ME 481: Whole Body Biomechanics


Below are the course policies for this class.  Please read through them and familiarize yourself with the policies regarding course logistics.  

All students are assumed to have read and understood the “Code of Policies and Regulations Applying to All Students,” University of Illinois, and will be expected to act accordingly.
The Code is available online at:

Details specific to course content can be found on the Info page.

Academic integrity, harassment, and discrimination
Late submissions
Needing help
Sexual misconduct
Special accommodations



  1. Excuses from assessments will only be given in the following circumstances:
    1. Illness.
    2. Personal crisis (e.g., car accident, required court appearance, death of a close relative).
    3. Required attendance at an official UIUC activity (e.g., varsity athletics, band concert).
  2. In all cases you must include official written documentation explaining your absence.
  3. In cases (a) or (b) an official excuse letter from the Dean on Duty must be submitted via the online form within 2 weeks of the due date of the missed assessment, but no later than reading day. In cases of extended or unusual illness, late submission of excuse documentation will be considered.
  4. In case (c) an official letter from the designated university official must be submitted via the online form at least one week prior to the due date of the missed assessment.
  5. Notwithstanding the above, at your professor's discretion you may be required to make up any excused work or attend substitute instruction or assessment.


Academic integrity, harassment, and discrimination: Academic integrity infractions, harassment, and discrimination of any kind will not be tolerated. See the University's Student Code, Article 1, Part 4 and the Campus Conduct Policy. Please report any concerns immediately to your professor.

Academic integrity infractions will be dealt with using the most stringent available counter-measures. All infractions are documented through the campus-wide FAIR database, that remains part of the student's permanent record. All infractions in this database will be referred to the Senate Committee on Student Discipline for review and potential additional sanctions. Typical pentalties for academic infractions include dropping one course letter grade. Students have been expelled from the university for cheating.

Infractions include, but are not limited to, cheating, plagiarism, and assisting others in a manner not prescribed or allowed for in the original assignment or directions. Notably, for homework assignments, students are encouraged and allowed to work together. The philosophy is that homeworks are ‘formative’ assessments, meaning they are intended to foster learning. This is in contrast to ‘summative’ assessments, including quizzes and exams, that measure individual student mastery of course concepts, for which students are of course forbidden from assisting each other.


Student Content

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These materials may not be mirrored or reproduced on non-University of Illinois websites without the express written permission of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees. To request permission, please contact the academic unit for the program.

Gradebook: All assessment scores are stored on Compass2g. Note that we are only using this website for grade reporting. All other class-related information will be posted only to the official class website or campuswire.

InclusivityThe effectiveness of this course is dependent upon the creation of an encouraging and safe classroom environment. Exclusionary, offensive or harmful speech (such as racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, etc.) will not be tolerated and in some cases subject to University harassment procedures. We are all responsible for creating a positive and safe environment that allows all students equal respect and comfort. I expect each of you to help establish and maintain and environment where you and your peers can contribute without fear of ridicule or intolerant or offensive language.

Late submissions: Lab reports and problem sets turned in late without prior approval of the instructor will be docked 2% of the overall grade for each day that passes after the deadline up to one week. The written reports ares under a stricter version of the guidelines for late work described above (5% per day late). The final group presentations will be done during the final week of classes; attendance is mandatory without prior approval from the instructor.

Lectures: Prompt and regular attendance at lectures is essential for your comprehension and success in the course.

Needing help:

As members of the Illinois community, we each have a responsibility to express care and concern for one another. If you come across a classmate whose behavior concerns you, whether in regards to their well-being or yours, we encourage you to refer this behavior to the Student Assistance Center (1-217-333-0050) or online at of-care/referral/. Based upon your report, staff in the Student Assistance Center reaches out to students to make sure they have the support they need to be healthy and safe.

Further, as a Community of Care, we want to support you in your overall wellness. We know that students sometimes face challenges that can impact academic performance (examples include mental health concerns, food insecurity, homelessness, personal emergencies). Should you find that you are managing such a challenge and that it is interfering with your coursework, you are encouraged to contact the Student Assistance Center (SAC) in the Office of the Dean of Students for support and referrals to campus and/or community resources. The SAC has a Dean on Duty available to see students who walk in, call, or email the office during business hours. For mental health emergencies, you can call 911 or contact the Counseling Center.

Netiquette: In any social interaction, certain rules of etiquette are expected and contribute to more enjoyable and productive communication. The following are tips for interacting online via e-mail or discussion board messages, adapted from guidelines originally compiled by ChuqVon Rospach and Gene Spafford (1995):

  • Remember that the person receiving your message is someone like you, deserving and appreciating courtesy and respect

  • Avoid typing whole sentences or phrases in Caps Lock

  • Be brief; succinct, thoughtful messages have the greatest effect

  • Your messages reflect on you personally; take time to make sure that you are proud of their form and content

  • Use descriptive subject headings in your e-mails

  • Think about your audience and the relevance of your messages

  • Be careful when you use humor and sarcasm; absent the voice inflections and body language that aid face-to-face communication, Internet messages are easy to misinterpret

  • When making follow-up comments, summarize the parts of the message to which you are responding

  • Avoid repeating what has already been said; needless repetition is ineffective communication

  • Cite appropriate references whenever using someone else's ideas, thoughts, or words

  • Students will be expected to interact maturely and responsibly with their course instructor and fellow classmates. Students who fail to adhere to this expectation will be removed from discussion and will not receive credit for participation.

Privacy: Any student who has suppressed their directory information pursuant to Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) should self-identify to the instructor to ensure protection of the privacy of their attendance in this course. See records/ferpa/ for more information on FERPA.

Sexual MisconductThe University of Illinois is committed to combating sexual misconduct. Faculty and staff members are required to report any instances of sexual misconduct to the University’s Title IX and Disability Office. In turn, an individual with the Title IX and Disability Office will provide information about rights and options, including accommodations, support services, the campus disciplinary process, and law enforcement options.

A list of the designated University employees who, as counselors, confidential advisors, and medical professionals, do not have this reporting responsibility and can maintain confidentiality, can be found here:

Other information about resources and reporting is available here:

Special accommodations: 

Please contact your instructors or TAs during the first week of classes to make requests for disability accommodations or observation of religious holidays.

To obtain disability-related academic adjustments and/or auxiliary aids, students with disabilities must contact the course instructor and the Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES) as soon as possible. To contact DRES, you may visit 1207 S. Oak St., Champaign, call 333-4603, e-mail or go to the DRES website. If you are concerned you have a disability-related condition that is impacting your academic progress, there are academic screening appointments available on campus that can help diagnosis a previously undiagnosed disability by visiting the DRES website and selecting “Sign-Up for an Academic Screening” at the bottom of the page.