Rifenburg Fall 2013
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For most of the reading assigned for our class, I will ask students to perform a readingresponse. The reading responses will be turned in as a hard copy at the beginning of class on the day that the reading is due, will be graded, and then returned. Readingresponses will receive a grade of 0 (not acceptable), 1 (somewhat acceptable), or 2(acceptable). Unless specifically assigned, these responses are not a summary, but aninformed response. We will be using these responses to help springboard class discussions. Additionally,students may choose to use one of our readings in one of the major papers, so thinkingabout the readings ahead of time may be helpful!Keep in mind that
I will not accept late responses without a legitimate excuse,nor will I accept responses over e-mail unless prior arrangements have been made.
Students are allowed three (3) unexcused absences per semester in a course that meetsthree times a week, or two (2) in a course that meets twice a week. The penalties formissing more than that are:
Penalties for Unexcused Absences2x/week Course
3x/week Course Penalty
3 4 1 letter grade5 7 2 letter grades7 10 Automatic FStudent-athletes and others engaged in Provost-approved activities must notify theinstructor of the reason for the absence
ahead of time
, and arrange to complete allcoursework in a timely fashion.
Students are held responsible for all material covered during any absence. I accept latemajor papers, but they will be penalized.
will lose a full letter gradefor each day the paper is late. A paper turned in one day late will be markeddown one letter grade. A paper turned in two days late will be markeddown two letter grades. After two days a paper will not be accepted and willreceive an automatic F. Please note:
one day means one day, NOT one class day.
Ihave attached a schedule to this syllabus informing you of the due dates for all majorpapers; therefore, plan ahead if necessary. I am more lenient on reading responses. If