Course Policies

Late Work

All Deliverables (Assignments, Projects, and Looking Outwards reports) must be handed in on time, unless you are given instructions otherwise. Generally, unless otherwise indicated, Deliverables will be due at 11:59pm on Thursdays.

Deliverables are due at a specified date and time. If you miss the deadline (by even one minute, according to Autolab’s clock), deliverables may be submitted up to 24 hours late with a 25% penalty. No homework submissions will be accepted after the 24-hour late period, except in the case of medical or family emergencies or other pre-arranged university-approved absences.

Homework Grace Days: As an exception to the previous rule, students will be provided with 3 homework “grace days”, which are basically free extensions to be used at your discretion. Students may use up to 3 total grace days over the semester, though no more than 1 grace day on any particular homework. Note that you may not combine grace days with late days so, even with grace days, no homework submissions will be accepted after the 24-hour late period, except in the case of medical or family emergencies or other pre-arranged university-approved absences. Thus: deliverables submitted more than 24 hours late will receive a grade of 0.


There are 3 exams scheduled for the course, which will take place on computers in the Tuesday labs. See the course Calendar for examination dates, and the Rubric and Grading policies document to understand the percentages by which Exams are reckoned into your grade.

Extended-Time Policy:
We gladly accommodate students with university-approved extended time (as approved by Larry Powell in the Office of Disability Resources). For examinations, the extended time will be provided immediately in the same lab period whenever possible. Please be sure to discuss this with your lab TA prior to the start of the exam.

Late Policy:
No late / make-up examinations will be administered, except in the case of medical or family emergencies or other university-approved absences. For qualifying missed examinations, students should obtain instructor approval before missing the examination.


In the famous words of Woody Allen: 80% of success is just showing up. Your physical presence and civic participation in the class are extremely important.

Every two unexcused absences will lower your final grade by an additional letter.* If you’re ill, or if you know you will have a planned/professional absence, please let your professor know as soon as possible: we can be very understanding and accommodating about planned and necessary absences, family circumstances and/or medical issues when you inform us beforehand in a professional manner.

You are responsible for understanding the course content whether you’re present or not. Organize with your classmates to get class information and material that you may have missed.

Absences may be excused or unexcused. The difference between them generally boils down to your prompt and honest communication. Here are two examples of excused absences:

  • Unexpectedly, a student feels unwell the morning of class. She contacts the professor (by email, text message, or Twitter), ideally before the start of class, but absolutely within 24 hours, to let him know why she can’t/couldn’t attend.
  • A student is planning to attend a conference next month. She contacts the professor to let them know which dates she’ll miss, and to make arrangements for any missed exams.

A Special Word about Unexcused Absences on Critique Days

Sometimes, a student who hasn’t completed their Project would prefer to skip class on critique days, because they are too embarrassed to come to class empty-handed.*
Bad idea.

This type of absence is particularly self-destructive, and is one of the most objectionable, cowardly, and ignominious things you can do in this class. Have courage. Your attendance and participation on critique days is essential, even if your Project is incomplete, because these sessions help you understand the standards, expectations and criteria we hold for good work. Even if your own Project is unfinished, you are still expected to contribute productively to the class discussion. We take your attendance seriously, and your attendance during critiques most seriously of all.

Tardiness and Sleeping in Class

Continual tardiness and/or falling asleep in class will be noted and count as partial absences.

Be Present

Please be present and engaged. You can exist for a few hours without tweeting, facebooking, chatting, texting or emailing.

Kindly close your laptop during lectures, unless you are using it to take notes. Devices for mediated communication are banned during critiques and discussions. During recitations and lab periods you will be allowed to network and/or use headphones as long as your behavior is not disruptive.

Be Prepared

Bring the supplies you need to be productive. This includes your laptop, sketchbook, drawing media, and portable hard drives.

Data Loss

Students are responsible for the digital security of their work. Loss, theft, damage or corruption of laptops and/or external hard drives containing required work for the course is not an excuse for incomplete or missing work. Students are responsible for backing up and securely storing copies of their work throughout the semester. We recommend you keep important data in more than one location.

Food, Drink, and Drugs

Food is prohibited in computer clusters. Owing to the early hour of Golan’s section, coffee with secure lids will be unofficially tolerated.

When 60-212 meets in the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry (CFA-111), such as for critique sessions, a wider range of comestibles is permitted. However, food that emits strong odors, or food which is loud to eat or unwrap is strictly prohibited.

Vaping in class is strictly forbidden. This may seem obvious, but you’d be surprised. Needless to say, so is smoking. Step outside if you must.

Disability Accommodations

If you have a disability for which you seek an accommodation, please contact CMU’s Office of Disability Resources (ODR). Staff there will review your disability documentation and work with you to determine appropriate accommodations. The ODR will then provide you with a letter outlining approved accommodations. This letter must be presented to your faculty before any accommodations will be implemented. You should contact the ODR as early in the semester as possible.

*15-104 is larger and probably will not take attendance. Nevertheless, you are expected to be in class, and we reserves the option of considering attendance in assigning grades. Also due to class size, 15-104 will not have critique sessions.