MCB 354
Biochemical & Physical Basis of Life
School of Molecular and Cellular Biology
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
astenger@illinois.edu
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Course Information

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MCB 354: BIOCHEMICAL & PHYSICAL BASIS OF LIFE

Lecture: 112 Gregory Hall, 9:00–9:50 AM Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays

Alejandra Stenger (Course Coordinator); astenger@illinois.edu
   Office: 252B Davenport Hall
   Office Hours: By appointment

Dr. Erik Procko; procko@illinois.edu
   Office: 318G Roger Adams Lab (RAL)
   Office Hours: Thursdays 10:00-11:00 AM NOTE: Office hours will be held in C120 CLSL (our discussion room)

Dr. Jim Morrissey; jhmorris@illinois.edu
   Office: 323 Roger Adams Lab (RAL)
   Office Hours: TBA

MCB Core Curriculum Office:   252 Davenport Hall; 244–6239; (9:00 AM–12:00 PM, 1:00 PM–5:00 PM M–F)

MCB 354 WEB SITE

Course Web site: www.life.illinois.edu/mcb/354
Course Gradebook: https://apps.atlas.illinois.edu/Gradebook/

REQUIRED MATERIALS

The following is a specific list of items required for MCB 354. 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 & SUPPLIES

  1. "Lehninger Principles of Biochemistry, Sixth Edition"
    by Nelson and Cox
    W. H. Freeman Publishing, 2012

  2. Note: We are recommending students buy the loose-leaf version of the text which includes E-book access available at IUB and other campus bookstores. Students may elect to purchase new or used copies of the traditional hardback text if they prefer.

  3. Scientific calculator
    NON-GRAPHING with simple log functions
    To be used on exams (graphing calculators may NOT be used during exams)

Students seeking additional readings should refer to most popular biochemistry texts such as Introduction to Protein Structure by Branden and Tooze, Biochemistry by Berg and Stryer, and Biochemistry by Voet and Voet. Some versions of these are on reserve at the MCB Learning Center and the Undergraduate Library.



SECTION CHANGE, ADD AND DROP INFORMATION

Students may use the UI-Integrate Self-Service System to add or change MCB 354 discussion sections before 5:00 PM, Friday, 4 September 2015.

Friday, 16 October 2015 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 354 until this deadline.

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

To drop the course after the drop deadline, students must petition a Dean in their college office and bring the Instructor's Estimated Grade Report section of petitions to Alejandra Stenger, 252B Davenport Hall, for completion and signature.



WHEN MCB 354 CLASSES BEGIN

MCB 354 lectures will begin on Monday, 24 August 2015 at 9:00 AM in 112 Gregory Hall.

MCB 354 discussions will begin the week of 24 August 2015, in C120 Chemical & Life Science Laboratory (CLSL). The honors section (MCB 297 section) will also meet in C120 CLSL.



MCB CURRICULUM POLICIES

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. We will only use this account in order to protect your educational information and profile. 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 can be found on your ICard)
  • 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 www.odos.illinois.edu/studentassistance/downloads/Religious_Observance_Accommodation_Request_Form.docx) 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. Information about accommodations can be found in the Student Code: http://studentcode.illinois.edu.

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 Tuesday evenings as noted on the course website. Arrive early; the exams will begin at 7:00 PM sharp. The exams will cover material from lecture and any assigned reading. Please see the MCB 354 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 354 website several days prior to each exam. You must take the exam in the room to which you have been assigned.

  3. Bring your University photo ID, several sharp #2 pencils, and an eraser. You will need a scientific, NON-PROGRAMMABLE calculator to complete these exams. NO PROGRAMMABLE (graphing) 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 be monitoring who deposits and collects these personal effects, so thefts and mistaken identification of belongings can occur. We urge you not to bring valuables to the exam room. You will be asked to place all jackets/coats completely under the chair in which you are seated. In the case that the floor of the exam room is wet, you will be allowed to place jackets/coats at the front or back of the room during the exam. Cell phones, ipods, audio equipment, and any other electronic devices must be turned off and placed away from student seating during the exams.

    The MCB 354 faculty/staff is not responsible for any of your personal belongings. We strongly suggest you do not bring them to the exam site. The Illini Union Bookstore has 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 for any purpose during an exam, is prohibited. Doing so may earn you a zero on the exam, or 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.

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 if one is available on your course website. 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. 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:


    {Exam A} {Exam B} {Exam C}
    (%tile)(200) + (%tile)(200) + (%tile)(200) = (%tile) = ____ points for Exam_____
                 (200 + 200 + 200)

    Please note that the percentile that we use 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 this 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 last day of class, 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 grade included. Please understand that this preliminary proration score may increase OR decrease depending on your performance on the last exam. The actual proration score will be the score used to determine you final grade.



FINAL EXAM AND CONFLICT FINAL EXAM INFORMATION

FINAL EXAM INSTRUCTIONS

  1. The Final Exam will be administered on Tuesday, 15 December 2015 from 1:30-4:30 PM.

  2. The exam location(s) will be posted on the MCB 354 website by 30 November 2015 at 9:00 AM.

  3. Bring your University photo ID, several sharp #2 pencils and an eraser. You will also need a calculator to complete this exam. No programmable (graphing) 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 NOT be allowed to enter the exam room with these items. We urge you not to bring valuables to the exam room. You will be asked to place all jackets/coats completely under the chair in which you are seated. In the case that the floor of the exam room is wet, you will be allowed to place jackets/coats at the front or back of the room during the exam.

    The MCB 354 faculty/staff is not responsible for any of your personal belongings. We strongly suggest you do not bring them to the exam site. The Illini Union Bookstore has lockers available for temporary storage of such items if you are unable to leave them at home prior to an exam.

CONFLICT FINAL EXAM INSTRUCTIONS

  1. 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 82.A.4). Final Examinations of the Code of Policies and Regulations Applying to All Students which can be found at: www.illinois.edu/admin/manual/code/

    • 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.

  2. 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

  1. 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. You will then have 48 hours from the absence in which to submit documentation to your instructor or course coordinator. You must also submit an online Absence Form if one is available on your course website. Course personnel will evaluate documentation and decide whether or not there will be an option to compensate for the missed exam. Failure to follow this procedure will result in a zero for the exam.

  2. 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, 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 recovers but not more than 10 business days after the date of absence.

  4. Information about final exams can be found in the Student Code: http://studentcode.illinois.edu.



THE MOST DIRECT ROUTE TO 252 DAVENPORT HALL

Chem Annex is currently closed. Here is current map to the MCB Core Curriculum Office.

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GENERAL INFORMATION & POLICIES OF MCB 354

  1. The course faculty and the TAs are in charge of the orderly conduct of students in class 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: http://admin.illinois.edu/policy/code/

  3. Concerns over exam grading, discussion teaching or grading, and exam or discussion absences should be directed to the MCB 354 Course Coordinator, Alejandra Stenger.

  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/optional review sessions.

  6. Reference letters and recommendation forms are to be submitted to the student's discussion TA, whose evaluation will be reviewed and countersigned by a member of the course faculty. Course lecturers typically will only write letters for students they personally know.

  7. The faculty and staff of MCB 354 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://odos.illinois.edu/studentAssistance/absence/revised_code.asp)

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

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

    1. Attendance will be recorded at every discussion session. Each student is required to sign 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 discussion points for that week, but you may stay for the class period. If you are on time but are not contributing to your group 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 discussion assignments may be missed without penalty. These missed discussions can be dropped according to the criteria set forth in the Course Policies for this course. Specifically for MCB 354, a student that misses discussion due to minor illness (less than 3 days), chooses not to attend class, and/or forgets to attend class or complete an assignment will use these specified drops. There is no distinction made between illness and missing discussion 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 (https://apps.atlas.illinois.edu/MCB/McbAbsence).



MCB 354 GRADEBOOK

The MCB 354 Gradebook can be accessed directly at:

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

Scores on exams and quizzes will be available for student review on the MCB 354 Gradebook. To check your scores, sign into the MCB 354 Web site and click on the Gradebook link and follow the instructions presented there. All students are responsible for checking their scores on the Gradebook after each exam and quiz is returned to them. Each student is responsible for reporting possible discrepancies to the TA and if immediate action is not taken, the student is responsible for bringing this to the attention of Alejandra Stenger within ONE week of receiving their graded quiz or exam score. Students are encouraged to keep all graded papers returned to them until after final grades are issued.

The final deadline for Gradebook corrections is 5:00 PM, Wednesday, 9 December 2015.

No Gradebook scores will be altered after this deadline so please be certain to check all your scores before this time.



DISCUSSION

Discussion problem sets should be completed before discussion each week. The problem sets are an opportunity for students to practice the material that may be covered on exams (and exams will have short answer portions).

Students have the opportunity to earn 4 points per discussion starting on Discussion 1. Completion of problem sets is required before attending discussion in order to facilitate group work and make the most of class time. Students will discuss the questions in groups and will be responsible for answering an assigned question. The TA may assist the groups and verify correctness. Points will be based on coming to class prepared, actively participating in group work, and ultimately presenting the assigned question to the class.

Attendance will be recorded at every discussion session. Each student is required to sign 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 discussion points for that week, but you may stay for the class period. If you are on time but are not contributing to your group you also forfeit attendance points for that week at the discretion of the TA. You will be allowed to drop 3 discussion problem sets. Questions or clarifications should be addressed to the TAs in discussion or in their office hours.



QUIZZES

Four 40 point quizzes will be administered online by the LON-CAPA system. Quizzes will be opened for a designated time slot on the day they are assigned and will be timed (time limits will be announced before each quiz). Please note that computer problems, server issues, or other technical problems are NOT sufficient means for extensions of deadlines. If students ever have any technical problems they must contact Alejandra Stenger immediately, and assistance will not be provided after 10:00 PM. Students are responsible for knowing the quiz date schedule; forgetting to do a quiz is not an acceptable excuse for accommodations.

Quiz Time Day Date
Quiz 1 12:00-10:00 PM Tuesday 8 September 2015
Quiz 2 12:00-10:00 PM Tuesday 6 October 2015
Quiz 3 12:00-10:00 PM Tuesday 27 October 2015
Quiz 4 12:00-10:00 PM Tuesday 1 December 2015


EXAMS

Evening exams, quizzes, and the final exam may be in the multiple choice, true-false format, short answer, essay, and/or problem-solving format. Material for evening lecture exams will be drawn from the lectures, lecture materials, associated text readings, and reserved reading, if any.

All grades are entered into the Gradebook. Once the exams have been administered, they become property of the students. Within one week of each exam, answers are posted. It is the student's responsibility to make certain that the grade on the 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 Alejandra Stenger or the MCB 354 Staff in 252 Davenport Hall.

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 Alejandra Stenger.

Exam Time Day Date
Exam I 7:00-9:00 PM Tuesday 22 September 2015
Exam II 7:00-9:00 PM Tuesday 13 October 2015
Exam III 7:00-9:00 PM Tuesday 10 November 2015
Final Exam 1:30-4:30 PM Tuesday 15 December 2015


COURSE GRADING

Student grades in MCB 354 will be based on total of 1000 points. Categories listed below are approximate, but should closely resemble the final distribution.

  3 Lecture Exams   600  
  Final Exam   200  
  Quizzes   160  
  Discussion Participation   40  

  Total   1000  points  

A more specific point breakdown for MCB 354 follows:

40 points   Discussion Problem Sets (10 @ 4 points each, drop 3)
160 points   Quizzes (4 @ 40 points each)
600 points   Exams (3 @ 200 points each)
200 points   Final Exam

1000 points   Total

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 354 Standard Grade Scale

Letter Grade

Point Ranges

Grade Point Value

A+

1000–890

4.000

A

889–850

4.000

A-

849–810

3.667

B+

809–770

3.333

B

769–730

3.000

B-

729–690

2.667

C+

689–650

2.333

C

649–610

2.000

C-

609–570

1.667

D+

569–530

1.333

D

529–490

1.000

D-

489–450

0.667

F

449–0

0.000



STATEMENT ON ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

  1. Science cannot exist without honesty. The faculty and staff of MCB 354 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 this course 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:

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • Questions about grading may be discussed with TAs and exam regrade requests may be submitted. ANY alteration of answers on graded work (rewriting answers, adding content, erasing answers, etc.) will NOT be accepted. Please note all exams are copied after grading and are kept on file for review. Failure to adhere to these standards, for any portion of an exam, may result in a grade of zero for the entire exam or a more extreme penalty at the discretion of the instructor.



UNIVERSITY INFORMATION ON STUDENT SAFETY

Active Threats:

  • General Emergency Response Recommendations (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 campus plan.
    • Evacuate to Evacuation Assembly Area, as indicated on the campus 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.



SEXUAL HARRASSMENT

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