Syllabus and class policies

Academic Misconduct

Each Mathematics class follows Iowa State University’s policy on academic dishonesty. Anyone suspected of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Dean of Students Office.

Disability Accommodation

ISU complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Sect 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. If you have a disability and anticipate needing accommodations in this course, please read the Math Student Disability Accommodation Policy and contact your primary instructor as soon as you become aware of your need. Before meeting with your instructor, you will need to obtain a SAAR form with recommendations for accommodations from the Disability Resources Office, located in Room 1076 on the main floor of the Student Services Building. Please call them at 515-294-7220 or email for accommodations that are retroactive to an assessment will not be honored.

Make up Examinations

The Mathematics Department has very specific guidelines regarding the opportunity to make up an exam. The Department requires that all Mathematics instructors follow the Faculty Handbook for exam makeup policies and procedures that occur during the regular semester weeks and defines “excusable absences” below. Specifically, the policy of the Mathematics Department allows a student to makeup an exam occurring mid-semester only under one of the five following circumstances. Official documentation is required and must be provided at least 10 days in advance of the request, except when such notice is not possible. In these cases, an instructor must provide an opportunity for a student to makeup a missed exam in a reasonable time frame around the original exam time. The content of a makeup exam is discussed below.

  1. Medical excuse - student's own medical emergency.
  2. Medical excuse - a member of the student's family has a medical emergency.
  3. Extra curricular activities as a representative of Iowa State University (e.g., sponsored sports, band, etc.).
  4. Armed forces deployment (military duty).
  5. Officially mandated court appearances, including jury duty.

Please note that conflicts arising due to employment are not normally grounds to request a makeup exam. Final Exams. Makeups for final examinations have strict policies that all University instructors must follow. Permission to change the time of the final exam may be given only by the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. If an instructor elects not to give an exam, the class is required to meet at the scheduled final exam period for other educational activity. If a student has two special group exams that have a time conflict, the student should contact the instructor of the group exam listed first on the final exam schedule and that instructor is responsible for accommodating a make up final exam for the student. Mathematics has special group exams in Math 140, 143X, 145X, 151, 165, 166/166H, 195, 196, and 265. If a student has three final exams on one day, the instructor of the course that has the smallest number of students in it, which includes the sum from all sections of that course, will be responsible for providing a makeup exam for the student. Any other unusual circumstances that involve a request for a student to change the time of their final exam must be approved by Jennifer Newman, Associate Chair of the Mathematics Department.High school students taking Iowa State University Mathematics courses will receive the same treatment with regards to excusable absences, with extra curricular activities as a representative of their high school qualifying for regular exemptions.A complete description of the University’s policies and procedures on exams may be found here.Should a makeup examination be required, an exam that is different from the original exam will be created. The content of the exam will allow the student to be evaluated by the same standards as the other students in the class, will be proctored by a Mathematics instructor or graduate teaching assistant, and will be given at a time convenient to both the student and instructor. Makeup exams must be different for each time instance offered.

Dead Week

Each Mathematics class follows the Iowa State University Dead Week guidelines.

Student Behavior in Class

Students are expected to avoid the use of all electronic devices while class is in session. Exceptions include circumstances where the device is an official part of the class required by the instructor (clickers, presentations, etc.), or for accommodation of a disability for which the official paperwork is in place. Continued disruptions of the class by a student may result in a request by the instructor for the student to leave the class. Private conversations during lecture are not normally appropriate.

Harassment and Discrimination

Iowa State University strives to maintain our campus as a place of work and study for faculty, staff, and students that is free of all forms of prohibited discrimination and harassment based upon race, ethnicity, sex (including sexual assault), pregnancy, color, religion, national origin, physical or mental disability, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, or status as a U.S. veteran. Any student who has concerns about such behavior should contact his/her instructor, Student Assistance at 515-294-1020 or email, or the Office of Equal Opportunity and Compliance at 515-294-7612.

Religious Accommodation

If an academic or work requirement conflicts with a student's religious practices and/or observances, the student may request reasonable accommodations. The request must be in writing at least 10 days in advance if possible, and the course instructor or supervisor will review the request. The student or the instructor may also seek assistance from the Dean of Students Office or the Office of Equal Opportunity and Compliance.

Contact Information

If you are experiencing, or have experienced, a problem with any of the above issues, email