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17 / SPRG1 - Early Spring 8-Week Session

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Course Syllabus
17 / SPRG1 - Early Spring 8-Week Session
Evening Campus
1001 Rogers Street
Columbia, MO 65216
(800) 231-2391

Course Prefix and Number: CISS 170 B
Course Title: Introduction to Computer Information Systems
Semester Credit Hours: 3
Class Day and Time: Mon 
5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Additional Notes:

Campus is closed Monday January 15 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The make-up day is Friday January 19.

This is a hybrid course consisting of both in-seat and online instruction through various resources, discussions and homework. Please note we will meet face-to-face every week, unless otherwise noted. You are expected to attend every class. The online portion of our course is located in D2L and MyItLab software.

You may wait until after the first class to purchase your access code for Pearson MyItLab. There is a 14-day free trial. This trial includes access to both ebooks: Technology in Action and GO! with Microsoft Office 2016.


Catalog Description

Overview of computer hardware, software, programming and information systems as applied in the modern business environment. Hands on applications of word processing, spreadsheet, and data management software are used to explore use of microcomputers in business. G.E.


Technology in Action, Complete, 13th edition
Author: Alan Evans, Kendall Martin, and Mary Anne Poatsy (Pearson)
ISBN: 9781323741047
GO! with Microsoft Office 2016, Volume 1
Author: Shelley Gasking, Alicia Vargas, Debra Geoghan, and Nancy Graviett (Pearson)
ISBN: 9781323741047
Access Code to MyITLab for GO! with Microsoft Office 2016

ISBN: 9781323741047

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe in some detail the various technical components of computers.
  2. Demonstrate a working knowledge of the fundamental systems model as it relates to information systems.
  3. Explain the role that computers play in contemporary society, including limits and uses, and critically evaluate the effect of computers on society.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of application software and their appropriate uses and productively use application software for word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and Internet applications.
  5. Produce and analyze various forms of computer output.
  6. Apply information literacy skills when researching digital literacy concepts and trends.

Instructional Methods

Lecture, in-class activities, videos, student presentations, discussions and work in the computer lab.

Out of Class Activities

This course will present a variety of concepts for the digital world in which we live. Through the study of technology and the many components and devices we use every day, you will learn how these all work together to help make your life more productive by becoming digitally literate.
Each week we will focus on a different aspect of the field of computer information systems with class discussion based on online articles or our text. These discussions will deepen your understanding of the concepts and issues encountered within our increasingly digital lives.
We will be using MyITLab, which allows us to electronically assess the skills you will learn using Microsoft Office 2016. You will create projects using Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. 
Students will read two chapters each week in Technology in Action and complete weekly discussions and quizzes. There will be a midterm and final exam.  Students will also create a presentation for a class project and tech tidbit.

Graded Activities

Online Discussions200 Points20% of grade
Description -

Each week you will actively participate in a discussion. You must provide concrete examples from the readings and web resources, integrate your personal observations and knowledge in an accurate and insightful way to support your post, and include word choices and sentence structures that are suitable for college-level discussions.
Your responses to others’ posts should also be well developed, fully explaining your response to the classmates’ posts.  Make responses that add to the conversation and take it further; simply posting “I agree” or “good job” does not help develop ideas.
Each week’s discussion topics will be open from Monday to Saturday. Your initial post is due by 11:59 PM Central Time (CT) on Thursday and two responses to classmates due by 11:59 PM CT on Saturday. See the grading rubric in the course for more details on grading expectations. Week 8 discussion will be due by 11:59 Tuesday.

Late Policy: Late discussion posts will receive no credit.

Method of Evaluation -

Initial post, worth 12 points,  is well developed, complete, and fully addresses the question, citing from the assigned reading. Response posts, worth 5 points each, provide specific, constructive, and supportive feedback. Use of credible sources (beyond readings) as well as personal experiences to support post will earn 2 points per weekly post.

Tech Tidbit10 Points1% of grade
Description -

Tech Tidbit
One tech tidbit will be assigned to each student.

Each week students will be presenting a Tech Tidbit they have recently found.  Tech Tidbits are information about an emerging technology or a technology that has affected or will affect the population.  You many find your Tech Tidbit in newspapers, magazines, online publications and various websites dedicated to technology or information systems.  A list of technology websites will be provided. Students may also choose from additional sources with instructor approval.
The Tech Tidbit must be from a current source, no older than 2 years from the date of your scheduled presentation. 
You must email me a copy of your article or a link to the article/source no later 12:00 Noon the day before you are scheduled to give your Tech Tidbit.  If you do not email a copy of your Tech Tidbit prior to your presentation date, you will loose 50% of the points possible. 
Tech Tidbits are worth 10 points.  If you are present in class the day you are scheduled for your Tech Tidbit but are not ready to present, your Tech Tidbit CANNOT be made up!   If you are absent the day of your scheduled Tech Tidbit, and that absence is unexcused you may NOT make up your Tech Tidbit.   You CAN make up your Tech Tidbit if the absence is excused. 
You may use a video to support your Tech Tidbit, however, the video may not be the primary source of information for you Tech Tidbit.  It may not present your Tech Tidbit for you. Videos can be no more that 1/3 of your Tech Tidbit. 

Method of Evaluation -

Students are expected to provide a 3 to 5 minute presentation on an emerging technology and be able to answer questions about that technology from their classmates and instructor.

Presentation: Technology in your Field of Study30 Points3% of grade
Description -

You will create a presentation using presentation software of your choice to describe how computing and emerging technologies are impacting your chosen area of study or potential career. Using library resources research hardware and software being used or being considered for future use in your field. Choose applications that interest you and provide helpful graphics and information on at least 3 different applications or hardware devices for your field. You can also schedule an interview with a practicing professional in your field of study. Your final slide should list at least 3 sources of information for your presentation. The minimum number of slides for this presentation is 5.

Your presentation must:

  • Contain an identifiable introduction
  • Contain an identifiable body
  • Contain an identifiable conclusion
  • Be at least 3 minutes long but no longer than 5 minutes
Method of Evaluation -

Students will be evaluated on their ability to meet the stated requirements. Creativity and enthusiasm are helpful elements for success with this requirement.

MyItLab A & B Projects160 Points16% of grade
Description -

These projects are closely associated with each chapter of the GO! textbook. They are training projects where you implement the Microsoft Office skills covered in the chapter. You must download files from MyITLab project to complete each project. Specific instructions for these projects can be reviewed in the readings and are included in the downloaded files.
When you download the files, make sure to save them to an easily identifiable location on your computer (such as the desktop) and do not change the file’s name. If you download the zip file, make sure to extract the files before beginning the project. To submit your Training Project, you will need to upload your completed assignment to the MyITLab grader. There is more information on this process in MyITLab.
You have three attempts, with the highest score posted as your grade. Training projects are worth 10 points each. Your training projects are due Friday night at 11:59 pm CT each week. Week 8, these projects will be due on Tuesday.

Method of Evaluation -

The grader program in MyItLab will provide both feedback and grades. Students are encouraged to use all attempts to obtain the highest grade possible.
Students should seek instructor approval when completing assignments after the due date.

MyItLab G Mastery Projects160 Points16% of grade
Description -

Each week the G Mastery Project requires you to apply the skills you mastered while completing the A and B projects. You will complete the project offline using downloaded files from MyITLab. Specific instructions for each project are included in the downloaded files.
When you download the files, make sure to save them to an easily identifiable location on your computer (such as the desktop) and do NOT change the file’s name. If you download the zip file, make sure to extract the files before beginning the project. To submit the project, you will need to upload your completed assignment to MyITLab.
You have two attempts, with the highest score posted as your grade. The G Mastery Projects are worth 20 points each. They are due Sunday night at 11:59 pm CT each week except for Week 8 where they are due Tuesday night at 11:59 pm CT.

Method of Evaluation -

The grader program in MyItLab will provide both feedback and grades. Students are encouraged to use all attempts to obtain the highest grade possible.
Students should seek instructor approval when completing assignments after the due date.

Quizzes180 Points18% of grade
Description -

Each week, with the exception of weeks 4 and 8, you will take a quiz in D2L over the weekly Technology in Action readings. You will have 40 minutes to complete the quiz and you will only receive one attempt. Each quiz is worth 30 points and will include a combination of multiple choice, true/false, and matching questions. The quiz is due by 11:59 pm CT on Sunday of the week it is assigned.

Method of Evaluation -

Quizzes will be auto-graded in D2L. Students will receive their score immediately after completing each quiz.

Midterm and Final Exams260 Points26% of grade
Description -

Your midterm and final exams are located in the Quizzes area of the course and will be taken during class meetings weeks 4 and 8.
Both exams are closed book and will include a combination of multiple choice, true/false, and matching questions questions over the concepts covered in Technology in Action. You will have 2 hours to complete the exam. Each exam is worth 130 points. The Midterm will cover chapters from Weeks 1-4 and the Final will cover chapters from Weeks 5-8.

Method of Evaluation -

Exams will be auto-graded in D2L. Students will receive their score immediately after completing each exam.
Students should seek instructor approval to take quizzes or exams after the due date.


Grading Scale

90-100 A
80-89 B
70-79 C
60-69 D
0-59 F

Schedule of Activities and Assignments

Week 1
Using Technology to Change the World

In class discussion, activity and introduction to course
Learning Resources

  • Technology in Action, Chapter 1
  • Technology in Action, Chapter 2
  • GO!, Word Chapter 1
  • Review Instructional Materials in D2L

Required Activities

  • Set up access to MyITLab
  • Install Microsoft Office
  • Introduction Discussion (ungraded)
  • Discussion 1
  • MyITLab Assignments - Word
    • Project 1A
    • Project 1B
    • Project 1G
  • Quiz 1
Additional Notes:

Campus is closed Monday January 15 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The make-up day is Friday January 19.

Week 2
The Internet and Application Software

In class discussion and activity
Learning Resources

  • Technology in Action, Chapter 3
  • Technology in Action, Chapter 4
  • GO!, Word Chapter 2
  • Review Instructional Materials

Required Activities

  • Discussion 2
  • MyITLab Assignments - Word
    • Project 2A
    • Project 2B
    • Project 2G
  • Quiz 2
Additional Notes:

Campus is closed Monday January 15 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The make-up day is Friday January 19.

Week 3
Understanding an Operating System and Ethics in IT

In class activity and discussion
Learning Resources

  • Technology in Action, Chapter 5
  • Technology in Action, Tech in Focus 2
  • GO!, Word Chapter 3
  • Review Instructional Materials

Required Activities

  • Discussion 3
  • MyITLab Assignments - Word
    • Project 3A
    • Project 3B
    • Project 3G
  • Quiz 3
Week 4
Understanding and Assessing Hardware Systems

In class activity
Learning Resources

  • Technology in Action, Chapter 6
  • GO!, Excel Chapter 1
  • Review Instructional Materials

Required Activities

  • Discussion 4
  • MyITLab Assignments - Excel
    • Project 1A
    • Project 1B
    • Project 1G
  • Midterm Exam
Week 5
Networking and Digital Data and Devices

In class activity
Learning Resources

  • Technology in Action, Chapter 7
  • Technology in Action, Chapter 8
  • GO!, Excel Chapter 2
  • Review Instructional Materials

Required Activities

  • Discussion 5
  • MyITLab Assignments - Excel
    • Project 2A
    • Project 2B
    • Project 2G
  • Quiz 4
Week 6
Securing your Digital Life and Software Programming

In class activity
Learning Resources

  • Technology in Action, Chapter 9
  • Technology in Action, Chapter 10
  • GO!, Excel Chapter 3
  • Review Instructional Materials

Required Activities

  • Discussion 6
  • MyITLab Assignments - Excel
    • Project 3A
    • Project 3B
    • Project 3G
  • Quiz 5
  • Tech Tidbits all due by week 6
Week 7
Databases, Information Systems and Networking

Presentations: Technology in Your Field of Study
Learning Resources

  • Technology in Action, Chapter 11
  • Technology in Action, Chapter 12
  • GO!, PowerPoint Chapter 1
  • Review Instructional Materials

Required Activities

  • Discussion 7
  • MyITLab Assignments - PowerPoint
    • Project 1A
    • Project 1B
    • Project 1G
  • Quiz 6
  • Class Project Presentations
Week 8
How the Internet Works

Learning Resources

  • Technology in Action, Chapter 13
  • GO!, PowerPoint Chapter 2
  • Review Instructional Materials

Required Activities

  • Discussion 8
  • Reflection Discussion (Ungraded)
  • MyITLab Assignments - PowerPoint
    • Project 2A
    • Project 2B
    • Project 2G
  • Final Exam

Library Resources

Columbia College Resources - Online databases are available at You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Course Policies and Procedures


Columbia College Policy - Columbia College students are expected to attend all classes and laboratory periods for which they are enrolled. Students are directly responsible to instructors for class attendance and work missed during an absence for any cause. If absences jeopardize progress in a course, an instructor may withdraw a student from the course with a grade of "F" or "W" at the discretion of the instructor.

Campus Policy - Regular attendance is expected of all students. Attendance is one of the most important measures of your interest and desire to do well academically. Your attendance helps your instructor facilitate better discussions and your fellow students benefit from your ideas and experiences.

Unforeseen circumstances occasionally dictate that you must miss class; please make every effort to discuss such circumstances with your instructor before the absence. Remember that if you are not in class, you are absent - regardless of the reasons - and that you are still responsible for all in-class assignments made. Your instructor is not responsible for providing this information to you - you must plan ahead with another student who would agree to share notes, etc., with you and vice versa.

Instructor Policy - Students are permited one "free" absence". After the first absence from class, students will lose twenty points for each subsequent absence.

If a student is absent on the night of a test, an essay test will be given for the makeup.

If a student is absent on the night presentations are due, the student will not be allowed to makeup the presentation unless prior permission is granted by Mrs. Brooks or the student has a documented emergency.

Academic Integrity

Columbia College Policy - Columbia College students must fulfill their academic obligations through honest, independent effort. Dishonesty is considered a serious offense subject to strong disciplinary actions. Activities which constitute academic dishonesty include plagiarism, unauthorized joint effort on exams or assignments, falsification of forms or records, providing false or misleading information, or aiding another in an act of academic dishonesty. Possible penalties for these activities are discussed in detail in the AHE Degree Completion Catalog.

Class Conduct and Personal Conduct

Columbia College Policy - Students must conduct themselves so others will not be distracted from the pursuit of learning. Students may be disciplined for any conduct which constitutes a hazard to the health, safety, or well-being of members of the college community or which is deemed detrimental to the college's interests. Discourteous or unseemly conduct may result in a student being asked to leave the classroom. Examples of misconduct and possible disciplinary actions are described in the AHE Degree Completion Catalog.

Cancelled Class Make-Up

Columbia College Policy - Classes cancelled because of inclement weather or other reasons must be rescheduled.

Campus Policy - Information about class cancellations due to inclement weather will be available at 875-SHUT (875-7488). Class cancellation information will also be broadcast over local radio and television stations. Students may also check the college website,

If a class is cancelled due to weather or any other reason a make up night will be scheduled.   The typical make up night will be scheduled for a Friday night.   Watch your CougarMail concerning the class make up schedule.

Make-Up Examinations

Columbia College Policy - Make-up examinations may be authorized for students who miss regularly scheduled examinations due to circumstances beyond their control. Make-up examinations must be administered as soon as possible after the regularly scheduled examination period and must be administered in a controlled environment.

Campus Policy - Make up examinations are scheduled on designated Saturday mornings 9am in  102 Buchanan. Students must present a picture I.D. in order to be admitted to the testing session.  Students must arrange with the instructor to take the exam before or after it is given in class and permission to take a makeup examination (or any graded activity) is granted at the discretion of the instructor.

Adding, Dropping or Withdrawing from a Course

Columbia College Policy - Students may add a course through Wednesday of the first week of the session and drop a course without academic or financial liability through close of business on Monday of the second week of the session. Once enrolled, a student is considered a member of that class until he or she officially drops or withdraws in accordance with College policy. An official drop/withdrawal takes place only when a student has submitted a Drop/Add/Withdrawal form. A failure to attend class, or advising a fellow student, staff or adjunct faculty member of an intent to withdraw from a class does not constitute official drop/withdrawal. The drop/add/withdrawal periods begin the same day/date the session starts, not the first day a particular class begins. If a student stops attending a class but does not submit the required Drop/Withdrawal form a grade of "F" will be awarded. The AHE Degree Completion Catalog contains details concerning drop/withdrawal and financial liability.

Withdrawal Excused

Columbia College Policy - A student may request an excused withdrawal (WE) under extraordinary circumstances by submitting a Drop/Withdrawal form accompanied by a complete explanation of the circumstances and supporting documentation to the location director. The WE request must include all classes in which the student is currently enrolled. The Vice President for Adult Higher Education is the approving authority for all WE requests. A student who receives approval of their WE request may still be required to return some or all of the federal financial assistance received for the session. See the AHE Degree Completion Catalog for details.


Columbia College Policy - A student may request that the instructor award a grade of "I" due to extraordinary circumstances (unforeseen or unexpected circumstances beyond the student's control) that prevent a student from completing the requirements of a course by the end of a session. An "I" will not be given because a student is failing, negligent or not meeting requirements. If the instructor believes an "I" is appropriate, the instructor will specify the work needed to complete the course and the time allowed to complete the work. Work missed must be made up within two subsequent sessions unless the instructor specifies an earlier date. Extensions beyond two sessions must be approved by the Vice President for Adult Higher Education. If the work is completed during the specified time period, the instructor will change the "I" to the grade earned. If the work is not completed during the specified time, the instructor may allow the incomplete to remain on the student's permanent record or change it to any other letter grade.

Grade Appeal

Columbia College Policy - A student may appeal any grade given if it is believed to be in error or in conflict with Columbia College policy and procedures. The student must state in writing to the location director why the grade awarded is believed to be in error and request a desired remedy. The faculty member who awarded the grade will be given the opportunity to comment on all student allegations. If the issue cannot be resolved at the location the appeal will be transmitted through the Director to the Vice President for Adult Higher Education. A grade appeal must be received for review by the Vice President for Adult Higher Education prior to the end of 60 days from the date the grade was awarded.


Columbia College Policy - Course prerequisites are established to ensure that a student has adequate academic preparation to succeed in a particular course.  Staff members will attempt to ensure that students meet prerequisite requirements.  However, it is the student's responsibility to closely examine the AHE Degree Completion Catalog course descriptions to determine if prerequisites exist and to enroll in courses in the proper sequence.  In some exceptional cases it may be apparent that the student possesses the required skills and knowledge to succeed in a particular course, even though they have not taken the prerequisite course.  In this case the prerequisite course may be waived by the location director.  Waiver of a course as a prerequisite does not remove the requirement to complete the course if it is a requirement for the student's degree program.


Columbia College Policy - The college provides all students access to CougarMail (the official means of e-mail communication for the College), online resources from the Stafford Library, and their Columbia College records (transcripts, grades, student schedules, etc.) through CougarTrack.

Use of Cougarmail

Columbia College Policy - The official student email address (also known as CougarMail) will be used for all official correspondence from faculty and staff. Students are responsible for the information received and are required to monitor their email account on a regular basis. Students may forward their CougarMail to another email account but will be held responsible for the information sent over CougarMail, even if there is a problem with the alternate mail service.

Cell Phones

Columbia College Policy - Cell phones can be a distraction to the learning process. Location directors or course instructors may require that cell phones be turned off or set to vibrate during class periods. Students requiring special arrangements to receive a cell phone call during class should make prior arrangements with their location director or course instructor.

Course Textbooks

Columbia College Policy - The textbooks listed on this syllabus are required for this course. They are guaranteed to be available through the authorized textbook suppliers designated by Columbia College. The college is not responsible for the academic or financial consequences of late textbook orders or incorrect editions not purchased from a college-authorized vendor.


Columbia College Policy - The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. These rights are described in detail in the AHE Degree Completion Catalog.

Student Accessibility Resources

Columbia College Policy - Students with documented disabilities who may need academic services for this course are required to register with the office of Student Accessibility Resources.  Until the student has been cleared through this office, accommodations do not have to be granted.  If you are a student who has a documented disability, it is important for you to read the entire syllabus as soon as possible.  The structure or the content of the course may make an accommodation not feasible.  Student Accessibility Resources is located in Student Affairs in AHSC 215 and can be reached by phone at (573) 875-7626.

Alcohol and Other Drugs: Columbia College Policies & Resources

Columbia College Policy - The Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989 Amendments requires that Columbia College provide a copy of its Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy to each student, faculty and staff member on an annual basis. Please read the copy of our policy below. You may also find a copy of the policy on the Columbia College website at

Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy

Purpose: Columbia College recognizes the negative health effects associated with the use, possession and distribution of controlled and/or illicit substances and their detrimental impact on the quality of the educational environment. Therefore, all members of the college community share in the responsibility of protecting the campus environment by exemplifying high standards of professional and personal conduct.

Scope: This policy applies to all members of the college community.

Policy on Alcohol and Controlled and/or Illicit Substances

- Columbia College prohibits the manufacture, possession, use, distribution and sale of alcohol and controlled and/or illicit substances by Columbia College students and employees, regardless of age, on college-owned property and at college-sponsored or supervised events or activities.

- Public intoxication on campus property is expressly prohibited. Those conditions considered to indicate intoxication include but are not limited to affected manner or disposition, speech, muscular movements, general appearance or behavior as apparent to the observer.

- Containers that contain alcohol as well as empty alcohol containers are prohibited on campus and in the residence halls. Possession of empty alcohol containers will be regarded as a violation of this policy.

- Campus displays or advertisements that support or promote alcohol or drug use, possession, manufacture or distribution are prohibited.

- Behavior resulting from intoxication or the illegal use of controlled or illicit drugs will incur disciplinary action.

- Possession of drug paraphernalia and misuse of prescription drugs will be regarded as violations of this policy.

- Alcohol and other controlled and/or illicit substances possessed or consumed in violation of this policy are subject to confiscation. The president retains the authority to make exceptions to this policy with regard to alcohol, including granting permission to serve alcoholic beverages at college functions where meals are served. Requests for exceptions to the policy must be submitted to the president in writing prior to the event and will be considered on an individual basis. Notification of the president's decision will be made in writing to the person(s) making the request.

It is the responsibility of students, faculty and staff to know and uphold the Columbia College Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy. In accordance, students and employees must be held accountable for their personal behavior. Excessive use, manufacture, possession or distribution of alcohol and/or controlled or illicit substances and the associated behavioral problems will be the basis for disciplinary action. Columbia College has made the decision to notify parents/guardians of students under the age of twenty-one (21) who have been found responsible for violating the Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy by the campus judicial system following a final determination.

Representatives of the college will cooperate with outside authorities in their efforts to enforce existing laws regarding alcohol and/or controlled or illicit substances.

Standards of Conduct: Violations of Columbia College rules and regulations pertaining to alcohol and/or controlled or illicit substances can result in disciplinary a tion up to and including dismissal for students and termination for employees. Additionally, in conjunction with or in lieu of the imposition of any disciplinary sanctions, students and employees may also be referred to appropriate local, state or federal law enforcement agencies for arrest and prosecution and/or be required to complete an appropriate treatment or rehabilitation program. In accordance with the mandates of the Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988, and as a condition of employment at Columbia College, all employees (including student employees) must notify their supervisor of any criminal drug statute condition for a violation occurring in the workplace no later than five (5) days after such a conviction. Employees undergoing treatment for alcohol or drug abuse must meet all standards of conduct and job performance.

Legal Sanctions: Any Columbia College student or employee found possessing, manufacturing or distributing controlled and/or illicit substances or unlawfully possessing or attempting to possess alcohol or driving a motor vehicle while under the influence is violating local, state and federal laws. It is unlawful under state law to purchase or otherwise provide alcohol to a minor. Federal law prohibits, among other things, the manufacturing, distributing, selling and possession of controlled substances as outlined in 21 United States Code, Sections 801 through 971. Depending on the amount, first offense maximum penalties for trafficking marijuana ranged from up to five (5) years' imprisonment and a fine of up to $250,000 to imprisonment for life and a fine of $4 million. Depending on the amount, first offense maximum penalties for trafficking other controlled substances (e.g., methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine, cocaine base, PCP, LSD, fentanyl and fentanyl analogue) range from five (5) years to life imprisonment and fines range from $2 million to $4 million. First offense penalties and sanctions for the illegal possession of small amounts of controlled substances, ncluding marijuana, ranged from up to one (1) year in prison or a fine of at least $1,000. Penalties are more severe for subsequent offenses. In addition to these provisions, a student is ineligible for federal student aid if convicted, under federal or state law, of any offense involving the possession or sale of a controlled substance (generally meaning illegal drugs, not to include alcohol or tobacco).

Medical Amnesty: Medical amnesty encourages students to seek medical attention for themselves or a fellow student suffering from an alcohol or other drug overdose or medical emergency. This policy encourages students to call for medical assistance by removing the threat of campus judicial repercussions. However, the student in need will still participate in mandated substance abuse education and treatment services. These health protection strategies will not shield students from disciplinary action when other rules or codes of conduct have been violated. Students will still be subject to legal consequences for violating other codes of conduct and state or federal laws.

Health Risks: Alcohol and other drugs are associated with many health risks. The use and abuse of alcohol and other drugs may have negative effects on one's school or work performance and personal relationships. Some common health risks are addiction; damage to liver, heart and to a developing fetus; accidents as a result of impaired judgment; and unwanted sexual activity that could result in sexual assault or sexually transmitted infections.

For more information about the health risks associated with particular types of drugs and alcohol, please visit


Division of Student Affairs - (573) 875-7400

Human Resources (for Employee Assistance Program information) - (573) 875-7495

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Referral Hotline - (800) 454-8966

Narcotics Anonymous - (800) 945-4673,

Alcoholics Anonymous -

Phoenix Programs -

Tobacco-Free Policy

Columbia College Policy - The following policy goes into effect on August 21, 2017.  Additional information may be found at


Columbia College values and is concerned for the health and well-being of its students, employees and visitors. The College is committed to providing a healthful and productive educational and employment environment for members of the College community. Consistent with this commitment and in the interest of the general health and welfare of the College community, the College prohibits the use of all tobacco products and related devices on all College property and premises.


This policy applies to all members of the College community on College premises, including, but not limited to, students, employees, third parties and visitors.


The use and/or consumption of all tobacco products is prohibited on all College properties, premises, facilities, in College vehicles, and in personal vehicles while on College property. For purposes of this policy, this prohibition includes, but is not limited to:

     - Traditional tobacco products, such as cigarettes, cigars, pipes, and smokeless tobacco; and

     - Electronic smoking devices, which includes any product containing or delivering tobacco and/or nicotine or any other substance intended for consumption that can be used by a person in any manner for the purpose of inhaling vapor or aerosol. This includes any such device, whether manufactured, distributed, marketed, or sold as an e-cigarette, e-cigar, e-pip, e-hookah or vape pen, or under any other product name.

Additionally, no tobacco-related advertising or sponsorship shall be permitted on College property or premises, at College-sponsored events, or in publications produced by the College, with the exception of advertising in a newspaper or magazine that is not produced by the College and that is lawfully sold, bought or distributed on College property. For the purposes of this policy, "tobacco-related" applies to the use of a tobacco brand or corporate  name, trademark, logo, symbol, motto or selling message.

No tobacco products, tobacco-related products or tobacco paraphernalia shall be sold or distributed on College property or premises.

Because the College is tobacco free, signs prohibiting smoking and the use of tobacco products are posted at many points of entry to the College and at building entrances as reminders to members of the College community. No ashtrays shall be provided at any College location.

Smoking cessation assistance and resources will be made available to assist and encourage individuals who wish to quit smoking and/or using tobacco.

Questions or inquiries regarding this policy should be directed to the College's Human Resources Office via phone at 573-875-7495 or via email at


This policy is a community health initiative and therefore, the entire College community bears responsibility for implementing and enforcing this policy.  There may be instances when outside third parties, contractors, vendors, guests, visitors, etc. on College premises subject to this policy may be unaware of this policy.  In these situations, a violation of this policy should be reported as soon as possible to the Campus Safety Department or the College department responsible for the outside third party, contractor, vendor, guest, visitor, etc. being present on College premises.

College students and employees are responsible for compliance with this policy.

In the event a student violates this policy, a report should made as soon as possible to the Office for Student Conduct in the Office of Student Affairs or the Campus Safety Department.

In the event a College employee violates this policy, a report should be made as soon as possible to the Human Resources Department or the Campus Safety Department.

Consequences for violating this policy include, but are not limited to, removal from campus, and student and employee discipline, up to and including dismissal or termination.


Course Evaluations - All students are encouraged to complete the online course evaluations. Students are notified by way of CougarMail when the evaluations are available. The evaluations are used to help instructors improve their teaching techniques. They are reviewed carefully by the Evening Campus Director, Assistant Director, and several AHE Administrators. Student should know that all responses are completely confidential, instructors only view results after grades are posted. Your input is valued and appreciated.

Late graded assignment/activity policy - All graded assignments or activities are due when stated in the syllabus or by the instructor. Graded assignments or activities submitted after the stated due date/time will not receive any credit unless the instructor has specifically stated that full or partial credit may be awarded to late submissions.

Additional Instructor Policies

Late Assignments -

Late Assignments will receive a drop of one letter grade for each calendar day an assignment is completed and turned in after the due date. Students are encouraged to work ahead to avoid any late penalties.


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