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Guidelines and Standards for General Education Courses



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Guidelines and Standards for General Education Courses 1 Civility in the Classroom Any successful learning experience requires mutual respect on behalf of the student and the instructor The instructor as well as fellow students should not be subjected to any student s behavior that is in any way disruptive rude or challenging to the instructor s authority in the classroom Nor should a student feel intimidated or demeaned by his her instructor According to university policy the instructor is responsible for maintaining a productive learning environment The instructor has the primary responsibility for control over classroom behavior and can direct the temporary removal or exclusion from the classroom of any student engaged in disruptive conduct or conduct which otherwise violates the general rules and regulations of the institution The instructor may report such misconduct to the assistant dean for Judicial Affairs for implementation of such disciplinary sanctions as may be appropriate including extended or permanent exclusion from the classroom Rights and Responsibilities 7 Disruptive behavior includes but is not limited to the following intentionally antagonizing the instructor receiving beeper or phone messages or text messaging in class leaving class early or coming to class habitually late eating in class talking out of turn doing assignments for other classes and engaging in other activities that detract from the classroom learning experience All electronic devices should be turned off during the class period unless prior arrangements are made with the instructor Work missed by the student if s he is removed from the class will not be allowed to be made up and the student will be considered absent for the day s removed from the class 2 Academic Dishonesty Faculty in the English department take very seriously any incidents of academic dishonesty Students found guilty of academic dishonesty may face a range of sanctions including a zero for the assignment or failure in the course as well as additional sanctions imposed by the Office of Judicial Affairs The Department in agreement with the University defines academic dishonesty as follows Academic Misconduct Plagiarism cheating fabrication or facilitating any such act For purposes of this section the following definitions apply 1 Plagiarism The adoption or reproduction of ideas words statements images or works of another person as one s own without proper acknowledgment 2 Cheating Using or attempting to use unauthorized materials information or study aids in any academic exercise The term academic exercise includes all forms of work submitted for credit or hours 3 Fabrication Unauthorized falsification or invention of any information or citation in an academic exercise 4 Facilitation Helping or attempting to help another to violate a provision of the institutional code of academic misconduct Rights and Responsibilities p 6 All suspected and or confirmed incidents of cheating plagiarism or other forms of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Office of Judicial Affairs as required by University policy For a detailed description of the procedures involved in an academic misconduct hearing refer to Rights and Responsibilities p 7 available at http www mtsu edu stuaff 3 Disabled Students In order to receive accommodation because of a mental or physical disability a student must provide documentation from the Office of Disabled Students Services located in KUC 120 x2783 Although disabled students may complete course requirements under conditions that are made in consideration of their disability they are still held accountable to the same standards and overall course requirements 4 Absences and Tardies Student attendance is required in each and every class meeting Additionally each instructor in the English department establishes his her individual policy concerning absences and tardies The instructor s own record serves as the official document of absences tardies Only the instructor has the prerogative of excusing an absence and of permitting the student to make up any missed work Late work is usually penalized Students should refer to the syllabus for details about the instructor s policies From the MTSU Catalog p 49 50 A student is expected to attend each class for which he she is registered except in cases of unavoidable circumstances Class attendance will be monitored during the term Students who are reported for non attendance will be assigned a grade of F to appear on their transcripts and non attendance will be reported to appropriate agencies Distribution of future financial aid will be suspended if applicable Exceptions are made for University sanctioned activities Students shall not be penalized for such absences Students anticipating participation in University functions which will take them out of classes should discuss these absences with their instructors at the earliest convenient time The fact that a student may be absent from a class does not in any way relieve that student of the responsibility for the work covered or assigned during the absence It is the responsibility of faculty members to excuse or refuse to excuse absences of students who miss their classes It is the responsibility of the student to obtain excuses for absences and to arrange with the faculty member in question to make up the work missed Absences begin with the first date the student is enrolled in class Freshman Writing Courses English 1010 and English 1020 fulfill part of the Communication requirement of the General Education Program The long range goal of the Communication requirement is to enhance the effective use of the English language essential to students success in school and in the world by way of learning to read and listen critically and to write and speak thoughtfully clearly coherently and persuasively English 1010 English 1010 Expository Writing helps students achieve this goal by providing an introduction to critical thinking and writing Students are introduced to strategies for writing purposeful coherent and adequately developed informative and persuasive essays Students competencies will be measured by the following objectives 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Students will improve their ability to generate a writing plan with informed writing objectives Students will draw writing content from experience imagination and outside resources e g printed materials interviews films Students will be introduced to strategies for


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