The Piazza site is for discussion and help; both the TAs and the professor will monitor this site and respond to queries (no time guarantees, though). We encourage students to share their understanding with other students via this site.
For all mail concerning the course, please use the Piazza site. Questions on lectures and assignments sent directly to my ucalgary address will go unanswered. You may send email to my address only if it is of a private nature (e.g., dealing with your grade or some other personal matter). In either case, terse emails are more likely to get a response. See HOWTO Ask Smart Questions (required reading).
Cheating and plagiarism are absolutely forbidden. I assume that you have read U of C's policies on academic honesty. This is the Faculty of Science boilerplate text on this topic: "ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT: (cheating, plagiarism, or any other form) is a very serious offence that will be dealt with rigorously in all cases. A single offence may lead to disciplinary probation or suspension or expulsion. The Faculty of Science follows a zero tolerance policy regarding dishonesty. Please read the sections of the University Calendar under K. Student Misconduct http://www.ucalgary.ca/pubs/calendar/current/k.html to inform yourself of definitions, processes and penalties."
ACADEMIC ACCOMMODATION POLICY: Students with documented disabilities are referred to the following links: Calendar entry on students with disabilities and Disability Resource Centre: http://www.ucalgary.ca/drc/. If you have a documented learning disability or other condition that may affect academic performance, you should make sure this documentation is on file with the Disability Resource Center. Please talk with me to discuss your accommodation needs.
ASSEMBLY POINTS: In case of emergency during class time. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the information at: http://www.ucalgary.ca/emergencyplan/assemblypoints
SAFEWALK: Campus Security will escort an individual day or night, http://ucalgary.ca/security/safewalk. Call 220-5333 for assistance. Use any campus phone, emergency phone or the yellow phones located at most parking lot pay booths.
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION AND PRIVACY: This course is conducted in accordance with the FOIPP Act. As one consequence, students must identify themselves on all written work by placing their name on the front page and their ID number on each subsequent page. For more information see also http://www.ucalgary.ca/secretariat/privacy.
STUDENT UNION INFORMATION: VP Academic Phone: 220-3911, Email: email@example.com. SU Faculty Rep. Phone: 220-3913. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: http://www.su.ucalgary.ca/home/contact.html. Student Ombudsman: http://www.su.ucalgary.ca/services/student-services/student-rights.html.
INTERNET and ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION DEVICE Information: You can assume that in all your classes that you attend, your cell phone should be turned OFF. Also, communication with other individuals via laptop computers, tablets, phones, or other electronic devices is not allowed in class time unless specifically permitted by the instructor. If you violate this policy you may be asked to leave the classroom. Repeat abuse may result in a charge of misconduct.