Course Policies

Course culture 

To be successful in this class you must read prior to arrival to class; you need to be prepared each and every day The following are unwelcome and unacceptable within this class.  Failure to follow these basic rules will lead to reduction in participation score and a potential absence for that day

  1. Doing work for other classes, reading newspapers, sleeping, and using phone during class will result in an absence for that day.
  2. Sleeping, daydreaming or otherwise tuning out during class
  3. Habitual tardiness.  If you are late, you MUST SIT IN THE FIRST ROW AND SPEAK WITH ME AT THE CONCLUSION OF CLASS.  If you arrive after 15 minutes, this will count out 1/2 of an absence
  4. Packing up your notebook and other materials prior to the end of class
  5. Reading the newspaper, another book, or otherwise focusing on something other than classChatting to classmates
  6. Getting up during class because you feel thirty or hungry. Leaving class early



I expect you to observe the following proprieties in your email messages, as you would with any professional colleague:

  • Emails must have a specific salutation:  “Dear Dr. Leonard/,” “Dear Professor Leonard/,” or “Good Morning/Afternoon/Evening Professor Leonard/” are all appropriate.” “Hi,” “Hey,” “Mr. Leonard” or no salutation is an incorrect and inappropriate way to begin an email to me.
  • Emails must be sent from your WSU account, unless an emergency requires you to use an alternate account. If you send from an alternate account, please follow up with me if you do not hear from me within 24 hours.
  • Emails must close with a signature (“Sincerely,” “Thank you,” etc.)
  • Emails should be grammatically correct, clear, and concise.
  • Emails should not be sent to request info you can get elsewhere with minimal effort (i.e., my office hours, office location, phone number, due dates, location of the library, etc. All these are listed either on tumblr or the syllabus. I may or may not respond to such emails.)
  • Assume that your response will come within 24 hours; if it hasn’t come by then, do feel free to remind me of your message.
  • If you have a complaint or concern about something, you should always come to see me about it in person. Email is not an appropriate forum for anything important enough to be dealt with in an extended conversation, or for a discussion in which email, because it can’t convey tone, might allow for misinterpretation.
  • Please don’t email me to ask if I will be in office hours. Unless I have specifically stated in class that I won’t be there, I will always be available during office hours on a drop-in basis or by appointment.


DON’T DO IT!  What constitutes cheating: Turning in any work that is not yours and yours completely, which includes using a “cheat sheet,” copying the answers from a peer, copying and pasting from a website, copying a friend’s work, etc.  If someone else said it, wrote it, thought it, etc. give them credit – DON’T STEAL THE INTELLECTUAL WORK OF OTHERS.  For more information, please see the Standards for Student Conduct WAC 504-26-010 (3).  Your failure to follow these basic instructions, to respect the classroom, to take the easy route, to be in the business of pretending to learn, think, analyze, and otherwise be a student, is not acceptable in any regard.  What this means is that if you cheat, you will receive a “0” for that assignment and you will be reported to the Office of the Dean of Students.  Any decision to violate the sanctity and purpose of the classroom leaves me with little choice in this regard.  If you are unfamiliar with WSU policy regarding cheating and confused as to what constitutes cheating (plagiarism), please consult the Standards for Student Conduct found here:


Students with Disabilities

Students with Disabilities: Reasonable accommodations are available for students with a documented disability. If you have a disability and need accommodations to fully participate in this class, please either visit or call the Access Center. (Washington Building 217; 509-335-3417) to schedule an appointment with an Access Advisor. All accommodations MUST be approved through the Access Center. For more information contact a Disability Specialist on your home campus: 509-335-3417,

Emergency Notification System:[1]

Washington State University is committed to enhancing the safety of the students, faculty, staff, and visitors. It is highly recommended that you review the Campus Safety Plan ( and visit the Office of Emergency Management web site ( for a comprehensive listing of university policies, procedures, statistics, and information related to campus safety, emergency management, and the health and welfare of the campus community.”



[1] Taken from syllabus of Dr. Shanté Paradigm Smalls (earlier portions taken as well),

[2] From T & L 589 syllabus of Dr. Paula Groves Price


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