CJ400 Constitutional Law in Crim Just

for U1T 2006

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CJ 400 Constitutional Law in Criminal Justice


U1T 2006 DLB


Nuttall, Dennis L.


Senior Instructor


Masters of Science in Administration
Bachelor of Arts, Criminal Justice Administration

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Class Days


Class Time


Credit Hours


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

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:
Course Grading Scale - Students will be evaluated on the total number of points he/she earns as compared to the greatest amount of points that may be earned in each course activity. In determining the number of points assigned to an activity, the major factors will be the following questions:

Was the work completed?
Was the work completed correctly
Was the work completed on time?

You will be able to track your average throughout the course. The grading scale is as follows:
A = 90-100 (or 900 points or higher*)
B = 80-89 (or 800 to 899 points)
C = 70-79 (or 700 to 799 points)
D = 60-69 (or 600 to 699 points)
F = 0-59 (599 or fewer points)
*1000 points is the maximum points possible

Each student is responsible for:
· Completing weekly reading assignments.
· Participating in weekly discussions.
· Studying various online resources.
· Completing six substantial writing assignments, referred to as papers.
· Completing a proctored examination during Week 8.

Assignmen   % of Grade Due Date
Paper #1 10% Week 2
Paper #2 10% Week 3
Paper #3 10% Week 4
Paper #4 10% Week 5
Paper #5 10% Week 6
Paper #6 10% Week 7
Class Participation 20% Continually
Proctored Examination 20% Week 8
Total 100%

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Submission of Late Work: Work received after the end of the week will not be accepted without prior coordination with the instructor. Discussion responses will be scored as a zero if not posted by the end of the class week.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Professors are required to keep attendance records and report absences throughout the term. Excused absences can be granted by the instructor for medical reasons, school sponsored activities, and employment-related demands including temporary duty. The student is responsible for completing all missed work.  Any student failing to attend class for two consecutive weeks, without an approved excuse from their instructor, will be administratively withdrawn and notified via email that you have been withdrawn and a grade of "WH" will be recorded.
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.  PLEASE NOTE:  Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation.  Participation grades will be assigned by each individual instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.
For more details on Park University on page 100 of the Park University Undergraduate Catalog.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
(See individual activity sections for due dates)

Computer literacy - Students are expected to have frequent access to a personal computer with a modem and web browser, access to the Internet, and an e-mail account. Computer literacy is expected (e.g. setting up files, familiarity with browsing and downloading Internet files, etc.)

Reading assignments - Students will be expected to read the assigned chapters in the textbook, the lectures and articles displayed for each week, and assigned material on the Internet. The Discussions and Assignments and Proctored Examination assume you have read the assigned readings.

Class participation (Discussions) - Students should visit the DIscussion area for each week at least three times each week. Each week, students will participate and discuss the questions posted there, since this is such an important aspect of the course. At the beginning of each week some starting questions will be posted in a new Discussion thread. After students respond, the instructor will post more questions, and students may respond to answers posted by other students. The Discussion area is designed to function like a traditional classroom with class discussion. NOTE: Discussion responses posted after the end of the week will receive a zero.

Homework assignments (Case Briefs) - Students will submit to the Dropbox seven assignments, the last six being case briefs. These are not major research papers, but rather essays answering questions dealing with the topics covered in the course, case briefs of cases discussed, and any group projects. As with any writing where the ideas or words of others are used, appropriate citation of the source of those ideas or words is required. Your case brief MUST follow my format EXACTLY as stated on the course home page. Papers not in the proper format will be returned and START at 75%. These will not be accepted late without prior coordination with the instructor!

Proctored examination - An examination will be taken in person during Week 8 at one of the Park University sites around the country or at an alternative location approved by the college where Park University sites are not available. It will be the responsibility of the student to arrange for a proctor who will be accepted and approved by the instructor. Park University site administrators or adjunct faculty are preferred, but K-12 school officials or senior personnel at the place of employment are usually acceptable. Approved proctors may also include pastors, chaplains, US Embassy officials, military education officers, any college or university faculty member or administrator. Excluded from approval as proctors shall be family members, neighbors, friends, and immediate supervisors. For these proctored examinations, photo identification is required. An on-line proctor information form will be provided by the university.

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
Academic honesty is required of all members of the learning community.  Neither the college nor I will tolerate cheating or plagiarism on examinations, papers, or other course assignments.  Park University policies are in effect. All your work must be your own, unless I authorize collaboration, in which case you must, in writing, acknowledge the help you have received. Presenting as one's own the words, ideas, or expressions of another in any form is cheating through plagiarism, and will not be tolerated. The claim of ignorance is no excuse.

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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