Course and Instructor Policies

Course and Instructor Policies

Classroom expectations

You are expected to have read the assignments before class, and it would be to your benefit to also read them again after class. You are expected to bring a copy of assigned readings for each day’s class, and have them available to refer to. (If you’re sharing books with someone in class, make sure to sit with that person. If you cannot conveniently bring the digital comics to class, do not worry about it.) You are expected to listen respectfully to the professor and your fellow students, and participate in class discussions and activities, following the Ground Rules for Discussion.

Clear failure to abide by these expectations will result in you being asked to leave the classroom and being counted absent for the day.

Ground Rules for Discussion

Contacting the Instructor

Before you contact me, I suggest checking the syllabus, course website, and all handouts to see if the answer to your question is there. For more complex questions, you should see me in office hours or make an appointment. You can send me an email, but this is not a good way to get in touch with me about either trivial matters (which are almost certainly on the syllabus or best discussed in class) or difficult issues (which should be discussed in person). I will not accept work or provide feedback via email. Of course, you should feel free to email me to remind me about something, or if you need to contact me urgently (if, for instance, you will miss an assignment due to a dire medical issue). If I do not reply to your email within 48 hours, please send me a reminder.

Late Work, Make-Up, and Completion

No late work or make-up exams will be allowed without consent of the professor prior to the due/exam date, except in situations where University policy requires it, or in case of truly dire circumstances. All non-optional assignments must be completed in satisfactory manner in order to receive a passing grade in the course.

Cheating and Plagiarism

Don’t do it! If you incorporate any work that is not your own into any project that you do, and you do not cite the source properly, this counts as plagiarism. This includes somewhat doing the work for you, taking work done by another student, verbatim copying of published sources, paraphrasing published work without citation, and paraphrasing in a inappropriate way even with citation. Re-using work created for another course also counts as plagiarism in most contexts. Unless group work is explicitly permitted or required, it is expected that all of the work that you turn in is original and your own, and that any sources that you make use of are correctly cited.

If you are caught cheating or plagiarizing, it is absolutely mandatory for me to turn you in to the Dean of Students Office of Community Standards and Conduct.

Class Attendance

We have a scant 5 weeks, 10 sessions together, and much of the learning will come through the class discussions. You have to attend every class. Missed classes will count heavily against your final grade, and egregious absenteeism will be grounds for an F in the course at the professor’s discretion. In-class assignments and activities likewise cannot be made up. Tardy arrival or early departure will also count against you.

Electronic Devices

If you are viewing your comics digitally, you may want to bring a tablet or a laptop computer with you, since you should have a copy of the text at the ready during class discussion. You’ll be better off (and research supports this) if you take notes on paper and transcribe it onto your computer than if you type your notes directly. Given the nature of the course, you should not have to take such copious notes as to require any extra speed afforded by typing them.

Please don’t distract others by checking email or social media on your phone, tablet, or laptop, using a music player or headphones (unless they are attached to a hearing-assistive device), or doing work for another class during our discussions. Turn off your wifi, silence your phone, put away your music, and engage with your classmates and I.

What to Call Me

I prefer to be called “Matt,” “Matthew,” “Professor Brown,” or “Dr. Brown.” My preferred pronouns are he/him/his.

Concealed Handguns on Campus

As of August 1, 2016, concealed handgun license holders are permitted to carry their weapons onto the campus and into the general buildings of the University. Unlicensed individuals may not do so, and unconcealed weapons are not allowed. You are not required to disclose whether your status as licensed carrier, nor whether or not you are carrying a handgun at any particular time, to me or anyone other than an official peace officer.

Nevertheless, I ask that you voluntarily refrain from bringing weapons into the classroom. Furthermore, I will designate my office as an exclusion zone, prohibiting the concealed carry of a handgun in that space. You will be provided with oral notification to that effect upon visiting my office.

University Policies

The information contained in the following link constitutes the University’s policies and procedures segment of the course syllabus: <>

A syllabus is not a suicide pact. This descriptions, timelines, and policies contained in this syllabus are subject to change in the interest of improving the quality of the course, at the discretion of the professor. Adequate notice will be provided for any changes.

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