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17 / SPRG2 - Late Spring 8-week Session

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Course Syllabus
17 / SPRG2 - Late Spring 8-week Session
Evening Campus
1001 Rogers Street
Columbia, MO 65216
(800) 231-2391

Course Prefix and Number: PSYC 330
Course Title: Lifespan Developmental Psychology
Semester Credit Hours: 3
Class Day and Time: Wed 
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

The study of physiological, environmental and interactive variables influencing human development from conception to death. Prerequisites: PSYC 101; PSYC 175/SOCI 175.


Prerequisites: PSYC 101; PSYC 175/SOCI 175.


Development Through the Lifespan
Author: Berk, Laura E. (Allyn & Bacon)
ISBN: 9780205968985
Publication Manual of the American Psychology Association
Author: APA (American Psychological Association)
ISBN: 9781433805622
Category/Comments - Recommended

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the major concepts and theories in developmental psychology
  2. Demonstrate an ability to understand the empirical primary source literature in the discipline
  3. Demonstrate the ability to produce written work consistent with disciplinary (i.e.; APA 6e) standards

Additional Instructor Objectives

READING YOUR TEXT! Yes, it IS your responsibility!
This is a web enhanced class. You will also need to access the course website through your CougarTrack account using the online course link. The D2L site contains links to several resources as well as all instructional materials, PowerPoints, and grades.
AND THE SURVEY SAYS: Students who access the course website get much better grades than those who do not!

Special Course Requirements


  • Prenatal Development
  • Birthing & the Neonate
  • Infant Cognition
  • Infant Psychosocial
  • Early Childhood Cognition
  • Early Childhood Psychosocial
  • Middle Childhood Cognition
  • Middle Childhood Psychosocial
  • Adolescent Physical
  • Adolescent Cognition
  • Adolescent Psychosocial
  • Young Adult Cognition
  • Young Adult Psychosocial
  • Middle Adulthood Cognition
  • Middle Adulthood Psychosocial
  • Older Adult Physical
  • Older Adult Cognition
  • Older Adult Psychosocial

Instructional Methods

This class follows the Constructivist Learning Model, which means the class is student centered and relies on a 'learning by doing' experiential learning environment. The role of the instructor will be that of a facilitator as you construct your learning experience. Regular attendance is not only important to your learning but to that of your classmates as well.

Out of Class Activities

Lectures do not always follow the text. YOU are responsible for all reading assignments.
This is a web-enhanced class.  Resources for the class can be found in your CougarTrack under Desire2Learn (D2L).

Graded Activities

Quizzes75 Points
Description -

There are five quizzes worth 15 points, each given in Weeks 1, 2, 3, 5, & 6. These quizzes help you stay on track with your readings and help you overcome test anxiety before the midterm and final. There are no makeups for the quizzes. No worries! Promise!

Midterm Examination150 Points
Description -

A 50 Question Multiple Choice and a 5 question Essay Exam to be taken in class Wednesday of Week 4, covering all reading assignments and lecture from the first four weeks.

APA Activity Paper150 Points
Description -

Learners will write an APA style paper of 1800 to 2000 words due Wednesday of week 7. The topic and rubric for the paper will be handed out at the start of week 3. The learner will discuss his/her paper in class during weeks 7 or 8. To get full credit, the learner must 1) turn the paper in on time, 2) present their paper the night they are assigned, and 3) be in class the night they are not presenting to provide an audience and feedback for their peers.  Papers are due before the beginning of class Week 8 IN THE DROPBOX. Late papers will be accepted through Saturday of Week 8 with a one letter grade reduction of what they earned on paper.

All papers must be submitted with complete paragraphs with proper sentence structure and adhere to all the rules of punctuation, grammar, citation, etc. Papers should be in your own words, not directly copied from segments of the course material and/or other scholarly sources. All work for this class must be original; no work is accepted if it was originally composed for another class. In the Dropbox each paper is automatically submitted to to detect plagiarism. Documentable plagiarism results in zero points for the assignment.

Method of Evaluation -

Rubric to be handed out at the start of week 3.  Topics will be based upon your goals and objectives for the class.

Final Examination175 Points
Description -

A 50 Question Multiple Choice and a 5 Question Essay Exam to be taken in class Wednesday of Week 8. This exam may cover all reading assignments and lectures for the course. We will decide this during the first night of class so it pays to be there the first night!

Capstone Reflection50 Points
Description -

The learner will complete a structured essay assessment of the course.

In Class Discussions80 Points
Description -

Students are expected to be active contributors in this class.  Civility and respect are expected as we discuss the issues surrounding development.


Grading Scale

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

Additional Information / Instructions

What is Plagiarism?
Many people think of plagiarism as copying another's work, or borrowing someone else's original ideas. But terms like "copying" and "borrowing" can disguise the seriousness of the offense:|
According to the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, to "plagiarize" means

§  to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own

§  to use (another's production) without crediting the source

§  to commit literary theft

§  to present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source.

In other words, plagiarism is an act of fraud. It involves both stealing someone else's work and lying about it afterward.
But can words and ideas really be stolen?
According to U.S. law, the answer is yes. The expression of original ideas is considered intellectual property, and is protected by copyright laws, just like original inventions. Almost all forms of expression fall under copyright protection as long as they are recorded in some way (such as a book or a computer file).
All of the following are considered plagiarism:

§  turning in someone else's work as your own

§  copying words or ideas from someone else without giving credit

§  failing to put a quotation in quotation marks

§  giving incorrect information about the source of a quotation

§  changing words but copying the sentence structure of a source without giving credit

§  copying so many words or ideas from a source that it makes up the majority of your work, whether you give credit or not  

Columbia College Policy is my policy:
Your grade will be based in large part on the originality of your ideas and your written presentation of these ideas. Presenting the words, ideas, or expression of another in any form as your own is plagiarism. Students who fail to properly give credit for information contained in their written work (papers, journals, exams, etc.) are violating the intellectual property rights of the original author. In Psych 304, Personality Theory, you should reference the APA Manual, Version 6. 
Violations are taken seriously in higher education and may result in a failing grade on the assignment, a grade of "F" for the course, or dismissal from the College.
Collaboration conducted between students without prior permission from the instructor is considered plagiarism and will be treated as such.  
All required papers WILL be submitted for textual similarity review to for the detection of plagiarism. All submitted papers WILL be included in the reference database for the purpose of detecting plagiarism. This service is subject to the Terms and Conditions of Use posted on the site.
Papers should be in your own words, not directly copied from segments of the course material and/or other scholarly sources. All work for this class must be original; no work is accepted if it was originally composed for another class.
Documentable plagiarism results in zero points for the assignment.

Schedule of Activities and Assignments

Week 1
Introduction, Conception and Birth

Get to know each other, discuss the syllabus 
Explore genetics and take the Colors Personality Test.


Reading: Chapters 1, 2 & 3


Quiz 1 

Week 2
Infancy & Toddler hood

If we can find someone to lend us their baby/toddler, we will have some fun with observations. infant or toddler will be hurt in these observations!


Reading; chapters 4, 5 ,& 6


Quiz 2 

Additional Notes:

The class will examine the rapid motor development and perceptual changes that occur during the first 2 years of life. The mastery of motor skills involves acquiring increasingly complex, dynamic systems of action. Perception changes remarkably over the first years of life. Hearing and vision undergo major advances during the first 2 years as infants organize stimuli into complex patterns, improve their perception of depth and objects, and combine information across sensory modalities.
The class will also discus temperament and the goodness-of-fit model. Children’s unique temperamental styles are evident in early infancy. Researchers are exploring temperament, including: its stability, its biological roots, and its interaction with child-rearing practices. Ethological theory is the most widely accepted view of the development of the infant-caregiver relationship.

Week 3
Early Childhood

Readings: Chapters 7 & 8


Quiz 3

Additional Notes:

Early Childhood: Emotional deprivation and malnutrition can interfere with physical development, and illness can interact with malnutrition to undermine children’s growth. However, the leading cause of childhood death is unintentional injury. Hostile family atmospheres, poor parenting practices, and heavy television viewing promote childhood aggression, which can spiral into serious antisocial activity. The class will discuss children at risk and how early intervention might correct the problems before they become life long.
Television can play a powerful role in young children’s socialization. In early childhood, self-concept begins to take shape. The child mimics what is seen. The class will discuss the pros and cons of television’s influence in early childhood. Students will compare the incidents of pro-social behavior with the aggressive acts and discuss the socialization messages children might internalize.

Week 4
Middle childhood
Reading:Readings: Chapters 9 & 10

Midterm Examination will cover Chapters and lectures from the first four weeks of class

Additional Notes:

During Week 4: Middle Childhood: During middle childhood, although less dramatic, language development continues. Vocabulary increases rapidly, and pragmatic skills are refined. Erikson’s stage of industry versus inferiority captures the school-age child’s capacity to become productive and experience feelings of competence and mastery. During middle childhood, psychological traits and social comparisons appear in children’s self-concepts, and a hierarchically organized self-esteem emerges. Class size; teacher’s educational philosophy; interaction with pupils; and grouping practices have an important impact on learning. Teaching children with learning disabilities or special intellectual strengths introduces unique challenges. The class will examine the impact of class size and educational philosophies on the child’s motivation and academic achievement.
By the end of middle childhood, children form peer groups. Improvements in gross motor skills occur as a result of gains in flexibility, balance, agility, force, and reaction time, and fine motor coordination increases. Rule-oriented games become common, and physical education helps ensure that all children have access to regular exercise and play. During middle childhood, attention becomes more adaptable and playful, and memory strategies improve. Metacognition moves from a passive to an active view of the mind. Still, school-age children have difficulty regulating their progress toward goals. The class will examine the effects of competitive school activities. Do they encourage or discourage students? Do they foster a mastery orientation or a learned-helplessness approach?

Week 5

Readings: Chapters 11 & 12


Quiz 4 

Additional Notes:

Adolescence: Egocentrism during adolescence can result in limitations, erroneous beliefs, and cognitive distortions. The personal fable, the invincibility fable, the imaginary audience and peer pressure can leave some adolescents vulnerable to negative influences and potentially dangerous behaviors. The class will examine current media information related to adolescents and discuss the implications of the concepts of imaginary audience, personal fable and peer pressure.
Depression is the most common psychological problem of the adolescent. Drugs and alcohol use can adversely influence the adolescent. Suicide rates increase dramatically during adolescence. Many even become involved in some delinquent activity. The class will examine crisis situations that an adolescent might face. An evaluation of local services will be performed to determine if the adolescent has community support available to learn to effectively deal with their problems.

Week 6
Early & Middle Adulthood

Readings: Chapters 13 -15


Quiz 5 

Additional Notes:

Early Adulthood: College experiences contribute to gains in knowledge and reasoning, revised attitudes and values, enhanced self-knowledge, and career preparation. In societies with many career possibilities, occupational choice is a gradual process. Vocational choices are influenced by personality, parents’ occupations, and teachers. Gender-stereotyped messages continue to prevent many women from reaching their career potential. Many young people would benefit from greater access to vocational information. The class will discuss the impact that their academic and non-academic activities have had on their cognitive development, their attitudes and their values.
Young adults face the conflict of intimacy versus isolation. Successful resolution of this stage of Erickson's psychological conflict requires a balance of independence and intimacy. Conformity to a culturally determined timetable for major life events gives young adults confidence, while departure from it can lead to distress. The class will discuss the related thoughts and feelings about leaving their parental home for the first time. The issues of autonomy vs. attachment and interdependence vs. independence will be addressed.

Week 7
Middle, Late Adulthood & Death and Dying

Paper due before the beginning of class Week 7 IN THE DROPBOX. Late papers will be accepted through Saturday of Week 7 with a one letter grade reduction. Paper presentations may begin.


Preview: Chapters 16- 19 for discussion.

Additional Notes:

Middle & Late Adulthood: During middle adulthood, the gradual physical changes that began in young adulthood continue. The climacteric, or decline in reproductive capacity, occurs over a ten-year period for women. Many doctors recommend hormone replacement therapy to counteract the negative effects of menopause. Physical and psychological symptoms of menopause vary greatly between individuals and cultures. The class will evaluate current media advertisement to determine if there is a double standard in their approach to male and female aging issues.
Concerns about making meaningful contributions to family and society increase greatly during middle adulthood. This is consistent with Erikson’s psychological conflict of generativity versus stagnation. Middle-aged adults seek to increase the personal meaning and self-direction of their work. Overall job satisfaction improves during midlife. Life transitions often motivate a return to college, especially for women. Vocational development is less available to older workers and many women and ethnic minorities leave the corporate world to escape the glass ceiling. Unemployment is especially difficult for middle-aged individuals, and retirement is an important change that is often stressful, making effective planning important for positive adjustment. The class will examine our cultural beliefs about midlife via a debate as to whether midlife is “prime of our lives” or strictly “over the hill.”

Late Adulthood: Physical appearance begins to change during middle age, especially in men who have sedentary lifestyles. In Late Adulthood, skin becomes paler and splotchy; age spots become more prominent with age. Changes in vision occur with age, particularly presbyopia that requires reading glasses or bifocal lenses. The lens turns yellow with age and filters out light so that greater amounts of light become necessary in order to see well. Hearing losses begin to occur as early as age 20; men tend to loose the ability to hear higher speaking voices first (presbycusis) and then lower tones after about age 55. People compensate for hearing loss by using microprocessor-enhanced hearing aids. Taste and smell begin to decline in midlife; illness, aging, smoking, medications, or environmental pollution may contribute to losses. Aging decreases sensitivity to touch and pain, and reduces ability to regulate temperature. The class will research the resources available to an individual who is faced with age related changes to the five senses.
Our understanding of death progresses gradually in childhood. While the death concept is grasped by adolescence, it is not yet fully applied to everyday reality. Both children and adolescents benefit from open, honest communication about death, and death anxiety declines with age. Kübler-Ross’ s stage theory provided structure to our understanding of the psychological side of dying. However, many factors contribute to the experience of dying. Death education is helpful when it helps people confront their own mortality. Being in touch with death, although sometimes disturbing, can help us appreciate life and live more fully. The class will examine the stages that individuals must face as they approach their own mortality.

Week 8
Presentations, Final, and Flatbranch

Paper presentations begin


Final Examination-

Additional Notes:

After the final, we will meet at Flat Branch for a philosophical discussion of wombs and tombs!  I will provide appetizers!


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 - BE THE DRIVER OF YOUR OWN BUS!

Class preparation and participation is important to YOUR success. Students who miss more than two classes may have their final grade reduced by one letter grade. Students who come to class late or leave early may be counted as absent on that day for purposes of this class attendance/grading policy. This may be done at the discretion of the instructor.

This is an interactive and experiential class where we learn much from each other. Regular attendance is required.

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 -

All papers must be submitted with complete paragraphs with proper sentence structure and adhere to all the rules of punctuation, grammar, citation, etc. Papers should be in your own words, not directly copied from segments of the course material and/or other scholarly sources. All work for this class must be original; no work is accepted if it was originally composed for another class. In the Dropbox each paper is automatically submitted to to detect plagiarism. Documentable plagiarism results in zero points for the assignment.

Please read the policy on Academic Integrity and Plagiarism. Students who choose to cheat are students who choose to flunk. When writing your APA paper, if?in doubt....use a citation!??If still in doubt, please come see me and ask!??I will be happy to help you sort it out.??The writing center is also a wonderful resource!

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 - We discuss many aspects of psychology in this class. We won't always agree with each other. At least I hope we won't! That's when we learn from each other!

It is my strong belief that we learn best from each other in a variety of formats. I ask that you keep an open mind and allow each of your peers to safely express his/her own thoughts and beliefs without judgment or criticism. That being said, it's fine to disagree as long as we remember to use civility and respect.

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.

Instructor Policy - I am not inclined to give incompletes.

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.

Instructor Policy - Please turn your cell phones to vibrate during class. Cell phone Karma. Don't let it happen to you!

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.


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