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17 / FALL1 - Early Fall 8-Week Session

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Course Syllabus
17 / FALL1 - Early Fall 8-Week Session
Evening Campus
1001 Rogers Street
Columbia, MO 65216
(800) 231-2391

Course Prefix and Number: PHIL 460
Course Title: Biomedical Ethics
Semester Credit Hours: 3
Class Day and Time: Thu 
5:30 pm-9:30 pm
Additional Notes:

This course is web-enhanced, taught entirely in a classroom setting using D2L course management software to supplement in-seat content.


Catalog Description

Investigation of problematic cases in biomedical ethics, with an emphasis on sound philosophical resolution. Prerequisite: Junior standing.


Junior standing.



Category/Comments - Your readings will be available as PDFs in D2L.

Course Objectives

· To understand the philosophical issues and problems in biomedical ethics.
· To become familiar with the various attempts to deal with the ethical issues concerning health, medicine and end of life.
· To evaluate approaches to biomedical ethics in order to formulate a personal approach that is coherent and defensible.

Additional Instructor Objectives

This should clarify the official course objectives and their implications a bit:
Although we will pay close attention to facts and positions of different kinds - scientific, historical, political, sociological, economic, religious, and more - our emphasis will be on understanding moral concepts and problems involving health, medical care, and the medical profession and its institutions. That is, we will strive to uncover the moral facts and assumptions active in debates about the aims and practice of medicine, and we will assess the arguments made using those facts and assumptions.

As we do this, we will address a mix of ethical concerns for individuals and at the level of society. We consider ethical training for medical professionals, administrators, or consultants can positively affect the clinical setting and institutional systems. Likewise, we will at times discuss how clearer ethical views can contribute to better social policy and firmer grounding for law.

Sessions will feature lecture and discussion (as well as two exams).

Measurable Learning Outcomes

· Read classic philosophical prose for critical understanding.
· Describe and explain the issues and basic approaches to biomedical ethics.
· Formalize sophisticated philosophical arguments.
· Identify problems and weaknesses in the basic approaches to biomedical ethics.
· Analyze and provide criticism of sophisticated philosophical arguments found in biomedical ethics.
· Formally present possible solutions to problems found in biomedical ethics.

Instructional Methods

Class sessions will be spent in

  • reviewing the elements and themes of assigned readings,
  • clarifying concepts and arguments,
  • analyzing arguments for soundness and validity,
  • anticipating objections to the views under discussion, and
  • practicing the application of concepts and arguments to topics beyond those included in the readings, as well as
  • exams

Students should be prepared to engage in discussion about the readings and other relevant areas of bioethics each session.

Out of Class Activities

Your time outside class will be spent

  • reading assigned materials,
  • viewing recorded lectures,
  • preparing for group discussion sessions,
  • writing papers, and
  • preparing for exams.

In this condensed, web enhanced format, you will be reading an average of 25-30 pages total weekly (including Week One), covering multiple essays. The recorded lecture format will apply primarily to Week Eight.

Graded Activities

Exam 1250 Points25% of grade
Description -

Exam 1 features essay questions covering material discussed and lectures  delivered from Week One through Week Four. 

Exam 2250 Points25% of grade
Description -

Exam 2 features essay questions covering material discussed and lectures delivered from Week Five through Week Eight (including the recorded lecture in D2L).

Paper250 Points25% of grade
Description -

A 2,000 word formal paper prepared in Chicago footnoting style due online in the dropbox of the D2L course site the Sunday night that begins Week Eight. 
You will receive detailed guidance on expectations for the paper and suggested topics in D2L. You will begin working on this paper no later than Week Five, submitting your topic during that week, a working outline during Week Six, an introduction during Week Seven, and the final product at the start of Week Eight.
Each of these steps will be submitted in D2L. While they will not receive separate grades, rest assured that they will certainly improve your paper's quality. Further, you must receive an email confirmation from me that your topic and outline have been approved before submitting the final product in order to receive a grade. If you do not, you will receive zero points for the assignment.

4 Group Discussions250 Points25% of grade
Description -

Four times during the course, a block of time will be reserved in class for group discussions on specified topics. For each occasion, you will be notified in advance of the topic and, where relevant, pointed toward required reading or video in the Content area of D2L. Prior to the scheduled discussion, you will develop key concepts, principles, and examples relevant to at least two different (non-agreeing) viewpoints that one might have about that topic. During the scheduled discussion, I will assign you in small groups to collaborate to develop the strongest of these elements into coherent positions. Then, in full group again, we will discuss our findings and analyze the issue.

You are expected to prepare carefully to discuss these topics, to bring your prepared points to class (on paper), and to participate meaningfully in both the small group and full group process. I will collect your written preparations at the end of the discussion sessions. You will receive feedback and your grade, based on your individual performance, in D2L.

The first and second occasions, during Week Three and Week Four, are each worth 50 points. The third and fourth occasions, during Week Six and Week Eight, are each worth 75 points.


Grading Scale

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

Additional Information / Instructions

The reading schedule in this syllabus is subject to revision as necessary. I monitor several bioethics websites and journals, and from time to time I find a new resource that introduces concepts or arguments in a clearer or more concise way. We will take advantage of such discoveries!

If revisions take place, you will be notified in class, by email (in your CougarMail account), and in D2L. If I substitute one reading for another, I will give no less than a week of advance notice of the change.

Schedule of Activities and Assignments

Meeting 1
Syllabus; overview; the 'terrain' of biomedical ethics; sources of ethics; medical oaths; autonomy and well-being, the primary principles of bioethics; the concept 'health'; paternalism

Medical Oaths
Veatch, “Problems in Benefiting and Avoiding Harm to the Patient” (2003) Chapter Four of The Basics of Bioethics, 2nd ed.
Mordacci and Sobel, “Health: A Comprehensive Concept” (1998)
Groll, "What Health Care Providers Know" (2011)

Meeting 2
The ethics of 'the nudge' and its relation to paternalism

Blumenthal-Barby and Burroughs, "Seeking Better Health Care Outcomes: The Ethics of using the 'Nudge'" (2012)
Cohen, "Nudging and Informed Consent" (2013) and selected replies

Meeting 3
Conscientious objection

Prepare for a discussion on this topic:
Is health care a human right?
Remember to develop elements in support of at least two views that do not agree (and bring them to class in printed form).


Card, "Conscientious Objection and Emergency Contraception" (2007)
Dickens, “Legal Protection and the Limits of Conscientious Objection: when Conscientious Objection is Unethical” (2009)
Wicclair, “Conscientious Objection in Medicine” (2000)

Meeting 4

Prepare for a discussion on this topic:
How much medical intervention does a patient (or the guardian of a patient) have a moral right to claim? To put the question another way, how great a limit can a physician's assessment of medical futility -- or if not complete futility, simply the statistically low chance of success -- impose on patient care?  
Remember to develop elements in support of at least two views that do not agree (and bring them to class in printed form).


Schneiderman, "Rationing Just Medical Care" (2011) and selected replies
Callahan, "Rationing: Theory, Politics, and Passions" (2011)
Hurst, et al, "Should Ethics Consultants Help Clinicians Face Scarcity in their Practice?" (2008)


By Saturday at midnight, submit your proposed topic for your paper in D2L. 

Meeting 5
The abortion debate in bioethics

Tooley, excerpt from "Abortion: Why a Liberal View is Correct" in Abortion: Three Perspectives (2009)
Tooley, "Abortion and Infanticide" (1972)


By Saturday at midnight, submit (in D2L) a list of the primary relevant concepts and principles involved in your paper.


Exam 1 (at the beginning of class)

Meeting 6
The abortion debate in bioethics, cont.

Prepare for a discussion on this topic:
Is there a right to have children? If so, does this right extend to cases where it is likely the offspring will experience drawbacks of poor health,  disabilities or other detrimental conditions? Put another way, could there ever be a duty not to have children?
Remember to develop elements in support of at least two views that do not agree (and bring them to class in printed form).


Thomson, “A Defense of Abortion” (1971)
Marquis, “Why Abortion Is Immoral” (1989)


By Saturday at midnight, submit (in D2L) a working outline of your paper, double-spaced, no greater than one page in length.

Meeting 7
End of life issues in bioethics

Rachels, “Active and Passive Euthanasia” (1975)
Brock, "Voluntary Active Euthanasia" (1992)
Callahan, "When Self-Determination Runs Amok" (1992)
Hardwig, "Is There a Duty to Die?" (1997)


Your paper is due in D2L Saturday at midnight.

Meeting 8
Scarce resources: organ procurement

Prepare for a discussion on this topic:
Is there a right to withhold the organs of the deceased from donation? Conversely, does society have a right to procure the organs of the deceased? What limitations might either of these rights have?
Remember to develop elements in support of at least two views that do not agree (and bring them to class in printed form).


Matas, “The Case for Living Kidney Sales: Rationale, Objections, and Concerns” (2004)
Sass, "Toward a More Stable Blood Supply: Charitable Incentives, Donation Rates, and the Experience of September 11" (2013)


View the recorded lecture in the Content area of D2L.


Exam 2 (at the end of class)


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 - Any absence has negative effects, because class time is spent doing several things, all equally important. First, I will introduce necessary history, theoretical frameworks, and concepts. Second, you will have the opportunity not only to ask your own questions, but also to benefit from the questions and insights of your fellow students. Third, in discussion you will be encouraged (and at times required) to articulate and employ your understanding of the material, the only process which truly makes the content yours.  

An exemplary student is present and punctual; is respectful and attentive to the instructor and classmates; displays evidence of careful reading of the materials prior to class (e.g., responding well when called upon); and volunteers frequent and thoughtful contributions to discussion, including questions carefully formulated prior to class.

To be clear, you are required to do all assigned readings before coming to class, and to be well-prepared to discuss them.

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.

Instructor Policy - Academic integrity is of the utmost importance, and dishonesty will not be tolerated. You are responsible for knowing the policy on academic integrity at Columbia College. 

Further, ignorance of what constitutes academic misconduct, particularly plagiarism, will not be accepted as an excuse: presenting the ideas or work of another as your own in any way is academically dishonest, as is presenting work you have already submitted elsewhere for credit (including work developed for an earlier session of the same course). If you are ever uncertain whether you should provide citations, ask! Assignments including plagiarism will receive a failing grade and may also result in expulsion from the class or a failing course grade. 

Of course, using any unapproved resource during an exam (e.g., smart phones, notes, your neighbor’s answers) is academically dishonest and subject to the same penalties.

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.

Instructor Policy - In addition to the Columbia College policy, please observe the following expectations. Violation of these rules will result in the student being asked to leave; persistent violation will result in the student being dropped from the class.

  • Be punctual. If I have completed recording attendance, you are tardy (and you are responsible in this case for being sure after class that I record your presence).

  • Beverages are welcome, but please eat before or after class or during a break.

  • Set mobile devices to silent and non-vibrating before class; do not text or check messages during class, including small group discussion sessions.

  • Do not interrupt others or indulge in side conversations.

  • Do not begin packing to leave before I indicate class is finished.

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.

Instructor Policy - If for any reason I must cancel class, I will do my utmost to send a group email to all students through CougarMail with as much advance notice as possible. For this and other reasons, it is a good idea to set up your email to forward notifications to your smart phone or other devices to be sure you always see CougarMail messages immediately.

I will also attempt in such cases to create a news post within the D2L course site if class is canceled. So I also recommend taking advantage of the Columbia College Online Campus App for your smart devices, which can likewise send you immediate notices about campus closure for weather, news posts, grades posted, and other course information.

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.

Instructor Policy - If you need to withdraw from this course and receive a ‘W’ as a final grade, you must submit the appropriate paperwork to the registrar by the official date set by the college. If you are still enrolled in the class after this date, a grade of ‘W’ will not be recorded.

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.

Instructor Policy - An incomplete grade (‘I’) will be recorded only under extraordinary circumstances. In order to receive an incomplete, a student must have completed at least 60% of the course work with satisfactory results before unfortunate circumstances prevented completion of the course. What counts as sufficient circumstances to warrant an ‘I’ is at the instructor’s discretion.

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.

Instructor Policy - For this course, Junior standing is a prerequisite. The readings require well-practiced critical thinking, and the expectations are high for thesis development and good composition in your writing assignments.

However, there is no prerequisite in philosophy. I will introduce the necessary ethical concepts as needed, and I will demonstrate the elements of philosophical argument throughout the course. So long as you are prepared to read and think carefully, carry out a strong work ethic to stay on schedule, discuss opposing views rationally and respectfully, and ask questions when the material or philosophical techniques are unclear, you can succeed in this course.


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.

Instructor Policy - As noted in the section on classroom conduct, phones must be completely silent and non-vibrating during class. Do not use them during class, even when we break into small groups for discussion.

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


If you would like to speak with me outside class in person about the course, you are likely to find me in the office shortly before class, around 4:45 pm to 5:15 pm. My office is St. Clair Hall 212. I'm always happy to discuss course materials.

However, note well that I will not answer questions about material or your works in progress on exam days or assignment due dates.  Do not procrastinate.


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