CJ400 Constitutional Law in Crim Just

for U1T 2006

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CJ 400 Constitutional Law in Criminal Justice


U1T 2006 DL


Pauley, Andrea D.


Adjunct Faculty


B.S. Law Enforcement
M.S. Criminal Justice

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Semester Dates

6/5/06 - 7/30/06

Class Days


Class Time


Credit Hours


Criminal Procedure for the Criminal Justice Professional, 9th edition, by John N. Ferdico (Wadsworth 2004).

Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased though the Parkville Bookstore

Course Description:
This advanced course is an in-depth study of the U.S. Constitution as it  applies to law enforcement, the courts, and corrections, including an  examination of recent decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court.  Prerequisite:  Junior standing. 3:0:3

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Evaluate the American criminal justice system, law enforcement, and criminal law, using the U.S. Constitution.
  2. Analyze recent constitutional issues, based on the right to privacy and the Exclusionary Rule, including electronic surveillance.
  3. Demonstrate high quality written and oral communication skills, gathering, evaluating, and communicating information effectively.

Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:
Scoring rubrics:

Each week, an online written assignment is required.  Many of these will be case briefs, following the format demonstrated by the instructor in Week 1.  Each assignment is worth a maximum of 30 points and is due by 12:00 midnight Mountain Time Sunday evening at the end of each week.  Each assignment will be graded based on the following criteria:
Was the assignment completed?
Was the assignment completed correctly?
Was the assignment completed on time?
Each week, participation is required.  Initial participation in the week's discussion is required by Thursday morning, with followup discussion required by Sunday morning.  

Each week's participation is worth 50 points (30 points for responses to instructor's opening questions and 20 points for responses to classmates' postings).  Participation will be graded based on the following criteria:
Did the student respond to the instructor's opening questions?
Did the student respond to the postings of classmates?
Did the student respond on time?
Did the student in his/her responses demonstrate knowledge of the subject matter covered in the questions?

Paper Assignment:
A paper will be required in this course.  You will write a paper analyzing the relationship among three U.S. Supreme Court cases, or a paper analyzing and proposing a court decision in a case pending before the U.S. Supreme Court (if available).  The choice will be a decision made by the instructor by the end of Week 3.
The paper will be due by the end of Week 7.
Submission of Late Work: Work submitted after the close of each week's class Sunday night at 12:00 midnight will not be accepted, unless I approve the late submission prior to the due date. There will be no grace period for failure to request an extension on your work if you need one.

Proctored final examination:
A final proctored examination will be taken in a proctored testing environment during the 8th week at one of the Park University sites around the country or at an alternative location.  For proctored examinations, photo identification is required at the time of the test.  Guidelines for selecting an acceptable proctor can be found on the Park University Website.  The proctored final exam for this course is worth 200 points.
Other information on proctored exams:
It will be the responsibility of the student to arrange for a proctor, by the 6th week of the term, who is accepted and approved by the course instructor.  
Approval of proctors is the discretion of the Online instructor.  
A proctor request form will be made available to you during the first week of class so that you can send your requested proctor to your instructor for approval.  
Failure to take a final proctored exam (or submit your final project for some online graduate courses) will result in an automatic "F" grade.

Course Grading Scale - The components of the course and their respective worth are as follows:

Weekly online question entries 30 points each week for 240 points total
Weekly online feedback entries 20 points each week for 160 points total
Weekly written assignments 30 points each assignment for 240 points total
Paper  160 points
Final exam  200 points
TOTAL  1000 points

A =   90- 100% (900 points or higher)
B =  80-89% (800 to 899 points)
C =    70-79% (700 to 799 points)
D =  60-69% (600 to 699 points)
F =  < 60% (599 or fewer points)

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late Assignments will not be accepted under any circumstance without prior approval from the instructor.  Each student has been provided with the instructor's email address and phone number, therefore, there is no excuse for not obtaining prior approval in the event that you feel you need an extension. If you submit work late without approval, you will receive a zero.

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "WH".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.
ONLINE NOTE: An attendance report of "P" (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term. Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation. Participation grades will be assigned by each instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .


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