Policies and procedures

Absences: You are allowed three unchallenged absences during the term. Any absences beyond that one will each result in a one- deduction from your overall class grade. The only excused absences are to conduct interviews with subjects for this class. I do not need doctor's notes or any other documentation; save your absences for when you need them. See below for COVID-related absences.
If you have a major medical or other emergency that results in more than one absence, you must provide documentation.
Being late counts as being absent.
Tech limits: You are expected to bring a (muted) smartphone or a laptop to class for specific assignments. However, computers and phones should be closed and face down except during designated activities. You should have a notebook in which to take notes during class.
You are at a time in your life when many people experience difficult personal challenges, be they deaths in the family, medical emergencies, psychiatric difficulties, or many others. If life goes sideways for you, let me know as soon as you can and we'll figure out a plan to adjust deadlines and responsibilities so you can take care of your responsibilities while having the experiences that will make the course successful for you. But don't come to me after a deadline claiming personal reasons for failing to meet it. We can work through problems on the front end, but the back end is much harder.

UGA policies
As a University of Georgia student, you have agreed to abide by the University’s academic honesty policy, “A Culture of Honesty,” and the Student Honor Code. All academic work must meet the standards described in “A Culture of Honesty” found
. Lack of knowledge of the academic honesty policy is not a reasonable explanation for a violation. Questions related to course assignments and the academic honesty policy should be directed to the instructor.
The University of Georgia is committed to providing equal educational opportunities for qualified students with disabilities in accordance with state and federal laws including the American Disabilities Act. Help for disabled students is available from the Disability Resource Center. More information is available at If you have a particular issue that needs to be accommodated, please share it with me as early as possible in the semester.
UGA’s COVID-19 policies:
Face coverings: Following guidance from the University System of Georgia, face coverings are recommended for all individuals while inside campus facilities.
University Health Center is scheduling appointments for students through the UHC Patient Portal (https://patientportal.uhs.uga.edu/login_dualauthentication.aspx). Learn more here –
The Georgia Department of Health, pharmacy chains and local providers also offer the COVID- 19 vaccine at no cost to you. To find a COVID-19 vaccination location near you, please go to:
In addition, the University System of Georgia has made COVID-19 vaccines available at 15 campuses statewide and you can locate one here:
What do I do if I have COVID-19 symptoms?
Students showing COVID-19 symptoms should self-isolate and schedule an appointment with the University Health Center by calling 706-542-1162 (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5p.m.). Please DO NOT walk-in. For emergencies and after-hours care, see,
If you test positive for COVID-19 at any time, you are required to report it through the DawgCheck Test Reporting Survey (https://dawgcheck.uga.edu.) We encourage you to stay at home if you become ill or until you have excluded COVID-19 as the cause of your symptoms. UGA adheres to current Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) quarantine and isolation guidance and requires that it be followed. Follow the instructions provided to you when you report your positive test result in DawgCheck.
Guidelines for COVID-19 Quarantine Period (As of 8/1/21; follow DawgCheck or see DPH website for most up-to-date recommendations)
Students who are fully vaccinated do not need to quarantine upon exposure unless they have symptoms of COVID-19 themselves. All others should follow the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) recommendations:
Students who are not fully vaccinated and have been directly exposed to COVID-19 but are not showing symptoms should self-quarantine for 10 days. Those quarantining for 10 days must have been symptom-free throughout the monitoring period and continue self-monitoring for COVID-19 symptoms for a total of 14 days. You should report the need to quarantine on DawgCheck, and communicate directly with your faculty to coordinate your coursework while in quarantine. If you need additional help, reach out to Student Care and Outreach (sco@uga.edu) for assistance.
Students, faculty and staff who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 are no longer required to quarantine if they have been fully vaccinated against the disease and show no symptoms.
Well-being, Mental Health, and Student Support
If you or someone you know needs assistance, you are encouraged to contact Student Care & Outreach in the Division of Student Affairs at 706-542-7774 or visit https://sco.uga.edu/. They will help you navigate any difficult circumstances you may be facing by connecting you with the appropriate resources or services.
UGA has several resources to support your well-being and mental health:
Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS) is your go-to, on-campus resource for emotional, social and behavioral-health support: , TAO Online Support (https://caps.uga.edu/tao/), 24/7 support at 706-542-2273. For crisis support:
The University Health Center offers FREE workshops, classes, mentoring and health coaching led by licensed clinicians or health educators:
Note that the guidance referenced in this syllabus is subject to change based on recommendations from the Georgia Department of Public Health, the University System of Georgia, or the Governor’s Office or. For the latest on UGA policy, you can visit
Suggs’ COVID policy: If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or need to quarantine, please notify me BEFORE class and you will not be marked absent. We will make up the class session via Zoom later in the week.
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