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ASU Online Course Policies

Course time commitment

Arizona Board of Regents requires 135 hours of coursework for a three-credit college-level course. In a 7.5 week course, you should plan to spend approximately 18 hours a week on all learning activities including reading, watching videos, studying, and completing assignments.

Drop and add dates/withdrawals

ASU Online courses adhere to a compressed schedule and may be part of a sequenced program. Therefore, there is a limited timeline to drop or add the course. Consult with your advisor and notify your instructor to add or drop this course. If you are considering a withdrawal, review the following ASU policies: Withdrawal from Classes, Medical/Compassionate Withdrawal, and a Grade of Incomplete. Any requests for Withdrawals or Incompletes must be made through your Academic Advisor with the College of Law; please do not complete any withdrawal forms or requests in your MyASU.

Late or missed assignments

Notify the instructor BEFORE an assignment is due if an urgent situation arises and the assignment will not be submitted on time. Published assignment due dates (Arizona Mountain Standard time) are firm. Please follow the appropriate University policies to request an accommodation for religious practices or to accommodate a missed assignment due to University-sanctioned activities.

End-user technology issues are not an adequate excuse for late submission or missing assignments in this course. Preparation should be made to ensure all course work can be completed including a back-up plan should your computer, internet connection, or other technology fail. It is recommended that you back up all of your work using a portable USB drive, an external drive, or a cloud service such as Dropbox, Google Drive, or iCloud. All security on your computer should be up to date including an anti-virus and general system health monitoring; viruses or other compromised system issues are not acceptable excuses for late or incomplete work. No extensions or resubmissions will be granted based on technology failure outside of the ASU systems. Extensions may be provided in the event of Canvas outages, ASU portal outages, and other university provided service outages at the discretion of the professor. To monitor the status of campus networks and services, visit the System Health Portal at

Grades and Grade Appeals

Canvas Final Grades are a good indicator of an earned grade, however, they are not the “official” earned grade and may be subject to a curve at the discretion of the professor. The “official” earned grade for all courses is always the grade shown in the MyASU Portal upon completion of the course.

Typically, grade disputes will only be considered if a data entry or mathematical error is encountered. The dispute must first be addressed by discussing the situation with the instructor. If the dispute is not resolved with the instructor, the student may appeal to the department chair. Any grade disputes other than data entry or mathematical error will not be considered unless a significant lack of good faith has been identified. Please see the MLS Statement of Student Policies for additional information.


In all online course interactions, use netiquette: a social code that defines appropriate online behavior. Writing may be the only means of communication you have with classmates and instructors, so it is especially important to communicate as a scholarly, respectful, professional, and polite learner.

Student conduct and academic integrity

The College of Law at ASU has a set of student policies specific to our students, listed in our MLS Statement of Student Policies. The policies in this manual may supersede any general provisions in the ASU Student Code of Conduct and Student Disciplinary Procedures. In addition to these college-specific policies, please be aware that ASU expects and requires its students to act with honesty, integrity, and respect. Required behavior standards are listed in the Student Code of Conduct and Student Disciplinary Procedures, Computer, Internet, and Electronic Communications policy, ASU Student Academic Integrity Policy, and outlined by the Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities. Anyone in violation of these policies is subject to sanctions. Students are entitled to receive instruction free from interference by other members of the class. An instructor may withdraw a student from the course when the student's behavior disrupts the educational process per Instructor Withdrawal of a Student for Disruptive Classroom Behavior.

The Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities accepts incident reports from students, faculty, staff, or other persons who believe that a student or a student organization may have violated the Student Code of Conduct.

Title IX

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. ASU does not discriminate by sex in the employment, education programs or activities it operates.

ASU is committed to providing an environment free from discrimination based on sex and provides some resources and services to assist students, faculty, and staff in addressing issues involving sex discrimination, including sexual violence.

Sexual violence, sexual harassment, stalking and relationship violence have a profound impact on a victim's academic, social, working, and personal life, and negatively affects victims' friends and families, other students, co-workers, and members of the university community. To combat this complex social problem, ASU provides a variety of resources and educational programs designed to prevent sexual violence and other acts of sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment, provide information about what to do when an incident has occurred, and increase awareness of campus and community resources for support and response.

Victims of sexual violence, sexual harassment, stalking and relationship violence are encouraged to seek support and report the incident. ASU has appointed a Title IX Coordinator to oversee ASU response to Title IX complaints, develop training and education programs/materials for faculty, staff, and students, as well as monitor trends and effectiveness of Title IX education efforts.

Inquiries concerning the application of Title IX may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator or the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights.

Disability accommodations

Qualified students with disabilities who will require disability accommodations in this class are encouraged to make their requests to me at the beginning of the semester either during office hours or by appointment. Note: Before receiving disability accommodations, verification of eligibility from the Student Accessibility and Inclusive Learning Services (SAILS, formerly Disability Resource Center (DRC)) is required. Disability information is confidential.

Course evaluation

Students are expected to complete the course evaluation. The feedback provides valuable information to the instructor and the college and is used to improve student learning. Students are notified when the online evaluation form is available. The results are always anonymous and cannot be reviewed by the instructor/department until after final grades have been posted.