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Department of Literature and Language

Department Policies


The Department of Literature and Language does not distinguish between "excused" and "unexcused" absences and has, therefore, established a maximum allowable number of absences.

Regular Semester Policy:

no more than nine absences on MWF schedule
no more than six absences on MW and TR schedule
no more than three absences on evening schedule
(students who leave midway through an evening class will be marked absent for 0.5 classes).

Summer Policy: 

no more than five absences on the MTWRF schedule
no more than two classes on the MW, MR, and TR evening schedule

Students exceeding the limitations will receive an F or a W if within the University policy on dropping a course. Students who are tardy when roll is taken will be counted absent. Grading within the allowable number of absences is left to the instructor’s discretion.

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism will not be tolerated in this department, and its consequences are serious. Proven willful plagiarism can result in failure in the course and may include dismissal from the university.

The MLA Handbook defines plagiarism as repeating...

" your own someone else's sentences, more or less verbatim. . . .Other forms of plagiarism include repeating someone else's particularly apt phrase without appropriate acknowledgment, paraphrasing another person's argument as your own, and presenting another's line of thinking. . . as though it were your own."

A facility for quotation covers the absence of original thought. - Dorothy L. Sayers

Standardized Grading Scale

A: 93-100% A: 93-100 points
A-: 90-92% A-: 90-92 points
B+: 87-89% B+: 87-89 points
B: 83-86% B: 83-86 points
B-: 80-82% B-: 80-82 points
C+: 77-79% C+: 77-79 points
C: 70-76% C: 70-76 points
D+: 67-69% D+: 67-69 points
D: 60-66% D: 60-66 points
F: 0-59% F: 0-59 points


Student Conduct

Students must conduct themselves in a manner that is conducive to learning for themselves and for others in the class. Disruptive behavior is not acceptable and may result in a student having to face campus disciplinary action or in being temporarily or, in severe cases, permanently removed from class.

Final Grade Policy

Students must earn a C or above to progress through all 1000-level courses. For this purpose, a C grade is defined as 70 points or more on a 100 point scale.

General Grade Descriptions

Superior. The student has demonstrated a quality of work and accomplishment that exceeds the formal requirements and shows originality of thought and mastery of material.

Above Average. The student’s achievement exceeds the usual accomplishment, showing a clear indication of initiative and grasp of the subject.

Average. The student has met the formal requirements and has demonstrated good comprehension of the subject and reasonable ability to handle ideas.

D Below Average. The student has not met the formal requirements and has not demonstrated good comprehension of the subject and reasonable ability to handle ideas. 

Failure. The student has not met the minimum requirements.

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