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Policies

  • Section attendance is mandatory. More than one absence will negatively affect your grade.
  • As you work on the assignments for this course, you should be particularly mindful to avoid plagiarism. The ease of copy-and-paste and the emergence of ‘paper mills’ have made this issue even more pressing. According to a recent survey by Clemson University, approximately 62% of undergraduates admit to cheating on written work: let’s not add to that. Every external source that you use must be appropriately cited in your work. For web sources, a link to the original site is the bare minimum for citation; you should also note the author and name of the website. If you are in doubt about whether or not you need citations, you might consult a CLAS tutor or this online guide. You might also look at some of the many videos about citing soures that have been made by students and universities (example 1; example 2). Note that UCSB has explicit policies about academic integrity.
  • All assignments for this course must be completed in order to receive a passing grade. Papers must be submitted to your TAs in hard copy only. Late work will be penalized and there will be no incompletes.
  • Some of the material we will discuss in this course will be available online; the links are all included on our syllabus. If you need access to a computer, you may visit our Transcriptions studio in the English department (SH 2509) for your reading. The Transcriptions RA will hold regular drop-in hours throughout the term; these will be posted on the door.
  • All of the required books are on reserve in Davidson library. I have also put a number of reference texts on reserve for those wanting to think further about the techniques of literary study. Titles include M.H. Abrams, A Glossary of Literary Terms, Chris Baldick, The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms, and many others.
  • All course materials (class lectures and discussions, handouts, examinations, web materials) and the intellectual content of the course itself are protected by United States Federal Copyright Law, the California Civil Code. The UC Policy 102.23 expressly prohibits students (and all other persons) from recording lectures or discussions and from distributing or selling lectures notes and all other course materials without the prior written permission of the instructor (See http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/2710530/PACAOS-100). Students are permitted to make notes solely for their own private educational use. Exceptions to accommodate students with disabilities may be granted with appropriate documentation. To be clear, in this class students are forbidden from completing study guides and selling them to any person or organization.
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