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Class Policies

The following policies, most of which are generally assumed in most classes at Lander University, are explicitly stated here because these policies help to protect the fairness of the course-offering for the individuals in the class as a whole.
Make-Up Policy: Tests may be made-up only in cases where an emergency situation (e.g., excused illness or accident) prevents you from attending the regularly scheduled period.  Make-up tests are offered during the final examination period.  No test can be exempted. Quizzes cannot be made-up since the reason for dropping the lowest two quiz grades from your average is to allow for excused absences. Students who leave before the end of the class-period will not receive credit for that day’s quiz.  For more on this topic see the FAQ.
Plagiarism: Students are expected to do their own work in this course. To use another writer’s or speaker’s ideas with giving credit by means of standard documentation is plagiarism. Plagiarism in this course results in a failing grade. Cheating or academic dishonesty on test or quizzes results in a failing grade, as well. Students are expected to uphold the Lander University Honor Code as stated in the Lander University Student Handbook.
Class Attendance: Students are expected to attend all classes. In the case of unavoidable absences, you are responsible for making up work done in class. In accordance with University policy, if you attend less than 75% of the scheduled class meetings, you will not receive credit for the course. This policy is in your interest, especially in this course, since attendance is essential for understanding and analyzing some of the complex argumentation discussed. 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. Some book notes and class lectures are online at The Philosophy Majordomo Discussion Lists ( or ) are also a good place to ask for help, especially if you are hesitant to ask a classmate for assistance.  Be sure to contact your instructor if academic difficulties arise.
Learning 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 see Mr. Lafayette Harrison (LC 345, telephone (864) 388-8814) and provide him with appropriate documentation unless you have already done so in the past. Once Mr. Harrison is aware of your disability, he will inform all of your instructors each semester you attend Lander University unless you ask him in writing not to do so.
Closing of the University: If hazardous weather conditions or any other state of emergency necessitate University closing, the information should be available from the Lander automated information system (telephone (864) 388-8400) or any of these other public sources:

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Late Paper Policy: Late book reviews will be accepted; however, the grade will be lowered one letter grade (10 points) after the beginning of the class-period it is due and one letter grade per each class past the due date.

Your General Responsibilities: Our course is not difficult if you keep up with the assigned work.

  • Come to class prepared. 
  • Take notes in class and take notes on assigned reading.
  • Ask questions and seek help at the first sign of difficulty.

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