First-Year Composition

General Information for Composition Faculty Members


If you are ill and cannot meet your classes for the day, as soon as possible (preferably first thing in the morning), call 274-3138, and we will post a class cancellation notice.  If your illness will cause more than a day’s absence, please call Cory Brown and we will arrange to cover your classes.  If, and we hope it doesn’t happen, you have an extended medical need, you will have to file paperwork for a medical leave of absence and we will find someone to cover your classes.


Student Attendance Policy
Drop from your course any student whose accumulated absences add up to more than three weeks of class time.  For classes that meet M-W-F, three weeks equals nine classes. For classes that meet T-Th, three weeks equals six classes. Excused absences do count toward the total. Forms for dropping students are available in the department's main office. Any student dropped from the course after the semester deadline for withdrawal will automatically be assigned a grade of "F."


Final Examinations
By State law and College mandate, we must meet our classes during final exam week.  We have to do this to meet the State’s required 45 contact hours. You do not have to give a final exam, but must meet—some of us do readings, have in class writing, a discussion, party, etc., etc.  You might want to check with colleagues to see what the options are. Conferences do not count. Check the final exam schedule on the registrar’s Web page and include the exam time for your section in your syllabus or Blackboard calendar.


We all know how important and productive these are.  The policy is to have these outside of classroom meeting times.  However, some of us occasionally cancel one class to meet with students that day.  Please do not cancel classes for any longer than that (for a full week, for example).


Office Hours
The College asks that we have one office hour per week for each class we teach.  Office hours should be posted. You will be given a schedule card that you should post next to your office door. Make certain the card has accurate classroom information in case we have to reach you in an emergency.


Papers in the Hall
Please do not return graded student papers by placing them in a box in the hall; that is a violation of confidentiality (not to mention a fire code violation).  If you cannot give them back in class or in person, give the folder to Department of Writing's Administrative Assistant and have your students come to the main office.

The Library and Brian Saunders
Brian is a research librarian who gives wonderful presentations about databases, library use, and so forth.  He tailors his talk to the topic your class is writing about and is amazingly helpful.


Please do not use the Department copier for large jobs.  Ask students to e-mail their workshop drafts to other students and have them print copies before coming to class. Send large jobs to the copy center.  Course packs may come under scrutiny for copyright issues, so you might want to order texts and not rely on making your own.   Please see the administrative assistant to set up your code for the Department photo copy machine and ask about CopyIT.  If your documents are available in an electronic form you may want to consider placing them on your Website or using Blackboard instead of making copies.


If you are having software trouble call the ITS help line (x4-3282).


We keep copies of all syllabi in a file in the office; please hand yours within the first week or two of the semester.


Ask the Department of Writing's Administrative Assistant
For your keys, for instructions to use the fax machine, mail, supplies, and so forth.

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