and Class Participation: According to Faculty Senate
Policy 42-27 "the fact that classes are scheduled is evidence that the
faculty believes instruction is important.
It is implicit, therefore, that class attendance is important for the
benefit of students." Attendance
in this section of English 202D is required.
While it is understood that emergencies / University-sanctioned
activities may arise which result in your missing one or more classes, frequent
absences may negatively affect your final grade. As a rule, one or two absences will have little impact on
your final grade, assuming you participate enthusiastically when you are in
class. In the event that your
attendance, or lack thereof, becomes a problem, I will ask you to meet with me
to discuss our options. These
options may include a failing grade or a lower grade than you might have earned
had you attended classes regularly.
You are responsible for all writing assignments,
even those not listed on the syllabus. If
you must miss a class, be sure to check with a classmate ASAP to find out what
was discussed in class and whether any additional assignments were made.
In addition, since there is no text in this class, I expect you to pay the
utmost attention to lectures. Information from these will appear on your
Rough Draft Sessions: Critiquing by your peers is one of the most useful tools in writing. Therefore, Rough Draft days are not a blow off day that offer you the chance to sleep through class. If you miss a rough draft day without an excuse, your grade is in danger of being lowered. Should you absolutely have to miss this day, tell me and get a friend in the class to look over your rough drafts. Rough draft comments which you make on others' papers are worth five percent of your grade, so it is behooves you to come. Also, I usually bring food.
Failure to complete one or
more assignments: All major projects must be
completed or you will receive an "F" as a final grade.
Failure to hand in an
assignment on time: All papers are due the
class period noted on the syllabus. If
you must miss a class when a paper is due, send your paper in with a trustworthy
classmate. If this does not work,
put your paper in my mailbox, the one above my name before five o'clock,
the same day it is due. Failure to
turn in an assignment on the day it is due will result in a reduction of one
letter grade for each class period the paper is late. The only exception to this is the final paper.
For this assignment, your grade will be dropped one letter grade for each
calendar day the paper is late.
All submissions must be typed. Handwritten assignments will not be accepted and you will be
penalized a letter grade per class period until a typed document is submitted.
Also, in an effort to conserve paper, please print on the front and back
of each sheet for all assignments. Finally,
in an effort to conserve my vision (and provide white space on which I can make
comments), double space all submissions. The
only exception here are the cover letters and resumes for the job application
packet assignment. These should
look as they would if, indeed, you intended mailing them immediately.
may be revised and handed in for additional comments at any time.
There will be no change in any assigned grade, however.
My office hours are listed above. I highly encourage you to stop by frequently to
discuss any aspect of your writing or any assignment either before or after it
has been submitted. Think of my office hours as an extension of class
time. Much can be accomplished in fifteen or so minutes of one on one
instruction. Any questions which are simple can most definitely be sent to
me via email, which I check an exorbitant amount of times daily.
to students with disabilities: It
is Penn State’s policy to not discriminate against qualified students with
documented disabilities in its educational programs. If you have a
disability-related need for modifications in this course, contact your
instructor and the Office for Disability Services at University Park (located in
116 Boucke Building) at 863-1807 or the Disability Contact Liaison at your Penn
State location. Instructors should be notified as early in the semester as
possible. You may refer to the Nondiscrimination Policy in the Student Guide
to University Policies and Rules 1997.
integrity: Penn State defines academic integrity as the pursuit
of scholarly activity in an open, honest and responsible manner.
All students should act with personal integrity, respect other
students’ dignity, rights and property, and help create and maintain an
environment in which all can succeed through the fruits of their efforts
(Faculty Senate Policy 49-20). Dishonesty of any kind will not be tolerated in this course.
Dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, cheating, plagiarizing,
fabricating information or citations, facilitating acts of academic dishonesty
by others, having unauthorized possession of examinations, submitting work of
another person or work previously used without informing the instructor, or
tampering with the academic work of other students. Students who are found to be
dishonest will receive academic sanctions and will be reported to the
University’s Judicial Affairs office and to their colleges for possible
further disciplinary sanction.
note that these policies are designed to ensure that classes are conducted
efficiently and that everyone derives maximum benefit from this course.
There will, therefore, be no exceptions made to any of the policies.