Seminar on HumeAutumn 1998

Course Policies

Academic Dishonesty:
Cheating will not be tolerated. If academic dishonesty is suspected, it will be reported to the judicial coordinator and to the All University Judicial Board, where appropriate. See the University Policy on Academic Honesty.
Grading scale:
All papers and other work for credit will be graded on the basis of a raw score equal to the percentage of the total number of possible points (100). The final letter grade will be determined by the total raw score. Thus, two people with the same raw scores will receive the same letter grade. The scale of determination, however, is made only at the end of the course, once all the grades are in. Estimates may be offered earlier.
Class attendance:
Students are expected to attend classes. In the unlikely event that a class needs to be canceled (e.g., because of weather), I will try to leave a message on my voice mail (575-5826).
Spelling and Grammar:
Mistakes in spelling and grammar are not appreciated. While no points will be taken off any paper or examination solely for mistakes in spelling or grammar, clarity is important in philosophy and errors in spelling or, particularly, grammar can make writing more difficult to understand. The same applies to illegibility. A paper with such errors may therefore receive a lower grade than it otherwise would, because it may therefore be less clear than it could be. The instructor may disregard any claim made in an ungrammatical sentence.
Any student may request that any paper, examination, or other course work be reevaluated if she or he feels that it has been unfairly or carelessly graded. No penalty will be imposed for taking advantage of this option, of course, but neither is there any guarantee that the grade will not decrease if the work looks inferior on the second reading.
Failure to complete the assigned work on time is not a sufficient reason to be granted a grade of "incomplete" in the course. Giving birth to a child the morning of the final examination is, if a good faith effort has been made up to that point to keep up with the work.

Richard Lee,, last modified: 17 September 1998