Academic honesty policy. We will follow the Emory University Honor Code (http://catalog.college.emory.edu/academic/policy/honor_code.html). I take plagiarism and other forms of dishonesty very seriously. If you engage in academic dishonesty in this course, you will receive an F.

Attendance policy.  You will have two 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 special circumstances, I will consider allowing you to use a personal day as long as you notify me within 24 hours of the missed class. More than two class absences is simply too many. After two absences, your attendance grade starts going down as follows:

  • 3 absences = 85
  • 4 absences = 80
  • 5 absences = 75
  • 6 absences = 70
  • 7 absences = 65
  • 8 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.

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 laptops to class and to use them when appropriate. 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.

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.

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