English 833: Theories of Composition — Course Policies

Course Work Standards

  • Students are expected to actively participate in all class activities. This means fully cooperating with other students, thoroughly completing course assignments on time, and regularly speaking during discussions. If the instructor feels a student is not meeting these criteria, the student’s grade will be reduced accordingly.
  • All course papers must be produced on time using a word processor or web page creation program.

Course Deadlines

Since sharing written and other materials in class will be an important part of this course, meeting deadlines is critical. Therefore, work that is turned in late will be lowered by one letter grade. Overdue work will not receive credit if it is more than one class session late. Missed daily work may not be made up. Exceptions to this rule will only be made at the instructor’s discretion in extenuating circumstances.

Note: Since the course schedule may need to be revised during the semester, assignment deadlines announced in class have precedence over the ones listed in this syllabus.

Course Misconduct

The world of the professional scholar depends on academic honesty. Not only is plagiarism shunned, but, in fact, the exact opposite is valued: the more references you know as a scholar, the more usefully your own work can be integrated with other people’s. Here at IUP, students caught cheating, plagiarizing, or in some other way violating IUP university policies will be disciplined accordingly, including potentially failing the course or being expelled from the university. For more information, please consult IUP’s “Academic Integrity Policy and Procedures.”

Classroom Safety

Your safety is of the utmost importance to me. I will work hard to make sure that our classroom is a safe learning environment. However, it is always possible for an unexpected crisis to occur. If there is ever a time in which you feel unsafe in our classroom, please inform the instructor immediately. If that is not possible or danger seems imminent, please immediately call IUP University Police: 724-357-2141. I recommend that you put this number in the favorites list of your cell phone to have it for quick access. Even if police assistance ends up not being needed, it is much better to err on the side of safety and call if you feel unsafe rather than risk delay in requesting police help when it is needed. The police can also get medical assistance if that is needed. While as your instructor I too will call the police if a situation warrants it, it is possible that I might be unable to call while dealing with the situation. If you ever feel personally unsafe or know another student is in danger, then please don’t hesitate to call the police. It is always better to act and be mistaken than to hesitate and wish you had acted sooner. Let me note that as an instructor, I have personally experienced some crisis situations, and so I am recommending from experience that you always be ready to call the police in any situation in which you feel unsafe. If you ever think to yourself, “maybe I should call the police,” you should call right then without hesitation. We should all work together to keep each other safe. Again, the number for IUP University Police is 724-357-2141.

Learning Differences Support Services and Reasonable Accommodations

Any student with special needs or a disability who may require an accommodation for this class should register with the Office of Advising and Testing in Pratt Hall (Room 216, 724-357-4067, advising-testing@iup.edu). This office offers evaluation and support for students with disabilities. Please request that the Office of Advising and Testing send me a letter confirming your registration with their office and outlining the accommodations for which you qualify. Also, please schedule to meet with me as soon as possible in order for us to discuss any accommodations you may need for this class.

The Office of Advising and Testing provides access to the university’s education and services as mandated by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act. The Office of Advising and Testing serves as an advocate for students with disabilities. I will work with Advising and Testing recommendations to provide support for any students with disabilities in any of my classes. Please register with the Office of Advising and Testing if you are a student with special needs. The office staff will help me to work with you to meet your needs.

Title IX

Indiana University of Pennsylvania and its faculty are committed to assuring a safe and productive educational environment for all students. In order to meet that commitment and to comply with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and guidance from the Office for Civil Rights, the University requires faculty members to report incidents of sexual violence shared by students to the University’s Title IX Coordinator. The only exceptions to the faculty member’s reporting obligation are when incidents of sexual violence are communicated by a student during a classroom discussion, in a writing assignment for a class, or as part of a University approved research project.

Faculty members are obligated to report sexual violence or any other abuse of a student who was, or is, a child (under the age of 18 years of age) when the abuse allegedly occurred to the person designated in the University protection of minors policy. Reports are made to the Department of Human Services (1-800-932-0313) and University Police (724-357-2141).

Information regarding the reporting of sexual violence and the resources that are available to victims of sexual violence is available here:

Writing Center

Trained tutors in the IUP Kathleen Jones White Writing Center can help you at any stage in the writing process, from developing a topic to drafting and revising. They can help you to document sources, understand your professor’s feedback, and more. The Writing Center has three locations: For walk-in tutoring (no appointments), visit Room 218 in Eicher Hall, or visit the Satellite Writing Center in the Library, first floor. You can also make an appointment for an online tutoring session (at least 24 hours in advance). The Writing Center’s website contains a link for making appointments for online sessions, or call 724-357-3029.

Course Syllabus Disclaimer

While this syllabus is as complete and accurate as possible, course deadlines and other information is subject to change if deemed necessary by the instructor. The instructor of this course may make changes to this syllabus, including grading criteria, if the instructor determines that the educational needs of the students enrolled in this course require that the syllabus be changed. Students will be notified by the instructor of any changes that need to be made to this syllabus and how those changes will better meet the students’ educational needs.