ADDITIONAL RESOURCES & POLICIES
Attendance is required and will be noted. Partial attendance of a class meeting (e.g. leaving early) will be considered an absence; if you have a schedule that is likely to conflict with this class, you should not enroll. Class absences cannot be made up. If you miss more than three class meetings, you will be given an unsatisfactory or non-credit grade, and/or asked to drop the course.
Please show consideration for the health of yourself and your classmates. Do not come to class with flu symptoms, and do not return until at least 24 hours have passed entirely free of symptoms (i.e. without needing fever-reducing medication.)
Your papers must be double-spaced, titled and page numbered, with your name and date on the first page. Use a standard 12 pt font and indent the start of paragraphs. Do NOT place an extra space between paragraphs; section breaks may be indicated with a border or asterisks. If your paper will break from this standard and required format, you will need to discuss why and how to do this in advance of submission.
COMMUNICATIONS & CLASSROOM ETHICS
Email is best way to reach me, and I will do my best to answer emails within 24 hours during the week, and 48 hours over the weekend. Do not email me to ask questions that can be answered by reading syllabus, assignment handouts, and other materials provided. Do not email me after 5 p.m. with questions about an assignment that is due the following day as you have had ample time to ask questions or email in the days and weeks leading up to the assignment. You should connect with at least one or two classmates and exchange email addresses and phone numbers so you can have backup information available in case you miss class
We learn best when we are pushed ever-so-gently outside of our comfort zones. Sometimes, this means tackling difficult subject matter or looking at our own work and actions critically. To make room for this, I ask that you come to class ready to engage with the materials, with each other, and with me in a manner that is both kind, courteous, and compassionate. We are here to critique our own writing and the writing of others so we may grow, but we are not here to critique each other or our beliefs.
Laptops/Tablets/eReaders. Laptop use is permitted, but only when class activity warrants it. If you must use your laptop in class to take notes (and only to take notes) please sit in the front row to the side. Using electronic readers is permitted, but browsing the Internet during class is not. Failure to abide by this policy could mean that you may be barred from using technology in future class sessions.
Cell phones. In order to preserve an atmosphere conducive to observation, conversation, and contemplation, no cell phone use will be permitted in class. If there is an emergent situation that requires keeping your cell phone on (silently), please notify me before class begins.
Along with my office hours, please take note that PSU has an excellent Writing Center -- their consultants assist with undergraduate and graduate work alike, and can serve as a "second pair of eyes" on your writing. They are located at 188 Cramer, and have both drop-in hours and an online appointment reservation system at www.writingcenter.pdx.edu
PSU DRC NOTICE
"Accommodations are collaborative efforts between students, faculty and the Disability Resource Center (DRC). Students with accommodations approved through the DRC are responsible for contacting the faculty member in charge of the course prior to or during the first week of the term to discuss accommodations. Students who believe they are eligible for accommodations but who have not yet obtained approval through the DRC should contact the DRC immediately at 503-725-4150."
REGISTERED NOTE TAKERS
The DRC pays students up to $25.00 per credit hour to scan and upload their notes to the DRC Online system. See me after class if you are interested and visit here for more information: https://www.pdx.edu/drc/note-takers
ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT NOTICE
"Academic Misconduct is defined as fraud, deceit, or unauthorized use of materials prohibited or inappropriate in the context of the academic assignment. This includes, but is not limited to: (a) cheating, (b) fraud, (c) plagiarism, such as word for word copying, using borrowed words or phrases from original text into new patterns without attribution, or paraphrasing another writer’s ideas; (d) the buying or selling of all or any portion of course assignments and research papers; (e) performing academic assignments (including tests and examinations) in another person’s stead; (f) unauthorized disclosure or receipt of academic information; (g) falsification of research data; and (h) unauthorized collaboration; (i) using the same paper or data for several assignments or courses without proper documentation; (j) unauthorized alteration of student records; and (k) academic sabotage, including destroying or obstructing another student’s work." (from the PSU Student Code of Conduct)