Class Policies

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

Make-Up Policy:
No tests can be specifically made-up per se during the regular semester in this course even though students have good reasons for missing class. Thus, prior to the final exam period, tests cannot be made-up for any reason. If you miss one or more regularly scheduled tests during the semester with a written excused absence, your grade for that test or tests is established by the grade achieved on the appropriate test given at the time of the final examination. For example, if you had to miss the first test because of a medical emergency, your grade on that test would be established by your grade achieved on the make-up for that test given at the final examination period.

Important! An excused absence is granted for emergency situations only, and an email must be sent to your instructor prior to the test period. A written excuse must be provided before the last class period of the semester so that a make-up test can be made available during the final examination period.

Attendance Policy:
Students attending less than 75% of classes receive a grade ofFA (failure due to absences) for the class. 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. As a matter of fact, this policy is expressly in your interest, especially in this course, since attendance is essential for understanding and analyzing some of the complex argumentation discussed. (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.) Any student arriving late for class or leaving early from class will be counted absent from that class period.

Anyone missing class is responsible for obtaining the class notes and assignments from a classmate or from the Web resources. Additionally book notes, quizzes, sample tests, and class lectures are online at Finally, be sure to contact your instructor as soon as academic difficulties first arise.

Academic Honesty:
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 posts will be handled in accordance with the Academic Honor Code as presented in the Lander University Student Handbook.

Learning and Physical Disabilities:
``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 her with appropriate documentation. Once she is aware of your disability, she will inform all of your instructors each semester you attend Lander University unless you ask her in writing not to do so.'' Lander Policy Statement.

Telephone: +1 864 388 8885

For on campus students, 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. Be sure to notify your instructor prior to the test date.

Center Telephone +1 864 388 8308
Web address

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 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.'' Lander Policy Statement.

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 (864) 388 8400) or local radio and TV stations. Usually, however, the Internet and Lander's Web Server are available during inclement weather or other emergency. If Lander's Web service is down, the philosophy server will also be down. If access to the Lander domain is not possible immediately prior to a due date for a test or a post, additional time will be allowed for the completion of that assignment.

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 2011-01-05