EDSGN 100 Class policy

The following are some ground rules to help us maintain a steady progress through the semester:

1.      Assignments are due at the start of the class period before the lecture begins. Assignments submitted after this time will receive a 20% deduction. A further 20% reduction will be applied for every week beyond the first.

2.      The instructor will discuss any exam or assignment grade within 48 hours (excluding weekends and holidays) of its return, after which time the discussion is closed.

3.      Excellent teamwork can improve the course grade by as much as 4% (2% per design project). Poor team work will lower your grade by the same amount.

4.      Punctual attendance is mandatory for all the class periods. Course grade will be dropped to the next lower grade for every two classes missed. All excused absences must be supported by written documentation, such as doctor's receipt, Penn State athletics travel notice, ROTC notice, etc.

5.      No makeup labs will be available for the Design sessions since this is unique to this section.

6.      No cell phone including text message is permitted in the classroom.

7.      Students are responsible for any missed handout and homework assignment for any unexcused missed class.

8.  Students must use Penn State access account email address when he/she emails the instructor.

Academic Integrity:

Senate Policy 49-20 Academic Integrity

Definition and expectations: Academic integrity is the pursuit of scholarly activity in an open, honest and responsible manner. Academic integrity is a basic guiding principle for all academic activity at The Pennsylvania State University, and all members of the University community are expected to act in accordance with this principle. Consistent with this expectation, the University's Code of Conduct states that all students should act with personal integrity, respect other students' dignity, rights and property, and help create and maintain an environment in which all can succeed through the fruits of their efforts.

Academic integrity includes a commitment not to engage in or tolerate acts of falsification, misrepresentation or deception. Such acts of dishonesty violate the fundamental ethical principles of the University community and compromise the worth of work completed by others.

 The Penn State Principles:

  1. I will respect the dignity of all individuals within the Penn State community;
  2. I will practice academic integrity;
  3. I will demonstrate social and personal responsibility;
  4. I will be responsible for my own academic progress and agree to comply with all University policies.

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Statement of Compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act:

Penn State welcomes students with disabilities into the University's educational programs. If you have a disability-related need for reasonable academic adjustments, contact the Office for Disability Services (ODS) at 814-863-1807 (V/TTY). For further information regarding ODS, please visit the Office for Disability Services website at http://equity.psu.edu/ods/. In order to receive consideration for course accommodations, you must contact ODS and provide documentation (see the documentation guidelines at http://equity.psu.edu/student-disability-resources/guidelines). If the documentation supports the need for academic adjustments, ODS will provide a letter identifying appropriate academic adjustments. Please share this letter and discuss the adjustments with your instructor as early in the course as possible. You must contact ODS and request academic adjustment letters at the beginning of each semester.


Religious observances are not counted as absences, though observing students must inform the instructor in advance that they will not be present.  Official universities activities are excused absences if the student informs the instructor in advance and provides appropriate paperwork.  Absence due to sickness does not require a doctor’s note, but it is the student’s obligation to inform the instructor promptly and to bring to the instructor’s attention extended medical absences as soon as possible.  It is the responsibility of the absent student to catch up on any missed material and do any make-up work required by the instructor.

Information about How to Contact Counseling and Student Health

Students with academic concerns related to this course should contact the instructor in person or via email. Students also may occasionally have personal issues that arise in the course of pursuing higher education or that may interfere with their academic performance. If you find yourself facing problems affecting your coursework, you are encouraged to talk with an instructor and to seek confidential assistance at the Penn State Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) Center at (814) 863-0395. Visit their website for more information http://studentaffairs.psu.edu/counseling/.  Also, crisis intervention is always available 24/7 from Centre County CAN HELP (1-800-643-5432), or contact University Police at (814) 863-1111. 

Statement Regarding Discrimination:

As an institution of higher education, The Pennsylvania State University is committed to making post-high school education available to all who possess a high school diploma or its equivalent without regard to personal characteristics not related to ability, performance, or qualifications. The Pennsylvania State University does not discriminate against any person because of age, ancestry, color, disability or handicap, national origin, race, religious creed, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status. Bias can be reported to anonymously to the website “reporting bias on campus” http://equity.psu.edu/reportbias.

Course inquiries: Xinli Wu, Ph.D., P.E.