General Stuff You Should Know about This Class and UT

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English Composition and Writing Flag Course (Core Component 010)

This course may be used to fulfill three hours of the communication component of the university core curriculum and addresses the following four core objectives established by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board: communication skills, critical thinking skills, teamwork, and personal responsibility.

Grading Policy

Your grade will be based 40% on in-class participation (including attendance), 40% on your written contributions to the course wiki (including both your original contributions and your contributions to team efforts), and 20% on individual in-class writing assignments ("quizzes"). "Plus or minus grades will be used for the final class grade." [For some reason, the State of Texas requires me to state this!] There will be no final exam. "No single assignment will count for more than 20% of the final grade." [The State of Texas also requires this!]

Required and Recommended Materials

There are no required materials other than what will be distributed in class or made available through the course wiki. Recommended materials will be linked or referenced to the wiki.

University of Texas Honor Code

The core values of The University of Texas at Austin are learning, discovery, freedom, leadership, individual opportunity, and responsibility. Each member of the university is expected to uphold these values through integrity, honesty, trust, fairness, and respect toward peers and community. For more information, see this link.

Much of the work in this course will be done in collaboration with other students. It is important that any work that you submit accurately credit the contributions of others, if any.

Documented Disability Statement

If you require special accommodations, you must obtain a letter that documents your disability from the Services for Students with Disabilities area of the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (471-6259 voice or 471-4641 TTY for users who are deaf or hard of hearing). Present the letter to me at the beginning of the semester so we can discuss the accommodations you need. No later than five business days before an exam, you should remind me of any testing accommodations you will need. For more information, visit

Religious Holidays

By UT Austin policy, you must notify me of your pending absence for an exam at least fourteen days prior to the date of observance of a religious holy day. If you must miss an exam in order to observe a holy day, I will give you an opportunity to take a make-up exam.

Behavior Concerns Advice Line (BCAL)

If you are worried about someone who is acting differently, you may use the Behavior Concerns Advice Line to discuss by phone your concerns about another individual’s behavior. This service is provided through a partnership among the Office of the Dean of Students, the Counseling and Mental Health Center (CMHC), the Employee Assistance Program (EAP), and The University of Texas Police Department (UTPD). Call 512- 232-5050 or visit

Emergency Evacuation Policy

Occupants of buildings on the UT Austin campus are required to evacuate and assemble outside when a fire alarm is activated or an announcement is made. Please be aware of the following policies regarding evacuation:

  • Familiarize yourself with all exit doors of the classroom and the building. Remember that the nearest exit door may not be the one you used when you entered the building.
  • If you require assistance to evacuate, inform me in writing during the first week of class.
  • In the event of an evacuation, follow my instructions or those of class instructors.
  • Do not re-enter a building unless you are given instructions by the Austin Fire Department, the UT Austin Police Department, or the Fire Prevention Services office.