Our work within the course structure is governed by the following policies, in addition to applicable university policies and regulations and general principles of academic and scholarly integrity.
Web Site and Announcements#
I will use Piazza for all course communication, including announcements. Please make sure your Piazza notifications are set correctly, so that you are notified of important announcements.
I will sometimes need to update assignments after I have issued them. When this is necessary, I will include a revision log at the top of the assignment describing the changes, and will make a course announcement regarding the change. I will also state whether the revision changes a requirement (this is rare), or clarifies a requirement.
For the assignments, you have a budget of 6 late days to use throughout the semester, at your discretion.
Each late day extends an assignment deadline by 24 hours with no penalty.
Late days are indivisible, so submitting an assignment 12 hours late requires an entire late day.
You may use up to 3 late days on a single assignment.1
When submitting an assignment using a late day, state with your submission the number of days you are using. I appreciate it if you notify me (via a Piazza private message) prior to the deadline that you are planning to submit late, but do not require you to do so.
This policy, combined with dropping the lowest assignment grade, is designed to accommodate most ordinary need for extensions or late submissions. Therefore, exceptions beyond this policy will not generally be granted; any requests for individual exceptions must be submitted in writing (by e-mail or Piazza) so that I have a record of the request and my response.
Exams will be at the published times. The makeup exam is the ordinary accommodation for not being able to take the exam when scheduled.
Cheating and Academic Integrity#
As both a scientist and a student, you are expected to do your own work, attribute sources, and respect the legal and moral rights of others with respect to their work; as a student, you are also required to abide by the Boise State University Student Code of Conduct. While I aim to allow you to make reasonable use of resources, cheating (including copying code, using unauthorized resources during tests, etc.) is not ok. If you are found to be cheating, the penalty may range from an F on the assignment to an F on the course and will generally be reported to the university.
I expect you to behave in a civil, respectful manner in all class interactions and to contribute to a constructive learning environment.
The Recurse Center Social Rules are a good source of guidance on how to maintain a constructive and educational environment.
If you experience or witness harassment of any form, please let me know. You should know, however, that by university policy I am a mandatory reporter under Title IX, and am required to report any complaint of sexual harassment or discrimination I receive to the university’s Title IX coordinator. I am happy to talk with you about what that means. If you need support but do not wish anything to be reported, the university has confidential resources available; I am happy to help you locate them if you tell me you need confidential support without providing me any details. My goal with telling you this is not to dissuade you from reporting violations of Title IX — I fully support reporting and investigating sexual harassment — but rather to inform you of the relevant rules, so that you can make an informed decision about when, whether, and to whom you report a problem.
If you need particular accommodations or support to be able to fully participate in this course, please talk with me as soon as possible by e-mail or in office hours. If you have documentation from Disability Services authorizing specific accommodations, please bring it; however, a documented disability is not necessary for me to be willing to talk with you about how to make the course work for you.