General Composition Policies
The In-class Essay
The in-class essay is a necessary part of assessment of general writing ability. Competent in-class writing is required by the University System of Georgia in the Regents' Exam and is expected in other classes. For a more complete explanation of the nature of this assignment and the criteria for assessment, see the document titled Assessment of In-Class Writing.
Plagiarism & Academic Dishonesty
The Department of English and Philosophy defines plagiarism as taking personal credit for the words and ideas of others as they are presented in electronic, print, and verbal sources. The Department expects that students will accurately credit sources in all assignments. An equally dishonest practice is fabricating sources or facts; it is another form of misrepresenting the truth. Plagiarism is grounds for failing the course.
The University policies for handling Academic Dishonesty are found in the following documents:
The Faculty Handbook, sections 207 and 208.0401
Student Uncatalogue: "Rights and Responsiblities"; Appendix J.
By the end of the term, students should demonstrate the ability to produce independent writing (writing without collaborative assistance of peers, writing tutors, or professionals in the field) that shows a level of competency in both ENGL 1101 and 1102. Although classroom activities and out-of-class assignments may highlight collaborative learning and collaborative research, excessive collaboration (collaboration that results in the loss of a student's voice/style and original claims to course-related work) is considered another form of academic dishonesty and therefore will not be permitted.
Role of the Writing Center
The role of the Writing Center is to offer consultation in which tutors question, respond to, offer choices, and encourage revision in student essays. Tutors do not evaluate or prescribe solutions to problematic areas in student essays, and tutors are specifically trained to avoid appropriating the student's work.
For more information, visit the Writing Center online
Students will be administratively withdrawn from class based on the following attendance policy. For classes that meet three times a week, a student is allowed four absences. Upon the fifth absence, the student will be withdrawn. For classes that meet twice a week, a student is allowed three absences. Upon the fourth absence, the student will be withdrawn. Be aware that no distinction exists between excused and unexcused absences. Students may be dropped from the class by the instructor for violation of the attendance policy with a grade of W on or before the midpoint of the semester or with the grade of WF following the midpoint of the semester.
Students will be dismissed from any class meeting at which they exhibit behavior that disrupts the learning environment of others. Such behavior includes—but is not limited to—arriving late for class, allowing cell phones to ring, speaking disrespectfully to the instructor and/or to other students, checking email or surfing the web, and using personal audio or video devices. Each dismissal of this kind will count as an absence and will be applied toward the attendance requirements policy.
MLA Documentation Style
The Department expects that students learn to cite sources accurately in the MLA style for documentation.
Use of Handbooks and the Requirement of Standard Edited American English
Instructors must require that their students obtain an English handbook for the course, (whether in book form, CD ROM, or on-line) that specifies rules of style, grammar, and documentation of sources according to current MLA standards. Handbooks will serve as a guide to composing essays appropriate to academic audiences and as a reference manual to criteria by which students can expect to be evaluated.