Course Policies

All sections of 1000 and 1100 hold the same policies concerning grades, rubrics, late work, attendance, and plagiarism.  See below for more on each.

This course sets higher standards for writing than you’ve probably experienced before.  It’s not uncommon for papers that might have earned an A in high school to be considered no better than a C in college.  Here’s how the Writing Program defines each grade level:

A = superior attainment7
B = meritorious attainment
C = adequate attainment
D = minimal attainment
E = insufficient attainment, no credit

Note that “meritorious” means commendable or praiseworthy:  a B, in other words, reflects a well-written paper, not an average result.  You must earn a C- in order to receive credit for 1000 and advance to 1100, and you must earn an C- to pass 1100.

All student work in 1000 and 1100 will be assessed against the course outcomes on the premise that good writing should exhibit rhetorical knowledge, critical inquiry, process-based writing, and negotiation of disciplinary conventions. The outcomes are the standard for assessment, too, in order to ensure consistency across sections of 1000 and 1100.

Late Work
All major assignments must be complete to pass the course.  Late assignments will not receive commentary from the instructor, which will significantly impact your ability to revise those assignments later in the course.

Class time is limited and valuable. You are expected to be present––physically and intellectually––at every class meeting.  Each student will be afforded one week’s worth of absences (i.e. three absences for a MWF class, two absences for a TTh class).  Additional absences may lower your final grade at the discretion of the instructor.  The Writing Program does not distinguish between “excused” and “unexcused” absences.  Use your absences judiciously, if at all.  Arrive on time.  Excessive tardiness can result in an absence in the grade book, as can inappropriate use of technology in class.

There is a distinction between unintentional and intentional plagiarism.  Unintentional plagiarism a conventional issue, one that can be addressed through instruction on citation.  Remember, you must cite your sources, even when paraphrasing.  We will address citation in class, and if you need assistance beyond classroom instruction, please consult a handbook, set up an appointment at the Writing Center, and / or speak with me.  Intentional plagiarism, however, is a breach of trust and integrity, a violation of the atmosphere of scholarship we work hard to establish and maintain at the University.  If the instructor verifies an act of academic dishonesty has occurred, the Department Chair, Dean, Provost, and Dean of Students will each be notified.  Depending on the severity, plagiarism can result in failing an assignment or failing the course.   See SPU's university policy on academic integrity for more information.