ENG 181: Policies

Course Policies


Late or Missing Assignments

  • All work is due on the date and at the time specified on the calendar. Late work may not be accepted.
  • If you know you will be absent the day a paper is due or a quiz given, please let me know in advance. Whether the absence is planned or unplanned, you will be responsible for getting the paper to me on time, and we will need to make the appropriate arrangements, including your provision of a documented excuse.


  • 0-2 missed day(s)=100, 3 missed =70, 4 missed =50, 5 or more=0. Please keep track of your own absences and lateness and compare it with the attendance sheet, which you will initial at the beginning of each class meeting. It is your responsibility to find out what you missed for a class. You are marked late if you arrive after the attendance sheet has been returned to me and I have marked it as such. This policy is nonnegotiable.
  • If you sleep through five or more minutes of class you will receive an unexcused absence for that class period—no exceptions.

Academic Honesty

  • Cheating and plagiarism are serious violations of the Student Academic Honesty Code. Plagiarism is briefly defined as intentionally passing off sentences, paragraphs, or entire papers written by someone else as your own original work. Submitting papers already written and submitted in other courses also constitutes academic dishonesty. We will discuss how to adequately document sources early in the semester.

Universal Design and Accessibility

  • This course emphasizes user-centered design and the value of connectivity over static standards to facilitate “universal instructional design.” Issues of accessibility are an integral component of instruction for all students. While students should disclose non-standard needs in keeping with guidelines provided by the Office of Disability Services in order to have those needs augmented by digital tools such as voice to text software or close captioning, the course recognizes the extent to which all students are “multiply situated learners” (Price 88). As such, the course emphasizes shared strengths over remediation.


  • Since we are composing multimodally throughout the course, you are encouraged to bring to class and operate laptops, tablets, and smart phones. Plus the classroom is equipped with desktops that we will use regularly. I encourage you to develop best practices for negotiating among virtual communities and the real time of the classroom. What choices can you make to remain attentive to your peers and me, while at the same time engaging with digital resources?