If your course syllabus has referred you to this webpage, the following policies apply to your course. Students in cognitive science courses are responsible for reading these policies and abiding by them.

Specific policies may be amended or altered by a course lecturer in an individual course’s syllabus.

Rutgers Code of Student Conduct

All students are required to abide by Rutgers Student Code of Conduct.

Policy on Religiously Observant Students

It is University policy (University Regulation on Attendance, Book 2, 2.4.7B, formerly 60.14f) to excuse without penalty students who are absent from class because of religious observances, and to allow the make-up of work missed because of such absence. Examinations and special required out-of-class activities shall ordinarily not be scheduled on those days when religiously observant students refrain from participating in secular activities. Absences for reasons of religious obligation shall not be counted for purposes of reporting.

In the printed schedule of classes, students are advised that they should provide timely notification to instructors about necessary absences, and that they are responsible for making up the work or exams according to an agreed-upon schedule.

The published schedule of classes contains a reminder for students who are unable to participate in secular activities because of a religious observance to notify their instructor as early in the semester as possible. Reasonable common sense, judgment, and the pursuit of mutual goodwill should result in the positive resolution of scheduling conflicts.

Students with Disabilities

Full disability policies and procedures at the website for the Office of Disability Services

Students with disabilities requesting accommodations must follow the procedures outlined here.

Attendance Policy

In accordance with Rutgers University regulations, attendance is expected at all regularly scheduled meetings of this course. 

Students who miss an occasional class for unverifiable illness or personal circumstances do not require written documentation or verification from the dean.  In these circumstances, use the University absence reporting website to indicate the date and reason for your absence. An email will be automatically sent to the course instructor. It is the responsibility of the student to notify instructors in a timely manner of any absences. It is up to the instructor to determine if accommodations are warranted to allow students to make up work that counts toward their semester grade.

Students missing more than an occasional class due to serious illness or serious personal circumstances should contact the Dean of Students to authenticate their absences. Faculty notified of authenticated absences should make reasonable accommodations to allow students to make up work that counts toward their semester grade.

It is the policy of the Rutgers University not to cancel classes on religious holidays. In the case of inclement weather, the President of the University may cancel classes.

Academic Integrity

All students must read and follow Rutgers’ policies on Academic Integrity.

Students must not collaborate on any assessed work (e.g. homework assignments, examinations) unless specifically directed to do so by the course instructor. Homework assignments and exams must be done independently. ‘Collaboration’ includes:

  • Working together to determine an answer to an assignment/exam answer
  • Discussing and comparing assignment/exam answers before the due date
  • Reviewing another student’s assignment/exam answers before the due date

Collaboration is a violation of the Academic Integrity policy.  All instances of plagiarism will be reported to the Office of Student Conduct.

Canvas and Sakai Online Course Systems

Many cognitive science courses use Canvas  or  Sakai - online course management systems. 

You must be enrolled in and know how to use both systems. Skills you must know include:

  • How to submit assignments via Canvas or Sakai, using both the "Assignments" and "DropBox" systems
  • How to complete online tests

Cognitive Science lecturers do not offer help with online course systems  You should consult the Canvas or Sakai documentation or contact their respective help desks..


For more information on Undergraduate Education, please visit the Office of Undergraduate Education's website.