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Academic Policies

Vanderburg Academic Policy

The following policies and procedures are for classes taught by Kyle Vanderburg to decrease the amount of time spent addressing bureaucracy and to increase the amount of time creating and developing craft and art.

0. Introduction and Assumptions

Teaching Philosophy

Do Things.

001 Assumptions

I teach under the following assumptions:

  • Students are equal partners in their own education.
  • Students take care of their non-academic life (physical health, mental health, finances, and so on) so that we may focus on their academic life.
  • Students take the notes they need during classes to refer to later.

1. General Academic Policies

101 Updates to Academic Policy

Updates to the Academic Policy will take effect immediately. Any changes that occur during the course of a semester will be presented to students in writing.

102 Assignment Formats

No photographs (JPG, GIF, PNG, or other image files) of assignments will be accepted.

Digital files in the following formats cannot be read: MUSX, Pages.

2. Attendance and Meeting Times

201 Attendance Policies

A student enrolled in a class by this instructor has an obligation to the class for the duration of the published meeting time. It is assumed that the student will attend all regularly-scheduled meeting times.

In some courses, attendance impacts the final grade directly (e.g., the attendance grade is a component of the final grade). In other courses, attendance impacts the final grade by reducing the final grade based on the number of absences. Check with the syllabus for the class for detailed information.

Absences caused by illnesses (when verifiable formal medical documentation (doctor’s notes) is submitted in a timely fashion), religious holidays, or official university or government obligations will not reduce the student’s final grade IF documentation is provided within a week.

Veterans and student servicemembers with special circumstances or who are activated are encouraged to notify the instructor as soon as possible and are encouraged to provide Activation Orders.

Arriving more than 15 minutes late to class will be equivalent to an absence.

Missing more than 49% of a class period will be equivalent to an absence.

On days where campus is closed due to inclement weather, all traditional, in-person, and seated classes will follow the campus closure instructions. For online students, lessons and classes may be cancelled at the discretion of the instructor or students.

202 Scheduling Individual Meetings

Individual meetings may be scheduled at

203 Scheduled Meetings

I will wait 10 minutes past any scheduled meeting time before moving on to other tasks. Meetings begun after that time may be continued at the discretion of the instructor.

3. Work Policies

301 Late Work Policy

Work will not be accepted beyond 11:59 PM on the Saturday of the week the work is due. Work submitted after that time will not be graded and will receive no credit.

Due dates set during finals week are firm due dates and will not be subject to the Late Work policy.

In some classes, a Late Work Pass will be issued which allows the holder to submit one free late assignment.

302 Late Work Passes

Late Work Passes are intended for use on projects which require work beyond the due date in order to realize its full potential.

Passes are redeemable only in classes taught by Kyle Vanderburg.

Passes may not be used for multiple assignments.

Passes may not be used outside of an academic term.

Passes remains property of Kyle Vanderburg in perpetuity and must be surrendered upon request.

Passes may be governed by additional regulations as listed in the syllabus.

4. Other Policies

401 Incompletes

Incompletes will be negotiated IF the following conditions are true:

  1. The student's grade in the course is not a failing grade.
  2. The incomplete is requested prior to the 12th week of classes.
  3. The student's request for an incomplete is backed up by submitted documentation.