Department
of Mathematics, University of Rhode Island. * Last modified: 07-28-2003
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- What is the policy on receiving an Incomplete ( I ) grade in my math class?
- I got an Incomplete (I) in a previous semester; may I retake the course?
- What is URI's Civility Policy?
- I work out the homework/Maple worksheets with a friend. Can we submit identical work?
- I don't think the grade I got in my test/quiz/homework is fair. What can I do about it?
- I finished my homework/Maple work late. Is it possible to turn it in? Is there a penalty?
- The exams are given outside normal class time, and I work when the exams will be given. Can I be given a makeup test?
- How do I know if I am studying enough hours to succeed in this class?
- I had an emergency and missed a test/quiz. Is a makeup possible?
- When and where will the tests be given?
- What if I need help with Maple?
- Where do I find Maple on campus?
- Where do I find help with my homework?
- What graphing calculators are OK?
- Should I buy Maple? Where?
- My course grade is not very good. Can I retake the course to improve my GPA?
- I would like to major in Mathematics. Where can I get information?
- I am planning to take a math course in the summer session in a different college. How can I get an OK from the mathematics department?
- I would like to minor in Mathematics. What are the requirements?

**What is the policy on receiving an Incomplete
( I ) grade in my math class?**

The following
is a paragraph taken from the university catalog:

*A grade may be reported as "incomplete" only when course work has
been passing but not completed due to illness or another reason that in the
opinion of the instructor justifies the report of incomplete. Undergraduate
students must make arrangements with the instructor to remove the incomplete
by the following midsemester. Incomplete grades not removed from an undergraduate
student's record by the end of two years will remain on the student's permanent
record.*

**I got an Incomplete (I) in a previous
semester; how do I proceed to remove the "Incomplete" from my record?**

The instructor
that gives you an Incomplete grade should give you instructions on how to
remove such grade. For example, these instructions may be to present an exam
sometime early in the semester following the semester when the incomplete
was given, or, that the student arrange with an instructor of same the course
to sit in his/her class. However, it must be noted that *no instructor
is obligated to accept an unregistered student.* Once the requirements
by the original instructor are satisfied, a "change of grade" form will be
submitted to the registrar by this instructor. The student must request the
submission of the "change of grade" form in a written note addressed to the
original instructor.

**What is URI's Civility Policy?**

Teachers at the University of Rhode Island are committed to developing and actively protecting a class environment in which respect must be shown to everyone in order to facilitate the expression, testing, understanding, and creation of a variety of ideas and opinions. Rude, sarcastic, obscene or disrespectful speech and disruptive behavior have a negative impact on everyone's learning and are cosidered unacceptable. The course instructor will have disruptive persons removed from the class.

**I work out
the homework/Maple worksheets with a friend. Can we submit identical work?**

No. While work in groups is encouraged, students are expected to turn in write-ups written individually.

**I don't think the grade I got in my
test/quiz/homework is fair. What can I do about it?**

The first step is to talk to your instructor. If you still think that you are treated unfairly, talk to the coordinator of the course (if it is a coordinated course) , or talk to the chairman of the department.

**I finished my homework/Maple
work late. Is it possible to turn it in? Is there a penalty?**

Late work is accepted by some -but not all- instructors. Your instructor will let you know.

**The exams are given outside normal class
time, and I work when the exams will be given. Can I be given a makeup test?**

Yes. You must
make arrangements with your instructor to take a make-up test. These arrangements
should be made *several days in advance* of when the normally scheduled
test is given.

**How do I know if I am studying enough hours
to succeed in this class?**

Your instructor is the best source of information. A rule of thumb is to study 2 hours outside class for each class hour. This must be adjusted to individual cases, for example, a weak background implies that more hours are needed.

**I had an emergency and missed a test/quiz.
Is a makeup possible?**

Your instructor should have made clear at the beginning of the semester what the policy is on makeups.

**When and where will the tests
be given?**

Check the web page of the course, or the syllabus given at the beginning of the semester.

**What if I need help with Maple?**

Your instructor will help you during office hours. Also, the Mathematics Department offers student help in one of the Kingston campus computer labs. Check out the schedule for hours and location.

**Where do I find Maple on campus?**

Most labs have it installed. For example, the labs in the Library and in the Student Union in Kingston's Campus. It is also available in Shepard Building.

**Where do I find help
with my homework?**

In addition to your instructor's office hours, you may get help from the Learning Network Assistance in the basement of Roosevelt Hall, where help is offered on a walk-in basis. Check out the schedule for the present semester.

**What graphing calculators
are recommended for Calculus courses at URI?**

The Texas Instruments TI-86 is a very good graphing calculator. Also suitable are TI-82, TI83, TI-85, TI89, TI92. Also, Sharp, Casio, Hewlett-Packard produce good graphing calculators.

Students are not required to buy Maple, as it is available in the labs. Maple is a powerful software that you may find convenient to have at home. You will find it useful for all mathematics courses plus other non-mth courses from your major that use mathematics. There is a "Student" version of Maple which is avaliable in stores that sell software titles.

**My course grade is not very
good. Can I retake the course to improve my GPA?**

In some cases,
YES. The following is a paragraph taken from the University Catalog:

*Students may exercise a second grade option by repeating a course
in which the student earned a grade of C_ or lower. Only courses that fall
within the students first 30 attempted credits taken at the University may
be selected for this option. Students must exercise this option no later
than the next two semesters for which the students registers after completing
30 credits. Only the grade earned when the course was repeated will be used
in the calculation of the student's GPA and only the credits earned for the
repeated course will apply toward graduation requirements. All grades earned
shall remain on the student's record. To take advantage of this option, students
must obtain approval from their academic deans. The second grade option may
be used only once per course.*