Missed Sessions

If you will miss, or have missed, one meeting or session of the course, then at the discretion of the course instructor it is still possible to get credit for completion by submitting an alternate assignment to substitute for the missed class. While it is possible to make-up for missing two meetings of the course, it is necessary that at least one of the make-up assignments consist of attending the equivalent course meeting in another section of the course.

NOTE: All make-up assignments must be completed by no later than the last day of the quarter.

To determine which assignment(s) you must complete, contact the course instructor as soon as you know that you will miss one or more course meetings. 

Options for make-up assignments:

  1. If at all possible, the instructor and student will identify a relevant equivalent/replacement experience (e.g., the same session in another section of the current course or some other ethics seminar or workshop.) NOTE: In this case, it is the responsibility of the student to (a) confirm with the instructor of the other section that they would like to attend,(b) let the instructor know they are in class on the selected day, and (c) after the class send an e-mail to both instructors confirming their attendance.
  2. Select one of the readings published in the 2014 ethics issue of the Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education, or an equivalent, agreed to by the course instructor, and write a brief (500 words) commentary on the reading.
  3. Find and read at least 2 sources relevant to the session missed, frame 2-3 relevant questions, address those questions to 2 or more people (PI, other faculty, other students) as agreed to with the instructor, and provide a brief report (no more than 500 words) summarizing what was found and commenting appropriately.
  4. Provide comments in response to the Request for Information on the American Research Environment. Prepare an individual response of up to 500 words that could also be submitted to the National Science and Technology Council if you choose to do so.
  5. Submit a case study and analysis as described below and submit to the course instructor no later than the end of the day on the last day of the course.

Case Study and Analysis

  • Review all readings, if any, assigned for the session missed.
  • Find an appropriate case study (e.g., cases are included under the discussion tab for each of the topics at Research Ethics Topics) If the session does not match to a particular topic, then you may write your own case or find another case relevant to any topic covered in the class. If you write your own case, it should be no more than 500 words. If you use someone else’s case, you must give credit to the author of the case.
  • Write an analysis of the case that addresses the factors summarized in the document: Guidelines for case discussions
  • Your analysis must be original and based on your own ideas. It should be no more than 500 words and should be submitted to the course instructor by e-mail.