• 4992 Class Policies

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    Academic Honesty

    Academic honesty is fundamental to the activities and principles of a university. All members of the academic community must be confident that each person’s work has been responsibly and honorably acquired, developed and presented. Any effort to gain an advantage not given to all students is dishonest whether or not the effort is successful.

    Academic misconduct includes but is not limited to the following:

    • Use of materials from another author without citation or attribution.
    • Use of verbatim materials from another author without citation or attribution.
    • Extensive use of materials from past assignments without permission of your instructor.
    • Extensive use of materials from assignments in other classes without permission of your instructor.
    • Fabricating information in news or feature stories, whether for publication or not.
    • Fabricating sources in news or feature stories, whether for publication or not.
    • Fabricating quotes in news or feature stories, whether for publication or not.
    • Lack of full disclosure or permission from editors when controversial reportorial techniques, such as going undercover to get news, are used.

    The academic community regards breaches of the academic integrity rules as extremely serious matters. Sanctions for such a breach may include academic sanctions from the instructor, including failing the course for any violation, to disciplinary sanctions ranging from probation to expulsion. When in doubt about plagiarism, paraphrasing, quoting, collaboration, or any other form of cheating, consult the course instructor.

    Classroom Misconduct

    Classroom misconduct is defined by the University of Missouri’s collected rules and regulations are also outlined in the M-Book Student Code of Conduct.

    Classroom misconduct can include obstruction or disruption of teaching, such as late arrival or early departure or failure to turn off mobile devices if instructed to do so.

    Classroom misconduct can also include misuse of computing resources, harassment, bullying, physical abuse or safety threats; theft; property damage; disruptive, lewd or obscene conduct; abuse of computer time; repeated failure to attend class when attendance is required; and repeated failure to participate or respond in class when class participation is required.

    IMPORTANT: Entering a classroom late or leaving a classroom before the end of the period can be extremely disruptive behavior. Students are asked to arrive for class on time and to avoid early departures.  Instructors have the right to deny students access to the classroom if they arrive late and have the right to dismiss a student from the class for early departures that result in disruptions.

    Under MU policy, your instructor has the right to ask for your removal from the course for misconduct, disruptive behavior or excessive absences. The instructor then has the right to issue a grade of withdraw, withdraw failing or F. The instructor alone is responsible for assigning the grade in such circumstances.

    A Special Note about Web Access in Class

    Convergence Journalism faculty typically tolerate (and actively encourage in many instances) personal web access during class time. Attention to and mastery of content discussed during class is your responsibility. We will alert you if there are specific times during a lecture, training session or class discussion when we intend to limit or prohibit web access.

    Dishonesty and Misconduct Reporting Procedures

    MU faculty are required to report all instances of academic dishonesty or classroom misconduct to the appropriate campus officials. Allegations of classroom misconduct must be reported to MU’s Office of Student Conduct. Allegations of academic misconduct must be reported to MU’s Office of the Provost.

    Professional Standards and Ethics

    The School of Journalism is committed to the highest standards of academic and professional ethics and expects its students to adhere to those standards. Students should be familiar with the Codes of Ethics of the Society of Professional Journalists, the Radio-Television Digital News Association and National Press Photographers Association and apply those codes appropriately. The Online News Association (ONA) has also assembled a variety of resources that help you to “Build your own ethics code.”

    Students are expected to observe strict honesty in academic programs and as representatives of school-related media. Should any student be guilty of plagiarism, falsification, misrepresentation or other forms of dishonesty in any assigned work, that student may be subject to a failing grade from the instructor and such disciplinary action as may be necessary under University regulations.

    Because we often work with images in convergence journalism, it’s important to know when you can and cannot use images created by others.  Here are a couple of resources to guide you.  If you have questions, please ask.

    The Best Ways to Be Sure You’re Legally Using Online Photos,” Sara Hawkins, LifeHacker, March 26, 2013

    Finding and Using Images, Maps and Video” MU Journalism Library

    Professional Values and Competencies

    The Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications requires that, irrespective of their particular specialization, all graduates should be aware of certain core values and competencies and be able to:

    • understand and apply the principles and laws of freedom of speech and press for the country in which the institution that invites ACEJMC is located, as well as receive instruction in and understand the range of systems of freedom of expression around the world, including the right to dissent, to monitor and criticize power, and to assemble and petition for redress of grievances;
    • demonstrate an understanding of the history and role of professionals and institutions in shaping communications;
    • demonstrate an understanding of gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and, as appropriate, other forms of diversity in domestic society in relation to mass communications;
    • demonstrate an understanding of the diversity of peoples and cultures and of the significance and impact of mass communications in a global society;
    • understand concepts and apply theories in the use and presentation of images and information;
    • demonstrate an understanding of professional ethical principles and work ethically in pursuit of truth, accuracy, fairness and diversity;
    • think critically, creatively and independently;
    • conduct research and evaluate information by methods appropriate to the communications professions in which they work;
    • write correctly and clearly in forms and styles appropriate for the communications professions, audiences and purposes they serve;
    • critically evaluate their own work and that of others for accuracy and fairness, clarity, appropriate style and grammatical correctness;
    • apply basic numerical and statistical concepts;
    • apply current tools and technologies appropriate for the communications professions in which they work, and to understand the digital world.

    The convergence capstone class gives you an opportunity to demonstrate mastery in each of these areas.

    Audio and Video Recordings of Classes

    University of Missouri System Executive Order No. 38 lays out principles regarding the sanctity of classroom discussions at the university. The policy is described fully in Section 200.015 of the Collected Rules and Regulations. In this class, students may make audio or video recordings of course activity unless specifically prohibited by the faculty member. However, the redistribution of audio or video recordings of statements or comments from the course to individuals who are not students in the course is prohibited without the express permission of the faculty member and of any students who are recorded. Students found to have violated this policy are subject to discipline in accordance with provisions of section 200.020 of the Collected Rules and Regulations of the University of Missouri pertaining to student conduct matters.

    The university adopted this policy over the strenuous objections of many School of Journalism faculty members, including me.  I therefore give you blanket written authority to record and distribute audio or video of any class meeting or discussion.  You will, of course, also need your classmates’ written consent under this new policy should you decide to disseminate your recordings.

    Office for Civil Rights & Title IX Information:

    University of Missouri policies prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy, age, genetic information, disability and protected veteran status. Discrimination includes any form of unequal treatment such as denial of opportunities, harassment, and violence.  Sex-based violence includes rape, sexual assault, unwanted touching, stalking, dating/interpersonal violence, and sexual exploitation.

    If you experience discrimination, you are encouraged (but not required) to report the incident to the MU Office for Civil Rights & Title IX. Learn more about your rights and options at civilrights.missouri.edu or call 573-882-3880.  You also may make an anonymous report online.

    Students may also contact the Relationship & Sexual Violence Prevention (RSVP) Center, a confidential resource, for advocacy and other support related to rape or power-based personal violence at rsvp@missouri.edu or 573-882-6638, or go to rsvp.missouri.edu.

    Both the Office for Civil Rights & Title IX and the RSVP Center can provide assistance to students who need help with academics, housing, or other issues.

    Required Referral:  Mizzou employees are required to refer all incidents of sex discrimination to the Office for Civil Rights & Title IX. The Office connects students with resources and helps them decide whether they wish to file a complaint of discrimination.  To learn more, contact title9@missouri.edu or 573-882-3880, or go to civilrights.missouri.edu.

    Students With Disabilities

    If you anticipate barriers related to the format or requirements of this course, if you have emergency medical information to share with me, or if you need to make arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, please let me know as soon as possible.

    If disability related accommodations are necessary (for example, a note taker, extended time on exams, captioning), please register with the MU Disability Center, S5 Memorial Union, 573-882-4696, and then notify me of your eligibility for reasonable accommodations.

    Religious Holidays

    Students are excused for recognized religious holidays. Let your instructor know in advance if you have a conflict.

    Intellectual Pluralism

    The University community welcomes intellectual diversity and respects student rights. Students who have questions or concerns regarding the atmosphere in this class (including respect for diverse opinions) may contact the faculty chair; associate dean; director of the Office of Students Rights and Responsibilities (http://osrr.missouri.edu/); the MU Equity Office, (http://equity.missouri.edu) or equity@missouri.edu.

    All students will have the opportunity to submit an anonymous evaluation of the instructor(s) at the end of the course.

    ----------Posted on July 13, 2016 by in 4992

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