Literary Foundations II

Course Policies

Absences and Lateness

Students are expected to attend classes regularly and promptly. Departmental policy mandates that students lose a half-grade (e.g. B+ becomes B) for each unexcused absence up to three and automatically fail the class at four unexcused absences. Excused absences are those either covered by a doctor’s note or letter from the office of disability, or at the discretion of the professor in consultation with the Chair or Director. Chronic lateness will also be counted as absence. In any case, students should notify the professor of latenesses and absences, via e-mail, in advance of the class. Attendance is expected on days listed on this syllabus. Do not make travel plans on scheduled class days, either near to spring break or near the end of school.

Late work

Because of the swift pace of this course, it is very important that all work be completed on time. Late reading responses will receive no credit. Late papers will normally be penalized at the rate of a half-grade per day. Barring serious illness or other extenuating circumstances, I will not give extensions.


The students and the instructor have a duty to each other and to our community to abide by norms of academic integrity and responsibility. We are also bound by the policy of the College. Academic dishonesty, including plagiarism, will have severe consequences in accordance with College policy.

Eugene Lang College’s full Policy on Academic Honesty details the procedures and penalties related to allegations of plagiarism. It can be downloaded from the following Academic Policies webpage:
That policy defines plagiarism as follows:

Plagiarism is the unacknowledged use of someone else’s work as one’s own in all forms of academic endeavor (such as essays, theses, examinations, research data, creative projects, etc), intentional or unintentional. Plagiarized material may be derived from a variety of sources, such as books, journals, internet postings, student or faculty papers, etc. This includes the purchase or “outsourcing” of written assignments for a course. A detailed definition of plagiarism in research and writing can be found in the fourth edition of the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, pages 26–29.


In keeping with the University’s policy of providing equal access for students with disabilities, any student requesting accommodations must first meet with Student Disability Services. Jason Luchs or a designee from that office will meet with students requesting accommodations and related services, and if appropriate, provide an Academic Adjustment Notice for the student to provide to his or her instructors. The instructor is required to review the letter with the student and discuss the accommodations, provided the student brings the letter to the attention of the instructor. This letter is necessary in order for classroom accommodations to be provided. Student Disability Services is located at 79 Fifth Avenue, 5th Floor. The phone number is 212-229-5626. Students and faculty are expected to review the Student Disability Services webpage. The webpage can be found at and the office is available to answer any questions or concerns.