Welcome to My Course Policies & Related Issues Page
Regular semester English classes meet three times a week for fifty minutes, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; my First Term Seminar convenes on M, T, W, & F; my January Term Course is scheduled for five days/week.
All reading and writing assignments are due on the day specified in the appropriate Reading Syllabi , at the time the class meets.
Since a literature course is a participatory endeavor, students are expected to attend classes faithfully and come prepared to engage in a significant discussion based on sufficient understanding of the assigned material. Prolonged and/or frequent absences and lack of preparation
only hurt the student's performance and grade (participation is graded; see below), and
may result in the student's failure. No more than three unexcused absences from class will be allowed.
All students are also required to spend time participating in E-Forum, as described on a separate, linked page.
Student success in my classes depends greatly on self-discipline; it is by far easier to succeed in the course by being consistent and persistent, studying each day, than by cramming for threatened quizzes or scheduled examinations the night before.
Late papers will not be accepted automatically. I need to be persuaded that there is a bona fide excuse; there will normally be a penalty. "Incompletes" will not be given, unless I explicitly agree to such an arrangement in writing: the agreement will specify the condition, including a deadline. Failure to complete all required work, including the examinations, normally will result in a failing semester grade.
Grades are figured as percentages of each student's achievement on a scale of 1 to 100. I do not believe in bell curves or other modifiers. In theory, each student in a class may end up earning an "A"!
The letter grade equivalents are
based on the following scale:
|95-100 || A || ||74-76 ||C|
|90-94 ||A-||70-73 ||C-|
|84-86 || B||64-66 || D|
|80-83 ||B-||60-63 || D- |
|77-79 ||C+||-below|| F|
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