The classroom is a place for learning, and learning requires a respectful and appropriate environment. While traditional classrooms often require that students fully listen and participate in class by logging off of Facebook, Twitter, email, chat, and any other part of the Internet that is not part of a required class activity, I’m interested in remixing this policy as we are working toward a queered classroom space. That being said, the students and instructor will work together during the first week of class to develop a policy for electronics usage in class. How can we work with one another to devise a way that cell phones, computers, and other electronics can be used in this class to support learning? In the spirit of a queered course, students should listen, engage, and appreciate an atmosphere of diversity and open discussion. Class discussion must be respectful; whenever students speak, they should be considerate of other students’ feelings, use appropriate language, and make their points without being combative or confrontational. Students should not use discriminatory language regarding their fellow students’ gender, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, age, or anything else. Students should listen to one another, ask questions, and explain their disagreements without attacking others.
Attendance in this class is mandatory. I realize, however, that sickness or emergencies can occur; should you need to miss class, please be sure to contact me, preferably beforehand, to discuss what might be done to assist you with getting on track. Students may miss 5 class sessions without penalty to their grade; missing more classes can put the student in jeopardy of not passing the course. In addition, late arrivals and early departures are also to be avoided. A late arrival means arriving to class 10 minutes (or more) late and an early departure refers to leaving class 10 minutes (or more) early. Two late arrivals or 2 early departures will constitute 1 absence.
My general policy is that I do not accept late work. However, to queer this policy, I’m making room for students to decide on a way to make up for what was missed. For example, if a paper is turned in late a student would like to make up the deducted points, they should plan to propose a way to compensate for what was missed (for example, attending an event, completing a short project or writing assignment, giving a brief in-class presentation, etc.). That being said, if you have to submit any late work, then I encourage you to touch base with me about the reason for the lateness. This must be done before the due date or the date prior to the due date. At that time, we can discuss a way to make up the work.