Policies and Recommendations

Success in this class depends on regular and punctual attendance. The English Department's policy for multiple section courses such as this one is:

Attendance Policy

For classes that meet twice a week:

  • Students in classes that meet twice a week may miss no more than five (5) sessions.
  • Six (6) absences are grounds for failure.
  • Missing 15 minutes of class—arriving late, departing early, or leaving during class-- counts as half an absence.

For classes that meet once a week:

  • Students in classes that meet once a week may miss no more than two (2) sessions.
  • Three (3) absences are grounds for failure.
  • Missing 15 minutes of class—arriving late, departing early, or leaving during class-- counts as half an absence.

Assignment Recommendations

  • Composition classes will require at least three (3) formal essays that are the result of drafting and revision. These formal papers must be worth at least sixty percent (60%) of the final grade.
  • Composition courses must include a minimum of nine (9) print and/or online reading selections encompassing a range of genres, including, for example, scholarly, journalistic, editorial, reflective, and visual texts.
  • The course requires a final examination worth 10% of the grade. In order to prepare, students should write graded essays under timed-conditions at least twice throughout the semester.

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