Online Standardized Syllabus

CJS 125 OA

3 Credits

                                           

Instructor

Robert M. Eskra

Phone

570-504-7941

Office

Healey, Room 237

E-mail

eskrar@lackawanna.edu

Office Hours

Tuesday and Thursday

10:30am – 12:00pm

 

 

 

Text

Ferdico, J. N., Fradella, H. F., & Totten, C. D. (2016). Criminal procedure for the criminal justice professional (12th ed.). Boston, MA: Cengage Learning.

 

Description

Introduction to Search and Seizure and Rules of Criminal Procedure This course presents a practical approach to dealing with the complex and ever-changing laws of criminal procedure. An illumination of the many aspects of police investigatory practices will be highlighted along with explanations and rationale of the laws and recommendations to appropriately and legally deal with the requirements of the laws. Issues to be addressed will include basic individual rights under the United States and Pennsylvania constitutions, the maintenance of public order, arrest, confessions, search and seizure, pretrial identification, etc. Additional content will include a review of the duties, rights, and liabilities of a law enforcement professional and rights guaranteed by the Fourth, Fifth and Sixth amendments to the United States Constitution, along with the corresponding Amendments to the Pennsylvania Constitution, and how those rights affect the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of crime. 

Objectives

  1. Define the major components of the Criminal Justice System and explain the role of each (police, courts, corrections and rehabilitation) in the administration of justice
  1. Describe the history and role of the police, the courts and corrections as they relate to the Criminal Justice System
  1. Explain the nature of special criminal justice issues such as juvenile justice, drugs, multinational criminal
  1. Hypothesize the future of the criminal justice
  1. Identify correctional and rehabilitative components of the criminal justice system

 

 

Requirements

Weekly Assigned Readings and Powerpoint Overviews

Weekly Discussion Questions and Peer Responses

Online Exams

Weekly Major Assignments

 

 

Evaluation

Weekly Discussion Questions and Peer Responses

4 Online Exams

Judge Roleplay

Legal Analysis

Class Debate

 

 

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. *Please note that the beginning of course activities common to all courses (Syllabus quiz, Course Navigation Quiz, Academic Honesty Pledge, Autobiography) DO NOT count for attendance purposes.

Students that fail to participate in an academic activity as described above in the online classroom prior to the last day to drop/add a course will automatically be dropped from the course.

Students who miss one week of participation will be DROPPED from the course. It is the responsibility of the student to formally withdraw from the course at the Registrar’s office.

 

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.

Good Discussions in Course Resources will help you, but you should also use this rubric to gain all possible points for your contributions and, more importantly, to get the most out of our class discussion!

Ask yourself the following questions to help guide you in having a great discussion:

  • Did I answer the discussion questions directly demonstrating a clear understanding of the material that promoted conversation?
  • Did I support my answers to the discussion questions with research and reading?
  • Did I respond to at least two classmates?
  • Did I continue the conversation with peers that replied to my discussion?
  • Did I answer any additional questions the instructor may have asked?
  • Are all of my responses detailed and clear?
  • Did I participate in the discussion on 4 separate days?
  • Did I relate my responses to the course reading, notes, and/or personal life?
  • Did I provide the class with a response that is non-generic and inspiring – meaning that they learned from what I have contributed and can continue the conversation
  • Did I use proper grammar, spelling and netiquette?

 

Responses that do not move the conversation forward by providing information to which others can respond and build upon will negatively affect your weekly score.

 

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.

 

Instructor Policies

  • All emails and responses posted in the General Questions section of the forum will be answered within one day.
  • All assignments will be graded within 3 days of the assignment due date

 

Grading

Weekly Discussion Questions and Peer Responses – 30%

4 Online Exams – 40%

Judge Roleplay – 10%

Legal Analysis – 10%

Class Debate – 10%

 

Letter Grade

Numeric Range

Quality Points

A

96 – 100

4.0

A-

90 – 95

3.67

B+

87 – 89

3.33

B

83 – 86

3.0

B-

80 – 82

2.67

C+

77 – 79

2.33

C

73 – 76

2.0

C-

70 – 72

1.67

D+

67 – 69

1.33

D

60 – 66

1.0

F

0 – 59

0

 

Due Dates and Late Penalties

  • Weekly Discussion Post will Always be due on Wednesday and Thursday for DQ1 and DQ2 respectively
  • Your Peer Responses for the Discussion Questions will be due on Saturdays
  • Your weekly Assignments will always be due on Sunday evening by 11:55pm.
  • Failure to meet a deadline will result in a zero for that assignment
  • I will not accept internet issues or technical difficulties as an excuse for a missed assignment, you have all week to submit your work, submit early and you will see no issue.

 

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 Gopu Kiron, Affirmative Action Officer/eLearning Director, Angeli Hall, Ground Floor, Vine Street, Scranton PA, (570) 504-7929, Kirong@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 Objective Met

Related Assignment, Assessment, or Learning Activity

1

Individual Rights and the Court Process

All Objective will be touched on

Discussion Questions, Readings, Powerpoint Overviews, Court Opinions and Exam 1

2

Underlying Concepts and Investigatory warrants

All Objective will be touched on

Discussion Questions, Readings, Powerpoint Overviews, Court Opinions and Judge Roleplay

3

Special Searches

All Objective will be touched on

Discussion Questions, Readings, Powerpoint Overviews, Court Opinions and Exam 2

4

Custody and Searches

All Objective will be touched on

Discussion Questions, Readings, Powerpoint Overviews, Court Opinions and Legal Analysis

5

Stop and Frisks

All Objective will be touched on

Discussion Questions, Readings, Powerpoint Overviews, Court Opinions and Exam 3

6

Consent and Plain view

All Objective will be touched on

Discussion Questions, Readings, Powerpoint Overviews, Court Opinions and Class Debate

7

Vehicles and Interrogations

All Objective will be touched on

Discussion Questions, Readings, Powerpoint Overviews, Court Opinions and Final Exam

 

Examinations

Week 1 – Exam 1

Week 2 – Judge Roleplay

Week 3 – Exam 2

Week 4 – Legal Analysis

Week 5 – Exam 3

Week 6 – Class Debate

Week 7 – Final Exam