Regular class attendance is considered an essential part of a student’s educational experience and a requirement for an adequate evaluation of student academic progress. When an announced examination falls on the day a student is absent, instructors are not required to prepare or give a make-up test.

Consideration will be given to students in the case of illness, emergency, or when acting as a representative of MWSU. It shall be the responsibility of the student to notify the class instructor prior to the absence and if possible, meet the instructor upon the student’s return to discuss the material missed. Students who are sick should stay home. If they are showing symptoms of COVID-19 they should stay home, even if they feel well enough to come to class. Students that have a known exposure to someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 should self-quarantine at home for 14 days after their most recent exposure. Students who have themselves been diagnosed with COVID-19 should self-quarantine until: 1) at least 72-hours has passed since they experienced a fever AND 2) at least 10 days have passed since the onset of their symptoms. Students that have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, but have not experienced symptoms should self-quarantine for 10 days after their positive test. Students should use the fillable web-based form (Positive Case Reporting) as soon as possible to report their infection or exposure and in cases where they need to arrange to self-quarantine or isolate in the residence halls.

Students should notify their instructors if they will not attend class due to infection or self-quarantine, and all instructors should provide alternate means of delivery of course content to accommodate those students.


This class will observe all University rules including rules on preventing the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Social distancing, proper hygiene and use of facemasks need to be observed in this and all classes and the common areas at all times. Facemasks should be multi-layer, with a minimum of 3 layers recommended.

Face coverings are expected to be most effective when everyone is wearing one – even if they are not currently experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. Each person is protecting the community as a whole when these preventative measures are observed. The primary objective is to protect the health of all individuals as well as protecting the university’s ability to conduct its primary educational mission.
Students who are feeling ill, especially with any of the COVID-19 symptoms, or who are not able to comply with the facemask policy may be accommodated by the instructor through a 100% online learning environment. The use of online content, Zoom, Google Meet and other strategies may be offered to students not attending class on an as needed basis. Therefore, students may be asked to leave class if they cannot comply with this standard and may be accommodated remotely in such cases. Missouri Western’s policy at the time of this syllabus is consistent with this syllabus. In regards to compliance, Missouri Western policy states:


  • Students without appropriate face coverings will be sent to a central location within each classroom building to obtain a mask.
  • Students who are non-compliant will be engaged in conversation with the faculty member to address the situation.
  • If the student does not comply, UPD will be called to remove the student.
  • Non-compliant students will face disciplinary action for violations.
  • Employees not in compliance with this policy will be subject to discipline.

Missouri Western’s COVID-19 response should be reviewed by all students. You can find it at:


Students interested in free tutoring for math, writing, and specific courses can contact the Center for Academic Support:  Students needing research assistance can contact MWSU Library:


The final exam schedule will be published by the Registrar’s Office prior to each semester and the designated period will be used either for administration of a final exam or for other appropriate course terminating activities. All face-to-face courses will have final exams in their regular classrooms during final exam week according to the published schedule. Blended classes, which have weekly meeting times, will hold final exams in their regular classrooms according to the published schedule. Blended classes (online 70%-99%) and 100% online classes will hold final exams online during the final exam week according to the course syllabus. It is the responsibility of both students and faculty to comply with the final exam policy.


A positive learning environment depends upon mature behavior.  Among other things, this means arriving for class on time, listening quietly and respectfully when someone else is speaking, and using socially acceptable business language at all times. Appropriate steps will be taken to ensure this positive learning environment.

(From the MWSU Policy Guide, Page 44, Section II. A.)

Academic Honesty Policy and Due Process

Academic honesty is required in all academic endeavors. Violations of academic honesty include any instance of plagiarism, cheating, seeking credit for another’s work, falsifying documents or academic records, or any other fraudulent classroom activity. Violations of academic honesty may result in a failing grade on the assignment, failure in the course, or expulsion from school. When a student’s grade has been affected, violations of academic honesty will be reported to the Provost or the designated representative.

Violations of Academic Honesty

Violations of academic honesty include, but are not limited to, the following activities:

  1. Copying another person’s work and claiming it as your own;
  2. Using the work of a group of students when the assignment requires individual work;
  3. Looking at or attempting to look at an examination before it is administered;
  4. Using materials during an examination that are not permitted;
  5. Allowing another student to take your exam for you;
  6. Intentionally impeding the academic work of others;
  7. Using any electronic device to transmit portions of questions or answers on an examination to other students;
  8. Using any electronic device to improperly store information for an exam;
  9. Knowingly furnishing false information to the University or its representatives.
  10. Assisting other students in any of the acts listed above.

A student accused of academic dishonesty will first meet with the faculty member who made the allegation of academic dishonesty. If the faculty member decides academic dishonesty occurred, consequences could include giving the student a zero on the assignment, asking the student to rewrite the assignment, or failing the student in the course. If the student’s grade is affected, the faculty member must file a MWSU Academic Honesty Violation Report. If the student disagrees with the faculty member’s decision, the student may submit a written appeal of that decision within 10 working days to the department chairperson and request a meeting with the department chairperson. The department chairperson will inform the faculty member that an appeal has been 2 made, and the faculty member will have the option to submit a rebuttal form to address the student’s appeal. In the event there is no assigned chairperson, the request should be made to the college or school dean. The chairperson’s decision shall be provided in writing to the student and to the faculty member within 30 calendar days of the chairperson’ receipt of the written appeal. If the student chooses to continue the appeal process, the appeal may be made within 10 working days to the provost or designated representative to present the case to the Academic Regulations, Standards & Honesty Committee. The provost or designated representative will present the case to the Academic Regulations, Standards & Honesty Committee within 10 working days of receipt of the appeal. If the appeal is made during the summer semester or intersession, it will be presented to the Committee within 10 working days from the beginning of the next regular academic semester. The Committee will base its decision on the written statements and evidence submitted by the student and the faculty member. The Committee’s decision, which must be made within 30 calendar days from the date on which the committee receives the appeal, is final. The Committee will notify, in writing, the student and the faculty member of its decision. If it is determined that no violation of academic honesty has occurred, the student’s alleged violation will be removed from his or her record. Any student who has been found guilty of violating the academic honesty policy a second time will be reported by the Provost to the Dean of Students for disciplinary action.

(From the MWSU Policy Guide, Instructional Policies, Section III D.)

Any student in this course who has a disability that prevents the fullest expression of abilities should contact the instructor as soon as possible to discuss accommodations.

Students seeking accommodations should submit a request to the Accessibility Resource Center (ARC) at The ARC is located in Blum Union, Room 234. Once accommodations have been approved by the ARC, students are responsible for notifying their instructors of those accommodations. This should be done within the first two weeks of classes of each academic year. Accommodations are not retroactive.


Consistent with its mission, Missouri Western seeks to assure all community members learn and work in a welcoming and inclusive environment. Title VII, Title IX, and University policy prohibit harassment, discrimination, and sexual misconduct. Missouri Western encourages anyone experiencing harassment, discrimination or sexual misconduct to talk to someone from the Campus and Local Resources list found in the University Policies and Procedures about what happened so they can get the support they need and Missouri Western can respond appropriately.

Missouri Western is legally obligated to respond to reports of sexual misconduct. Responses may vary from support services to formal investigations. Confidentiality of a report cannot be guaranteed unless made to a confidential resource. As a faculty member, I am required to report incidents of sexual misconduct and thus cannot guarantee confidentiality. I must provide our Title IX coordinator with relevant details such as the names of those involved in the incident. For more information about policies and resources or reporting options, please visit the following website:

Students receive information via email regarding required education and training on important Title IX issues and regulations. Student employees may have additional required training. Please follow the link in the email sent to your MWSU student account to complete the training. Students who do not complete the training will receive a hold on their account, preventing future semester enrollment until the training is complete.


The content of any lecture/class presentation remains the intellectual property of the person delivering the session. Students may make audio or video recordings of course activity only with permission of the faculty member conducting the course. If the student believes it is necessary to record sessions due to a disability or needs additional assistance, the student must first contact Missouri Western’s Accessibility Resource Center to establish such need. By virtue of this policy, all students and attendees in any classroom setting or university presentation are placed on notice that they may be recorded or taped, both photographically or audio based.

Any and all recordings of lectures or class presentations are authorized solely for the purpose of the student’s individual or group study with other students enrolled in the same class. Such recordings may not be reproduced or uploaded to public accessible web environments. Recordings of classes or course material may not be exchanged or distributed for commercial purposes, for compensation or for any other purpose other than study by students enrolled in the present class. Students must delete all recordings and tapes at the end of the course.

Please note that materials used in the classroom or online presentations (video, graphic, photographic, etc.), web-based and social media may also have their own copyright. While presentations and displays are generally allowed when reproduced in the classroom, copyright law does not extend the privilege to second-level reproductions. Any violation of this policy may subject a student to disciplinary action under the Student Code of Conduct as outlined in the Student Handbook and result in disciplinary action by the University and/or punishment under Federal or State Privacy, Intellectual Property or Copyright Law.


Any student who is experiencing personal issues that may affect course performance (food insecurity, lack of a safe and stable place to live, etc.), is urged to contact the Dean of Students for resources and support. If you are comfortable doing so, please notify the professor of any concerns. This will enable your professor to connect you with the resources you need.

The Campus Cupboard is a free resource with pantry and hygiene items, located in 214 of the Blum Student Union. The cupboard is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2-4 pm and by appointment. Any Missouri Western student can use the Campus Cupboard, no proof of need necessary. Students may visit the cupboard up to twice a month. The maximum allotment per visit is two (2) plastic grocery bags. The student must present a valid student ID.

Contact Information:

Dr. Hannah Piechowski, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
Blum Union, Suite 228 or
(816) 271-4432


Missouri Western State University does not discriminate against any student on the basis of pregnancy, parenting or related conditions. Absences due to medical conditions relating to pregnancy, and recovery from pregnancy, will be excused for as long as deemed medically necessary by a student’s doctor. Students will be given the opportunity to make up missed work. Pregnant or parenting students needing assistance should contact the Title IX Coordinator, Adam McGowan at (816) 271-4432 in Blum Student Union 228.


As with any technology, Canvas, other Internet-based teaching tools, and email have the potential for technical problems.  To prepare for the possibility of course downtime or a performance issue that makes the MWSU system unusable, students are requested to please do the following:

  1. Save and /or print a copy of the course syllabus, assignment schedule, and relevant course materials, so class work may proceed—even if there are interruptions in Canvas access.
  2. Save the instructor’s telephone numbers, in order to be able to contact her, if necessary.
  3. If problems are experienced at any time during this semester, check to determine if the problem is with the Canvas course site and not with an individual Internet provider.
  4. Check for announcements about anticipated Canvas downtimes, and plan course work accordingly.
  5. In addition to saving assignments on a computer hard drive, please save all assignment files on a flash drive, CD, etc.—in case the computer freezes / malfunctions.  Please keep paper and / or electronic copies of all work submitted!


In the event that face-to-face classes are suspended due to weather or some sort of disease outbreak, etc., the instructor will strive to continue instruction to all students who are able to participate. Students are responsible for furnishing their own technology learning tools and off-campus internet access. If and when face-to-face classes are suspended or MWSU shifts to an alternative course delivery, all students will receive notification from the instructor (email / Canvas announcement / phone call) that details how communication will be maintained, where course information and materials can be located, and what students may expect during such a time period. Some students might be affected by the event and, therefore, unable to continue class participation; in these cases, individual arrangements will be made between the students involved and the instructor.

Tips for Learning during Disruption: (learn more here)

  1. Regularly check MWSU email and Canvas for important campus/course announcements and notifications. (MWSU email & Canvas)
  2. Increase communication with your professors.
  3. Familiarize yourself with online course resources. (Canvas tutorials & Library)
  4. Stay connected with students. (Engage with Zoom)
  5. If you need help, seek it immediately. (Remote Tutoring & Student Assistance)
  6. Be flexible and stay informed. (Student FAQ)
  7. Rest and stay healthy (Telecounseling & Health Center)


University emergency information can be found on the MWSU homepage. Notices regarding the campus being closed, classes canceled, or other emergencies will be made available through the Griffon Alert Emergency Notification System.


This class in a public space that is shared with others. Ensure that you take the necessary measures to ensure that you are presentable for a public and a professional working environment. Avoid coming to class in a state that is disruptive to the class.