Course Policies

It is your responsibility to understand and follow all course and university policies. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Scheinfeldt. He will be happy to explain.

Website

This is the course website; we will not be using Husky CT. At the top of the page you will find links to the syllabus/schedule (including readings for each class), course assessments (including how your final grade will be calculated), and course policies (including the late work and grading policies). Please make sure you visit the website regularly to stay abreast of any updates. It is your responsibility to keep up with what’s going on with class. “I didn’t see it on the website!” is not an acceptable excuse.

Reading

You are responsible for all assigned readings. In addition to the readings appearing on the midterm and final exams, you will be expected to reference assigned readings in your classroom participation, debate arguments, and review essay. All of the sources for this course are freely available on the web or from the UConn library’s databases. If you have questions about the reading assignments or if you have trouble accessing sources online, please notify your instructors before the readings are due. We will not accept excuses for incomplete readings that are delivered to us after an assignment is due.

Grading scale

All assignments for this course will be graded on a three-point scale. Outstanding work will be awarded three points. Average work will be awarded two points. Below average work will be awarded one point. Work that is incomplete will receive zero points in accordance with the late work policy below. Letter grades will be assigned at the end of the semester as a weighted average of your point totals on all course assignments according to the following scale:

[A] = 3
[B] = 2
[C] = 1
[F] = 0

Late work policy

Work turned in late will be assessed a penalty: one point if one day late and two points if 2-7 days late. Work more than seven days late will receive zero points. Extensions of up to three days may be granted, but only to students who contact Dr. Scheinfeldt or your teaching assistant several days in advance of a deadline—No extensions will be granted in the 48 hours before essay is due.

Technology policy

As much as technology makes life easier, at times it can also be difficult (computer crashes, deleted work, slow internet connection, etc.) Plan accordingly: “the computer ate my homework” or “the internet was down” are not acceptable reasons for missing a deadline or handing in incomplete work. It is in your best interest to leave extra time to ensure that technology does not get in the way of your work.

Multitasking is a part of the digital life. We don’t expect you to completely ignore your email, texts, and social media networks while you’re in class. On the contrary, we’d be happy to see you tweeting and otherwise engaging your social networks in our class discussions. But don’t overdo it. Class participation is a big part of your grade. You are responsible for everything you hear in class. And there is a very fine line between a discretely checking your email and distracting your instructor and your classmates by rude inattention to what’s taking place around you. Be courteous.

University policies

Please familiarize yourself with the Student Code (http://www.community.uconn.edu/student_code.html) and other important university policies (http://provost.uconn.edu/syllabi-references/).

Students with Disabilities

The University of Connecticut is committed to protecting the rights of individuals with disabilities and assuring that the learning environment is accessible. If you anticipate or experience physical or academic barriers based on disability or pregnancy, please let me know immediately so that we can discuss options. Students who require accommodations should contact the Center for Students with Disabilities, Wilbur Cross Building Room 204, (860) 486-2020 or at http://www.csd.uconn.edu/.

Evaluation of the Course

Students will be provided an opportunity to evaluate instruction in this course using the University’s standard procedures, which are administered by the Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness (OIRE). Additional informal formative surveys may also be administered within the course as an optional evaluation tool.