Official Policies and such

You are expected to attend all classes unless you are desperately sick. Most professors will understand if you miss one or two classes over the course of a whole semester, but you would be wise not to miss no more than that. If you are desperately sick and need to stay in bed, please talk to one of your classmates to find out what you missed. You may want to make arrangements with a classmate ahead of time to plan for this. Any student who misses more than two classes will be required to have a conference with the teacher.

Participating in class means more than merely showing up for class. It means coming to class awake, well-rested, and prepared.

Cell Phone Policy
High school teachers often take the route of simply forbidding smart phones in the classroom. But this is college, and my students in the past have chosen to come up with a few guidelines that we agree on. We will discuss these guidelines in class and change them if necessary.

1) If you use your phone out in class, let the rest of us know what you are doing with it. Example: "I'm going to google that." That way, we won't be distracted by wondering what you're doing.
2) Don't try to hide your phone under the desk and think that we don't notice. Leave it right on top of the desk. If you know that you are easily distracted, put it on silent and put it in your backpack.
3) If you can't turn off your phone for class because you need to stay in touch with someone at home (let's say, you've got a dying parent), put the phone in your pocket and leave it on vibrate. When the phone vibrates, just quietly leave the room without drawing attention to yourself and go out into the hall where you can answer the phone.

The Writing Center
Visit the Writing Resource Center in 13 Moon Library for free writing support. Our peer tutors and graduate assistants are trained to work with you on all stages of your writing projects including getting started, drafting, revising, citations and format. Schedule a 25 or 55 minute appointment at by selecting a Writing Center Tutor and a time that fits your schedule. Drop in hours may be available on M-F from 9-5. Time slots fill quickly, especially during peak times in the semester. Please contact for further information.

Plagiarism is a serious offense and will be treated as such on the ESF campus. The Council of Writing Program Administrators offers this definition for plagiarism: In an instructional setting, plagiarism occurs when a writer deliberately uses someone else’s language, ideas, or other original (not common‐knowledge) material without acknowledging its source.

A failure to acknowledge and properly cite your sources can look like plagiarism. It's best to avoid that situation. It’s essential for you to think about your sources, evaluate whether or not the sources are credible, and document where you are getting your information from at every step of the process. We need to keep reminding each other about this and figure out ways to give credit even while we're experimenting with new ways of writing.

Academic Integrity 
SUNY ESF’s Academic Integrity Policy holds students accountable for the integrity of the work they submit. Students should be familiar with the Policy and know that it is their responsibility to learn about expectations with regard to proper citation of sources in written work. Serious sanctions can result from academic dishonesty. Further details are available in the handbook. 

Academic Accommodations
SUNY-ESF works with the Office of Disability Services (ODS) at Syracuse University, who is responsible for coordinating disability-related accommodations. Students can contact ODS at 804 University Avenue- Room 309, 315-443-4498 to schedule an appointment and discuss their needs and the process for requesting accommodations. Students may also contact the ESF Office of Student Affairs, 110 Bray Hall, 315-470-6660 for assistance with the process. To learn more about ODS, visit Authorized accommodation forms must be in the instructor's possession one week prior to any anticipated accommodation. Since accommodations may require early planning and generally are not provided retroactively, please contact ODS as soon as possible.

Inclusive Excellence Statement 
As an institution, we embrace inclusive excellence and the strengths of a diverse and inclusive community. During classroom discussions, we may be challenged by ideas different from our lived experiences and cultures. Understanding individual differences and broader social differences will deepen our understanding of each other and the world around us. In this course, all people  (including but not limited to, people of all races, ethnicities, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, students undergoing transition, religions, ages, abilities, socioeconomic backgrounds, veteran status, regions and nationalities, intellectual perspectives and political persuasion) are strongly encouraged to respectfully share their unique perspectives and experiences.  This statement is intended to help cultivate a respectful environment, and it should not be used in a way that limits expression or restricts academic freedom at ESF. 

Learning Outcomes for EWP 190 established by the Writing Program: 
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to: 
  • Write and support an argument that demonstrates skills of analysis.
  • Enact basic research strategies and methodologies that reflect an ability to evaluate and integrate a range of sources in writing.
  • Read, analyze, and interpret challenging and complex texts.
  • Engage in a writing process (inventing, drafting, revising, editing, reflecting) that includes revision and feedback from both peers and instructors.
  • Prepare, present, and evaluate an oral presentation

College Learning Outcomes

  • Basic Communication Skills 
  • Critical Thinking