Course Policies



Lecture Attendance

Let me put it this way: give a damn about your education. Attend every lecture (or log-on with your camera on if you’re taking a hybrid or synchronous online class). Ask questions. Be present. Talk to your classmates. Set up study dates. Stay after class. If you’re asking if you have to attend then you should re-prioritize your views toward your education.

Reading Expectations

Course readings were thoughtfully assigned to complement the lectures and other course materials. It is expected that students read assigned material prior to the week covering that topic.

Writing Expectations & Citation Style

Students should exhibit appropriate, university-level writing at all times and cite sources using footnotes that conform to Kate Turabian, A manual for writers of term papers, theses, and dissertations (current edition), also known as “Chicago Style“. Turabian quick reference. APA and MLA style will not be accepted. Students should visit the Writing Center to address initial writing and editing concerns.


Unless specifically stated in an assignment prompt, there are no minimum source requirements for my writing assessments. If you ask, I’ll simply say that the number of appropriate sources depends on how you use them to make your argument. What is important, however, is source variety. Websites and online encyclopedias are great sources of information, but scholarly books and articles are always best.

Assignment Formatting & Submission Requirements

  • Microsoft Word document. (PDF, .rtf or notepad submissions will not be graded).
  • One-inch margins.
  • 1.5 spacing
  • Remove additional spacing between paragraphs.
  • Page numbers.
  • Footnotes single-spaced at 10-pt. font.
  • Entire document in Times New Roman font
  • If submitted in class, provide name and date at the top of the page.
  • If submitted via Moodle, title your file in this way: Stover, Justin – HIST 1106 – Response 1

Late Work

Late work will not be accepted. In the past, I had asked students to email their late assignments or drop them into my office mailbox. In either case, they get lost, neglected, or graded in a hurry. This causes stress for both the student and myself. My advice: let it go and move on. If you don’t submit an assignment on time, there will be others to make up for it and often extra credit opportunities.


ISU library history research resources page:

You can also contact the library’s History librarian, Ellen Ryan ( or (208) 282-3608). She is a great resource and is always happy to help students with their research.

The library catalog of books, etc. can be located at under the Library Catalog tab. For JSTOR and other research databases, click on the Databases tab and then scroll through the drop-down menu.

The Student Success Center offers tutoring and other services that are helpful for students. Phone numbers: (208) 282-3662 (Pocatello) (208) 282-7925 (Idaho Falls). The student success center includes a writing center, tutoring, GRE workshops, and many other very useful resources. Students can also visit the Writing Center at ISU for help with the writing assignments for this class. The Writing Center offers face-to-face and online services.

Idaho State University Disability Statement

Any student who feels an accommodation based on the impact of a disability is necessary should contact the instructor to discuss specific needs and the requirements of the course. Students may also contact Disability Services at 282-3599 in the Rendezvous Building, Room 125 to coordinate reasonable accommodations. Reasonable accommodations are established through an interactive process between you, your instructor and Disability Services. Please see their web page at for more information about this process.

Idaho State University is committed to providing equal opportunity in education for all students. If you have a diagnosed disability or if you believe you have a disability physical, learning, hearing, vision, psychiatric) that might require reasonable accommodation in this course, please contact the Disability Services Center, Rendezvous Building, Room 125 (282-3599). It is the responsibility of students to contact instructors during the first week of each semester to discuss appropriate accommodations.

Student Conduct and Student Services

ISU policies for student conduct are included in the Student Handbook and the Student Conduct Code, which can be found on the Student Affairs Website. Additional resources include guidelines on relationship violence, religious support, sexual assault, stalking, and more. Please visit the Student Affairs website for more details. Please also see the Student Support and Student Services pages.

Academic Integrity and Dishonesty Policy

Idaho State University prohibits cheating and plagiarism. The instructor has a zero-tolerance policy for plagiarism and other serious violations of academic honesty. If a student is charged with academic dishonesty, an F may be recorded as the final grade for the course and the student will be reported to her or his department. For the university academic honesty policy, see the link for more details:

Violations of Academic Honesty include the following:

CHEATING is defined as using or attempting to use materials, information, or study aids that are not permitted by the instructor in examinations or other academic work.

PLAGIARISM is defined as presenting or representing another person’s words, ideas, data, or work as one’s own.

University Academic Freedom StatementIn carrying out its educational mission, Idaho State University is committed to adhering to the values articulated in Idaho State Board of Education Policy III.B. Membership in the academic community imposes on administrators, faculty members, other institutional employees, and students an obligation to respect the dignity of others, to acknowledge the right of others to express differing opinions, and to foster and defend intellectual honesty, freedom of inquiry and instruction, and free expression on and off the campus of an institution.

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