CASS Labs Physical address

In case of an emergency, use this address for the Cass Labs

611 UT University Drive, Tampa FL 33606


All the text/images/audio/video/CODE clips you will use in any of your projects will have to be credited correctly. EVERY single text/image/video/audio/CODE you use should be yours and/or copyright free. If you use the code from somebody else, it needs to be recontextualized according to your needs with sufficient differences between the source and your application.

There are sites such as that provide copyright free material. If you ever use their material you MUST give proper credit.

Academic Integrity – Provost’s site – PLEASE READ // form

Cheating, plagiarism, copying and any other behavior that is contrary to University standards of behavior will not be tolerated.

Students caught violating any aspect of the University of Tampa’s Academic Integrity Policy will be penalized in all cases. Penalty ranges from “0” on an assignment to “F” for the course without regard to a student’s accumulated points. Students may also face expulsion. It is the student’s responsibility to become familiar with the policies of the university regarding academic integrity and to avoid violating such policies. Policy information is found at Academic Integrity Policy

I take integrity very seriously, including academic integrity. I will monitor all submissions and exams for violations of the academic integrity policy. Students are held responsible for knowing and observing the University’s Academic Integrity Policy posted at: If you have any questions about the policy, please feel free to talk with me.

Under no circumstances are you to provide an electronic copy of your work to another student. This includes allowing them access to your computer where they may access the file on their own without your consent! It is your responsibility to protect the integrity of your work. All parties involved will be reported to the Dean of Students.

Do NOT provide students in the other section, in case there are multiple sections of a class, with information regarding class discussion or “answers” to class preparation assignments. This hinders their ability to learn the material and is considered a violation of the academic integrity policy. This violation would be considered a “Class preparation assignment” violation and would receive the sanction detailed below.

You must properly document all sources used both in bibliographic format and through proper citation within the text itself. Failure to provide proper citations within the text of any assignment that you submit is plagiarism and will be reported. This DOES NOT JUST APPLY to research papers. It also means that you need to identify where data was obtained when it is presented.

The University has a subscription to plagiarism prevention software. This software compares documents to web resources as well as papers that have been submitted to Turnitin from any institution. I will evaluate each document for plagiarism before I grade it using the information from, along with my own examination of each document.

The sanctions within a course are determined by the instructor.

I have established the following sanctions for this course:

Project / Exam / Presentation / Other:
F AS A FINAL GRADE IN THE CLASSALL academic violations will be reported and sanctioned

You may not retake a course under forgiveness if you have an academic integrity violation in the course.

Once an official violation accusation has been made, the student may not withdraw from the class or from the University until the accusation is resolved. The Office of the Associate Provost must notify the Registrar and/or the appropriate degree program director that the student cannot drop the class or withdraw from the University.

If the student is found not responsible, the student will be given a letter acknowledging that the student was not responsible for the alleged violation and the student may choose to withdraw from the course or from the University. If the published withdraw date has passed, the action of the Committee shall supersede the published drop date so the student will still have the opportunity to withdraw without any penalties.” If the student is found responsible for the academic integrity violation by the instructor or upon appeal found responsible by the Office of the Associate Provost or Academic Integrity Hearing Committee, the sanction will be imposed and the student may not withdraw from the course.


A class is a multiway form of communication. I am very open to a lot of proposals, and NO DISCRIMINATION will be tolerated or accepted. Consider the class as a brainstorming session. And please contact me during office hours, or send me an email so we can solve any problem before the class.

No animals, persons or yourselves will be harmed during the production of your assignments. Nothing can justify harming physically or psychologically a living creature – including yourselves. You are responsible for the respect of other students, and I count on your integrity for this.No email, chatting, messaging, texting, facebook, web-browsing OF ANY KIND will be allowed during our sessions. You are paying way too much money to do these personal matters in class, therefore NO LAPTOPS are allowed in the class. Take notes in paper! All the cell phones should be TURNED OFF during the duration of the class. NO EATING or DRINKING in the classroom will be tolerated, unless it is required by a medical prescription.
Any type of intoxication – drugs, alcohol or even a hangover – will be reported to the authorities.My role in your academic experience is to be your coach or trainer: I guide you, point you in the right direction, knowing that you are the ones who do all the work. I expect you to assume an active role in your learning process.

Attendance is mandatory

Media theory, practice and history courses are performance-based classes, and interaction with peers and the professor cannot be duplicated outside of class. Regular class participation and continuous faculty evaluation are crucial elements of the learning process. One cannot participate, or receive feedback on one’s work, if one is absent. Attendance is mandatory. If you are absent, it is your responsibility to acquire any material that you have missed, not the professor’s responsibility. An absence is an absence; there are no “excused” and “unexcused” absences. Coming to class late (after roll call), leaving early, failing to be prepared for class, or failing to fully participate in class, will count as an absence.

I really consider that participation, punctuality and attendance are the most important parts of a class. If you miss a class, you will never be able to experience that class again. I use the word “experience” because not all the information given during the class can be put in paper, or even videotaped. Classes are a question of communication, and communication implies many different ways of exchanging information, the feeling, the laughters, the collective experience… It is your responsibility to initiate and maintain communication with me in case of an unusual circumstance.If you were not able to do your homework, please do not miss a class! Never miss a class and be responsible for your actions.

If you are absent the day a project is due and you have not posted your homework on Blackboard, your blog, your site, via Email or sent me the homework with a classmate, you will get an F on that project.

Depending on the circumstances – a medical excuse, an emergency for example – I will grade a late project over the minimum grade I awarded to the projects that were presented on time, only if you are present in the classroom when the project is due. The longer you take to present your project, the worse the grade.

Do not miss a class even if you consider the topic of that particular class to be shocking to you for any personal reason. If you do not experience

 the subject matter presented in the context of the class your perception of this subject matter will be completely distorted and disconnected from the flow of the class. The syllabus is structured to follow a specific order, if you miss one contextualized explanation, you may miss an essential component of the class. If you still consider the subject matter is shocking to you, START A CLASS DISCUSSION during the presentation, and let everybody know the reasons why you consider the subject matter to be objectionable, so that we can all benefit from this discussion as a group. This is a University, and the discussions of each topic are expected to be treated in a mature and adult level. The links/materials/movies I provide in the syllabus cannot be used outside the context of the class and they cannot replace the content of a specific class.

If an absence qualifies as an excused absence (see UT’s general attendance policy), the instructor will accommodate the excused absences in a fair manner. Any work missed MUST be made up in a timely manner; arranging to replace missed work is the responsibility of the student. Students must give notification to their instructors of excused absences in advance as soon as they are aware of it and documentation is REQUIRED. Failure to provide notification in advance can result in an UNEXCUSED absence. Employment schedules, athletic conditioning and practice schedules and personal appointments are NOT valid reasons for scheduled absences. Making up work for UNEXCUSED absences may be allowed or declined entirely at the discretion of the instructor. Extended illnesses may interfere with the successful completion of courses, and in such cases a student may want to withdraw from the course.

Course Surveys

All students are expected to complete the course surveys at the end of the semester. No excuses!

FMX Attendance Policy

The FMX Department follows the UT Attendance Policy that excuses absence for a variety of reasons stated below in the policy. All unexcused absences credit adversely against the course grade, by one half-letter grade for classes that meet twice per week, and one full letter grade for classes that meet once per week. Lateness, leaving early, and late returns from breaks, may also count as absence. Please be prompt to class and plan to attend all sessions.

UT Attendance Policy Excused Absences
There are two categories of excused absences for which accommodations will be made by the faculty: scheduled and unscheduled.

Scheduled absences involve time conflicts that are known in advance, for which students have notified their instructors. Acceptable reasons for scheduled absences include:Court-imposed legal obligations (e.g., jury duty and subpoenas)Medical illnessRequired participation in University-sponsored events (e.g., performances, athletic events, academic research presentations)Observation of religious holydaysRequirements of military service.
Employment schedules, athletic training and practice schedules, and personal appointments are not valid reasons for scheduled absences.

Unscheduled absences involve unforeseen emergencies such as illness, injury, hospitalization, deaths in the immediate family, consequences of severe weather, and other crises. Students  should contact instructors as soon as possible in these cases. Instructors may require documentation or verification to excuse unscheduled absences.
Procedures for Excused Absences and Make-up Work
Students must notify their instructors of scheduled absences in advance (for approved reasons as noted above). In the event of an emergency unscheduled absence (as  described  above), students must contact their instructors as soon as possible and provide documentation if required.

If an absence qualifies as an excused absence as defined above, the instructor will  accommodate the excused absences in a manner that does not penalize the student for the  absence. Instructors will provide a reasonable opportunity to make up missed work; however, arranging to make up missed work is the responsibility of the student.

If an excused absence coincides with other graded work (e.g., homework collection, in-class activities, quizzes, presentations, activities, etc.), the student shall be given a reasonable opportunity to make up such work or shall not have that work averaged into the student’s grade,  at the discretion of the instructor provided it is not identical to the course’s stated accommodation for an unexcused absence. An instructor may determine that missing a certain amount of participation-dependent activities (whether excused or not) precludes successful accomplishment of learning outcomes. In cases like this, the instructor may advise students to withdraw from such courses.
Making up work for unexcused absences may be allowed or declined entirely at the discretion of the instructor.

Documentation includes hospital admittance invoices, published obituaries, airline tickets, etc. (not notes from home). It is advised that if emergencies come up that this is properly documented through the dean of students’ office so that the dean may notify all faculty involved. Documentation must be given within one week of the illness or emergency. Please contact the professor in advance of any absence or lateness by email.

Court Imposed Legal Obligations
The University respects the need for all citizens to serve on a jury when called to duty. If a student serves as a juror, class absences will be considered excused when the student provides advance notice to the instructor, the instructor acknowledges the request and the student provides written verification of jury selection and proof of service.

Any potential student juror may notify the court of conflicts or undue hardship and request an excuse from service. The individual student must make the decision as to whether jury service will present an undue hardship and then take the affirmative action to request to be excused from service, and may need to provide a written explanation to the court. If a student does not request to be excused and is selected to serve, the student may miss a prolonged period of time resulting in the inability to complete the academic requirements of classes.

Documented Medical Attention for Illness
Students are excused for absences due to documented illnesses or injury that require medical attention. Documentation must be provided from a licensed health care provider and clearly indicate that the student is unable to attend class. While students should not attend class with infectious conditions, even if medical attention is not sought, the decision to excuse absences from undocumented illnesses is at the discretion of the individual instructor. Extended illnesses may interfere with the successful completion of courses, and in such cases a student may want to withdraw from the course. After the withdrawal deadline, students may submit an academic petition with proper documentation to withdraw from courses.

Documented University Sponsored Activities
The University recognizes the importance of participation in University-sponsored activities such as musical and theatrical performances, athletic competitions and research presentations. It also recognizes that such participation may result in conflicts with scheduled class times. It is the responsibility of participating students to provide a full list of anticipated conflicting days to instructors by the end of the first week of the term, and directors and advisers of University activity programs have an obligation to assist students with this task. Students are responsible for identifying potential absences specific to a particular class and notifying individual instructors of these conflicts. Please note that a general schedule for a team or ensemble does not satisfy this notification requirement. Students should provide instructors with addenda (e.g., end-of-season tournaments, newly scheduled events or rescheduled events) that result in new conflicts as soon as they are available. Directors and advisers of University activity programs should consult with participating students prior to registration to help them choose courses that do not have excessive anticipated conflicts.

Notification of Observed Religious Days
Care will be given to schedule required classes and examinations in view of customarily observed religious holy days. Students must provide written notice to their instructors at the beginning of each academic term if they expect to be absent from a class or a scheduled examination for the observance of religious holy days. No student shall be compelled to attend class or sit for an examination at a day or time when such activity is prohibited by his or her religious belief, as long as the student has provided timely notice.

Any student who believes he or she has been treated unfairly with regard to the above may seek review beginning with the department chair, and if no resolution is reached, with the dean of the college.

If you have an academic related questions, please contact Katharine Cole, Ph.D.:

If you have any questions regarding Faith, Values and Spirituality programs, please contact Gina Firth:

Disruption Policy

Every student has the right to a comfortable learning environment where the open and honest exchange of ideas may freely occur.  Each student is expected to do his or her part to ensure that the classroom (and anywhere else the class may meet) remains conducive to learning.  This includes respectful and courteous treatment of all in the classroom.  According to the terms of the University of Tampa Disruption Policy, the professor will take immediate action when inappropriate behavior occurs. Details of the policy may be found at Disruption of the Academic Process

A. Threatening or Physically Disturbing Behavior
In the case of threatening and/or physically disturbing behavior, Campus Safety and Security (ResCom, 251‐‐‐5133) or the appropriate local law enforcement agency will be summoned to alleviate the situation. The individual(s) will be removed from the learning environment pending a University hearing. If deemed necessary by the faculty member within the learning environment, the class may be dismissed and rescheduled if appropriate.

B. Non‐‐‐Critical Incidents of Unacceptable Behavior
Following non‐‐‐critical incidents of unacceptable behavior within a learning environment, the faculty member will discuss such behavior with the student. It is to be understood that this discussion will serve as a warning to the student.Such discussion will emphasize the action(s) to be taken by the faculty member, if a continuation of the behavior should occur. Any incident(s) where the behavior is deemed to be more serious in nature, the faculty member may elect to file a complaint directly with the Office of Student Conduct. As a matter of record, all conversations with a student regarding aspects of classroom behavior should be documented with copies forwarded to student as well as the appropriate department chair. Students are cautioned that should the situation move to a judicial hearing, they will be removed from the learning environment pending the outcome of the hearing.

C. Persistent Inappropriate Behavior Following a Warning
If the inappropriate behavior persists and/or escalates despite a warning from the faculty member, a report will be filed with the Office of Student Conduct. The individual(s) responsible for such behavior will be advised that their actions merit a judicial review/hearing. The report is to include a copy of any written warning(s) issued to responsible parties, a copy of the syllabus or other documentation which outlines the faculty member’s classroom behavioral policy for the course wherein the behavior occurred, and any other relevant information (i.e. statements from witnesses, other written communication/email, and/or physical evidence).

D. Student Rights and Responsibilities
The Students Rights and Responsibilities policy shall govern the subsequent proceedings. An administrative board will hear the case unless otherwise specified by the associate dean of Students. If appropriate, sanctions will be assigned in accordance with established procedures and based upon the severity of the behavior(s) in question. Sanctions may include but are not limited to course section change, removal from the course entirely, orsuspension/ dismissal from the University. If a student is removed from the course, no academic credit will be earned.


Make sure you are signed up for text alerts through the SMART system.

The first order of safety is to know where you are at all times: street addresses, and classroom numbers are important. Please keep the PDF List Campus addresses in an available place on your smartphone so you can bring this up in the event of an emergency.

In the event of an accident or incident occurs within your classroom, please contact the following in the order listed:

1. Call 911
It is left to the instructor’s best judgment as to when emergency response is needed. When in doubt, CALL 911. You will never be penalized for making the call even if it turns out it was not a necessity.
The Communication Cass Building is located in the Cass Building at 611 UT University Drive, Tampa, Florida 33606. Know your classroom numbers. The Communication Cass Building room numbers are notated with (CCB)

Call Campus Safety
Be prepared with your building name and room number, located above the emergency phone in each classroom. Campus safety can coordinate any additional response needed.

Call UT Health and Wellness Center
111 North Brevard Ave. (behind Austin Hall)
Should any party involved in an accident need medical attention for non-life threatening injuries, the Health and Wellness Center can provide medical treatment.

Call Michael Ingold (Studio Safety Technician) Office: 257-3339
Mobile: 616-881-9969
Text messages to the mobile number will be answered fastest. As Safety Tech., Michael can also help assess when 911 should be called, and coordinate response.

Warren Cockerham (Media Production Coordinator)
Office: 257-7811

Dr. Steve Kucera (Chemical Safety Coordinator) Mobile: 813-842-3528
Dr. Kucera should be contacted in any instance that involves chemicals such as solvents, paints, cleaning agents, etc.

In addition to contacting the above, the instructor and person(s) involved in any accident must also fill out an Accident / Incident Investigation Report. These forms are available from the FMX Staff Assistant, and Michael Ingold. Again, it is left to the instructor’s best judgment as to when a report needs to be filed.
Any incident requiring more than a band-aid should be documented. Report forms should be filled out at the time of the incident, and delivered to the mailbox of Michael Ingold.

First Aid Kits are located in the Equipment Cage and Black Box Studio. Please use them as needed. If you notice that supplies are low in a first aid kit please contact Warren Cockerham, to let him know.

In the event of an intruder comes in to the classroom:

If an incident should occur, faculty and staff should remember that the University subscribes to the city of Houston’s “Run, Hide, Fight” training: Run to a safe place. If that is not possible, find a place to hide. If there is no other option, fight the attacker aggressively with whatever weapons are available (a pencil or hot coffee, for example).

Production Safety and Class Attire
Follow Production Safety from Handout Provided on Blackboard.
This includes wearing closed rubber sole shoes during production shoots.
Complete safety training and sign off on forms prior to booking in for facilities access to Black Box.

RESPONSIBILITY, SAFETY AND LEGAL ASPECTS: When shooting your film you must observe UT policies, and follow the law, to keep everyone safe. This includes following individual rights to their image and obtaining releases, location permitting, animal treatment laws, weapons policies and laws, and more. Please avoid plots that involve weapons in class projects senior thesis films. Generally, these plots are cliché anyway, and graduate schools, such as USC have advised students not to submit this type of work for consideration. They have stated that the work with shot ‘em ups, etc., is cliché and they are looking for more meaningful, and socially responsible work. In addition, the University Campus has strict regulations regarding concealed weapons, real or prop, and violating these regulations, may lead to expulsion from the university. Let’s also remember that Bruce Lee’s son died during a movie shoot that involved the use of a blank gun. In prior classes, Campus Safety drew their weapons on students during a film shoot, when prop- guns were in use. Therefore, it is a strict policy for this course that any use of weapons including prop weapons, or things that resemble weapons in projects Experimental Films and films is prohibited from this course. If any student is are planning to use weapons in their film, off campus, they must reveal this to the professor in advance of any shoot, by document, or potentially jeopardize successful completion of the course. Since, here are other regulations and laws that are involved in this type of shoot, and therefore, the filming with weapons on or off campus, is not in-line with course objectives.


No student or guest, while on any property owned or controlled by The University of Tampa, shall possess, store or carry a weapon or firearm on their person or in any motor vehicle.

Chemical agents are permitted, but may be used only as a defensive weapon.
Certified law enforcement officers may wear a service firearm in accordance with their department policy and federal, state and local laws.

UT Campus Safety officers.
Reserve Officer Training Corps or University recognized ROTC drill team members, to the extent they are legally permitted to possess firearms or weapons, may do so when training or performing official duties.

Reporting Violations:
Potential or suspected weapons policy violations should be reported immediately to Campus Safety officials. Nonemergency reports may be submitted via the silent witness program at

Individuals violating the weapons policy or making a false report of any kind, with the intent to deceive, mislead or otherwise misinform, may result in University disciplinary action and/or criminal prosecution.

University officials will seize any unauthorized firearms or weapons. Seized items may be secured in the Campus Safety office or turned over to the appropriate law enforcement agency. If the owner is legally permitted to possess the firearm or weapon, and it is returned, it must immediately be taken off campus.

Definitions/Clarifications: Firearms: Any pistol, rifle, antique firearm, starter pistol, BB gun, paintball gun, simulated firearm toy gun, or any item that is designed in appearance to resemble a firearm. Concealed Carry Weapons Permit (CCW) holders are not exempt.

Weapons: Knives used to invoke fear or intimidation, brass knuckles, swords, slingshots or any item than may cause bodily injury or harm. Electrical Weapons: Any non-lethal device that is designed to deliver an electrical current whether by impact and/or by the firing of a dart or projectile that, upon contact, will deliver a specified electrical current to its target. Ammunition: Any item designed to be fired from a firearm or device for the purpose of propelling a projectile. Chemical Weapons: Any device that has the ability to disperse a chemical agent, either through aerosol or foam spray, is permitted as long as it complies with Florida Law (790.001 (b) FSS) in its size, chemical solution and delivery mechanism. Fireworks or Other Explosives: Any material that will render an explosion. Firearms and Weapons Possession: The University considers persons in possession of firearms or weapons if such items are in a residence hall room, vehicle or common space.

Exposure to or Diagnosis of COVID-19

What to do if you have an exposure or diagnosis of COVID-19?
If you have been diagnosed with COVID off-campus, please confidentially report this to UT’s local contact tracers Rapid-Trace, so they can confidentially notify anyone else who may have been exposed, provide you resources, work with you on isolation/quarantine guidelines, and arrange notification to your professors as needed. Students can contact Rapid-Trace at (813) 699-3551, or Rapid-Trace can be reached daily from 7 a.m.-9 p.m., with after-hours voicemail.
If you are diagnosed with COVID at the Dickey Health and Wellness Center – Rapid-Trace will contact you.
Types of Close Contact that will be traced:
There are three types of contact that Rapid Trace contact tracers will look for when a case has been identified:
Physical contact – touching without protection
Close contact – within 6 ft. for 15 minutes or more
Proximate contact – More than 6 feet-but in the same room for an extended period (an hour or more). However, if students, faculty and staff were wearing masks and are 6ft or more apart then they would NOT be considered close contacts, regardless of class time or time in a room together.
Please remember that these are general guidelines, and it is important to always follow UT’s Spartan Shield directives for health and safety.
If you feel you have been exposed to COVID and have not been contacted by Rapid Trace, please confidentially report the exposure to get assistance and guidance.

Title IX & Reporting Sexual Misconduct

Sexual misconduct, including, but not limited to: acts of sexual harassment, nonconsensual sexual intercourse, nonconsensual sexual contact, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, gender-based harassment or sexual exploitation are prohibited by Title IX, the Student Code of Conduct and other University policies.
The University strives to maintain a safe and nondiscriminatory campus community, and to do so, it is important for the Spartan community to report any safety concerns, such as acts of sexual misconduct. If you experience or witness any of these University prohibited actions, the University encourages reporting these matters, so that the University is able to take prompt action to stop, prevent and remedy the effects of the harassment. University resources and grievance procedure information will be provided to individuals who may seek services or redress.
There are many options to making a Title IX/Sexual Misconduct report. You may report this information through the University’s online Title IX Report form.The information will be forwarded and reviewed by the Title IX Coordinator or a Title IX Deputy Coordinator, who will contact you to provide further information on University grievance procedure options and resources that are available.
You may also make a direct report by contacting the University’s Title IX Coordinator:
Donna Popovich, Title IX Coordinator
Southard Family Building Suite #266
( (813)-257-3723
If you decide to discuss an incident with your course professor, it is important to note that they are considered a Responsible Employee, and are obligated to report the information you share to the University’s Title IX Coordinator.
If you are not ready to disclose or report this information to the University, you may disclose the information to a confidential party, such as a Victim Advocate, or a Counselor or Health Clinician at the Student Health and Wellness Center, to discuss any further options and resources available before making a decision to report.
The Victim’s Advocacy Hotline: ( (813) 257-3900.
Health and Counseling Center ( (813)  253-6250
Dickey Health & Wellness Center ( (813) 257-1877
For more information, see The University of Tampa’s Title IX webpage and the Student Code of Conduct webpage.

ADA Statement

Students with disabilities: If you require accommodations because of a disability, please call (813) 257-5757 or email  for information on registering with Student Disability Services. You can also submit your request for accommodations and supporting documentation via an Accommodation Request. Please feel free to discuss this with me in private for more information.
If you encounter disability-related barriers accessing the online content for this course, please contact Sharon Austin, Academic Technology Accessibility Specialist, at  If the initial access to the content cannot be resolved, the university will provide individuals with disabilities access to, and use of, information and data by an alternative means that meets the identified needs.
Campus Closure Statement

Course interruption due to adverse conditions 

In case of any adverse condition or situation which could interrupt the schedule of classes, each student is asked to access UT Homepagefor information about the status of the campus and class meetings. In addition, please refer to UT Blackboardfor announcements and other important information. You are responsible for accessing this information.

(The following are recommended to be included in your syllabus. You may reword to reflect the needs of your course or just link to the policies if you choose.  Delete this note before copying to your syllabus.)

Academic Integrity Statement

The University of Tampa is committed to the development of each student to become a productive and responsible citizen who embraces the values of honesty, trust, fairness, respect, and responsibility. Upholding academic integrity and promoting an ethical standard that does not condone academic misconduct is an important demonstration of these values and underpins how we live and learn in a community of inquiry. Students are expected to act ethically in the pursuit of their education and to avoid behaviors that run counter to participation in and demonstration of their learning. The Academic Integrity Policy lists several common types of violations related to cheating, unauthorized collaboration or assistance, plagiarism, and more. While the policy lists common violations and examples, it is not an exhaustive list and instructors may identify other types of conduct that impacts their ability to evaluate what has been learned substantively enough to constitute a violation of this policy. An instructor may impose a wide range of sanctions for academic integrity violations from completing a more difficult replacement assignment to an F in the course. Particularly severe violations or multiple violations throughout a student’s academic career may result in suspension or expulsion from the University.

Face Coverings/Masks

All face coverings, whether disposable or reusable, must be made with at least two layers of breathable material; fully cover the nose and mouth and secure under the chin; fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face; and be secured with ties or ear loops, allowing one to remain hands-free.

Based on guidance from health authorities, the following are not acceptable face coverings: neck gaiters, open-chin triangle bandanas, and face coverings containing valves, mesh material, or holes of any kind. Unless a face shield is coupled with a face mask, it is not considered an acceptable masking practice on campus.
Failure to wear a mask will mean that one cannot enter a building nor attend class. Refusal to wear a mask within the classroom is considered disruptive behavior and will be handled through the classroom disruption policy. Refusal to wear a mask in other settings will be handled through Student Conduct or Human Resources if faculty or staff.
It is important to note that UT policy may vary from City and County Executive Orders. You may want to refer to local government websites as you travel the City and the County.
City of Tampa
Hillsborough County

Class Disruption Statement

Disruption policy: Every student has the right to a comfortable learning environment where the open and honest exchange of ideas may freely occur. Each student is expected to do his or her part to ensure that the classroom (and anywhere else the class may meet) remains conducive to learning. This includes respectful and courteous treatment of all in the classroom. According to the terms of the University of Tampa Disruption Policy, the professor will take immediate action when inappropriate behavior occurs. Details of the policy may be found at Disruption of the Academic Process.

Student Code of Conduct and COVID-19

All students whether living on or off campus are responsible for their own behavior and their personal safety. In the current COVID-19 pandemic, it is imperative that students understand their responsibility to support not only their own health and safety, but also how their personal actions contribute to the safety and welfare of others, including those within and outside the UT community. Non-compliance with the Spartan Shield Health and Safety Plan has been incorporated into the Student Code of Conduct to promote accountability.  
Prohibited conduct includes, but is not limited to, violating isolation and/or quarantine restrictions, not maintaining appropriate physical/social distancing or not following the required use of approved facial coverings in public campus spaces indoors, and outdoors when physical/social distancing is not possible.  Behavior that violates city, county and/or state executive orders specifically related to the public health emergency in the state of Florida due to the spread of COVID-19, is also prohibited.  Engaging in any behaviors that violate the Spartan Shield Health and Safety Plan may result in disciplinary action ranging from a disciplinary reprimand through expulsion from the University.  
As a community, we abide by the Spartan Code and express care for ourselves and each other by sharing the obligation of compliance and holding each other accountable to the health and safety measures outlined by the University’s Spartan Shield Health and Safety Plan. Violations of University policy should be reported by contacting Campus Safety at (813) 257-7777 or by submitting a student conduct incident report.  

There is an exception to this required reporting for preventative education programs and public awareness events or forums. For more information about exempt events, please contact the Title IX Office.

General Disclaimer

Note: The professor reserves the right to make changes to this syllabus as necessary.