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Course Policies

Attendance and Engagement

For in-person and synchronous online students, regular attendance is important to learn the material covered in CS101. You are responsible for any work or content missed if you do not attend class. While not directly a component of your grade, attendance is tracked for in-person and synchronous online sections. Students must sign-in during class to record attendance.

For asynchronous online students, regular engagement is important to learn the material covered in CS101. You are responsible for checking the course website and your e-mail regularly, and for completing any readings, activities, or assignments assigned by your instructor. We do not directly grade or have any requirements for student engagement interaction beyond completing the required assignments (Homeworks, Participation Projects, MyLab Lessons, and Exams).

Course Communication

The CS101 websites and your MIX e-mail account are the primary means through which we distribute information. It is your responsibility to check them daily.

When e-mailing your instructor, please be sure to identify your name, your course section, and clearly explain your question or concern. To ensure you are easily understood, please write in standard English.

Your instructor generally will respond to e-mails within 48 hours. While you may frequently receive same-day responses, they are not guaranteed and should not be expected. Please plan accordingly so you do not miss deadlines.

Expected Conduct and Etiquette

When in class or the CS101 Learning Center, please:

When using online aspects of the course or sending e-mails:


The above actions disturb other students and are disrespectful to course staff. Violations may result removal from the classroom, the CS101 Learning Center, or course activities. They also may result in credit for in-class Participation Projects being revoked.

Please also be aware of and comply with the CS101 Academic Integrity Policy and the WVU Campus Student Code.

Adverse Weather and Cancellations

On rare occasions, CS101 classes or the CS101 Learning Center may be cancelled. If this occurs, notice will be provided via MIX e-mail, the CS101 website, and/or social media.

In the event of inclement or threatening weather, everyone should use their best judgment regarding travel to and from campus. Safety should be the main concern. If you cannot get to class or an exam because of adverse weather conditions, you should contact your instructor as soon as possible.

Similarly, if your instructor is unable to reach the class location, they will notify you of any cancellation or change as soon as possible using MIX e-mail and the CS101 website to prevent you from embarking on any unnecessary travel. CS101 will make accommodations as appropriate on days where class or exams are cancelled or there are inclement weather conditions.

Time and Workload Expectation

The workload for this course (assignments, studying, etc.) is commensurate with a 4-credit course. This requires a commitment on your part to obtain good grades. Consider scheduling time each week for CS101 to ensure you complete your assignments on-time.


Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 and WVU policy, students have a right to the privacy of their academic information. A FERPA release must be on file with the course before we can release information on a student’s performance to third parties. Granting access to the Parent/Guest Portal or signing a general waiver is not sufficient to allow the release of course information.

Please be aware that usage of course computers, the course website, and other course systems may be monitored.

This course uses resources provided by third parties.  Their privacy policies are available below:


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