Course Policies Campus Resources
Traditionally my attendance policy has been fairly standard: once you’ve missed class three times, I reserve the right to lower your final grade by one-third of a grade for each class that you miss (i.e. A- to B+). If you miss six classes, then I reserve the right to assign you a failing grade. This semester clearly calls for something different. Once you’ve missed four classes or meetings I reserve the right to lower your final grade, as described above. But if you have reasons to miss send me an email, and we’ll develop a workable plan that is appropriate for your specific circumstances.
Email is a good way to be in touch about simple things (i.e. asking a quick question or scheduling a meeting). But if you would like to discuss a more serious matter (i.e. paper drafts, grades, or accommodations), please come to office hours or email to schedule a “face-to-face” meeting over Zoom. I do not consistently respond to emails after 5 PM or on the weekends, so please keep this in mind. This probably goes without saying, but you should check your email regularly for course updates.
Names, Pronouns, and Identities
This course affirms people of all gender expressions and identities. If you prefer to be called a different name than what appears on the class roster, please advise me. If we are online please make sure your Zoom name tag lists the name you would like to be called, and, if you like, your correct pronoun. I will do my very best to learn all of your names as quickly as possible, and I would be grateful for both your corrections and your patience.
Please also feel very encouraged to correct me if I am mispronouncing your name!
You’re always welcome to stop in to ask questions, to work through ideas, or to explore your interests. My office hours are on Thursdays from 1-3 PM on Zoom.
I’ll add additional office hours during busy times in the semester, like before papers and projects are due. You’ll know when they are because in order to attend office hours you should sign up for a time slot. This is the best way for me to know when I need to make more time—and to keep people from having to wait in the Zoom waiting room for entirely too long. If you are unable to meet during office hours because of a reasonable conflict (i.e. class or lab), email me, and we’ll find a time to talk. And if you only need a few minutes, we can usually touch base after class.
The Honor Code applies to all of the work you do at Wake Forest. Do not cheat, and do not plagiarize! Failure to document the words or ideas of others will result in a zero on the assignment—and, potentially, an “F” in the course. ZSR Library offers resources on this topic, and the English department recommends this plagiarism tutorial. If you ever have questions, just ask before there’s a problem!
Some of our course meetings—classes, small group discussions, and office hours—will happen here.
You’ll need a password, which I’ll provide on Canvas. I’ll also be using Zoom’s “waiting room” feature to provide us with an extra layer of security, so at the start of class I’ll let everyone in. If for some reason you leave our conversation in the middle of class (usually when a wifi connection drops) and I don’t see you to let you back in, please ask one of the people you exchange contact info with on the first day to let me know.
I will not record any Zoom session without the explicit consent of every participant in the session, and any recording I make will be used only for students who have to miss class because of a COVID-19-related emergency. For the privacy and comfort of the other participants in the class, I ask you to do the same. Students are not permitted to make recordings of our class sessions. You can read the entirety of the Class Recording Policy here.
Please have your camera on during our meetings when you have the bandwidth to do so. And please use your laptops instead of your cell phones. If there is a reason that you’d prefer to keep your camera off or that you need to temporarily use your phone and you didn’t raise it in your tech survey, feel free to email me. I am absolutely willing to make exceptions to this policy, but in general I think we'll have better conversations if people are on laptops with their cameras on.
COVID-19 and Masks
Students are encouraged to visit the Our Way Forward website (ourwayforward.wfu.edu) to stay informed about the latest guidance related to COVID-19 and to review the Protocols for the Fall 2021 Semester.
At the start of the semester masks are required, and this may continue as part of city-wide requirements, campus mandates, or the ADA's accommodations process. Students without masks will be asked to leave class. If for any reason you find yourself in need of a mask I believe they will be available in a number of department offices. (I will update this when I can.) Food and drinks are not permitted when masks are required.
Last but not least: if you are sick, please email me, and I will work with you! Do not attend class if you do not feel well.
Wake Forest University provides reasonable accommodations to students with disabilities. If you are in need of an accommodation, you are encouraged to contact me privately as early in the term as possible. Students requiring accommodations should also consult the Learning Assistance Center & Disability Services (118 Reynolda Hall, 336-758-5929, lac.wfu.edu).
Mental Health Support
This is a very difficult time. Students experiencing psychological or emotional distress may receive support through the University Counseling Center Monday-Friday, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM in Reynolda 117 (336.758.5273 or counselingcenter.wfu.edu). Crisis support is also available after-hours by calling 336.758.5273 and pressing 1 to speak to a crisis counselor. Support outside of the University Counseling Center may also include the Student Health Service (336.758.5218 or shs.wfu.edu).
In a recent survey we learned that 59% of undergraduates struggled with stress and anxiety related to COVID-19, and that went up to 67% of students in Division 2 courses.
You are not alone.
A bias incident is an act or behavior motivated by the offender’s bias against facets of another’s identity. Bias occurs whether the act is intentional or unintentional.
Bias may be directed toward an individual or group. Bias may contribute to creating an unsafe or unwelcoming environment.
You should report bias when you experience or witness something that you think the University should know about. You can learn more about reporting bias here, or you can report bias by filling out this form.
Especially in this moment I would strongly encourage you to resist and respond to racism and other forms of bias in whatever ways you can, and at the very least anonymous reporting is something everyone can do.
If you run into problems with technology, I strongly recommend https://is.wfu.edu/. It will direct you to chat with someone at help.wfu.edu or to call 336.758.4357 to speak with someone at the help desk. You'll also be directed to guides for a few frequent problems.
Visit the Writing Center to get feedback on your work (http://college.wfu.edu/writingcenter/). It’s a terrific resource for writers of all levels, and it’s helpful for far more than learning to recognize and then correct surface errors. Trained tutors will also talk through you work and help you develop your ideas! A number of students make use of this opportunity ever semester, and almost all of them report that it’s well worth the effort. (Pro tip: book before the end of the semester! Times go quickly!)
Wake Forest University Indigenous Land Acknowledgment
This statement honors the land on which Wake Forest University now resides and the land on which the original campus resided. This land served for centuries as a place for exchange and interaction for Indigenous peoples, specifically Saura (saw-ra), Catawba (ka-tah-buh), Cherokee (chair-o-kee), and Lumbee (lum-bee) in this location and Shakori (shu-kor-ee), Eno (ee-no), Sissipahaw (sis-suh-pa-hah), and Occaneechi (oak-a-nee-chee) in the original campus location. Today Wake Forest continues to be a place of learning and engagement for Indigenous students, faculty, and staff regionally, nationally, and globally.