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General Syllabus Information


Attendance Requirements

Grossmont College Photography courses are as follows:

2 hours lecture and 4 hours in-class laboratory practice each week of the scheduled academic semester/session:

  • PHOT 150 - Introduction to Photography
  • PHOT 151 - Personal Photographic Vision
  • PHOT 152 - Contemporary Photographic Practice
  • PHOT 166 - Image and Idea
  • PHOT 252 - Photographer's Portfolio


2.5 hours of lecture only each week:

  • PHOT 154 - History of Photography


In accordance with Grossmont College policies, attendance will be recorded during each class meeting that the course is scheduled during the academic session. Students are expected to be present during the entire class and demonstrate active, engaged learning with the curriculum and assignments while attending each class session and in-class laboratory practice.

Instructors are obligated, at the beginning of the semester/academic session, to announce to their students their policy regarding excessive absences. When absences exceed the number of hours that a class meets in a week, the instructor may drop the student from the class for excessive absences. It is the student’s responsibility to discuss anticipated extensive absences with the instructor. Make-up work for an absence of any kind must be completed to the satisfaction of the instructor. No absence relieves the student of the responsibility of completing all work assigned.

For lecture-only courses, such as PHOT 154 – History of Photography which are scheduled to meet for 2.5 - 5 hours per week depending on course schedule, the third unexcused absence could result in your being dropped from the class.

For lecture | lab courses which are scheduled to meet for six hours per week, the third unexcused absence could result in your being dropped from the class.


Add | Drop Policy

Students may add courses only during the official “Add” period using an “add code” issued by the instructor and submitting the completed “Change of Program Card” to the Admission and Records Office.

It is the student’s responsibility to officially drop courses they are no longer attending. If a course is not officially dropped, you may receive an “F” for the course.

The last day to drop a course without a “W” appearing on your record is: 

Friday of the 2nd week of instruction

The last day to drop a course and receive a “W” on your record is: 

Friday of the 12th week of instuction


College Student Code of Conduct

Students are subject to adhering to the policies and procedures of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District, as well as all federal, state and local laws. Student conduct must conform to District and College rules and regulations as well as course policies. If a Student Code of Conduct violation occurs while a student is enrolled, he or she may be issued administrative action, including warning (verbal and/or written), written reprimand, suspension, and/or expulsion. For additional information on the Student Code of Conduct, please consult the Grossmont College Catalog as well as the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs. Misconduct not listed in the catalog may also result in discipline if good cause exists (Educational Code Section 76034).


Academic Integrity

It is the responsibility of each student to understand the actions and behaviors that constitute academic dishonesty, including plagiarism and cheating, within each class as well as other venues on campus. Students are encouraged to ask questions of instructors and are expected to read the college’s statement on Academic Fraud (located in the class schedule). Penalties for actions inconsistent with classroom, library and College expectations for academic integrity range from a failing grade on an assignment, quiz, exam, paper, or project (which may lead to a failing grade in the course) to, under certain conditions, suspension, or expulsion from a class, program, or the college. For more information and/or further clarification, please consult with your instructor or contact the Student Affairs Office.


Students with Disabilities and/or Learning Challenges

Students with disabilities who may need accommodations in this class are encouraged to notify the instructor and contact the Accessibility Resource Center (ARC) early in the semester so that reasonable accommodations may be implemented as soon as possible. Students may contact ARC in person in room 60-120 or by phone (619) 644-7112 (voice). Video Phone for the Deaf [(619) 567-7712] or TTY users can call the ARC voice number through California Relay Services.


Supervised Tutoring Referral

Students requiring reinforcement of concepts or additional help to achieve the stated learning outcomes for a course are referred to enroll in IDS 198, Supervised Tutoring. To add these courses, students must obtain Add Codes from the appropriate staff. Please refer to the Tutoring Section in the current class schedule for contact information.
· IDS-198 Supervised Tutoring – Math
· IDS-198 Supervised Tutoring – Reading
· IDS-198 Supervised Tutoring – Writing


Student Support Programs and Resources

Students facing food or housing insecurity are encouraged to contact a Grossmont College Basic Needs Liaison (their names are listed in the web link provided below) or you can send an e-mail to to request information or assistance. 

Additional information on basic needs resources, including Gizmo’s Kitchen (Grossmont College’s food pantry) is available at:


College | VAH Department | Photography Program Policies & Best Practices


Health and Safety Policies and Best Practices

It is expected that all students will conduct themselves in a manner that is consistent with common courtesy to all other students, faculty, and lab technicians.

The Photography Program uses certain chemicals and other materials that create hazardous, universal and/or special wastes that must be disposed of in a responsible manner so that they don’t contaminate the environment and/or threaten student health.

The College and the Photography Program is required to follow Federal, State, Local and College Policies with regards to proper disposal of these chemicals and materials, including analog photographic chemicals such as developers and fixers, digital inkjet printer cartridges and batteries.

In each class, instruction and handouts are provided for each student to understand and follow the proper handling and disposal policies, and is reinforced with signage throughout the Photography Program facilities.

Students are expected to dress appropriately for a laboratory class.  VAH Department and Photography Area Studio Courses are officially formatted as combined Lecture | Lab sections.  This means that the lecture or lab portion of the class may occur anytime during the scheduled time block for the course.

When working in the analog photography areas, including the film developing rooms, print finishing area and darkrooms, closed-toe shoes must be worn always per the darkroom safety requirements.

Per OSHA requirements, safety glasses and disposable gloves are required to be worn in the film processing rooms, all darkrooms and alternative processing working areas.


Student Conduct and Best Practices

To insure a productive working environment for all students, please clean up your work area by returning all items to their proper storage area upon the completion of class and lab.

Computers in all areas of the photography area, including the classrooms, digital lab, print finishing area and studio, are strictly for use as it pertains to photography curriculum activities. Using the computers for personal email, downloading of music, and/or other inappropriate use will be considered a violation of the Student Code of Conduct.

The subjects and materials covered in this course may sometimes be of such a nature as to be offensive to an individual’s personal beliefs. Politics, religion, sexuality and/or morality have often been the content of artists’ efforts and will be discussed openly in a mature manner to facilitate a greater understanding of varying perspectives.


Food and Drink Policies

There is no food and/or drink allowed in the film developing rooms, print finishing areas, darkrooms, digital labs and studio. A securely capped drink may be stored in the storage space provided and must be taken into the hallway to be consumed.


Smart Phone | Watch Use in Classroom and Laboratory Spaces

In consideration of fellow classmates and to insure a thoughtful and productive learning environment without disruption, please turnoff and put cell phones away before entering the classroom. In addition, the operation of a smart phone and/or smart watch can expose light-sensitive photographic materials in the film processing rooms and print darkroom. If at any point during course instructional activities the smart phone and/or watch is activated, this could be considered a violation of the Student Code of Conduct and will result in administrative action, including a warning and/or being asked to leave the classroom, and/or a short-term suspension. 


Service Animals and Other Animals on District Property

Per District and College policies and in order to prevent discrimination on the basis of disability, the District will allow an individual with a disability to use a service dog or miniature horse in District facilities and on District campuses in compliance with state and federal law. The Board shall designate that District property be closed to all other animals, unless the animals are involved in the instructional process.

A “service animal” for purposes of this procedure means any dog (or miniature horse, as provided herein) that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability.

The work or tasks performed by a service animal must be directly related to the handler's disability. The crime deterrent effects of an animal's presence and the provision of emotional support, well-being, comfort, or companionship do not constitute work or tasks for the purposes of this definition.

The District may ask an individual with a disability to remove a service animal from the premises if:

  • The animal is out of control and the animal's handler does not take effective action to control it; or
  • The animal is not housebroken.


Children on Campus

Per District and College policies, except when children are enrolled in the Child Development Center, other instructional programs in the District, and/or attending public events under the supervision of parent or guardian, bringing children on campus while attending classes is not permitted. Parents and guardians must be aware that the ultimate responsibility for the safety of the children in their care rests with them and no liability can be accepted by the District nor any of its agents or staff for the consequences of children being on campus.


Photography Area Equipment Check-Out Procedure and Policy

Check-out contract is completed by the student’s instructor. Students without written reservations in the form of a completed contract cannot check-out equipment under any circumstances. Student must present identification at time of check-out. All check-out sheets must have both student and staff signature to validate the contract.

Students making up an incomplete must be enrolled in a Grossmont College class to check-out equipment.


Weekend Check-Out

Pick-up of Grossmont College photography equipment for off-campus check-out and use is on Fridays only from 9:30am to 3:00pm. Students can pick-up equipment from the Photography Lab Technician until 3:00pm.

Equipment for off-campus check out is due as follows:

  • following Monday if course meets on Mondays & Wednesdays or only on Fridays
  • following Tuesday if course meets on Tuesdays & Thursdays


All returned equipment must be brought to 20-110. Overdue equipment will result in a one week suspension of borrowing privileges. A second incident of overdue equipment will result in the loss of borrowing privileges for the remainder of the semester.

No equipment can be checked-out for off-campus use after the 15th week of instruction.


On-Campus Check-Out

Check-out of photography equipment for on-campus use only, including cameras and/or studio lighting equipment, is done during course hours and is required to be returned after completing on-campus photographic work. Check-out contract is completed by the student’s instructor and/or with the Photography Program Lab Technician or Program Teaching Assistant.


Semester-Long Check-Out

Semester-long check-out of photographic equipment, including available analog (film) 35mm, medium- and large-format cameras, may be requested for the following courses only:

  • PHOT 151 - Personal Photographic Vision
  • PHOT 166 - Image and Idea
  • PHOT 252 - Photographer's Portfolio


The semester-long check-out contract is completed by the student’s instructor. Equipment is available and permitted to be checked-out from weeks 3 - 15 of course instruction. During the check-out period, the students academic records will be placed on hold to cover equipment liability matters, and as such, students will not be able to register for courses or request transcripts.

If a student needs to register for classes and/or request transcripts, it will be necessary for the student to request a temporary release of the hold with the instructor. As it may take a business-day to complete the request, students are asked to request this temporary release in a timely manner.

Continued positive attendance is required to continue to have equipment checked-out. Excessive absences and attendance issues will result in borrowing privaleges being revoked.

All photographic equipment checked-out for semester-long use will be due on:

Monday or Tuesday (depending on course schedule) of the 15th week of instruction


The Photography Program Lab Technician does not inspect, repair or instruct students in the use of their equipment.  Any such questions should be directed to the Course Instructor.

There are no exceptions nor allowances of these procedures and policies when checking-out Grossmont College Photography equipment.

Last Updated: 01/17/2019


Paul Turounet
Professor of Photography

  • Grossmont
  • Cuyamaca
A Member of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District