Class Policies

The following policies are explicitly stated here because these policies help protect fairness for the administration of the course for the class as a whole. Some of these policies are generally assumed in most classes at Lander University.

Make-Up Policy:
Make-up tests are only offered for students who can provide written documentation of legitimate reasons for being absent. If one or more regularly scheduled tests during the semester are missed with a written excused absence, the grade for that test or tests is established by the grade achieved on the make-up test offered at the final examination period. An excused absence is granted for emergency situations only, and a written excuse must be provided.

If you do not have an approved written excuse for a specific test or if you have already taken a test, you may take or retake the test at the time of the final exam period with a 20 point penalty. In other words, the highest grade possible under these conditions would be an 80, if no problems were missed.

Late Papers:
Papers, comments to papers, ``take-home'' tests , or other projects, including papers posted to the Philosophy Forum Ethics Papers Board, are due at the beginning of the class on the stated date listed in the Assignment Schedule (unless superseded by an announcement in class) or a penalty of 10% per day late is applied.

Students are expected to do their own work in this course. To use another writer's or speaker's ideas without giving credit by means of standard documentation is plagiarism. All cases of academic dishonesty on tests or papers will be handled in accordance with the Academic Honor Code as presented in the Lander University Student Handbook. Normally the grade of ``0'' is assigned for academically dishonest papers. Cases of plagiarism or academic dishonesty of any kind are normally be brought before the Honor Council where you will have an opportunity to explain your point of view. Important! This class policy includes the instructor's notes and tutorials on the Web. If you plagiarize from any work including the online notes, you will receive a ``0'' for your answer. Almost every semester since this online course has been taught, some students do not pass this course because they copy work from the online notes or from the Internet without proper citation.

Class Attendance:
Students are expected to attend all classes; there are no ``free cuts.'' In the case of unavoidable absences, you are responsible for making up work done in class. If you attend less than 75% of the scheduled class meetings, you cannot receive credit for the course. This policy is expressly in your interest, especially in this course, since attendance is essential for understanding much of the argumentation discussed. Any student arriving late for class or leaving early from class will be counted absent from that class period. (This policy is important because understanding some of the complex reasoning process covered in this course is at the heart of doing well in philosophy.) Important: This policy means that a student leaving class after taking a quiz will have no credit assigned for the quiz.

Anyone missing class is responsible for obtaining the class notes and assignments from a classmate or from the Web resources. Additionally, many book notes, quizzes, sample tests, and a few class lectures are online at

The Philosophy Forum is a good place to ask for information about assignments, subjects covered in class, or class policies--especially if you are hesitant to ask a classmate for assistance. If you have questions about the subject-matter of philosophy beyond the class topics, by all means make use of the Philosophy Forum. Finally, be sure to contact your instructor as soon as academic difficulties first arise.

Learning and Physical Disability:
If you have now or develop during this semester a physical or a learning disability and you want your instructors to make reasonable accommodations, you must contact the Student Wellness Center nurse and provide the nurse with appropriate documentation. Once the nurse is aware of your disability, the nurse will inform all of your instructors each semester you attend Lander University unless you ask the nurse in writing not to do so.

Phone: +1 864 388 8885

The Academic Success Center offers testing accommodations for students with disability who need extra time as well as a quiet room for testing during the year.

Lander University's Cell Phone Policy:
Cell Phones are to be turned off before entering the class (lab, clinical, etc) and shall remain off for the duration of the class. If there is an extenuating circumstance which requires the cell phone to be on during a class, the student must obtain permission prior to the class from the instructor to leave the phone on vibrate. Cell phones are not to be visible or used at any time, especially not during quizzes or exams. Each instructor reserves the right to further restrict use of cell phones in class and to determine the consequences of not following this policy.

Closing of the University:
If hazardous weather conditions or any other state of emergency necessitate University closing, the information will be available from the Lander automated information system, telephone +1 864 388 8400, and most major radio and television stations in this area.

Also, these Websites will provide information in case of cancellations, delay of classes, or the closing of the university:

Lander University:

State Office of Human Resources:

University Requirements
All Lander students will . . .

  1. read and follow their professor's syllabi, including course guidelines and procedures, to be prepared for class
  2. check their Lander email accounts daily and check blackboard daily (if used in class) for class announcements, assignments, etc.
  3. be aware of each professor's absence and tardy policies
  4. communicate concerns about classes to their professors, including asking for clarification if the student does not understand an assignment or expectations
  5. be courteous to peers, professors, and the learning environment, avoiding the following disruptive classroom behaviors: sleeping, inappropriate talking, inappropriate laptop use, rudeness, doing homework for other classes, text messaging, or answering cell phones
  6. not give, use, or receive unauthorized aid in academic activities because these are serious violations of academic integrity
  7. know and accept the consequences of committing plagiarism, which could include receiving a failing assignment grade, failing the course, or being suspended from the University.


Lee Archie 2010-08-31