Course Policies


During this course our primary forum for learning is through in-class discussion. Your regular, thoughtful, and sincere participation during each class period is required in order for you to get the most out of this course, and will count toward a portion of your overall class grade. Come to class prepared, with copies of the assigned readings and any other assignments. Please be respectful toward your peers and the instructor during all classroom activities.  Be responsible with electronic equipment (silence and put away cell phones/mp3 players, do not use laptops for non-class activities, do not sleep during class, etc).  Disrespectful behavior, failure to participate, and poor attendance will negatively affect your final grade.


In order to foster learning, you are expected to attend all classes, to be on time, and to be prepared for class. You may have three (3) unexcused absences over the course of the semester; for each absence after that your final grade will drop one level (i.e. A- becomes B+; B becomes B-, etc.). If you miss more than nine (9) days of class (3 weeks) for any reason, you will receive an AF (failure due to excessive absence) for the course, unless you successfully apply for a grade of W (withdraw from the course). Do not come late to class. If you are more than 15 minutes late on three (3) separate occasions, they will count as an unexcused absence. Excused absences include: Religious holidays, participation in SLU-sponsored activities (note from sponsor/coach is required in advance), illness (doctor’s note is required), civil responsibilities (documentation is required), and unavoidable absences deemed reasonable by the instructor (documentation is required). In all cases, notify me of your absence in a timely manner and provide timely and acceptable documentation if it is to be excused.

Late Assignments

All assignments must be turned in on time. Assignments turned in late will be docked half a letter grade for each day (not class period) past the due date. Exceptions will be made for valid medical excuses only, but you must turn in a doctor’s note with your late assignments. If you know that you will have to miss class in advance, you are responsible for making arrangements with me, in advance, to turn in the assignment on time.

Course content disclaimer

In this course, students may be required to read text or view materials that they may consider offensive.  The ideas expressed in any given text do not necessarily reflect the views of the instructor, the English Department, or Saint Louis University.  Course materials are selected for their historical and/or cultural relevance, or as an example of stylistic and/or rhetorical strategies and techniques.  They are meant to be examined in the context of intellectual inquiry of the sort encountered at the university level.


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