Fall 2018 Syllabus




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Instructor        Judge Correale Stevens

 Phone               570-788-3121

 Office                 On campus

 E-mail               correale.stevens@lackawanna.edu

 Office Hours   By Appointment

 Book:               Intro to Criminal Justice by Siegel

                          ISBN: 9781305261044

                          Copyright year: 2016 or later

                          Publisher:  Cengage Learning


 An in-depth study of the criminal justice system: courts, police, prosecutors, defense lawyers, criminal trials, corrections.  


1.Understand the organization of criminal court system in PA

2.Understand the role  of judges, district attorneys and public defenders

3.Understand the stages of a criminal trial

4.Understand police officers, search and seizure and arrests


Meeting Days


Each MONDAY the assignments for the week will be posted.

 You will have until midnight the following SUNDAY to complete and after that time access to the assignments will be denied.


Online Course Attendance Policy

 Students enrolled in credit-bearing courses at Lackawanna College will fail any course(s) in which they accumulate absences beyond the maximum number allowed. This pertains to online courses as well.


Attendance is defined by participating in an academic activity within the online classroom, which includes posting replies in a graded discussion forum or submitting a written assignment. Replies not related to the aforementioned activities will not count for attendance purposes.

Special Note

From time to time there will be a discussion of serial killers to illustrate an aspect of the criminal justice system or law. For example, the difference between an organized murder and an unorganized murder. There is no way to sanitize or downplay the seriousness of these criminals and their crimes.

If you are especially sensitive to such, please consider other course options.




  • You are required to engage in discussion at least TWICE on FOUR days throughout the week for a total of EIGHT replies in all, minimum, EVERY WEEK>
  • You should respond to the initial DQs posted AND respond to your classmates.
  • Responses MUST be substantive. 
  • Responses that do not move the conversation forward by providing information to which others can respond and build upon will NOT be counted toward your weekly score.
  • Students who miss one week of discussion will be DROPPED from the course.
  • Students who do not log on to the course within the drop/add period for the course will be DROPPED from the course. 


  Online Course Discussion Policy


In order to understand, remember, and benefit from what we learn in class, discussion and interaction are critical.

 Responses such as, “I like what you said.” “I agree.” Or “Good thinking.” are NOT acceptable. Also, you should NOT simply repeat what someone else has already said.

 You MUST reply no less than 8 times per week – twice on any four days.

  •  Answer both Discussion Questions directly demonstrating a clear understanding of the material, support your response with research or reading, and promote conversation (2 replies)
  • Respond to at least two classmates’ posts (2 replies)
  • Continue both conversations with at least one additional reply to each peer (2 replies)
  • Respond to at least one of the teacher’s secondary questions, conversing with a classmate who responds to the same question (2 replies)

 Be sure all responses are detailed and clear and are posted twice on four separate days.

 Be sure that all responses relate to the course reading and notes, your own everyday life, or to both.

 Use proper grammar, spelling, and netiquette.



Withdrawal Policy

A student has the privilege of withdrawing from any courses or from the College itself without academic penalty up to and including the final date for withdrawal indicated on the College calendar.

To withdraw officially from a course or from the College, a student must obtain the proper withdrawal form from the Student Affairs Office or from your Center Director, complete this form and submit it to the Registrar's Office before the final day for withdrawal without academic penalty as indicated on the College calendar.


 If a student stops attending a course for which he/she is registered after the published census date (end of drop/add) without having officially withdrawn from the course, the student will be assigned an AW (penalty-grade failure) for the class. No exceptions will be made.

Students who violate the College's Academic Integrity Policy and fail a course in consequence may not exercise the withdrawal privilege in that particular course.

 Financial obligations to the College will be determined according to the Refund Policy.


 Letter Grade  Numeric Range   Quality Points

96 – 100  4.0

A- 90 – 95  3.67

B+ 87 – 89 3.33

83 – 86  3.0

B- 80 – 82  2.67

C+ 77 – 79 2.33

73 – 76 2.0

C- 70 – 72  1.67

D+  67 – 69  1.33

60 – 66 1.0

F  0 – 59

Overall grades will be based on the points method.

Due dates are midnight the Sunday after assignments posted.

 There are no grace periods.

 There is no extra credit.

 Academic Integrity

Academic dishonesty in any form, such as plagiarism and cheating, will not be tolerated. Sanctions will include an automatic F for plagiarism, but the severity or frequency of the violation may result in dismissal from the College as well. Please see the Student Handbook for a complete explanation.


The following are among the forms of dishonesty, in a classroom of any type, for which sanctions may be applied:

  • Using books, notes or other materials during an examination, unless expressly permitted;
  • Using purchased essays, term papers or preparatory research for such papers;
  • Copying others' work or engaging in unauthorized cooperation during an assignment or examination;
  • Allowing another student to copy from an examination or other assignment intended to be performed independently;
  • Borrowing from published works, whether material is taken verbatim or with minor alterations, without proper and/or sufficient acknowledgment;
  • Submitting as one’s own work originally done by someone else;
  • Submitting the same written report in more than one course without prior approval from the instructor(s) involved;
  • Stealing examinations or assignments;
  • Supplying or selling examinations or assignments;
  • Misrepresenting statements concerning work submitted;
  • Falsifying or fabricating experimental data or results;
  • Falsifying or fabricating the need for extensions on papers or make-up examinations.
  • Misrepresenting identity in an online course


(Please see student handbook for more information)


Disability Statement

Lackawanna College is an Affirmative Action, Equal Employment Opportunity institution.  Students with disabilities and other needs should feel free to contact the instructor privately if there are services and adaptations which can be made to accommodate specific needs.  Students who are having difficulties with class material are strongly advised to seek assistance in the reading and writing lab.  If you feel that you have a disability that has not been formally documented, you may meet with Mrs. Christine Kiehart in the Disability Services office to discuss your options. Please note that disability services do not include exemption from participation requirements in courses considered part of the School of Distance Education, including online and hybrid courses.


Lackawanna College Notice of Nondiscrimination

Lackawanna College will not discriminate in its educational programs, activities, or employment practices, based on race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, age, religion, ancestry, union membership, or any other legally protected classification. Announcement of this policy is in accordance with State Law including the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act and with Federal Law including Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.


Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972 is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in federally funded education programs and activities. Lackawanna College is committed to providing an educational and work environment that is free from unlawful sexual discrimination including sexual harassment, sexual violence, and gender based harassment. 


In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Lackawanna College will not tolerate any forms of sexual misconduct including but not limited to: sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual violence and gender-based harassment by employees, students or third parties. This includes prohibiting discrimination against pregnant and parenting students. The College also prohibits retaliation against any person who makes a claim of discrimination or harassment or who provides information in such an investigation. This policy applies to admissions, employment, treatment and access to all programs and activities that take place either on or off the campus at Lackawanna College. 


Lackawanna College will fully and promptly investigate all allegations of sexual misconduct and will take action reasonably designed to resolve the complaint in an equitable manner, end a hostile environment if one has been created, prevent its recurrence, and, when appropriate, take steps to remedy its effects on individuals and the college community.

Lackawanna College complies with Title IX and all other federal laws and regulations that prohibit discrimination in education programs or activities receiving federal financial assistance.

Reports or inquiries regarding nondiscrimination should be made to:

Title IX Coordinator/ Executive Director of the Student Wellness Program, Marsha Pigga, Angeli Hall, Room 102, 501 Vine Street, Scranton PA, 18509 (570) 955-1466/ (570) 677-7589, piggam@lackawanna.edu.

Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action inquiries: Georgia Egan, Affirmative Action Officer/Director of Continuing Education, Angeli Hall, Room 300C, Vine Street, Scranton PA (570) 961-7815, EganG@lackawanna.edu or Tony Ferrese, Affirmative Action Officer/Seeley Hall Residence Director, Seeley Hall, First Floor, North Washington Avenue, Scranton PA, (570) 504-1760, FerreseT@lackawanna.edu.

Additional information regarding Title IX requirements and how to file a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights: Office of Civil Rights at www2.ed.gov/ocr, 800-421-3481. Philadelphia Office: Office for Civil Rights U.S. Department of Education, The Wanamaker Building,100 Penn Square East, Suite 515, Philadelphia, PA 19107-3323 Telephone: 215-656-8541, Email: OCR.Philadelphia@ed.gov.   


Portfolio and Coursework

Lackawanna College will empower you to experience learning by inspiring your critical thinking, accessing your talents and skills, motivating you toward a career choice, and encouraging you to make a difference. In evidence of this learning, the College requires a graduation portfolio containing Career Documents, including a résumé, two letters of recommendation, and a career exploration; Core Coursework, including a research paper from College Writing; three sample papers or projects from Major Coursework; and a Lackawanna College Reflection Paper.


Course Schedule



WEEK      TOPIC                  COURSE                   ASSIGNMENT

                                                                OBJECTIVES MET


One          Nature and extent  of crime                               1,2                                     

 DQ 1,2 ,Video lecture, Powerpoint  Chaps. 1,2

Two         Informal criminal                 1,2                                   

  DQ 1,2, Justice System,  Powerpoint, Video lecture, Chaps 1,2

Three      Crime victims,  police work   2,3   DQ 1,2  Video lecture  Chaps 3,4

                                                                                             QUIZ QUIZ   QUIZ

 Four       Serial killers, police agecies  3    DQ 1,2 Powerpoint , Video lecture Chaps, 4,5

Five         Issues in policing        3        DQ 1,2   Powerpoint,  Video lecture Chaps  6,7

Six          Police and Search and  Seizure, rule of law    1,2,3,4     DQ 1,2  Powerpoint, Video lecture, Chaps 8,9

Seven     Courts    1,2,3,4       DQ 1, 2  Powerpoint ,Video lecture, Chaps 10-12  ESSAY

Eight       Review    1,2,3,4   DQ 1,2,  Video lecture, Chaps 13,14



All are multiple choice/true and false

 Quiz:         Week 3  (week of September 10)

 Midterm:  Week 5  (week of September 24)

 Final:        Week 8  (week of October 15)



Course Name:            Crim Jus 105

 Faculty Name:           Judge Correale Stevens

 Semester:                  Fall 2018


 Powerpoints  weeks 1-8

 Interaction  Student/Student

 Discussion, questions interaction weeks 1-8

 Assessment  Student/Content

 Essays  week 6

 Quizzes, exam weeks  3, 5,8