Below are our departmental policies, which apply to students enrolled in our courses:

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We at the Office of First-Year Composition recognize that disabilities can be visible and invisible and are dedicated to creating inclusive classroom environments. If you have a disability or think you may have a disability, we encourage you to contact your instructor so you can work together to develop strategies for your success. 

The Disability Resource Center (DRC) provides support for students with documented disabilities. You may reach the DRC by email at drc@ou.edu or by phone at (405) 325-3852. You may contact the DRC without notifying your instructor if you prefer to keep your disability confidential.

Even if you do not have a documented disability, please consider contacting your instructor if you believe that reasonable steps might be taken to create a more inclusive learning environment.

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You are allowed three unexcused absences without penalty for a course meeting Monday-Wednesday-Friday (MWF) or two unexcused absences for a Tuesday-Thursday (TR) course. 

Each unexcused absence beyond those allowed will result in a flat 5% final grade reduction. For example, if at the conclusion of a MWF course you had five unexcused absences, your final course grade would be lowered by 10%—a full letter grade.

Regardless of if the absences are excused or unexcused, if you miss more than nine MWF classes or 6 TR classes, you will fail the course if you do not withdraw.  

To receive an excused absence, you must provide official documentation reflecting the criteria your instructor notes in the course syllabus. You must provide this documentation to your instructor within two weeks of your absence.

Just because an activity or circumstance is documented does not mean it will be excused. If you are unsure of whether something will count as an excused or unexcused absence, please ask your instructor beforehand whenever possible.  

Documentation for a sponsored university activity (such as intercollegiate athletics) must be provided in advance. 

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For courses under the direction of the Office of First-Year Composition, instructors set their own tardy policies. If you are ever unsure what the tardy policy is for your class, please ask your instructor.

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Your instructor will have selected one of two possible revision policies by the beginning of the semester based on course design and teaching philosophy. This policy will be available in the course syllabus.

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Incomplete Work

Incomplete work, meaning writing that does not meet the minimum count*, may not receive a passing grade. (Your Works Cited does not count toward the word count.) In addition, late/incomplete work cannot be revised.

If a final essay does not meet the minimum length requirement and you have not used your one time, two-calendar day late work extension, you may use your extension on this essay. However, the two-calendar day extension begins on the original due date, meaning that in order for your essay to accepted and graded, you must turn in a complete draft within two days of the original due date. This counts as your one time extension and you will not be able to use it more than once. 

Please consult your instructor's syllabus for the full incomplete work policy that applies to your course.

*The minimum word totals of each essay assignment add up to the minimum amount of polished writing you must complete for this class. Therefore, failing to meet word requirements on your final essays means you have not completed the requirements for this course.

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Late Work

Late work is not accepted for daily homework, in-class assignments, or essay drafts.* 

However, you are allowed one two-calendar day extension for major essay assignments. To use this extension, notify your instructor in writing (email is fine) by the assignment’s original due date. You cannot use this extension for your final project (Unit 4) because of time constraints.

*In cases of documented medical emergency, please contact your instructor for accommodations.

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Academic Integrity

To best understand expectations regarding academic integrity, please visit the Provost’s website, which provides the definitions of academic integrity, plagiarism, collusion, and cheating used by all instructors at the University of Oklahoma.

It is your responsibility to know and act according to the definitions and guidelines on the Provost's website before you submit any work for a grade. If you are still unsure of any concept of academic integrity, please consult your instructor.

The most common violation of academic integrity in First-Year Composition courses is plagiarism*, which the Provost defines as:

  1. Copying words and presenting them as your own writing.
  2. Copying words (even if you give the source) without indicating that they are a direct quotation by enclosing them in quotation marks.
  3. Copying words and then changing them slightly or substituting synonyms (even if you give the source).
  4. Presenting someone else’s ideas as your own, even if you change the wording.

It is also a violation of academic integrity to submit the same work for more than one course, unless you have the express permission of both instructors.

Violations of academic integrity carry penalties up to and including expulsion from the university.

*By necessity, composition instructors are experts at detecting plagiarism. If you are suspected of plagiarizing, your instructor may charge you with either an academic misconduct charge or an admonition. You may contest an admonition by contacting the Student Conduct Office within 15 regular class days of receiving the admonition and denying the charge through an appeals process.

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Meeting for Finals

You are required to attend class during the scheduled final exam day.

This rule applies even if you have already given your final speech for ENGL 1113 or ENGL 1213 in order to be fair to classmates who served as an engaged, attentive audience during your own speech.

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