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Assignment Due Dates, Course Attendance, Late Assignment Policy

Due dates in this course are listed in this course by number:
Day 1 = Monday
Day 2 = Tuesday
Day 3 = Wednesday
Day 4 = Thursday
Day 5 = Friday
Day 6 = Saturday
Day 7 = Sunday

Course Attendance Policy

Students are expected to attend and actively participate in all classes and assignments. Complete information regarding class attendance policies is located in the university catalog and/or student handbook. If students do not engage in class by completing a discussion or assignment by the end of the second week of class, they are considered as “not attending.” Non-attendance will result in the loss of financial aid.

Late Assignment Policy

If the student has extenuating circumstances that prevent the student from completing projects, quizzes, seminars or participating in class by the due date, it is the student’s responsibility to contact the instructor to make alternative arrangements before the due date whenever possible.  Acceptance of late work is at the discretion of the instructor and the instructor may require the student to provide evidence/documentation for verification. Prior notification does not automatically result in a waiver of the late penalties.
Examples of extenuating circumstances where grace can be given to students may include but are not limited to:  personal/family member hospitalization, death in the immediate family, weather/environmental evacuation due to fire/hurricane, or active military assignment where internet connectivity is unavailable for a limited time period. General computer-related issues and internet connectivity issues are not considered extenuating circumstances. Students must ensure the technology they are using is compatible with ETBU’s technology requirements and contact IT if they are experiencing any problems with their Canvas accounts.

Required Grades in Major Coursework
It is ETBU’s policy that all students must get a C or higher in all of the courses in their required major.  Students who get a D or fail must repeat the course in order to graduate.

Academic Integrity

Students enrolled at East Texas Baptist University are expected to conduct themselves in accordance with the highest standards of academic honesty and integrity avoiding all forms of cheating, illicit possession of examinations or examination materials, unwarranted access to instructor’s solutions’ manuals, plagiarism, the use of paraphrasing or artificial intelligence software/sites, forgery, collusion and submissions of the same assignment to multiple courses.  Students are not allowed to recycle student work without permission of the faculty member teaching the course. Students must ask permission before submitting the work since it will likely be detected by plagiarism detection programs. If the student does not inform the instructor or ask permission before the assignment is due and submitted, the instructor may treat this as an academic integrity offense.

Penalties that may be applied by the faculty member to individual cases of academic dishonesty by a student include one or more of the following:

• Failure of the class in question
• Failure of particular assignments
• Requirement to redo the work in question
• Requirement to submit additional work

All incidents related to violations of academic integrity are required to be reported to the Vice President for Academic Affairs and multiple violations of academic integrity will result in further disciplinary measures which could lead to dismissal from the University.

Disability Support Services

A student with a disability may request appropriate accommodations for this course by contacting the Office of Academic Success, Marshall Hall, Room 301, and providing the required documentation. Students can contact the office by phone at 903.923.2076 or email at Appointments can also be scheduled through the Academic Success web page at If accommodations are approved by the Disability Accommodations Committee, the Office of Academic Success will notify the student and the student’s professor of the approved accommodations.  The student must then discuss these accommodations with his or her professor. Students may not ask for accommodations the day of an exam or due date. Arrangements must be made prior to these important dates.  For more information please refer to the current Undergraduate Catalog.

Course Withdrawal

A student may withdraw from a course or courses or from the University beginning with the first day through 75 percent of the semester without academic penalty. The final day to withdraw from this course depends on the length of the term in which it is offered. Please contact the Registrar for specific drop dates.

To withdraw from a course or courses or from the University the student must secure a withdrawal form from the Registrar’s Office, his/her advisor, or from the ETBU website, and follow the directions on the form, securing all required signatures. Students must process their own withdrawals.  For additional information, please refer to the University Catalog.

Graduating Seniors

Graduating seniors will need to complete final exams and turn in all final assignments no later than Tuesday of the final week of class in order for faculty to upload grades to the registrar by noon on Wednesday of finals week. Graduating seniors should notify their instructor and make appropriate arrangements. Students who fail a course(s) and/or who have not completed their course work before commencement will NOT be allowed to participate in commencement ceremonies (May and December).

Weapons in Class (Hybrid Only)

The on-campus possession of firearms, explosives, or fireworks is prohibited with the exception of the transportation and storage of firearms and ammunition by concealed handgun license holders in private vehicles (as described in SB1907) Pursuant to Section 30.06, Penal Code (trespass by license holder with a concealed handgun), a person licensed under Subchapter H, Chapter 411, Government Code (handgun licensing law, may not enter this property (ETBU) with a concealed handgun. The ETBU President may grant authorization to a qualified and certified full-time faculty or staff member, who is a license holder with a concealed handgun to conceal carry on the University campus, at a University-sponsored event or within or on a University vehicle.

Faculty Expectations for Online Courses

Faculty must:

• Notify the Dean promptly when unable to meet the full obligations of the course, or unable to participate for the full week due to illness, etc.
• Actively participate in the course at least 4 days per week.
• Respond in a timely manner to student discussion posts.
• Update the online course syllabus with faculty contact information and complete contact info in the
“My Professor” section of the learning management system.
• Communicate the learning objectives of the course to students.
• Integrate Christian principles and faith into the class interactions and assignment.
• Motivate students to participate in class discussions and engage with course material.
• Respond to student email and phone call within 48 hours.
• Ensure group assignments include an individual student grade since group assignments are more challenging when students are geographically separate.
• Provide prompt and useful feedback on student performance; post grades and comments on submitted assignments within 72 hours of due date
• Demonstrate a strong Christian role model
• Submit mid-term and final grades by the due date.
• Submit student attendance at the end of the second week of class. Students have to have participated in a discussion board or submitted an assignment to be considered as attending class.
• Review end-of course surveys to ensure continual personal improvement.


Netiquette are rules that guide etiquette, manners and behavior online. Non-verbal communication can be easily misconstrued and netiquette guidelines are established to provide a fair, polite and safe learning environment in the academic setting.

Faculty and students are expected to act in a Christ-like manner when communicating with each other (Luke 6:31) through electronic means including online discussions, email and other forms of electronic communication.

Netiquette Rules

  • Do not write in all capital letters; this is perceived as shouting
  • Use proper sentence structure and grammar—do not use “text” speak and abbreviations as you would when communicating on mobile messaging
  • Do not send emails to all course participants; there is an “Ask the Instructor” discussion in every course where you can pose questions to the instructor that might be good information for everyone
  • Be respectful and address other students by name when you are commenting specifically to their post in discussions
  • Remember comments made in the academic environment in discussion forums, wikis and blogs are private and should not be shared outside of the class.
  • Tone of voice is hard to perceive in written communication. Emoticons where available can assist in conveying tone.
  • Be respectful to everyone and if you disagree, disagree with the principle and not the person. Polite disagreement, evaluation of concepts and the ability to see other’s views is a cornerstone of the educational process.
  • Always be professional.

Technology Information

Technology Requirements, Disclaimers

Technology information can be found at the following site: This site includes information about Canvas (including tutorials) and email.

If a student has a problem with Canvas, the student should first review the tutorials in the help area of this course which includes the student guides. If the student still cannot resolve the issue, he/she should contact the instructor first. If a student is taking an online test and has a power or Internet interruption, he/she must contact the instructor to reset the test; do not contact Canvas Service for this problem.

If the instructor cannot assist the student to resolve the problem, then a help ticket should be submitted to Canvas Service which is available 24 hours a day/7 days a week.  The assistance will not be immediate.  Requests for assistance are prioritized and addressed in a reasonable amount of time.  Students can submit a help ticket through a Canvas course by selecting help in the main menu (navy blue) and then select chat, email or telephone Canvas at the number

If you are having difficulty submitting a help ticket to Canvas, please contact IT to help you. This can be done by emailing the IT support address is The telephone number is 903.923.2021.

DISCLAIMER: Non-ETBU Links and Student Content

Online courses may include links from YouTube and other websites. The posting of information contained in these links does not necessarily reflect the views of ETBU and ETBU shall not assume or have any responsibility or liability for any information posted on such links or for any claims, damages, or losses resulting from the use and/or appearance of such information.

East Baptist University reserves the right to refuse to post or to edit or remove, in whole or in part, any information that is, in the University's sole discretion, of unacceptable or undesirable content.


A student manual for TurnItIn can be found here.

Here is a good video about how to interpret a TurnItIn report.

With TurnItIn a student can submit multiple drafts to check for plagiarism IF the instructor has set up the assignment this way. The final draft that is submitted will be the one received by the instructor. If you cannot submit drafts to check your paper, please contact your instructor.

ADA Compliance Tools

Canvas Learning Management System - Information about ADA compliance for the Canvas Learning Management System can be found here.

Video Close Captioning - At ETBU all course videos are uploaded to YouTube. YouTube has a close captioning service embedded in the system. Too use close captioning, click and open the video, then click on the CC icon and it will turn on close captioning for the video. If you do not see the CC on the video, please have your instructor contact the Department of Online Learning at 903.923.2038.

If written transcripts for videos are needed, please let your instructor know to contact the Department of Online Education.

Technology Accessibility Guidance/Compliance Documents
Student Policy on Recordings

Personalized audio and/or video recordings of classroom lectures or other academic meetings, events, and presentations must be approved by the faculty member teaching the course. Any recordings are the sole property of East Texas Baptist University and are subject to the provisions of applicable copyright law. Students may not distribute or disseminate these recordings in whole or part through any public or private forum, social media, or the internet. All recordings must be deleted and/or destroyed at the end of the term. Failure to follow those policies may be subject to sanction under this rule.

Privacy Policies
Online Course Fee

There is an Online Course Fee for each online course taken. Please see current catalog for this fee.


The National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) is a student complaint process for students who do not get their complaint resolved at institutional level.  An institutional complaint must be filed before the student can use the NC SARA complaint Process.

NC-SARA requires institutions notify students of any professional licensure information.  ETBU does not have any online programs that lead to processional licensure.   ETBU does have an online A.S. to B.S in Clinical Laboratory Science (CLS) bridge program that leads to certification from various certification bodies.  However, practicing in the field is not contingent upon this certification in many health facilities.  Information about this can be found on the CLS program web page.