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EAS Policies







If you have any questions about EAS please email:

General questions:

Program Director

Karen Marsh Schaeffer


Attendance Policies

  1. Participation: Active listening and participation are expected in all class activities and discussions. Students need to be involved in answering questions posed by the instructor, and ask questions when a topic is not fully understood. Failure to participate in class sessions will result in a grade reduction. If you are absent from a class, this will be viewed as non-participation. Non-participation will result in the following grade reductions, based on how many classes in which you did not participate:

(Classes that meet 3 times per week)

 0-3 classes:  No change in grade

 4-6 classes:  Final grade will be 1/3rd letter grade (i.e.: B- to C+)

 7+ classes:  You will fail the course with a grade of E

(Classes that meet 2 times per week)       

 0-2 classes:  No change in grade

 3-5 classes:  Final grade will be reduced 1/3rd letter grade (i.e.:  B- to C+)

 6+ classes:  You will fail the course with a grade of E

  1. Attendance: Attendance is required. You are considered responsible for all announcements, assignments, and handouts given in each class whether you are there or not. If you miss a class, you must check with a classmate or your instructor for anything you may have missed.

You might be dropped from EAS classes is you do not attend during the first week.

Students absent from class to participate in officially sanctioned University activities (e.g., band, debate, student government, intercollegiate athletics), or religious obligations, or with instructor's approval, shall be permitted to make up both assignments and examinations. All absences of the type listed above need to be communicated with the instructor prior to missing classes.

  1. Distractions: Any distractions in class may result in you being asked to leave the class and/or take care of the problem. It is important for the classroom to be free from distractions so all students can learn.

 Tardiness (coming to class late): If you arrive after the time the class is scheduled to begin, you will be considered tardy (late). Threetardies will be counted as one absence.

 Cell phones: Turn off all cell phones and electronic devices (computers) before entering the classroom.

 Children or other distractions: Only registered students should be in class. Please ask instructor for any exception to this policy.

  1. Late work: Late work, including homework and papers, will notbe accepted. All assignments are due at the beginning of class! If you have a problem, please contact the instructor before the assignment is due to turn in the assignment early.
  2. Missed tests and quizzes: Tests and quizzes must be taken when they are given in class. You may not make up tests or quizzes.
  1. Outside help: For this class you may not have any help or tutoring outside class unless specifically mentioned by the instructor. If you need extra help, please see check with the instructor to make arrangements. Use of university services (writing center, tutoring center, etc.) is permitted.
  1. Withdrawal: Do not withdraw from any class on your own. Please check with your academic advisor before withdrawing from EAS courses.
  1. Incomplete grades: Incomplete grades will not be given in EAS courses.
  1. Grades: A “C” in this course corresponds to 2.0 GPA. For 1040 and 1050, you need a “C-“ or higher to move onto the next course.
  1. Placement Test Process: If you wish to take EAS 1040 you no longer have to take the EAS writing placement exam. If you would like to place into EAS 1050 directly, please take the exam. Students who take the exam do not need to ask for a permission code, but simply wait for an email with a corresponding test score.

Placement essays are graded by a panel of experienced instructors, and after the tests are graded, you will be emailed your score. This email will also contain information on how to register for your courses. The placement essay may only be taken once per year.

  1. Cheating (Read this carefully!): Please refer to the University’s Student Code ( for regulations concerning academic honesty.

Definition of cheating

 Dishonesty for the purpose of gain

 ‘Purposes of gain’ include getting a better grade or getting credit for an assignment you have not personally

Students cheat when they…

 Copy from another person’s work during a test

 Copy from another person’s assignments or homework

 Write a test, assignment, or homework, for another person

 Allow another person to copy their test, assignment, or homework

 Purchase essays on the internet or from another person

Possible Consequences

 an automatic “E” for the test/assignment.

 In addition, the teacher and the department have the authority to give the student an “E” for the course.

 The student may be required to appear before the Academic Misconduct Committee (please see

  1. Plagiarism (Read this carefully!): Please refer to the University’s Student Code ( for regulations concerning academic honesty.


 Copying others’ writing, or even a small part of their writing, without proper permission

 Taking credit for any writing that is not your own

 Using other authors' material and changing it somewhat without stating next to the material exactly where it came from

 Not using quotation marks around any and all material that is not your own voice

 Cutting various sentences out of a variety of different sources and combining them together, even if you make a few small changes in each one

Possible Consequences

 An “E” for the course

 Possible expulsion from the university

 If plagiarism is suspected, you will be required to have a conference with the instructor and complete a variety of tests designed to identify plagiarized work.

 Your paper will also be submitted to a panel of judges, all of whom are highly experienced in identifying plagiarized material. In addition, the committee will use newly developed computer programs to scan the entire internet and locate source material which has been plagiarized.

  1. Use of papers written for other courses.   In this course, you may not use papers written for any other course at any other time (including if you have previously taken the course).
  1. Filing of papers. Your instructor will keep your papers and coursework for five weeks after the end of the semester. After this time, you can pick up your coursework. After one semester, all papers and coursework will be recycled, so if you wish to pick up your papers, do so before then.
  1. Academic Maturity: EAS classes are intended to prepare students for higher education in the United States, and we want to do our best to teach students skills which will give them the best chance of succeeding. One of these important skills is learning how to take responsibility for their performance and learning. For these reasons, we will encourage the students to develop academic maturity, which includes the following:

 Taking full responsibility for their own actions and accepting the inevitable consequences

 Not asking for special treatment

 Respecting and meeting deadlines provided by the instructor

 Understanding that the only basis for awarding a grade is on the basis of performance, and not what the student wants or needs

 Behaving with respect towards the instructor and other students

Last Updated: 8/17/17