MATH 231 Remarks and Policies

  1. Each student is expected to follow the policies and obey and the rules and regulations of Towson University and should expect these rules and regulations to be enforced.
  2. Student Workload Expectations:Federal and State regulations require that students are expected to spend at least two hours outside of the classroom working on course-related activity for every one in-class hour. For this class, that means the expectation is that you will spend at least eight to twelve hours per week outside of the four “hours” of classroom time for success in MATH 231.
  3. Communication:  I will communicate with the entire class via announcements in Blackboard, and with individual students via their Towson University email.  You are expected to check both of these regularly, and are expected to respond as appropriate. Please set your Blackboard notification preferences so that you will receive my announcements in a timely manner - sometimes they will contain information that you will want to have promptly.
  4. Students are required to have a scientific calculator in class and available for use on exams(or, alternatively, may use the calculator utility built into Microsoft Windows; no online calculators for exams).
  5. Cell phones in class should be set on vibrate or turned off.  Students are expected to leave the room when receiving emergency or important phone calls and return to class when completed. 
  6. Late work:See section on WileyPLUS online homework for a discussion of the lateness policy on those assignments. Written homework assignments will only be accepted after the due date with specific approval from me. A student who misses a quiz or exam will receive a zero, except in the case of a documented, University-approved excused absence. See University policy regarding excused absences at
  7. Should it be necessary to readjust the grading schedule (for example, due to the cancelling of an exam or graded assignment), at the discretion of the instructor, the Final Grade for the course will be calculated using a weighted sum, maintaining the original percentages assigned to the graded categories.
  8. Professionalism is expected from all of my students:
    1. The student attends every class, arriving on time and staying through the end of class.
    2. No electronic devices(besides calculators) are used in any way during class unless otherwise explicitly directed. In particular, use of phones or computers as “alternative entertainment” during class is prohibited. Obviously, this type of a distraction is detrimental to your learning. It is also rude and distracting to your instructor and classmates. A student who repeatedly has trouble complying with this requirement may be asked to keep their cellphone and laptop in their backpack.
    3. The student conducts him/herself during class in a mature manner that does not distract others, including instructor.
    4. The student participates in class activities and discussions in a mature manner.
    5. The student demonstrates reasonableness/flexibility in changes to the schedule or syllabus.
    6. The student communicates with the instructor and peers in a constructive, professional manner.
    7. The student demonstrates a commitment to learning.
    8. The instructor reserves the right to ask a student who demonstrates any disruptive behavior (including the use of cell phones) to leave the classroom for that session if the situation warrants it,student will be reported to University Administration.
  9. Department of Mathematics Commitment to Diversity: Towson University values diversity and fosters a climate that isgrounded in respect and inclusion. Everyone participating in this course is expected to treat all others in accordance with this vision and policy. TU’s diversity tenets include sex, sexual orientation, race and ethnicity, color, nationality, gender identity or expression, mental/physical ability, religious affiliation, age, and veteran status. If you feel these expectations have not been met, please contact the Math Department’s Diversity representative, Dr. Goode at
  10. Support for Course Success: If you do not understand a concept covered in class, please reach out for help right away, so you don’t fall behind. I am available during my office hours, by appointment, and via email. In addition, there is a student support program specifically for MATH 231, called “PLTL,” short for “Peer-led Team Learning”. (Note: The math tutoring center operated by the Teaching and Learning Center does not cover MATH 231.) Beginning the 3rd or 4th week of class, daily drop-in hours and guided-activity sessions for extra help in Math 231 will be available. Take advantage of that! You will receive correspondence about this program via your TU email address.