Course Policies



Attendance 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. 

Assignments:  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 quizzes   

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. 

Formatting submissions:  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.   

Revisions:  Papers may be revised and handed in for additional comments at any time.  There will be no change in any assigned grade, however. 

Office conferences:  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. 

Note 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. 

Academic 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. 

Please 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.  

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