Important Disability Notice

If you wish to request an accommodation for a disability, please contact either me or the Coordinator of Services for Students with Disabilities (Onward Building, 1-2319) as early as possible in the semester.

Academic Honesty Notice

Academic honesty is very important. It is dishonest to cheat on exams, to copy term papers, to submit papers written by another person, to fake experimental results, or to copy or reword parts of books or articles into your own papers without appropriately citing the source. Students committing or aiding in any of these violations may be given failing grades for an assignment or for an entire course, at the discretion of the instructor. In addition to any academic action taken by an instructor, these violations are also subject to action under the University of Maine Student Conduct Code. The maximum possible sanction under the student conduct code is dismissal from the University

Nondiscrimination Notice

The University of Maine does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, including transgender status and gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquires regarding nondiscrimination policies:  Director, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 North Stevens Hall, 207.581.1226.

UMaine Student Code of Conduct

All students are expected to conform to the UMaine Student Code of Conduct.

Classroom Civility

Civility should be conveyed to all others through courteous expression, politeness, esteem and regard for others, and a general respect for others, regardless of differences from self.

Sexual Discrimination Reporting

The University of Maine is committed to making campus a safe place for students. Because of this commitment, if you tell a teacher about an experience of sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking, relationship abuse (dating violence and domestic violence), sexual misconduct or any form of gender discrimination involving members of the campus, your teacher is required to report this information to the campus Office of Sexual Assault & Violence Prevention or the Office of Equal Opportunity.

 If you want to talk in confidence to someone about an experience of sexual discrimination, please contact these resources:

For confidential resources on campus: Counseling Center: 207-581-1392 or Cutler Health Center: at 207-581-4000.

For confidential resources off campusRape Response Services: 1-800-310-0000 or Spruce Run: 1-800-863-9909.

Other resources:  The resources listed below can offer support but may have to report the incident to others who can help:

For support services on campus: Office of Sexual Assault & Violence Prevention: 207.581.1406, Office of Community Standards: 207-581-1409, University of Maine Police: 207-581-4040 or 911. Or see the OSAVP website for a complete list of services.

Course Schedule Disclaimer

In the event of an extended disruption of normal classroom activities, the format for this course may be modified to enable its completion within its programmed time frame. In that event, you will be provided an addendum to the syllabus that will supersede the previous version.

Contingency Plans in the Event of an Epidemic

A flue or similar epidemic may preclude the ability to meet in face-to-face sessions. Assuming that this course is offered in a room with recording equipment or if the instructor has such capabilities available, assume that the instructor will either (1) host the course and provide a url or other information for the class to meet at the normal time with everyone participating at a distance or (2) record a video of the lecture that would have otherwise been presented in person and post it for viewing. In either instance you will be provided with information on how to view the live session or view one or more videos. All other readings and assignments should proceed as usual. If you yourself become sick, simply inform the instructor and the instructor will arrange appropriate extensions based on your particular circumstances.

Copyright Notice for Materials Accessible through this Website

Many materials accessible through this site, such as linked articles, should be assumed to be copyright protected.

1.  Unless the “fair use” provisions of copyright law apply or language is contained in a work permitting its use, permission should be obtained from the copyright holder for copying the work.

2.  Permission to Use Instructor Materials: The University of Maine System Statement of Policy Governing Patents and Copyrights encourages all faculty, administrators and students to make their scholarly works available to the world through the use of an open access license in order to best advance science and knowledge exchange. In adherence to this policy, the instructor prepared web pages and the slides affiliated with each lecture posted on the syllabus are made available to all through the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0) See or through a similar license that may be posted at the bottom of each web page.

3.  All class videos (lectures) should be assumed to be copyright protected in accordance with the University of Maine System Statement of Policy Governing Patents and Copyrights.

4. All data created by the instructor and made available through the online course materials is available to all through the CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0) Public Domain Dedication. See