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A Outstanding 4.0 100
AB Excellent 3.5 99 > 96
B Very Good 3.0 95 > 90
BC Good 2.5 89 > 86
C Average 2.0 85 > 80
CD Below Average 1.5 79 > 76
D Passing 1.0 75 > 70
F Failure 0.0 69 > 00
NF Failure (for students who stopped participating before the last withdrawal date)
I Incomplete
S Satisfactory
U Unsatisfactory

All the text/images/audio/video/CODE clips you will use in any of your projects will have to be credited correctly. EVERY single text/image/video/audio/CODE you use should be yours and/or copyright free.

There are sites such as archive.org that provide copyright free material. If you ever use their clips you MUST give proper credit.

Academic Integrity - Provost's site - PLEASE READ // form

The University of Tampa is committed to the development of each student to become a productive and responsible citizen who embraces the values of honesty, trust, fairness, respect, and responsibility. The scholarly community at The University of Tampa strives to instill values that uphold academic integrity and promotes an ethical standard that does not condone academic misconduct. Violation of academic integrity and academic misconduct tarnish the reputation of the University and discredit the accomplishments of past and present students. Sanctions for violation of academic integrity and academic misconduct include a failing grade in an assignment or in the course, or suspension or expulsion from the University. I take integrity very seriously, including academic integrity. I will monitor all submissions and exams for violations of the academic integrity policy. Students are held responsible for knowing and observing the University’s Academic Integrity Policy posted at: http://www.ut.edu/provost. If you have any questions about the policy, please feel free to talk with me.

Under no circumstances are you to provide an electronic copy of your work to another student. This includes allowing them access to your computer where they may access the file on their own without your consent! It is your responsibility to protect the integrity of your work. All parties involved will be reported to the Dean of Students.

Do NOT provide students in the other section, in case there are multiple sections of a class, with information regarding class discussion or “answers” to class preparation assignments. This hinders their ability to learn the material and is considered a violation of the academic integrity policy. This violation would be considered a “Class preparation assignment” violation and would receive the sanction detailed below.

You must properly document all sources used both in bibliographic format and through proper citation within the text itself. Failure to provide proper citations within the text of any assignment that you submit is plagiarism and will be reported. This DOES NOT JUST APPLY to research papers. It also means that you need to identify where data was obtained when it is presented.

The University has a subscription to turnitin.com plagiarism prevention software. This software compares documents to web resources as well as papers that have been submitted to Turnitin from any institution. I will evaluate each document for plagiarism before I grade it using the information from turnitin.com, along with my own examination of each document.

The sanctions within a course are determined by the instructor.
I have established the following sanctions for this course:

Project / Exam / Presentation / Other:
ALL academic violations will be reported and sanctionned

You may not retake a course under forgiveness if you have an academic integrity violation in the course.

Once an official violation accusation has been made, the student may not withdraw from the class or from the University until the accusation is resolved. The Office of the Associate Provost must notify the Registrar and/or the appropriate degree program director that the student cannot drop the class or withdraw from the University.

If the student is found not responsible, the student will be given a letter acknowledging that the student was not responsible for the alleged violation and the student may choose to withdraw from the course or from the University. If the published withdraw date has passed, the action of the Committee shall supersede the published drop date so the student will still have the opportunity to withdraw without any penalties.” If the student is found responsible for the academic integrity violation by the instructor or upon appeal found responsible by the Office of the Associate Provost or Academic Integrity Hearing Committee, the sanction will be imposed and the student may not withdraw from the course.


A class is a multiway form of communication. I am very open to a lot of proposals, and NO DISCRIMINATION will be tolerated or accepted. Consider the class as a brainstorming session. And please contact me during office hours, or send me an email so we can solve any problem before the class. The email form in www.santiago.bz allows you to send ANY comments ANONYMOUSLY. So USE IT.

No animals, persons or yourselves will be harmed during the production of your assignments. Nothing can justify harming physically or psychologically a living creature - including yourselves. You are responsible for the respect of other students, and I count on your integrity for this.

No email, chatting, messaging, texting, facebook, web-browsing OF ANY KIND will be allowed during our sessions. You are paying way too much money to do these personal matters in class, therefore NO LAPTOPS are allowed in the class. Take notes in paper! All the cell phones should be TURNED OFF during the duration of the class. NO EATING or DRINKING in the classroom will be tolerated, unless it is required by a medical prescription.

Any type of intoxication - drugs, alcohol or even a hangover - will be reported to the authorities.

Attendance is mandatory

Art and art history courses are performance-based classes, and interaction with peers and the professor cannot be duplicated outside of class. Regular class participation and continuous faculty evaluation are crucial elements of the learning process. One cannot participate, or receive feedback on one's work, if one is absent. Attendance is mandatory. If you are absent, it is your responsibility to acquire any material that you have missed, not the professor's responsibility. An absence is an absence; there are no "excused" and "unexcused" absences. Coming to class late (after roll call), leaving early, failing to be prepared for class, or failing to fully participate in class, will count as an absence.

• 1-3 absences: 0 points subtracted from final course grade
• 4 absences: 10 points subtracted from final course grade
• 5 absences: 20 points subtracted from final course grade
• 6 absences: 30 points subtracted from final course grade
• 7 absences or more: failure in the course, despite assignments average

I really consider that participation, punctuality and attendance are the most important parts of a class. If you miss a class, you will never be able to experience that class again. I use the word "experience" because not all the information given during the class can be put in paper, or even videotaped. Classes are a question of communication, and communication implies many different ways of exchanging information, the feeling, the laughters, the collective experience... It is your responsibility to initiate and maintain communication with me in case of an unusual circumstance.

If you were not able to do your homework, please do not miss a class! Never miss a class and be responsible for your actions.

If you are absent the day a project is due and you have not posted your homework on Blackboard, your blog, your site, via Email or sent me the homework with a classmate, you will get an F on that project.

Depending on the circumstances - a medical excuse, an emergency for example - I will grade a late project over the minimum grade I awarded to the projects that were presented on time, only if you are present in the classroom when the project is due. The longer you take to present your project, the worse the grade.

Do not miss a class even if you consider the topic of that particular class to be shocking to you for any personal reason. If you do not experience the subject matter presented in the context of the class your perception of this subject matter will be completely distorted and disconnected from the flow of the class. The syllabus is structured to follow a specific order, if you miss one contextualized explanation, you may miss an essential component of the class. If you still consider the subject matter is shocking to you, START A CLASS DISCUSSION during the presentation, and let everybody know the reasons why you consider the subject matter to be objectionable, so that we can all benefit from this discussion as a group. This is a University, and the discussions of each topic are expected to be treated in a mature and adult level. The links/materials/movies I provide in the syllabus cannot be used outside the context of the class and they cannot replace the content of a specific class.

Excused Absences
There are two categories of excused absences for which accommodations will be made by the faculty: scheduled and unscheduled.  

Scheduled absences involve time conflicts that are known in advance, for which students have notified their instructors. Acceptable reasons for scheduled absences include:
  1. Court-imposed legal obligations (e.g., jury duty and subpoenas)
  2. Medical procedure
  3. Required participation in University-sponsored events (e.g., performances, athletic events, academic research presentations)
  4. Observation of religious holy days
  5. Requirements of military service  
Unscheduled absences involve unforeseen emergencies such as illness, injury, hospitalization, deaths in the immediate family, consequences of severe weather and other crises. Students should contact instructors as soon as possible in these cases. Instructors may require documentation or verification to excuse unscheduled absences.

Employment schedules, athletic training and practice schedules and personal appointments are not valid reasons for scheduled absences. 

Documented Medical Attention for Illness
Students are excused for absences due to documented illnesses or injury that require medical attention. Documentation must be provided from a licensed health care provider and clearly indicate that the student is unable to attend class. While students should not attend class with infectious conditions, even if medical attention is not sought, the decision to excuse absences from undocumented illnesses is at the discretion of the individual instructor. Extended illnesses may interfere with the successful completion of courses, and in such cases a student may want to withdraw from the course. After the withdrawal deadline, students may submit an academic petition with proper documentation to withdraw from courses.

Procedures for Excused Absences and Make-up Work
Students must give notifification to their instructors of scheduled absences in advance as soon as they are aware of it (for approved reasons as noted above).  In the event of an emergency unscheduled absence (as described above), students must contact their instructors as soon as possible and provide documentation if required.  

If an absence qualifies as an excused absence as defined above, the instructor will accommodate the excused absences in a fair manner. Instructors will provide an alternative opportunity to replace missed work or assignments; however, arranging to replace missed work is the responsibility of the student

If an excused absence coincides with other graded work (e.g., homework collection, in-class activities, quizzes, presentations, activities, etc.), the student shall be given an opportunity to replace such work or shall not have that work averaged into the student’s grade, at the discretion of the instructor, provided it is not identical to the course’s stated accommodation for an unexcused absence. An instructor may determine that missing a certain amount of participation-dependent activities (whether excused or not) precludes successful accomplishment of learning outcomes. In cases like this, the instructor may advise students to withdraw from such courses. 

The University of Tampa acknowledges and embraces the religious diversity of its students, faculty, and staff.  Faculty and students share responsibility to support members of our community who observe religious holidays.  It is the responsibility of the student to notify the faculty of the dates for projected absences due to religious observance, and to work with the faculty to make arrangements to make up the missed academic work. Absence from classes or examinations for religious reasons does not relieve students from responsibility for any part of the course work, including examinations, required during the period of absence. Faculty members are encouraged to accommodate student requests for accommodations due to religious observance, and whenever feasible, to help students avoid negative consequences when their religious observances conflict with their academic requirements.

Making up work for unexcused absences may be allowed or declined entirely at the discretion of the instructor.

If you have an academic related questions, please contact Katharine Cole, Ph.D.:  kcole@ut.edu.  

If you have any questions regarding Faith, Values and Spirituality programs, please contact Gina Firth:  gfirth@ut.edu.

Professor Joanne Steinhardt's Rules of Critique - PDF

Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance

Disability Accommodation / ADA Compliance: If there is any student who has special needs because of a disability, please go directly to the Academic Success Center in North Walker Hall.  You may phone 813-258-5757, or e-mail jlaw@ut.edu to report your needs and provide documentation of your disability for certification.  Janice Law is the director of the Academic Excellence Programs that includes Student Disability Services.  Please feel free to discuss this issue in private if you need more information.

Discrimination prevention

The University of Tampa is committed to providing an environment free from discrimination based on sex and provides a number of resources and services to assist students, faculty and staff in addressing issues involving sex discrimination, including sexual violence. UT Faculty are required to report any reported or perceived instances of sexual harassment/misconduct to the Dean of Students. Students should also be encouraged to report alleged misconduct to either the Dean of Students or the Office of Conduct and Orientation. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects individuals from discrimination based on sex in any educational program or activity operated by recipients of federal financial assistance.  Sexual harassment, which includes acts of sexual violence, is a form of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX.

Emergency Preparedness

In case of any adverse condition or situation which could interrupt the schedule of classes, each student is asked to access www.ut.edu for information about the status of the campus and class meetings. In addition, please refer to ut.blackboard.com for announcements and other important information. You are responsible for accessing this information.