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St. Bonaventure University


Spring 2021

Course policies


Students with Disabilities

St. Bonaventure is firmly committed to providing an equal opportunity for a college education to all qualified students. The philosophy of the Office of Student Disability Services reflects the interpretation of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 in terms of providing reasonable and individualized accommodations. We welcome students with disabilities into our campus community and our programs. In this spirit, we are committed to providing reasonable opportunities to qualified students to participate in campus programs and activities. We recognize that the needs for each person with a disability are unique; therefore, services and/or accommodations are provided on an individualized basis. Students with disabilities are encouraged to participate in all aspects of campus life. Self-identification is essential and self-advocacy is encouraged.

Students with disabilities who feel they need academic accommodations should contact Adriane Spencer (, Director of Disability Support Services Office, 100D Plassmann Hall (Student Success Center), 716-375-2065. Please reach out early in the semester so that we can assist you as soon as possible. Documentation from the Disability Support Services Office is required before the instructor can make accommodations.

 For further information, please visit the Office for Disability Services Web site:

Students with Disabilities

Online Help & Academic Honesty

Online websites for homework should be a last resort after your SI instructor, tutors, and your instructor. The “Experts” on these sites do not have the experience and expertise you can find at St. Bonaventure University. In my experience, the answers are nearly always incorrect. Uploading exam and quiz problems is a violation of the Academic Honesty Policy. If any of my course materials are uploaded without my permission, any student who uploads or uses the answers from these websites will receive a ZERO for the assignment.

Online resources are not permitted for use for any exam.  Any student suspected of cheating will receive a zero on the exam and a violation will be submitted to the Academic Honesty Committee.

Online Help & Academic Honesty
Academic Honesty Policy

Academic Honesty Policy

Enrollment at St. Bonaventure University requires adherence to the University’s standards of academic integrity. These standards may be intuitively understood and cannot, in any case, be listed exhaustively. The following examples, detailed in full in Appendix A of the Code of Conduct (, represent some basic types of unacceptable behavior: cheating, plagiarism, fabrications, obtaining an unfair advantage, aiding and abetting academic dishonesty, falsification of records and official documents, and unauthorized access to records. Academic dishonesty is a serious matter and will be dealt with accordingly, with University sanctions ranging from grade alteration to the possibility of expulsion. Students should familiarize themselves with these very important provisions of the Academic Honesty Policy, which is outlined in the Code of Conduct for reference only. Acts of academic dishonesty are not processed through the University Judicial process; the process for handling alleged violations is outlined within the policy.

All academic honesty policy violations will be reported to the department chair, the student's adviser, the Dean, and the Registrar.

Face Coverings

Face Coverings & Social Distancing

According to the St. Bonaventure policy, you are required to wear a face covering that completely covers your nose and mouth at all times during class. If you come to class without a face covering, you will not be allowed to attend the class that day. If you fail to wear your face covering correctly for the entire class period, you will be required to leave immediately. If this occurs during an exam day, you will receive a ZERO for the exam. Masking and distancing requirements must be followed even if you have previously tested positive for COVID-19 at any point in time or have received a complete series of COVID-19 vaccinations.


The face covering cannot be made of mesh, an open knit, or another material that does not decrease the spread of droplets. Masks with vents are allowed but you are encouraged to use a second mask with them to minimize the spread of droplets. Any exemptions to this policy must come from the Office of Student Disability Services.

You must remain 6 feet from other people at all times during class. Group work will be facilitated using technology listed on the Course Materials page. This class will be paperless as much as possible except for exams. Office hours will be held exclusively online via Zoom. You will be asked to sanitize your desk in order to begin and/or end class.

Inclusion Policy

As a student at St. Bonaventure University, you have the right to an evaluation of academic performance free from discrimination on the basis of race, religion, color, gender, age, national or ethnic origin, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status, political affiliation, or disability status. (


COVID-19 Symptoms, Testing, Quarantine, & Isolation

Students placed on a mandatory quarantine or in isolation for potential exposure to or contraction of COVID-19 should electronically send their instructor documentation showing their status and accommodations will be made. If you travel to a restricted state that requires quarantine according to Governor Cuomo's Executive Order 205, issued June 25, 2020, contact your instructor ASAP to make arrangements.

Students who have symptoms of COVID-19 but are not officially quarantined or isolated should not attend class. Contact your instructor electronically to make them aware of your absence.

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