D. F. Felluga,
ATTENDANCE [from Latin, attendere : to stretch toward]:
CLASS PARTICIPATION [class, germanic, kla/kela : to shout, roar]:
Dialogue is the only path to knowledge; here we do it verbally and I do expect you to roar, or at least speak. I believe in an interactive classroom in which we learn from each other and respect (although not necessarily agree with) the opinions of others. Remember: 15% of the grade will be given on the basis of your class participation.
ESSAYS [from latin, exigere : to weigh out, examine]:
Your paper should be the correct length, typed and double-spaced, with conventional 1-inch margins and conventional font size. Always keep a hard copy or duplicate for your own protection. Your essays will be scholarly and thoughtful examinations of topics chosen from those to be provided.
LATE PAPERS [late, Old English, lettan : to hinder, impede]:
The task of learning to write scholarly papers is impediment enough: do not hinder yourself further with the chronic illness of handing in late papers. I will allow a grace period of one week without penalty as long as you e-mail me in advance of the deadline and provide some excuse . Grades will be lowered a third of a grade per calendar day following the grace period. In other words, three days late means one full grade reduction (an A becomes a B, a B becomes a C, etc.).
PLAGIARISM [from latin, plaga : net]:
Plagiarism is the undocumented use of another's words or ideas. I pursue all suspected cases of plagiarism and seek out the highest possible punishment for this greatest of academic crimes. The usual consequence in my class is failure for the paper in innocent cases; failure for the course in premeditated cases. I also report the student to the Dean of Students, who will set up a formal hearing to determine what disciplinary actions should be pursued. This net does not save but entraps you.
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