INFO/STS 4240: Course policies

Late policy

Written and design responses may be handed in up to 3 days after the assignment is due, and miniprojects may be handed in up to 5 days after the assignment is due. In either case, the assignment will incur a late penalty. The late penalty is 1/2 letter grade (5 points out of 100) per 24 hours late, starting immediately after the assignment is due (i.e. an assignment which is one hour late will incur a full 1/2 letter grade penalty).

The final exam carries a late penalty of 1 full letter grade (10 points out of 100) per 3 hours late, starting immediately after the final exam is due (i.e. a final exam which is 10 minutes late will incur a full letter grade penalty).

Please note late homeworks may be (very) delayed in grading, as they fall outside our regular course rhythm. Late final exams may result in a temporary grade of incomplete for the course.

Extension policy

Life happens. We believe you are the best judge of when you need a break in the course. Therefore, we allow you some flexibility in handing in your assignments, to use at your own judgement:

Additional homework extensions can only be granted by the professor and are only granted under truly exceptional circumstances.It is wise to save your late pass and skipped responses for illness or family emergencies and unexpected events such as interviews.

Addressing special circumstances

We teach this course with the goal of reaching every student, no matter your circumstances. If you find that issues around ability, family commitments, health problems, religious commitments, legal issues, or other personal situations are impeding your ability to learn in this course, please reach out to the course instructors so we can make a personal plan to help you succeed in this course. Reaching out early, before things get out of hand, makes it easier for us to help you effectively, but do not let being late deter you from reaching out. Some resources that might be of use include:

  1. Office of Student Disability Services
  2. Cornell Health CAPS (Counseling & Psychological Services)
  3. Undocumented/DACA Student support: In the Dean of Students office, contact Kevin Graham ( Kevin.Graham @ ) and see this list of campus resources

Regrade policy and grading explanations

Questions about why you got a grade may be answered by any TA. You may also ask any TA whether they think it would be a good idea to ask for a regrade. However, no one on the TA team is actually allowed to change a grade once released, even if it is obviously, egregiously wrong. This power is reserved for Vera Khovanskaya.

It is our aim in this class to grade fairly and clearly. If there has been a serious error in grading, we want to know about this and fix it. You can let us know about a potential issue by requesting your assignment to be regraded.

There are two kinds of regrade requests in this course:

  1. The first kind is a mechanical regrade. These are clear, indisputable problems such as: the TA added my points up wrong; the TA took off a late fee but I had gotten an extension; I got someone else's comments on my assignment. These regrade requests are handled by sending an email to Vera at vdk9 @ or by private note to Vera on piazza. You can also approach Vera in person in class or at her office hours.
  2. The second kind is a regrade that requires some judgement. These include issues such as: the TA may have misinterpreted the rubric; I got graded one way but my friend got graded another; I don't think the number of points I got for this is really fair, given what I did. These kind of regrade requests generally require some discussion, so that we can fully understand your point of view. You can submit this kind of regrade request in person by attending Vera's's office hours. If you cannot make the office hours, please contact her by email to make an appointment for a regrade request.

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