General Biology

Mission: To provide affordable, accessible, and exceptional education that fosters student success

Term:  Fall 2019-Spring 2020

Course:    1114   General Biology
Delivery Format:  Online

Instructor Information:

Name:  Danny Wann
Email:  dwann@carlalbert.edu
Office Location:  RC204
Preferred Contact Method:   dwann@carlalbert.edu
Office Phone:  918-647-1411
Office Hours: 
As posted
Alternate Phone:  918-658-8471 emergency only

Textbook 1 Information: Recommended                                         
Biology Life On Earth with Physiology  Audesirk, Audesirk, Byers 13:978-0-321-79426-0

Textbook 2 Information: Required
Customized Laboratory Manual, Inquiry into Life Sylvia S. Mader 13:978-0-69716030-0 or 10:0-69716030-0

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Course Description:
           
Designed for non-science majors, this course is an introduction of the foundation of life and the laws of nature as revealed in organisms. This course examines the general concept of fundamental facts, principles, and theories of the biological sciences with particular emphasis on those aspects that apply to man.  3 hours theory, 2 hours laboratory.

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Credit Hours:  4
Prerequisites:  None
Co-requisites:  None

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO’s):

SLO 1. Upon completion of the course students will be able to assess knowledge of the essential characteristics of biological science.
-Students will be able to define basic terms specific to biological science.
-Students will be able to describe the characteristics of living things.
-Students will be able to explain and utilize the scientific method.
-Students will be able to identify the essential characteristics of science.
-Students will be able to compare and contrast hypothesis and theory.

SLO 2. Upon completion of the course students will be able to verify the taxonomy of living things.
-Students will be able to describe how organisms are named and classified.
-Students will be able to explain the characteristics of the three domains of life.
-Students will be able to recognize properly written scientific names.
-Students will be able to explain why classification of organisms is a changing process.

SLO 3. Upon completion of the course students will be able to examine knowledge of Ecology.
-Students will be able to define ecological terms.
-Students will be able to discuss trophic levels.
-Students will be able to summarize the flow of energy and nutrients through a system.

SLO 4. Upon completion of the course students will be able to discuss the basic chemistry necessary for life.
-Students will be able to describe the structure of an atom.
-Students will be able to compare and contrast ionic and covalent bonds.
-Students will be able to explain why water is polar and discuss why polarity is important to life.
-Students will be able to list and explain three properties of water.

SLO 5. Upon completion of the course students will be able to explain the major cytological processes in plant and animal cells.
-Students will be able to list and describe cell organelles.
-Students will be able to identify the processes involved in moving substances across the cell membrane.
-Students will be able to distinguish the differences in plant and animal cells.
-Students will be able to illustrate the differences between mitosis and meiosis.

SLO 6. Upon completion of the course students will be able to examine the processes of cellular respiration.
-Students will be able to recall the stages of anaerobic and aerobic respiration.
-Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the catabolizing of glucose.
-Students will be able to explain the production and function of ATP.
-Students will be able to utilize knowledge of cell respiration to predict and explain physiological changes during rigorous physical activity.
SLO 7. Upon completion of the course students will be able to investigate basic knowledge of Mendelion genetics.
-Students will be able to define genetic terminology.
-Students will be able to describe the relationships among DNA, chromosomes and genes.
-Students will be able to utilize Punnett squares to predict the genotypes and phenotypes of offspring.
-Students will be able to recognize the difference between dominance and co-dominance.

SLO 8. Upon completion of the course students will be able to investigate functions of human body systems.
-Students will be able to list and briefly describe the 11 organ systems of the human body.
-Students will be able to discuss the path of blood through the heart, pulmonary and systemic systems.
-Students will be able to identify cardiovascular disorders and methods of prevention.
-Students will be able to describe the primary and accessory organs utilized in digestion.
-Students will be able to compare and contrast the three types of muscle tissue.
-Students will be able to identify and explain the major functions of the skeletal system.

Evaluation/Assessment Practices

Assignments and Course Format:

The general format of the class will be lecture, discussion, AV, Internet, CD's, as well as individual investigation in the lab. All lab assignments and books turned in will not be returned. The text book will the basis of the material covered. The student will be responsible for reading the assigned topics before class and for participation in class discussion. Research and observation papers may be assigned when appropriate

 A total of 5 major examinations will be given during the semester. The exams will be objective in nature to include multiple choice, true-false, with possible matching and SA questions. Each examination will be a sectional test covering material that has been lectured over since the previous examination. The final test may be comprehensive. These exams will comprise 500 points while the lab will constitute 200 points. (The test will make up 71% of the grade and lab will make up 29% of the grade).

If a research paper is assigned it will comprise 25% of the total lab grade and the paper may be checked by a plagiarism web site.
All assignments are due on the due date. Assignments not received on time will have a zero recorded. All students are responsible for making sure your assignments are turned in on time.

90-100

A

80-89

B

70-79

C

60-69

D

59 & below

F

Grade Scale:

 MAKE-UP EXAMINATIONS:
It is the student's responsibility to take tests at the time they are scheduled. A student that cannot make the exam at the time it is scheduled must contact the instructor prior to missing the test to be able to make that exam up. Only then the student will be able to take it during the last week of class at the instructor's discretion. Arrangements can be made for "special" occasions which are under the discretion of the instructor. There will not be a curve or bonus on any make-up examination. (If you are a web student and you do not take the test on time you will have a zero recorded. There are no make-ups on the web courses. ) Lab tests cannot be made up. Lab assignments will not be made up. I will not take late assignments. I do drop your lowest lab grade. I do not drop the lowest lecture test grade. All final decisions will be made in the fairest manner possible by the instructor.

 

 

Grading Policies:

 

I drop the lowest lab grade but I do not drop any lecture test grades. I do not go back and make up any labs.
Each of the 5 lecture test is worth 100 points. The total of all your labs is worth 100 points. I will take your lab average and count it as 2 test grades. Total points divided by 7 will be your final grade. Leaf collections and Frog test are part of the lab. (I do drop the lowest lab grade)Exception: If you are taking the Biology Interim you will have one more test grade to average. We take 5 field trips and each is worth 10, 20, 20, 20, and 30, respectively.

 

            Expectations:

            Class Behavior: STUDENTS are expected to act like an adult. Unruly or disruptive behavior will result in your permanent dismissal from class
 Necessary Items: Goggles, Gloves, #2 Pencils, Scantrons, and Your Time and Commitment!!
PLEASE DO NOT WEAR CONTACTS WHILE DISSECTING THE FROG!!!! Please turn your papers in on time and come by the office and check on your grade periodically! It is your responsibility!

CELL PHONES: You are to turn them off or silent during class. While testing they are to be off and put away. We will google some things during class so they will be utilized from time to time.

            Communication:

            Communication is one of the keys to success. Communication in this or any other course is extremely important. The best way to communicate with me is through school e-mail or course e-mail. I typically check these daily but weekends may vary. When checking the course daily, my response is usually within 24 hours. If you email me at 6 pm on a Friday, I may not respond until Monday. Course Assignment/discussion responses are usually within a week.

 

            Attendance:

            Attendance is a must to be successful in this or any other course. Excessive (more than 4) absences may lead to the student being failed or administratively dropped from the course. Attendance records will be kept and excessive absences will be reported to the office of student affairs. (Attendance in the intercession classes is definitely a must. Participation in class and field trips is a must. Missing 1 day is like missing 8 days in a semester. Typically there is not enough time to make up work in this 10 day crash course of Biology. If the work cannot be made up during the 10 days (not likely)and prior arrangement has not been made to finish work known to be missed, for every full day of class and or field trip participation you are absent past 1 you will be dropped a letter grade.) Example: If you have an “A” and miss 2 days of this 10 day course, you now have a “B”.


Additional Course Information:

Week             Lecture for New 10 edition of "Life On Earth"                   Labs

1                                                      1, 2                                 Labs closed due to open enrollment

2                                                       2, 3                                Lab 1- Microscope

3                                                    4, 5, 6                              Lab 8-tissues

4                                            Test 1, chapt. 7, 8                 Lab 7-plants

5                                                    43,43                               Lab 7-plants

6                                     Chapt. 44, 45, Test II                   Lab 29-frog

7                                                     9, 10                               Lab 29-frog

8                                                       11                                  Lab 29-frog

9                                                       12                                  Lab 20- Genetics

10                                                     13, Test III                    Lab 20- Genetics

11                                                  31, 32                              Lab 4- Mitosis

12                                                  33, 34, 35             Lab 12- Circulation

13                                                  Test IV, 36                       Lab 14- Kidney

14                                                  37, 38, 39             Lab 17- Senses

15                                                     40, 41                Lab 15- Nervous

16                                                    42, Review             All Make-up Lecture Exams

17                      Final Test is test 5                                    No Lab





BIOLOGY WEEKLY PLANNER SHORT VERSION: For Life on earth 1-4 edition and Inquiry into Life: Author: Silvia Mader, 13th edition

Week                                             Lecture                                               Labs

1             1, 2 (Chapters are the same on 1st test for old and new book)  Labs closed due to open enrollment  

2                                                      2, 3                                                    Lab 1- Microscope

3                                                      4, 5                                                    Lab 8-tissues

4                                               Test 1, chapt. 6                                       Lab 7-plants

5                                 7, 17(6,7,8,9,10 Mader new book test 2        Lab 7-plants

6                                                 Chapt. 18, thenTest II                           Lab 29-frog

7                                        8, film (23-26 Mader new book test 3)    Lab 29-frog

8                                                      9, 10                                                   Lab 29-frog

9                                                        11,                                                     Lab 20- Genetics

10                                                 12, Test III                                             Lab 20- Genetics

11                 19, 20 (11,12,14,15,16 Mader new book for test 4)        Lab 4- Mitosis

12                                                  21, film                                       Lab 12- Circulation

13                  Test IV, 22 (13,17,18,20,21 Mader new book test 5)      Lab 14- Kidney

14                                                23, 24, film                                               Lab 17- Senses

15                                                 24, 25                                                 Lab 15- Nervous

16                                               25, Review                            All Make-up Lecture Exams

17                                        Final Test is test 5                                          No Lab

SERVICES, POLICY, and PROCEDURES:

Student Email:

IMPORTANT- All course information, billing, financial aid notices, housing information, scholarship awards, degree check results, and other mail will be sent to you via student email. Please remember to check your student email often for important information.

ADA statement:

 

Carl Albert State College complies with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Students with disabilities who need special accommodations should make their request in the following way:

 

Talk with your instructor after class about your disability or special needs related to work in class.

Students will need to download the disability form from the LRC page, and return it to me, in my office. I will need at least one visit with on campus students, and one by phone with online.


 

Poteau Campus

*      Complete the Request for Special Accommodations Form with the Student Disability Services Coordinator. Crissy Keeton 918-647-1319.


Sallisaw Campus

*      Complete the Request for Special Accommodations Form with the Assistant Student Disability Services Coordinator located in the Learning Resource Center in office SC 8125. Tamara Wright 918-775-6977 extension 2253.

 

FOR WEB COURSES

*      Call or e-mail your instructor about your disability or special needs related to work in web courses.

*      Complete the Request for Special Accommodations Form with the Student Disability Services Coordinator. You may find information on our website under Student Affairs/Student Disability Services.

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Services

  • LRC: The Learning Resource Center is located in the George Ollie Center for Academic Excellence on the third floor, in room 1301; Crissy Keeton, the LRC director, may be reached at 918-647-1319. The LRC offers tutoring in a variety of subjects including math and English: specific tutoring schedules are available.  The LRC also offers notes and textbooks for many classes, as well as a computer lab and study area. Hours of operation are Monday through Thursdays from 8 am to 6 p.m., and on Fridays from 8 am to 4 pm.
  • Counseling: CASC Student Counseling Services provides free counseling to students who are struggling with school, home life, or a disability. Overseeing the CASC Student Counseling Center is Kerrie Blair, MS, LPC.  She serves as counselor at Carl Albert State College and may be reached by phone (918) 647-1389, text (918) 658-5568, or email kblair@carlalbert.edu.

https://carlalbert.edu/student-services/student-counseling-services

 

  • Library: Research for your class should be conducted at the CASC Libraries.  College-level research requires college-level sources. CASC Libraries offer a number of appropriate sources in both print and electronic formats.  Visit the library in person for research assistance or at
    https://carlalbert.edu/student-services/library/. 

Phone: 918-647-1311 (Poteau)  918-775-6977 (Sallisaw)
Facebook:  Library Friends @ Carl Albert State College
Twitter:  @CASCLibrary
Instagram: casclibrary 

 

HEA-Required information:

The National Postsecondary Education Cooperative (NPEC) issued Information Required to Be Disclosed Under the Higher Education Act of 1965: Suggestions for Dissemination (NPEC 2010-831). This publication is available at http://nces.ed.gov.

 

Additional Information including Student Handbook, FERPA, Financial Aid, Clery Report, and student consumer information are located at https://carlalbert.edu/discover-us/student-consumer-reports/

Notification of class cancellation:

In the event class must be cancelled by the instructor the student will be notified through various methods including, but not limited, to the following:  text message, email, or written notification.  Students should check their Carl Albert email accounts regularly for such notifications.  When possible, instructors will provide notification in advance.

In instances of school closure the notification process occurs in the following ways: the alert system is used to send messages including phone calls, text messages, and emails to all names in the alert system as soon as a decision has been made regarding the status of CASC; an email is sent to all Carl Albert email addresses; closure information is posted to the CASC website as quickly as possible; the phone message for incoming calls at the CASC switchboard will indicate closed status; local radio stations and television stations are notified; however television may or may not post our information so please be sure to check other sources of information as listed above.

Assessment Statement

Assessment is the process that evaluates the learning experience with the purpose of continual improvement and has the objective of assuring the accomplishment of the mission of Carl Albert State College.

Academic Integrity/ Misconduct Policy: 

The following will apply in connection with academic dishonesty:

 

A. The instructor and his/her Division Chairperson have final authority over the grades given to students   or the lowering of grades because of cheating or plagiarism.

 

B. The term “cheating” includes, but is not limited to:

 

1.       The use of any unauthorized assistance in taking quizzes, tests, or examinations.

 

2.       Dependence upon the aid of sources beyond those authorized by the instructor in writing papers, preparing reports, solving problems, or carrying out other assignments.

 

3.   Acquisition, without permission, of tests or other academic material belonging to a member of the college faculty or staff.  The term “plagiarism” includes, but is not limited to, the use, by paraphrase or direct quotation, of the published or unpublished   work of another person without full and clear acknowledgment.  It also includes the unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling of term papers or other academic materials.

 

If it is established that cheating or plagiarism has more than likely occurred:

 

A. The instructor may take appropriate disciplinary action, which may include the awarding of an “F” on the particular assignment or in the course.

 

B. The instructor will make a report of the incident and of action taken to the Vice President for Academic  Affairs.

 

C. The student will receive a copy of the report if s/he desires and may appeal the decision of the instructor to the Academic Affairs Committee.

 

D. The student and instructor may meet individually with the Academic Affairs Committee to present documentation pertinent to the appeal. Once the Academic Affairs Committee renders its decision, the appeal process is concluded.

 

Carl Albert State College considers all forms of academic misconduct and dishonesty serious matters which warrant serious attention. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, cases of cheating and plagiarism, and is, at the very least, subject to disciplinary action by the instructor of record. More serious infractions will warrant disciplinary actions by the college. 

 

Plagiarism is considered unacceptable and incompatible with the educational mission of Carl Albert State College. Since plagiarism always carries consequences, all students are expected to be familiar with the rules for avoiding plagiarism. 

 

Intentional plagiarism is a deliberate act of academic dishonesty in which an individual knowingly represents the work or knowledge of another person as one’s own, knowingly incorporates into one’s work the words or ideas of another person without clear attribution, fails to acknowledge clearly the partial or full authorship of someone else when submitting a work, and/or consistently fails to cite or quote textual resources properly.

 

Cheating is considered to be a serious infraction of academic integrity and as such is not tolerated at CASC. Specifically, cheating includes, but is not limited to, instances where work is turned in that is not one’s own, copying others’ answers in exams and/or papers, infiltration of grading systems, use of deception in acquisition of answers, and/or instances of forgery. 

 

Grade Protest

Students may challenge a final grade, provided a solution cannot be reached through proper academic channels. Students should first contact their instructor and then the Division Chair if resolution is not satisfactory. Appeals for the purpose of challenging a final grade must be made to the Academic Affairs Committee within 90 days after the grade in question appears on the permanent record.  Information concerning procedures to be followed is available from the Office of Admissions and Records. (CASC Catalog, p. 74)

 

Faculty Complaints

A student who feels he or she has serious grounds and evidence to demonstrate unfair treatment by a faculty member may file a formal written complaint with the division chair. First, however, the student is encouraged to visit with the faculty member on an informal basis to discuss the situation. If, after that visit, the student still wishes to file a formal complaint, the division chair will call a meeting between the student and the faculty member to discuss the complaint and any further action. If the issue still remains unresolved, the division chair, faculty member, and student will meet with the Associate Vice President of Instruction in the Academic Affairs Office.

 

Semester Regulations Concerning the Beginning and End of the Term

Students should keep in mind that the semester begins with the first day of class, and ends with the last day of the designated final exam period.  For that reason, and because final exams may be scheduled up to and through the last day of the final exam schedule, students should not plan to travel until the first day after the end of finals week, unless approval is granted by the division chair AND the Academic Affairs Office. Students may request changes in individual final exam times in writing and through completion of the Change in Final Exam form. Forms are located in the office of the registrar. Requests for change for personal convenience are generally not approved. Approvals are normally limited for the following reasons:

    1. Conflict with working hours on a job that has been held during the term, and for which working schedules cannot be readily adjusted.
    2. Religious reasons.
    3. Four finals in one day. Where amicable agreement cannot be reached by the student and the instructors, the division chair and/or Academic Affairs Office can grant accommodations.
    4. Military obligations verified in writing.
    5. Other exceptional hardship cases including health reasons concerning immediate members of the household and/or death of an immediate family member or attendance of a funeral of an immediate family member.

Additionally, with take-home final exams, instructors have the option and may choose to make those due on the last day of finals.

Students are required to:

1.        complete the Change in Final Exam form;

2.        request the signature and approval of the designated instructor;

3.        submit the form to the appropriate division chair for approval;

4.        The form will be forwarded to the Academic Affairs Office or designee (Vice President for Sallisaw campus).

5.        The Academic Affairs office will then inform the student of the results of the request.

*Requests will be finalized within 72 hours of the formal request.

 

Withdrawal Policy:
Students withdrawing from courses should first consult instructors and refer to the current student handbook or website for withdrawal procedures.  Additionally, the student should contact the offices of Financial Aid, Admissions, Business, and Retention.  Students failing to attend initial class meetings will be dropped from the class without notification.  Beyond that, failure to attend class is not equivalent to dropping the class; students who fail to formally drop the class will receive a grade in the course.

 

Online Etiquette Statement:

Carl Albert State College expects online users to follow the same basic rules that apply in face-to-face communication.  The following guidelines provide direction for students using Internet-based communication.  Failure to follow appropriate communication rules may result in negative consequences.

 

      1. Think before you write.  What you say online is permanent.  Review and edit before you post and take the feeling of others into consideration.
      2. Be friendly and positive.  Even if you disagree with an idea there are ways you can approach your criticism without being hurtful.
      3. Use standard English.  Avoid slang and jargon with which others in the class may be unfamiliar.  Communication is only effective if the audience can relate to it.
      4. Be professional.  Avoid writing in all caps, using multiple exclamation or question marks, and emoticons. 
      5. Ask for help.  If you feel lost, or need clarification, ask.  If you don’t ask the questions your instructor and other students won’t be able to respond.  Besides, you’re probably not alone, but don’t wait for someone else to ask for you.

 

Statement of Instructor Modification Right

This syllabus is subject to alteration at the discretion of the instructor.  Notification of alteration will be provided to students via class announcement, e-mail, blackboard posting, or similar reasonable method.

 

Student Financial Responsibility Statement:

In addition to enrolling in classes, part of your enrollment responsibility is payment of your Business Office Account (tuition, fees, etc.)

If you have already paid your entire balance for the semester, and any past balances, thank you.

If you have not Carl Albert State College requires all students to either pay for their Business Office Account by the first day of class or enroll in the Nelnet Payment Plan located on the website by the first day of class.

Students who anticipate receiving financial aid must enroll in the Payment Plan as well.  If the financial aid pays for all costs then the payment plan will not go into effect.

If you have questions, please feel free to call the Business Office at 918-647-1325



COVID-19 Safety Policy

Board Approved 7-14-20

COVID-19 is a virus identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness that has spread globally into a pandemic. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, CASC is actively monitoring best practices and updating guidance based on the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”), state, and local health authorities. As this guidance and local circumstances change, CASC leadership will regularly evaluate this policy to limit COVID-19 exposure to CASC employees and students.  This is a temporary measure for the current crisis, and will only be in effect as long as is necessary to respond to the impact of COVID-19 on our employees.

The following protocols will be practiced upon the return to full operations and open to public:

A.      Academic Operations

1.    Interim classes meet with modified social distancing: relocation to larger rooms, faculty required to wear facial mask

2.    Utilize course syllabi as method of communication for social distancing and healthy protocols

3.    Utilize Blackboard or VIKECONNECT portal for health and safety acknowledgements

4.    Students in the classroom will be assigned a seat to enable tracking if needed

5.    Course delivery will move totally online following Thanksgiving Break

B.    Student Services

1.    Student Affairs (SA) will provide optional PPE for high-traffic SA office staff

2.    Student Affairs will maintain routine cleaning and sanitizing of high-traffic SA offices

3.    Student Affairs will resume in-person interaction with social distancing- utilize online intake forms for ADA/Counseling/Healthcare

4.    Online forms and processes will be utilized as much as possible

C.    Masking Required

1.    Masks are required in all instances of campus patronage when six feet of social distancing is not possible, for employees, students, visitors, vendors, and guests.  Masks shall be worn by the aforementioned persons when inside college facilities and vehicles, or when outdoors on campus and social distancing cannot be maintained. 

2.    All persons inside CASC facilities must wear fabric or disposable surgical-style masks, covering the mouth and nose.  Bandanas, scarves, shirts, socks, etc, shall not be permissible.  Faculty and staff may wear face shields (must wrap around the sides of the wearer’s face and extend below the chin) in place of face masks; faculty and staff must provide shields should they opt to wear them.  Passengers in all CASC-provided vehicles shall wear masks, including the driver.  The driver of said vehicle may remove their face covering if they are the only individual present in the vehicle.

3.    Employees (Faculty and Staff):

a)    Provision:  CASC will provide masks to employees; Disposable masks shall be available in the Student Affairs Department on the Poteau campus, and in the Bookstore on the Sallisaw campus. 

b)    Application:  Masks should be worn appropriately in relation to the employee’s description of duties.  Employees will not be required to wear masks inside CASC facilities in the following cases: 1) the employee is alone in an enclosed room, and 2) the employee is engaged in activity during which a mask is not feasible, such as singing, eating, speaking (recording), or drinking.

c)    Re-use and cleaning:  Employees’ masks shall be fabric and must be washed and dried daily.  Each employee shall be responsible for cleaning their own mask.

4.     Students

a)    CASC will provide masks to residential students.  Non-Residential students may obtain one by request.  Students will also be allowed to wear self-provided masks.  Masks shall be available in the Student Affairs Department on the Poteau campus, and in the Bookstore on the Sallisaw campus. 

b)    Fabric masks should be washed and dried daily.  Each student shall be responsible for cleaning their own mask. Students may wear face shields (must wrap around the sides of the wearer’s face and extend below the chin) in place of face masks; students must provide shields should they opt to wear them.   

c)    Application:  Students will not be required to wear masks inside CASC facilities in the following cases: 1) the student is alone in an enclosed room, and 2) the student is engaged in activity during which a mask is not feasible, such as singing, eating, speaking (recording), or drinking.

d)    Residential Housing Application:  While students will not be required to wear their mask in their residence hall room, they are encouraged to continue wearing their mask, especially if guests and other visitors are present.  The exception shall be activities during which wearing a mask is not feasible, such as eating, drinking, bathing, or sleeping.

e)    Guests:  Students shall require their guests to wear a mask while visiting the CASC campus.  Guests will be expected to provide their own mask. 

f)     Student athletes: CASC will require masks or face coverings worn when in the presence of others, however NO masks or face coverings are allowed during physical activity, as it may cause physical harm to student athletes.

g)    Symptoms:  Should any student begin exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, they are asked to report immediately to the Office of Student Affairs. 

5.    Vendors, Visitors, and non-CASC affiliated persons:

a)    Any visitor to campus, regardless of purpose, must wear a mask while on campus.  Visitors shall provide their own masks.  However, a small supply of disposable masks will be available. 

6.    Special Events

a)    Masks shall be worn at all college-sponsored events and in compliance with NJCAA recommendations.

7.    If an employee or student employee indicates compliance is not possible due to medical reasons, the individual should be referred to Human Resources to request accommodations on the basis of disability. Students (and student employees seeking accommodations on the basis of disability outside of a College work environment) should be referred to the online ADA intake form.

8.    Non-compliance (without approved disability accommodation) to the masking requirement may result in disciplinary sanctions for both students and employees.

a)    In-class offenses should be handled through the Office of Academic Affairs;

(i)     First Offense: instructor shall ask the student to place mask properly on their face.  The student’s name shall be reported to the Office of Academic Affairs, regardless if the student complies with the request.  If the student does not comply, the behavior will be considered a conduct violation and the student will be referred to the Office of Academic Affairs.

(ii)  Second offense:  The student will immediately be removed from class/the area and be sent to the Office of Academic Affairs for evaluation of the violation.  Consequences shall then be determined by the Vice President of Academic Affairs.

a)    All other offenses should be handled through the Office of Student Affairs:

                                          i.    First Offense:  CASC faculty/staff shall ask the student to place mask properly on their face.  The student’s name shall be reported to the Office of Student Affairs, regardless if the student complies with the request.

                                        ii.    Second offense: The student will immediately be removed from the area and be sent to the Office of Student Affairs for evaluation of the violation.  Consequences shall then be determined by the Vice President of Student Affairs.

                                       iii.    Third offense (In or Out of Class):  The student shall be banned from attending on- campus classes and being present on-campus.

b)    Violations are cumulative in nature, meaning that an offense either in-class or out-of-class shall be considered a first, second, or third offense.  Violators will not receive multiple first, second, or third offenses.  

D.   Campus Events (Scholars, Trustees, Gala, Welcome Week, etc.)

1.    Students and Employees are assigned online training on overall safety (i.e. COVID-19 Awareness, Cleaning & Disinfecting Your Workplace, Managing Stress & Anxiety, Face Coverings).

2.    Events will continue, as long as CDC and state guidelines are met (currently 30 headcount), but with additional hand sanitizing stations available.  Face masks should be worn; gloves (optional).

3.    The Student Affairs department will encourage more online and outdoor activities until restrictions loosen.

4.    Clubs and Organizations meeting count of less than 10, or via Zoom

5.    Provide sanitation cart- daily clean and sanitize Viking Room

E.    Stivers Center

1.    Reservations are strongly encouraged to use the Center

2.    Reduce capacity to maximums below until restrictions lessen:  6 in dance, lounge, basketball, and wallyball; 5 max in weight room; 4 max + coach in indoor hitting area; 4 max in racquetball, pickleball, and ping pong; half of cardio stations will be shut down,

3.    Daily cleaning and sanitizing by Physical Plant staff and Stivers Center staff will daily clean and wipe down equipment

4.    Cleaning supplies made available for individuals to wipe down stations before/after use

5.    Provide additional sanitizing stations

6.    Utilize the Center for social media activities and engagement

F.    Traffic Flow/Social Distancing

1.    Social distancing will be required.

a)    Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people;

b)    offices should be arranged to accommodate as much distance as possible

c)    Do not gather in groups

d)    Stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings

e)    Departments with minimal space, should arrange alternate work schedules (staggered hours or designated shifts) with supervisory guidance.  When full social distancing cannot be reached, masks should be worn.

f)     Breakrooms are limited to single capacity

g)    Common areas will be closed or at minimum limited to number of people to allow 6 feet of social distancing.

h)    When social distancing of at least six feet is not possible in an indoor or outdoor public setting, common area, or shared space, a mask must be worn and additional mitigation, such as the following options, must be implemented where possible:

                  -staggered breaks or shifts                

-re-configured physical space

-re-configured seating designations   

-revised workflow processes (i.e. partitions, curbside pickup)

-flexible meeting formats, such as video or telephone conferencing.

2.    Elevators are limited to double capacity as much as possible. Masks should be worn.

3.    Desks and computer monitors will be removed from learning environments to ensure students sit at least six feet apart. 

4.    Implementation of large standing signage at the entrance to all buildings encouraging patrons to practice social distancing. 

5.    Implementation of floor decals with traffic directions and social distancing reminders.

6.    Signage should be screened through the Office of Marketing.

G.   Sanitization

1.    High traffic areas/surfaces will be cleaned and disinfected regularly.

2.    Elevators will be disinfected daily. 

3.    Sanitizing machines will be used on the weekends. 

4.    Additional hand sanitizing stations will be placed throughout campus, along with masks and gloves. 

5.    Plexi-glass shielding will be installed in high student traffic areas, offices, and possibly classrooms.

6.    Encourage frequent hand-washing.

H.   Gloves:  All individuals on campus will be encouraged to wear gloves.  They will be available upon request for faculty, staff, and students

I.      WIFI/Connectivity --The expansion and availability of WIFI access from personal vehicles will be continued:

1.    Poteau Campus: Large parking lot between the Stivers Center and the Ollie Center.

2.    Sallisaw Campus: Parking lot between the Mayo and Mitchell buildings.

J.    Personal Travel

1.    Employee & students are subject to the CDC’s travel recommendations and any state executive orders related to COVID-19 travel.

2.    Any employee traveling out of state to a location with extreme COVID-19 activity and is exposed to the public there, may be required to use accrued paid leave for a 14-day self-quarantine time period before returning to the work site.  If paid leave is unavailable, unpaid leave may be taken.  Supervisors will have the discretion to make this determination based on the work environment and the level of risk for their specific department.  Effected employee may contact HR to confirm leave options.

3.    Supervisor’s have the discretion to deny a travel vacation request if the department workload is too heavy for the possibility of a three-week absence from duties for an employee wanting to travel out of state to an area with extreme COVID-19 activity.

4.    Students traveling out of state to a location with extreme COVID-19 activity and is exposed to the public there, should report their travel to the Student Affairs Office.

K.    Emergency Telework Status (under the CASC Emergency Telework Policy) will be permitted only if:

1.    An increase in COVID-19 activity and the College President has declared a campus-wide remote work alternative for the positions that have duties that can be performed remotely and can maintain standard business operations, or

2.    The employee is subject to a Federal, State, and local quarantine or isolation order related to COVID-19 and remote work resources are available and duties can be done remotely, or

3.    The employee has been advised by a Health Care Provider to self-quarantine related to COVID-19 and remote work resources are available and duties can be done remotely, or

4.    The employee is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and is seeking a medical diagnosis, and remote work resources are available and duties can be done remotely, or

5.    The employee is caring for the individual subject to an order as described in K.2. or self-quarantine as described in K.3, or

6.    The employee is caring for his or her child whose school or place of care is closed (or child care provider is unavailable) due to COVID-19 related reasons, or

7.    The employee is experiencing any other substantially similar condition specified by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, or

8.    An Executive Department Head requests, and the College President approves of the alternate status as a safety precaution for the College.

9.    Emergency Telework Policy applies and a signed and approved agreement will be required, as well as, weekly productivity reports should any telework arrangements be approved after re-opening to the public, with full operations in force.

Note:  Numbers 2-7 above are guided by the Federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act and will require supporting documentation. Refer to the HR website for more information. The Act provides paid Emergency Family Leave in limited circumstances as well as, Paid Sick Leave for people affected by COVID-19 (for regular part-time and full-time employees—student workers excluded). Employees can read the poster provided by the federal Department of Labor posted in each campus mailroom or at this internet address: https://www.dol.gov/sites/dolgov/files/WHD/posters/FFCRA_Poster_WH1422_Non-Federal.pdf

L.    Residential Housing

1.    Residential housing will re-open with single and double rooms.

2.    RA’s will implement room cleaning training at regular residential meetings.

3.    Housing Check-in: 

a)     Students will be allowed to have one guest only to assist the with move-in.

b)    Student must pass prescreening with medical professionals on site, prior to move-in.

c)     There will be a staggered 2-day check-in to maintain social distancing; use visual floor markings

d)    Housing Orientation will be conducted online

e)     Dorm rooms will be sanitized prior to move-in

f)     A mask will be given to each student upon check-in

M.    Screenings

1.    Screenings shall consist of a survey and temperature.

2.    Screenings will be conducted for all employees working on campus prior to the start of semester (done by medical professionals on campus, free of charge to employees).

3.    Screenings will be conducted for all residential housing students prior to move-in (done by medical professions on site, free of charge to students).

a)    Self-screenings (or symptom monitoring) should be conducted daily by each employee and student coming to campus.  You must be free of ANY symptoms potentially related to COVID-19.

(i)     Cough

(ii)    Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

(iii)   Fever

(iv)  Chills

(v)   Repeated shaking with chills

(vi)  Runny nose or new sinus congestion

(vii)  Muscle pain

(viii)               Headache

(ix)  Sore throat

(x)   Fatigue

(xi)  New GI symptoms

(xii)  New loss of taste or smell

If you have a combination of two or more of the listed symptoms, you should stay home and seek medical advice.  If you are concerned for availability of leave time, please contact the Human Resources office.

N.   Exposure

1.    CASC will maintain documentation on any COVID-19 related cases/situations in the workplace for OSHA reporting purposes.

2.    The CDC identifies exposure to COVID-19 as being less than 6 feet away, for greater than 15 minutes, to someone that has COVID-19 symptoms or has been tested positive.  A 14-day self-quarantine is recommended for people that have had this direct contact/exposure. Some situations may not rise to this level of self-quarantine, but may warrant altered working arrangements, as assigned by supervisors.

3.    Employees who were exposed to a laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 positive individual are expected to notify their supervisor, Human Resources (HR), and either their Healthcare Provider or Department of Health and follow the direction provided by the health department involved (if any).  If an isolated work station cannot be arranged, a 14-day self-quarantine will be initiated, either on a telework agreement or a leave arrangement.  If the employee is directly exposed and is awaiting results from a COVID-19 test, he/she may be eligible for Families First Coronavirus Response Act benefits.

4.    Students are expected to contact their instructors and Healthcare Provider or Department of Health and follow the direction provided.  That direction may require certain actions, such as to remain away from College property and from on- and off-campus events for a designated length of time and/or CDC recommended guidelines. Residential students who have been exposed will be required to isolate in a designated dorm until test results are obtained.  If tested positive, student will be required to stay at home according to healthcare instructions and/or CDC guidelines (usually no temperature and no evidence of symptoms for 72 hours).

5.    See Oklahoma State Department of Health :   https://coronavirus.health.ok.gov/what-do-if-you-are-sick
See CDC isolation guidance at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/end-home-isolation.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fprevent-getting-sick%2Fwhen-its-safe.html

6.    Experiencing Symptoms- Employees and students experiencing symptoms that could be consistent with COVID-19, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, recent loss of taste or smell, and/or extreme fatigue, must contact their health care provider regarding specific symptoms.  Stay home if experiencing these symptoms. Do not return to work or class until after:

·         3 days with no fever and

·         Respiratory symptoms have improved (e.g. cough, shortness of breath) and

·         10 days since symptoms first appeared
Depending on your healthcare provider’s advice and availability of testing, you might get tested to see if you still have COVID-19. If you will be tested, you can be around others when you have no fever, respiratory symptoms have improved, and you receive two negative test results in a row, at least 24 hours apart.

7.    Positive Test

a)    If an employee or student tests positive for COVID-19, they and CASC will cooperate with the appropriate health department in its contact tracing efforts.

b)    Employees and students who test positive for COVID-19, but had no symptoms may not return to campus until after 10 days of being tested, or after receiving two negative tests in a row, at least 24 hours apart.

c)    Employees and students who test positive for COVID-19 with evidence of symptoms, follow instructions in #6 above.

8.    Positive Household Member – Employees and students with a household member who has tested positive for COVID-19 and have had close contact with the household member, should self-quarantine for 14 days from the date of last close contact or submit a negative test result document.  Close contact is considered as:

(a)  You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes

(b)  You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19

(c)  You had direct physical contact with the person (touched, hugged, or kissed them)

(d)  You shared eating or drinking utensils

(e)  They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you

O.   Food Service

1.    Food Service will operate through a modified structure. 

2.    Tables will be removed from the dining hall to create six feet of distance between groups. 

3.    To go meals will be offered. 

4.    All food service tools and utensils will be disposable.

5.    Salad bar or buffet will not be offered. All salads will be pre-made. 

6.    Employees will regularly wipe down tables.  Students won't have to touch anything in order to receive their meals.

7.    Catering will be paused to focus on students.

8.     Student to-go lunch meals on Friday and Saturday

P.    Individual Responsibilities

1.    Individuals are responsible for cleaning their personal and shared spaces and office equipment.

(a)  Workspace - Individuals are encouraged to disinfect their individual workspaces (desk, phone, keyboard, etc.) daily. 

(b)  Students should clean any public surfaces prior to and after their use.

(c)  Shared Items - Individuals must avoid using others’ phones, desks, offices, computers, work tools, etc., when possible. Individuals using shared office items, such as copiers, must clean and disinfect the items before and after use.

(d)  Food Preparation - Individuals may prepare food in common areas, only one person at a time and must clean the area after their use.

(e)  Individuals should practice frequent handwashing (for at least 20 seconds), use of hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol when soap and water are not available; refrain from touching eyes, nose, and mouth; cover mouth and nose when sneezing; avoid close contact as much as possible; wear cloth face covering when around others.

Q.   Enforcement

Employees and students who refuse to comply with this Plan/Policy are subject to disciplinary action, in accordance with the CASC Policies & Procedures Manual, or Student Handbook, or as outlined above. If an employee or student indicates compliance is not possible due to medical reasons, the individual should be referred to the appropriate College office to request accommodations on the basis of disability office (Human Resources for employees; Learning Resource Center for students). Vendors, visitors, and patients who refuse to comply with this Plan/Policy are subject to having their access to campus suspended or terminated.

R.   Resources

1.    Should any student feel they need to be evaluated by a physician, please contact the Office of Student Affairs. Carl Albert works closely with the Health and Wellness Center, and the Center has agreed to evaluate students virtually should the need arise.

2.    Employees with CASC medical benefits can obtain COVID-19 information and additional benefits at:
https://omes.ok.gov/pages/information-healthchoice-members-and-providers-covid-19

3.    Employees without medical benefits may qualify for services through Stigler Health & Wellness and the Oklahoma State Department of Health.

4.    Oklahoma State Department of Health can be contacted at:
https://govstatus.egov.com/oklahoma-coronavirus-information
COVID-19 Call Center:  2-1-1
Oklahoma State Capitol
2300 North Lincoln Blvd
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105

5.    LeFlore County Health Department:
https://www.ok.gov/health/County_Health_Departments/LeFlore_County_Health_Department/
1204 Dewey Ave
Poteau, OK  74953
Clinic #918-647-8601

 

 

 

 

Course Calendar.

July/August Interim, 2 week Biology Class Schedule

  

Monday

ü  Talk about syllabus, Safety Contracts

ü  Show how to navigate the Blackboard

ü  Genetics and Notes-lab 20, colored pencils

ü  Explain Course/meet back of Gym for field trips/prepare to get involved

ü  Get contact information from all students (cell Phone numbers)

ü  Do leaf Lab and Lab 1 Microscope, labs 4 and 7

ü  Talk about the leaf collection and go to Heavener Runestone (10 points)

ü  Drive campus to get leaves

ü  Go over grading system for this class

Tuesday

Labs 8, 12, 14, 15 at CASC, 8 AM all day and eat together

Wed

ü  AM-Blue Thumb riffle Kick (10 points) leave by 7:00 Take plenty to drink!! Cheryl Cheadle 918-398-1804 (Wear Closed toed shoes)

ü  Back to CASC to do labs - go out or order in lunch (We stay together we count the time)

Thursday…..Friday will not meet. Do testing!!

ü  Back to CASC for lab 17, 20 (making Babies), 29 in lab book eat together (need colored pencils)

Monday or Tuesday 2nd week will not meet

ü  Rich Mountain hike/ Sky Line Drive/ Cedar Lake (20 points)

ü  Eat Somewhere or take a grill and all the fixins

ü  Leaf Test @ Cedar Lake

Wednesday/Thursday

ü  Broken Bow- Lost River Restoration (30 points)leave at 6:30 am

ü  Canoe trip/zip lines (Cost)$11 or $12 per kayak or $24 per canoe

ü  Eat Somewhere

ü  Turn in lab books and finish test online that night.  Discussion board done

Friday

ü  I turn in grades  -  Finish labs if necessary



 
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