CLASS ATTENDANCE AND PARTICIPATION
I expect an active and challenging participation in class. You can decide not to attend class, and a special learning program will be available for those who decide to do so but attending you will have much more fun. This year you can attend either face-to-face if you are in Siena or online if you are not due to the present pandemic. No matter how, if you decide to attend class, you shall attend class. Attendance will be recorded by your signature on the sheet passed around in class each day. Absences will be excused only if communicated to the instructor before the class. The quartile with the highest attendance rate in class will receive a point more on their grading for the module. The quartile with the lowest attendance rate will receive a point less on their grading for the module. You are solely responsible for making sure you sign the attendance sheet before leaving class. If you do not, your name cannot be added at a later point. Any student involved in the forgery of signatures—either on the “giving” or “receiving” end—will receive an automatic zero for that entire portion of their grade and will, in addition, be subject to the university’s policy on academic honesty. If you have special personal conditions (e.g. health or sports requirements to attend) be sure to forward a copy of your schedule to me in writing as soon as it becomes available, so that attendance sheets can be marked accordingly on those days when you will not show up in class.
You are expected to deliver short summaries and reports. All ideas, arguments, and phrases submitted without attribution to other sources must be the creative product of the student. Thus, all text passages taken from the works of other authors (published or unpublished) must be properly cited. The same applies to paraphrased text, opinions, data, examples, illustrations, and all other creative work. Violations of this standard constitute plagiarism. Plagiarism is among the gravest forms of academic dishonesty and it will be severely repressed in the preparation of all papers and assignments. Students who will commit plagiarism, beside any action undertaken by the University, will be immediately considered as failed in the class.