Policies and Procedures


University Policies

Full university policies can be found here.

The 2016-2017 syllabus attachment can be found here.

Program Policies

The program handbook contains a full list of instructor rights and responsibilities. All instructors in the program should be aware of these each year they teach in the program. Additionally, make sure to include the following policies verbatim on your syllabus:

Dates from the Registrar:

Classes begin Jan 17. The nonrestrictive drop/add deadline is Jan 24. The restrictive drop/add deadline is Jan 27. The instructor must sign your add card, so give yourself sufficient time to find the instructor prior to the deadline; however, the instructor is not required to allow you late entry into the course, nor does his or her signature guarantee you a seat. Composition courses are never over-enrolled, nor are seats held for individuals. The W drop/withdraw deadline is April 14. The W/F withdraw deadline is April 28. Class work ends May 5. For more information: http://registrar.okstate.edu/Academic-Calendar.

Students with Disabilities

If you think you have a qualified disability and need special accommodations for this course, you should notify your instructor and request verification of eligibility for accommodations from the Office of Student Disability Services (315 Student Union) as soon as possible. Accommodations for disabilities cannot be made until the instructor receives a verification letter from the SDS office, and accommodations cannot be made retroactively for assignments already completed or absences already accrued. For more information, call 405-744-7116 or go to http://sds.okstate.edu


You are expected to be present every day your class meets, but we do allow a specific number of absences without penalty for unavoidable circumstances that may occur. Absences beyond the limit are considered excessive and result in grade reductions. Students are excused without penalty in the case of jury duty, mandatory military service, university-sanctioned activities, and activities required for classes or scholarships. University-sanctioned activities include a student athlete's participation in official athletic events for Oklahoma State University. (Greek life activities, on the other hand, would not be included.) However, student athletes are still expected to turn in all assignments on time and to make up work as needed within a timeframe agreed on by instructor and student. No other absences will be considered excused, including absences due to illnesses, doctor's appointments, and emergencies. Reductions will be taken on a percentage basis from the total number of points possible in the course. Students are expected to arrive in class on time in order to be counted present. Requests for exemption from this policy must be made in writing to the Program Director. However, exemptions are extremely rare and have been granted only for the most extraordinary circumstances.

 Tues/ Thurs or Mon/ Wed classes: 4 absences without automatic grade reduction, 5 absences = a final grade reduction of 7.5% of the total points possible for the course, 6 absences = a final grade reduction of 15%, and 7 or more absences = failure of the course.

 Mon/Wed/Fri classes: 6 absences without automatic grade reduction, 7 absences = a final grade reduction of 5% of the total points possible for the course, 8 absences = a final grade reduction of 10%, 9 absences = a final grade reduction of 15%, and 10 or more absences = failure of the course.

Missed in-class work

Students absent for university-sponsored activities (which do not include social or Greek-sponsored activities, clubs, or intramural athletics) or mandatory military service may make up work missed due to such absence. Other policies regarding missed in-class work are at the discretion of the instructor.

Late work

Grades of work defined as "late" (coming in after established due date and time) will be reduced by 5% of the total points possible for the assignment each day it is late. Instructors may determine if this policy includes drafts and how weekends will be counted toward the grade reduction. Instructors may reduce the grade on a paper by up to 5% if a conference or peer editing session is missed.

Missing Work

You must complete all required drafts and all final copies of the four major papers in order to receive credit for the course.


According to University Policy, plagiarism is “presenting the written, published or creative work of another as the student's own work. Whenever the student uses wording, arguments, data, design, etc., belonging to someone else in a paper, report, oral presentation, or other assignment, the student must make this fact explicitly clear by correctly citing the appropriate references or sources. The student must fully indicate the extent to which any part or parts of the project are attributed to others. The student must also provide citations for paraphrased materials. ” Plagiarism can result in failure of the course or suspension from the University. For more information, see the policies listed at http://academicintegrity.okstate.edu.



Plagiarism Procedures

Here is an overview of how to handle suspected plagiarism:

  • Include a statement on your syllabus with the definition of plagiarism and its consequences to complement the statement on the program policy sheet.
  • Be sure to discuss the definition of plagiarism and go over the plagiarism statement on the program policy sheet with students in class within the first 2 weeks of each semester.
  • Always require rough drafts, peer editing drafts, and, where appropriate, annotated bibliographies and photocopies of source material.
  • If you believe parts of a paper (or a whole paper) were not written by the student, please begin by conferring with an Assistant Director, the Associate Director, or the Director before confronting the student in order to discuss OSU Academic Integrity Policy and Procedures. 

The Directors and Assistant Directors serve as the academic integrity facilitators for ALL cases related to Composition. 

To charge a student with plagiarism, you must fill out Academic Integrity Violation Notification Form A, then submit the completed form to the student, an Academic Integrity Facilitator, and the Academic Integrity Coordinator (in the Academic Affairs office) within 7 days of the discovery of the alleged violation (and prior to the Resolution Meeting). Depending on your recommended sanction, select either Form B or Form C to bring to the Resolution Meeting (with the instructor, the student, and a facilitator).

Forms and additional information can be found at the following links:

 If you need additional information, please visit the University's Academic Integrity Website.

Writing Center Policies

The Writing Center is a resource for all students, not just those who feel that they struggle with writing. Students are encouraged to make appointments with tutors for any paper for additional feedback. Students can come with questions about existing drafts or come for brainstorming help when they have difficulty starting a paper. At times throughout the semester, instructors may suggest that students visit the Writing Center for additional assistance.

When visiting the Writing Center, it is best to make an appointment in advance, especially during midterms or finals week. For example, if a draft of a paper is due on Friday, students should call on Monday to set up an appointment for Wednesday or Thursday. Basically - plan ahead.

The Writing Center is a useful resource, but it is not a proofreading/editing service and it cannot guarantee any specific grade on a completed paper. Instead of simply proofreading or editing, the goal of the Writing Center is to provide tools that enable students to revise, edit, and proofread their own work. This can be extremely beneficial if students are properly prepared and know what to expect.

Students will need to bring the following items to their scheduled consultations:

  • The assignment sheet provided by the instructor
  • Any rough drafts, prewriting, or process materials
  • Any pertinent instructor comments
  • Specific questions for the consultant

The Writing Center has four locations:

Student Union (Room 440)
Monday  Thursday 9:30 am - 9:30 pm

Friday 9:30 am - 5:30 pm

Room 426
Tuesday 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Wednesday 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Edmond Low Library (Room 306)
Monday: STEM
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Tuesday: Social Sciences and Humanities
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The CASNR Student Success Center (Room 103 of the Agricultural Hall)
Monday  - Friday
11:30 am - 3:30 pm

Edmond Low Library (Rooms 102 Q, R, S)
Monday  - Thursday
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Please visit the Writing Center 's website for additional information: http://osuwritingcenter.okstate.edu/. Please feel free to contact the Writing Center directly with questions.