University of Tampa Required Syllabus Disclosures

The following policy statements have been adopted for all University of Tampa syllabi and are in effect even if not reproduced in their entirety on the official course syllabus.

Syllabus Subject to Change

This syllabus is informational in nature and is not an express or implied contract. It is subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances, as a result of any circumstance outside the University’s control, or as other needs arise. If, in the University’s sole discretion, public health conditions or any other matter affecting the health, safety, upkeep or wellbeing of our campus community or operations requires the University to make any syllabus or course changes, or move to remote teaching, alternative assignments may be provided so that the learning objectives for the course, as determined by the University, can still be met. The University does not guarantee that this syllabus will not change, nor does it guarantee specific in-person, on-campus classes, activities, opportunities, or services or any other particular format, timing, or location of education, classes, activities or services.

Title IX and Reporting Sexual Misconduct

Sexual misconduct, including, but not limited to acts of sexual harassment, nonconsensual sexual intercourse, nonconsensual sexual contact, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, gender-based harassment or sexual exploitation are prohibited by Title IX, the Student Code of Conduct and other University policies.

The University strives to maintain a safe and nondiscriminatory campus community, and to do so, it is important for the Spartan community to report any safety concerns, such as acts of sexual misconduct. If you experience or witness any of these University prohibited actions, the University encourages reporting these matters, so that the University is able to take prompt action to stop, prevent and remedy the effects of the harassment. University resources and grievance procedure information will be provided to individuals who may seek services or redress.

There are many options to making a Title IX/Sexual Misconduct report. You may report this information through the University’s online Title IX Report form. The information will be forwarded and reviewed by the Title IX Coordinator or a Title IX Deputy Coordinator, who will contact you to provide further information on University grievance procedure options and resources that are available.

You may also make a direct report by contacting the University’s Title IX Coordinator:

Kelsey San Antonio, Title IX Coordinator
Southard Family Building Suite #266; (813)-257-3748

If you decide to discuss an incident with a professor, it is important to note that they are considered a Responsible Employee and are obligated to report the information you share to the University’s Title IX Coordinator. There are exceptions to this required reporting for preventive education programs and public awareness events or forums. For more information about exempt events, please contact the Title IX Office.

If you are not ready to disclose or report this information to the University, you may disclose the information to a confidential party, such as a Victim Advocate, and/or a Counselor or Medical Clinician at the Student Health Center, to discuss any further options and resources available before deciding to report.

For more information, see The University of Tampa’s Title IX webpage and the Student Code of Conduct webpage.

Spartan Support

There may be times when you are feeling overwhelmed and you are not sure where to turn. Please feel free to reach out to the Spartan Support Program. We can help you find resources and provide support based on your unique needs. You can reach Spartan Support staff by calling (813) 257-3901, or by filling out a Spartan Support program form

ADA Statement

Student Accessibility Services: If you require accommodations based on a disability and/or medical or mental health condition, please call (813) 257-5757 or email for information on registering with Student Accessibility Services. You can also submit your request for accommodations and supporting documentation directly via an Accommodation Request

If you encounter disability-related barriers accessing the online content for this course, please contact Sharon Austin, Academic Technology Accessibility Specialist, at If the initial access to the content cannot be resolved, the University will provide individuals with disabilities access to, and use of, information and data by an alternative means that meets the identified needs.

Campus Closure Statement

Course interruption due to adverse conditions: In case of any adverse condition or situation which could interrupt the schedule of classes, each student is asked to access the UT homepage for information about the status of the campus and class meetings. In addition, please refer to UT Blackboard for announcements and other important information. You are responsible for accessing this information.

Last Revision: July 25, 2022

Academic Integrity Statement

The University of Tampa is committed to the development of each student to become a productive and responsible citizen who embraces the values of honesty, trust, fairness, respect, and responsibility. Upholding academic integrity and promoting an ethical standard that does not condone academic misconduct is an important demonstration of these values and underpins how we live and learn in a community of inquiry. Students are expected to act ethically in the pursuit of their education and to avoid behaviors that run counter to participation in and demonstration of their learning. The Academic Integrity Policy lists several common types of violations related to cheating, unauthorized collaboration or assistance, plagiarism and more.

While the policy lists common violations and examples, it is not an exhaustive list and instructors may identify other types of conduct that impacts their ability to evaluate what has been learned substantively enough to constitute a violation of this policy. An instructor may impose a wide range of sanctions for academic integrity violations from completing a more difficult replacement assignment to an ‘F’ in the course.

Particularly severe violations or multiple violations throughout a student’s academic career may result in suspension or expulsion from the University. Faculty may provide more detailed information on Academic Integrity violations specific to their course. Students should review their syllabi carefully.

Attendance Policy and Excused Absences

The University of Tampa has a General Attendance Policy in the catalog. As stated, students are expected to attend class and academic programs and individual faculty may require specified levels of attendance for successful completion of a course. However, the University has identified specific types of absences as either excused or unexcused absences. Students should be aware of each type of absence and the impact on their ability to complete work that was missed during their absence.

Faculty must be notified of scheduled excused absences in advance for students to receive an accommodation for work missed. The type of absence must fall within the categories specified in the catalog, and the faculty member may determine how far in advance notification must be provided. 

Certain types of unscheduled absences may also qualify as excused. Faculty may require documentation or verification.

The policy requires faculty to accommodate excused absences, including graded work, in a fair manner. This is determined by the faculty member and is dependent on the structure of the course and what work was missed. This may include replacement of work with something equivalent or having the work excluded from the student’s grade. Faculty are NOT required or expected to provide accommodation through remote access to the class or by providing a recording of the class session.

Faculty may determine that a student has missed too much participant-dependent work to successfully accomplish learning outcomes, even if the absences meet the criteria for excused absences.

Faculty are not required to allow a student to make up work missed due to unexcused absences.

Students should review their syllabi carefully for course dependent policies related to attendance.

Class Disruption Statement

Disruption policy: Every student has the right to a comfortable learning environment, where the open and honest exchange of ideas may freely occur. Each student is expected to do their part to ensure that the classroom (and anywhere else the class may meet) remains conducive to learning. This includes respectful and courteous treatment of all in the classroom. According to the terms of the University of Tampa Disruption Policy, the professor will take immediate action when inappropriate behavior occurs. Details of the policy may be found at Disruption of the Academic Process.

Students should review course syllabi carefully for course specific expectations related to student engagement and behavior.

Last Revision: July 25, 2022



A4.0Outstanding100 – 95
AB3.5Excellent94 – 89
B3.0Very Good88 – 84
BC2.5Good83 – 77
C2.0Average76 – 72
CD1.5Below Average71 – 66
D1.0Passing65 – 60
F0.0Failure59 – 00
NFFailure (Three absences may result in a grade of NF)
IIncomplete (Generally not given. These must be negotiated, students must already be in good standing, and must be due to extreme medical or family emergency that comes up.)

CASS Labs Physical address 

In case of an emergency, use this address for the Cass Labs

611 UT University Drive, Tampa FL 33606


All the text/images/audio/video/CODE clips you will use in any of your projects will have to be credited correctly. EVERY single text/image/video/audio/CODE you use should be yours and/or copyright free. If you use the code from somebody else, it needs to be recontextualized according to your needs with sufficient differences between the source and your application.

There are sites such as that provide copyright free material. If you ever use their material you MUST give proper credit.

Academic Integrity – Provost’s site – PLEASE READ // form

Cheating, plagiarism, copying and any other behavior that is contrary to University standards of behavior will not be tolerated.

Students caught violating any aspect of the University of Tampa’s Academic Integrity Policy will be penalized in all cases. Penalty ranges from “0” on an assignment to “F” for the course without regard to a student’s accumulated points. Students may also face expulsion. It is the student’s responsibility to become familiar with the policies of the university regarding academic integrity and to avoid violating such policies. Policy information is found at Academic Integrity Policy

I take integrity very seriously, including academic integrity. I will monitor all submissions and exams for violations of the academic integrity policy. Students are held responsible for knowing and observing the University’s Academic Integrity Policy posted at: If you have any questions about the policy, please feel free to talk with me.

Under no circumstances are you to provide an electronic copy of your work to another student. This includes allowing them access to your computer where they may access the file on their own without your consent! It is your responsibility to protect the integrity of your work. All parties involved will be reported to the Dean of Students.

Do NOT provide students in the other section, in case there are multiple sections of a class, with information regarding class discussion or “answers” to class preparation assignments. This hinders their ability to learn the material and is considered a violation of the academic integrity policy. This violation would be considered a “Class preparation assignment” violation and would receive the sanction detailed below.

You must properly document all sources used both in bibliographic format and through proper citation within the text itself. Failure to provide proper citations within the text of any assignment that you submit is plagiarism and will be reported. This DOES NOT JUST APPLY to research papers. It also means that you need to identify where data was obtained when it is presented.

The University has a subscription to plagiarism prevention software. This software compares documents to web resources as well as papers that have been submitted to Turnitin from any institution. I will evaluate each document for plagiarism before I grade it using the information from, along with my own examination of each document.

The sanctions within a course are determined by the instructor.

I have established the following sanctions for this course:

Project / Exam / Presentation / Other:
ALL academic violations will be reported and sanctioned

You may not retake a course under forgiveness if you have an academic integrity violation in the course.

Once an official violation accusation has been made, the student may not withdraw from the class or from the University until the accusation is resolved. The Office of the Associate Provost must notify the Registrar and/or the appropriate degree program director that the student cannot drop the class or withdraw from the University.

If the student is found not responsible, the student will be given a letter acknowledging that the student was not responsible for the alleged violation and the student may choose to withdraw from the course or from the University. If the published withdraw date has passed, the action of the Committee shall supersede the published drop date so the student will still have the opportunity to withdraw without any penalties.” If the student is found responsible for the academic integrity violation by the instructor or upon appeal found responsible by the Office of the Associate Provost or Academic Integrity Hearing Committee, the sanction will be imposed and the student may not withdraw from the course.


A class is a multiway form of communication. I am very open to a lot of proposals, and NO DISCRIMINATION will be tolerated or accepted. Consider the class as a brainstorming session. And please contact me during office hours, or send me an email so we can solve any problem before the class.

No animals, persons or yourselves will be harmed during the production of your assignments. Nothing can justify harming physically or psychologically a living creature – including yourselves. You are responsible for the respect of other students, and I count on your integrity for this. No email, chatting, messaging, texting, social media, web-browsing OF ANY KIND, etc., will be allowed during our sessions. You are paying way too much money to do these personal matters in class, therefore NO LAPTOPS are allowed in the class. Take notes in paper! All the cell phones should be TURNED OFF during the duration of the class.

NO EATING or DRINKING in the classroom will be tolerated, unless it is required by a medical prescription.

Any type of intoxication – drugs, alcohol or even a hangover – will be reported to the authorities.My role in your academic experience is to be your coach or trainer: I guide you, point you in the right direction, knowing that you are the ones who do all the work. I expect you to assume an active role in your learning process.

Attendance is mandatory

Media theory, practice and history courses are performance-based classes, and interaction with peers and the professor cannot be duplicated outside of class. Regular class participation and continuous faculty evaluation are crucial elements of the learning process. One cannot participate, or receive feedback on one’s work, if one is absent. Attendance is mandatory. If you are absent, it is your responsibility to acquire any material that you have missed, not the professor’s responsibility. An absence is an absence; there are no “excused” and “unexcused” absences. Coming to class late (after roll call), leaving early, failing to be prepared for class, or failing to fully participate in class, will count as an absence.

I really consider that participation, punctuality and attendance are the most important parts of a class. If you miss a class, you will never be able to experience that class again. I use the word “experience” because not all the information given during the class can be put in paper, or even videotaped. Classes are a question of communication, and communication implies many different ways of exchanging information, the feeling, the laughter, the collective experience… It is your responsibility to initiate and maintain communication with me in case of an unusual circumstance.If you were not able to do your homework, please do not miss a class! Never miss a class and be responsible for your actions.

If you are absent the day a project is due and you have not posted your homework on Blackboard, your blog, your site, via Email or sent me the homework with a classmate, you will get an F on that project.

Depending on the circumstances – an EXCUSED absence for example – I will grade a late project over the minimum grade I awarded to the projects that were presented on time, only if you are present in the classroom when the project is due. The longer you take to present your project, the worse the grade.

Do not miss a class even if you consider the topic of that particular class to be shocking to you for any personal reason. If you do not experience

the subject matter presented in the context of the class your perception of this subject matter will be completely distorted and disconnected from the flow of the class. The syllabus is structured to follow a specific order, if you miss one contextualized explanation, you may miss an essential component of the class. If you still consider the subject matter is shocking to you, START A CLASS DISCUSSION during the presentation, and let everybody know the reasons why you consider the subject matter to be objectionable, so that we can all benefit from this discussion as a group. This is a University, and the discussions of each topic are expected to be treated in a mature and adult level. The links/materials/movies I provide in the syllabus cannot be used outside the context of the class and they cannot replace the content of a specific class.

If an absence qualifies as an excused absence (see UT’s general attendance policy), the instructor will accommodate the excused absences in a fair manner. Any work missed MUST be made up in a timely manner; arranging to replace missed work is the responsibility of the student. Students must give notification to their instructors of excused absences in advance as soon as they are aware of it and documentation is REQUIRED. Failure to provide notification in advance can result in an UNEXCUSED absence. Employment schedules, athletic conditioning and practice schedules and personal appointments are NOT valid reasons for scheduled absences. Making up work for UNEXCUSED absences may be allowed or declined entirely at the discretion of the instructor. Extended illnesses may interfere with the successful completion of courses, and in such cases a student may want to withdraw from the course.

Course Surveys

All students are expected to complete the course surveys at the end of the semester. No excuses!

FMX Attendance Policy

The FMX Department follows the UT Attendance Policy that excuses absence for a variety of reasons stated below in the policy. All unexcused absences credit adversely against the course grade, by one half-letter grade for classes that meet twice per week, and one full letter grade for classes that meet once per week. Lateness, leaving early, and late returns from breaks, may also count as absence. Please be prompt to class and plan to attend all sessions.

UT Attendance Policy Excused Absences
There are two categories of excused absences for which accommodations will be made by the faculty: scheduled and unscheduled.

Scheduled absences involve time conflicts that are known in advance, for which students have notified their instructors. Acceptable reasons for scheduled absences include:Court-imposed legal obligations (e.g., jury duty and subpoenas)Medical illnessRequired participation in University-sponsored events (e.g., performances, athletic events, academic research presentations)Observation of religious holydaysRequirements of military service.
Employment schedules, athletic training and practice schedules, and personal appointments are not valid reasons for scheduled absences.

Unscheduled absences involve unforeseen emergencies such as illness, injury, hospitalization, deaths in the immediate family, consequences of severe weather, and other crises. Students  should contact instructors as soon as possible in these cases. Instructors may require documentation or verification to excuse unscheduled absences.

General Disclaimer

Note: The professor reserves the right to make changes to this syllabus as necessary