[JRN 1000]
Foundations of Journalism


Course Syllabus


Please refer to the School of Communication website for important information regarding registration, admission requirements and academic policies. Also, please check our website periodically for any new announcements or news.


Students are responsible for making themselves aware of and understanding the University policies and procedures that pertain to Academic Honesty. These policies include cheating, fabrication, falsification and forgery, multiple submission, plagiarism, complicity and computer misuse. The academic policies addressing Student Rights and Responsibilities can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog at http://catalog.wmich.edu/content.php?catoid=24&navoid=974 and the Graduate Catalog at http://catalog.wmich.edu/content.php?catoid=25&navoid=1030  If there is reason to believe you have been involved in academic dishonesty, you will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct. You will be given the opportunity to review the charge(s) and if you believe you are not responsible, you will have the opportunity for a hearing. You should consult with your instructor if you are uncertain about an issue of academic honesty prior to the submission of an assignment or test. In addition, students are encouraged to access the Code of Honor, as well as resources and general academic policies on such issues as diversity, religious observance, and student disabilities:

·        Office of Student Conduct www.wmich.edu/conduct

·        Division of Student Affairs www.wmich.edu/students/diversity

·        Registrar’s Office www.wmich.edu/registrar and www.wmich.edu/registrar/policies/interfaith

·        Disability Services for Students www.wmich.edu/disabilityservices.


E-MAIL: Questions about the course and the writing lab should be directed to Dr. Steinke at the following email address: jocelyn.steinke@wmich.edu. The only email address that should be used for communication between WMU students and WMU faculty and staff is the email address associated with a BroncoNet ID. This email address typically takes the form "firstname.middleinitial.lastname@wmich.edu." An example is buster.h.bronco@wmich.edu. Students cannot automatically forward email from this address to other addresses. Students can access this email account or get instructions for obtaining a BroncoNet ID at GoWMU.wmich.edu.


Please see me during the first or second week of class if you need to access special services or contact the Coordinator of Services for Learning Disabled Students. Please read this note to access information about exam accomodations.


If you require accommodations, we will make sure you have access to these accomodations. Please let me know the specific accommodations needed at the beginning of the semester and provide written documentation for the accomodations. If you require testing accomodations, please let me know at the beginning of the semester as well as a week prior to each examination. All students requesting test accommodations are required to take the examinations on the dates and times the examinations are scheduled. It is the student's responsibiltiy to make arrangements for test accommodations with the Coordinator of Services for Learning Disabled Students at least three weeks prior to the scheduled exam date to ensure access to testing rooms and services offered by that office. If such arrangements are not made in advance, the exam must be taken during the regularly scheduled testing time in the computer lab.


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Dr. Jocelyn Steinke
School of Communication
Department in Gender and Women’s Studies
Western Michigan University
E-mail: jocelyn.steinke@wmich.edu

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