Course Policies


The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has had a student-led honor system for over 100 years. Academic integrity is at the heart of Carolina and we all are responsible for upholding the ideals of honor and integrity. The student-led Honor System is responsible for adjudicating any suspected violations of the Honor Code and all suspected instances of academic dishonesty will be reported to the honor system. You can find more information, including your responsibilities as a student, in the Instrument of Student Judicial Governance(ISJG).

In this class, we expect your full participation and observance of the Honor Code. All academic work in this course, including response papers, essays, quizzes, and exams, is to be your own. It is your responsibility if you have any doubt to confirm whether or not collaboration is permitted. At UNC, plagiarism is defined as “the deliberate or reckless representation of another’s words, thoughts, or ideas as one’s own without attribution in connection with submission of academic work, whether graded or otherwise” (ISJG Section II.B.1.). We are required to report any honor code offense to the Honor Court. Because it is considered a form of cheating, the Office of the Dean of Students can punish students who plagiarize with course failure and suspension. Full information can be found on the UNC Honor System page (

à If you think you are running into trouble with an assignment, PLEASE come and speak with one of us. It is much better to take a late penalty on an assignment than to risk Honor Court proceedings.


UNC’s Accessibility Resources and Service Office (ARS) works with students to facilitate reasonable accommodations, including resources and services, for students with disabilities, chronic medical conditions, a temporary disability or pregnancy complications resulting in difficulties with accessing learning opportunities. Please contact ARS if you anticipate needing such accommodations: In addition, please notify us as soon as possible so that appropriate arrangements can be made. Additionally, all students are welcome – and encouraged! – to seek support services through the Learning Center ( and the Writing Center (

*Language about these official policies is drawn from UNC’s recommended syllabus statements: here and here.

Technology: Use whatever tools you’d like to take notes during class. Just be mindful of how those tools are facilitating your attention and learning in class. It’s our responsibility as a group to keep class time productive and engaging.

Weather & Illness: Please check the UNC website for weather advisories; we will follow their lead re: canceling class. If the university closes, we will try to arrange us to have a Zoom discussion of the readings for the day.

Students Who Are Primary Caregivers: If you are a primary caregiver, and your care arrangement falls through, feel free to a) bring your kids to class or b) Zoom into class. While this shouldn’t be a regular caregiving solution, we are happy to make accommodations when needed.

Students with Disabilities: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ensures that no qualified person shall by reason of a disability be denied access to, participation in, or the benefits of, any program or activity operated by the University.  Each qualified person* shall receive reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access to educational opportunities, programs, and activities in the most integrated setting appropriate. In compliance with UNC policy and federal law, qualified students with disabilities are eligible to receive “reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access to education opportunities, programs, and activities” ( If you anticipate such accommodations, please notify me as soon as possible so that appropriate arrangements can be made. Additionally, you may seek out student support services at the Department of Disability Services (DDS) ( and through the Learning Center (

* Even if you do not have an official diagnosis, we are happy to make accommodations for those who need them. Please let us know.

Nondiscrimination Policy: This university does not discriminate against its students or employees based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, or disability. It is the policy of UNC-Chapel Hill that sexual orientation be treated in this same manner. In this class we will strive to maintain an open atmosphere with shared respect for differences.

Writing Center: This is an outstanding resource. Check out these on-line handouts for help writing your papers. You may also set up an appointment with a writing counselor: plan in advance, as they do get booked.