Policies

1. Attendance: If you miss class, it is your responsibility to get materials covered during that session from a classmate and to make sure you understand what was discussed in your absence.

2. Participation: This course will be run as a seminar. What that means is that much of class time will be devoted to discussing the assigned readings and related ideas. It’s helpful to bring any questions you might have about jargon, vocabulary, etc. to class on the date we’ll discuss the readings. This is an interdisciplinary course, which means that there’s no question that should be considered too simple. Please pay attention to what others are saying. Listen carefully to other students and address what they have to say.

3. Getting to Class Late and Leaving Early: Late arrivals and early departures distract and disrupt class. I find them especially annoying. If you know that you have to leave early, let me know before class and please leave the classroom quietly.

4. Assignments and Extensions: All assignments are listed on the syllabus. If you know ahead of time that you can’t turn an assignment in on time, please talk to me about this before the due date. Requests for extensions after a due date will be given only in exceptional circumstances and must include (a) one typed, double-spaced page explaining the reason for missing the deadline, and (b) supporting documentation (e.g. an official doctor’s note). Any such written request must be received by us no later than one week after the missed due date. In addition, any assignments that are accepted after the due date may suffer a significant grade penalty.

5. Grades: The best advice I can give for doing well on assignments is to visit me during office hours to ask questions when you are working on an assignment or reviewing material. If you have questions about a grade, please see me as soon as you have received the grade to get further feedback. These are the circumstances under which I would change a grade: (a) if I have made an error, or (b) if I have failed to hold you to the same standard as everyone else. If you believe that you have received an undeserved grade, you should make your case in writing to me within two weeks of receiving the grade.

6. Collaboration: In this class, you’ll be working collaboratively with other students. Collaboration is always a challenge, whether in university settings, professional settings, or political organizations. We’ll discuss collaboration more in class, but there are three key issues worth emphasizing.

  • Collaboration requires organization. You should either ask one person to organize the group activities and keep track of deadlines or figure out a way to rotate responsibilities (maybe breaking the project into phases) during your first meeting.
  • Effective collaboration requires clear communication about tasks, deadlines, and who is responsible for which component of the project. It’s also important that all members of the group feel challenged and valued, which also foregrounds the importance of clear communication. When possible, meet face-to-face, especially when dividing up work or discussing creative goals. And make sure that you’ve got a plan or agenda for meetings, so members of your group can organize their thoughts and ideas in advance of the meeting (research about group meetings suggests these are most effective when participants have completed parts of an assignment beforehand).
  • If you are having problems with a group member, discuss these with her or him as soon as possible. If you can’t resolve the problems within the group, let me know and we’ll figure out a way to work things out. Don’t just shoulder the extra work yourself.

7.  Incompletes: A notation of “incomplete” may be given in lieu of a final grade to a student who has carried a subject successfully until the end of the quarter but who, because of illness or other unusual and substantiated causes beyond the student’ s control, has been unable to take or complete some limited amount of term work.

8.  Students with disabilities: If you will need accommodations in order to meet any of the requirements of this course, please let me know as soon as possible.

 9.  Academic Misconduct: The University Student Conduct Code (available at conduct.uoregon.edu) defines academic misconduct. Students are prohibited from committing or attempting to commit any act that constitutes academic misconduct. By way of example, students should not give or receive (or attempt to give or receive) unauthorized help on assignments or examinations without express permission from the instructor. Students should properly acknowledge and document all sources of information (e.g. quotations, paraphrases, ideas) and use only the sources and resources authorized by the instructor. If there is any question about whether an act constitutes academic misconduct, it is the students’ obligation to clarify the question with the instructor before committing or attempting to commit the act. Additional information about a common form of academic misconduct, plagiarism, is available at www.libweb.uoregon.edu/guides/plagiarism/students.

10. Discriminatory conduct (such as sexual harassment): The University will not tolerate discriminatory conduct. It poisons the work and learning environment of the University and threatens the careers, educational experience, and well being of students, faculty, and staff. Such behavior will not be allowed in this classroom.

11. Announcements: Any changes to the syllabus, class cancellations, or other matters pertaining to the class will be posted on the course website. You should check this site frequently.

12. Inclement Weather: in the case of snow, please check the course website for information about class cancellations.

For further information about university policies, please see the UO Student Conduct Code.

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