Policies and Expectations | CMC

Attendance Expectations

According to the student handbook, “students are expected to attend all classes.  Students who are unable to attend class should seek permission for an excused absence from the professor or teaching assistant.  Unapproved absences or failure to attend three or more classes may result in a lower grade or an “incomplete” for the course.  If a student must miss a class, they should arrange to get notes from a fellow student.  Missed extra-credit quizzes and papers will not be available for re-taking.” 

While attendance is crucial for learning and you will be most successful if you dedicate several hours to this class each day, there will sometimes be circumstances beyond our control. In those stressful situations please do not add to your stress by worrying about whether I think you are a dedicated student (I know you are) or whether you will be able to make up work (yes, you can). In these difficult times, we will all need to work together and be gentle with ourselves and others. If something arises, for example, a power outage, health emergency, zombie apocalypse, just let me know as soon as possible and we will make arrangements to get you back on track. Please reach out if you need any extra assistance from me or any college services. While we are all in the same storm, we are not all in the same boat.

With that said, these are extraordinary times, and I understand that there may be times when it is not possible to show up or be present in class, and would like to offer a few guidelines with respect to attendance:

  • If for any reason you cannot make class, please let me know through email as soon as possible. 
  • I know that many of you are friends and encourage you to exchange contact information, if you find that you cannot come to class, it is permissible to text a friend from the course so they can let me know that you will be absent.
  • If, for any reason, you should need to be absent for more than 2 consecutive classes, please contact me ASAP so that we can make alternative arrangements.
  • This time can be triggering for many of us who are experiencing loss, isolation, and trauma, throughout the semester we will discuss topics that can trigger strong emotions/reactions. If you find yourself triggered by a topic or discussion, please feel free to excuse yourself from any or all of that particular class. 


Learning Environment

This course covers an array of material from transdisciplinary perspective.  From time to time we engage with material that is emotionally difficult as it touches on injustices in our daily lives and issues that are paramount to our wellbeing. We are all coming to this work with different lived experiences.  While it will be challenging both academically and emotionally, I believe each of you is up to this challenge and I will do everything I can to support your success. While we may be discussing terms that are new to you, we will be discussing concepts and situations that you will recognize from your lived experience and from your readings in other classes. You each bring to this class a set of needed knowledges and skills that will enhance the learning of the group. You each bring a humanity that is necessary to support each other and hold space with each other. What you bring is important. What you bring is needed. Never forget that. 

With this in mind, please remember:

Because we will be discussing difficult topics that deal with identity, prejudice and bias, it is imperative that we take care with each other, showing respect and listening to experiences different than our own. This will be an anti-racist, anti-ableist, and anti-sexist, space. Violent language such as racial, heterosexist, transphobic, and ableist slurs will not be spoken or written, even while recounting events or writings. We will endeavor together to co-create a learning environment that is nourishing, healing and liberatory. We will also work together to co-create a call-in (as opposed to a call-out) culture. 

Take Care of Yourself

Do your best to maintain a healthy lifestyle this semester by eating well, exercising, avoiding drugs and alcohol, getting enough sleep and taking some time to relax. This will help you achieve your goals and cope with stress.

All of us benefit from support during times of struggle. There are many helpful resources available on campus and an important part of the college experience is learning how to ask for help. Asking for support sooner rather than later is almost always helpful.

If you or anyone you know experiences any academic stress, difficult life events, or feelings like anxiety or depression, we strongly encourage you to seek support.  If you wish to seek out campus resources, please view the information on the Monsour Counseling Webpage. 

Monsour Counseling and Psychological Services (MCAPS) is committed to promoting psychological wellness for all students at the Claremont Colleges. Professional and well-trained psychologists, psychiatrists, and post-doctoral and intern therapists offer support for a range of psychological issues in a confidential and safe environment.

  • Phone: (909) 621-8202
  • After hours emergency: (909) 607-2000
  • Address: Tranquada Student Services Center, 1st floor, 757 College Way, Claremont, CA 91711

Pedagogical Notes

In the spirit of capacity building and engaged community, the syllabus is broken into three parts.  Each week is divided into three categories (Must do, Should do, and May want to):

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