CMPS164, Spring 2012, Section 01: Policies

  • Illness or emergency. The UCSC health center does not provide medical excuses. In recognition of this, you should simply email your TA before any lecture or lab meeting that you are too ill to attend.
  • Accommodations. If you qualify for classroom accommodations because of a disability, please submit your Accommodation Authorization from the Disability Resource Center (DRC) to the professor during his office hours in a timely manner, preferably within the first two weeks of the quarter. Contact DRC at 459-2089 V, 459-4806 TTY,
  • Academic integrity. Of course, academic integrity is expected of all students.  All answers on exams should come from your memory of course material or cheat sheets of approved formats allowed by the instructor during exams. All ideas and writing in the engine review writeup should be yours unless credited to others (and properly cited). All project work presented as yours should be carried out by you. 
  • Late submissions. This class does NOT allow late submissions or any points for submitting late. However, for a continuing project, you will be able to recover some points from a previous milestone as long as all the work for the subsequent assignment is complete by the respective deadline.
  • Team problems.If you are having issues with your project partner, please let your TA know as soon as possible. Learning about working together as a team is an important part of this course. In general, the following policies apply.
    • First, if partners want to swap in the first few weeks of the project, that's fine as long as everyone is happy with the swap.
    • Second, if teams want to break up in the first few weeks (without a mutually agreed swap that ends up with two-person teams) there needs to be a clear reason. (For example, one team member refusing to do their share of the work, even after direct discussion of the issue.) Whatever the reason is, it needs to be established to the satisfaction of the teacher, presumably through meeting with the teacher during office hours. When a team breaks up for this kind of clear reason, the former team members can not join existing teams.
    • Third, after the first few weeks, teams are fixed (unless one member drops the class, leaves school, etc). However, if your partner is not pulling their weight, you should still let the teacher or TA know. We may be able to meet with you to intervene, and we may also be able to do differential grading (which will not be possible if you complain after the project is done).