Do not distract other students from learning. This includes, yet is not limited to:
- Using laptops / tablets / phones for non-classroom related purposes.
- Talking while the instructor is speaking.
A primary objective of the Mechanical Engineering Department is to prepare each of our students for careers in the engineering profession. As professionals, engineers must meet high standards of technical competence and ethical behavior. According to the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET) code of ethics, engineers uphold and advance the integrity, honor and dignity of the engineering profession by:
- Using their knowledge and skills for the enhancement of human welfare.
- Being honest and impartial, and serving with fidelity the public, their employers and clients.
- Striving to increase the competence and prestige of the engineering profession.
The Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME) believes that it is essential for each of you to learn the professional behavior that will prepare you for your career after college. Therefore, in each mechanical engineering course you will be required to practice the professional behavior that will be expected by your future employers. This syllabus clearly outlines the ME policy regarding academic integrity and academic climate. These policies will be upheld in each of your courses throughout the mechanical engineering curriculum. However, we also expect that this culture of professionalism will pervade all of your University of Colorado experiences.
You will be asked to complete individual homework assignments in this course. Though you may work in groups to discuss and solve problems, it is expected that you will abide by the University of Colorado at Boulder honor code at all times. Therefore, you may not plagiarize a problem set or allow another student to plagiarize your answers to a problem set. Examples of plagiarism include: copying from a solution manual, copying from Internet sites, copying from previous academic year homework sets, and copying directly from classmates. If you have any doubt that you are using sanctioned materials to assist with your homework solution, please ask your current instructor/professor. On assignments that require you to use supplemental materials, it is also essential that you properly document the sources of information you use.
The University of Colorado at Boulder Honor Code Policy is: All students of the University of Colorado at Boulder are responsible for knowing and adhering to the academic integrity policy of this institution. Violations of this policy may include: cheating, plagiarism, aid of academic dishonesty, fabrication, lying, bribery, and threatening behavior. All incidents of academic misconduct shall be reported to the Honor Code Council (firstname.lastname@example.org; 303-725-2273). Students who are found to be in violation of the academic integrity policy will be subject to both academic sanctions from the faculty member and non-academic sanctions (including but not limited to university probation, suspension, or expulsion). Other information on the Honor Code can be found at http://www.colorado.edu/policies/student-honor-code-policy.
Any confirmed instances of dishonesty on homework or tests will result in a minimum sanction for your first violation of the honor code of a zero score and an entry in your department file. A zero score owing to an honor code violation will not be considered a valid score for dropping when computing the total points earned on quizzes, home works or projects. Additional sanctions will be imposed by the ME Department for subsequent violations, possibly including expulsion from the ME program. You may contest any accusation according the campus honor code system.
In Class Expectations: It is our expectation that each of you will be respectful to your fellow classmates and instructors at all times. In an effort to create a professional atmosphere within the classroom, it is requested that you:
- Arrive to class on time
- Turn off your cell phone
- Limit use of your laptop computer to class purposes, and sit in the front row if you would like to use one
- Put away newspapers and magazines
- Refrain from having disruptive conversations during class
- Remain for the whole class, or if you must leave early do so without disrupting others
- Display professional courtesy and respect in all interactions related to this class
Compliance with these expectations will assist us with the creation of a learning community and a high quality educational experience. The University of Colorado Classroom behavior policy will complement the outlined classroom expectations.
The University of Colorado Classroom Behavior Policy is: Students and faculty each have responsibility for maintaining an appropriate learning environment. Those who fail to adhere to such behavioral standards may be subject to discipline. Professional courtesy and sensitivity are especially important with respect to individuals and topics dealing with differences of race, culture, religion, politics, sexual orientation, gender, gender variance, and nationalities. Class rosters are provided to the instructor with the student's legal name. I will gladly honor your request to address you by an alternate name or gender pronoun. Please advise me of this preference early in the semester so that I may make appropriate changes to my records. See polices at http://www.colorado.edu/policies/student-classroom-and-course-related-behavior.
Discrimination and Harassment
Discriminatory and harassing behavior will not be tolerated in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. A safe and inclusive environment will be created and maintained by the students and instructing faculty member. Students with concerns about discrimination or harassment actions should immediately contact the instructor, the Department Chair or their academic advisor, or contact the Office of Discrimination and Harassment (below).
Examples that may be considered harassment:
- A teaching assistant or instructor asking a student for a date.
- Displaying sexually explicit material in an academic setting (including laptop wallpaper).
- Persisting in asking a classmate for a date after being turned down.
- Using degrading terminology in referring to others, including peers.
The University of Colorado Discrimination and Harassment Policy is: The University of Colorado at Boulder policy on Discrimination and Harassment, the University of Colorado policy on Sexual Harassment and the University of Colorado policy on Amorous Relationships apply to all students, staff and faculty. Any student, staff or faculty member who believes she/he has been the subject of discrimination or harassment based upon race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status should contact the Office of Discrimination and Harassment (ODH) at 303-492-2127 or the Office of Judicial Affairs at 303-492-5550. Information about the ODH, the above referenced policies and the campus resources available to assist individuals regarding discrimination or harassment can be obtained at http://www.colorado.edu/policies/discrimination-and-harassment-policy-and-procedures.
Expectations Outside the Classroom
Though many of the above stated policies address academic climate within the classroom, these policies should also be upheld outside of the classroom. As a member of the ME community you are expected to consistently demonstrate integrity and honor through your everyday actions. Furthermore, faculty and staff members are very willing to assist with your academic and personal needs. However, multiple professional obligations make it necessary for us to schedule our availability. Suggestions specific to interactions with faculty and staff include:
- Respect posted office hours. Plan your weekly schedule to align with scheduled office hours.
- Avoid disrupting ongoing meetings within faculty and staff offices. Please wait until the meeting concludes before seeking assistance. Respect faculty and staff policies regarding use of email and note that staff and faculty are not expected to respond to email outside of business hours. Send emails to faculty and staff using a professional format. Tips for a professional email include:
- Always fill in the subject line with a topic that indicates the reason for your email to your reader.
- Respectfully address the individual to whom you are sending the email (e.g., Dear Professor Smith).
- Avoid email, chat room or text message abbreviations.
- Be brief and polite.
- Add a signature block with appropriate contact information.
- Reply to emails with the previously sent message. This will allow your reader to quickly recall the questions and previous conversation.
Accommodation of Disabilities or Religious Commitments
If you qualify for accommodations because of a disability, please submit to me a letter from Disability Services in a timely manner so that your needs can be addressed. Disability Services determines accommodations based on documented disabilities. Contact: 303-492-8671, N200 Center for Community, and http://www.colorado.edu/disabilityservices.
Campus policy regarding religious observances requires that faculty make every effort to deal reasonably and fairly with all students who, because of religious obligations, have conflicts with scheduled exams, assignments or required attendance. In this class, conflicts will be dealt with when requested.
Federal law requires that your grades be communicated to you privately. You have been assigned a unique, private ME ID number for this purpose, and it will be the same for all your ME courses. Put this number on all work that you hand in, instead of your name. You can pick up your graded work filed under this number.