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FILM 4090 Race and Media, Fall 2021 - Rusnak

Course guide for FILM 4090 Race and Media, Fall 2021 - Stacy Rusnak

GGC Policies

Georgia Gwinnett College Policies

COVID-19 Statement

When returning to campus for fall classes and activities proof of vaccination is not required but, please help to keep your fellow Grizzlies healthy and get fully vaccinated as soon as possible.  Vaccination locations can be found at

While on campus face masks are strongly encouraged for those who are not fully vaccinated.

Kindly do not enter GGC facilities if:

  • You have signs or symptoms of the cold, flu, or COVID-19
  • You have been diagnosed with a contagious illness and are still contagious
  • You have had contact with a person that has or is suspected to have COVID-19 within the past 14 days and have not been fully vaccinated, are not immune, and have not completed the recommended post-exposure quarantine protocol.

For more information, please visit GGC’s COVID-19 Health and Exposure Updates site.

Academic Integrity

Student Honor Statement: We will not lie, steal, or cheat, nor tolerate the actions of those who do.

Georgia Gwinnett College students are expected to adhere to the highest standards of academic integrity and are expected to encourage others to do the same. Further, students are expected to take responsible action when there is reason to suspect dishonesty on the part of others.

Academic dishonesty carries severe penalties ranging from a grade of “0” on the affected assignment to dismissal from Georgia Gwinnett College. Each faculty member at Georgia Gwinnett College bears the responsibility for assigning penalties for cases of academic dishonesty utilizing the faculty adjudication process. Please contact the Office of Student Integrity to report alleged violations of academic dishonesty. Students may appeal a penalty as outlined in the Student Handbook, Section 4.6.5, Student Code of Conduct.

Academic Respect

The college exists to foster educational excellence. To this end, a classroom atmosphere that supports learning must be maintained. Students are expected to be active, attentive participants in the class. Students are also expected to abide by class policies and procedures and to treat faculty and other students in a professional, respectful manner. Students are expected to be familiar with the Student Handbook, Section 4.6.5, Student Code of Conduct.

Americans with Disabilities Act Statement

Georgia Gwinnett College provides reasonable accommodation to employees, applicants for employment, students, and patrons who have physical and/or mental disabilities, in accordance with applicable statutes. Georgia Gwinnett College takes affirmative action to employ and advance in employment persons who are qualified disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam Era, or other covered veterans. If you are a student who is disabled as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act and require assistance or support services, please seek assistance through the Office of Disability Services. A CDS Counselor will coordinate those services.

For more information, refer to GGC's web page on the ADA and Reasonable Accomodations.

Attendance Policy

The classroom experience is a vital component of the college learning experience. Interaction with instructors and with other students is a necessary component of the learning process. Students are expected to attend regularly and promptly all class meetings and academic appointments. Students who are absent from classes bear the responsibility of notifying their instructors and keeping up with class assignments in conjunction with instructor provisions in the course syllabus. An individual instructor bears the decision as to whether a student’s absence is excused or unexcused, and whether work will be permitted to be made up. The decision of the instructor in this case is final. Students who are absent because of participation in college-approved activities (such as field trips and extracurricular events) will be permitted to make up the work missed during their college-approved absences, provided that the student discussed with and obtained approval from the instructor to make up the work missed prior to the student's going on the field trip.

Individual instructors may establish additional attendance requirements appropriate to their course’s context, e.g. lab attendance. A student whose class schedule would otherwise prevent him or her from voting will be permitted an excused absence for the interval reasonably required for voting.

For more information, please refer to the Student Attendance Policy in the GGC online catalog, Academic Policies and Procedures.

Respect for Diversity Statement

It is my intent that students from all diverse backgrounds and perspectives be well served by this course, that students' learning needs be addressed both in and out of class, and that the diversity that students bring to this class be viewed as a resource, strength, and benefit. It is my intent to present materials and activities that are respectful of diversity: gender, sexuality, disability, age, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, race, and culture. Your suggestions are encouraged and appreciated. Please let me know ways to improve the effectiveness of the course for you personally or for other students or student groups.

Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Statement

Georgia Gwinnett College is an equal employment, equal access, equal educational opportunity, and affirmative action institution. It is the policy and practice of our institution to recruit, hire, train, promote, retain, and educate persons without regard to race, color, national or ethnical origin, age, disability, sex/gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, or veteran status as required by applicable state and federal laws (including Title VI, Title VII, Title IX, ADA, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and Executive Order 11246 ).

Additionally, Georgia Gwinnett College affirms its commitment to keeping its workplace and academic programs free of discrimination and harassment, and maintaining an environment that recognizes the inherent worth and dignity of every person. Any individual who feels that they may have been discriminated against, should contact the Office of Diversity & Equity Compliance at

Students requiring disability related accommodations, please contact the Office of Disability Services at

For more general information, please visit the Office of Diversity and Equity Compliance’s website.

Safety and Security

View the GGC Safety and Emergency Communications web page for information important to you. To avoid confusion and rumor, ensure you:

  1. Sign up for RAVE alert text notification.
  2. Download the LiveSafe app for iPhone or Android.
  3. View the 15-minute Active Shooter Video. You are the additional eyes and ears for first responders. Follow the adage, “If you see something, say something” to a GGC employee. Your community needs your increased vigilance and awareness.
  4. For updates on COVID-19 please visit our COVID-19 Public Health page. It includes links to the latest information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the University System of Georgia (USG), among others.

Sexual Misconduct Statement

Georgia Gwinnett College is committed to providing a learning, working and living environment that promotes personal integrity, civility, and mutual respect, and is free of all forms of sex discrimination, including sexual harassment, nonconsensual sexual contact, nonconsensual sexual penetration, sexual exploitation, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. If you or someone you know is experiencing any of these behaviors, the College has staff and resources on campus to support and assist you. For a list of resources, please visit Sexual Misconduct Resources.

There are both confidential and non-confidential resources and reporting options available to you. GGC is legally obligated to respond to reports of sexual misconduct, and therefore we cannot guarantee the confidentiality of a report, unless made to a confidential resource. Responses may vary from support services to formal investigations. As a faculty member, I am required to report incidents of sexual misconduct and thus cannot guarantee confidentiality. I must provide our Title IX Coordinator with relevant details such as the names of those involved in the incident. For more information about policies and resources or reporting options, please visit the website of the Office of Diversity and Equity Compliance.