What the grades mean...

You can earn an A here, but you can also earn an F. It's all up to you, and neither should be a surprise. If you're concerned about the quality of your work, please come and talk to me!

A Exceptional work which goes beyond the expectations of the course
A- Superior work, very high quality
B+ Work of high quality, much better than average
B Very good work, meets all expectations
B- Good work
C+ Satisfactory work that indicates a basic understanding of the course material
C Satisfactory work, passable
C- Passing work, but below reasonable expectations
D Barely passing, less than satisfactory
F Failure. In another context, F means "You're fired." (Plagiarism is a good way to earn an F.)

W Withdrawal from the course.
I Incomplete. An incomplete may be issued when circumstances warrant, but must be justified. If an Incomplete grade is submitted by the instructor, the student and the instructor must have an agreed upon deadline for completion of the required work and must submit a contract for completion of the work.
ZF Adminsitrative Failure, automatically issued when a grade of Incomplete is not completed within one year of the end of the course. All Incompletes should be completed within a much shorter period of time before the automatic ZF is entered on the student’s transcript. This grade of F cannot be undone.

Additional University Policy Statements

This course is governed by the University’s policies, as published in the University catalog.

Academic Accommodations
Webster University makes every effort to accommodate individuals with academic/learning, health, physical and psychological disabilities. To obtain accommodations, students must identify themselves and provide documentation from a qualified professional or agency to the appropriate campus designee or the ADA Coordinator at the main campus. The ADA Coordinator may be reached at 314-246-7700 or disability@webster.edu.                      
If you have already identified as a student with a documented disability and are entitled to classroom or testing accommodations, please inform the instructor of the accommodations you will require for this class at the beginning of the course.

Academic Resource Center
Additional support and resources may be accessed through the Academic Resource Center (ARC). Support and resources include academic counseling, accommodations, assistive technology, peer tutoring, plagiarism prevention, testing center services, and writing coaching. Visit www.webster.edu/arc or Loretto Hall 40 on the main campus for more information.

Counseling/Life Development
Students sometimes experience a range of issues outside classes that have impact on their ability to succeed in the classroom, or even just carrying on with daily life. These include serious anxiety, depression, substance abuse issues and relationship problems. Webster's Counseling and Life Development offers free and confidential couseling and other resources that can help you get back on your feet and succeed. Few of us get through life without needing to talk to someone sometime. Make an appointment to see them at 314-246-7030.

Academic Honesty: The University is committed to high standards of academic honesty. Students will be held responsible for violations of these standards. Please refer to the university catalog for a definition of academic dishonesty and potential associated disciplinary actions.

Drops and Withdrawals: Please be aware that the Drop/Add and Withdrawal dates are listed each semester on the University website, in the University catalog and in the Course Description book. If the course is dropped within the Drop/Add period, no notation of the course will appear on the student’s transcript. Withdrawals take place after the published Drop date and a “W” in the course will appear on the student’s transcript.

Disturbances: Since every student is entitled to full participation in class without interruption, disruption of class by inconsiderate behavior is not acceptable. Students are expected to treat the instructor and fellow students with dignity and respect, especially in cases where diversity of opinions arise. Disrupting class by talking, using cell phones for any purpose, or sleeping may result in your ejection from that class session. Even quiet texting may cause you to be marked absent for a session without notice.

Classroom Disruption: Behavior occurring within the academic arena, including but not limited to classroom disruption or obstruction of teaching, is within the jurisdiction of Academic Affairs. In cases of alleged campus and/or classroom disruption or obstruction, a faculty member and/or administrator may take immediate action to restore order and/or to prevent further disruption (e.g., removal of student[s] from class or other setting). Faculty members have original jurisdiction to address the immediacy of a situation as they deem appropriate. When necessary and appropriate, Public Safety and/or the local (or military) police may be contacted to assist with restoring peace and order. Faculty response is forwarded to the academic dean (or his or her designee) for review and, if necessary, further action. Further action might include permanent removal from the course. Repeated offenses could lead to removal from the program and/or the University.

Student Assignments Retained: Some random student assignments or projects will be retained by the School of Communications for the purpose of academic assessment as it relates to student learning outcomes. In every such case, the student’s name and all identifying information about the student will be removed from the assignment or project.

Contact hours for this course: It is essential that all classes meet for the full instructional time as scheduled. A class cannot be shortened in length without rescheduling and/or make up activities.