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Syllabus Language & Studio Space Distribution

Studio Space Distribution

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Required Syllabus Language [from the University]

Face Covering Policy (required for courses with a face-to-face component)

To reduce the spread of COVID-19, the University requires face coverings on campus including classrooms for both faculty and students.  Face coverings must cover your mouth and nose and be worn throughout the class session.  A mask with a valve is not considered an adequate face covering and should not be used, as it can expel exhaled air, increasing the risk to others. Eating or drinking during class is discouraged and is not an excuse for removing the face covering for any extended length of time.  For additional information on the use of face coverings, please see Face Covering FAQs. Failure to comply with the requirement to wear a face-covering in class will result in your being asked to leave the classroom immediately and a disciplinary referral through the Dean of Students Office. Requests for accommodations relating to the face-covering policy may be directed to the Center for Students with DisABILITIES (CSD).

Required Daily Health Self-Assessment (required for courses with a face-to-face component)

Your presence in class each session means that you have completed a daily self-assessment of your health/exposure and you:

  • Are NOT exhibiting any Coronavirus Symptoms
  • Have NOT tested positive for COVID-19
  • Have NOT knowingly been exposed to someone with COVID-19 or suspected/presumed COVID-19

If you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms that are not clearly related to a pre-existing medical condition, do not come to class. Please see COVID-19 Diagnosis/Symptoms Protocols for what to do if you experience symptoms and Potential Exposure to Coronavirus for what to do if you have potentially been exposed to COVID-19. Consult the (select: Undergraduate Excused Absence Policy or Graduate Excused Absence Policy) for information regarding excused absences due to medical reasons.

Excused Absence Policy (required for all courses)

Regular class attendance, participation, and engagement in coursework are important contributors to student success. Absences may be excused as provided in the University of Houston Undergraduate Excused Absence Policy and Graduate Excused Absence Policy for reasons including: medical illness of student or close relative, death of a close family member, legal or government proceeding that a student is obligated to attend, recognized professional and educational activities where the student is presenting, and University-sponsored activity or athletic competition.  Additional policies address absences related to military service, religious holy days, pregnancy and related conditions, and disability.

Interim Undergraduate Grading Policy (required for undergraduate courses)

Due to the unique and unprecedented challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Houston has implemented an Interim Undergraduate Grade Policy for undergraduate grades which applies to all undergraduate students in courses offered in all sessions during fall 2020. Under this policy, students have the option of converting final assigned letter grades to S (Satisfactory, applicable to any letter grade from A to D-) or NCR (No Credit Reported COVID-19, applicable to grades of F) on their transcripts. Please visit FAQs for additional information.

Recording of Class (required for all courses)

Students may not record all or part of class, livestream all or part of class, or make/distribute screen captures, without advanced written consent of the instructor. If you have or think you may have a disability such that you need to record class-related activities, please contact the Center for Students with DisABILITIES. If you have an accommodation to record class-related activities, those recordings may not be shared with any other student, whether in this course or not, or with any other person or on any other platform. Classes may be recorded by the instructor. Students may use instructor’s recordings for their own studying and notetaking. Instructor’s recordings are not authorized to be shared with anyone without the prior written approval of the instructor. Failure to comply with requirements regarding recordings will result in a disciplinary referral to the Dean of Students Office and may result in disciplinary action.

Syllabus Changes (required for all courses)

Due to the changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, please note that the instructor may need to make modifications to the course syllabus and may do so at any time. Notice of such changes will be announced as quickly as possible through (specify how students will be notified of changes).


Recommended Syllabus Language [from the University]

Resources for Online Learning

The University of Houston is committed to student success, and provides information to optimize the online learning experience through our Power-On website. Please visit this website for a comprehensive set of resources, tools, and tips including: obtaining access to the internet, AccessUH, and Blackboard; requesting a laptop through the Laptop Loaner Program; using your smartphone as a webcam; and downloading Microsoft Office 365 at no cost. For questions or assistance contact UHOnline@uh.edu.

UH Email

Email communications related to this course will be sent to your Exchange email account which each University of Houston student receives. The Exchange mail server can be accessed via Outlook, which provides a single location for organizing and managing day-to-day information, from email and calendars to contacts and task lists. Exchange email accounts can be accessed by logging into Office 365 with your Cougarnet credentials or through Acccess UH. They can also be configured on IOS and Android mobile devices. Additional assistance can be found at the Get Help page.

Webcams

Access to a webcam is required for students participating remotely in this course. Webcams must be turned on (state when webcams are required to be on and the academic basis for requiring them to be on). (Example: Webcams must be turned on during exams to ensure the academic integrity of exam administration.)

Honor Code Statement

Students may be asked to sign an honor code statement as part of their submission of any graded work including but not limited to projects, quizzes, and exams: “I understand and agree to abide by the provisions in the (select: University of Houston Undergraduate Academic Honesty Policy, University of Houston Graduate Academic Honesty Policy). I understand that academic honesty is taken very seriously and, in the cases of violations, penalties may include suspension or expulsion from the University of Houston."

Course Delivery Formats and Final Exams

  • HyFlex Courses: This course is a HyFlex course. Some students may have a designated face-to-face spot reserved, but alternative ways to participate will also be provided. These alternatives may include (but are not limited to) attending class sessions through synchronous streaming, viewing recordings of class meetings asynchronously, participating in discussion boards, and/or completing self-directed activities. This course will have a final exam per the University schedule. As the University will be transitioning all classes and final exams given after the Thanksgiving Break to online delivery, the exam for this course will be delivered in the synchronous online format, and the specified date and time will be announced during the course. Prior to the exam, descriptive information, such as the number and types of exam questions, resources and collaborations that are allowed and disallowed in the process of completing the exam, and procedures to follow if connectivity or other resource obstacles are encountered during the exam period, may be provided.
  • Synchronous Online Courses: This course is being offered in the Synchronous Online format. Synchronous online class meetings will take place according to the class schedule. There is no face-to-face component to this course. In between synchronous class meetings, there may also be asynchronous activities to complete (e.g., discussion forums and assignments). This course will have a final exam per the University schedule. The exam will be delivered in the synchronous online format, and the specified date and time will be announced during the course. Prior to the exam, descriptive information, such as the number and types of exam questions, resources and collaborations that are allowed and disallowed in the process of completing the exam, and procedures to follow if connectivity or other resource obstacles are encountered during the exam period, may be provided.
  • Asynchronous Online Courses (or asynchronous exam in another course format): This course is taught Asynchronously, which means there is no designated day or time assigned to the course (although optional synchronous sessions are possible, such as virtual office hours or discussion groups). Asynchronous instruction generally involves accessing content, such as recorded video lectures, readings, discussion prompts, assignments, and assessments during a flexible time frame, with due dates as specified. This course will have a final exam at the course conclusion. The exam will be asynchronous, and the date and time that it will be released and due will be announced during the course. Prior to the exam, descriptive information, such as the number and types of exam questions, resources and collaborations that are allowed and disallowed in the process of completing the exam, and procedures to follow if connectivity or other resource obstacles are encountered during the exam period, may be provided.
  • Alternative Assessment in Any Course Format: An alternative assessment will be used in the place of the traditional final exam at the course conclusion. Instructions will be provided, including the date and time that the assessment materials will be released to the class and will be due, resources and collaborations that are allowed and disallowed in the process of completing the assessment, procedures to follow if connectivity or other resource obstacles are encountered during the assessment period, acceptable submission formats, and submission location.

 Helpful Information


Additional Syllabus Language [from the College]

Class Guidelines

Instructor grading will be based on the following grade assumptions:

  • A - The student has performed exceptionally in all aspects of the work. He or she has gone well beyond the course requirements to achieve an outstanding result.
  • B - The student has performed very well in most aspects of the work. He or she has achieved an above-average result that distinguishes the work from the average.
  • C - The student has performed satisfactorily in most aspects of the work. Though the student may have tried hard and met the requirements, this alone is not a guarantee of success.
  • D - The student’s performance was inadequate, based on the requirements of the class.
  • F - The student failed to meet one or all of the requirements of the class.

Letter grade assignments are based on the following scoring:

A

A-

B+

B

B-

C+

C

C-

D+

D

D-

F

4.00

3.67

3.33

3.00

2.67

2.33

2.00

1.67

1.33

1.00

0.67

0.00

[Tentative] Class Rules: 

  • No cell phones or texting during class
  • Completing the requirements allows the instructor to grade your work. It does not guarantee a certain grade.
  • Attendance at all class meetings is required. Students are expected to work in class/studio during the entire scheduled class time.
  • Students who do not show up on time the first day of classes may lose their spot in this class.
  • [Three] absences from class / studio may result in failure of this course without the requirement of any warning.
  • Students who do not pin-up / have the assignment ready on time before a jury starts will not have their projects reviewed.
  • All students are required to complete their assignments and projects before the final jury.
  • [A complete digital project portfolio due on the last day of classes will be required to complete this course.]
  • Semester grades will not be changed because of additional student work submitted after the due date.
  • Plagiarism and/or the submission of work performed by others are grounds for failing course and/or expulsion.
  • All students should become familiar with the rules and proceedings contained in the Graduate / Undergraduate Catalogue and Handbook.
The University of Houston System complies with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, pertaining to the provision of reasonable academic adjustments/auxiliary aids for students with a disability. In accordance with Section 504 and ADA guidelines, each University within the System strives to provide reasonable academic adjustments/auxiliary aids to students who request and require them. If you believe that you have a disability requiring an academic adjustments/auxiliary aid, please contact your University’s student disability services center.

Center for Students with DisABILITIES

The Center for Students with DisABILITIES equalizes our students’ learning, discovery, and engagement by fostering self-advocacy, inclusion, and success.

https://uh.edu/csd/


Notes Regarding Campus Carry Law

The rules regarding concealed carry will be strictly enforced in this class. Any incident involving a firearm may result in immediate removal from the class and may delay completion of the course for everyone.

The campus carry policy and the campus carry FAQs are readily available to the campus community, including our students at the following links:

http://www.uh.edu/police/campus-carry/faq.html#sec3


UH CAPS Statement

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) can help students who are having difficulties managing stress, adjusting to college, or feeling sad and hopeless. You can reach CAPS (www.uh.edu/caps) by calling 713-743-5454 during and after business hours for routine appointments or if you or someone you know is in crisis. No appointment is necessary for the “Let's Talk” program, a drop-in consultation service at convenient locations and hours around campus.      
http://www.uh.edu/caps/outreach/lets_talk.html  

Graduate/Professional Colleges:

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) can help students who are having difficulties managing stress, adjusting to the demands of a professional program, or feeling sad and hopeless. You can reach CAPS (www.uh.edu/caps) by calling 713-743-5454 during and after business hours for routine appointments or if you or someone you know is in crisis. No appointment is necessary for the “Let's Talk” program, a drop-in consultation service at convenient locations and hours around campus. http://www.uh.edu/caps/outreach/lets_talk.html 


Additional Information Regarding COVID-19

COVID-19 Testing

  • University of Houston has contracted with UT Health to provide COVID-19 testing for students, faculty and staff who become symptomatic or have been identified as exposed. We are prioritizing students, faculty and staff who are on campus. Results should be returned within 24 hours and University contact tracing teams will immediately notify anyone known to have been potentially exposed to someone who was on campus during the 14-day incubation period.
  • Testing for benefits-eligible faculty and staff who are not on campus is available through a primary care physician and covered 100% by UH’s employee health insurance.

Positive Case Reporting

The information on total positive cases of UH community members and the number of cases on campus is available on our COVID-19 website.

Face Covering Update

Until further notice, the University of Houston requires face coverings for all students and employees while on-campus. Visit the face covering policy webpage. Update: A mask with a valve is not considered an adequate face covering and should not be used, as it can expel exhaled air, increasing the risk to others. More information available on Face Covering FAQ.

Facial Covering Accommodations will be on paper, presented on CSD or EOS letterhead.


Additional Information Regarding Recording

Copyright

The University of Houston Libraries offer many resources regarding Copyright Law and Fair Use. Please visit their site for more information. Below are a few helpful notes regarding Copyright, Fair Use, and Creative Commons (CC) licenses.

  • All Content including online content is protected by Copyright law, so permission is required from the creator for use.
  • Your work or content is automatically protected by Copyright laws once it is permanently recorded.
    • Protected for 70 years after the death of the owner, then after that time it is in public domain.
    • Content in public domain are free to use and do not require permission for use or copy.
  • Fair use allows the public to reproduce portions of a copyrighted work without permission for purposes such as scholarly criticism, comment, teaching, scholarship, and research.
    • No set limit to a number of words or percentage of work used to qualify for fair use, but four factors are considered: purpose of use, nature of use, amount of work used, and effect of use.
  • Creative Commons (CC) licenses help creators of content retain copyright while allowing others to copy, distribute, and make some uses of their work with an attribute the original creator of a work

Quick Links to Resources

Copyright Crash Course: A crash course in Copyright available online under a Creative Commons license. 

Interactive Copyright Guide: An interactive guide that allows you to select the date of first publication and type of author to determine if a work is protected by Copyright.

Blackboard Help on US Copyright Law: A page where Blackboard highlights frequently asked questions regarding Copyright Law.  

The TEACH Act Guide: A brief guide regarding the TEACH Act.


QR Code

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