Bioterrorism, Public Health and the Law 
Law 801: Health Care Law Seminar
Professor Vernellia R. Randall

Class Participation


Lesson Schedule
00: Intro to the Course
01: Intro to the Problem
02: Public Health System
03: Real Threat?
04: Public Health Law
05: Disease-Reporting
06: Quarantine
07: Model Act
08: Military Presence
09: Health Law Revisited

 Class participation includes:

bulletbeing prepared to effectively contribute,
bulletactively participating in class and group discussion.
bulletkeeping abreast of news related to Bioterrorism and sharing relevant news information with the class (including working on the ulletin Board).
bulletDiscussion Questions.  You should submit to Professor Randall via email two questions for discussion. The questions should be submitted no later than 7:30 am on Tuesday Morning via email. To Avoid problems with the server, please don't wait till the last minute to send discussion questions. Questions should explore the underlying value implications of the reading.   You may want to raise questions which will explore the point at which a value important to you is violated; to write question which challenge the desirable or undesirable consequences of a position taken in the reading; to write questions which make analogies to other things that you have learned; or to write questions which explore the priorities being set by some aspect of the reading.
bulletDo not bring "WHAT IS THE LAW" questions. if you want to know what the law is - go to the library and look it up. Rather your questions should be about : "Why, Should, Could, What if?" See, Critical Thinking in Reading for help in formulating appropriate questions.

This is a participatory learning class. That means that your absence effects the learning of others.  Consequently, missing classes  significantly affects your grade.  As a rule of thumb, missing more than two classes will significantly impact your class participation grade. Attendance is required.  Attendance will be taken at the beginning of each class hour.  Students who are not seated and prepared to begin class when attendance is taken will be counted as tardy.   Each tardy counts as one absence.

          "Excused absence" shall mean documented illness of self, documented illness of child, school-sponsored participation in competitions, or a family emergency. "Family Emergency" is limited to death or catastrophic occurrence affecting the student's immediate family or closely-extended family.  Flat tires and similar automotive failures, computer problems, speeding tickets, work, interviews, court dates, etc. are per se unexcused absences.   

     Attendance requires presence and attention during the entire class period.  Students should not leave the classroom once class has begun except in emergencies.

     Attendance requires attention.  Students should refrain from engaging in activities that are disruptive to the class.  Professional conduct requires that students refrain from eating, talking or laughing while others are speaking, passing notes, playing games, reading newspapers, or in any other manner disrupting the educational process by being present but rude or inattentive. Students acting in an unprofessional manner will be asked to leave the classroom and will be counted absent without excuse for that class.

      Attendance requires preparation.  Occasional inability to complete the assignments is understandable and excusable; regular patterns of lack of preparedness will require excuse and make-up work.

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