Policies

Your enrollment in this course constitutes a contractual agreement to know and follow these policies. They are listed alphabetically. If you have questions or need assistance, I am happy to help.

Academic Honor Principle: “The faculty and students of Dartmouth College recognize the Academic Honor Principle as fundamental to the education process. Any instance of academic dishonesty is considered a violation of the Academic Honor Principle and may subject a student to disciplinary action. Fundamental to the principle of independent learning are the requirements of honesty and integrity in the performance of academic assignments, both in the classroom and outside. Dartmouth operates on the principle of academic honor, without proctoring of examinations. Students who submit work which is not their own or who commit other acts of academic dishonesty forfeit the opportunity to continue at Dartmouth.

The Academic Honor Principle depends on the willingness of students, individually and collectively, to maintain and perpetuate standards of academic honesty. Each Dartmouth student accepts the responsibility to be honorable in the student’s own academic affairs, as well as to support the Principle as it applies to others.”

The Academic Honor Principle specifically prohibits a number of actions. These focus on plagiarism and on academic honesty in the taking of examinations, the writing of papers, and the use of library and computer resources. This list of actions covers the more common violations but is not intended to be exhaustive.

  1. Examinations. Any student giving or receiving assistance during an examination or quiz violates the Academic Honor Principle.
  2. Plagiarism. Any form of plagiarism violates the Academic Honor Principle. Plagiarism is defined as the submission or presentation of work in any form that is not the student’s own, without acknowledgment of the source. With specific regard to papers, a simple rule dictates when it is necessary to acknowledge sources. If a student obtains information or ideas from an outside source, that source must be acknowledged. Another rule to follow is that any direct quotation must be placed in quotation marks, and the source immediately cited. Students are responsible for the information concerning plagiarism found in Sources: Their Use and Acknowledgment, available in the Deans’ Offices and on Dartmouth’s website at http://www.dartmouth.edu/~sources/.
  3. Use of the same work in more than one course. Submission of the same work in more than one course without the prior approval of all professors responsible for the courses violates the Academic Honor Principle. The intent of this rule is that a student should not receive academic credit more than once for the same work product without permission. The rule is not intended to regulate repeated use of an idea or a body of learning developed by the student, but rather the identical formulation and presentation of that idea. Thus, the same paper, computer program, research project or results, or other academic work product should not be submitted in more than one course (whether in identical or rewritten form) without first obtaining the permission of all professors responsible for the courses involved. Students with questions about the application of this rule in a specific case should seek faculty advice.

Further information can be found on the college website here.

Attendance and timeliness: Plan to attend every class and arrive early or on time for each class. I take attendance every day when class starts.

  • Absences: As your number of absences and/or latenesses increases, it lowers your in-class class participation grade. Contact me immediately if you are seriously ill or have an emergency that will require you to miss class and we will work together to come up with a plan.
  • 2 freebie days off: Each student is allotted 2 free days off from class, for any reason, with no penalty to your grade. After your 2nd absence, each additional absence lowers your final course grade by 2%. (For example: if you have a 95% in the class, your 3rd absence makes that a 93%.). SAVE FREEBIE DAYS for sickness, for the end of the term when you need a day off to catch up on work or sleep, or for when you know ahead of time you will need a day for travel. Your presence in class is crucial to our ability to create a class learning community of readers, writers, and analysts. Just by being in the classroom, you’ll learn and will have a better chance of earning an A in the course. So when in doubt, even if you’re not caught up on the reading, come to class! If you have a chronic illness or emergency that requires extended absence please communicate with me regularly and collect documentation of your circumstances.
  • If you miss class for any reason: you are responsible for getting the notes that you missed and your homework assignment from a classmate. If you ask me for that information, I will kindly ask you to ask a classmate. I am happy to discuss questions you have about that material.
  • Lateness: 4 tardies = 1 full absence that counts toward the absence policy described above. I will mark you late if you arrive in class once we have begun to address the day’s course material or lesson.

Be respectful: This course will raise interesting questions about politics, religion, nationality, race, ethnicity, sexuality/gender, and other polarizing topics. While I hope you will express your opinions on these issues when they pertain to our course content and debate them with the class, I ask that you do so in a culturally and politically sensitive manner that respects differing opinions, especially among your classmates.

Course websites: This course has 3 websites, each used for a distinct purpose. This website (https://leunerwinter17.wordpress.com) is our primary course website for our course calendar, linked readings, and assignment descriptions. We will blog on hastac.org in our class group (called “COLT 18.02 ‘Humanist in the Computer'”) to participate in a larger academic community working on and thinking about DH topics. We will use our Canvas site for turning in assignments, receiving feedback on assignments, and distributing grades.

Disability Services: If you have a disability and need classroom or learning accommodations for that disability, contact Student Accessibility Services (SAS) at 603-646-3727 or Student.Accessibility.Services@dartmouth.edu. The SAS office is located at 6174 Collins Center, Suite 205, Hanover, NH 03755 (M-F, 8am-4:30pm). If your disability is undocumented, SAS can help you with that – contact them immediately.

Discrimination and Sexual Harassment: Our class will not discriminate in any way on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, or political beliefs. Anyone who does engage in any of these forms of discrimination will be asked to leave the class. The Dartmouth College sexual harassment policy applies to every student, staff, and faculty member. If you believe that you have been discriminated against or sexually harassed and you feel unsafe, go to a safe place immediately and contact 911 (Hanover Police) or the Dartmouth Dept. of Safety and Security (DoSS) 603-646-3333 (24-hour emergency response).

*If you are the victim of sexual assault, I urge you to contact Heather Lindkvist at 603-646-0922. She is Dartmouth’s Title IX Coordinator and her job is to help you learn your resources and options (including investigation and reporting) if you think you may have encountered sex discrimination or sexual assault. SAAP can also help you with these decisions. If you disclose to me that you are a victim of sexual assault, I am required to report that to the Title IX Coordinator.

Additional Resources, perhaps put these in your phone:

  • Safe Ride (9pm-4am): 603-646-4000, 603-646-3333 (emergency). Safe Ride can take you directly to the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center.
  • Safety & Security Counselor-on-Call 24/7: 603-646-3333, emergency response
  • SAAP (Sexual Assault Awareness Program, M-F 8am-5pm): 603-646-9414
    • NOT 24/7. Staff from SAAP can provide emotional support, help you process the incident, talk with you about your options (medical, emotional, safety, transportation, No Contact Orders, housing, academics, legal, judicial, etc.), connect you with the various resources, accompany you on your visits and support you through any of these processes.
  • WISE: 1-866-348-9473 (24-hour Crisis Hotline, not affiliated with Dartmouth) – WISE is the local sexual assault and domestic violence shelter. They provide a 24-hour confidential crisis hotline.

Email me (Kirstyn.j.leuner@dartmouth.edu) if you have further questions about this and I will promptly direct you to the resources you need.

Email Policy: All Dartmouth students receive an email account from the college that is an official means of sending information to students. Students are responsible for maintaining this email address and ensuring that communication can be received and sent. Please check your email daily! I will send important updates by email regularly. Your Dartmouth email address will be used as an official method of communication in this course and will be used frequently.

Grades: I always want to work with you to help you meet our learning objectives and succeed in this course. The grades I give for an assignment are non-negotiable; however, don’t hesitate to check my math if you suspect I’ve made a calculation error.

A 94-100 Outstanding work on every front that shows mastery of the material, a polished final product, and real thoughtfulness that meets and/or exceeds my expectations for the assignment. Bravo.
A- 90-93 Excellent work.
B+ 87-89 Very good work. Really, believe me!
B 84-86 You did a good job. Solidly above average and a good grade.
B- 80-83 Above average work that strives to be good and that succeeds in some areas and needs help in others.
C+ 77-79 Average work that shows slightly more than average effort but that needs help in many areas to be “good.”
C 74-76 Average work that meets the barest requirements of the assignment and needs help in most areas in order to be “good.”
C- 70-73 Below average effort/work that needs attention to meet the requirements for the assignment.
D+ 67-69 Well below average and needs serious attention.
D 64-66 You did not fulfill the most minimal requirements of the assignment.
D- 60-63 You failed the assignment to a great extent.
F 0-59 = Fail. Don’t go here.

Incompletes: “A student who is not able to take a final examination or otherwise complete a course on time due to illness or other compelling cause must work with the instructor and the Dean of the College Office to make arrangements for an Incomplete well in advance of the examination or other deadline.” (http://www.dartmouth.edu/~reg/regulations/undergrad/working-rules.html)

Office hours: You are always welcome in my office during office hours or by appointment to discuss academic topics or go over drafts of your work. I cannot look over drafts over email; one-on-one feedback works best. I aim to be extremely available to help online or in person. However, I cannot promise to respond to emailed questions or concerns the night before an assignment is due. To that end, I emphasize: start projects early and get help early! You can book a time-slot during office hours to protect it, and these time-slots are your best bet for one-on-one concentrated assistance on projects. Students who start early and come to me for help can usually elevate the quality of their project, learn more, and achieve a better grade.

Religious holidays: If you celebrate a religious holiday that conflicts with class, please let me know with as much advance warning as possible and we will make arrangements for you to be excused.

Technology and laptops: I encourage you to use laptops, tablets, and other relevant technology for taking notes, collaboration, reading, and researching during class-time in ways that help you learn and relate to our course material and the specific topic under discussion. I consider smart phones to be too small to be helpful technology and used on a regular basis for accessing the text in class. Smart phones are not acceptable devices for in-class use. They must be turned off or on silent and stowed in your bag during class.

  • Non-academic use of technology during class-time, such as texting, Facebook, emailing, chatting, non-academic surfing, doing other homework, and gaming, is forbidden and will result in your being excused from class immediately and you will be marked absent for the day. I enforce this rule starting on day 1.
  • Help! I’m feeling the urge to text, message, or Facebook during class. What can I do? Answer: class-related online fidgeting! You can Tweet to your classmates a question about class material, Google related content and surf around the web for things that can add to our class discussion, look at Wikipedia entries for the authors or texts we are talking about, Tweet lines from the text that we’re reading that you like or that you think are funny or important, respond to a classmate’s blog post or a lesson that I’ve posted on our course website, write a blog post of your own during class on the content we’re covering that’s related to our in-class workshops or discussion, or anything else you can think of. Don’t give in to the urge — fidget with our course material instead! We will practice this and there will be rewards for quality academic fidgeting in addition to the knowledge you are gaining during fidgets.
  • Turning in assignments and our extension and late-work policy: Plan to turn in your assignments on time or early as directed – I will always give you explicit instructions. Work that is not submitted by the due date and day/time without my authorization will be docked full letter grade for each day that it is late.
  • To obtain my authorization for an extension, you must petition me at least 48 hours in advance of the deadline with an email request that includes a new due date, to which I will hold you according to this policy. Easy, right?
  • Backup your files!: We all know that technology has a way of failing when you need it most, so be sure to save drafts and copies of your final document on an external hard drive or to a cloud service, or just email them to yourself as a backup file. I recommend and currently use free cloud storage in Dropbox (https://www.dropbox.com) for important documents, and I know that there are other free services like this available online that are not dropbox, so use the service or backup technology that suits you best. Do this for all of your coursework, not just this class.

Wellness policy: Eat well, try get 8 hours of sleep every night, wash your hands a lot, use hand sanitizer in the library and other busy campus facilities, exercise, and take care of yourself when you’re under the weather. Being ill makes learning (and everything else!) more difficult and far less enjoyable. Stay in touch with me via email when you are ill or not your best self, and I will help you be successful in this course to the best of my ability.