Taught by A. Potasznik

General info

Welcome to the Class Wiki for CS/IT 285 L, Social Issues and Ethics in Computing, taught by Dr. Potasznik (potasznik@cs.umb.edu). Office hours: T/Th, 2:00-3:30pm by appointment, in M-3-201-32: down the main CS hallway (green double doors), when almost to the end make a left, second door on the left. Please email me to confirm the time you would like to see me since even during office hours I may stray from my office if no one has expressed interest in attending them.

If you need to miss an office hours appointment, please let me know before the agreed-upon time. Students who are no-shows for two appointments with no email or call may not be granted more appointments.

Email etiquette: Please include your first and last name and section number (class time works too) in any correspondence. Visit this page for more details.

Need help with English grammar? Not sure how to avoid plagiarism? Visit the Umass writing center and sign up for free tutoring sessions.

Code for a cause and build your CV: socialcoder.org.

Consider a job or fellowship in Civic Tech: https://civictech.guide/jobs/.

Attend a hackathon: mlh.io.

Register to vote or check your registration here: https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ovr/

General information:

Lectures will take place each class day at the time noted in Wiser.


UMass Boston is committed to creating learning environments that are inclusive and accessible. If you have a personal circumstance that will impact your learning and performance in this class, please let me know as soon as possible, so we can discuss the best ways to meet your needs and the requirements of the course. If you have a documented disability, or would like guidance about navigating support services, contact the Ross Center for Disability Services by email (ross.center@umb.edu ), phone (617-287-7430), or in person (Campus Center, UL Room 211). To receive accommodations, students must be registered with the Ross Center and must request accommodations each semester that they are in attendance at UMass Boston. For more information visit: Ross Center for Disability Services – UMass Boston (umb.edu). Please note that the Ross Center will provide a letter for your instructor with information about your accommodation only and not about your specific disability.

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