EMAIL ME: THE VERY BEST WAY TO CONTACT ME is through email through your AC email account. You can also email be by going through the ONLINE BLACKBOARD MESSAGING FUNCTION, which is located in each class Blackboard sight. When messaging via Blackboard please check the box at the bottom to have the message emailed to me.
PHONE CONTACT: THE SECOND BEST WAY TO CONTACT ME is to CALL ME/TEXT ME on my CELL PHONE at 806-341-9718. If you leave a message, please let me know your NAME and the CLASS YOU ARE IN with the section number, so I can be prepared to talk with you when I CALL YOU BACK. PLEASE NOTE: If you are dissatisfied with the instructor or something that happens in class, DO NOT TEXT ME ABOUT IT, you need to speak to me in person.
You can attempt to contact me on my AC office phone, but I am in class the majority of the time, so it is difficult to get ahold of me this way.
I am generally available after class (sometimes I do have required meetings), I am more than happy to meet with you during those times, no appointment is needed. Please know that I am here to help you not only with my course, but any course you may need help with.
OFFICE HOURS and APPOINTMENT TIMES
IN PERSON: Tuesdays & Thursdays 1:45pm-2:30pm ,and Friday by appointment. If you need to meet with me outside these hours, please do not hesitate to contact me to schedule a time that will work best for you.
VIRTUAL OFFICE HOURS: I will be available online, via Zoom, on Wednesdays from 11:00am-11:30am. A link will be provided on the first day of class via the announcement board in Blackboard. If you need to meet with me outside these hours, please do not hesitate to contact me to schedule a time that will work best for you.
How will I contact you and impart information about the class?
The primary method of communication from me will be through course announcements and/or email/message(s). All course announcements will be posted under the Announcements at the top of the course in Blackboard .
Make sure to check your announcements/emails at least every other day to ensure you don’t miss out on important information.
Generally speaking, you can expect a response to your email/course message within 24 hours from the time you send your correspondence. However, there will be times when it could take slightly longer to respond. If you send an email and don’t receive a response, please make sure you follow up with me. If you send me a text, please include your name and which class you’re enrolled in. If you call and don’t receive an answer, please leave a message and I’ll call you back.
The primary method of communication from me will be through course announcements and/or email/message(s). All course announcements will be posted under the Announcements link on the left sidebar of the course in Blackboard with a concurrent email sent to the class. These emails and any other emails from me will go directly to your AC Gmail account.
Make sure to check your announcements/emails at least every other day to ensure you don’t miss out on important information.
In the event you’re unable to contact me directly, there are some additional resources for assistance:
Option 1| The offices for the Criminal Justice department are located on the West Campus in Room #121. The general phone number is (806) 354-6081. You can leave a message for me at this number as well.
Option 2| ASK AC Helpline at (806) 371-5000, or after hours you can email them at email@example.com.
Option 3| CTL Student & Faculty Help Center at (806) 371-5992. It’s available to students who are currently enrolled in academic or continuing education courses on a walk-in and/or appointment basis. Assistance is provided for: Logging-in to AC Connect, Password resets; How to use AC Online; Microsoft Office help/ Microsoft Office alternatives; General computer/software questions. They are located on the Washington Street Campus, Library, 2nd floor, Suite 205 and their hours are:
Monday – Thursday, 8am – 5pm (WARE 205)
Monday – Thursday, 5pm – 9pm (Library Research Desk on the 4th Floor of WARE)
Friday, 8am – 5pm (WARE 205)
Option 4| AC Connect Student Resources at: https://www.actx.edu/student-resources
This course is built upon the premise that students from diverse backgrounds and viewpoints benefit by taking this course together, that students' varying learning needs be addressed in and out of the virtual classroom, and the diversity students bring to this class be considered as a resource and advantage in the learning process.
Students should make themselves knowledgeable regarding appropriate ‘netiquette’ practices. There are several internet resources explaining the facets of netiquette. In addition, I have provided helpful information and links within the course.
You should always communicate with your classmates and instructor in a professional, considerate and courteous manner. Discourteous, rude and/or aggressive emails, text messages or phone conversations will not be tolerated.
When you have a question, complaint, or issue regarding the course, you should contact me first. Other students or Amarillo College staff or faculty are not responsible for making determinations regarding my course policies. If the situation cannot be resolved to your satisfaction, you may contact my immediate supervisor. This contact information is provided in the Additional Information section at the end of this syllabus.
If you have a disability (learning, mental, physical) that affects your ability to participate effectively and have access to any program or service at Amarillo College please contact Disability Services at (806) 345-5639 . Our offices are located in the Student Service Center office 112. More information may be found at www.actx.edu/disability.
Disability Services facilitates access to all programs and services according to the ADA, Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, as well as other federal and state laws.
Amarillo College is committed to providing equal access to all programs and services, including all working, learning, and service environments that affect equal access for persons with disabilities. This commitment to provide equal access and opportunity for persons with disabilities is in compliance with federal and state law. Amarillo College also strives to provide Electronic and Information Resources (EIR) that are accessible to all authorized users.
If you find you are unable to access material in an accessible format please contact the Disability Services Office at (806) 345-5639 . This office will work in conjunction with other campus resources to address and accommodate your issue in a timely manner.
As a student you may experience a range of issues that can cause barriers to learning, such as strained relationships, increased anxiety, alcohol/drug problems, feeling down, difficulty concentrating and/or lack of motivation. These mental health concerns or stressful events may lead to diminished academic performance or reduce a student's ability to participate in daily activities. Amarillo College offers services to assist you with addressing these and other concerns you may be experiencing. If you or someone you know are suffering from any of the aforementioned conditions, you can learn more about the broad range of confidential mental health services available on campus by calling the AC Counseling Center at 806-371-5900. The AC Counseling Center website is https://www.actx.edu/counseling/ . Also, if you are in need of social services (affordable housing, utilities, transportation, food, clothing, childcare, medical/dental/vision, legal), please call the AC Advocacy & Resource Center at 806-371-5439. The AC Advocacy & Resource Center website is https://www.actx.edu/arc
The Tutoring for Success policy applies to any student whose grade or performance in the course falls below a departmentally determined minimum threshold. In either of those cases, the instructor will direct the student to the appropriate tutoring service, which may be faculty-led, discipline-specific, and/or general. Under this policy, the instructor will follow specific departmental guidelines governing the use, duration, and grade component of the tutoring need.
Students who do not attend class on or prior to the census date will be administratively dropped. Effective Fall, 2016
Students who wish to withdraw from a course must complete all steps indicated on the Academic Withdrawal Request form by the course withdrawal deadline.
NOTE: Students who are attending Texas institutions of higher education, for the first time fall 2007 and later, may not withdraw from more than six courses during their academic career. This withdrawal limitation does not include dual credit or developmental classes (Senate Bill 1231 Rule 4.10.) For more information on Drop and Withdrawal Policies, please visit the Registrar's Office Web site.
CRIJ-1301-001 Introduction to Criminal Justice
This course provides a historical and philosophical overview of the American criminal justice system, including the nature, extent and impact of crime; criminal law; and justice agencies and processes.
Student ResourcesStudent Resources Website
Notice to Students enrolled in an educational program for preparation of issuance of certain occupational licenses:
Students enrolled in an educational program in preparation for obtaining certain occupational licenses are potentially ineligible for such license if the student has been convicted of an offense. For further information, please contact:
You can also contact the Legal Clinic, or the faculty member in charge of the educational program that you seek to enroll in. The further information you will receive will include notification to you of your right to request a criminal history evaluation letter from the licensing authority in order to clarify your particular situation.
(3 sem hrs; 3 lec)
Introduction to Criminal Justice Practice and Process, Kenneth J Peaks, Tamara D. Madensen-Herold 4th Edition, ISBN# 9781544372938
IMPORTANT: STUDENTS WILL NEED THEIR TEXTBOOK THE FIRST WEEK OF CLASS
All students enrolling in this class must have access to a working computer, active and functioning internet service, Microsoft Word or some other type of word processing program, Adobe Acrobat Reader and exhibit computer competency.
Adobe Acrobat Reader may be downloaded FREE from https://get.adobe.com/reader/.
Assistance with Computer Access
If you do not have a computer, you may access the computers at the AC Library on the 4th floor of the WARE Building. Click on the link below to access phone numbers, hours of operation and locations for all Amarillo College libraries and computing centers:
The Amarillo College Bookstore has a laptop rental program as well. You may contact them to find out more information about the requirements and terms of the program.
Amarillo College Writer’s Corner
The Writer’s Corner is an excellent resource available to you for assistance in the writing needs of the course. You can access additional information at https://www.actx.edu/english/writerscorner.
EMAIL ADDRESS: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 345-5580 LOCATION: Ordway Hall, Room 102
Fall & Spring Semesters
Monday – Thursday
8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Monday - Thursday
8:00 am to 1:00 pm
Closed on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
Student performance addresses the knowledge/skills a student should possess upon completion of this course with a 70% or above cumulative course average. To that end, there are general course learning objectives (listed below) and more specific module learning objectives for this course. The module learning objectives will be listed within the relevant module content.
General Course Learning Objectives for Introduction to Criminal Justice
This course will be guided by meeting both the general course learning objectives and the module learning objectives. At the end of the semester, students are expected to have a working knowledge of the criminal justice system in America and its operations therein.
In order to receive your AC Connect Email, you must log in through AC Connect at https://acconnect.actx.edu .
If you are an active staff or faculty member according to Human Resources, use "Exchange". All other students, use "AC Connect (Google) Email".
Course Workload and Preparation Requirements
The workload for this course will require due diligence and integrity on students' part. Students are individually responsible for ensuring they understand all requirements of the course, have access to all supplies needed and complete assignments accordingly.
Log into the class on a regular basis (at least 3-4 times per week) to check for class announcements/emails and ensure understanding of all applicable requirements.
Complete all readings and course preparation as assigned. This is imperative for successful completion of the course.
Complete all assignments in a timely manner and be cognizant of all relevant due dates. (See Grading Criteria and Calendar sections herein for additional information on more specific course policies.)
Discussion Board Guidelines
At times the discussion board topics will address sensitive subjects and students must remember to conduct themselves in a respectful and courteous manner. All students are entitled to their opinions and certainly aren’t required to agree with another student’s opinion. However, disagreements can be cited in an appropriate manner.
Snipes, inappropriate language or racial slurs will in no way, shape or form be tolerated during discussions, within written course work or email content.
Only those individuals who are registered in the course are allowed to make posts on the discussion boards or send email within the course. Moreover, only the student registered for the course should prepare the assignments and participate in the course.
If you have cause to be concerned or offended by any of the topics covered in this course, or something another student posts on the discussion board, you are to contact me immediately. All material, both required and supplemental, is directly tied to helping students better meet the Student Performance Objectives.
Scholastic honesty is not only assumed, but required, of all students in all coursework and exams as they relate to this course. This professor maintains a zero-tolerance policy with regards to occurrences of scholastic dishonesty. Occurrences of scholastic dishonesty will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis and will result in a grade of zero for the applicable assignment and/or removal from the course. Scholastic dishonesty is defined in the Amarillo College Student Code of Conduct as “…shall include, but not be limited to, cheating on a test, plagiarism, and collusion.” Determinations of scholastic dishonesty may be substantiated if a student engages in any of the following behaviors:
Communicating With Your Professor and Classmates
Students should make themselves knowledgeable regarding appropriate ‘netiquette’ practices. There are several internet resources explaining the facets of netiquette. One good source is located at: http://learning.colostate.edu/guides/guide.cfm?guideid=4.
Students will communicate with their professor in a professional and courteous manner at all times. Discourteous, rude and/or aggressive emails, text messages or phone conversations will not be tolerated.
When you have questions regarding the course, you should contact your professor FIRST. Students or other Amarillo College staff or faculty are not responsible for making determinations regarding my course policies.
Reproduction of Course Materials
Students are prohibited from reproducing any portion of this class without written permission from the instructor of record or authorization through Disability Services. This includes, but is not limited to, lecture notes, class discussion boards or any other class materials. For purposes of the policy herein, “reproducing” applies to photographic reproduction, audio, video, or any other type of reproduction of course materials.
Students who create and/or share an unauthorized reproduction of course materials via any means, including social media, are violating an instructor's intellectual property rights and could potentially be subjected to disciplinary actions under the Student Code of Conduct. Additionally, should any footage be shown of proprietary materials, the student who created or shared the unauthorized video may also be subject to copyright laws.
This policy has been adopted by all instructors in the Criminal Justice Department. Questions or concerns should be directed to Sarah Uselding, Program Coordinator and/or Eric Wallace, Director:
A complaint is an allegation of improper, unfair, arbitrary or discriminatory treatment by college personnel. Students should attempt to resolve concerns informally with the instructor before filing a formal complaint. Any student or group of students may file a complaint concerning any campus issue. The Amarillo College Student Complaint Policy is described in detail in the Student Rights and Responsibilities document.
If you have a complaint regarding the instructor or some aspect of the course, you should first contact your instructor immediately in person or via email and attempt to resolve the situation. If the situation can’t be resolved to your satisfaction, you should then contact Sarah E. Uselding, Assistant Professor/Program Coordinator at or Eric Wallace, Director of Criminal Justice Programs at .
Coursework [40%] Assignments in this category include any type of reading, vocabulary or written assignments of the instructor's choosing.
Discussion Assignments [30%] Students will be required to interact with others in the course. There will be specific discussion assignments in which the student will be required to post their own discussion answer and then respond to at least five (5) of his or her classmates' postings.
Exams [30%] The mid-term exam is included in Module 4, contains 100 multiple-choice and true-false questions, and addresses all material covered to date (through Module 4). The final exam is included in Module 8, contains 200 multiple-choice and true-false questions, and is comprehensive in nature (covering all material from the entire semester).
It’s imperative for students in an educational setting to learn how to manage their course workload, assignments and time for future success in a real-world environment. Due dates for the entire semester will be listed on the course calendar from the first day of class. I reserve the right to make determinations regarding acceptance of late assignments on a case-by-case basis.
Assignments and test are not allowed to be made up. DO NOT ASK TO MAKE UP A TEST OR AN ASSIGNMENT
There is not an “extra credit” option. I want you to learn how to do college level work and do well in your class as opposed to passing a class based on extra credit. I want you to learn the study skills necessary to be successful as you continue taking courses in college. DO NOT ASK FOR EXTRA CREDIT
Unless otherwise noted, all assignments, quizzes and exams will be due no later than 11:59 p.m. on the specified date, as referenced on the calendar.
You will have more than enough time to complete your assignments for each module and ample notice of what the assignments entail and when they are due. If there is a valid emergency or circumstance beyond your control, you may contact me well before the due date of the assignment(s) to discuss your options and any potential late penalties that may be applied.
It’s your responsibility to ensure you have access to a working computer and functioning internet service to access the course and submit your assignments. DO NOT wait until the last minute to complete your assignments. Forgetting to do an assignment or having an internet malfunction at the last minute are NOT sufficient excuses for submitting an assignment late. Please understand this policy is present and adhered to in the interest of fairness to all students in the class.
Final Exam Exemption Opportunity
If you complete ALL assignments, including the mid-term and submit them all on time and have a minimum comprehensive course average of 70 or above, you will be “exempt” from taking the final exam.
In the event you are designated as “exempt” from taking the final exam, your mid-term exam grade alone will serve as your exam average (30% of your overall grade).
You will NOT receive a “0” for the final. For example, if you made an 85 on your mid-term, you get designated as “exempt” and you choose not to take the final, then your exam average will remain an 85.
In the event you are designated as “exempt” and decide you still want to take the final exam, you must accept your grade and it will be averaged together with your mid-term grade to comprise your exam average (30% of your overall grade), as previously stated herein.
If you have any questions regarding this opportunity, you are encouraged to contact me immediately.
Grading of Assignments
You can access your grades at any time by clicking on the Grades link under the course menu on the left sidebar of the course.
Homework and discussion assignment grades will be available as soon as. Grades will be based on format, the student’s compliance with all assignment requirements, accurateness and comprehensiveness of answers. A rubric will be provided for all written assignments.
Understand that minimal work will receive a minimal grade. Don’t assume just because you completed the minimum requirements for the assignment you will receive a perfect score. General feedback will be given on the first assignments. However, due to the number of students and workload, feedback on subsequent assignments will be limited to citing incorrect answers, etc. or explaining why a grade is extremely low (below 70).
You can always check your current class average so you know where you stand. If you have any questions regarding your grades, you are encouraged to contact your professor.
Final Course Grade Assignment (Grading Schema)
Final letter grades in the course will be assigned utilizing the schema listed below. Unless otherwise noted, there will be no exceptions to this schema made by the professor. Grades are not negotiable. Your final course grade will be based on your work in the course.
Corresponding Numerical Value
59 and below
Assignments and test are not allowed to be made up. PLEASE DO NOT ASK TO MAKE UP A TEST OR AN ASSIGNMENT
There is not an “extra credit” option. I want you to learn how to do college level work and do well in your class as opposed to passing a class based on extra credit. I want you to learn the study skills necessary to be successful as you continue taking courses in college. PLEASE, DO NOT ASK ME FOR EXTRA CREDIT!
REGULAR ATTENDANCE IS NECESSARY FOR SATISFACTORY ACHIEVEMENT. THEREFORE, IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE STUDENT TO ATTEND CLASS, EVEN IN AN ONLINE SETTING.
Consistent and adequate involvement in an online class is necessary for satisfactory completion. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the student to check course postings and emails on a daily basis, follow the prescribed timeline for assignments and exams, etc. If a student is having difficulty with any portion of this course, they should contact me via email, phone, or in person, immediately.
Information Regarding Withdrawals
Per Amarillo College guidelines, students must receive approval from the instructor to withdraw from the course. The last day to withdraw from a class is listed on the course calendar (on the class site) and on Amarillo College’s master calendar on AC Connect.
If a student wishes to withdraw from the course they must complete the following steps:
Failure to drop or withdraw the course within a timely manner will result in the student receiving a performance grade, usually an “F”.
This course is divided into eight (8) modules, with a corresponding checklist for each module that contains all required preparation, reading and assignments. Please review each checklist carefully to ensure you understand the requirements therein. It is strongly suggested you print the checklists, however it is not mandatory. Students will be required to turn in assignments on specified dates, as referenced on the course calendar which is located on the class site under the CONTENT tab.
The instructor reserves the right to make changes to the course schedule when deemed appropriate. Any and all changes made will be clearly communicated in a timely fashion. Below is a basic outline of the course and the topics covered therein. The course calendar provided on the class site contains more detailed information and includes due dates for all assignments.
Chapter 1: Fundamentals of Criminal Justice: Essential Themes and Practices
Chapter 2: Foundations of Law and Crime: Nature, Elements, and Measurement
Chapter 4: Ethical Essentials: Doing Right When No One Is Watching
Chapter 5: Police Organization: Structure and Functions
Chapter 7: Policing Methods and Challenges: Issues of Force, Liability, and Technologies
Chapter 9: Court Organization: Structure, Functions, and the Trial Process
Chapter 10: The Bench and the Bar: Those Who Judge, Prosecute, and Defend
Chapter 11: Court Methods and Challenges: Sentencing and Punishment
Chapter 12: Prisons and Jails: Structure and Function
Chapter 14: Corrections in the Community: Probation, Parole, and Other Alternatives to Incarceration
Chapter 15: Juvenile Justice: Philosophy, Law, and Practices
Chapter 16: On the Crime Policy and Prevention Agenda: Drug Abuse, Sex Trafficking, Terrorism, and Immigration
Putting it All Together – Reflection and Critical Analysis
Final Exam (if applicable)
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