Letter Grade and Percentage Equivalencies: My marking follows the University’s established grading guidelines, which are as follows: A+ 90-100, A 85-89, A- 80-84, B+ 75-79, B 70-74, B- 65-69, C+ 60-64, C 55-59, D 50-54, F 0-49.
Policy on Absences: It is your responsibility to come to class regularly. If you must be absent for an extended period of time, please inform me as far ahead of time as possible. Cases of continuous unexplained absence may result in a penalty to your grade or your ineligibility to complete the class; attending class is part of fulfilling its requirements.
Late Policy: Papers are due at the start of class on the Thursday of the week in which they are due, unless otherwise specified. Papers due on a Thursday may be handed in the following Monday with no penalty — but they will receive only a numerical grade and no comments. Papers due after that grace period will be penalized 5% per day. Papers that accumulate 50% or more in late penalties will not be accepted for grading. Normally, I don’t grant extensions but I’m not entirely unreasonable. If you want to try me, please do — but I may still say no. Extenuating circumstances should really be extenuating and not just the result of bad planning.
Plagiarism: Any incident of plagiarism will result in a zero for the course. In brief, plagiarism is the unacknowledged use of another person’s words or ideas, whether directly quoted or paraphrased, as though they were your own. The guidelines on what constitutes plagiarism are very clear and are available through a variety of sources, including the University Calendar. A simple rule of thumb: CITE FIRST, ASK QUESTIONS LATER.
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