General Class Policies

University Policies

Students must abide by policies in the Clayton State University Student Handbook and the Basic Undergraduate Student Responsibilities.

University Attendance Policy

Students are expected to attend and participate in every class meeting. Instructors establish specific policies relating to absences in their courses and communicate these policies to the students through the course syllabi. Individual instructors, based upon the nature of the course, determine what effect excused and unexcused absences have in determining grades and upon students’ ability to remain enrolled in their courses. The university reserves the right to determine that excessive absences, whether justified or not, are sufficient cause for institutional withdrawals or failing grades.

Course Attendance Policy

Students who miss any class meetings should expect their grade to suffer as a result.

Students who miss 20 percent of class meetings—excluding absences due to documented medical emergencies or official university functions—will be administratively dropped from the class. Dropped students will earn a W or a WF in the course.

How many classes is 20 percent?

  • Classes meeting three days a week: 9 classes
  • Classes meeting two days a week:  6 classes
  • Classes meeting once each week: 3 classes

On-Campus Classes

Attendance is expected for all class periods.  Attendance is required for quiz and examination periods.  Any absence must be accompanied by a written excuse from a doctor or other competent authority. Two instances of late arrival or early departure will be considered equivalent to one absence.

Online Classes

Students will be required to meet face-to-face on campus at several points during the semester, usually for exams. These meetings are mandatory. (The only exception is for classes designated 100% online.)

In addition, students in online classes are required to complete all course material in a timely fashion. Generally this will involve completing weekly assignments and quizzes using GA View. Students who miss 20 percent of these weekly assignments—excluding absences due to documented medical emergencies or official university functions—will be administratively dropped from the class.

Some assignments may by synchronous, requiring that students log in and participate at a particular time. For example, students may be required to participate in video conferences.

Technical difficulties are not a valid excuse for missing or incomplete work, so online students in particular are encouraged to complete all assignments well before the deadline.

Hybrid Classes

Students enrolled in hybrid classes are expected to attend all class meetings, including both face-to-face campus meetings and synchronous online meetings. (An example of the latter occurs with the class meets for a video conference.) In addition, students in hybrid classes must complete all online assignments in a timely fashion. Generally this will involve completing weekly assignments and quizzes using GA View.

Students who miss 20 percent of these meetings and/or online assignments will be administratively dropped from the course.

Missed Work

Without excuse, a grade of zero points will be assigned for the missed work.  If a valid excuse is provided, the following policies apply.

  • Make-up quizzes will be given only if they are taken before the quiz is discussed in class. If the make-up quiz cannot be taken before this time, the missed quiz will not count in calculating the overall quiz grade. This means that other quizzes will be responsible for a greater weight in determining the course final grade.
  • Make-up examinations will be given only if they are taken before graded examinations are returned to students.  In the event that a make-up examination cannot be taken before exams are returned to other students, a substitute examination or other assignment will replace it in determining the course final grade.
  • The final examination must be completed.


You should come to every class prepared to engage actively in discussions of the readings and other course materials. If you are naturally shy, you will need to make a special effort. Average (i.e. “C” level) performance in this area equates to the following:

  • Absences from class make up no more than 5 percent of scheduled classes. Two instances of late arrival or early departure will be considered equivalent to one absence.
  • Thorough preparation.
  • Frequent, engaged, and thoughtful responses to questions and comments by me and by other students.

When answering questions and offering your opinions during class discussions, your comments should direct us toward the central importance of the topic, as it relates to the subject and goals of this class. Your comments should draw out your classmates, encouraging them to develop the most important ideas and implications of the text. Energetic participation from you will make the class more enjoyable for everyone, so please read, write, and contribute thoughtfully and actively.

Midterm Progress Report

The midterm grade reflects approximately 30% of the entire course grade. Based on this grade, students may choose to withdraw from the course and receive a grade of “W.” Students pursuing this option must fill out an official withdrawal form, available in the Office of the Registrar, or withdraw online using the Swan by midterm.

The last day to withdraw without academic accountability is Friday, October 7, 2022.

Computer Requirement

Each CSU student is required to have ready access throughout the semester to a laptop computer that meets faculty-approved hardware and software requirements for the student’s academic program. Students will sign a statement attesting to such access. For further information on CSU’s Official Notebook Computer Policy, please go to

All CSU students are required to be in regular communication with their instructors via their CSU email account. Use only your CSU email account to communicate academic information to your instructor.

Dates that you will be required to bring your laptop to class will be listed on the Schedule page of the online syllabus.

Computer Skill Prerequisites

  • Able to use the Microsoft Windows operating system
  • Able to use Microsoft Word word processing
  • Able to send and receive email using Microsoft Outlook or Outlook Express
  • Able to attach and retrieve attached files via email
  • Use only your CSU email account to communicate academic information to your instructor.
  • Able to install and use a modern Web browser like Safari, Chrome, or Firefox.
  • Able to play video files in mp4 format and audio files in mp3 format.

Desire2Learn (D2L)

Online activity will take place in Desire2Learn, the virtual classroom for the course. Posting of your work in Desire2Learn is a course requirement.

If the direct link does not work, you can access Desire2Learn through the SWAN portal.  If you experience any difficulties with Desire2Learn, email or call The HUB at or (678) 466-HELP. You will need to provide the date and time of the problem, your Laker ID, the name of the course that you are attempting to access, and your instructor’s name.

Disruption of the Learning Environment

Behavior which disrupts the teaching and learning process during class activities will not be tolerated. While a variety of behaviors can be disruptive in a classroom setting, more serious examples include belligerent, abusive, profane, and/or threatening behavior. A student who fails to respond to reasonable faculty direction regarding classroom behavior and/or behavior while participating in classroom activities may be dismissed from class. A student who is dismissed is entitled to due process and will be afforded such rights as soon as possible following dismissal. If found in violation, a student may be administratively withdrawn and may receive a grade of WF.

Information maintained by the Student Behavioral Consultation Team offers additional details on unacceptable behaviors.

Plagiarism and Academic Dishonesty

Academic Dishonesty
Any type of activity that is considered dishonest by reasonable standards may constitute academic misconduct. The most common forms of academic misconduct are cheating and plagiarism.

Unless otherwise indicated by the instructor, all work must be individual. Collusion (working with another student or tutor without authorization) or plagiarism (use of another’s ideas, data, statements, or other work without acknowledgment and/or extensive use of another’s ideas, data, statements, or other work with only minimal acknowledgment) will not be tolerated.

Students who violate these policies may be formally charged with academic misconduct through the Office of Community Standards. The minimum penalty in such cases will be an F in the course. As university regulations stipulate, students guilty of academic misconduct may also be suspended or expelled. Judicial procedures are described in the Student Resource Handbook (Procedures for Adjudicating Alleged Academic Conduct Infractions beginning on page 19).

Plagiarism Detection Software

Students agree that by taking this course all required papers may be subject to submission for textual similarity review to for the detection of plagiarism. All submitted papers will be included as source documents in the reference database solely for the purpose of detecting plagiarism of such papers. You should submit your papers in such a way that no identifying information about you is included.


Complaints about separate assignments should be discussed with the instructor. Complaints about the final grade should be discussed with the instructor in at least one conference soon after the next term begins. If the conference on the final grade does not resolve the problem, the complaint should then be taken to the department chair of Visual and Performing Arts.