to include a descriptive subject line. Normal turnaround for responses to questions will be 24-48 hours (excluding holidays and weekends).

APA Writing Style: Unless specifically stated otherwise, all written assignments are expected to follow the writing style guidelines outlined in the APA Publication Manual, 6th Edition (see link below). Assignments will include a title page, double spacing with indented paragraphs (first line of each paragraph), in-text source citations and a references page.

APA Publication Manual, 6th Edition

For Discussion forum posts, students will provide in-text citations and reference(s) at the end of the posting; no separate title page or double spacing required.

See sample APA-formatted discussion post

How to Use APA Sources

Why Use APA Style Guides

See narrated tutorial—Basics of APA Style

Respectful Communication: A positive learning environment is based on mutually respectful communication. Students are accountable for maintaining respectful communications with other students and with course instructors.

Communications that disrupt the learning environment include, but are not limited to, the use of profanity, insulting or harassing remarks in email, discussions, chat or telephone communications. Consequences of disruptive communications may include relinquishing the right to further class participation and being subject to removal from courses for the given term.

Academic Integrity:All members of the College community are responsible for complying with the rules and regulations of academic integrity.

The following actions and/or behaviors shall be deemed to violate college rules and regulations and shall be subject to appropriate college disciplinary proceedings:

Plagiarism is the act of appropriating another person's written, artistic, or musical composition, or portions thereof, or ideas, language or symbols, and conveying the material as the product of one's own mind, without giving credit to the originator.

In written work, direct quotations, statements which are the result of paraphrasing or summarizing the work of another, and other information which is not considered common knowledge must be cited or acknowledged, usually in the form of a footnote. Quotation marks or a proper form of identification shall be used to indicate all direct quotations.

Cheating is the act of using or attempting to use, in examination or other academic work, material, information, or study aids which are not permitted by the instructor. Cheating includes, but is not limited to, having another person do research, write papers, complete assignments, or take examinations for someone else. The submission of large portions of the same work as part of the academic work for more than one course can be considered cheating unless such submission is permitted by the instructor.

Fabrication is the invention of material or its source and its use as an authority in academic work. Fabrication includes, but is not limited to, inventing the data for a scientific experiment; inventing the title and author of a publication in order to use the invented publication as a source; or knowingly attributing material to an incorrect source.

Examples of the above may include, but are not limited to:

Students who have engaged in academic misconduct are subject to the following consequences: (1) a zero or an "F" on the work in question; (2) a zero or an "F" in the course (3) disciplinary action (put on academic probation); (4) expulsion from the college; or (5) any combination thereof.