Expectations for Engagement
Our seminar will challenge you to participate in a community of thinkers, readers, and writers. You will be expected to engage in small group and whole group discussions, so you must complete the reading for each class and be prepared with thoughts, notes, and ideas to share with the class. Spend time going through the reading, noting things that jump out to you and are important or interesting. Include those notes in your freewrites and group discussions. I want you to actively listen to your classmates and engage with one another as well as the readings. There will be a policy of openness and respect practiced at all times in our classroom. You do not have to agree with everyone, but you must respect their opinions. Lively discussion and debate is encouraged, but disrespect and intolerance will not be accepted. The texts we are reading deal with some difficult or uncomfortable subjects that may challenge your worldview. Please be mindful of the language you use and be sensitive to others when discussing these topics.
It is my belief that university classrooms are a space to engage in open dialogue and exploration of ideas. This sometimes can lead to conversations about topics that can be considered controversial. These uncomfortable topics can be the spaces where the most learning happens. Fruitful and illuminating discussions can be derived from the ideas we are uncomfortable confronting publicly. Due to the open discourse policy in my classroom, respect is vital to success. Intolerance and disrespect will not be tolerated. Under no circumstances will discrimination of any sort be allowed in the classroom. All students regardless of age, sex, gender, sexuality, religion, race, ethnicity, or ability will be treated with fairness and equality in our course. Any student who violates this policy will be asked to leave, and if it continues to be a problem you will be asked to leave the course completely.
Assignment Submission and Deadlines
An important part of success in college is developing time management skills. Professors understand that students have many responsibilities, however this does not excuse coming to class unprepared. Please do not come to me with wild excuses and stories. I am not trying to hear that your dog ate your homework or that the internet went out five minutes before class (why did you wait until the last minute anyway?!). You need to come to class with your reading assignments completed and annotated, and any assignments due for that day. All major assignments and projects must be submitted on Moodle unless otherwise indicated by instructor. Assignments will not be accepted via email. Major papers and projects will drop one letter grade each day that it is late. Anything beyond a week late will not be accepted.
Email is the most effective way to reach me outside of class time. I will respond within 24 hours for a response (longer if you email over the weekend). Please keep this in mind when sending emails about projects or assignments. Please remember to format your emails as a professional correspondence. Include your name and the course name in the email subject. Begin with a salutation (i.e. Dear Prof. Duthely), and close your email in a courteous manner (i.e. Best, John Doe). Most pertinent information regarding assignment deadlines and reading assignments can be found in this document, so please make sure you hold on to your syllabus for the entire duration of the semester and check to ensure that your question is not already answered here. Most questions regarding what you missed in the event of an absence can be found in the syllabus or directed at a classmate. If you’ve exhausted all of those options and still cannot find the answer to your question, please feel free to ask me.
Office hours are also a great time to come in and chat with me about your progress in the course, assignments you may be struggling with, or successes and breakthroughs you may be having. Please feel free to pop in during office hours just to say hello. If at any time you need to talk to me privately make use of my office hours. If my scheduled office hours do not work for you please feel free to send me an email to schedule an appointment at a more convenient time.
Regular attendance is vital to your success in the course. You will be completing in-class writing assignments, and there will be a lot of class discussion. If you are not there, you cannot participate, and therefore are not an active member of our class community. This will adversely affect your grade. Three or more absences will reduce your overall course grade, and possibly result in you being dropped from the course. Absences should be saved for emergencies only. If something arises in your life that threatens to affect your attendance, please stay in touch with me, your adviser, and any peers that may be impacted by your absence. If I do not hear from you or about you (from an adviser or administrator), I will assume that you wish to withdraw from the class, and I will contact the Registrar to initiate a withdrawal. Please familiarize yourself with the university attendance policy, found here.
If you must miss class you are responsible for contacting a classmate and referring to the syllabus to find out what you have missed. I will not respond to emails asking me to review the previous day’s class. If you miss class and, consequently, a writing exercise or activity we’ve done during that session, you cannot make it up. You are, however, responsible for submitting all formal assignments and for retrieving all materials covered in your absence.
Class will begin each day promptly at its scheduled time. Being late to class is disruptive to me as well as your classmates. You also may miss important announcements or tasks by being late to class. If you are consistently late to class, (3 or more times) your overall course grade will be reduced. Please make the effort to be on time and ready to work every class session.
For the university’s policy on academic integrity please see the student handbook. In short, all work submitted in this course must be entirely your own and written/created exclusively for this course. You must properly document all sources, including but not limited to any paper, idea, phrase, or even a distinctive word or idea borrowed from any other source, for instance, reference, internet, and private sources. It is important to be mindful of how you use sources in your work. You would not want someone take credit for something you worked hard to produce. Our new media forms have transformed the ways we communicate and compose texts, so we need to rethink and reimagine the ways we understand plagiarism. When you are creating and composing assignments for the course you must give credit where it is due and link back to your sources for online material. We will look at fair use policies and how people maneuver these complicated boundaries online. If you have any questions about using or citing sources, see me.