MCB 150
The Molecular and Cellular Basis of Life
School of Molecular and Cellular Biology
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
murray@illinois.edu | mehrtens@illinois.edu
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Course Information

MCB 150: MOLECULAR AND CELLULAR BASIS OF LIFE

Lectures will be held at 2:00 PM Monday–Wednesday–Friday in Foellinger Auditorium.

MCB Core Curriculum Office (8:30 AM - 5:00 PM; Monday - Friday; closed 12:00-1:00 PM)
252 Davenport Hall
phone/voicemail: 244-6239

Melissa Reedy, Course Coordinator, MCB 150/151, BIOC 455
218A Noyes Laboratory
email: murray@illinois.edu
office/voicemail: 217-265-6379

Brad Mehrtens, Instructor, MCB 150
email: mehrtens@illinois.edu
office/voicemail: 217-244-6753

MCB 150 WEB SITES

Course Website: www.life.illinois.edu/mcb/150

Official Course Gradebook: https://apps.atlas.illinois.edu/Gradebook

Illinois Compass2g: https://compass2g.illinois.edu

REQUIRED & RECOMMENDED MATERIALS

The following is a specific list of items required or recommended for MCB 150. These items should be available and should be listed correctly at the Illini Union Bookstore (IUB). They may not be available and it is not guaranteed they will be listed correctly at any other bookstore. Please pay careful attention to dates and editions when purchasing these items. Any items (other than those specifically named below) listed by bookstores as optional or recommended have not been previously approved by the course faculty.

Required Texts

You are required to have two resources in this course: textbooks (there are two) and MasteringBiology access.

The casebound text plus MasteringBiology Access [ISBN: 1323771212]

MasteringBiology Access Card w/ etexts [ISBN: 1323758321]

Textbooks (casebound):

1. Freeman, Biological Science (6e): [ISBN:0134243064]

2. Becker, World of the Cell (9e): [ISBN: 0134145798]

Direct Access through Pearson [https://www.pearsonmylabandmastering.com/northamerica/]

The format, etext or casebound, you choose is a personal choice. The most cost-effective option is to choose the etexts + MasteringBiology Access through Driect Access.

Recommended Texts

Two shorter texts have been packaged at a discounted price for you. These texts are listed through the IUB as Thrive in Cell Biology: Custom U of I, 2 Volume Pack, Cox, ISBN: 978-0-19-935204-3 at a cost of $65.00.



SECTION CHANGE, ADD AND DROP INFORMATION

Students may use the Enterprise Self-Service System to add or change MCB 150 discussion sections before 5:00 PM, Monday, September 11, 2017.

Students must at all times attend the discussion section in which they are currently enrolled. Students will not be allowed to sit in other sections at other times for any reason without permission from the course staff in 218A Noyes Laboratory.

Friday, October 20, 2017 is the last day to drop the course or to elect the Credit/No Credit option.  Students may use the UI-Integrate Self-Service System to drop MCB 150 until this deadline.

To drop the course after the drop deadline, students must petition a dean in their college office and bring petitions to 218A Noyes Laboratory for completion of attendance and grade information.

To elect the Credit/No Credit option, students must apply in their College Office.



WHEN MCB 150 CLASSES BEGIN

MCB 150 Lectures begin on Monday, August 28, 2017 in Foellinger Auditorium.
MCB 150 Discussions begin on Monday, August 28, 2017. See the Course Explorer (https://courses.illinois.edu/schedule/2017/fall/MCB/150)  for section-specific meeting days/times/locations.



PROFICIENCY EXAM INSTRUCTIONS

The MCB 150 proficiency exam will be given on Tuesday, September 5 from 69 PM. Students wishing to take the exam fill out the online request form (https://illinois.edu/fb/sec/3583351?referrer=) by noon (12:00 PM) the day of the exam.

You may not take a proficiency exam if any of the following apply:

  1. You have taken the proficiency exam for the given course previously.
  2. You have already completed the course.
  3. You were enrolled in the course and dropped after the campus drop deadline (eighth week of the semester) or withdrew from the course.
  4. You have completed more than one course in advance of the course in which the proficiency exam is requested. (This is stated in the Student Code 3-203, (4) as "An examination for credit in a college subject of elementary character is not granted to a student who has received credit for more than one semester of work in the subject in advance of the course in which the examination is requested.")

Additional information regarding proficiency exams appears in Article 3, Part 2, 3-203, Proficiency Examinations, in the Code of Policies and Regulations Applying to All Students, which is available online at: http://studentcode.illinois.edu/article3_part2_3-203.html
Request forms will be reviewed by the MCB Core Curriculum Office, and students will receive a response via email.



CONTACTING MCB COURSE PERSONNEL

MCB course personnel are more than happy to assist students.

Emails to instructors, TAs, or course coordinators will only be answered if they come from an @illinois.edu account. As a student, please remember that when you email a staff member, it is important to include all pertinent information so that we can assist you in the most efficient and effective manner possible. This information includes:

  • The course rubric in the subject line
  • Your full first and last name
  • Your NetID (the first part of your illinois.edu email account)
  • Your UIN (9 digit number that you use to register for classes)
  • The course that you are concerned about (the course personnel often work with multiple courses)
  • Your section letter/number
  • The previous email "thread" or previous communicated information pertinent to the situation

Your cooperation will help us respond much more quickly to your concerns.

RELIGIOUS OBSERVANCES AND PRACTICES

Students are required to submit the Request for Accommodation for Religious Observances Form (which can be found at: http://www.odos.uiuc.edu/community-of-care/resources/docs/Religious-Observance-Accommodation-Request-Form.pdf) to their instructors and the Office of the Dean of Students requesting accommodation by the end of the second week of the course. Requests that are not submitted within this time frame may not be granted.

DRES ACCOMMODATIONS

If a student has DRES (Disability Resources and Educational Services) accommodations, documentation must be submitted to course personnel by the end of the second week of class.

If a student believes that they need DRES accommodations, they should contact DRES at disability@illinois.edu.



EXAM AND CONFLICT EXAM INFORMATION

EXAM INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Exams I, II, and III will be given on Thursday evenings as noted on the course website. Arrive early; the exams will begin at 7:00 PM sharp. Any student arriving after the first person leaves any exam room will not be allowed to take the exam. The exams will cover material from lecture specifically and discussion only as the two may overlap. Please see the MCB 150 website for any further details concerning each exam.

  2. The exams will be administered in various lecture halls and classrooms on campus and the section location assignments will be posted on the MCB 150 website and in the discussion rooms, several days prior to each exam. You must take the exam with your assigned section.

  3. Bring your University photo ID, several sharp #2 pencils, and an eraser. You will not need a calculator to complete these exams. No calculators will be allowed in the exam room.

  4. Please do not bring to the exam any backpacks, purses, hats, bags, books, notes, papers, clipboards, musical instruments, or anything other than the items listed in number 3 above. You will be allowed to enter the exam room with these items, but they will be placed away from student seating during the exam. No one will monitor who deposits and collects these personal effects, and thefts and mistaken identification of belongings may occur. We urge you not to bring valuables to the exam room. You will be asked to either sit upon or place all jackets/coats completely under the chair in which you are seated or in the front/back of the exam room. Cell phones, pagers, audio equipment, and any other electronic devices must be turned off and placed away from student seating during the exams.

    The MCB 150 faculty/staff are not responsible for any of your personal belongings. We strongly suggest you do not bring them to the exam site. The Illini Union Bookstore and the Illini Union have lockers available for temporary storage of such items if you are unable to leave them at home prior to an exam.

  5. Texting, or the use of a cell phone or any other electronic device for any purpose during an exam, is prohibited. Doing so may earn you a zero on the exam, or a more extreme penalty at the discretion of the instructor.

EXAM CONFLICTS

  1. If you have a regularly scheduled University course that conflicts with the exam, you should complete the online Conflict Exam Request Form on the course website. This request must be made by 5:00 pm not less than 3 business days prior to the exam. Requests made after 5:00 pm and less than 3 business days prior to the exam will not be granted. See course policies for a specific deadline for your course.

  2. Work schedules should be adjusted, if at all possible, in order to eliminate a conflict with scheduled exams. Please plan accordingly at the beginning of the semester. If eliminating a conflict is not possible, the student should complete the online Conflict Exam Request Form on the course website. This request must be made by 5:00 pm not less than 3 business days prior to the exam. Requests made after 5:00 pm and less than 3 business days prior to the exam will not be granted.

  3. Students that are formally participating in officially recognized groups, such as athletic teams and performing groups, with a conflict should request a conflict exam by 5:00 pm not less than 3 days prior to the exam via the online Conflict Request Form. Formal participation does not include general meetings of RSOs or any other recognized groups. Documentation of the event will be required prior to scheduling the conflict exam. Requests made after 5:00 pm and less than 3 business days prior to the exam will not be granted.

  4. Students with DRES accommodations should also submit the online Conflict Request Form by 5:00 pm no later than 3 business days prior to the exam. Requests made after 5:00 pm and less than 3 business days prior to the exam will not be granted.

  5. Students taking the conflict exam will not be allowed to take their exam booklet with them when they leave the exam room. These booklets will be available for pick-up in 252 Davenport Hall on the day following the exam or in your discussion.

EXAM ABSENCES

  1. If you must miss an exam due to unforeseen circumstances, you are required to contact your course coordinator within 24 hours of the absence. You will then have 48 hours from the absence in which to submit documentation to your course coordinator. You must also submit an online Absence Form. Course personnel will evaluate documentation and decide whether or not there will be an option to compensate for the missed exam through proration. Failure to follow this procedure will result in a zero for the exam.

  2. If you must miss an exam for job, graduate, or profesional school interviews, the exam may be prorated. A best effort should be made to schedule these events around exams. You will need to be mindful hat only one exam may be prorated in a semester for any and all absences. Documentation is required.

    There will be instances when the student must make an individual choice about their ability to perform on an exam and will need to accept any and all consequences for that choice.

  3. If the absence is a result of a protracted illness of 3 days or more, you should follow the procedure for obtaining a letter from the Office of the Dean of Students. The request may be made once the student returns to class but not more than 10 business days after the last date of absence.

  4. If you miss an exam, the possibility exists to have one exam prorated with proper documentation. You must contact the course coordinator via email within 48 hours of the absence. If you do not provide documentation in a timely manner and upon receipt, there may be a negative impact on your ability to receive a prorated score. The final exam cannot be prorated. Your prorate score will be calculated based on the following formula:

    formula for prorating

    Please note that the percentile used to calculate your score may be different from the percentile seen in the online Gradebook, due to the accounting for missing scores. You must complete at least two exams and the final in the course in order to earn a letter grade in the course. If you are unable to do so the instructor will recommend that you drop or withdraw from the course.

    Prior to the final exam in the course, you will be given a preliminary proration of your missing score. This proration is only to give you an idea of what your missing score would be based on the other scores that we have for you at that time. Your actual proration will be done with the final exam score included. Please understand that this preliminary proration score may increase or decrease depending on your performance on the final exam. The actual proration score will be the score used to determine your final grade.



FINAL EXAM AND CONFLICT FINAL EXAM INFORMATION

CONFLICT FINAL EXAMS

Conflict final exams may only be granted for any one of the following situations:

  • Students with three final exams scheduled within a 24 hour period as defined in Section 3-201, Final Examinations of the Code of Policies and Regulations Applying to All Students which can be found at: studentcode.illinois.edu

  • Students who have two final exams scheduled at the same time. Final conflict exam requests should be made to the course with lower enrollment. Course personnel can assist with information to determine which course this would be.

  • Students who have a verified personal problem, and who have received written permission to take a conflict final exam from a dean in their college.

  • Students who have DRES academic accommodations.

Students that find themselves in any of the above situations should complete the online Conflict Final Exam Request Form which can be found on the course website. This request must be made by 5:00 pm on the last day of class in order for the request to be granted. Any requests made after this time may not be granted. If a conflict final exam is granted, it may be scheduled at any time during the final examination period and is at the discretion of the instructor or course coordinator.

FINAL EXAM ABSENCE

  • If you must miss a final exam due to unforeseen circumstances, you are required to contact your instructor or course coordinator within 24 hours of the absence.  Absence from a final examination for any other cause is reported as a final grade of “absent” (ABS) in the course and counts as a failure. (http://studentcode.illinois.edu/article3_part2_3-201.html)
  • There will be instances when the student must make an individual choice about their ability to perform on an exam and will need to accept any and all consequences for that choice.


THE MOST DIRECT ROUTE TO 252 DAVENPORT HALL

Map to Davenport Hall Room 252

A larger version of the directions and map is available as a 2-page PDF document here (document will open in a new tab/window).



GENERAL POLICIES

  1. The course faculty and the TAs are in charge of the orderly conduct of students in discussions and may exclude a student who does not comply with a reasonable request in this regard.

  2. All students are assumed to have read and understood the Code of Policies and Regulations Applying To All Students, University of Illinois, and will be expected to act accordingly.

    The Code is available online at: studentcode.illinois.edu

  3. Concerns over exam grading, discussion teaching or grading, and exam or discussion absences should be taken up with the MCB 150 Course Coordinator, Melissa Reedy.

  4. The deadline for grade corrections on all items is one week after corrected items are returned or grades are received.

  5. Excused class time compensating for evening exams is provided by cancellation of lectures.

  6. Reference letters and recommendation forms are to be submitted to the student's TA, whose evaluation will be reviewed and countersigned by a member of the course faculty.

  7. The faculty and staff of MCB 150 are not responsible for any student personal belongings during examinations or class periods.

  8. Social Media Use:

    • Use of any social or electronic media to share information, request information or make confidential information public is prohibited. Any use of this type may earn you a zero or a more extreme penalty at the discretion of the instructor on an assignment or exam.
    • Any social media sites created in relation to MCB courses must grant access to course personnel upon request. Failure to provide access will result in a failing grade in the course for the group/site’s administrator(s).
  9. Course Recordings:
    • Students are welcome and encouraged to make audio recordings of course lectures.
    • The material recorded is intellectual and copyrighted property of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees and may be made for personal use only.
    • Video recordings of any kind are strictly prohibited.
    • Posting of audio recordings or transcriptions on social or electronic media platforms is strictly prohibited.


ATTENDANCE POLICIES

  1. Regular class attendance is expected of all students at the University. (http://studentcode.illinois.edu/article1_part5_1-501.html)

  2. The Office of the Dean of Students will only provide informative letters to instructors for protracted illness of 3 or more days, certain emergencies and to be present during the serious illness of immediate family members (parents, legal guardian, spouse/partner, siblings, children, or grandparents). These letters do not excuse you from class but merely provide information for the instructor to consider with regard to excusing the absence and permitting make-up work. Students must request absence letters from the Office of the Dean of Students after the student has returned to class but not more than 10 business days after the last date of absence.

  3. Absences that may be excused without a letter include circumstances beyond the student’s control such as medical treatment, surgery related to prolonged illness or injury, pregnancy, legal matters, citizenship or naturalization processes, or acts of nature which cause destruction to a primary residence or disrupt air travel. All will require documentation.

  4. Absences that may also be excused without a letter from the Dean of Students Office include job, graduate, or professional school interviews. However, a best effort should be made to schedulethese events to minimize class attendance disruption. All will require documentation.

    Absences that will not be excused include family events such as reunions or weddings, or presence during serious illness of extended family members (aunt, uncle, niece, nephew, or cousin).

    Absences, when they occur after the first day of classes but prior to enrollment in the course, will require the use of dropped assigments if applicable.

  5. Absences will be handled according to individual course policy.

    1. Attendance will be recorded at every discussion session. You are required to sign in on the “sign-in” sheets provided within the first five minutes of class, remain present for the entire class period, and be an active participant in order to receive credit. If you are more than 5 minutes late or you fail to sign in, you forfeit your participation points for that week, but you may stay for the class period. If you are on time but are sleeping or engaged in other materials (i.e. cell phones, computer, etc.) you also forfeit attendance points for that week at the discretion of the TA.

    2. Students must attend their scheduled discussion section.

    3. We know that students become ill and other reasons beyond a student’s control arise. In order to accommodate absences due to minor illness or emergency, we allow that a specified number of assignments may be missed without penalty. These missed assignments can be dropped according to the criteria set forth in the Course Policies for this course. Specifically for MCB 150, a student that misses class/assignments due to minor illness (less than 3 days), chooses not to attend class or complete an assignment, and/or forgets to attend class or complete an assignment will use these specified drops. There is no distinction made between illness and missing class/assignments.

    4. If you experience an illness (chronic, recurring or lasting three days or more) or other circumstance that causes an extended absence from class (lasting three days or more), please contact the Student Assistance Center in the Office of the Dean of Students during business hours (8:30 AM – 5:00 PM). This office is located on the 3rd floor of the Turner Student Services Building, 610 E. John Street, Champaign, 217-333-0050. A representative of that office will provide us with the necessary information to address your circumstance. Please fill out an online absence form for your course which can be found on the course website (http://www.life.illinois.edu/mcb/150/course/forms.html).



MCB 150 WEB GRADEBOOK

The MCB 150 Web Gradebook can be accessed directly at the following URL:

https://apps.atlas.illinois.edu/Gradebook

Additionally, students may follow the Web Gradebook link on the MCB 150 website:

http://www.life.illinois.edu/mcb/150

Scores on exams and assignments will be available for student review on the MCB 150 Web Gradebook. All students are responsible for checking their scores on the Web Gradebook after each exam and assignment is returned to them. Each student is responsible for reporting possible discrepancies to his/her TA and if immediate action is not taken, the student is responsible for bringing this to the attention of MCB 150 Course Staff within one week of receiving their graded paper or exam score. Students are encouraged to keep all graded papers returned to them until after final grades are issued.

The final deadline for Web Gradebook corrections is
5:00 PM, Wednesday, December 13, 2017.

No Web Gradebook scores will be altered after this deadline.
Please be certain to check all scores before this time.



MASTERINGBIOLOGY ASSIGNMENTS (PRE-CLASS/POST-CLASS)

Pearson Mastering will be used to administer homework in the form of pre/post-class assignments. There will be pre/post class assignments for each lecture in this course beginning with Lecture 2. There will be over 500 "points" of questions asked over the course of the semester. Your score for this grade-type is determined by your percent accuracy. For example, if 500 questions were asked, you would need to have 90% (450) correct in order to earn the full 230 points. The maximum points that can be earned on these assignments for the semester is 230 points.

Pre-class assignments will be due at 12:00 PM each day of class (every M, W, F with the exception of holidays and/or in-class review sessions).

Post-class assignments will be due at 12:00 PM each business day following a lecture period (every M, T, R with the exception of holidays and/or in-class review sessions).

Please be advised that difficulty accessing the server, inability to find an open computer lab, or other computer issues will not suffice to extend this deadline. Please be sure to finish your assignments early, to avoid missing these deadlines!

Mastering % Correct

 

Points student earns

90%   230
85%   218
80%   207
75%   195
70%   184
65%   172
60%   161
55%   149
50%   138
45%   126
40%   115
35%   103
30%   92
25%   80
Below 25%   0


IN-CLASS ASSIGNMENTS

There will opportunities during class where students will be asked to answer a question or set of questions based on the material covered that day. These in-class activities will happen at different times during the class period (i.e. beginning/middle/end). Students can earn a maximum of 100 points for these assignments. These 100 points will be determined based on the students percentage of successful work throughout the semester. For example, if 150 points worth of questions are asked, you must have 80% accuracy (120/150) in order to earn the full 100 points in this grade-type.

Learning Catalytics % Correct

  Points student earns
80%   100
75%   95
70%   90
65%   85
60%   80
55%   75
50%   70
45%   65
40%   60
35%   55
30%   50
25%   45
20%   40
15%   35
Below 15%   0


DISCUSSION POINTS

There are thirteen discussion section meetings during the semester. Students will receive 6 points per discussion section for a total of 70 points (8 points can be missed without penalty to the final discussion score). Students are urged to attend all discussion classes, and participate in the activities each week. Students will not receive more than 70 total participation points. Students will not receive attendance/participation points if they arrive more than 5 minutes late to discussion, fail to sign in on the provided sign-in sheet, or if they leave before class is dismissed.

Preparation (2 points/discussion)

Students are asked to come to each class period prepared. There will be posted requirements about what needs to be prepared the week before each class period in Illinois Compass2g.

Participation (2 points/discussion)

Teaching assistants will provide students with a clear indication of what is required in order to be counted as an active participant for a class session.

Concept Mapping Journal (2 points/discussion)

We find that a valuable way for students to keep the ideas and concepts in our course organized is to keep a concept mapping journal. Students are allowed to be as elaborate or concise as they would like in their journals each week. The investment is a personal choice and correlates directly with what the student wishes to get out of this each week. Your TA will check your journal weekly and if the topics (outlined below) have been included students will earn 2 points.

Concept Mapping Checkpoints

Discussion 2: Domains of Life

Discussion 3: Macromolecules

Discussion 4: Metabolism

Discussion 5: DNA structure and History of DNA double-helix (Discussion 5 activity)

Discussion 6: Replication and Transcription

Discussion 7: Translation

Discussion 8: Nuclear Domains

Discussion 9: Mutations

Discussion 10: Mitochondrial Genomes and Protein Transport

Discussion 11: Secretory Pathway (ER, Golgi) and Lysosomes

Discussion 12: Cytoskeleton

Discussion 13: Cell Cycle and M-phase



EXAMINATIONS

Evening exams and the final exam will be in the multiple choice and true/false format. Material for evening lecture exams will be drawn from the lectures, lecture materials, associated text readings, and reserved reading, if any. Material for the final exam can be drawn comprehensively from all material covered in the course. Lecturers will provide students with information regarding the content of specific exams.

All exams are computer graded and the grades are entered into the Web Gradebook electronically. Once the exams have been administered, they become property of the students. Within one week of each exam, answers are posted, and errata grade sheets are provided to students. It is the student's responsibility to make certain that the grade on the Web Gradebook is correct. If a student believes that an error has been made, it should be brought to the TA's attention immediately. If an explanation cannot be found, the student and/or the TA should bring the problem to the MCB 150 Staff in 252 Davenport Hall. All student scantron sheets are retained for grade confirmation if necessary. All students are urged to keep their errata sheets until a final grade has been issued for the course.

The final exam is the property of the course and is not returned to students, nor are answers posted or made available in any way. Should a student feel that an error has been made in the grading of the final exam, that student should contact MCB 150 Course Staff.

Exam Dates

Exam I Thursday, February 9 7:00–9:00 PM
Exam II Thursday, March 9 7:00–9:00 PM
Exam III Thursday, April 13 7:00–9:00 PM
Final Exam Monday, May 8, 2017 7:00-10:00 PM


COURSE GRADING

Student grades in MCB 150 will be based on total of 1000 points. Categories listed below are approximate, but should closely resemble the final distribution.

Exams (E1: 100 pts., E2: 135 pts., E3: 165 pts.) 400  
Final Exam 200  
Mastering/In-Class Activities 330  
Discussion Participation 70  

Total 1000 points

A more specific point breakdown for MCB 150 follows:

230 points Pre/Post-Class Questions (Mastering)
100 points In-Class Activities
70 points Discussion Attendance/Participation
400 points Exams
200 points Final Exam

1000 points Total

All point totals are estimates and may be altered slightly throughout the course of the semester.

The point totals contained in the following table represent the use of the plus/minus grading system coupled with a 4.0 grade point system. The grade point values shown for each letter grade have been assigned by the University. Students who earn the points shown below (out of 1000 possible points) will be guaranteed the indicated letter grade. At semester's end, after the final exam, the faculty will analyze the course grade distribution and may decrease (to accommodate poor class performance on an examination), but will not increase the points, needed for each grade.



MCB 150 STANDARD GRADE SCALE

Letter Grade

Point Ranges

Grade Point Value

A+ 1000–920 4.000
A 919–880 4.000
A- 879–840 3.667
B+ 839–800 3.333
B 799–760 3.000
B- 759–720 2.667
C+ 719–680 2.333
C 679–640 2.000
C- 639–600 1.667
D+ 599–560 1.333
D 559–520 1.000
D- 519–480 0.667
F 479–0 0.000


STATEMENT ON ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

  1. Science cannot exist without honesty. The faculty and staff in MCB require students, as scientists-in-the-making, to hold the highest standards of scientific and academic conduct. Any form of cheating on any graded work in courses is unacceptable, and will be dealt with as outlined below, and in accordance with the University-wide standards in the Code of Policies and Regulations Applying to All Students.

  2. We require that all graded work be entirely your own, and that anything you write using the words of other writers be correctly attributed. Some specific points follow.

    Examinations

    • On exams, the answers that your turn in for grading must be your own, formulated during the exam from your own understanding of the material and without any supporting information, be it written, verbal or electronic. Copying the work of another student, or allowing another to copy your work, or copying work from any other source, is unacceptable. Since we cannot always monitor you as you complete your work, we must rely upon appearance of your work from which to judge. If the work you submit resembles that of another student or another source too closely, we may conclude that it was not your original work. Always make a conscious effort to complete your work on your own and to protect it from the view of others, in order to ensure that it will be seen as your own. Failure to adhere to these standards for any portion of an exam may result in a grade of zero for the entire exam or quiz for all persons involved.

    • Texting, or the use of a cell phone for any purpose, during a quiz or exam is prohibited. Doing so may earn you a zero or a more extreme penalty on the quiz or exam at the discretion of the instructor.

    • Use of any social or electronic media to share information, request information or make confidential information public is prohibited. Any use of this type may earn you a zero on the exam or a more extreme penalty at the discretion of the instructor.

    Assignments

    • On written or electronic assignments, the answers that you turn in for grading must be written in your own words, formulated from your own understanding of the material. While you may be working with other students in the course, you must formulate and submit your own answers. Copying or paraphrasing the work of another student, or allowing another to copy or paraphrase your work, is unacceptable. Since we cannot monitor you as you complete your work, we have only the appearance of your work from which to judge. If the work you submit resembles that of another student too closely, we may conclude that it was not your original work. Always make a conscious effort to complete your work on your own and to protect it from the view of others, in order to ensure that it will be seen as your own. You must also make a conscious effort to protect your passwords and accounts. Failure to adhere to these standards may result in a grade of zero for the entire assignment for all persons involved.

    • On written or electronic assignments, if you use a statement taken directly from any book or other publication, including the course textbook, you must provide a citation. That is, you must put the text in quotes and put the author of the publication in parentheses after the quotation. Failure to do so will result in zero credit for that answer. Further, using only the words of another author as your entire answer or as the majority of your answer to any question is never sufficient to earn credit. If the majority of your work has been taken directly from a publication, you are likely to receive no credit for the work, since you would not be demonstrating knowledge beyond the ability to copy. Even if you quote another, your answer must be substantially your own words, drawn from your own understanding of the material.



GENERAL EMERGENCY GUIDELINES

(Emergency Response Guide)

Security Threat. The Department of Homeland Security and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Office of Campus Emergency Planning recommend the following three responses to any emergency on campus: RUN > HIDE > FIGHT

Only follow these actions if safe to do so. When in doubt, follow your instincts - you are your best advocate!

RUN — Action taken to leave an area for personal safety.

  • Take the time to learn the different ways to leave your building before there is an emergency.
  • Evacuations are mandatory for fire alarms and when directed by authorities! No exceptions!
  • Evacuate immediately. Pull manual fire alarm to prompt a response for others to evacuate.
  • Take critical personal items only (keys, purse, and outerwear) and close doors behind you.
  • Assist those who need help, but carefully consider whether you may put yourself at risk.
  • Look for Exit signs indicating potential egress/escape routes.
  • If you are not able to evacuate, go to an Area of Rescue Assistance, as indicated on the front page of this plan.
  • Evacuate to Evacuation Assembly Area, as indicated on front page of this plan.
  • Remain at Evacuation Assembly Area until additional instructions are given.
  • Alert authorities to those who may need assistance.
  • Do not re-enter building until informed by emergency response personnel that it is safe to return.
  • Active Threat: IF it is safe to do so, run out of the building. Get as far away as possible. Do NOT go to the Evacuation Assembly Area.

HIDE — Action taken to seek immediate shelter indoors when emergency conditions do not warrant or allow evacuation.

  • Severe Weather:

    • If you are outside, proceed to the nearest protective building.
    • If sheltering-in-place due to severe weather, proceed to the identified Storm Refuge Area or to the lowest, most interior area of the building away from windows or hazardous equipment or materials.
  • Active Threat:

    • Lock or barricade your area.
    • Get to a place where the threat cannot see you.
    • Place cell phones on silent.
    • Do not make any noise.
    • Do not come out until you receive an Illini-Alert advising you it is safe.

FIGHT — Action taken as a last resort to increase your odds of survival.

  • Active Threat: If you cannot run away safely or hide, be prepared to fight with anything available to increase your odds for survival.


We Care at Illinois (http://www.wecare.illinois.edu):

Title IX makes it clear that violence and harassment based on sex and gender are Civil Rights offenses subject to the same kinds of accountability and the same kinds of support applied to offenses against other protected categories such as race, national origin, etc. If you or someone you know has been harassed or assaulted, you can find the appropriate resources here: http://oiir.illinois.edu/sites/prod/files/SexualMisconduct_ResourceGuide.pdf

University Police Department, Emergency, 9,-911; Non-emergency, 217.333.8911
Counseling Center, 110 Student Services Bldg., 610 E. John St., 217.333.3704
McKinley Health Center, General Information, 217.333-2701
McKinley Mental Health Center, 1109 S. Lincoln, 217.333.2705
Dean of Students, 300 Turner Students Services Bldg, 610 E. John St., 217.333.0050
Local Sexual Assault Center, RACES, 217.384.4444
Women’s Resources Center, 703 South Wright Street, 2nd Floor, 217-333-3137

For campus assistance and support:
The Office of Diversity, Equity and Access (ODEA): http://diversity.illinois.edu
Discrimination & Harassment Prevention
Title IX
Accessibility & Accommodations
Inclusive Illinois

Student Resources: for student-cnetered advocacy programs and services: https://mcb.illinois.edu/undergrad/advising/resources/