Rising Above The Gathering Storm
STAT 29000, Fall 2014

Seminar: Tuesdays, 3:30 PM -- 4:20 PM, in UNIV 001
(STAT 29000-001; Banner CRN 68730)

Semester: Fall 2014

Prerequisite: none

Credits: 1.0

Description: see Course Description

Required text: None.

FYI: It is not necessary to buy any book for STAT 29000.

Grades: All grades will be posted on Blackboard Learn, so that students can confidentially view their own grades.

Grade Distribution: Students are expected to attend all lectures. Students are expected to contribute to discussions with the speakers, when appropriate. Excused absenses should be discussed in advance with Dr. Ward. Each pair of two unexcused absences results in the deduction of one letter grade.

Academic honesty: All students are expected to abide by Purdue's Student Conduct Code. Academic dishonesty of any type will result in a failing "F" course grade, as well as other consequences deemed appropriate by the Office of the Dean of Students.

Attendance: Extensions of deadlines may be given in only rare cases, such as: the death of a family member; religious (or similar) observances; or mandatory attendance at an official Purdue event. Please contact Dr. Ward at least one week in advance of any planned events. A note from a doctor, or the Office of the Dean of Students, or other official, will be necessary for excused absences. Please see the Purdue Regulations for Absences.

Academic adjustments: Please refer all cases to the Office of the Dean of Students in Schleman Hall. The staff at the Disability Resource Center (YONG 830, 765-494-1247) arrange classroom accommodations for students with disabilities.

Nondiscrimination: Purdue University prohibits discrimination against any member of the University community on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or ancestry, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, disability, or status as a veteran. Dr. Ward intends for STAT 29000 to be welcoming and fair for all students.

Major campus emergency: In the event of a major campus emergency, course requirements, deadlines and grading percentages are subject to changes that may be necessitated by a revised semester calendar or other circumstances beyond the instructor's control. Here are ways to get information about changes in this course: Please become familiar with the University Hall Building Emergency Plan

Here are some other enhancements to campus emergency notification

On the first day of class, the following information is required to be presented to students: As we begin this semester I want to take a few minutes and discuss emergency preparedness. Purdue University is a very safe campus and there is a low probability that a serious incident will occur here at Purdue. However, just as we receive a "safety briefing" each time we get on an aircraft, we want to emphasize our emergency procedures for evacuation and shelter in place incidents. Our preparedness will be critical if an unexpected event occurs.

Emergency preparedness is your personal responsibility. Purdue University is continuously preparing for natural disasters or human-caused incidents with the ultimate goal of maintaining a safe and secure campus. Let's review the following procedures:


EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION PROCEDURES are based on a simple concept--if you hear a fire alarm inside, proceed outside. If you hear a siren outside, proceed inside. *In both cases, you should seek additional clarifying information by all means possible... Purdue Home page, email alert, TV, radio, etc... review the Purdue Emergency Warning Notification System multi-communication layers at http://www.purdue.edu/ehps/emergency_preparedness/warning-system.html


"Shots Fired on Campus: When Lightning Strikes," is a 20-minute active shooter awareness video that illustrates what to look for and how to prepare and react to this type of incident. See: http://www.purdue.edu/securePurdue/news/2010/emergency-preparedness-shots-fired-on-campus-video.cfm (Link is also located on the EP website)


Reference the Emergency Preparedness web site for additional information: http://www.purdue.edu/emergency_preparedness