Policies and Recommendations

The Department of English has common policies in place governing attendance in multiple-section courses including English 125 as well as specific recommendations about the assignments and readings for the course.

Attendance Policy

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

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

  • English 125 requires four formal four formal writing assignments: three formal papers of 3-6 pages, and an annotated bibliography assignment that asks students to write on 3-4 sources. 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.