We begin with an assumption that all of you want (dare I suggest, eagerly want) to be here; and, indeed, that eagerness, evidenced by attendance, active participation, thoughtful responses to peer work and outside reading/listening (written and verbal), and timely fulfillment of assignments, will warrant an A. So we begin with that: a final grade of A. As I discover that some of you want to be here more than others, or, hazard the thought, don’t want to be here at all, I will adjust your final grade accordingly.

Regular attendance and participation are vital. Students are expected to promptly and fully attend every class and contribute constructively to all discussion and activities. If you know that you will be absent or late, please send me an email at least 24 hours prior to class whenever possible.

Grades will drop a half-letter with two absences and another half-letter for each additional absence.

Students are responsible for obtaining assignments and notes for classes missed from fellow students.

Attendance will be taken at the beginning of each class (note: three tardies equal one absence). Again, students are expected to attend all classes, but if you expect to miss one or two classes, please use the University absence reporting website to indicate the date and reason for your absence. An email is automatically sent to me.

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