Attendance Policy & Participation

You are expected to attend all class meetings on time, having done the readings, thought about the material, and prepared to engage in discussion and in-class activities. This is not a lecture course, so active participation and engagement is required.

Active participation means informed participation: it means joining the conversation not simply to speak your mind or hear your voice, but to engage deeply and respectfully with the assigned texts and your classmates’ perspectives. Active participation also requires checking your email at least once a day to see if you have any messages from your professor or classmates regarding the class. It involves checking the course website several times a week in order to follow the up-to-date calendar and to read, publish, and comment on new posts.

Attendance will be taken regularly—students who are present in class but who are unprepared or do not participate adequately will be marked as absent. You may miss 2 classes in the course of the semester without incurring any consequences. You’re not required to tell me why you’re absent—I’ll assume you have a good reason. But I encourage you to tell me so that I know what’s going on in your life.

Each absence after those 2 will lower your participation grade by half a letter grade, because if you’re not there, you can’t participate, no matter how good your excuse. If you can’t avoid missing more than 2 classes and are concerned about your participation grade, you may consult me about ways to make up for missed classes. Being late 3 times counts as an absence. Students who miss a class should find out what they missed from their classmates and are responsible for missed material and assignments.

Classroom Courtesy

Laptops and tablet computers may be used in class, but only for course-related activities such as referencing online texts and taking notes. Texting, e-mailing, instant messaging, and other communication tools are also prohibited, so turn off all social media and notifications as soon as you enter Wall 320. Late arrivals and early departures from class are disruptive and should be avoided. Please try to use the restroom before or after class.

Honor Code

All work must be completed by you and submitted for this class only and no other. No matter how informal the post or assignment, you must CITE YOUR SOURCES, so that your readers can retrace your research. All blog posts and assignments must include complete bibliographic citations for ALL texts, images, and media used (including assigned texts) following MLA Style (Rules for Writers includes a basic MLA style guide, the OWL at Purdue has a searchable guide, and I’ve posted an MLA Style Synopsis on our website, which both describes and models MLA Style). As we migrate into digital environments, citation practices change. The important thing is to acknowledge all sources quoted, paraphrased, and consulted, in a clear and consistent way that allows your reader to locate the original source. Hyperlinks are helpful additions, but they do not substitute for a full citation.

Image use: Use to find images that are in the public domain, and remember that you must still follow any citation practices requested by the creator of the image. Use the caption area to identify the author and/or title of the image, when available, and include a full image citation in your Works Cited. You may also embed a link to the original source in the image and/or citation, but a link does NOT constitute a citation.

You are encouraged to see me for help, to use the Writing Center, and to exchange writing with classmates in this class ONLY, provided you indicate in your pledge or in an Acknowledgements section who helped you and how.

Late Work Policy

Due dates are listed in the syllabus. Work handed in after these deadlines will be considered late and marked unsatisfactory. You may exchange a token to get credit for late work. If you need an extension, you must clear it with me a week before the assignment is due.

Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

Full accommodations are the legal right of students with all kinds of disabilities, whether learning or physical.  If you have a disability documented by Davidson College and might need accommodations, please discuss this with me within the first week or two of class, so that I can learn how to best work with your learning style.  All such discussions will be confidential unless you otherwise stipulate.

Davidson College values the diversity of its community and is an equal access institution that admits otherwise qualified applicants without regard to disability.  The college seeks to accommodate requests for accommodations related to disability that are determined to be reasonable and do not compromise the integrity of a program or curriculum. To make such a request or to begin a conversation about a possible request, please contact Beth Bleil, Director of Academic Access and Disability Resources, in the Center for Teaching and Learning by visiting her office in the E.H. Little Library, by emailing her at, or by calling 704-894-2129.  It is best to submit accommodation requests within the drop/add period; however, requests can be made at any time in the semester.  Please keep in mind that accommodations are not retroactive.