All UMass Dartmouth students are expected to maintain high standards of academic integrity and scholarly practice. The University does not tolerate academic dishonesty of any variety, whether as result of a failure to understand proper academic and scholarly procedure, or as an act of intentional dishonesty. For the complete statement on Academic Regulations and Procedures, see the UMass Dartmouth Student Handbook:
Accommodations for Learning Disabilities and Differences
If you have a documented disability and require accommodations to obtain equal access in this course, please meet with me at the beginning of the semester and provide the appropriate paperwork from the Center for Access and Success (CAS). To contact CAS or learn more about the university's procedures for accommodating students with disabilities at their website:
Additional Support and Title IX Information
The purpose of a university is to disseminate information, as well as to explore a universe of ideas, to encourage diverse perspectives and robust expression, and to foster the development of critical and analytical thinking skills. In many classes, including this one, students and faculty examine and analyze challenging and controversial topics. If a topic covered in this class triggers post-traumatic stress or other emotional distress, please discuss the matter with the professor or seek out confidential resources available at:
the Counseling Center
508-999-8648 or - 8650,
the Victim Advocate in the Center for Women, Gender and Sexuality,
In an emergency contact the Department of Public Safety at 508-999-9191 24 hrs./day.
UMass Dartmouth, following national guidance from the Office of Civil Rights, requires that faculty follow UMass Dartmouth policy as a “mandated reporter” of any disclosure of sexual harassment, abuse, and/or violence shared with the faculty member in person and/or via email. These disclosures include but are not limited to reports of sexual assault, relational abuse, relational/domestic violence, and stalking. While faculty are often able to help students locate appropriate channels of assistance on campus, disclosure by the student to the faculty member requires that the faculty member inform the University’s Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at 508-999-8008 to help ensure that the student’s safety and welfare is being addressed, even if the student requests that the disclosure not be shared.
For confidential counseling support and assistance see
Your attendance at every class meeting is very important due to the community-oriented nature of this course; however, I understand that emergencies arise, people get sick, and, sometimes, things just happen. Please communicate with me if you must miss a F2F class meeting.
Please note that it will be helpful to exchange numbers with a classmate (or friend them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter, etc.) so that, in the event of an absence, they can let you know what was missed. I am also always happy to meet to meet with you during my office hours to discuss absences and missed work.
All work is due on the date indicated on the syllabus. Since assignments in this course will be collected electronically, they must be sent to me or posted by the beginning of class, unless otherwise noted on the course schedule. If an emergency prevents you from submitting this work on time, please let me know as soon as possible the nature of this emergency, and I will do my best to work with you. I do accept late/incomplete work, but your grade will be impacted based on the severity of the tardiness and/or omissions.
Classroom Etiquette, Decorum, and Accessibility
This classroom will be a place where all ideas, opinions, and voices are welcome. Therefore, any threatening, disrespectful, or discriminatory behavior will not be tolerated. I am committed to making this classroom and all course materials accessible, so please let me know if there is anything that I can do to adapt the materials to your needs.
I advocate for a respectful use of technology: this means that I do not ban any technologies—in fact, I encourage you to bring an iPad, laptop, etc. to class—but I also hope that you will consider how you feel when you’re trying to have a conversation with someone, and they keep checking their phone. Technology is (often) awesome and helpful, but so is interacting with people in a face-to-face capacity.
It is also okay if you need to bring food/drink to class. I just ask that you abide by the airplane rule, and try not to bring anything too messy, smelly, or loud.
FERPA (The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) protects your privacy as a student; university personnel and faculty are not permitted to share information about your academic progress with anyone outside the university (e.g., your parents) without your permission. Blogs, websites, wikis, and other Internet-based compositions are PUBLIC. Thus, if you wish to protect your privacy, or simply prefer to remain anonymous, you may choose to publish using only your first name, initials, or a pseudonym; however, you must also be willing to share your information with everyone else in this course (instructor and students). Please note that I will not grade or evaluate your any of your work publicly.
A Note on Formatting and Submitting Assignments
All work in this course will be submitted electronically, not just in an effort to “go green,” but also because my handwriting is atrocious, and I want to make sure you’re able to read my feedback via typed comments. We will go over in class the process of submitting assignments.
A note on citations: PR writing generally does not require you to adhere to an academic citation style like APA or MLA. You will need to document your sources, but it will often only be in-text. Most PR genres adhere to the standards established in the Associated Press (AP) stylebook.
Your continued enrollment in this course is confirmation that you agree to the policies outlined in this syllabus