Reed Fisher, Professor
Class Day: Wednesday
217 Martinetti Hall
Class Time: 4:00 p.m. until 6:45 p.m.
- Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. until noon
- Wednesdays from 2:00 p.m. until 3:45 p.m.
- other times are available by making an appointment
with me, please ask!
|Professor Fisher's Web Site: fisher.jsc.vsc.edu
- AOL Instant Messenger -- my buddy
name is jsc
- Skype --
my contact name is reedatjsc
|Blackboard Class Site: blackboard.vsc.edu
- Required Textbook:
- Hotel, Restaurant, and Travel Law: A
by Norman G. Cournoyer, Anthony G. Marshall,
L. Morris (2008)
This course will introduce the student to the laws
applicable to the ownership and operation of inns, hotels, motels,
restaurants, bars, and other hospitality businesses. The purpose
of this course is to introduce the student to the laws and regulations
that influence business and management decisions in the hospitality
It is designed to provide the student with a practical knowledge of the
law and the operation of the legal system. The course will focus
on the Legal Fundamentals for the hospitality industry which include
relationships with guests, contracts, and liability and the sale of
and alcohol. This course will also explore the question of ethics
in hospitality management.
|Departmental Learning Outcomes and
The Business and Economics
Department has identified five learning outcomes
that should be
developed and mastered by the time our students graduate.
Graduates of the Business and Economics Department will:
This course will give you an opportunity to develop skills towards
mastering learning outcomes 4 and 5.
- integrate classroom knowledge with guided work/internship
- demonstrate industry appropriate communication skills and
the ability to work effectively with diverse groups in a team
- demonstrate the ability to adapt themselves to a changing
business environment while encouraging others to do so as well,
- demonstrate the ability to amass, evaluate, and interpret
complex information to make effective business decisions, and
- demonstrate the appropriate business norms and ethics, and
mastery of the fundamental skills and knowledge required to
successfully steward a business operation.
- Learning Outcome 4 -- during the semester you will develop
the tools to evaluate and interpret potential legal pitfalls in a
hospitality organization. You will analyze a variety of legal
cases as well as conduct a field exercise where you will investigate
and identify potential negligence issues in a hospitality
operation. You will present a written report of your findings
concentrating on your recommendations to management. In addition,
you will receive feedback on your written report thus
helping you improve your written communication skills (learning outcome
- Learning Outcome 5 -- in this class we discuss the the
legal and ethical decisions hospitality operators face. You will
develop a set of tolls to help you understand and analyze ethical
situations. During the semester you will have the opportunity to
use these tools to analyze several situations where the law and what is
ethical seem to diverge (one example is the practice of overbooking
By the end of the course the student should be able to....
- comprehend the laws of Innkeeping and how they apply to the
industry as a whole,
- read and analyze a legal case,
- conduct research on legal topics,
- describe the relationship between ethics and the law,
- formulate operational policies to conform to the
requirements of the
state and federal agencies and guidelines,
- assess and compare liability for personal injuries on and
- evaluate liability for damage or loss of property to
clientele in the
- assess the need for exclusion and ejection of undesirables,
- compare, evaluate, and appraise the types of contracts made
- recognize, analyze, and evaluate legal issues for the
purpose of making
and articulating appropriate decisions as executives in conducting your
|Departmental and Class
Conduct in Class:
should conduct themselves in accordance with
the Student Handbook of Rights and
Responsibilities, page 18.
Any acts of classroom disruption that go beyond the normal rights of
students to question and discuss with instructors the educational
process relative to subject content will not be tolerated.
Examples of inappropriate disruptions include but are not limited to
for the above will be in accordance with
the Student Handbook of Rights and
- disruptive (side) conversations;
- leaving class to go to the bathroom (especially during
- disrespectful comments about fellow students;
- interrupting the instructor about issues that should be
discussed after class (such as a grade or accepting late homework);
- using computers to surf the web, instant message or doing
homework for another class;
- ringing cell phones.
Examinations must be taken
scheduled. Please plan your schedule accordingly. Make-up
examinations will not be allowed unless the instructor has, prior to
the examination, approved a request for make-up.
Attendance has a high correlation with success in this class thus,
students are expected to attend every class. Attendance will be
taken at the beginning of every class.
number of absences
effect on final grade
0-1 [less than 8% of all classes]
no reduction of final grade
2-3 [14-21% of all classes]
one letter grade reduction
4+ [more than 28% of classes]
failure of the course
are expected to be in class on time. Arriving late to class is
disruptive as well as disrespectful to your fellow students. Six unexcused tardies will result
in the reduction
of one letter grade for the course. Seven unexcused tardies will result
failure for the course.
All assignments are due at the beginning of class. For 1000 and 2000
level courses, late assignments will be reduced as follows: 25%
reduction if turned in by the beginning of the next class, 50% for the
second class, 100% after the second class. For 3000 and 4000
courses late assignments will not be accepted and will result in a
grade of zero for that assignment.
To appeal a grade, either talk to the instructor or send an email to
your instructor within two weeks of the grade having been received.
Overdue appeals will not be considered.
For a student to receive an incomplete, he or she must have a passing
must have completed a significant portion of the course work. Students
be given an incomplete grade in the course without sound reason and
Final grades will be determined using the grading criteria
outlined in the JSC Undergraduate Catalogue. Your
grade in this course will be based on the following assignments:
||Short answer ;
drop the lowest grade
|2 class projects
and short essay
and 1 investigative
variety of question covering the entire semester
|includes application questions assignments
|This is the scale I will use for assigning final grades:
questions found at the end of the chapters will be assigned on a
basis. Students may hand write or type their answers to these
I will collect the application questions at the end of the class period
assigned. Students will receive one of the following three
0 = not turned in; 1 = turned in but work is marginal; or 2 = turned in
and the work is satisfactory. The total grade for your
questions will be used as one of the components in the determination
Will be administered on Blackboard; you can use your book and
notes. The chapter quizzes
will be a variety of short answer (e.g., multiple choice,
and fill in the blank) questions.
The final exam
will be held during final exam week and will cover all material
discussed during the semester. The format of the final exam will
be explained shortly before the end of the semester.
- Students will analyze two large cases and 2-4 small case
studies during the course of the
You may work individually or in groups of not more than two
Groups will turn in one analysis and both students will receive the
grade for the assignment. Students are expected to follow the
analysis techniques that will be presented and discussed in
I suggest that even if you choose to do the case analyses individually,
you discuss the basics of the case with your fellow students. See
the Case Evaluation Sheet
for guidelines in writing your case analysis.
Students will investigate and report on a circumstances that invite
an accident; situations that, if left unattended, will likely cause
to trip and fall, or otherwise hurt themselves. Using a camera,
those conditions with a photograph. Your submission for this
will include two parts: first, a minimum of two photographs of
different dangerous conditions; and second, a written explanation for
picture that identifies the problem and how it should be
addressed by responsible management. Additional details
on this project will be handed out in class.
Students who have an academic need may receive
support in the
following areas: testing accommodations for students who have a
disability, assistance with test taking strategies and study skills,
advising, personal counseling, tutoring, and support for
students through the department of Academic Support Services and the
Resource Center in Dewey Campus Center. Some services may require
meeting eligibility requirements. Please call extension 1259 or
or stop by their office in room #126 or room #114 in the Dewey Campus
for more information.
Students with disabilities, who believe that they may need
accommodations in this class, are encouraged to contact me during my
office hours. It is your responsibility to contact Dian Duranleau
at Academic Support Services (Dewey 123, extension 1264) as soon as
possible to verify your eligibility for any classroom accommodations,
to ensure that such accommodations are implemented in a timely fashion,
and to access academic assistance related to your disability.
I expect all of your work, including group projects,
to be independent
and original. This includes providing proper citation and credit when
information from outside sources. JSC’s policy on academic
located in the JSC Undergraduate Catalogue,
will be strictly enforced in this class.
"Students are expected to be honest in
all their academic
work at Johnson State College. Academic dishonesty in any form is
and unacceptable. Acts of dishonesty for which a student may be
include, but are not limited to, receiving or providing unauthorized
on an examination and plagiarizing the work of others in writing
The American Heritage Dictionary defines plagiarism in the following
"To steal or use (the ideas or writings of another) as one's own."
are responsible for knowing what specific acts constitute plagiarism;
students are uncertain whether a particular act constitutes plagiarism,
should consult with their instructors before turning in assigned work."
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