Course Policies


Class participation Policy

Students are encouraged to ask questions and participate in the discussions. Please raise your hand before asking questions or speaking during the lectures. Harassment or intimidation of any form will not be tolerated in class or online discussions.

Attendance Policy

This course is an in-person class and therefore all lectures will be delivered in person in the specified location. You are strongly encouraged to attend each lecture as they happen as there is a small but significant part of the grade based on your class participation.

Late Submission Policy

No late submissions will be accepted. Students with legitimate reasons may contact the instructor before the deadline to apply for an extension.

PSU Grading System

Drop/Withdraw Deadlines

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a vital part of the educational experience at PSU. The Student Code of Conduct is the university’s policy on academic dishonesty. A confirmed violation of that code in this course may result in failure of the course.

Use of Generative AI tools

In this course, those students who wish to utilize Generative AI tools, such as ChatGPT, may do so with attribution. AI tools may be employed to brainstorm project ideas or to rephrase your own writeup. However, to uphold scholarly standards, students are required to cite any AI-generated material that contributes to their work, including in-text citations, quotations, and references. The generation of content through AI without appropriate attribution constitutes academic misconduct.

Please refer to Library’s suggested citation formats when using generative AI tools in academic work for more details how to cite Generative AI output.

Incomplete Grades Policy

Students do not have a right to receive or demand an Incomplete grade. The option of assigning an Incomplete grade is at the discretion of the instructor when these criteria are met:

  • Required satisfactory course completion/participation
  • Reasonable justification for the request
  • Not sought as a substitute for a poor grade
  • Presence of a written agreement (such as the Incomplete Contract)
  • A plan in place to resolve Incomplete status

The Office of the Registrar’s website has the full Incomplete Grades policy.

Diversity and Inclusivity Policy

As an instructor, I believe that social belonging and inclusivity is key to learning and persistence. It is my intent to ensure that students from diverse backgrounds, including but not limited to race, color, national origin, language, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, and religion, feel welcome and included in this class. If you notice that any of the materials presented in the class are not respectful of this diversity, please bring it to my attention. Any suggestions on how to improve the inclusivity of the course materials presented (lessons, examples, quizzes, assignments) are also much appreciated. If you have experienced or observed any discrimination, please report it and/or reach out to support groups listed on PSU’s Equity and Compliance website.

Student Services

Disability Access Statement

If you have, or think you may have, a disability that may affect your work in this class and feel you need accommodations, contact the Disability Resource Center to schedule an appointment and initiate a conversation about reasonable accommodations. The DRC is at 116 Smith Memorial Student Union, 1825 SW Broadway; 503-725-4150;

Basic Needs at Portland State

It can be challenging to do your best in class if you have trouble meeting basic needs like safe shelter, sleep, and nutrition. Resource centers across campus are here to provide assistance, referrals, and support. Please contact anyone on this list for assistance:

Sexual misconduct

PSU desires to create a safe campus. As part of that mission, PSU requires all students to take the Understanding Sexual Misconduct and Resources learning module. If you or someone you know has been harassed or assaulted, you can find the appropriate resources on PSU’s Sexual Misconduct Response website.

Title IX Reporting

You are welcome to come to me for assistance in matters related to the course material. While discussing other matters, please be aware that PSU’s policies require instructors to report any instance of sexual harassment, sexual and relationship violence and/or other forms of prohibited discrimination to university officials, who will keep the information private. If you would rather share information about these matters with a PSU staff member who does not have these reporting responsibilities and can keep the information confidential, please use these campus resources:

  • Confidential Advocates: 503-894-7982 or schedule online (for matters regarding sexual harassment and sexual and relationship violence)
  • Center for Student Health and Counseling: 1880 SW 6th Avenue #200; 503-725-2800

Discrimination and Bias Incidents

The Office of Equity and Compliance (OEC) addresses complaints of discrimination, discriminatory Harassment, and sexual harassment against employees (faculty and staff). If you or someone you know believes they have been discriminated against, you may file a complaint. Someone from the OEC will contact you to discuss how to best address your complaint.

The Bias Review Team (BRT) gathers information on bias incidents that happen on and around campus, and gives resources and support to individuals who experience them. You can report a bias incident you experienced or learned about. A member of the BRT will contact you if you indicate you would like to be contacted.

Religious Accommodations

If you would like to obtain religious accommodations, such as flexibility in attending evening courses or extension on assignments, please contact your instructors. If you need additional assistance, please contact the Office of the Dean of Student Life (DOSL) by emailing

Cultural Resource Centers

Cultural Resource Centers (CRCs) create a student-centered inclusive environment that enriches the university experience. They honor diversity, explore social justice issues, celebrate cultural traditions, and foster student identities, success, and leadership. They provide opportunities for student leadership, employment, and volunteering; student resources such as computer labs, event, lounge, and study spaces; and extensive programming. All are welcome!

  • Multicultural Student Center
  • La Casa Latina Student Center
  • Native American Student and Community Center
  • Pan African Commons
  • Pacific Islander, Asian, and Asian American Student Center
  • Middle East, North Africa, South Asia Initiative

COVID-19 Policy

The University has established rules and policies to make the return to the classroom as safe as possible. To learn about Portland State’s activities to reduce the spread of COVID-19, visit PSU’s COVID-19 Response page.

If you need advice on testing and/or quarantine, visit The Center for Student Health and Counseling (SHAC)’s COVID-19 FAQ page or call 503-725-2800.

Also, please notify me (i.e. your instructor), should you need to miss a class period for any of these reasons so that we can discuss strategies to support your learning during this time. If I become ill or need to quarantine during the term, either I or the department chair will notify you via PSU email about my absence and how course instruction will continue.

Failure to Comply with Any of these Rules

As the instructor of this course, the University has given me the authority to require your compliance with these policies. If you do not comply with these requirements, I may ask you to leave the classroom, or I may need to cancel the class session entirely. In addition, failure to comply with these requirements may result in a referral to the Office of the Dean of Student Life to consider charges under PSU’s Code of Conduct. A student found to have violated a university rule (or rules) through the due process of student conduct might face disciplinary and educational sanctions (or consequences). For a complete list of sanctions, see Section 14 of the Student Code of Conduct & Responsibility.

Guidance May Change

Please note that the University rules, policies, and guidance may change at any time at the direction of the CDC, State, or County requirements. Please review the University’s main COVID-19 Response webpage and look for emails from the University on these topics.

Privacy Policy

Our use of such technology in this class is governed by FERPA, the Acceptable Use Policy and PSU’s Student Code of Conduct. Please also refer to the following relevant privacy policies.


If you would like to provide anonymous feedback on any of the course policies, please use the this Google Form. Note that, this form does not collect any identifying information but requires you to be logged in using a PSU email account ( to complete it.