Statement on Grading


A+  Outstanding work above and beyond course requirements in terms of attendance and participation, quality and completion of all assignments, and quality and length of book list.  Given at the discretion of the instructor to a very small number of students who truly stand above the rest.


A   Excellent or outstanding work that satisfies or exceeds the course requirements.  Assignments rewritten as suggested, attendance and participation excellent with all absences made up with bonus work as outlined in the course requirements.


A- Excellent work overall, but with 1 or 2 lapses in terms of quality of assignments, attendance, and make-up work.  Opportunities to rewrite not taken.


B+ Similar to A-, but with a few more incomplete or poorly done assignments, missing make-up work, and book list less complete or thoroughly annotated.


B Work generally acceptable.  May be of varying quality with assignments missing, rewrites not done.  There may be gaps or shallow annotations in the book list.  Tardiness or absences may be a factor.


B- Work acceptable, but not complete or of high quality.  Book list lacking in number and quality of entries.  Make-up work not done for classes missed.  Assignments may be missing or rewrites not done.


C  Reflects uneven quality of work, with gaps in assignments, in book list, or attendance, although student is considered to have completed the majority of the assignments well enough to have achieved the basic goals of the course.


Grades below C are rarely given.  Students are asked to consider options for withdrawing, failing, taking an incomplete, or taking the course again.


Statement on Academic Honesty


            Each student is expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in academic and professional matters.  The University reserves the right to take disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, against any student who is found guilty of academic dishonesty or who otherwise fails to meet the standards.  Any student judged to have engaged in academic dishonesty in course work may receive a reduced or failing grade for the work in question and for the course.

            Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, dishonesty in quizzes, tests, or assignments, claiming credit for work not done or done by others; hindering the academic work of other students; misrepresenting academic or professional qualifications within or without the University; and nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out applications or other University records.


Statement on Disability or Needing Exceptions


            Students need to inform this faculty member of special needs as soon as possible to insure that those needs are met in a timely manner.