Policies (Engl560201701)

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: This is a graduate seminar. Such seminars depend upon student participation and presence to run effectively. As such, 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. Late papers will be penalized 5% per day, starting one minute after the start of the class in which they are due. 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. By this point, I assume you know better.


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