Religions of Ancient India



My Attendance Policy: Attendance is required.  Without regular attendance, students do not tend to do well in the class.  I allow two free days.  As a courtesy, please let me know when you will be taking a free day; there is no need to say why.  After the two free days, each undocumented absence results in a 20 point reduction.  If a student acquires more than three undocumented absences, s/he must withdraw from the class.  If it is after the deadline for withdrawal, the student will receive an F for the course.  A note from a doctor, dentist, coach, or funeral director -- with contact information -- is acceptable documentation.  The student must present the note on the day that he or she returns to class and within one week of the absence, otherwise the absence will be counted as undocumented. Please note that a phone call or email message saying that you are ill is not sufficient, nor is a note from the health center confirming an appointment.  The note must include a medical recommendation that the student not attend class on that particular day.


Meetings outside of class:  If we make an appointment to meet (and I’m always glad to!)  and discuss the class, missing the appointment without notice to me counts as an undocumented absence.


Lateness: Late arrival in class is noted.  Three late arrivals result in an undocumented absence and a 20 point reduction.  More than three is grounds for removal from the class. 


Participation: “Participation” means (1) present, (2) alert, (3) prepared with assignments, (4) punctual arrival.  Lack of any of these will affect the grade, excessive lack (e.g., more than 3 undocumented absences) is reason for dismissal from the class.


Office Hours:  My office number and hours are listed above.  Please make an appointment if you can, but feel completely free to drop by with your concerns, ideas, questions, etc.  I will always make time if I can.  If need be, we can certainly communicate by email, but in-person is always best.

Online Syllabus: This online syllabus can be accessed through the course website, which is linked to the Blackboard course page.  I recommend that you bookmark it so as to bypass BB when it goes down.  I might alter the assignment schedule as seems appropriate or necessary.


Email: Students are responsible for checking the online syllabus and their email every day.  Also, be sure to refresh your browser every time you look at anything on the website.

Email notification of changes: I will announce any and all changes to the schedule, deadlines, assignments, etc., via email.


No Submission of Assignments via Email: unless you clear it with me in advance and only under unusual circumstances.  While I appreciate that print costs are considerable, I consider them a legitimate part of college expenses.  Running out of pay for print is not a valid reason for submitting an assignment by email.


How We Address Each Other:  Please initiate your message with a “Dear Prof Meckel” or “Hi,” or “Hello Dan,  etc.  Beginning an email message without a greeting isn’t appropriate unless we’re in the middle of a multi-message correspondence (that began with a greeting).



Computer failure is not a valid excuse for a late assignment.  Be sure to back up your documents.  Broken or unreliable computer?  Use the computers at the college computer labs.

Use of Lap Tops and readers is not allowed in class without a documented need.

Academic dishonesty
in any form -- including plagiarism of self or others, falsified documentation of a doctor’s note, etc. -- will not be tolerated.  Cheating of any kind results, without exception, in an “F” for the course without the option of withdrawal.

Food in class:
Drinks and snacks of the very quiet variety are allowed in class (e.g., poi, rasgula, duck pate), nothing else.

Absolutely no use of cell phones in the classroom (so please turn them off).  A student found texting in class at any time other than a break will be given one reminder that it is not allowed. If it continue the student will be asked to leave the class.