Syllabus Policies

Student Code of Conduct

Students must abide by policies in the Clayton State University Student Handbook and the Graduate Catalog. Behavior that disrupts the teaching–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 online behavior and/or behavior while participating in course activities may be dismissed from class. A more detailed description the Student Code of Conduct can be found at For more information on the disciplinary policy please go to


Students are expected to attend class and have working audio and video so that they can fully participate. Whenever possible, students should make prior arrangements if they know they will miss class. In the absence of prior notice, students should contact the instructor as soon as possible after a missed class. Missed classes receive zero points for participation.

Late and Missed work

Late work may be penalized a letter grade. Missed work will be given a grade of F (zero points). In exceptional circumstances, the instructor may grant an extension.


Students are strongly encouraged to call the instructor during office hours, rather than using email. All email relevant to the course should be sent from your Clayton email account. All email sent to the instructor should be sent to his Clayton email account ([[email protected]]). Students are expected to check their Clayton email account daily during the semester and weekly between semesters and over the summer.

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. All instances of academic dishonesty will result in a grade of zero for the work involved. All instances of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Office of Student Life/Judicial Affairs. Judicial procedures are described at [].

Computing Requirements

Students enrolled in Archival Studies courses at Clayton State University are required to have a reliable computer that meets faculty-approved hardware and software requirements.

Students must have a connection to the internet with sufficient bandwidth to participate in live video lectures. Connections using a broadband cable modem are generally the best, and DSL is usually acceptable. Wireless broadband may not be adequate, and dial-up access is not acceptable. 

Lectures and office hours (especially technical support) require a robust connection using WebEx. Students are responsible for working with WebEx to troubleshoot any problems that prevent them from connecting or maintaining a stable connection.

Students must have appropriate space and configure their system so that there is no extraneous noise of audio feedback during lectures. The best solution is the use of a USB headset (earphones and microphones) similar to the Logitech USB Headset H390 (, which retails for approximately $25. 

Students should have a webcam; an internal webcam in a laptop is acceptable. Microsoft’s Lifecam Studio USB webcam ( ) retails for approximately $50.


Students may be asked to collaborate, sharing work on projects. In some instances, assignments may ask students to use personal information; for example, a student might be asked to develop a resume. Students who are hesitant to share personal information should notify the instructor and will be allowed to provide fictionalized or anonymized information.