Attendance. Attendance is required and will be noted for each class session. Two latenesses will be counted as one absence. Class absences cannot be made up. If you miss more than two class meetings, your grade will drop one letter grade; missing four or more classes, per PCC policy, means you will fail the course.
Flu Policy: 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.)
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.
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.
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.
PCC Writing Center. The Sylvania Writing Center is there to assist with any writing project, including essays, response papers, outlines, speeches, resumes, lab reports, and scholarship applications. Each visit is an opportunity to receive one-on-one feedback for thirty minutes from a qualified consultant. Call 971-722-4952 to make an appointment, or drop in to CT 239 Hours: Mon. - Thurs., 9a.m. to 6 p.m.; Fridays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (starting 2nd week of term). The Writing Center is not an editing service; rather, the Writing Center is a place where you can brainstorm ideas, troubleshoot problem areas, and get a "second pair of eyes" on your writing. The more polished or prepared you are for the session, the better.
PCC Disability Services. Students who experience disability-related barriers should contact Disability Services (firstname.lastname@example.org, 971.722.4882, www.pcc.edu/disability/). If students elect to use approved academic adjustments, they must provide in advance formal notification from Disability Services to the instructor. I am available to discuss any accommodations you might require to help you succeed in your learning, but I you must see me during week 1 of the term or at the onset of a specific situation. Email: email@example.com | PH: 971-722-4341 | FAX: 971-722-4882 | Video Phone: 503-928-5875
Title IX/Nondiscrimination Statement. Portland Community College is committed to creating and fostering a learning and working environment based on open communication and mutual respect. If you believe you have encountered sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, sexual assault, or discrimination based on race, color, religion, age, national origin, veteran status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability please contact the Office of Equity and Inclusion at (971) 722-5840 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Student Rights And Responsibilities Handbook. Students are required to comply with the Student Rights and Responsibilities Handbook (www.pcc.edu/about/policy/student-rights/). The Handbook includes the Code of Student Conduct and the Academic Integrity Policy.
Plagiarism. Students caught plagiarizing will fail the course and be reported for academic misconduct. The Academic Integrity Policy can be found here: www.pcc.edu/about/policy/student- rights/documents/academic-integrity.pdf
- Here is the English Department’s policy: Plagiarism is the act of stealing ideas, passages, or writing of others and using them as one’s own, without acknowledgement or documentation. Intentional plagiarism on the part of a student is a very serious offense and will result in a failing grade for the course. Common instances of plagiarism include such practices as copying sentences from another student’s paper, turning in papers written by someone else, failing to credit the source of ideas, and incorrectly treating specialized information gained from sources of knowledge so widely held that it requires no documentation. Learn proper techniques for documenting source materials. Do not plagiarize inadvertently; remember that you must give credit to the source of borrowed words and ideas.
Weather Alerts/Campus Closures. Should PCC be forced to delay or cancel class because of weather problems, this information will be posted on the web (www.pcc.edu) and will be recorded on PCC’s main phone number (503-244-6111). This information is also broadcast on local radio and television stations. (HA HA HA - to my students reading this from home since the first two classes have been cancelled...)
Flexibility Statement. I reserve the right to modify course content and/or substitute assignments and learning activities in response to institutional, weather, or class situations.