Policies and Procedures

Program Policies

Dates from the Registrar

Classes begin January 13. The nonrestrictive drop/add deadline is January 21. The restrictive drop/add deadline is January 24. 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 10. The W/F withdraw deadline is April 24. Class work ends May 1. 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


Instructors who are teachaing face to face during Fall 2020 must keep attendance records and seating charts for contact tracing No instructor on campus may enforce attendance policies for punative measures during fall 2020. 

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 no more than 5% if a conference or peer editing session is missed.


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.



Avoiding Plagiarism 

College can be a demanding and stressful environment, which may make meeting the requirements of an assignment difficult at times. If you are having difficulty completing an assignment, meeting with your instructor and visiting the Writing Center are very productive ways to get back on track. Seeking help from Student Disability Services and from University Counseling Services can be very beneficial as well, depending on your needs. Regardless of where you seek assistance, it is always better to communicate with your instructor when you realize you are having trouble completing rather than copying someone else's work. Submitting your own work is not only a better choice ethically, but you will get more out of the course and grow more as a writer if you do.

Writing Center

The Writing Center is a resource for all students, staff, and faculty, not just those who feel that they struggle with writing. Clients are encouraged to make appointments with consultants for any paper for additional feedback. Clients 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 clients 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, clients 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

Please visit the Writing Center 's website for information on locations and hours: http://osuwritingcenter.okstate.edu/.