(The following information pertains to BISC207 and 208 Only the initial 2 paragraphs pertain to the non-honors sections).

An important tool that will help group members ensure that all students contribute to the group effort is establishing and enforcing group ground rules. You will be encouraged to discuss the behaviors that you will and will not tolerate from others in your group; if you are in an honors section, you may want to decide on  consequences for violating  these ground rules. When you have come to a consensus for ground rules, your group recorder should list them, then email them to me and to your group members.

Some examples of commonly used ground rules are:
    Come to class on time and every day
    Come prepared for the group work of the day
    Notify group members of absences
    Be a good listener - respect the ideas of others

The rest of this information pertains only to honors sections of 207 or 208.

Some examples of appropriate consequences for various violations are:
   A group member will not receive credit for work in which he/she did not participate due to an unexcused absence (I will enforce this one - read details below).
   If a group member misses a class involving group work and does not have an excused absence, he/she will supply "breakfast" goodies for the next group meeting

    In addition to the consequences which you select, I will impose a few of my own to ensure that group  grading is fair. They are the following :
    1. Anyone who misses group problem work with an excused absence will be allowed to do the work on their own, provided it is turned in to me before the group's work is returned in class (this typically means the individual would have to turn it in before the beginning of the next class period - i.e. by 9:05 on Friday for the Honors section). The individual is responsible for getting the assignment from me in my office. Long-term absences will be dealt with on an individual basis. .
    2. Anyone who misses group work due to an unexcused absence should assume that no credit will be received. At my discretion, if extenuating circumstances caused a student to be absent for reasons other than those listed as excused (i.e. student had an unexcused absence), he/she may be allowed to make up group work, but with a penalty of 30% deducted from the grade. If the individual's grade is higher than the group's grade, the lower of the two will be used before the deduction is taken. These situations will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

The information about ground rules and consequences is taken almost verbatim from the course web page for SCEN103 designed by George Watson, who in turn borrowed the information from Barbara Duch, University of Delaware