Every syllabus functions as a contract between instructor and students. You are responsible for knowing and abiding by these policies throughout the semester. Policies include both Course Policies, such as assignment formatting and class participation, and University Policies, such as proceedings with cases of suspected plagiarism.
Class Participation: In a course with a great deal of writing, your instructor is no longer your sole audience. Instead, you will be working closely with your classmates. To ensure that all students receive quality feedback, it is necessary for everyone to participate at a high level. Your final participation grade includes class discussion, group discussion, and the quality of your work during peer reviews and workshops.
Class Attendance: According to UNC’s Writing Program policy, you may receive an F in this course if you miss more than (7) class sessions. Unless you provide me with a written note, no absences are excused. If you do miss a class, please email me or see me during office hours to discuss the material that you missed.
Assignment Formatting: All of your papers (drafts and final copies) must adhere to appropriate style and format guidelines for the genre and discipline in which you are writing. As a general rule, assignments are expected to maintain 1” margins, use 12‐point font, double space lines, and contain appropriate identifying information (name, course, instructor, date). When turning in an electronic copy, the file name should include your last name and a brief description of the assignment. For example, if I submitted this syllabus electronically the file name would read “Shand_ENGL105Syllabus”.
Technology: We will be using Sakai to post and respond to drafts and to distribute resources and daily assignments. All graded assignments and homework intended for me should be posted to Assignments, unless otherwise specified. All drafts or homework intended to be shared with the class will be posted to DropBox. Bring your laptop to class everyday so that you can access drafts, save in‐class writing, share your work with your classmates and me, and participate in collaborative writing. Please make sure that your laptop is working properly, with the battery charged, before coming to class. If you prefer to write on paper or read hard copies during workshops, you are welcome to do so, but you will be expected to electronically submit all graded assignments to Sakai. I want each student to use whatever combination of technology is necessary for his or her success in this course.
Emails/Communication: All email communication should have a subject line that contains the course number and a short description of what the email is about (e.g. ENGL 105.087 Feeder 1.1 question). All emails should be written in complete sentences and should use a professional tone.
Honor Code/Plagiarism: The honor code applies to everything that we do at this university, including our use of outside sources in our research and writing. Our work in this class will conform to the principles and procedures defined in the Instrument of Student Judicial Governance (http://instrument.unc.edu/). The research that we do this semester, whether primary or secondary, print or online, formal or informal, will require careful documentation on your part to ensure that you are accurately citing all materials. We will review citation guidelines early and often throughout the semester. The need to cite your sources applies to all your work, including drafts as well as final versions of your feeders and projects. When in doubt: CITE. and you will be responsible for reading and understanding the honor code as outlined in your Student Guide. If I suspect you of plagiarizing all or part of an assignment, even unintentionally, I am required to report the offense to the Honor Court. If you think you are running into trouble with an assignment, please come and speak with me.
Accessibility Statement: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ensures that no qualified person shall by reason of a disability be denied access to, participation in, or the benefits of, any program or activity operated by the University. In compliance with UNC policy and federal law, qualified students with psychological, physical, and other disabilities are eligible to receive “reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access to education opportunities, programs, and activities” (http://www.unc.edu/depts/lds/faculty-policies.html). If you anticipate such accommodations and/or have concerns that should be discussed, please notify me as soon as possible so that appropriate arrangements can be made. Additionally, you may seek out student support services at the Accessibility Resources and Services Office (https://accessibility.unc.edu/students) and through the Learning Center (http://learningcenter.unc.edu/)
Non-Discrimination Policy: The University is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment and to ensuring that educational and employment decisions are based on individuals’ abilities and qualifications. Consistent with these principles and applicable laws, it is therefore the University’s policy not to discriminate on the basis of age, color, creed, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status as consistent with the University’s Policy on Prohibited Discrimination, Harassment and Related Misconduct. No person, on the basis of protected status, shall be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to unlawful discrimination, harassment, or retaliation under any University program or activity, including with respect to employment terms and conditions. Such a policy ensures that only relevant factors are considered and that equitable and consistent standards of conduct and performance are applied.