I am committed to the principle of inclusive learning. This means that our classroom, our virtual spaces, our practices, and our interactions be as inclusive as possible. Mutual respect, civility, and the ability to listen and observe others carefully are crucial to inclusive learning.
The college welcomes requests for accommodations related to disability and will grant those that are determined to be reasonable and maintain the integrity of a program or curriculum. To make such a request or to begin a conversation about a possible request, please contact the Office of Academic Access and Disability Resources, which is located in the Center for Teaching and Learning in the E.H. Little Library: Beth Bleil, Director, firstname.lastname@example.org, 704-894-2129; or Alysen Beaty, Assistant Director, email@example.com, 704-894-2939. It is best to submit accommodation requests within the drop/add period; however, requests can be made at any time in the semester. Please keep in mind that accommodations are not retroactive.
Students at Davidson College abide by an Honor Code. The principle of academic integrity is taken very seriously and violations are treated gravely. What does academic integrity mean in this course? Essentially this: when you are responsible for a task, you will perform that task. When you rely on someone else’s work in an aspect of the performance of that task, you will give full credit in the proper, accepted form.
Another aspect of academic integrity is the free play of ideas. Vigorous discussion and debate are encouraged in this course, with the firm expectation that all aspects of the class will be conducted with civility and respect for differing ideas, perspectives, and traditions. When in doubt (of any kind) please ask for guidance and clarification.
Your continual engagement with the readings and activities is essential to the success of DIG 401. Daily attendance is required. I understand that you may have to miss class, due to an illness or emergency. Therefore you may miss 1 classes without directly lowering your grade, no questions asked. Except in the case of verifiable hardship, each absence after the first will bring down my wrath upon you.
Late Work Policy
Due dates are listed on the calendar. Work handed in after these deadlines will be considered late and marked down a letter grade for each day late. Extensions must be approved a week in advance.
While this course embraces the digital world it also recognizes that digital tools and environments complicate personal interactions. Studies have shown that students who use laptops in class often receive lower grades than those who don’t. Even more worrisome are studies that show laptop users distract students around them. I permit laptops and tablets in class, but only when used for classroom activities, such as taking notes, accessing reading materials, or playing with code. Occasionally I may ask students to turn off all digital devices.
Late arrivals or early departures from class are disruptive and should be avoided.