Administrative Policies

More than anything, I want you to be successful in this course! Please read all these policies carefully, and don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions!

Course Changes: Any updates to course structure or meeting times or location will be posted in Announcements on Blackboard with an accompanying email by 7:00am the day of class or as soon as available. (and/or in Starfish, etc.) It is the student’s responsibility to check this regularly and remain informed on course progress.

Student Complaint Policy: We are all working very hard during this time to make sure you have a positive experience as our student. If you have a concern or complaint about this class, please contact your professor right away. If you don’t feel comfortable contacting your professor, you can contact the World Languages Program Director: Dr. Alegría Ribadeneira: or the Department Chair,  Prof. Juan Morales: If your issue is not resolved by either individual, you may contact the college Dean.

Attendance policy: Attendance to the synchronous (Zoom) meetings for this course is expected. If there is a reason you are not able to attend (health, scheduling conflict) you need to contact me so I can make arrangements to have you complete the in-class work independently.

*ZOOM POLICY: This language course has a synchronous component that  requires your participation in Zoom for practicing your communication skills with your classmates and professor. Participation in Zoom is equivalent to a face to face meeting in a classroom, therefore there are professional expectations: 

  1. Dress Appropriately and Be Aware of Your Background – Please wear appropriate attire and be sure that you are seated upright in a well-lit area.  Position the computer camera so we can see you. You may use an appropriate virtual background, if preferred. 
  1. Attend Class with the Video Function On – The cohesiveness and success of class discussions depend on student participation and active engagement. Attendance and participation are expected. Your video feature should be on for the entirety of your class. Remember you will be seen by the entire class and should avoid distractions or working on other tasks during lessons.
  1. Actively Engage in Classroom Discussions and in Breakout Rooms  – It is important to engage in respectful discourse, whether via video, breakout sessions or chat. Do not use inappropriate language. You may be asked to raise your hand or use emoji icons before speaking, in order to avoid disruptions or to prevent multiple people talking at once. 
  1. Remember to Mute When You Are Not Speaking – Active engagement in your courses is important. However, be sure to have your microphone on mute when you are not actively engaged in discussion in order to eliminate background noise.
  1. Eating & Drinking During a Zoom Session – You are welcome to enjoy nonalcoholic beverages or snack during virtual meetings.  However, please plan to eat meals before or after class. (please make sure you are muted if snacking)
  1. Extraordinary circumstances – It is understood there might be times when you must eat, take a personal break, or have a special circumstance that forces you to turn your camera off for a few minutes or the whole class. Please inform your instructor. Every student can have the camera turned off for 10 percent of the total number of meetings without negative consequences to the participation grade.


Late and Make-up Work:

  • You are expected to turn in all you weeks work by the end of the week (Saturday 10am)
  • If your work is going to be late for reasons beyond your control, you must contact me AHEAD OF TIME so I can give you a new due date. If you don’t contact me, I will still accept work WITHIN A WEEK FOR HALF THE GRADE.
  • Students participating in an officially sanctioned, scheduled University extracurricular activity will be given the opportunity to make up class assignments or other graded assignments missed as a result of their participation. It is the responsibility of the student to make an arrangement prior to the absence for making up missed work.
  • In the case of officially documented excused absences of more than a week, instructor will determine how the missed work should best be accounted for.

Expected Time Required (Approximate): A general guideline for the amount of time you should plan to dedicate to this and any other University course is between 9-12 hours a week.

Accommodations: If you have a documented disability that may impact your work in this class and for which you may require accommodations, please see the Disability Resource & Support Center (DRSC) as soon as possible to arrange services. The DRSC is located in LARC 169, and can be reached by phone (719-549-2648) and email ( .

Academic Dishonesty:  In the Department of English and World Languages, we take matters of academic dishonesty seriously. Any instance of academic dishonesty may result in a failing grade for the work in question, a failing grade for the course, and lesser penalties as determined by the course instructor and/or the department chairperson. Furthermore, in severe cases, misconduct of this sort may be subject to disciplinary action by the Dean of Student Life.

Academic dishonesty is any form of cheating which results in students giving or receiving unauthorized assistance in an academic exercise or receiving credit for work which is not their own. In cases of academic dishonesty, the instructor will inform the chair of the department prior to implementation of punitive action. Academic dishonesty is grounds for disciplinary action by both the instructor and the Dean of Student Services and Enrollment Management. Any student judged to have engaged in academic dishonesty may receive a failing grade for the work in question, a failing grade for the course, or any otherlesser penalty which the instructor finds appropriate. To dispute an accusation of academic dishonesty, the student should first consult with the instructor. If the dispute remains unresolved, the student may then state his or her case to the department chair (or the dean if the department chair is the instructor of the course).

Academic dishonesty is a behavioral issue, not an issue of academic performance. As such, it is considered an act of misconduct and is also subject to the University disciplinary process as defined in the CSU-Pueblo Student Code of Conduct Policies and Procedures Manual. Whether or not punitive action has been implemented by the faculty, a report of the infraction should be submitted to the Dean of Student Services and Enrollment Management who may initiate additional disciplinary action. A student may appeal a grade through the Academic Appeals Board. The Dean of Student Services and Enrollment Management’s decision may be appealed through the process outlined in the Student Code of Conduct Policies and Procedures Manual.

Mandatory Reporting: Colorado State University-Pueblo is committed to maintaining respectful, safe, and nonthreatening educational, working, and living environments. As part of this commitment, and in order to comply with federal law, the University has adopted a Policy on Discrimination, Protected Class Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, Intimate Partner Violence, Stalking, & Retaliation. You can find information regarding this policy, how to report violations of this policy, and resources available to you, on the Office of Institutional Equity’s website (

Please familiarize yourself with the reporting requirements of this policy. Because I am a faculty member, I am a “Responsible Employee.” That means I have to report to the Director of the Office of Institutional Equity if you tell me that you were subjected to, or engaged in, of any of the following acts: discrimination, protected class harassment, sexual misconduct, intimate partner violence, stalking, and retaliation.

Early Performance Survey: This course participates in the Starfish student success program. Early in the semester, information about student performance in this class will be communicated to each student by email and/or text from Starfish. Attention to suggested actions is encouraged. This information is also available to academic advisors and others involved in supporting student success. Your advisor may then ask to meet with you to discuss your plans for success. The program is designed to promote success among students through proactive advising, and through referral to appropriate resources. Efforts to inform and assist students continues throughout the semester with a mid-semester survey, and instructor concerns or kudos can be posted to Starfish at any time.

Religious Observance:  Religiously observant students wishing to be absent on holidays that require missing class should notify me in writing at the beginning of the semester, and should discuss with me, in advance, acceptable ways of making up any work missed because of the absence.

COVID-19 statement on Health and Safety policy

Health & Safety: When considering the health and safety of our campus community, we require that all students follow proper protocols issued by the University. It is the student’s responsibility to know what these policies are and any changes that may be occurring. Students who fail to follow protocol and guidelines will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards and will need to remove themselves from the classroom.

The policies related to this requirement can be found at

See Campus website for current coronavirus details:

Students in need of accommodations, or those seeking an exception to this policy, will need to contact the Disability Resource and Support Center at

Counseling Resources: The Student Counseling Center is available for you at no cost for individual therapy online via Zoom, in person or by phone.  They can help with depression, stress, anxiety, homesickness, test anxiety, ADD, bipolar disorder and most other issues. They also provide Acudetox (ear acupuncture) for free.

Please call 719-549-2838 Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm for an appointment.

Course Schedule: Student and Faculty safety is our first priority. Every effort will be made by the instructor and university to maintain the course schedule and room on your PAWS schedule. Any unexpected room or delivery method changes will be relayed to you by your instructors as quickly as possible by course announcement in Blackboard and by campus email. This notification will be supported by a university announcement from the President’s office if all campus classes are affected.