Course Policies:

(1) Attendance/Participation: Regular participation through class discussion, e-mail, Forum postings, and other contact with classmates and the instructor is expected; while not directly included in your grade, prolonged lack of contact will affect your grade through missed discussions, missed assignments, etc. Online students MUST check in via Forum posts or other required assignment every week! Per OCICU policy, OCICU students who do not check in during the first week will be dropped. Per HU policy, students who miss more than a week of classes or a weekend class or do not post for more than one week are in danger of being dropped from the course.

(2) Makeup Work: In-class work may be made up only in the case of an excused absence (illness, family emergency, etc.) or where already arranged (such as Reading/Study Questions to replace in-class discussion in some courses). If you expect to be absent, contact me ahead of time about makeup work; if the absence was unexpected, contact me as soon as you can--do not wait until the next class or you may fall behind.

(3) Late Work: Late papers, etc., may be penalized 10% of the possible points for each day that they are late unless I allow you an extension. You must contact me to ASK for an extension!!

(4) Cellphones: Students who bring cellphones to class should either have their phones OFF or on SILENCE (vibrate, flash, whatever). If a call comes that the student MUST take (for example, a family emergency), then the student should immediately leave the classroom to answer the call. Do NOT carry on a phone conversation in the classroom.

(5) Plagiarism: Heritage University expects students to perform their own work (even assignments involving collaboration mean that the GROUP performs its own work!). Students should be familiar with the methods to properly research and credit sources; hence, failure to do so may result in consequences ranging from a lower grade on an assignment to failing the course to expulsion from the college. See the Heritage University Catalog for all the exciting details!

(6) Credit Hour Requirements: Federal regulations require that all courses follow the Heritage University definition of a credit hour as described in HU Policy. A credit hour is an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement that is an institutionally-established equivalency that reasonably approximates not less than (1) one hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out of class student work each week for approximately fifteen weeks for one semester, or (2) at least an equivalent amount of work for other academic activities as established by the institution, including laboratory work, internships, practica, studio work, and other academic work leading to the award of credit.

(7) Campus Security & Safety: In an emergency, call 911.

Campus Security Services provides the following services to Heritage University staff, faculty, and students:

Employee training; Student training; Increased lighting and security camera systems; Jumpstarting batteries; Help with vehicle lockouts; Security escorts to vehicle; Tow truck assistance; Secure lost-and-found area. For these services, please call (509) 865-8555 or on campus from any phone, ext. 8555, or go to this link:

The University has an emergency notification system that allows students to receive notifications via email and text message to inform students of on campus emergencies and campus closures. You are encouraged to enroll in Rave Mobile Safety program by logging into Free to the student and standard text rates apply. Students and faculty at Regional Sites, please reference the Host Campus Security Information and Emergency Safety Plan.

Heritage University Campus Security: 509-961-4674
Heritage University Weekend Assistance: 509-314-9310

Regional Sites, please reference the Host Campus Security and Emergency safety plan.

(8) Important InformationAmericans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA Policy):

The current law of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 states that a “disability can be a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities of an individual. The ADA law prohibits discrimination and ensures that individuals with disabilities have the same opportunities to participate in the mainstream of American life - to enjoy employment, education, to purchase goods, to participate in State and local government programs and services.” As an institution of higher education, Heritage University commits to make reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities.

If you believe that you have a disability which may warrant an accommodation, the first step is to contact the Office of Ability Services to schedule an appointment:

Yovanna Cook, MSW. Mental & Social Health Counselor / ADA Specialist
Office: 509-865-8544, Fax: 509-865-8693
Petrie Hall, Office 125

For more information about student ability services online, please click on the link below:

Revised: June 15, 2017

(9) OCICU Appeals Process: OCICU students who wish to appeal an instructor's or facilitator's decision or request assistance with academic issues (such as requesting an incomplete or an extension) should contact Dr. Loren Schmidt ( AND Registrar Luis Gutierrez (

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