Policies and Requirements

Required Text -- Undergraduate Writing in Psychology: Learning to Tell the Scientific Story, R. Eric Landrum, APA Press, 1st edition.

Attendance Policy -- 
Regular attendance and active class participation are expected. You have 3 (three) unexcused absences for any reason at any time during the class.  You will lose 30 points for the fourth unexcused absence, and 10 points each for each additional absence. Come to class on time and be prepared for discussion. If you are absent for any reason, you are still accountable for the work done in class and for the assignments given that day.

Revision Policy -- To keep grading sane and honest, most writing assignments may be revised (the number of revisions is up to the instructor).  This policy allows instructors to grade honestly, protecting their integrity...and students to protect GPAs, safeguarding their sanity.  Revisions must be exhaustive -- everything noted on the assignment must be addressed. Repeated corrections may only be noted the first couple of instances; thereafter, it is up to the student to find and correct remaining instances. Negotiating revision work is not an option. The highest grade earned will be awarded -- this is a writing class, after all, and I avoid complicated calculations.

Ethical Writing Expectations -- The concept is called "authorship"; the behavior is: Do your own work.  It's a pretty straightforward concept, though the behavior is harder to define than it seems.  We will talk about attribution, collaborative writing, and similar ethical dilemmas since these are such crucial practices in the health sciences.  

     Penalty for Plagiarism -- The instructor will call a private meeting with student to determine student's motivation for cheating.  Penalties may include the following:

  1. For Partial Plagiarism -- The student may be allowed to revise document according to the discretion of the instructor.  Additional revision may or may not be allowed.  Full credit for assignment may or may not be given  OR   The student will fail the assignment with no chance of revision (for first offense). 
  2. For Extensive Plagiarism, the first penalty is to fail the assignment with no chance of revision AND report to Student Honor Board (for first offense). 
  3. If plagiarism is discovered a second time, the student will automatically fail the class AND the student will be reported to the Student Honor Court.

Excerpt from the Student Honor Code

Preamble: In adopting this Honor Code, the students of the University of Florida recognize that academic honesty and integrity are fundamental values of the University community. Students who enroll at the University commit to holding themselves and their peers to the high standard of honor required by the Honor Code. Any individual who becomes aware of a violation of the Honor Code is bound by honor to take corrective action. Student and faculty support are crucial to the success of the Honor Code. The quality of a University of Florida education is dependent upon the community acceptance and enforcement of the Honor Code.

The Honor Pledge:

We, the members of the University of Florida community, pledge to hold ourselves and our peers to the highest standards of honesty and integrity by abiding by the Honor Code.

On all work submitted for credit by students at the University of Florida, the following pledge is either required or implied:

"On my honor, I have neither given nor received unauthorized aid in doing this assignment."


(a) Plagiarism. A student shall not represent as the student's own work all or any portion of the work of another. Plagiarism includes but is not limited to:

1. Quoting oral or written materials including but not limited to those found on the internet, whether published or unpublished, without proper attribution.

2. Submitting a document or assignment which in whole or in part is identical or substantially identical to a document or assignment not authored by the student.

(b) Unauthorized Use of Materials or Resources ("Cheating"). A student shall not use unauthorized materials or resources in an academic activity. Unauthorized materials or resources shall include:

1. Any paper or project authored by the student and presented by the student for the satisfaction of any academic requirement if the student previously submitted substantially the same paper or project to satisfy an academic requirement and did not receive express authorization to resubmit the paper or project.

2. Any materials or resources prepared by another student and used without the other student's express consent or without proper attribution to the creator.


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