LIB 3040: Information and Society - Prof. Francoeur

Classroom Community

Please be respectful of everyone in class by:

  • Participating in discussions
  • Coming to class ready to talk about the assigned readings
  • Turning your cell phone off or to vibrate
  • Arriving in class on time (anything after 11:20 is considered late)
  • Avoiding distractions of the web during class (email, texting, IM, Facebook, etc.)
  • Eating and drinking outside the classroom

Accomodations for Students with Disabilities

Students with disabilities may be eligible for a reasonable accommodation to enable them to participate fully in courses at Baruch. If you feel you may be in need of an accommodation, please contact the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities at (646) 312 4590.


I fully support Baruch College's policy on Academic Honesty, which states, in part:

Academic dishonesty is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. Cheating, forgery, plagiarism and collusion in dishonest acts undermine the college's educational mission and the students' personal and intellectual growth. Baruch students are expected to bear individual responsibility for their work, to learn the rules and definitions that underlie the practice of academic integrity, and to uphold its ideals. Ignorance of the rules is not an acceptable excuse for disobeying them. Any student who attempts to compromise or devalue the academic process will be sanctioned.

Unless I specifically ask you to collaborate with another member of the class, you should complete each class assignment on your own.

Academic sanctions in this class will range from an F on the assignment to an F in this course. A report of suspected academic dishonesty will be sent to the Office of the Dean of Students. Additional information and definitions can be found on the college website.


Much of what you will learn in this class will take place in classroom discussion and hands-on activities in the classroom. Attendance and class participation therefore count for 14 percent of your grade. Speaking up in class (which includes asking pertinent questions as much as answering questions or voicing your insights) is absolutely essential to learning as well as part of how you will be assessed in each class session.

I will take attendance at the start of class at 11:10 am. If you come in late (after 11:20), points will be taken off your participation grade for the day. Excessive lateness will lead to a significantly lower final grade.

You are expected to attend every class session. You are allowed only two absences for any reason as long as you notify me before the absence; points for attendance and participation will not be taken off as long as I am notified in advance. You can notify me in advance of your absence in any of these ways:

If you do not notify me in advance, you will not receive any attendance or participation points regardless of the reason. If you miss three or more classes, you will get no points for attendance or participation and may be dropped from the class.