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This page contains general information about the course format, online platforms, privacy protection, accessibility resources and the academic honor code.

Course Format

Our course will be held online through synchronous Zoom sessions on Mondays and Wednesdays from 2:00–3:00pm EST throughout the semester. All students should download the Zoom app and establish an account. For more information and instructions for joining a Zoom class session, refer to Colgate’s Zoom Student Guide. You will also find information in the guide for setting up a Zoom training session with ITS.

Importantly, this course is discussion-driven. This means that the bulk of our course sessions will be devoted to informed, engaged conversations about the course materials and their relation to religion and the world around us. In addition to our live course sessions, these discussions will also take place through asynchronous assignments, including discussion boards and Medium blog posts. If you will be participating in the course from a different time zone or face other challenges that will impede your ability to join the live course sessions over Zoom, please let me know. We can discuss other ways for you to contribute to our live discussions.

Each of you will be assigned to a small group that will serve as your more immediate learning community throughout the semester. While Mondays will be sessions with the full class, you will meet in your small group each Wednesday during class sessions to engage discussion questions and other related material.

Important to note: All Monday Zoom sessions will be recorded and made available to registered students. If you prefer not to be recorded, please contact me to discuss options for how to participate in the Zoom session while still maintaining your privacy.

Online Platforms

We will use four primary online platforms throughout the course to communicate with one another:

Zoom: We will meet via Zoom each week during our scheduled class time of Mondays and Wednesdays at 2pm EST. Our sessions will typically last no longer than hour. I will also hold office hours through Zoom.

Medium: Each week you will be responsible for posting a reaction to the assigned readings on Medium. You will also be expected to provide comments on the post of at least one fellow member of your learning group each week. More detailed instructions for Medium posts can be found on the Assignments page of the site.

Google Drive: All of the materials for the course are provided for you. Materials that are not hyperlinked on the Schedule Page or on the printed version of the syllabus can be found on the Course Google Drive. Each of you will be added to the Drive and given access to the content through your Colgate email address.

Slack or GroupME: At the beginning of the semester, we’ll collaboratively decide on an app that enables us to host more informal conversations with one another as necessary outside of formal class time and Medium posts. This app will be available for your easy use when you want to reach out to your learning group or the class as a whole with questions. You can also use it to share current/campus events as well as general resources.

Privacy Protection

Lecture materials and live and recorded class-related materials that depict the images or voices of students are protected under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). It is a violation of federal law to share these materials with anyone outside of the classroom. In addition, all lecture and classroom materials are the sole intellectual property of the instructor. Any use or distribution of these materials requires the explicit written permission of the instructor.


Please be in touch with me if you need adjustments based on the impact of a disability. I am happy to talk with you about how we can best meet your specific needs in the course. If you have not already done so, please also be in touch with the Office of Disability Services in the Center for Learning, Teaching, and Research. The office is responsible for determining reasonable and appropriate adjustments for students with disabilities on a case-by-case basis, and more generally, for ensuring that members of the community with disabilities have access to Colgate’s programs and services. Their services are available free of charge to all students.

Academic Honesty

It is your responsibility to familiarize yourself with the Academic Honor Code and to abide by it throughout your time at Colgate. The University defines academic dishonesty as any attempt to misrepresent one’s performance on any academic exercise submitted for evaluation. In any situation where you may question the appropriateness of representing a piece of work as your own, please contact me.. Ignorance of University policy concerning academic dishonesty shall not be a defense in any University Student Conduct Board proceeding. Any form of academic dishonesty will be dealt with according to the standards established by Colgate University.




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