Policy on Extra-Ordinary Treatment

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1 General policy

There are no extensions, exemptions, or extra-ordinary treatment in my courses, for any circumstances other than mandated by the university or by the head of the teaching committee. I expect all coursework to be handed in by the deadline. There is a late penalty of 5% per day, compounded daily, for late work. This is the in-class remedy for all your special circumstances: You are responsible for deciding how much of this late-penalty you can afford. I repeat: This penalty covers all extra-ordinary situations that are not mandated by the university or the head of the teaching committee.

2 Circumstances recognized by the university

  • The university recognizes precisely two situations for which an exemption (פטור) from homework is given: A medical condition that requires hospitalization, and reserve duty (מילואים). If this is your situation, you must submit official documentation to that effect, listing the dates you were hospitalized or served in the reserve. The preferred way to notify us is to scan your supporting documentation, and mail it to your TA.
  • If your hospitalization or reserve duty take place during a quiz, you should provide documentation, as above, to your TA.
  • If your hospitalization or reserve duty take place during the final project, then -
    • If you are a student in the Computer Science (CS) program, then you should contact me via email as soon as you can, with scans of your supporting documentation, and we shall notify you of any extensions you may receive.
    • If you are a student in the Software Engineering (SE) program, then you must contact the chairperson of the SE teaching committee with your documentation, and they shall notify us of any extensions you may receive.

If you receive an exemption, your final grade shall be computed using the remaining components of your coursework out of the remaining number of points. For example, if you become exempt from a component that carries a weight of 20 points of your final grade, then the remaining components shall maintain their weight out of a total of 80 points.

3 Extensions or exemptions for any other reasons

If the university does not recognize your specific circumstances as meriting special treatment, than neither do I. Please do not explain your special circumstances to me, but rather appeal to the head of the teaching committee, and we shall, of course, abide by his or her decision.

Author: Mayer Goldberg

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