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Honesty, Integrity & Conduct

Academic Integrity (click on this link)

Courtesy in Class and Elsewhere

Being polite never went out of style. If you act with consideration, it will enhance your image and help you get along with others. This is a professional environment and we request that you act accordingly. This includes:

  • If you are waiting to talk to a teaching assistant (TA) or faculty member or waiting to get into a class; wait along the wall and do not block the hallway.
  • If you are seriously ill, overly tired, hungover or otherwise impaired, do not come to class, as you may be a distraction for others. If you absolutely must attend, sit where you will not disrupt others.
  • Respect the right of others to ask questions or make statements in class and labs — do not interrupt.
  • Do not insult or deride others for any reason — even if you intend it to be funny, because not everyone who hears it may understand it is in jest.
  • Be on time for classes and labs; showing up late is disruptive and discourteous to your instructors and classmates.
  • Some of your instructors may not care if you address them in a casual manner but don't assume they all do.
  • Don't leave your trash for others to collect (in classrooms, halls, commons or walks).

The basic idea behind all of these and more is simple; treat others with courtesy and respect, similar to how you want others to treat you.


You are expected to attend all scheduled classes and labs unless told otherwise by your instructor. Your instructor is the only person who can excuse an absence and he/she may require documentation of your reason for absence. When possible, notify your instructor in advance if you know you need to be absent. It is solely your responsibility to obtain notes and make up work from any class/lab you missed! It is not the instructor's responsibility to provide notes, handouts or makeup exams that you may have missed, although she/he may do so.

Absences for mandatory military service and death of a family member are allowed within defined limits. Contact your instructor, as soon as possible if such a situation arises.

Due Dates for Class Work

Part of the specifications for any piece of class work is a due date. This due date is absolute — late submission of class work is not allowed unless explicitly stated and late work will be penalized or may not be graded. It is the student's responsibility to complete the work before the deadline.

Written homework assignments are due at the start of class on the due date unless otherwise explicitly stated in the assignment. Projects due on a day of class or lab are due at the beginning of that class or lab.

Exceptions because of illness or emergency will certainly be considered but the student may be required to document them in some way.

Handwritten Work and Legibility

All written work submitted must carry the student's name, date and class and must be reasonably neat and well organized. Every student is issued a computer account and has access to a printer: thus, assignments should be typed and either submitted via BbLearn or other assigned mechanism or printed out for final submission to ensure that it is legible.

Any non-electronic work that cannot easily be read, may receive zero points. This requirement definitely applies to any assignment requiring numerical or algebraic solutions — we must be able to differentiate among exponents, factors, and variables! A reasonable standard of English expression and grammar usage is also required; there are many online tools for spell-checking and grammar-checking — use them.

Extra care should be taken with handwritten, in-class exams and assignments. If they cannot be read, they cannot be graded.

Taking Notes

As used in this paragraph, the term "instructor" is defined as the individual who authored the material being presented in the course.

Among the materials that may be protected by copyright law are the lectures, notes and other material presented in class or as part of the course. Always assume the materials presented by an instructor are protected by copyright, unless the instructor has stated otherwise. Enrolled students and authorized visitors in University of Idaho courses are permitted to take notes; which they may use for individual/group study or for other non-commercial purposes.

Notes taken in class are generally considered to be "derivative works" of the instructor's presentations and materials and they are thus subject to the instructor's copyright. No individual is permitted to sell or otherwise barter course notes to other students or to any commercial entity, without the express written permission of the course instructor. To obtain permission to sell or barter notes, the individual wishing to sell or barter the notes must be registered in the course or must be an approved visitor to the class. Course instructors may choose to grant or not grant such permission at their own discretion and may require a review of the notes prior to their being sold or bartered. If they do grant such permission, they may revoke it at any time.

Computer Account Security and Use

Please see: http://www.uiweb.uidaho.edu/policy/ for our computer use policies. Any trouble with computer accounts should be referred to the instructor or the course TA, as soon as is possible.

Tips on saving your work - When a program or project has been submitted, the student should maintain a local copy of what was submitted until after that program or project has been graded. It is also wise to make a copy of the file before editing it, in case a problem or mistake occurs during the editing session. When creating a program for the first time or when making major changes, save your changes regularly.

Grading Standards for Programs

Working Program

The algorithms used must be essentially correct. Obviously the program should run. However, if it does not and a great deal of work has been put into code that is on the right track, partial results may be acknowledged with partial credit, according to the grading standards of the individual class.

All projects will be assigned with sufficient lead time to assure completion is possible by the deadline. Non-working, poorly thought out "rush jobs" will undoubtedly receive poor grades.

Programming Style and Documentation (Up to 50% Deducted)

Faculty expect student work to exhibit high standards of programming style and layout, reflecting expertise as a University of Idaho-trained computer professional. This includes the use of functions and procedures where appropriate and declaring variables in the correct locations. Students should select algorithms appropriate to the task at hand and code them in a structured, easy-to-read manner. Projects are to be coded in an appropriate language (if not explicitly stated as part of the course assignments) and reflect good usage in the language of choice. Instructors also expect evidence of thoughtful testing of the code prior to submission and inclusion of self-checking code, if appropriate.

Appropriate use and placement of comments is vital. Remember that more comment text does not necessarily mean better comments. Comments should be helpful and enlightening (especially in cases where the program did not run). Even programs that run perfectly will lose points for poor documentation.

Always include a beginning section that states your name, computer login-id, the class, the program assignment number and the date. Each project must also include a comment block or page at the beginning that states the aspects of the project that have been correctly implemented (and the aspects that have not been correctly implemented). The information placed in this block must be accurate and up to date.

Campus Emergencies

In the event of a major campus emergency: course requirements, deadlines and grading percentages are subject to changes that may be necessitated by a revised semester calendar. If such unusual circumstances arise, students may determine any such changes by contacting their instructors via email, phone and/or BbLearn.

Campus emergencies include weather extremes (e.g., tornado, blizzard), HAZMAT (hazardous material) spills or leaks (e.g., gas pipe break, chemical spill), infrastructure problems (e.g., electrical power failures, water quality problems), general safety issues (e.g., person on campus suspected of violent behavior) and pandemic illness.

Students are encouraged to think about personal safety in these circumstances. This includes where to go to seek shelter, if needed.

All campus and local emergencies can be reported by dialing 911 on any telephone.

Emergencies and campus closings will be announced on local media and on the main University of Idaho site at https://www.uidaho.edu/infrastructure/pss Individuals may sign up for Vandal Alert to hear about emergency incidents as soon as notification is sent. Vandal Alert is used to contact the University of Idaho community by email, text & voice messaging in the event of an emergency (such as a weather closure or delay). Here is the link to sign up for Vandal Alert: http://www.webpages.uidaho.edu/~gatherco/deptmtg/2013-14/8-22-13/health-safety/VandalAlert2.pdf

Emergency Notification Procedures & Emergency Response Procedures: Go to the following link for building-specific issues; evacuation routes; exit points and emergency assembly area; and when and how to evacuate the building: http://www.uidaho.edu/infrastructure/pss/emergency-management/in-case-of-emergency

Counseling and Assistance

University of Idaho provides simple counseling for anyone experiencing personal problems, relationship difficulties, feelings of stress, family problems, grief or loss issues, difficulties with studying, health problems and a variety of other needs. University of Idaho Counseling and Testing Center (CTC), (208) 885 - 6716, Mary Forney Hall, Room 306.

The counseling service can also recommend professional testing for interests and abilities, and help arrange testing for a variety of recognized learning disabilities that may be interfering with a student's ability to achieve his or her academic potential (e.g., dyslexia). More information about these services may be obtained at the University of Idaho Counseling and Testing Center (CTC), (208) 885 - 6716, Mary Forney Hall, Room 306.

Students who have learning disabilities can get assistance at Disability Support Services (DSS). Students are asked to notify DSS as soon as possible to discuss disability-related concerns and needs. Call (208) 885-6307 or email dss@uidaho.edu. A disability is not a cause for shame but a difference to be accommodated. Each of us learns in different manners and University of Idaho personnel are committed to providing assistance so that each student can learn and grow. The University of Idaho is committed to providing equal and integrated access for individuals with disabilities to all the academic, social, cultural and recreational programs it offers. This commitment is consistent with legal requirements, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and embodies the university’s historic determination to ensure the inclusion of all members of its communities.

Students may also talk about problems with faculty members they trust. Students experiencing problems that affect academic performance in a class, should discuss them with their instructors and/or advisors before the problems become overwhelming. In general, faculty and staff want to help students succeed but they can't always tell if something is bothering a student. Help them to help you, by asking for help.

Even if it is 3 AM and you need to talk to someone or any time you need to talk and don't want to talk to someone on campus. Call the CTC crisis line, at (208) 885 – 6716. Don't ever believe that your situation is hopeless or that there aren't people who care! Crisis telephone counseling is available after hours and on weekends 365 days a year.

Equal Opportunity and Harassment

The University of Idaho — and your faculty — are committed to maintaining an inclusive community that recognizes and values the inherent worth and dignity of every person; fosters tolerance, sensitivity, understanding and mutual respect among its members; and encourages each individual to strive to reach his or her own potential. The University of Idaho does not condone and will not tolerate discrimination against any individual on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or ancestry, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, disability or status as a veteran.

It is the policy of the University of Idaho to maintain a campus that is a place of work and study for faculty, staff and students, free from all forms of harassment. In providing an educational and work climate that is positive and harassment-free, faculty, staff and students should be aware that harassment in the workplace or the educational environment is unacceptable conduct and will not be tolerated. UI code of conduct: http://www.webpages.uidaho.edu/fsh/2300.html.

Note on Reporting and Confidentiality

All students, faculty, staff and visitors are encouraged to promptly and accurately report criminal incidents, accidents, emergencies and non-emergencies.

If there is an emergency on campus, call 911. For non-emergencies and other reports, call Campus Security at (208) 885-7054 on the 24/7 line.

Campus Law Enforcement Authority: Police services are provided by Moscow Police Department under a contract between the Regents of the University of Idaho and the City of Moscow. The Moscow Police Department has full police authority to investigate, apprehend and arrest and to enforce applicable laws and ordinances on campus.

The University of Idaho Campus Security services are managed through the Department of Public Safety and Security at the University of Idaho. Contact information for the Office of Public Safety and Security during campus business hours: The Office of Public Safety and Security, 875 Perimeter Drive, MS 2281, Moscow, ID 83844-2281, phone: 208-885-2254, Fax: 208-885-7001, campus-security@uidaho.edu

There is a Police Sub-Station on the Moscow campus, located in the Idaho Commons at 875 S. Line Street. To make the University safer, the non-sworn, unarmed Campus Security team’s core duties are:

  1. Performing regular visible patrols of the facilities to watch for potential safety hazards and crimes.
  2. Checking to ensure buildings are locked and secured.
  3. Documenting detected problems.
  4. Escalating issues to the university staff that have responsibility for the area/facility or to the Moscow Police Department.
  5. Providing safe-walk services by accompanying students, faculty and/or staff across campus to make sure they can safely traverse the campus without fear of personal harm.