Course Expectations and Policies

Course policies

Know The Rules

1) For reading assignments, read authors’ explanatory footnotes and scan their sources. 

2) No written assignments will be accepted late unless cleared, for good and documented reason, in advance.

3) No assignments will be accepted by e-mail unless cleared, for good reason, in advance.

4) All written assignments must be typed, in standard font and margins, and stapled.  Number your pages.

5) Extra credit opportunities exist. You are responsible for keeping up with events on campus or in the area and letting the class know about them in advance, so that you may write a one-page analysis of them.

6) If, in any of your written assignments, you use information or ideas from other sources, whether you are quoting or merely paraphrasing, you must cite those sources. This is true even when your sources are interviewees for oral histories. Failure to cite will be counted as plagiarism and will result in a failing grade. 

7) You may choose your citation style—whether MLA, Chicago, Turabian, APA, AMA, CBE, Harvard, or any other—but you must remain consistent.  Do not mix styles.


Community standards


1) I will be very disappointed if, at some time during the semester, you don’t find extremely distasteful or disagreeable a comment made by me or a classmate. Argue—defend your position, demonstrating your knowledge of history and showing respect. Name-calling is not educational. Neither is hate speech—which will not be tolerated.  

2) The best way to show your respect is by listening. Cultivate good listening skills, if you have not done so already.

3) Bring your book to class. If you don’t bring the current text, you should stay home.  This is part of your participation grade.

4) Please ask questions. 

5) Arriving late and leaving early are unacceptable and will be counted as absences. If you have job, class, registration, or childcare conflicts, you will probably need to drop the class.  Non-emergency healthcare visits are not valid reasons for absences or for missing parts of class.

6) Turn off your computers, cell phones, and other media devices during class. If seen using your cell phone during class time—or reading a newspaper, magazine, or other material unrelated to our work—you will lose a full letter off your participation grade.


Academic integrity


Academic integrity will be strongly enforced in this course. Any student caught cheating on any assignment will be given an F grade for the course and will be reported to the Office Student Standards and Accountability. Cheating is defined in the Standards for Student Conduct WAC 504-26-010 (3). It is strongly suggested that you read and understand these definitions.

Plagiarism or cheating of any kind will result in your failing the course.(See the WSU Student Handbook on Academic Dishonesty).Academic honesty is much easier to achieve than academic dishonesty, if only you observe Course Policy 6 above: whenever you use someone else’s information or ideas, cite the source.

            If you write a five-sentence paragraph and use a source for all five sentences, then you must cite that source in every sentence.  If you cite your source only at the end of the paragraph, then you have plagiarized the first four sentences (unless you use a style that permits this), and your grade will be affected.  This is not negotiable, and you are expected to know the rules.

Students with Disabilities


Students with Disabilities: Reasonable accommodations are available for students with a documented disability. If you have a disability and need accommodations to fully participate in this class, please either visit or call the Access Center (Washington Building 217; 509-335-3417) to schedule an appointment with an Access Advisor. All accommodations MUST be approved through the Access Center. For more information contact a Disability Specialist on your home campus:

Pullman or WSU Online: 509-335-3417


Safety and Emergency Notification


Washington State University is committed to enhancing the safety of the students, faculty, staff, and visitors. It is highly recommended that you review the Campus Safety Plan ( and visit the Office of Emergency Management web site ( for a comprehensive listing of university policies, procedures, statistics, and information related to campus safety, emergency management, and the health and welfare of the campus community.



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