Fall 2020 Attendance: While most content for this course will be delivered asynchronously, there are required synchronous meetings that are part of your final grade. These required sessions will occur on the days indicated in the syllabus.
PUBLIC HEALTH CONSIDERATIONS – FALL 2020
The health and safety of our campus community is a shared responsibility of all Roadrunners. It is important to note that none of us can guarantee a COVID-19-free environment. We all must, however, follow the guidelines outlined in the UTSA Public Health Task Force Report (“Report”), and any other applicable policies as may be communicated by the University from time to time. This will include regulating behaviors outlined in the Report including face coverings, daily symptom checks and other appropriate public health behaviors associated with a shared responsibility of reducing transmission of COVID-19. Students, staff and faculty must complete a mandatory compliance training module and self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms using the UTSA Health Self-Assessment tool before coming to campus (Refer to UTSA's Coronavirus website, the UTSA mobile app, and the LiveSafe app). In addition, students, staff and faculty must get tested if you are showing COVID-19 symptoms and communicate any COVID-19 related health concerns to your supervisor or professor. Failure to abide by these guidelines and requirements may result in disciplinary action in accordance with the student code of conduct or applicable employment policies and procedures. Violations should be reported to the Office of Institutional Compliance via the UTSA Hotline for appropriate action.
Students are expected to follow appropriate University policies and maintain the security of passwords used to access recorded lectures. Unless Student Disability Services has approved the student to record the instruction, students are expressly prohibited from recording any part of this course. Recordings may not be published, reproduced or shared with those not in the class, or uploaded to other online environments except to implement an approved Student Disability Service accommodation.
The University of Texas at San Antonio in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act provides “reasonable accommodations” to students with disabilities. Only those students who have officially registered with Student Disability Services and requested accommodations for this course will be eligible for disability accommodations. Instructors at UTSA must be provided an official notification of accommodation through Student Disability Services. Information regarding diagnostic criteria and policies for obtaining disability-based academic accommodations can be found at Student Disability Services or by calling (210) 458-4157. Accommodations are not retroactive.
Technology Requirements and Support
- Basic computer skills.
- Computer with a web camera and speakers/earbuds/headphones. You can use your own personal device (laptop or desktop). If you need to borrow a device, contact the Tech Café (see contact information below) to inquire about checking out a laptop for the semester.
- For more information on accessing desktop computers on campus in the labs and the library, visit the UTSA Student Connect Computer Lab information page.
- Internet access. Wired or reliable connection recommended for online
- Google Chrome is the recommended browser. Issues may happen if using Internet Explorer or Safari, especially with Blackboard Collaborate and Proctorio. In case you are having trouble opening or accessing content, clear the cache and try a different browser. You can run the Blackboard Browser Checker.
- Access to the Microsoft Office suite and Adobe Creative Cloud suite. These tools are provided free of charge to UTSA students and you can learn more about this software, including instructions on how to access these programs by visiting the Digital Tool Resources page.
- Access to Zoom. Instructions are located in The Student Handbook 2000-2021, pp. 100-101
- Review the Blackboard Self Help Portal.
- Review the Minimum Technical Requirements for Online Learning page
If you have a problem with Blackboard and you have already cleared the cache and tried with a different browser, please submit a ticket to University Technology Solutions (UTS) Tech Café. Be ready with your course ID and section. A screenshot of the issue will accelerate the troubleshooting process. Always notify the instructor about the issue you are encountering.
UNIVERSITY TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS (UTS) CONTACT INFORMATION
- Email UTS Tech Café at email@example.com
- Call UTS Tech Café at 210.458.5555
- Visit the UTS Tech Café page
THE WRITING CENTER (TWC)
The Writing Center is here to serve students. It has trained student tutors, and occasionally, some Writing Program professors volunteer as tutors. Students should be encouraged to visit The Writing Center to get help with their writing. However, they should not expect that a tutor will “grade” or “edit” their papers. The tutors are available to assist with writing, organization, and development. Of course, students may ask questions about grammar and mechanics, and tutors may take advantage of teaching moments.
Writing Center Locations
- Tutor Room, JPL 01.12D
- Computer Room JPL 01.12C
- Downtown FS 4.432
Check The Writing Center for tutor schedules or to schedule an online tutoring session through WCOnline.
All information you need for this course will be posted in Blackboard, in the syllabus or schedule, or as an assignment, item, or announcement. It is your responsibility to check in and participate every week in the course and complete all listed activities and assignments. It is recommended that you check announcements on a daily basis.
Submission of Coursework
All assignments are due at 11:59 pm on the designated day unless otherwise noted. All assignments will be submitted online through the UTSA Blackboard course site on or before the specified due date and submitted to the location designated in the assignment description. Make sure you save your assignment somewhere that you can easily retrieve it later (e.g. on a travel drive, your personal computer, email, etc.). If something goes wrong with your submission, you will want to be able to retrieve your assignment for resubmission. Always notify the instructor about any issues you encounter.
Also, you will be surprised at how many assignments you will refer back to later in your college career. I suggest you save all of your assignments until well after you graduate. Some employers ask for examples of college work as part of the interview/selection process. Trust me, you won’t be sorry. Be aware that Blackboard goes down occasionally for maintenance and you cannot get on the Blackboard system during those times.
Quality of Work
All work must be of professional quality, neatly presented, grammatically correct, and free of spelling and punctuation errors.
Grading and Feedback
To view your grades on Blackboard, click on the “Grades” tab on the sidebar menu of our course in Blackboard. If additional feedback has been included with your grade, a speech-bubble icon will appear next to your grade. Clicking on this icon will open an additional window on your screen providing you with feedback
Video and Audio Recording
I may record meetings of this course. Any recordings will be available to all students registered for this class as they are intended to supplement the classroom experience. Students are expected to follow appropriate University policies and maintain the security of passwords used to access recorded lectures. Unless Student Disability Services has approved the student to record the instruction, students are expressly prohibited from recording any part of this course. Recordings may not be published, reproduced, or shared with those not in the class, or uploaded to other online environments except to implement an approved Student Disability Service accommodation. If the instructor or a UTSA office plans any other uses for the recordings, consent of the students identifiable in the recordings is required prior to such use unless an exception is allowed by law. For more information on your privacy and class recordings, review Student Privacy (FERPA) in Virtual Classrooms and Other Educational Recordings and the Guide to Secure Video Conferencing Tools.
Netiquette represents proper manners and behaviors online. Netiquette refers to the social expectations and behavior norms for online interactions and communications. In the online learning environment, you should follow common social standards. For additional information, read the Digital Learning Netiquette page.
Copyright and Fair Use
It is important to understand the issue of intellectual property rights. You may not use the images or thoughts of others for profit or gain without their written permission. The UTSA library has a Copyright Laws and Public Performance Rights (PPR) page.
UTSA STUDENT RESOURCES
- For technical assistance with Blackboard Learn, visit the Blackboard Self Help Portal. Blackboard provides support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for UTSA faculty and students by phone, email, chat and live virtual consultations.
- Review the Minimum Technical Requirements for Online Learning for required technical specifications for learning online.
- Additional technical support can be accessed by visiting the UTS Tech Café
- Chrome is the recommended browser. Issues may happen if using Internet Explorer or Safari, especially with Blackboard Collaborate. In case you are having trouble opening or accessing content, clear the cache and try a different browser. You can run the Blackboard Browser Checker.
- To learn about all of the digital tools available to you as a UTSA student visit the Digital Tools Resources page.
Accommodations for Students with Disabilities
The University of Texas at San Antonio in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act provides “reasonable accommodations” to students with disabilities. Only those students who have officially registered with Student Disability Services and requested accommodations for this course will be eligible for disability accommodations. Instructors at UTSA must be provided an official notification of accommodation through Student Disability Services. Information regarding diagnostic criteria and policies for obtaining disability-based academic accommodations can be found on the Student Disability Services webpage or by calling their office at (210) 458-4157. Accommodations are not retroactive.
If you have issues that we are unable to resolve together, you can contact your current department chair (see List of Department Chairs), an associate dean in your college (see List of UTSA Colleges,) or UTSA’s Equal Opportunity Services & Title IX Office.
Supplemental Instruction (SI) offers student-led study groups using collaborative learning for historically difficult classes. Supported courses and schedules can be found on the Tomás Rivera Center website. You can call the SI office if you have questions or for more information at (210) 458-7251.Tutoring Services
Tomás Rivera Center (TRC) may assist in building study skills and tutoring in course content. The TRC has several locations at the Main Campus and is also located at the Downtown Campus. For more information, visit the Tutoring Services website or call (210) 458-4694 on the Main Campus and (210) 458-2838 on the Downtown Campus.
Academic Success Coaching
The Tomas Rivera Center (TRC) Academic Success Coaching Program offers one-on-one study skills assistance through Academic Coaching. Students meet by appointment with a professional to develop more effective study strategies and techniques that can be used across courses. Group workshops are also offered each semester to help students defeat common academic challenges Find out more information by visiting the Academic Success Coaching website or call (210) 458-4694.
The Writing Center
The Judith G. Gardner Center for Writing Excellence helps the entire UTSA Community with various writing projects, questions, and challenges. Our experienced tutors provide assistance to current undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty/staff members with each step of the writing process. Services are located at the Main Campus in the JPL building (2.01.12D) and at the Downtown Campus in the Frio Street Building (FS 4.432). They also offer online tutoring seven days a week by appointment so that you can chat live with a tutor. Visit The Writing Center’s website to learn more and to schedule an appointment.
Make sure you download the UTSA mobile app to stay connected. Visit the UTSA Mobile App website to access the app download and learn about app features.
UTSA Social Media Channels
You can follow UTSA departments and organizations on social media. Visit our Social Media Directory page to find your favorite accounts to follow.
Support for Learning Online
If you haven’t had an online course before, Learning Online Student Resources is a good website to help answer all of your questions.
Student Affairs Comprehensive Student Resource List
UTSA has an extensive amount of resources, tools, programs, and offices. The Student Affairs Student Resources webpage can help you access campus services and general information on most topics.
Counseling Services provides confidential, professional services by staff psychologists, social workers, counselors, and psychiatrists to help meet the personal and developmental needs of currently enrolled students. Services include individual brief therapy for personal and educational concerns, couples/relationship counseling, and group therapy on topics such as college adaptation, relationship concerns, sexual orientation, depression, and anxiety. Counseling Services also screens for possible learning disabilities and has limited psychiatric services. Visit the Counseling Services website or call (210) 458-4140 (Main Campus) or (210) 458-2930 (Downtown Campus).
Student Health Services
UTSA’s Student Health Services offers appointments and resources for students related to health education and services. You can find out more about the services offered by visiting the Student Health Services website.
Student Wellbeing Resources
UTSA is committed to the wellbeing of each member of the campus community and recognizes that numerous factors contribute to overall wellness: physical and mental health, diet and nutrition, physical activity, stress management and self-care, social behaviors and more. In addition to the services listed above, UTSA offers the following:
- Student Assistance Services (Student Ombudsperson)
- Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT)
- UTSA Police Department
- Campus Recreation Center
- Center for Civic Engagement
- UTSA Campus Climate Team
- Office of Inclusive Excellence
- Equal Opportunity Services & Title IX Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct
- PEACE Center - Prevention, Education, Advocacy, Consultation and Empowerment
I encourage you to click on and skim these links, so that you are aware of these services should you ever find you need them. If there are any issues, events, or resources you would like to discuss, please reach out to the instructor. They are happy to listen and help you find the right resources for your situation.
ADDITIONAL UTSA POLICIES
Visit this website for a full listing of Student Policies A-Z Index. The link provides information on policies and procedures that apply to all students. It includes residence requirements, policies on grades and the grade point average, credit by examination, adding and dropping courses and withdrawal from UTSA, and scholastic probation and dismissal. The most important policies for you are highlighted below.
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is the federal law that protects the privacy of students’ education records. This law prohibits Financial Aid, Registrar, Fiscal Services, and many other UTSA departments from releasing any specific student education information without the student’s written permission. Parents, guardians, spouses, etc., cannot have access to the student’s education records, including account information unless the student has granted authorization through a FERPA/Proxy account in ASAP. Learn more about your student privacy rights by viewing the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act page by the Office of the Registrar. [Be sure to review faculty/staff FERPA guidelines: Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act Information for Faculty and Staff and review this addendum of FERPA guidelines regarding recorded live sessions.]
Pursuant to HOP 9.48, Carrying of Concealed Handguns on Campus, there are specific guidelines provided by the state of Texas in the presence of weapons on campus. The latest information can be accessed at the UTSA Campus Carry page.
Transitory/Minor Medical Issues
In situations where a student experiences a transitory/minor medical condition (e.g. broken limb, acute illness, minor surgery) that impacts their ability to access classes or perform tasks within the class over a limited period of time, the student should reach out to the faculty member.
Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct
UTSA is committed to providing an environment free from all forms of discrimination and sexual harassment, including sexual misconduct, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. If a student has experienced or experiences any of these incidents, know that UTSA has resources to help.
UTSA faculty have the responsibility to create a learning environment that is safe and free from hostility. State and federal law as well as UTSA's Faculty Handbook of Operating Procedures (HOP 9.24) require that instructors must report incidents of sexual harassment and sexual misconduct they learn about to the Title IX Coordinator or a Deputy Title IX Coordinator. This means that if a student tells their instructor about a situation (including classroom discussions, written work and/or one-on-one meetings) involving sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, or stalking, the instructor must report it to the Equal Opportunity Services & Title IX Office. Although the faculty member must report the situation, the student will still have options about how their case will be handled, including whether or not they wish to pursue a formal complaint. The university’s goal is to make sure students are aware of the range of options available to them and have access to the resources they need.
If a student wishes to speak to someone confidentially, they can contact any of the following on-campus resources, who are not required to report the incident to the EOS/Title IX Office: (1) Counseling Services at 210-458-4140; (2) Student Health Services at 210-458-4142; or (3) PEACE Center at 210-458-4077.
Campus Safety & Emergency Preparedness
UTSA is committed to providing a safe campus environment for students, faculty, staff, and visitors. As members of the community, we encourage you to take the following actions to be better prepared in case of an emergency:
- Alerts: Ensure you are signed up for UTSA Alerts through your ASAP.utsa.edu account.
- Emergency Procedures: Read through the information related to emergency preparedness on the UTSA Alerts
- Safety App: Download the LiveSafe App on your phone through the Apple store or Google Play; visit the LiveSafe App website for details.
- Important Numbers: UTSA Police - Emergency: (210) 458-4911; Non-Emergency: (210) 458-4242
Each one of us play a critical role in making sure ALL ROADRUNNERS are safe, know what to do, and how to stay informed during a campus crisis. Don’t be scared, be prepared! #UTSAprepared
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