University Policies

Academic Dishonesty:

According to the University, academic dishonesty is defined as previously submitted work, plagiarism, cheating, falsification of academic materials, and misrepresentation of documents, selling academic assignments, and purchasing academic assignments.

Plagiarism is literary theft and a betrayal of trust. The term is derived from the Latin word for kidnapper and refers to the act of signing one’s own name to words, phrases, or ideas, which are the literary property of another. Plagiarism comes in many forms, all to be avoided: outright copying or disguised use of words and phrases from an unacknowledged source. This includes copying and pasting from any online source. It is also expected that all work for this course will be created originally for this course. You may not use work from previous courses, unchanged, as fulfillment of assignments in this course. To avoid Plagiarism, students are encouraged to make it their habit to put quotation marks around words and phrases, or to isolate and indent longer passages that you are using from someone else’s writing. Students may cite the source in either a footnote or endnote, or within parentheses in the text. The penalties for Plagiarism can be severe: from an F for the particular assignment, to an ‘F’ for the course and to referral for administrative judgment.

All students are expected to be familiar with and abide by the University’s academic integrity policies, available in the Undergraduate Catalog:

Criteria for Incomplete Grade:

It is the policy of the College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Media Study to grant incompletes for a semester only under exceptional circumstances. Under any circumstances, incompletes will be granted only to students currently in good standing (i.e., regular attendance and passing completion of assignments). Requests for a grade of incomplete need to be submitted in writing, and should include a rationale, documentation for the reason (if relevant), and a proposed schedule for completion.

Accessibility Resources:

If you have any disability which requires reasonable accommodations to enable you to participate in this course, please contact the Office of Accessibility Resources, 25 Capen Hall, 645-2608, and also the instructor of this course .. The office will provide you with information and review appropriate arrangements for reasonable accommodations. 

Other Resources:

Center for Excellence in Writing provides support for written work.

Student Code of Conduct:

Students should be aware of and abide by the UB Student Code of Conduct.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Policies:

Policies on, Discrimination and Harassment, Reasonable Accommodation, Religious Accommodation can be found here


IF you are planning a student production that involves using any prop which could be interpreted to be a weapon [toy gun, BB gun, knife, etc.] AND you are planning to shoot on the UB campus or any other public place, you MUST obtain WRITTEN permission from the University Police or the equivalent authority before you shoot. If you do not, you will face serious problems, including possible expulsion from the University.