Law 6982- Race and Racism in American Law
Professor Vernellia Randall
The University of Dayton School of Law

In-Class Participation




First Class


In-class participation will be based on attendance,   preparation for class, effective participation in the small group cooperative learning process and large group discussion

This is a cooperative participatory learning class. That means that your absence effects the learning of others. Consequently, missing classes significantly affects your grade. 

In general, missing more than 3 classes will significantly effect your class participation grade.  However, class participation means more than showing up for class. Class participation includes actively participating in class including being adequately prepared.

           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. A tardy counts as an 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.   

      Class Participation requires presence  during the entire class period.  Students should not leave the classroom once class has begun except in emergencies.

        Class Participation  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 rude or inattentive.  Students acting in an unprofessional manner will be asked to leave the classroom and will be counted absent for that class. During small group, simulations and large group discussion all computers should be closed. When laptop use is permitted, the only permissible use is note-taking Surfing the web is by definition NOT paying attention.   You may not use Blackberries, Treos, mobile phones, and other handheld devices.  You must turn off such devices before coming to class.  If your cell phone rings during class you will be asked to leave and the day will be count as an absence.

      Class Participation requires preparation.  Occasional inability to complete the assignments is understandable. Missing more than 3 problems will affect your problem grade. If you are not prepared for class by having your problem completed before class, your class participation grade will be considered unprepared.  

Daily class participation grade will be evaluated based on a combination of

Holistic Rubric for Scoring 
Class Participation

Student is prepared, contributes readily to the conversation but doesn't dominate it; makes thoughtful contributions that advance the conversation; shows interest in and respect for other views; participates actively in small groups ++ 95
Student is prepared and makes thoughtful comments when called on; contributes occasionally without prompting; shows interest in and respect for others views; participates actively in small groups; while the students contributions are less well developed, they nevertheless advance the conversation. + 85
Student is prepared, but does not voluntarily contribute to discussions and gives only minimal answers when called on; nevertheless student show interest in the discussion, listens attentively and participates actively in small groups. ck 75
Student is prepared but participates in a problematic way; students may talk too much, make rambling poor tangential contributions, continually interrupt with digressive questions,  - 65
Student attended class but was not prepared,  bluff their way when unprepared or otherwise dominate discussion, not acknowledging cues of annoyance from professor or students nc 45
Student did not attend class or if student attended is disruptive or hostile, overtly rude. 0 0
[Rubric for Class Participation]
[Class Participation - Karma Points]
[Student-Led Discussion Manual]
[Discussion and Thinking Questions]



Teaching Methods
Grading and Evaluation
Accomodations Policy
UD Academic Honesty
Syllabus Survey
Lesson Outline


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