Course Attendance, Participation & Behavior
- Students are expected to attend all scheduled course sessions and should be prepared by reading in advance any relevant material assigned or provided. Participation (defined by interacting with the instructor, working problems at the board, individually or in groups, using personal response “Clicker” systems and other mechanisms defined in the syllabus) is expected.
- Students are reminded that instructors are not required to accept assignments submitted late, except in instances allowed according to College policies. College policies as defined in the Student Code of Conduct apply to lecture, recitation and laboratory portions of all courses.
- Laboratories are an integral part of education in chemistry courses. As a result, participation in all laboratories scheduled for a course is expected. Unless alternate activities are scheduled, students can expect that their laboratory section will meet each week, and failure to attend laboratories may lead to failure in the course. The laboratory for a course must be passed, normally by earning 60% of the available score or points for the laboratory, in order to pass the course. Exceptions may be noted in the course syllabus.
- The minimum acceptable grade for a chemistry course prerequisite is a C-. For example, a student with a D+ in General Chemistry I may not enroll in General Chemistry II. This standard applies to all Chemistry prerequisites for all Chemistry courses. Some courses may have different requirements that will be explained in the syllabus or College catalog.
- Students are expected to bring to laboratory the laboratory manual (or printout of the experiment), a laboratory notebook (if required), a calculator, ruler or other materials as specified by the instructor or in the syllabus.
- Students are not allowed to work in the laboratory without direct faculty supervision.
- Unless announced in advance, SAFETY GOGGLES (WHICH PROVIDE A COMPLETE SEAL AROUND THE EYES AND ARE EQUIPPED WITH INDIRECT VENTS) ARE REQUIRED TO BE WORN AT ALL TIMES IN THE LABORATORY. STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO PROVIDE THEIR OWN SAFETY GOGGLES.
- Open-toed shoes, unrestrained long hair, excessively loose clothing and other items, which may be easily ignited or snag on apparatus are not allowed. Shirts must have sleeves, or ones arms must be covered to halfway between the shoulder and elbow. Pants, shorts or skirts must extend to the knees.
- Food, drink, candy, cosmetics, tobacco products, etc. are not allowed to be in the laboratory.
- Students are expected to be attentive to the material and any experiments and apparatus in the laboratory. Unless used according to #11 below, the following must be turned off and stored away from the laboratory bench while in laboratories:
Portable music players (e.g. iPods, MP3 players and the like)
Phones and other personal electronic devices used for texting or calling
Any portable electronic device deemed unacceptable by the laboratory instructor
- Certain “smart phones”, iPads, iPods, tablets and other portable electronic devices may be used in the laboratory or classroom at the discretion of, and with the permission of, the instructor. Typical approved uses would include data collection and processing, laboratory report authoring and image/video recording.
- Horseplay, practical jokes, “goofing around” or interfering with other students’ work is not allowed in the laboratory.
- Students should not expect to be able to makeup missed laboratory sessions or experiments. If a makeup session is possible, it will be at the discretion of the laboratory instructor and will normally be during the same week as the missed laboratory section.
- Students will not be permitted to work in any laboratory section other than that they are registered for unless they have the written approval of both their regular instructor AND the instructor in the section they wish to enter.
Course instructors may modify these guidelines as necessary to meet the requirements of individual courses or chemical specialties in consultation with the Department Chairperson. Students should expect to receive a copy of these guidelines in their course syllabus or be given a copy by the course instructor (either in paper form or by electronic mail).