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Basic health concepts. Personal responsibility for health maintenance and improvement for individuals, families, and communities. *Starting Fall 2019 Satisfies Pathways Flexible Core Scientific World requirement.
By the end of the semester, students will be able to:
By the end of this course students will be able to:
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It is the mission of the Center for Student Disability Services (CSDS) to ensure that students with disabilities have equal access to all campus facilities, curricula, and activities. The program’s objective focuses on providing students with reasonable disability-related accommodations and the opportunity to maximize their academic success at Brooklyn College. The goal is to ensure an inclusive environment while maintaining and enhancing the college’s academic excellence by providing students with disabilities the opportunity to achieve their highest possible academic potential.
Academic dishonesty of any type, including cheating and plagiarism, is unacceptable at Brooklyn College. Cheating is any misrepresentation in academic work. Plagiarism is the representation of another person’s work, words, or ideas as your own. Students should consult the Brooklyn College Student Handbook for a fuller, more specific discussion of related academic integrity standards.
Academic dishonesty is punishable by failure of the “…test, examination, term paper or other assignment on which cheating occurred” (Faculty Council, May 18, 1954).
In addition, disciplinary proceedings in cases of academic dishonesty may result in penalties of admonition, warning, censure, disciplinary probation, restitution, suspension, expulsion, complaint to civil authorities, or ejection (Adopted by Policy Council, May 8, 1991).
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Unless otherwise noted, this OER for HNSC 1100 Personal and Community Health was created and curated by Prof. Millsaps for Brooklyn College Fall 2022 and updated Fall 2023 and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.
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