At the end of the course, you will be asked to contribute a self-assessment of your participation in the course, based on the above list (and others that you may think of!).
All assignments will be due on Sakai under "Dropbox," unless otherwise specified. We will discuss appropriate formats in class, based on our analysis of professional models.
When uploading documents to Sakai, please be sure your document is saved under the following naming conventions: Last Name_Unit Number_Assignment Number.docx (or.pdf)
Each writing assignment will involve drafting and revision, and many will involve intensive research. Because writing is a recursive, unpredictable, and multi-step process, careful advance planning is essential to avoid falling behind. Late work—whether it is homework, a draft for a workshop day, or a project— will be automatically dropped by 1 point per day (unless you make arrangements with me ahead of time). If you have extenuating circumstances, please let me know so that we can work out an alternative schedule.
The Honor Code:
The honor code applies to everything that you—and I—do at this university, including our use of outside sources in our research and writing. Our work in this class will conform to the principles and procedures defined in the Instrument of Student Judicial Governance (http://instrument.unc.edu/). The research that we do this semester, whether primary or secondary, print or online, formal or informal, will require careful documentation on your part. We will review citation guidelines early and often throughout the semester. The need to cite your sources applies to all your work, including drafts as well as final versions of your feeders and projects. When in doubt: CITE.
If I suspect you of plagiarizing all or part of a paper, even if you did it unintentionally, I am required to report the offense to the Honor Court. If you think you are running into trouble with a paper, PLEASE come and speak with me. It is much, much better use your late pass on an assignment than to risk Honor Court proceedings and the 0 that all plagiarized assignments receive.
Access and Accessibility for Everyone:
I am committed to helping all students succeed in this course. Please let me know whether you have any learning needs or circumstances that I can accommodate. We will work together to identify strategies to help you learn best in this course.
What are student hours for?
You can come to my online student hours (as listed above, or by appointment) for any reason--even just to say hello! I’m available to answer questions, help you work through a research question or draft, or address any concerns that come up during the semester.
Parents and Caregivers:
If you are a parent or caregiver, I am committed to supporting you. If you have a childcare emergency, you are welcome to bring your child to class. If you are a caregiver of any kind and anticipate absences, please let me know and we can work something out. You can contact the Women’s Center at UNC (regardless of gender) for more resources (https://womenscenter.unc.edu/resources/parenting/). The closest lactation room is in Student Stores or the Carolina Union (additional information here: https://womenscenter.unc.edu/pregnancy-lactation/).
Students with Disabilities:
You do not need to disclose specific medical information, diagnoses, or personal details. I am happy to work with you to address your learning style and needs, documented or not. Now, the boilerplate: UNC-Chapel Hill facilitates the implementation of reasonable accommodations for students with learning disabilities, physical disabilities, mental health struggles, chronic medical conditions, temporary disability, or pregnancy complications.. See the ARS website for contact and registration information: https://ars.unc.edu/about-ars/contact-us. You may also seek out student support services at the Department of Disability Services (DDS) (http://disabilityservices.unc.edu/) and through the Learning Center (http://learningcenter.unc.edu/).
I value the perspectives of individuals from all backgrounds. I broadly define diversity to include race, gender identity, national origin, ethnicity, religion, social class, age, sexual orientation, political background, and physical and learning ability. I strive to make this classroom an inclusive space for all students, but we can only do this together—treat others the way you’d like to be treated. Please contact me if you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions.
Acts of discrimination, harassment, interpersonal (relationship) violence, sexual violence, sexual exploitation, stalking, and related retaliation are prohibited at UNC-Chapel Hill. If you have experienced these types of conduct, you are encouraged to report the incident and seek resources on campus or in the community. Please contact the Director of Title IX Compliance/Title IX Coordinator (Adrienne Allison, firstname.lastname@example.org), Report and Response Coordinators (Ew Quimbaya-Winship, email@example.com; Rebecca Gibson, firstname.lastname@example.org; Kathryn Winn email@example.com), Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPs) (confidential) in Campus Health
Services at (919) 966-3658, or the Gender Violence Services Coordinators (confidential) (Cassidy Johnson, firstname.lastname@example.org; Holly Lovern, email@example.com) to discuss your specific needs. Additional resources are available at safe.unc.edu.
CAPS is strongly committed to addressing the mental health needs of a diverse student body through timely access to consultation and connection to clinically appropriate services, whether for short or long-term needs. Go to their website: https://caps.unc.edu/ or visit their facilities on the third floor of the Campus Health Services building for a walk-in evaluation to learn more.
Want help with a paper you are writing in this course? Check out the Writing Center! Writing Center coaches can assist with any writing project, at any stage of the writing process. You don’t even have to have a draft to come visit. To schedule a 45-minute appointment in SASB North or Greenlaw, read tip sheets, request written feedback online, or ask a quick question via live chat, visit: http://writingcenter.unc.edu.
Want to get the most out of this course? Consider making use of The Learning Center’s offerings. Their free, popular programs will help you optimize your academic performance, giving you:
- Academic Coaching
- Peer tutoring in over 40 courses
- Reading and study skills workshops
- ADHD/LD support
- Coaching and study groups
- Test prep programming – Princeton Review courses/Free Study Groups
- Learning labs
- Online tools
The Learning Center staff is friendly, knowledgeable and ready to help! Drop by or make an appointment at: http://learningcenter.unc.edu.
Remember that the syllabus functions as a contract between instructor and students. You are responsible for knowing and abiding by these policies:
You should come to class having prepared the assigned reading, writing, or other homework, and you should be ready to engage with your classmates and the text(s) at hand. When you are here, your brain should be working. Not coming prepared for class will negatively affect your participation grade.
When in class, whether in person or online, please be mindful and compassionate and please:
I will give you a specific schedule per unit, but for now you should enter these deadlines into your calendar and start thinking ahead. These are the due dates for all feeders and major projects:
UNIT 1 [NATURAL SCIENCES]:
- Feeder 1.1. due 8/21
- Feeder 1.2. due 9/11 (r o u g h draft due in class—online—9/8)
- Final due to dropbox on Sakai 9/22
UNIT 2 [SOCIAL SCIENCES]:
- Feeder 2.1. due 10/6
- Feeder 2.2. due 10/22
- Final due to dropbox on Sakai 10/27
UNIT 3 [HUMANITIES]:
- Feeder 3.1. due 11/10
- Feeder 3.2 due 11/19
- Final due to dropbox on Sakai 11/26
Online Forums will be due on Fridays, by midnight--you will be reminded of these as the semester on-goes.
TENTATIVE SCHEDULE [please keep in mind this schedule is prone to change]:
with thanks to bell hooks, always.