Please use the on-line MSAF (McMaster student absence form) for absences from classes lasting up to 3 days and missed assignment deadlines. You have one of these per term. It can be used for medical or non-medical emergencies, and approval is automatic: submission of medical or other types of supporting documentation is normally not required.

If you miss a quiz, but use an MSAF or documented excuse, your mark will normally be pro-rated based on the quizzes you did write. This applies when you present me proof of attendance of, say, an undergraduate commerce case competition or a sports competition for which you are required to leave on Friday afternoon. Missed exams must be negotiated through the Dean’s office.

The scale used by the Registrar's Office will be used to convert number grades into letter grades.

Course evaluation forms will be made available near the end of term.

Please retain a hard copy of all your graded work.

Special arrangements may be made for students with disabilities. If you need assistance because of a disability, please contact me as soon as possible.

E-MAIL POLICY: all e-mails must be made from your McMaster university account. E-mails from other accounts may be ignored.


Academic dishonesty consists in misrepresentation by deception or by other fraudulent means and can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: “Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty”), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university. 

It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various kinds of academic dishonesty please refer to t he Academic Integrity Policy, (Appendix 3), located at

Examples of academic dishonesty are 1. Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained. 2. Improper collaboration in group work. 3. Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.


© Richard T. W. Arthur 2016