These are general policies that have been issued by the department. Individual courses will have additional policies that your instructor may enforce, in addition to the ones here.

Responsibilities of the instructor

  1. Provide a detailed syllabus. This syllabus should list office hours, course objectives, textbooks, references, prerequisites, and grading policy/method of assessment.
  2. Come to class prepared, on time, and make full use of the class time.
  3. Provide timely and adequate feedback on grades. Return graded material promptly.
  4. Conduct final exam at the time designated in the class schedule.
  5. Not assign new work (i.e. not listed on syllabus) that is due in last two weeks of classes.
  6. Avoid leaving the examination room without a proctor. Provide paper for exams.
  7. Make reasonable use of the assigned textbook.
  8. Check students have proper prerequisites. Instructor does not waive assigned prerequisites.
  9. Report ALL incidents of academic misconduct to the department and Dean of Students.

Responsibilities of the student

  1. Come to class prepared, on time, and make full use of the class time.
  2. Provide adequate notice of anticipated absences and take full responsibility for finding out about missed work, announcements, and assignments.
  3. Submit assessment material on time and submit only your own work.
  4. Do not allow other students to copy your work.
  5. Read and understand the syllabus and follow announced policies.


We expect CS instructors and students to conduct themselves in a professional manner. Students are subject to all the provisions in the UAH Code of Student Conduct, which is available free from the Office of Admissions and Records. Information on plagiarism and other forms of misconduct is presented in the Student Handbook Article III. Departments are obliged to report all misconduct to the Office of Student Affairs.

Complaint Procedure

If you have difficulties or complaints related to this course, your first action should be to discuss them with your instructor. If such a discussion would be uncomfortable for you, or fails to resolve your difficulties, you should contact the Chair of the Computer Science Department, Dr. Ranganath, whose office is in Technology Hall N-300, telephone 824-6088. If you are still unsatisfied, you should discuss the matter with Dr. Emanuel Waddell, Associate Dean of the College of Science,

Students with disabilities

Your instructor would like to hear from anyone who has a disability that may require a modification of seating, testing, or other class procedures. Please see instructor after class or during office hours to discuss appropriate modifications. You should also contact Disability Support Services in Wilson Hall, Room 128, 256-824-1997 for further assistance.

Student computer account

Students enrolled in any CS course are entitled to an account on the departmental computer network. Use of such an account is subject to departmental and university policies. To apply for an account, and see the current policies, go to the departmental intranet at These are accounts for the CS department's computers only. For university-wide accounts, see newcomer page.

Examination policy

In response to past student complaints about problems during examinations, the Computer Science Department has developed the following guidelines for in-class examinations in all courses.

  1. Come to the exam prepared to complete it without a break. If you think you will need a break, please inform the proctor before the exam if possible.
  2. Do not communicate with other students. Talk only to the instructor.
  3. Whenever you leave the exam room, turn in your exam.
  4. Use only the paper provided by the instructor for all writing.
  5. If assigned a specific seat, remain in that seat.
  6. Unless specifically permitted by the instructor, use no books or other reference materials. Do not bring calculators, computers, pocket-organizers, cell phones, pagers, or other electronic devices to the exam.