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AEM Standard Syllabi Statement

Students in all AEM classes are responsible for reading the following information: This information is provided to you in compliance with the University Policy on Syllabus Requirements. The information below is an incomplete summary of the applicable University Policies and in the case of a conflict the University Policy governs.

A. Information Specific to the Course

If the following information has not been provided to you in class or on the class web site, please contact your instructor:

  1. Catalogue information such as the course name, department, number, meeting time, meeting place, and credits.
  2. Instructor's name and contact information,
  3. Course pre-requisites if any exist. (Note: It is your responsibility to have met these requirements. You may be unenrolled from a course if you have not met the prerequisites.)
  4. Course goals and objectives are listed on AEM Courses Standard Syllabi.
  5. Required and recommended materials and, if necessary, the location of materials.
  6. General description of assignments, papers, projects, exams and other student work with a schedule of approximate due dates and relative weight in the grade.
  7. Description of any course meetings that occur outside of the regularly scheduled class time.
  8. Attendance requirements and penalties if any.
  9. Statement on extra credit. If an instructor wishes to offer what is commonly known as extra credit opportunities for students in a class to allow them to improve their grade, those opportunities must be announced and made available to all students.
  10. Policy for making up missed exams and grading late work.
  11. The date, time and place of the final examination if one is scheduled. You can always look this up for yourself at: One-Stop Final Exams. Make up final exams are allowed only in very special circumstances. You may ask for relief from three (or more) examinations from morning to evening the same day (section 7.d).

B. University Policy Statements

You are responsible for reading and following the following:

  1. Grade points and definitions associated with each letter grade are:
    A 4.00 - Represents achievement that is outstanding relative to the level necessary to meet course requirements
    A- 3.67
    B+ 3.33
    B 3.00 - Represents achievement that is significantly above the level necessary to meet course requirements
    B- 2.67
    C+ 2.33
    C 2.00 - Represents achievement that meets the course requirements in every respect
    C- 1.67
    D+ 1.33
    D 1.00 - Represents achievement that is worthy of credit even though it fails to meet fully the course requirements
    S Represents achievement that is satisfactory, which is equivalent to a C- or better.
    F work was either (1) completed but at a level of achievement that is not worthy of credit or (2) was not completed and there was no agreement between the instructor and the student that the student would be awarded an I. Carries 0 grade points.
    N Same as F but carries no grade points and does not count in a students GPA.
    I Incomplete but work may be made up. This is appropriate for when only a small amount of work at the end of the course was missed for a legitimate reason. A written contract between you and your instructor is required to award an I grade. This grade reverts to an F (or N) grade after one year.
    How these relate to your course assignments will be specified by your instructor. For additional information see: Grading and Transcripts Policy.
  2. Scholastic Dishonesty (which includes both giving or receiving aid on exams, quizzes, homework, reports and any other individual work, as well as plagiarism) is grounds for receiving a F in the course or on the assignment, or having your grade otherwise lowered. You are responsible for following the Student Conduct Code (PDF). All incidents of Scholastic Dishonesty will be reported to the Office for Community Standards (OCS) as required by University policy. See OCS Disciplinary Process page for more information on the discipline process.
  3. You will be allowed to make up work missed due to verified illness, participation in intercollegiate athletic events, subpoenas, jury duty, military service, bereavement, and religious observances (see this policy for complete details) and you must notify instructors of these circumstances as soon as possible and provide documentation to the instructor to verify the reason for the absence. Note this policy does not apply to final exams.
  4. CSE Electronic Devices policy forbids the use of any communication device during exams and quizzes. The CSE policy and the Use of Personal Electronic Devices in the Classroom section of the Student Responsibilites policy give the instructor the right to limit the use of any electronic device during class. Note that recording lectures (audio and/or video) requires instructor permission.
  5. Instructors retain the copyright to all their course materials, see Respecting intellectual property. While students hold the copyright to their own notes from a course, students may not engage in the widespread distribution or sale of transcript-like notes or notes that are close to verbatim records of a lecture or class presentation. Students may share such notes with other students in the same class.
  6. It is your responsibility to know and follow the Student Conduct Code (PDF). In addition you have the following Student Responsibilities when you take a class. These include attending class, completing assigned work and maintaining academic integrity.
  7. Sexual Harassment will not be tolerated (PDF).
  8. The University and the AEM Department are committed to an environment that is diverse, humane and hospitable (PDF). The AEM Department Head is the Equal Opportunity Officer for the AEM Department and is responsible for this.
  9. Mental Health resources and Disability Resource Center has links to services available on campus to assist you. See the statement below.
  10. Board of Regents Policy on Academic Freedom and Responsibility (PDF)

Student Mental Health and Stress Management

The University of Minnesota is committed to providing equitable access to learning opportunities for all students. The Disability Resource Center (DRC) is the campus office that collaborates with students who have disabilities to provide and/or arrange reasonable accommodations.

  • If you have, or think you may have, a disability (e.g., mental health, attentional, learning, chronic health, sensory, or physical), please contact the DRC at 612-626-1333 to arrange a confidential discussion regarding equitable access and reasonable accommodations.
  • If you are registered with the DRC and have a current letter requesting reasonable accommodations, we encourage you to contact your instructor early in the semester to review how the accommodations will be applied in the course.

Additional information is available on the DRC website:

As a student you may experience a range of issues that can cause barriers to learning, such as strained relationships, increased anxiety, alcohol/drug problems, feeling down, difficulty concentrating and/or lack of motivation. These mental health concerns or stressful events may lead to diminished academic performance or reduce a student's ability to participate in daily activities. University of Minnesota services are available to assist you with addressing these and other concerns you may be experiencing. You can learn more about the broad range of confidential mental health services available on campus via

C. Information Specific to the AEM Department

Reporting Problems in AEM Courses:

If you have a problem in your course you should contact your instructor first.

Problems with your instructor or TA may also be reported to:

Professor T. W. Shield
117A Akerman Hall

In addition the Student Conflict Resolution Center is available to assist you.

Last Modified: 2018-08-23 at 11:25:30 -- this is in International Standard Date and Time Notation