Center for Teaching and Learning

General College and District Syllabus Information, Guidelines, and Policies


COVID-19 Resources and Information

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As a college, our highest priority is the health, safety and well-being of students, faculty, and staff. Please visit  Student COVID-19 On-campus Protocols for information that can help you and your loved ones navigate challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.   


Institutional Learning Outcomes

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EMCC faculty and staff have identified institutional learning outcomes that they would like all students to enhance while they attend EMCC. Therefore, Communication and/or Critical Thinking will be assessed in oral or written form. Many other learning outcomes, such as Information Literacy, Quantitative Reasoning, Technological Literacy, and Social, Civic and Global Responsibility are important and may be assessed at the program or course level through either Critical Thinking or Communication. Student mastery of the institutional learning outcomes is measured using Bloom's Taxonomy as a gauge for measuring Critical Thinking. More information can be found on the EMCC Student Assessment Committee website.


Participation Policy

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Participation in a course is defined as consistent engagement with course activities throughout the entire semester in proportion to the number of credit hours.

A credit hour is defined as an amount of work represented in course competencies and verified by evidence of student achievement that reasonably approximates not less than one hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student work each week for approximately sixteen weeks for one semester hour of credit, or the equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time, or at least an equivalent amount of work for other academic activities, including laboratory work, internships, practica, studio work, and other academic work leading to the award of credit hours. In accordance with common practice in higher education, instruction representing a credit hour is typically delivered in a 50 minute class period. The two hour recommendation is a minimum; please consult with your individual instructor for recommended time spent out-of-class for your course.

For additional information, please see Maricopa's Scholastic Standards.


Last Date of Attendance (LDA) for Online Courses

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What constitutes academic attendance in an online class?

The following is a list of activities which constitute online class “academic attendance” for purposes of determining the Last Date of Attendance:

  1. Submitting academic assignment (assignment required in the course, regardless of whether it is graded or not), paper, or project,

  2. Taking an exam, quiz, computer-assisted instruction, or an interactive tutorial required by the course,

  3. Attending an online or in-person study group (where there is assigned attendance/participation as part of the course), or

  4. Initiating contact with a faculty member to ask a question about the academic subject studied in the course.

Note: Simply logging into an online class or emailing your instructor about non-academic matters will NOT count as attendance.


Recording of Faculty Lectures

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MCCCD acknowledges that faculty members are, by law, afforded copyright protection in their classroom lectures and, therefore, may limit the circumstances under which students may record (audio/visual) their classes. Please visit Maricopa Community College’s Regulation 3.4 Recording of Faculty Lectures for more details.


Course Withdrawals and Refunds

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Students should log in to their Student Center and select, Class Schedule >> Term >> Deadlines to verify the last date of a full student refund for a class. 

Note that financial aid awards for online classes are based on the actual last date of attendance (academic activity) and not the day the student is withdrawn from the class. Please see section above for what constitutes academic attendance in an online class.


Canvas Notification Policy

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Canvas Notification Preferences allow you to select how and when to be notified (via email, text message, twitter or Facebook) when there's an announcement or a message sent from within Canvas. Students will be notified whenever there is a change in a due date, an updated assignment, or a message sent from within Canvas if those notifications are turned on.

Please visit this tutorial for Notification Preferences to learn more.


Netiquette and Respect for Others

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"Netiquette" is network etiquette, the do's and don'ts of online communication. Students are required to follow good netiquette when communicating in the discussion boards and virtual office hours.

Netiquette covers both common courtesy online and the informal "rules of the road" of cyberspace. The following page link provides links to both summary and detailed information about Netiquette. If you add a picture or graphic to your Canvas profile, make sure the image is suitable for the learning environment.


Academic Integrity Policy

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All students assume as part of their obligation to the college the responsibility to exhibit in their academic performance the qualities of honesty and integrity. All forms of student dishonesty (cheating, plagiarism, etc.) are subject to disciplinary action. Students are responsible for familiarizing themselves with EMCC’s Students Rights and Responsibilities, including the section on the Academic Misconduct Policy 2.3.11.


Protecting Your Data and Privacy

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EMCC cares about your privacy and data. For information on protecting your data and privacy, please review MCCCD’s Statement on Privacy and learn ways to keep your personal information protected online.



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Classroom Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) and its associated colleges are committed to providing equitable access to learning opportunities to students with documented disabilities (e.g. mental health, attentional, learning, chronic health, sensory, or physical). Each class/term/semester that a student is in need of academic adjustments/accommodations, the qualified student is required to work with the Disability Resources & Services Office (DRS) at their individual college(s). Contact with the DRS should be made as soon as possible to ensure academic needs are met in a reasonable time. New and returning students must request accommodations each semester through DRS Connect online services. To learn more about this easy process, please contact your local DRS office.

If you have not yet established services through DRS, but have a temporary health condition or permanent disability that requires accommodations, you are welcome to contact DRS by using the information listed here.  The DRS offers resources and coordinates reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities and/or temporary health conditions qualifying for accommodations/academic adjustments.  Reasonable accommodations are established through an interactive process between you, your faculty, and DRS; and only those academic adjustments/reasonable accommodations granted by the DRS are recognized by the college and District.  It is the policy and practice of the MCCCD to create inclusive and accessible learning environments consistent with federal and state law.


Pregnant or Parenting Students

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Information for Pregnant or Parenting Students: If you are a pregnant or a parenting student, you are protected under Title IX please refer to this link regarding your rights and responsibilities.


EMCC Student Food Pantry

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The EMCC Student Food Pantry, located in the Student Union, is available to service current EMCC students in need. Students can utilize the food pantry twice per week, and select two food items per visit. The Food Pantry is accessible by appointment only. Please use the webform to schedule an appointment.

Donations are always welcome!  

More information can be found at:


Counseling Division

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Counseling is a Free service to students, faculty, and staff. EMCC’s Counseling Division is designed to address various types of counseling services to assist you in being successful in your academics, personal, and professional life. Though the following is not a complete list, it does showcase some of those counseling services:

  • Time Management

  • Stress Management

  • Goal Setting

  • Balancing the demands of work, school, and family

  • Career Development ( exploring career options and techniques on how to obtain a career)

  • Personal issues that may affect your daily life, academics and career

  • Community referrals and resources (e.g., food boxes, emergency funds, in-depth counseling services, etc.)

  • Career and Personality Assessments

  • First Year Experience (FYE) Program: how to be successful in college

  • Counseling and Applied Psychological Science (CAP) Program


Additional information can be found at:



Title IX

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Addressing Incidents of Title IX Sexual Harassment

In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the MCCCD prohibits unlawful sexual harassment against any participant in its education programs or activities. Sexual harassment includes quid pro quo (this for that) harassment, hostile environment, sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, and stalking. This prohibition against sexual harassment - including sexual violence - applies to students, MCCCD employees, and visitors to campus.

The policy of the MCCCD is to provide an educational, employment, and business environment free of sexual violence, unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct or communications constituting sexual harassment as prohibited by state and federal law. Incidents of Sexual Misconduct should be reported to the college Title IX Coordinator, as outlined in policy. MCCCD will provide on its Title IX and Preventing Sexual Harassment webpage a link to all Title IX Coordinators at the MCCCD. Reports may be filed anonymously at:


Religious Accommodations

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Religious Holidays: Students shall have the right to observe major religious holidays without penalty or reprisal by any administrator, faculty member or employee of the Maricopa Community Colleges. Absences for such holidays shall not count against the number of absences allowed by an instructor or department. At least one week before the holiday, students shall submit to their instructor(s) a written statement that includes both the date of the holiday, and the reason why class attendance is impossible. Prior arrangements must be made with each instructor for make-up work. If prior arrangements have been made, the student will not be penalized. For additional information, please see Maricopa's FAQs


College Police

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The EMCC Police Department provides assistance and security for people on campus, protection of district and personal property, traffic control, visitor assistance, operation of a lost and found function, loss prevention and loss reporting, identification of safety hazards, training and orientation of employees and students. The Public Safety building is located at the North-end of Parking Lot A and can be reached at (623) 935-8915.

For more information visit:

Academic Support and College Resources

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We care about your success! In addition to meeting with your instructor, EMCC students may use the FREE Academic Success Center/Tutoring services located in Estrella Hall South, first floor, to reinforce and supplement classroom instruction. Free of charge on-campus and online tutoring services are available for most courses offered at EMCC.

How to get the most from your tutoring sessions:

  • The sooner and the more often you come to tutoring, the better.

  • Come prepared. Bring your class notes, textbook, and assignment instructions to your tutoring sessions. Look over the readings, try problems, and/or attempt an essay rough draft. If you can, bring a list of specific questions to tutoring.

Additional resources that may be beneficial to your success in this class are:


Academic Calendars

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This syllabus is subject to change. Students will be notified of any changes to this syllabus. The student is responsible for making note of all such announcements concerning syllabus revisions.


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Last updated: 5/12/23