Academic honesty policy. The Honor Code is in effect throughout the semester (http://catalog.college.emory.edu/academic/policy/honor_code.html). By taking this course, you affirm that it is a violation of the code to cheat on exams, to plagiarize, to deviate from the teacher’s instructions about collaboration on work that is submitted for grades, to give false information to a faculty member, and to undertake any other form of academic misconduct. You agree that the instructor is entitled to move you to another seat during exams, without explanation. You also affirm that if you witness others violating the code you have a duty to report them to the honor council. I take plagiarism and other forms of academic dishonesty seriously. Should I suspect that you engage in academic dishonesty in this course, I will refer the case to Emory’s Honor Council. You may also receive an F on the assignment(s) in question.

Attendance policy. You will have three personal days for the entire semester. You may use them as you see fit. You do not need to inform me of the reason for your absence. After three absences, the attendance portion of your grade starts going down as follows:

  • 4 absences = 90
  • 5 absences = 85
  • 6 absences = 80
  • 7 absences = 75
  • 8 absences = 70
  • 9 absences = 65

Communication. Email is the best way to contact me if you have questions or concerns. Generally, I will respond to all student email within 24 hours (although on weekends and holidays, it may take a little longer). Likewise, there may be instances when I will need to contact you by email. It is your responsibility to check your email account at least once every 24 hours.

Late work policy. All assigned work must be completed on time. If no particular time is specified on the syllabus, you are expected to submit the assignment by the time class begins (2:00pm) on the day of the deadline. Late assignments will be lowered 5 points for every calendar day they are late, unless you have received approval from the instructor before the deadline (note: requests are not guaranteed approval). No assignment will be accepted more than 7 days past the due date.

Technology policy. Since many of our readings are available online as PDFs, many of you will want to consult readings on laptops or tablets during our discussions. When you are not actively using your laptop or tablet to view a reading for the class, I expect you to put your devices away and to give your full attention to the discussion. You should not use a cell phone at any time during class. I reserve the right to revoke your technology privileges if you use your devices for activities unrelated to class.