The class contains information valuable to your future career.  Students should plan to be fully engaged in the lectures, labs, and discussions that take place.  Students should not be using the computer for e-mail, checking social media or pursuing other activities not related to class.  Students also should not be texting or playing Pokemon Go.

You are expected to:

  • Actively participate in all class activities.
  • Volunteer contributions on a regular basis.
  • Arrive to class on time.
  • Respect the professor and other students, especially during student presentations.


  • Grades will be posted on Blackboard. Please monitor your grades regularly.
  • Assignments may not be redone a second time.
  • Assignments are due at the beginning of class on the due date. Assignments that are up to one day late (Wednesday) will have 15% (of the total points possible) subtracted from the student’s score.  After that, the assignment will not be accepted and the student will receive zero points.
  • All assignments must be original work.
  • Lost assignments are never a valid excuse for a late submission. Careful handling of files and rigorous backup procedures should be followed.

Blackboard, “Projects”, and E-Mail

  • Course information, assignments, and important links (including links to student projects) will be on this website. Grades will be posted on Blackboard.
  • When you e-mail Professor Sarachan, use an appropriate subject to receive a timely response. It is strongly that you use your Fisher e-mail to send the professor messages (so as to avoid getting your e-mail stuck in the SPAM filter.)

Attendance Policy

  • You will lose 30 points from your total grade out of 1000 after one (1) absence, and then 30 additional points for each absence after that.  “Excused” absences (illness, etc.) must be discussed with the professor in advance of class (via e-mail, etc.). After three (3) absences, you will receive an FA for the class regardless of the situation.
  • Serious Illness/jury duty, etc. should be discussed with the professor.
  • It is your responsibility to contact another student (or the professor if necessary) to find out what you have missed and make arrangements to make-up work if necessary.
  • Absences do not alter your responsibility to hand in assignments on time. (In cases when this is impossible, you must contact the instructor ahead of time.)  Notify the instructor via e-mail if you must submit an assignment after the due date.

If you will be unable to fulfill requirements, it is your responsibility to drop the class. You may drop the class with no record on your transcript until Monday, October 2 at 4:30pm.

Grade Chart

A 930-1000 C 730-769
A- 900-929 C- 700-729
B+ 870-899 D+ 670-699
B 830-869 D 630-669
B- 800-829 D- 600-629
C+ 770-799 F 0-599

College Policy Concerning Students with Disabilities

In compliance with St. John Fisher College policy and applicable laws, appropriate academic accommodations are available to students with disabilities. All requests for accommodations must be supported by appropriate documentation/diagnosis and determined reasonable by St. John Fisher College. Students with documented disabilities (physical, learning, psychological) who may need academic accommodations are advised to refer to the Disability Services website

Questions should be directed to the Coordinator of Disability Services in the Disability Services Office and Test Center, Kearny 300. Late notification will delay requested accommodations.

Academic Honesty

The work that students submit must be 100 percent their own. Anything else is plagiarism, which is a serious offense both academically and professionally. Communications professionals who plagiarize the work of others are fired from their jobs; students can expect severe repercussions as well, starting with a grade of ZERO on any assignment that the instructor discovers has been plagiarized. (Plagiarism also is punishable by further sanctions, up to and including expulsion from school.)  The college’s academic honesty policy, which includes descriptions of problem practices, procedures for addressing suspected plagiarism and potential sanctions for violating the policy, is posted at
The professor will report any case of plagiarism to the registrar’s office

Statement on Academic Integrity

“All students, regardless of level or school, are responsible for following the St. John Fisher College Academic Integrity Policy in addition to any other individual school’s or program’s academic expectations and/or professional standards. Every student is expected to demonstrate academic integrity in all academic pursuits at all times. If a student suspects that another student has violated the Academic Integrity Policy, he or she should contact the instructor for that course and provide support for that suspicion. Any finding of responsibility and associated sanctions for a violation of the Academic Integrity Policy is retained per the College records policy.

All students are expected to be familiar with the details of the Academic Honesty Policy (available via