Academic honesty policy. The Honor Code is in effect throughout the semester (http://catalog.college.emory.edu/academic/policy/honor_code.html). By taking this course, you affirm that it is a violation of the code to cheat on exams, to plagiarize, to deviate from the teacher’s instructions about collaboration on work that is submitted for grades, to give false information to a faculty member, and to undertake any other form of academic misconduct. You agree that the instructor is entitled to move you to another seat during exams, without explanation. You also affirm that if you witness others violating the code you have a duty to report them to the honor council.

I take plagiarism and other forms of academic dishonesty seriously. Should I suspect that you engage in academic dishonesty in this course, I will refer the case to Emory’s Honor Council. You may also receive an F on the assignment(s) in question.

Attendance policy.  You will have three personal days for the entire semester. You may use them as you see fit. I need to know, in advance, that you are using a personal day. That means you should notify me ahead of time when you need to use a personal day. In other words, you don’t just miss class. More than three class absences is simply too many. After three absences, your attendance and participation grade starts going down as follows:

  • 4 absences = 85
  • 5 absences = 80
  • 6 absences = 75
  • 7 absences = 70
  • 8 absences = 65
  • 9 absences = 60

Communication. Email is the best way to contact me if you have questions or concerns. Generally, I will respond to all student email within 24 hours (although on weekends and holidays, it may take a little longer). Likewise, there may be instances when I will need to contact you by email. It is your responsibility to check your Emory-based email account at least once every 24 hours.

Late work policy. All assignments are due by the time and date specified. No late work will be accepted without advance permission via email, and permission is not guaranteed. Even with advance arrangement, late work will cause your grade for the assignment to decrease by one letter grade for each class period the assignment is late. Should you feel that your circumstances warrant alternate considerations, you are advised to contact me as soon as those circumstances arise: note that documentation will be required in these events.

Public nature of the course. Please consider all writing for this class to be “public.” Part of becoming an effective writer is learning to appreciate the ideas and feedback of others. In this course, our purpose is to come together as a writing community. Avoid writing about topics that you wish to keep private or that you feel so strongly about that you are unwilling to listen to the perspectives of others.

Revision policy. Revision is an integral part of the writing process. For this reason, the course requirements include the revision of several of your assignments. As a result, the timeline for the semester is very full, and you will not be able to revise assignments apart from the required revisions.

Technology policy. Since we are composing multimodally throughout the course, you are encouraged to bring to class and operate laptops when appropriate to the day’s assignment. The classroom is equipped with desktops that we will use regularly. I encourage you to develop best practices for negotiating among virtual communities and the real time of the classroom. I reserve the right to revoke your technology privileges if you use your devices for activities unrelated to the class.