CPSG100 & 200: Science & Global Change Colloquia
Colloquium Policies

Main SGC Website
CPSG 101 Course Syllabus and Schedule
Practicum Syllabus

NOTE: It is your responsibility as a student to completely read through and understand this syllabus. If you have questions about it, please contact Dr. Holtz or Dr. Merck. You will be held responsible for following all requirements of the freshman or sophomore colloquium syllabus, as appropriate.

CLASSROOM POLICIES: You should bring the following to every single colloquium meeting:

LAPTOP/TABLET/SMARTPHONE POLICIES: Recent studies have shown that:

Because of this, and because of past bad experience, smartphones, tablets, laptops, and all other modes of electronic communication must be turned off and stowed away during class and discussion time unless specifically informed to the contrary by the instructors. (NOTE: using your smartphone between your legs underneath the desk is NOT "stowed away", and you aren't and have never fooled a teacher or instructor when you try that...) If you are using the device for recording lectures, please activate them then leave them untouched for the remainder of the lecture. Apologies to those students who prefer to use this method to take notes, but this is the only effective way of dealing with the bad actors.

(NOTE if you have a reason for using laptops for note taking approved by the Disability Support Service, please bring that to the attention of both the faculty & the TAs prior to using them in class, and please make a copy of a DSS note to that affect available for our records.)


ATTENDANCE: Given the nature of the course and program, participation in colloquium meetings is MANDATORY. It is up to you to make certain that your presence has been recorded for every class.

COMMUNICATION: Because many of our communications will be by e-mail, all students are expected to maintain e-mail accounts and arrange for access to the Internet. Although not a course requirement per se, students should get into the habit of checking their e-mail daily. Failure to do so may cause you to miss crucial course information. See http://www.it.umd.edu/as/cl/ for a list of available computer labs on campus.

At your earliest convenience, log on to http://www.testudo.umd.edu/apps/saddr/ and update your electronic and mailing addresses. This will help ensure that important information fromCollege Park Scholars faculty and staff reach you in a timely and accurate manner.

ELMS CANVAS SITE: http://elms.umd.edu/ The primary functions for the ELMS Canvas site will be to for you to submit items and for the faculty and TA to record your grades, although we will also use it as a secondary site for documents, handouts, etc. We will use the Comments function for graded items to convey information about projects this semester: please look at these for help in understanding your grade and correcting errors.

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: The University of Maryland has a nationally recognized Code of Academic Integrity, administered by the Student Honor Council. This Code sets standards for academic integrity at Maryland for all undergraduate and graduate students. As a student you are responsible for upholding these standards for this course. It is very important for you to be aware of the consequences of cheating, fabrication, facilitation, and plagiarism. For more information on the Code of Academic Integrity or the Student Honor Council, please visit http://shc.umd.edu/SHC/Default.aspx.

The University of Maryland is one of a small number of universities with a student-administered Honors Code and an Honors Pledge, available on the web at http://shc.umd.edu/SHC/HonorPledgeInformation.aspx. The code prohibits students from cheating on exams, plagiarizing papers, submitting the same paper for credit in two courses without authorization, buying papers, submitting fraudulent documents, and forging signatures. The University Senate encourages instructors to ask students to write the following signed statement on each examination or assignment: "I pledge on my honor that I have not given or received any unauthorized assistance on this examination (or assignment)."

ACADEMIC ACCOMMODATIONS: If you have a documented disability, you should contact Disability Support Services 0126 Shoemaker Hall. Each semester students with documented disabilities should apply to DSS for accommodation request forms which you can provide to your professors as proof of your eligibility for accommodations. The rules for eligibility and the types of accommodations a student may request can be reviewed on the DSS web site at http://counseling.umd.edu/DSS/registration.php.

COURSE EVALUATIONS: CourseEvalUM will be open at the end of the semester for students to complete their evaluations for Spring 2016 courses. Students can go directly to the website to complete their evaluations. You will be alerted about these dates and provided more information closer to that time, and students will be alerted via their official University e-mail account.

Students who complete evaluations for all of their courses in the previous semester (excluding summer), can access the posted results via Testudo's CourseEvalUM Reporting link for any course on campus that has at least a 70% response rate. You can find more information, including periodic updates, at the IRPA course evaluation website.

The expectation is that all students will complete these. This is YOUR chance to anonymously evaluate this class: please use this opportunity!