Class Policies

This course is based on reading and discussion. Students are expected to prepare diligently for each class session. Assigned reading indicated in the syllabus should be completed before class. Active participation—including posing questions and engaging in class discussion—is encouraged. Regular class attendance is crucial to success in this course. As a courtesy to the rest of the class, students are expected to arrive on time, to stay until the end of class, and to refrain from personal conversations, reading, and other distracting behavior. Please turn off cell phones and pagers.

All assignments are due at the beginning of the class period. Late assignments will be marked down 10% per day. In-class work cannot be made up. Examinations and papers can only be made up with medical documentation or other valid excuse. Students celebrating religious holidays and students absent on official University business will be allowed to make up missed work. In order to ensure fairness to all students in the class, students who will miss class for sanctioned reasons must give one week’s written notice before their absence and turn in any work due in the missed class period BEFORE that date.

If you need help with the work for this class, please see me. For help with written work, you may also consult the Learning and Academic Resource Center, the Campus Writing Coordinator in MKH 550D or Peer Academic Advising. If you have difficulty with written or spoken expressions of English please see me, especially if you are not a native speaker of English. Support services are available to students with documented disabilities through the UCI Disability Services Center (949-824-7494; ) Students are encouraged to contact the office before the beginning of the quarter to arrange for assistance.

Academic Integrity  In written assignments, as in examinations, there will be zero tolerance for academic dishonesty. Any student caught cheating or plagiarizing will be penalized to the fullest extent allowed by University regulations. Evidence of the consequences of academic dishonesty is published by UCI.

Plagiarism  Please read the university policy on plagiarism available on the Registrar’s website. Submitting a paper that includes researched information that is not cited is grounds for failure in the course. All information borrowed from print sources or the internet must be identified. Failure to do so is theft. Plagiarists fail the course and have their offense recorded in their School and in the School of Humanities.

Violations of academic honesty can affect a student’s graduation, financial aid, and eligibility for honors (Text from the syllabus of Writing 39 C) If you are unsure about how to cite sources, ASK ME before there is a problem.

Group Work: Students are encouraged to work with their colleagues outside of class time to review materials, prepare for class, and discuss assignments. This spirit of cooperation does not, however, extend to the final preparation of assignments. Students are expected to complete and turn in individual papers and assignments.

A note about email: I am pleased to correspond with students by email. Keep in mind that in this context, email is business correspondence, and so should conform to professional etiquette. Some guidelines: open with a polite salutation; “Dear Professor” is a good start. Mention what class you are enrolled in, and include your first and last name. Expect a reasonable turn-around time; wait at least a day before following up—longer if you sent your message late at night or on a weekend. I am not often on email after 5 pm or on the weekend.

Remember: The last day to add or drop this course (or any other course in the School of Humanities) is Friday of the second week, which is April 13 for Spring 2012.