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:
No tests can be specifically made-up per se during the regular semester in this course even though students might have good reasons for missing class. Thus, prior to the final exam tests cannot be made-up during the regular semester 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 section of the test given during the final examination period. For example, if you had to miss the first test on ``Siddhartha'' because of a medical emergency, your grade on that test would be established by your grade achieved on the section of the test given during the final examination period dealing with ``Siddhartha.''

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.

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. Cases of academic dishonesty will be handled in accordance with the Academic Honor Code as presented in the Lander University Student Handbook.

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. In accordance with University policy, if you attend less than 75% of the scheduled class meetings, you will not receive credit for the course. 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. 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.)

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

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 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.

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. Please notify Gay Coleman, Learning Center 340, telephone +1 864 388 8317 and your instructor prior to the test date.

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 (864) 388 8400) or any of these other public sources including local radio and TV stations:

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:

Lee Archie 2011-01-05