For Courses Taught by Mike Grasso
Contacting the Instructor
Because the instructor has a full-time job outside of my responsibilities at
UMBC, the best way to reach him is by email at MikeGrasso@umbc.edu.
You can also contact the CSEE office to leave a message at 410-455-3500 or a FAX
You are expected to attend all classes and be on time. If you miss a class, you
are responsible for getting the notes, handouts, and any verbal information
given during class from a fellow classmate or the course web site. Habitual
absences or tardiness may be factored into your final grade. In addition,
students who compromise the integrity of the class through talking or
other disruptive behavior may be asked to leave and may have their final grades
Responsibility for Class Material
You are responsible for all material covered in lecture, even if it is not in
the textbook. You are responsible for the material in the readings, even if they
are not covered during lecture. You are responsible for completing all assigned
reading before it is covered in class.
Questioning a Grade
You have exactly one week from the time that you receive any grade to
request that a grade be reevaluated. After that time, the grade will remain as
is. All questions on grades should be submitted in writing. At the
instructor's discretion, borderline final grades may be resolved using class
participation, attendance, and whether all assignments were completed.
Missing Exams or Assignments
No late work will be accepted and no makeup exams will be given, with the
- An unforeseen medical emergency or dire circumstance, where you notify me in
advance (if possible) and provide me with written verification from a doctor,
registered nurse, social worker, or minister after the fact.
- A scheduling conflict with another UMBC sanctioned event, where you provide
me with written or email verification in advance from the UMBC employee
sponsoring the event, and arrange a makeup date in advance.
- A grade of "I" (Incomplete) for the semester will only be given in
the case of a verifiable medical emergency or other such dire circumstance that
is unforeseen during the last moment in the semester.
UMBC guidelines for project work and academic honesty will be followed. If you
are found guilty of any single incident of academic dishonesty, you will receive
an "F" for the course. This includes the following.
- Giving or receiving aid during an exam.
- Giving or receiving unpermitted aid in assignments.
- Plagiarizing or falsifying written assignments, oral presentations, or
- Unauthorized access, use, or possession of information or property.
- Infringing upon the rights of any other students to fair and equal access to
- Failing to seek clarification with the instructor when the proper boundaries
of conduct are unclear.
- Violating any other commonly understood principle of academic honesty.
- Failing to report violations of academic honesty to the instructor.