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The classroom is composed of people with a rich variety of backgrounds and perspectives. Dr. Pabón is committed to providing an atmosphere for learning that respects and appreciates diversity. While working together to build this classroom atmosphere we ask all members to: share their unique experiences, values and beliefs be open to the views of others honor the uniqueness of others appreciate the opportunity that we have to learn from each other in this community value each other’s opinions and communicate in a respectful manner keep confidential discussions that the community has of a personal (or professional) nature use this opportunity together to discuss ways in which we can create an inclusive environment in this course and across the SUNY New Paltz community Modified from Cornell University’s Sample Syllabus

Attendance & Participation

Class Participation: Participation is not just showing up to class, that is attendance. I expect you to be present as well as in attendance. Being present means coming to class prepared to engage, ask questions, and contribute to discussion. We are all responsible for the dynamics of the classroom, and your participation and preparedness are crucial to those dynamics.

Course Blog

Announcements regarding changes to the schedule, assignments, opportunities for extra credit, as well as other important course-related information will be posted on the course blog. Please check the course page regularly. You are responsible for all information posted there. In addition, I will be using the university email address that is on file with SUNY New Paltz to communicate with students, both individually and as a class. You will be responsible for any such communication; you must therefore check your university email account regularly (or configure it so that email is forwarded to another account that you do check regularly).

Extra Credit

Throughout the semester the professor may offer extra credit for attending an event and submitting a one-page reflection for 1 point. Extra credit is capped at 5 points.

Late Work

Unless given permission/an extension by professor, for every day an assignment is late the grade is lowered one half letter grade.

Writing Resources

Tutoring is available free of charge to all students, full and part-time, undergraduate and graduate, who are currently enrolled at SUNY New Paltz. In order to receive tutoring in a content area, the student must be currently enrolled in the course. Writing tutors may be assigned to assist students in all courses. The Tutoring and Writing Centers are located in room B106 in the basement of Old Main (OM.)

Campus-wide Policy Statements

Academic integrity policy statement: Students are expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty in their college work. Cheating, forgery, and plagiarism are serious offenses, and students found guilty of any form of academic dishonesty are subject to disciplinary action. For your information, plagiarism is defined as follows: Plagiarism is the representation, intentional or unintentional, of someone else’s words or ideas as one’s own… When using another person’s words in a paper, the student must place them within quotation marks or clearly set them off in the text and give them appropriate footnoting. When students use only the ideas and change the words, they must clearly identify the source of the ideas. Plagiarism, whether intentional or unintentional, therefore is a violation of the property of the author plagiarized and of the implied assurance by the student when they hand in work that the work is their own. If the student has any questions about what constitutes plagiarism, it is the student’s responsibility to clarify the matter by conferring with the instructor. Instances of academic dishonesty will be reported and recorded with the Department and College. Academic dishonesty will result in serious penalty (such as receiving a failing grade in the course) to be determined by the instructor. In addition, the Dean (or Dean’s designee) may review all pertinent documents and determine whether further disciplinary action is warranted. For more information, go to New Paltz’s policy on academic integrity is found at, and several excellent resources to help with avoiding plagiarism are available on the Sojourner Truth Library’s website:

Reasonable accommodation of individuals with disabilities statement: Students needing classroom and/or testing accommodations related to a disability should contact the Disability Resource Center (Student Union, Room 210, 845-257-3020) as close as possible to the beginning of the semester. The DRC will then provide students’ instructors with an Accommodation Memo verifying the need for accommodations. Specific questions about services and accommodations may be directed to Deanna Knapp, Assistant Director (

Veteran and Military Services statement: New Paltz’s Office of Veteran and Military Services (OVMS) is committed to serving the needs of veterans, service members and their dependents during their transition from military life to student life. Student veterans, service members or their dependents who need assistance while attending SUNY New Paltz may refer to; call 845-257-3120, -3124 or -3074; or stop by the Student Union, Room 100 South.

Computer and network policies statement: Users of New Paltz’s computer resources and network facilities are required to comply with the institutional policies outlined in the Acceptable Uses and Privacy Policy (

Incomplete Policy Per University policy, a grade of Incomplete (I) will be considered only in the case where a student has completed at least 75 percent of the work for the course and a personal emergency prevents the student from completing the work of the semester. The student will be required to explain the circumstances necessitating an Incomplete, and may be asked to provide supporting documentation. If an Incomplete is granted, terms will be set at that time outlining remaining coursework and a timeline for its completion. Failure to fully meet these terms will automatically result in a failing grade. In all cases, Incompletes are granted solely at the instructor’s discretion.

Student Evaluation of Instruction (SEI) You are responsible for completing the Student Evaluation of Instruction (SEI) for this course and for all your courses with an enrollment of three or more students. I value your feedback and use it to improve my teaching and planning. Please complete the form online during the dates listed in the Academic Calendar.