Prof. Sally Keely
Mathematics Dept.
Clark College

Syllabus for Keely's
Mathematics Online Courses

version 29.4.D
rev. 2024-05-26

This main SYLLABUS contains information and policies relevant to ALL of Prof. Keely's mathematics
online courses. This living document provides key guidance.
Read it carefully. Refer to it often!

This document is supplemented by the CLASS SYLLABUS specific to your class [090 | 095 | 152]
that contains info particularly useful in the first week of the term (e.g. e-textbook access info).


  1. Professor Information
    1. Contact information
    2. Availability
    3. Educational philosophy and DEIJA statement
  2. Technical Information
    1. Class modality
    2. Technology requirements
    3. Class websites
    4. Platform (WebAssign, MyMathLab, Knewton) registration
  3. First Day Attendance, No-Show Drop, Waitlist, and Late Add Policies
    1. First day attendance and mandatory orientation
    2. Waitlist and late add information
    3. Late add rules
  4. Course Requirements and Assessment
    1. Course overview
    2. Class calendar
    3. Canvas assignments including DQs and LQs
    4. Platform (WebAssign, MyMathLab, Knewton) assignment
    5. Platform assignment milestone and bonus opportunity
    6. Quizzes
    7. Final examination
    8. Outcomes assessment
  5. Points and Grades
    1. Points possible chart
    2. Grade scale and grading policies
  6. Course Policies and Guidelines
    1. Academic honesty and integrity policies
    2. Attending lecture materials requirement
    3. Canvas account name policy
    4. Canvas gradebook policy
    5. Civility and respect obligation
    6. Classroom profile and name policy
    7. Communication expectations
    8. Discussion board posting guidelines
    9. Do your own work policy
    10. Late work policy
    11. References allowed on tests
    12. Religious Absence
    13. Technical difficulties policy
  7. Support Services
    1. Tutoring and assistance
    2. Student support services
    3. ADA accommodations
  8. Student Conduct and Academic Honesty
    1. Non-discrimination and harassment policy
    2. Code of student conduct, academic honesty, and academic integrity
    3. Contractual obligation
Professor Information

Contact Information

Professor: Sally Keely, M.S., C.O.E. (Internationally Certified Online Educator; Certified Clark eLearning Professional)
Preferred name: Prof. Keely (she/they)
Faculty Website: includes complete contact info.

To email me, so that your email filters to top priority and forwards to my cell phone, please follow these simple format rules:

IMPORTANT! Email Format Rules:
   FROM: Your Clark Student Email address
             (your address only, not a home/work address).
   SUBJECT LINE: Be descriptive and include the math course number (e.g. "Math 200 - Quiz 3").
   BODY OF MESSAGE: Include your full name, and if pertinent, your CTCLink ID.


I am here to help you be successful. While not available 24/7, I am active in the online classroom and check email several times a day six days a week and (in FWS) hold three office hours a week per Prof. Keely's Schedule.

EMAIL: Email is the best way to reach me privately or urgently. I am available to students via email Monday through Saturday 10am to 10pm. Be sure to follow the email format rules above.

DISCUSSION BOARD: Math content questions should be posted to the “Q&A Discussion Board” in our Canvas class (not emailed to me directly) so that everyone can benefit from the conversation. I check-in there regularly (a couple of times a day Monday through Saturday) and students are encouraged to engage in the discussions and assist one another.

CANVAS MESSAGE: Please do NOT "message" me through Canvas's "inbox", nor Canvas's gradebook, email me instead.

ONLINE OFFICE HOURS: 8:00-8:50am MWF Office hours are conducted via live SMS texting (no video, no Zoom) . Send text to 360.992.2509 during these hours and I will respond immediately so we can "chat" in live time. Sessions are typically limited to 20-minutes. No scheduled office hours are held during summer term.

Educational Philosophy and DEIJA Statement

I encourage you to read my Philosophy of Education, my DEIJA (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Justice, Accessibility) Commitment Statement, and my Personal Mission Statement.

Technical Information

Class Modality

This is a fully online class, thus conducted completely asynchronously. This class is NOT a "remote learning" format, thus has no real-time class meetings (i.e. NO Zoom). FAQ - What's the difference between online and remote class? What does "asynchronous" mean?

Technology Requirements

Access to your Clark Student Email ( is required because all email communications with the professor must be through this address not a home/work email address. To activate your account see FAQs - clark student email.

Daily access to a computer with reliable internet connection is important. Being an online class, you should have a basic ability to use a computer, a browser, and the internet. For more details see FAQs - computer skills and FAQs - software and plug-ins.

You are required to have a back-up plan for internet access in case of an interruption with your primary service. Consider Clark campus labs or library, a local library, friends or family computers. A mobile device might be able to serve as your back-up access. Ultimately it is your responsibility to have technology adequate to access all online class materials.

An electronic grapher is required. I recommend the free online Desmos Grapher (also available as a free app for smart phone or tablet). No need to buy a handheld graphing calculator. It is your choice to use a free online graphing program (e.g. Desmos), graphing software on your computer, a graphing app on your mobile device, or a handheld graphing calculator.

Class Websites

(Required) CANVAS is where you will "go to class". CANVAS is a popular Course Management System (CMS). The modules in CANVAS guide you through the course providing links to all readings, assignments, assessments, discussion boards, and resources. Also, grades are kept current in the CANVAS gradebook.

(Required) A Digital Learning Platform (DLP, a.k.a. "Platform") is an online course delivery system, usually produced by a textbook publishing company. It is where you master objectives by working problems, completing assignments, and taking tests. Your DLP may also include e-textbook and tutorial videos. The modules in CANVAS link directly to your platform and guide you through what to study.

Which platform you use depends on your course.

(Strongly recommended) WAMAP houses Prof. Keely's mini-lectures and examples (password-protected).

(Optional) Prof. Keely's Mathematics Online Web provides supplemental resources and FAQs. You never need to visit this URL directly (all important pages are linked from Canvas modules), but it does provide handy access to class information if desired (e.g., view this Syllabus without first having to login to CANVAS).

Platform Registration

Specific directions to registering in your Digital Learning Platform — WebAssign (WA), MyMathLab (MML), or Knewton Alta (KA) — are provided in your CANVAS classroom.

First Day Attendance, No-Show Drop, Waitlist, and Late Add Policies

First Day Attendance and Mandatory Orientation

It is IMPERATIVE that on DAY #1 of the term you login to CANVAS, enter your math class, and post your introduction (Canvas >> "Orientation - Start Here!" module >> "Mandatory Orientation Assn: Introduce Yourself"). Failure to complete this mandatory orientation requirement properly and on time will result in your being dropped from class under Clark's "No-Show" Policy.

The "Orientation - Start Here!" module in your Canvas class contains additional steps to complete culminating in a "Checklist" Orientation Assignment due by Thursday evening in week one.

Waitlist and Late Add Information

WAITLIST: The waitlist is operated by the registration department and faculty cannot override it. The waitlist ends 10-days prior to the term's start date. If you are on the waitlist and enough students drop by this date then you will be automatically moved from the waitlist into the class.

ADDING CLASS POST-WAITLIST / PRE-DAY 3: During the week before the term starts and the first two days of the term you can add yourself to any open class without needing professor permission. Watch the class status carefully (in MyClark@CTCLink "Class Search and Enroll" lists class "status" as open or closed) during that time and jump on any opening!

ADDING CLASS ON DAY 3: Starting on day three of the term the college requires instructor permission to add. Although I will NOT overload the class, there are times a student drops or I know will be dropped (e.g. no show) providing an opening. Adding late is not ideal, so to fill any open spots I will take students in the order I received a request-to-add email that includes: (1) full name, (2) CTCLink ID, (3) Clark Student Email address (your addy), and (4) class you wish to add (course number and ID code, e.g. Math 103 #5656). If I am able to provide you permission to add, I'll email you (at your Clark Student Email) the permission code. You will need to officially register right away before the permission expires, so watch your email closely.

NO NEW ADDS ON DAY 4+: For the benefit of the class as a whole and your own chance of success, I am very unlikely to permit any further late adds on or after day four (even earlier for co-requisite courses and in summer term). [UPDATED 2023-04-10 9pm]

Late Add Rules

If you add a class on the first day of the term, then complete the day #1 orientation requirement as soon as you have Canvas access (usually within an hour or two of registering).

If you add a class after the first day of the term, then before midnight on the day you register you MUST login to CANVAS, enter your math class, and post your introduction (Canvas >> "Orientation - Start Here!" module >> "Mandatory Orientation Assn: Introduce Yourself")

I reserve the right to drop late-added students if all requirements listed in the orientation module are not met in a timely manner.

Course Requirements and Assessment

Course Overview

This course requires your daily attention. You will need to be self-disciplined to study the material. Don't procrastinate! The course activities and requirements are intended to provide you with ample opportunities to learn the material and for progress feedback. I expect you to work hard and to be successful. I too pledge to be active in the classroom, attentive to your questions, and help make the class a success.

A typical day/week in this class: Refer to the modules in Canvas as they are your guide to the weekly schedule, content, readings, assignments, assessments, and deadlines. The material is broken into chunks called "units". For each unit you are directed to study specific sections the e-textbook and watch tutorial videos, learn from the professor's mini-lectures and examples, master objectives by working problems in your platform, and (course dependent) take quiz(zes). Each unit also includes an assignment in Canvas (e.g. discussion or lesson question).

Class Calendar

A downloadable Class Calendar is available for your class at Mathematics Online Web >> Syllabi & Calendars tab. Your Class Calendar lists textbook sections covered each week/unit and all deadlines. All deadlines listed are strict. This Class Calendar is the ruling document not Canvas’s calendar. On the rare occasion that a change needs to be made to the Class Calendar (e.g. a quiz deadline extension due to the platform being down for maintenance), then an announcement will be posted in Canvas Class Announcements. Note that Canvas's calendar and "to do" features are not reliable (especially when clocks fall back or spring forward).

Canvas Assignments including DQs and LQs

There are assignments due in Canvas that can take a variety of forms. Details of each assignment are provided in Canvas modules at the beginning of the unit they are due. It is your responsibility to be sure that the assignment is completed by its deadline and submitted properly. See Class Calendar for deadlines and Canvas modules for details.

Checklist Assignment is a mandatory orientation assignment in week one worth 3 points. In it you attest to completing the Orientation module.

Discussion Questions (DQs) are interactive class discussions and may involve an additional component for variety. The first DQ is the mandatory orientation assignment to post your introduction early in week 1. DQs are worth 5 points each and your lowest one DQ score gets eliminated.

Lecture Questions (LQs) ask you to answer a short question usually about the unit's WAMAP mini-lectures and examples. They start in unit 2, worth 3 points each, and your lowest one LQ score gets eliminated. IMPORTANT: If you are not regularly interacting with the lecture materials in WAMAP you can not earn any LQ points.

Platform Assignment

Your course's Digital Learning Platform (DLP) provides problems you work online throughout the course instead of traditional weekly handwritten homework. The set of problems you will work to master (i.e. successfully complete) the content are called "Assignment" in WebAssign and Knewton, "Study Plan" in MyMathLab. Your goal is to master the problems/objectives included in the platform assignment for each section we cover in the e-textbook. You may discuss platform assignment problems with each other, a friend or tutor, or post about them on the class Q&A discussion board. These are meant to be learning exercises. You do not have to work them independently. Take advantage of resources.

The Platform Assignment is not due until near the end of the term (see your Class Calendar for deadline). You have all term to complete the platform assignment; however, it is strongly recommended that you work the problems in the week those objectives are covered so you are keeping-up on this term-long assignment. It is expected that you put several hours working the problems and mastering the objectives every week throughout the course. It will likely not be possible to "catch-up" the entire assignment at the end of the course. Don’t procrastinate!

The Platform Assignment is worth a big chunk of points (see points possible chart). The percent of objectives that you master by the deadline is the percent of those points you earn for the assignment.

Platform assignment milestone and bonus opportunity

As an incentive to get right to work on the Platform Assignment early in the term, if you meet a specific milestone by the end of unit three, then you are eligible for a bonus opportunity as described below.

  • Unit 3 Milestone: You meet the unit 3 milestone if by the end of unit 3 you have mastered 75% of the problems/objectives in the Platform Assignment for the textbook sections covered in units 1-3.
  • Bonus Opportunity: If you meet the unit 3 milestone, then you are eligible for a bonus opportunity on your Platform Assignment! The bonus is that when the Platform Assignment is due (near the end of the term) you will only have needed to master 80% of the total objectives in the Platform Assignment to earn the FULL points possible.

While numbers specific to your course are shared in your CANVAS class, as an EXAMPLE, let's say your Platform Assignment is worth 60 points, there are 100 objectives in units 1-3 material, 500 objectives in total. Below are three possible scenarios:

  • Milestone met, bonus achieved: You master the 75% threshold by the end of unit 3 so you meet the milestone, then you only need to master 325 more objectives by the Platform Assignment deadline to complete 400 objectives total (80% of 500) to earn the full 60 points.
  • Milestone not met: You master 50 objectives by end of unit 3 so you do NOT meet the milestone and are NOT eligible for the bonus opportunity. You then need to master 450 more objectives by the Platform Assignment deadline to complete all 500 objectives total to earn the full 60 points.
  • Caution! Milestone met, bonus not achieved: You meet the unit 3 milestone, but don't master 80% of the total objectives by the Platform Assignment deadline, then the points you earn is the actual percent of objectives mastered, e.g. master 350/500 = 70% of the total objectives = earn 70% x 60 pts = 42 pts.

There are absolutely no exceptions or extensions to the Milestone deadline, bonus opportunity rule, or Platform Assignment deadline.


Frequent quizzes are conducted online in WebAssign. Each quiz covers one section of material in the textbook. Quizzes are timed and each attempt is expected to be completed in one sitting, meaning that once you click the link to access the quiz you must work through it and may not save your progress and return to it later. Once you start a quiz you only have 45 minutes to complete and submit it. The quiz may auto-submit "as is" if it is open too long. No matter how many questions are on the quiz, each quiz is worth 3 points. You may take each quiz only once.

Math 090: There are 29 quizzes total and your best 15 quiz scores count, the rest get eliminated.
Math 095: There are 33 quizzes total and your best 17 quiz scores count, the rest get eliminated.
Math 152: There are 23 quizzes total and your best 15 quiz scores count, the rest get eliminated.

NO extensions, late submissions, make-ups, or redos allowed. In part this is because the solutions are made available at the quiz due date/time. Try to take every quiz, but the lenient lowest scores eliminated policy provides flexibility in case you miss a quiz, have technical difficulties, or simply have a bad day.

Immediately after submitting your quiz online, you will be able to see your score in the gradebook. This assures that the quiz submitted properly. It is your responsibility to be sure that the quiz is completed by the deadline and submitted properly. After the due date/time you will be able to see the quiz solutions. Reviewing your quizzes soon after that deadline serves as a highly recommended study technique.

Final Examination

A mandatory comprehensive final exam is required in all Clark College mathematics classes. In this class it is conducted online in your digital learning platform. The questions are short answer, fill-in the blank, matching, multiple choice, and true/false style. The final exam is timed (2 hours), expected to be completed in one sitting, and can only be taken once. It will be accessible for 60-hours and cannot be taken outside that window. The Final Exam Information Sheet contains logistical details and tips-for-success.

If you stop attending class prior to the final exam, or if it is impossible for you to earn higher than an F in the class even if you score 100% on the final exam, then you will not be given access to the final exam.

You will automatically fail the course if you neglect to take the final exam. If you have a dire emergency that prohibits you from taking the final as scheduled, contact me promptly. Refer to the "Emergencies" clause in the Final Exam Info Sheet (linked above) for details.

If you have technical difficulties while taking the exam, you must email me immediately per the rules at FAQs - locked test and be prepared to finish it up right away. Use email, don't CANVAS message me. The exam will auto-submit "as is" if open too long.

Outcomes Assessment

Clark's mathematics courses support the division's Program Level Quantitative Outcomes which for the AA-Transfer Degree are:

  1. Analyze and interpret quantitative information presented verbally, graphically, numerically, and/or symbolically.
  2. Demonstrate an effective strategy to solve a quantitative problem.
This course being online means you are also expected to meet these Online Mathematics Technical Outcomes:
  1. Basic proficiency using a mathematics notation editor to include properly formated mathematical expressions in discussion posts, online homework, and online tests.
  2. Ability to embed a graph in a discussion post either by (1) using a built-in grapher (such as in WAMAP) or (2) inserting a screenshot of a graph produced in an electronic grapher (e.g. DESMOS).
  3. To assist classmates who use screen reader technology, consistently include an appropriate "Alternate Text" description on every image you post.
Upon successful completion of the course you should also be proficient in the Mathematics Department's Course Level Outcomes listed in your specific Class Syllabus. I break these down further to Topic Level Objectives listed in my Lesson Notes for each course. Each of these outcomes and objectives will be evaluated through your progress in a mix of discussions, assignments, quizzes, and a comprehensive final examination.

Points and Grades

Points Possible Chart

The total points possible are listed below by course. All assignments and assessments conducted via your course's platform except the “Canvas Assignments".

Canvas Assignment - "Checklist"
3 pts
3 pts
3 pts
Canvas Assignments - DQs
best 4 of 5
@ 5 pts each
best 4 of 5
@ 5 pts each
best 4 of 5
@ 5 pts each
Canvas Assignments - LQs
best 4 of 5
@ 3 pts each
best 4 of 5
@ 3 pts each
best 4 of 5
@ 3 pts each
WebAssign Assignment
(score based on percent complete by deadline in finals week)
60 pts
60 pts
60 pts
best 15 of 29
@ 3 pts each
best 17 of 33
@ 3 pts each
best 15 of 23
@ 3 pts each
Cumulative Final Examination
30 pts
30 pts
30 pts
Total Points Possible:

Grade Scale and Grading Policies

Your course grade will be determined by the percentage of the total possible points that you accumulate throughout the class. There is no grade "weighting" nor "curving", just earn as many points as you can. Course grades are calculated by dividing your total points accumulated by the total points possible, rounding decimals down to the nearest whole percent, and letter grades assigned according to the following scale:

93%-100% A

W-grade: The deadline to withdraw is set and published by the college registrar. If you stop attending class and do not officially withdraw through the registrar's office by this deadline you will earn an F in the course. See Clark College Withdrawal Policy.

I-grade: If you have unavoidable circumstances such as a documentable medical emergency that prevent you from completing the course work this term, you may contact me privately to request an incomplete. It is you that must initiate the incomplete request, I'm not legally allowed to suggest it. There are potential adverse ramifications you must consider and strict conditions you must meet (including having already completed almost all of the course material and be earning a passing grade by the quarterly withdrawal deadline). Before the I-grade can be granted, we must agree in writing to specific tasks to be completed and a completion date. An I-grade is not permanent and will revert to an F if the course work is not successfully completed by the agreed upon deadline.

(*) I do not assign "C-". Instead I drop the cutoff for a passing "C" from 73% to 70%.

90%-92% A-
87%-89% B+
83%-86% B
80%-82% B-
75%-79% C+
70%-74% C
N/A (see *) C-
67%-69% D+
63%-66% D
60%-62% D-
00%-59% F


  1. Caution! Be sure to meet the Communication Expectations to avoid final course percent reductions.
  2. There is no extra credit available per FAQs - no extra credit.
  3. If this course is a prerequisite to another mathematics course you want/need to take, you need at least a "'C" to continue onto that course and any grade lower than "C" will require you to repeat this course first.
  4. If you earn an "F" in the class, the college requires I provide a last date of attendance for which I will use your last posted/submitted assignment in Canvas.
  5. Pass/Fail is not a grade option for this course.
  6. Grades are kept confidential between student (even minors) and professor only. For legal reasons to protect your privacy under FERPA, Washington State will not allow grades or progress in class to be discussed by phone.
  7. I take my responsibility in assigning grades seriously. Your course grade is determined by the points you accumulate. Grade inflation would not benefit the reputation of the College nor your degree from this institution.
Course Policies and Guidelines

Academic Honesty and Integrity Policies

Please read carefully and abide by the Code of Student Conduct, Academic Honesty, and Academic Integrity class requirements.

Attending Lecture Materials Requirement

I provide Mini-Lectures and Examples for each topic in the course (written notes, sometimes with video added). They are housed in WAMAP and linked from the relevant topic in the online classroom. These took me years to develop and I update them regularly. Similar to "attending lecture" in a non-online class, you are expected every unit to login, read through the materials, and take a few notes. Make them a regular part of your personal learning plan! LQ assignments are related to these materials.

Canvas Account Name Policy

Regarding your name in Canvas, there are actually two. Your "Full Name" must be the same first and last name that you are registered with at the college, each with capital first letter (e.g. Sally Keely, not sally keely nor Sally K.). This protects proper alphabetization in the course gradebook.

Your "Display Name" must have your full first and last name; however, you may replace your first name with or add a preferred first name or nickname, e.g. Richard "Dick" Grayson or Charlie Brown instead of Charles Brown. Each must have a capital first letter and be academically professional.

Instructions on how to change your Canvas display name are provided here: How do I update my Canvas "display name"?

Canvas Gradebook Policy

Grades are kept current and assignment feedback is provided in the Canvas gradebook. Please do not "message" me in the gradebook, or reply to my feedback there, as Canvas does not notify me and I simply won't see your message. If you have a question or concern about any entry in the gradebook, please email me a.s.a.p.

Civility and Respect Obligation

You are expected to keep your academic communications (online and face-to-face) polite and professional and to treat your classmates, your professor, and all college employees with civility and respect.

Classroom Profile Policy

You are encouraged to add a profile to your account in CANVAS. Keep your profile bio and profile photo academically appropriate. If any profile information or photo is deemed inappropriate by the professor for any reason you may be blocked from the online classroom and associated websites until it is fixed and you may not make-up any consequentially lost points.

Communication Expectations

You are required to check your Clark Student Email account frequently throughout the term. Just as I promise to reply promptly to your emails and discussion board questions, you are expected to reply to my emails to you within a reasonable amount of time -- preferably within 24 hours, definitely within 60 hours. Keeping in communication with me is a legal requirement, so failing to do so may result in your final course percent being reduced by up to one full letter grade. Additionally, failure to reply may cause me to file a report with the college's student support services which is extra work for me and staff, so instead please keep in communication with me as required.

Discussion Board Posting Guidelines

When posting to a class discussion board you must write in the body of the message (no attached files), in the English language, avoid profanity, and use appropriate etiquette per FAQs - DB etiquette.

Clear written communication in an online mathematics course depends on properly formatted math expressions. Math expressions can be typed online in a number of ways including plain text, ASCII, HTML, LaTeX, or using a built-in equation editor tool. Posting images of handwritten solutions is not permitted in part because they are not conducive to sharing with classmates who have a visual impairment.

When posting an image (such as a screenshot of a graph), it must be inserted in the body of the message, not as a separate attached file, and it MUST include descriptive Alternate Text to assist classmates who use screen reader technology. FAQs - How do I add "alt text" when posting an image in Canvas?

Do Your Own Work Policy

You are expected to do your own work. If I feel (or it is reported to me) that the work you submitted was not done by you or was not from your own understanding, then you will earn zero credit at my discretion. 

If there is any unusual discrepancy between your ongoing daily work/scores and your test work/scores (e.g., not contributing to the discussions yet acing the tests), at my discretion I may: (1) replace one (or more) quiz or exam with a comparable but different version without notice, or (2) require you to take (without notes/text but with government-issued photo ID) either a proctored written assessment or an oral examination or a combination thereof. I will use this information and my professional evaluation to determine your level of competency of the course objectives and understanding of the course content and assign a course letter grade accordingly.

Late Work Policy

All deadlines are strict. No late work will be accepted even in the event of technical difficulties. No extensions, late submissions, make-ups, or redos are allowed. Technology and the internet do fail sometimes, so don't procrastinate and do have a back-up plan for computer and internet access. Adherence to this "no late work" policy is to be consistent and fair to all. Note that a lot of flexibility is built into the syllabus in terms of dropped assignments/assessments.

References Allowed on Tests

When taking a test (quiz or final exam), you may refer to your notes, the e-text, any other printed resources, and use a calculator or grapher (e.g. DESMOS). However, you may absolutely may NOT submit test problems into any search engines (e.g. Google), AI/LLM software (e.g. PhotoMath, MathWay, ChatGPT), or homework helper/cheat apps (e.g. Course Hero, Chegg). Also, until after the test deadline, you absolutely may NOT discuss test questions or answers with any human or robot, See Code of Student Conduct for more specifics and ramifications of cheating and disciplinary action that can be taken.

Religious Absence

This syllabus provides a range of days during which an assignment or assessment can be submitted in part to provide you the flexibility to attend personal celebrations or commitments. So while unlikely to need further accommodation, this class does abide by Clark College's Absence for Reasons of Faith or Conscience policy.

Technical Difficulties Policy

If you are having trouble accessing any of the class materials, get help immediately as every day you delay may cost you points. Technical problems will not extend deadlines. Since tech difficulties do sometimes occur, some flexibility has been built-in to help (e.g. low quiz scores eliminated).

Support Services

Tutoring and Assistance

Your #1 source of help is each other! Posting questions to the "Q&A Discussion Board" in Canvas is a great way to get questions about the material answered (asynchronously) by me and by your fellow classmates. Please check it regularly and post help/support to those asking questions if you can. Many students find it helpful to form ongoing study groups. Groups can meet online (e.g. Discord, Zoom) or in person (e.g. Clark Cannell Library study room, off-campus coffee shop).

STEM Tutoring Center offers free drop-in assistance with mathematics.
SCHEDULE: On-Campus (BHL-102) & Virtual (Zoom). provides 24/7 online tutoring in mathematics and other subjects.

If you ever need help with anything in this class please contact me. I truly am here to help you be successful!

Student Support Services

Clark Student Support Services provides a complete list of academic, social, financial, and health resources including food and housing assistance and mental health support services. Most Clark student service centers offer Virtual Assistance including the advising and financial aid offices. RAVE alerts notify you in the event of an emergency.

Student Success Coaches are available to help you navigate college life and develop the tools to be successful at Clark and beyond. One-on-one coaching sessions can provide you with study and organizational skills, emotional and personal support, connections to college resources, and much more. Student Success Workshops offer a variety of self-help tips, study skills, career preparation trainings.

Tech troubles? Clark TechHub is a useful place to get technical support.

ADA Accommodations

Clark College supports reasonable accommodations for students who have a documented disability. Disability Support Services (DSS) coordinates accommodations for students with disabilities and/or health conditions (could include a temporary injury or pregnancy). Any student who may need accommodations in order to fully participate in this class is encouraged to contact DSS as soon as possible.

For software specific accessibility information (listed alphabetically) see: Canvas, Knewton Alta (Wiley), MyMathLab (Pearson), OpenStax, WAMAP, or WebAssign (Cengage).

Student Conduct and Academic Integrity

Non-discrimination and Harassment Policy

Discriminatory or harassing speech or behavior will not be tolerated. The online classroom strictly abides by Title IX and Sexual Misconduct Policy and Non-discrimination and Harassment Policy. Any student violating either of these policies will be referred to the Dean of Students for disciplinary action. Any discussion board posts violating either of these poslicies will be documented and deleted.

Code of Student Conduct, Academic Honesty, and Academic Integrity

As a member of the Clark College student body, you are expected to conduct yourself honestly and with integrity. Clark College's statement on Academic Dishonesty provides definition, avoidance strategies, consequences, and resources.

You must comply with the Clark College Code of Student Conduct. If you cheat, or aid someone else in cheating, you violate a trust, do yourself and the College a disservice, and undermine the credibility of the degrees Clark College confers. Anyone interfering with the educational process is subject to removal from the class and referral to the Dean of Students for disciplinary or other action. 

IMPORTANT! In this class you WILL NOT:

  1. Cheat in any manner. Cheating includes, but is not limited to, plagiarize, copy/swap/share answers on tests, or illicitly give or receive help on tests.
  2. Discuss or post about quizzes or exams in any capacity with anyone until after the deadline.
  3. Submit test, homework, or worksheet problems into any search engines (e.g. Google), AI/LLM software (e.g. PhotoMath, MathWay, ChatGPT), or homework helper/cheat apps (e.g. Course Hero, Chegg).
  4. Violate copyrights including the Professor's copy written materials. Submitting any of the course materials to homework helper/cheat apps (e.g. Course Hero, Chegg) may result in my suing you for stealing my intellectual property rights.
  5. Use professor or classmate email addresses / profile information for any non-class related use.

In this class you WILL:

  1. Take all quizzes and exams by yourself without assistance from any other human, robot, search engine, or AI software.
  2. Take advantage of the resources and technology that are allowed (e.g. DESMOS).
  3. Contact me at once with details, anonymously if you prefer, if a classmate asks you to cheat or help them cheat, or if you are in any way aware of someone cheating. Failure to do so is considered cheating in itself.
  4. Keep all your class login information confidential.

Failure to abide by these rules or any suspicion of cheating will result in the following actions:

  1. You will earn zero credit on the work (test, assignment, etc.) where the cheating occurred. This grade cannot be dropped. The second incidence of cheating will result in an "F" in the class and possibly permanent removal from the classroom.
  2. A report of the incident may be sent to the Dean of Students who may file the report in your permanent record or take further disciplinary action such as suspension or expulsion from the college.

Contractual Obligation

I consider this mathematics online syllabus to be a contract between you and me. I agree to abide by all the policies and procedures contained herein, and by staying in the class, so too do you. If there is anything in this document with which you cannot or will not abide, you should discuss it with me at once. This syllabus is the ruling document in the event of a conflict with college policies.