Course Policies

Academic Integrity

You are encouraged to discuss assignments with each other, but coding and writing of reports must be done individually. You are also encouraged to conduct this discussion online, but do not post code on the class discussion group, either for the purpose of debugging or demonstrating a possible solution. Feel free to search the Web for tips or code snippets, provided this does not make the assignment trivial and all external sources are explicitly acknowledged in the report. You are also not allowed to use GitHub CoPilot or other AI assisted coding tools for programming assignments.

We will be running plagiarism detection software on submitted code. At the first instance of cheating (copying from other students or unacknowledged sources on the Web or use of AI assisted coding tools that generated the same code for multiple students, etc), a grade of zero will be given for the respective assignment or test. At the second instance, you will automatically receive an F for the entire course. See the student code for more information on what constitutes an academic integrity violation.

Late Policy for Programming Assignments

  1. Penalties: Late assignment will be penalized at a rate of 1 percent per hour, rounding to the nearest hour, ties away from zero. For example, if the assignment is due Monday at 11:59:59pm, assignment submitted until Tuesday 12:30am will be accepted with no penalty. After 12:30, there is a 1 percent penalty. If you submit it Wednesday 6:30am, there is a 30 percent penalty. This is applied as absolute percentage points off. For instance, if you got a 90 percent and you were 20 hours late, it is now a 70 percent score on that assignment.

  2. Late Hours: You will have 72 late hours over the semester that you can use on programming assignments only. These can not be used for exams or project deliverables.

Incomplete Requests

Requests for an incomplete in the course will only be accepted through the last day of class and must be accompanied by documentation of your special circumstances.

Absence Policy

See Part 5, 1-501 of the Student Code for more information about class absences. Although there is credit for class and campuswire participation, a few class absences because you are under the weather will not negatively impact your score. Requesting class participation credit for prolonged absences will require documentation as per Part 5, 1-501 of the Student Code. Contact the instructor if you have any specific question.

College-Wide Syllabi Information

Please also see relevant college-wide statements and policies below.

Academic Integrity

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Student Code should also be considered as a part of this syllabus. Students should pay particular attention to Article 1, Part 4: Academic Integrity. Read the Code at the following URL:

Academic dishonesty may result in a failing grade. Every student is expected to review and abide by the Academic Integrity Policy: Ignorance is not an excuse for any academic dishonesty. It is your responsibility to read this policy to avoid any misunderstanding. Do not hesitate to ask the instructor(s) if you are ever in doubt about what constitutes plagiarism, cheating, or any other breach of academic integrity.

Mental Health*

Significant stress, mood changes, excessive worry, substance/alcohol misuse or interferences in eating or sleep can have an impact on academic performance, social development, and emotional wellbeing. The University of Illinois offers a variety of confidential services including individual and group counseling, crisis intervention, psychiatric services, and specialized screenings which are covered through the Student Health Fee. If you or someone you know experiences any of the above mental health concerns, it is strongly encouraged to contact or visit any of the University’s resources provided below. Getting help is a smart and courageous thing to do for yourself and for those who care about you.

  1. Counseling Center (217) 333-3704

  2. McKinley Health Center (217) 333-2700

  3. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800) 273-8255

  4. Rosecrance Crisis Line (217) 359-4141 (available 24/7, 365 days a year)

If you are in immediate danger, call 911.

*This statement is approved by the University of Illinois Counseling Center

Community of Care

As members of the Illinois community, we each have a responsibility to express care and concern for one another. If you come across a classmate whose behavior concerns you, whether in regards to their well-being or yours, we encourage you to refer this behavior to the Student Assistance Center (217-333-0050 or Based on your report, the staff in the Student Assistance Center reaches out to students to make sure they have the support they need to be healthy and safe.

Further, as a Community of Care, we want to support you in your overall wellness. We know that students sometimes face challenges that can impact academic performance (examples include mental health concerns, food insecurity, homelessness, personal emergencies). Should you find that you are managing such a challenge and that it is interfering with your coursework, you are encouraged to contact the Student Assistance Center (SAC) in the Office of the Dean of Students for support and referrals to campus and/or community resources.

Students with Disabilities

To obtain disability-related academic adjustments and/or auxiliary aids, students with disabilities must contact the course instructor as soon as possible and provide the instructor with a Letter of Academic Accommodations from Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES). To ensure that disability-related concerns are properly addressed from the beginning, students with disabilities who require assistance to participate in this class should apply for services with DRES and see the instructor as soon as possible. If you need accommodations for any sort of disability, please speak to me after class, or make an appointment to see me or see me during my office hours. DRES provides students with academic accommodations, access, and support services. To contact DRES, you may visit 1207 S. Oak St., Champaign, call 217-333-1970, e-mail or visit the DRES website at Here is the direct link to apply for services at DRES,

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

Any student who has suppressed their directory information pursuant to Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) should self-identify to the instructor to ensure protection of the privacy of their attendance in this course. See for more information on FERPA.

Disruptive Behavior

Behavior that persistently or grossly interferes with classroom activities is considered disruptive behavior and may be subject to disciplinary action. Such behavior inhibits other students’ ability to learn and an instructor’s ability to teach. A student responsible for disruptive behavior may be required to leave class pending discussion and resolution of the problem and may be reported to the Office for Student Conflict Resolution (;; 333-3680) for disciplinary action.

Emergency Response Recommendations

Emergency response recommendations and campus building floor plans can be found at the following website: I encourage you to review this website within the first 10 days of class.

Religious Observances

Illinois law requires the University to reasonably accommodate its students’ religious beliefs, observances, and practices in regard to admissions, class attendance, and the scheduling of examinations and work requirements. Students should complete the Request for Accommodation for Religious Observances form should any instructors require an absence letter in order to manage the absence. In order to best facilitate planning and communication between students and faculty, students should make requests for absence letters as early as possible in the semester in which the request applies.

Sexual Misconduct Reporting Obligation

The University of Illinois is committed to combating sexual misconduct. Faculty and staff members are required to report any instances of sexual misconduct to the University's Title IX Office. In turn, an individual with the Title IX Office will provide information about rights and options, including accommodations, support services, the campus disciplinary process, and law enforcement options.

A list of the designated University employees who, as counselors, confidential advisors, and medical professionals, do not have this reporting responsibility and can maintain confidentiality, can be found here:

Other information about resources and reporting is available here: