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College Writing Course Policies

Attendance Policy. Class activities are a major part of this course; as a result, you are expected to attend and be prepared for every class, including scheduled one-on-one conferences with the instructor. The university recognizes that some absences may be unavoidable, e.g., due to religious observances, required participation in athletic events, disability-related accommodations. For more information, see www.umass.edu/registrar/students/policies-and-practices/class-absence-policy. However, if you cannot attend at least 80% (10 weeks) of class meetings—even if your absences are university-sanctioned—you should take College Writing in a different term, not this semester.

Students who miss more than 20% or 3 weeks of class meetings (6 absences for TTh classes, 9 absences for MWF classes)—regardless of reason—cannot pass the course. If you have extenuating circumstances that might affect your class attendance, do talk to me as soon as possible—ideally, during the first week of classes.

You are responsible for the following if you miss a class: (1) notify me in advance, (2) find out from me how to make up the equivalent of missed work, and (3) complete the make-up work by the original deadline.  If you cannot give advance notice, talk to me as early as possible in order to find out about make-up work and deadlines.

For non-university sanctioned absences that add up to fewer than 3 weeks, absences can impact your writing community membership grade in the ways listed below.  (Note: university-sanctioned, excused absences will not affect your writing community membership grade.)


Academic Honesty Policy
.  Please read carefully the Writing Program’s statement about plagiarism in The Little Penguin Handbook as well as the university’s Academic Honesty Policy www.umass.edu/dean_students/codeofconduct/acadhonesty/. When using ideas, words, and short passages from other people’s writing in your own writing, you are required to acknowledge the source. Failure to acknowledge the contribution of others is considered plagiarism, a serious academic offense; fabrication of sources is another form of academic dishonesty. We’ll discuss academic honesty more in class, but note that suspect papers (e.g., those without drafts or works cited pages, papers which make large departures in style from your other work) may be submitted to Turnitin.com as part of the grading process.


Course Grade
. Your final course grade for the semester will be based on the following breakdown:


Unit Portfolios, I-IV (units may not be weighted equally—see assignment sheets)

80%

Unit V: Final Reflection essay

10%

Writing Community Membership

10%

Total

100%

Final grades will be based on the following numerical equivalents and general definitions:


letter

grade pt

percent

meaning

 

A

4.0

100-94

excellent

 

A-

3.7

93-90

 

 

B+

3.3

89-87

 

*Note: Grades of B and above are considered honors

B

3.0

86-83

good

grades. The grade of A indicates excellence.

B-

2.7

82-80

 

 

C+

2.3

79-77

 

 

C

2.0

76-73

fair

 

C-

1.7

72-70

 

 

D+

1.3

69-67

 

 

D

1.0

66-60

poor

 

F

0.0

59-0

failure

 


For more information on College Writing, see the standard syllabus.

 
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