Focused Inquiry Program Attendance Policy
: UNIV 112 requires prepared, active participation during class sessions. While attendance is mandatory, students should not expect to do well simply by attending. Being absent from class does not relieve students of responsibility for completing all course work by the scheduled due dates. The instructor has the right to lower a student's final course grade as the sole result of his or her repeated absences and tardiness. Students who miss more than 25% of the classes will automatically fail. In a TTH class, this is 8
or more absences.
There are no “excused” or “unexcused” absences.
I keep and report daily attendance. You will receive an automated email each time you are absent. This email is also sent to your advisor. If you receive an email in error, please let me know immediately.
Cell Phone and Laptop Policy:
Cell phone and laptop use can create significant distractions in an active- learning class such as ours. On most class days, you will be engaged in doing and discussing things rather than taking notes or looking things up. Therefore, unless instructed otherwise, please leave your laptops in their cases. Turn off and put away your cell phones before entering the classroom. (I understand that there are occasional times when students need to be reached by cell phone-- for instance, if you have a job that requires you to be on-call or you are a parent with a sick child. If this is the case, please notify me as you enter the room at the start of class.)
Paper Acceptance Policy: Papers are due by the beginning of class on the due date.
Each paper should include a writer’s memo. Instructions for writer’s memos will appear on Blackboard. Writer’s memos are important to the quality of the feedback I am able to give: they allow me to get an idea of your intentions and concerns. Late papers will lose half a letter grade for each day they are late (including weekends).
If a situation arises in which you know a paper will be late, please discuss this with me at least a week before the paper is due in order to have an extended due date considered. Revisions will be offered on the Unit 1 and Unit 2 assignments. You will turn in most papers electronically as assignments in Blackboard and they will be time-stamped by Blackboard. Occasionally, you will be asked to turn in a paper in more than one format (electronically to Blackboard, paper copy, for program assessment).
Papers submitted via email will not be accepted, nor will paper copies be accepted in lieu of submission to Blackboard.
Required format for written assignments:
Written assignments should conform to the following specifications. You may need to adjust software settings to adhere to these requirements:
Times New Roman or Arial, 12 point Margins: 1 inch, left and right, top and bottom Justification: left margin only Line spacing: double-spaced.
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- Fall '08