BE AWARE of the following course-specific and university-wide policies:
- A T T E N D A N C E
- The course requires regular attendance — a significant number of absences from lecture will naturally result in a lower final grade, since most eXperience points (Xp) have a class participation component.
- P R E P A R A T I O N
- You must actively read both ancient primary sources and modern secondary sources (30+ pages) before each class in order to participate in discussion and to write essays, which must conform to essay guidelines available online (see Writing Matters Statement).
- M I S S I N G O R L A T E A S S I G N M E N T S
- In rare cases, the Xp from missing work can be recovered by the end of a unit (most can not). In any case, missed work can be taken as “spares“ (see the Scorecard). The instructor at his own discretion might make exceptions in case of emergency (i.e. medical crisis, act of God). Note that you must complete essays, exercises, quizzes, etc. in order to earn enough Xp to pass the class.
- A C C O M M O D A T I O N
- Please inform me well ahead of time if you foresee any conflict due to a religious holiday, due to a conflicting class, due to a sport or club activity, etc. and I will make every effort to accommodate you (NB the date of the final exam and final grade deadlines are set by the university and cannot be changed).
- A C C E S S I B I L I T Y
- Please inform me at the beginning of the term in case you require any assistance to make the classroom environment accessible (see ADA Statement).
- S A F E T Y & S E C U R I T Y
- Our class spaces, both on campus and on line, must remain safe places to express diverse opinions, free from physical, verbal, or emotional threat (see Title IX Statement). In addition, we must foster your physical, emotional and economic health, including food security. If you find yourself struggling, please contact the dean and please contact me so that we can find the resources to help you succeed.
- A C A D E M I C I N T E G R I T Y
- All class work must be your own; if you demonstrate academic dishonesty or plagiarize, you will receive a 0% for the assignment (and thus will likely fail the course), and you may be reported to the University for further sanctions (see Academic Integrity Statement). In the case of essays, keep your preliminary notes in order to explain the meaning of and sources for everything that you write.
HOWARD UNIVERSITY POLICY STATEMENTS
For definition and clarification of “cheating” and “plagiarism,” please refer to definitions provided by CETLA, by the Howard University Library, and found in the Howard University “Code of Conduct,” all of which detail how cheating, plagiarism, and copyright infringement grievously undermine academic integrity. Penalties for such theft of intellectual property range from a “0” for the assignment or exam (which could lead to a “F” in the course) to possible suspension. Please note the instructor reserves the right to check your work using a plagiarism detector (e.g. Safe Assign on Blackboard).
Writing serves as an essential tool for thinking and communicating in virtually every discipline and profession. Therefore, in this course, I expect you to produce thoughtful and accurate writing — organized, clear, grammatical, and consistent with the conventions of Ancient Studies. If your writing does not meet these standards, I may deduct points or ask you to revise. For assistance with your writing, go to the student section of Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC).
Americans with Disabilities Act
Howard University is committed to providing an educational environment accessible to all students. In accordance with this policy, students who need accommodations because of a disability should contact Special Student Services as soon as possible after admission to the University and/or at the beginning of each semester (+22.214.171.1240). If you need any accommodation as required by the ADA, please document and discuss your disability with me during the first week of classes.
Sex and Gender-Based Discrimination, Harassment and Violence
Howard University is committed to creating a learning and working environment free from discrimination and harassment based on sex, gender, gender expression, gender identity, sexual orientation or marital status. The following forms of conduct are prohibited by the University's Title IX Policy: Sexual Assault, Sexual Harassment, Gender-Based Discrimination or Harassment, Sexual Exploitation, Dating and Domestic Violence, Stalking, Retaliation, and Complicity (any act that knowingly aids, facilitates, or encourages prohibited conduct by another person). It is important that you know the various campus resources and reporting options available to you if you have experienced or have any concerns related to sex or gender-based discrimination, harassment or violence.
You can always speak with a member of University administration, faculty or staff, but be aware that with the exception of Confidential Employees, all Howard University and Howard University Hospital employees and contractors–including faculty members–are considered Responsible Employees and are required to report any information regarding known or suspected prohibited conduct to the Title IX Office (TitleIX@howard.edu or 202-806-2550), no matter how they learn of it.
Confidential Employees include licensed medical, clinical, mental health professionals, or clergy when acting in their professional roles in providing health or religious/spiritual services; and employees providing administrative/operational or related support to these employees. Campus confidential resources include the Interpersonal Violence Prevention Program (202-238-2420), University Counseling Services (202-806-7540), Student Health Center (202-806-7540), Howard University Hospital (202-865-1131), and the Chapel (202-806-7280).
Only students whose names appear on the official course roster are permitted to attend classes. Students who are not registered are not permitted to attend or participate in course activities, do not have access to Blackboard, cannot submit course assignments, and will not receive a grade for this course. It is the students' responsibility to ensure that they are properly registered by the published registration deadline. Requests to add courses after the deadline will not be considered.
HOWARD UNIVERSITY RESOURCES
The Center for Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Assessment (CETLA) provides tutors to assist in a variety of subjects. You can request a tutor online. The Center also provides academic counselors and student success workshops, designed not only to help you stay in school but to excel.
For assistance with writing assignments, even without a referral, you can visit The Writing Center (Locke Hall 100). At the Center you will find tutors and software to help you with a variety of problems — from essay organization to subject-verb agreement. Tutors will not proofread or edit, but they will identify problems, teach you how to solve them, and evaluate your progress (you can schedule an appointment on-line). You can also find further resources at CETLA under Writing across the Curriculum (WAC).
If you encounter technical problems with your email, Blackboard, Bison Web, or some other University-wide technology, contact the help desk (firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com). For information about computer labs, software distribution, IT security, printing, and other topics, see the service catalogue at Enterprise Technology Services (ETS).