[JRN 3200]
Foundations of Journalism

 

Attendance and Student Responsibilities

 

Attendance

 

Attending class on a regular basis prepares you for future success in journalism. You can't report on the news, if you are not present to cover it and write about it.

 

Plan to attend every class and to actively participate in class discussions.

 

Regular attendance and active participation during class are crucial for earning a good grade in this course!

 

You are responsible for arriving to class on time and staying for the entire class period. Late arrivals to class or early departures from class will count as absences. Arriving late, departing early, moving in and out of the lab, using cell phones, reading newspapers, checking Facebook and Twitter and surfing the Internet during class time are disruptive to your classmates and your instructor and will result in a deduction to your final grade for the class. Please attend to any unrelated business either before or after class not during class time. Please do your part to contribute to a classroom environment focused on learning.

 

IMPORTANT: Two excused absences are granted without penalty to your final grade. Any missed work during these absences can not be made up. You do not need to notify me about these absences.

 

Please note that these excused absences cover ALL personal, professional and school-related events that may keep you from attending class. These may include illness, job or internship interviews, class field trips, job commitments or schedule changes, campus clubs or extracurricular activities, inclement weather when the University does not close, family trips and personal vacations, early flights for breaks, family and/or roommate emergencies, illness and/or medical appointments, traffic accidents or delays, failed alarm clocks, car trouble, court appearances, and any other event that keeps you from attending class.

 

In the event that the University closes because of inclement weather, we will not hold class. Our class schedule and deadlines will be modified to allow time to cover work missed. Check the "Announcement" box of your course "Schedule" page for these changes.

 

MAKEUP ASSIGNMENTS FOR IN-CLASS ASSIGNMENTS, QUIZZES and EXAMS WILL ONLY BE GIVEN WHEN YOU PROVIDE WRITTEN DOCUMENTATION FOR THE FOLLOWING ABSENCES:

 

1. Funeral of a close family member

2. Accommodation from Student Affairs

3. Hospitalization for illness or injury (this does not include a doctor's appointment)

 

IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO MAKE IT TO CLASS ON THE DAY A STORY ASSIGNMENT IS DUE, YOU MUST E-MAIL THAT ASSIGNMENT BEFORE THE CLASS START TIME IN ORDER TO RECEIVE CREDIT FOR THAT ASSIGNMENT.

 

Student Responsibilities

 

1. attending class during the full time indicated on the schedule;


2. bringing the necessary texts and materials to class;


3. taking notes during lectures, discussions and videotape screenings;


4.turning in all assignments, quizzes and exams by deadline;


5. keeping all graded assignments until the end of the semester;


6. keeping up with the reading assignments;

 

7. participating in class discussion and in-class exercises on a regular basis;


8. meeting with the instructor if you would like additional assistance or have questions; and


9. letting the instructor know as soon as possible about prolonged absences from class because of illness or other circumstances and providing written documentation from a medical professional or other appropriate source for such absences.


If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please see me at any time during the semester. I can be easily reached by email or voicemail and during office hours.

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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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