Academic Integrity

While you are a student at this college, you will be treated as an adult.  You are expected to know and abide by the rules of the institution as described in the Scot’s Key.  Particular attention should be directed to the appropriate use of materials available on-line through the Internet.  It is important that you read and understand the ethical use of information.  Whether intentional or not, improper use of materials can be considered a violation of academic honesty.

Cheating in any of your academic work is a serious breach of the Wooster Ethic and the Code of Academic Integrity and is grounds for an F for the entire course.  In addition, I am required to forward a record of the incident to the Dean for Curriculum and Academic Engagement.  You will be held responsible for your actions.  If you are unsure as to what is permissible, always consult me first.

You should be aware of the following guidelines regarding plagiarism:

Any idea or argument taken from a work that is not your own – whether it is from a printed source, the internet, or another student – must be properly cited.  You must incorporate an acknowledgment of the source of the idea in a footnote.  If not, your work will be considered plagiarism.

All quotations must be clearly marked with quotation marks in the text and the source identified in a footnote.  If not, your work will be considered plagiarism.

Any group of three or more words taken directly from a work that is not your own must appear in quotation marks and the source identified in a footnote.  If not, your work will be considered plagiarism.

The borrowing of any complete sentence, sentence fragment, or sequence of three words or more from a work that is not your own (whether taken from printed works, the internet, or the work of another student) without quotation marks and without proper citation is considered plagiarism.  This includes words taken from reference works, online book reviews, or student essay posting sites.


The Writing Center

The Writing Center provides professional tutors who work with you to help clarify your thinking and improve the communication of your ideas.  They can help at all stages of writing, from planning to drafting to revision.  I encourage you all to take advantage of this wonderful, free resource for any of your writing assignments.

Hours:         Sunday 6-9     Monday – Thursday 9-5 & 6-9    Friday 9-4    Saturday: closed
Appointments: Walk-in consultations are accepted, but you are encouraged to schedule an appointment online or by calling extension 2205.

The Learning Center

All necessary accommodations will be made for students in this course with learning disabilities.  Please register with Pam Rose, Director of the Learning Center (prose@wooster.edu) and let me know as soon as possible so we can discuss how to shape the class requirements to best fit your needs.  All discussions will remain confidential.

Laptop Policy

No. Bring paper and pen and the week’s reading.

Phone Policy

Put it away. It is incredibly unprofessional and disrespectful to pull your phone out in class. Do not use to look up anything. Do not read our books or articles on it. Keep it in your pocket. I will ask you once, after that I will just note when you have it out and every time I see it I deduct one point from your professionalism grade.

Recording Classroom Activities

No student may record or tape or photograph any classroom activity without my express written consent.  If a student believes that he/she is disabled and needs to record or tape classroom activities, he/she should contact the Office of the Secretary to request an appropriate accommodation.


You are expected to faithfully attend this class. After three absences (excused or not), I will subtract 1/2 a letter grade from your final grade for each absence over three. Moreover, you are further expected to be on time and not disrupt the class by getting up to go the bathroom in the middle of class. Showing up late or getting up to leave in the middle of class is a sign of disrespect to your classmates and to me. Each time you are late or leave in the middle of class will be counted as 1/3 an absence.

Classroom Behavior

This class is your job. Be a professional. Be prepared. Turn off cell phones and other personal electronics before entering the classroom. Use appropriate language. Treat everyone in class with respect. Failure to act in a professional manner (being disruptive, being rude, not being prepared) will result in severe grade penalties.


Penalties of a letter grade will accrue every 24 hours past the due date for 72 hours. At that time, the grade will automatically convert to an F.


All work will be submitted electronically and according to the following guidelines:

1. All work will be submitted as a .pdf file. I will not accept any other format. Submitting your work in an incorrect format will result in a 1/2 letter grade penalty on the first instance and a full letter grade every time thereafter.

2. All work will be submitted to by email. You will send it me at jroche@wooster.edu and Victoria at vmccaslin20@wooster.edu. Failure to attach your document, failure to send it as .pdf, or sending it in an unreadable format will cause the paper to be considered late. The first time will come with a warning. After that papers that do not follow this policy will accrue the same letter grade penalties as a late paper.

3. All pdf documents will follow the same naming format. Which will be your last name and something to indicate the title of this particular assignment. roche.dochuckpaper.pdf. Incorrectly titled papers will follow the same penalty structure as incorrectly formatted papers.

Falling Behind

For students in trouble, I follow an absolute “open-door” policy. Everyone gets overwhelmed sometimes. It only gets worse when you don’t reach out to your professors. If you have any questions, any questions, or find yourself falling behind in this course (or in your other classes), contact me immediately. I can meet with students any day of the week at any reasonable hour of the day. Do not dig yourself into a hole that could impact your entire collegiate career.