Class Policies:

Required Text

This is a Zero Textbook Cost course. Reading assignments will be handed out in class or posted on Blackboard. Please bring paper and something to write with to each class.


You should keep a folder or binder with all of the hard copies of your written work, organized by date. When you submit final drafts and the writing portfolio, you will also need to submit copies of earlier drafts with my comments to get credit for your revisions.


You will turn in some of your assignments on Blackboard, and some of your reading assignments will be posted on Blackboard. You will also participate in discussion boards on the Blackboard course site. Extra credit may be available for helpful comments on your classmates’ discussion board posts—we will discuss this in class. If you have any problems accessing Blackboard, please let me know.

(Note about Blackboard: You must use your CCNY email address in Blackboard. [Log in to the CCNY Portal, click Blackboard, and Update Email in the Tools menu.] If you add a non-CCNY domain email address, you will not receive important course announcements.)

Computers & Digital Devices

Please no cell phones on desks. Computers/tablets are for in-class activities only.

Food & Drink

If it is not a distraction, it’s fine.


All assignments must be double-spaced, use a 12pt. font, Times New Roman, be submitted in .doc or PDF, include MLA citations and a fitting title.

Late Work

For each day an assignment is late, your grade drops one letter.


Academic dishonesty is prohibited at CCNY.

CCNY’s Statement on Community Standards



Students are expected to attend every class session of this course and to be on time. You are allowed one unexcused absence. Since this class only meets once a week missing one class is the equal of two classes. If you miss more than these classes, your final grade will be dropped by one-half of one letter (a 90 to an 85, for example) for every additional absence. If you miss more than five classes, you will not be able to pass the course. Consistent late arrivals and early departures will be converted into absences when appropriate. I will notify you by email if course absences (for full or partial classes) are having an impact on your grade. If you have special circumstances, please see me. I’m happy to work with you to help you complete this course. 


Student Support Services Program, NAC 6/148


SSSP invites new students, especially incoming freshmen and transfers at the start of fall, to join us up to our 500-student cap.  SSSP students should be either first-generation college students OR have a family income below a certain threshold.  SEEK students are not eligible to join as SSSP’s services in many ways mirror SEEK’s.  To apply, complete the application at  https://www.ccny.cuny.edu/sssp/sssp_application. Accepted students have full access to SSSP’s services, which include academic advising, personal counseling, and tutoring in the Academic Resource Center in Marshak 1104.  Tutoring supports all disciplines, and offers SSSP students the only online, 24/7 writing review service currently offered at City. Students requesting in-person writing tutoring are assigned to the same tutor for a series of meetings which can be weekly or customized to the students’ schedule of due dates.

Gateway Advising Center, NAC 1/220


Students without a declared major can receive academic advising, especially if you have questions about your course of study, core requirements, etc.

AccessAbility Center, NAC 1/218


The AccessAbility Center/Student Disability Services (AAC/SDS) ensures full participation and meaningful access to all of City College’s services, programs, and activities.

The Writing Center, NAC, Third Floor (entrance off the Amsterdam Avenue plaza)


The City College Writing Center offers one-on-one assistance for students working on writing assignments and projects from any discipline.

SEEK Peer Academic Learning Center, NAC 4/224


Offers counseling and peer tutoring for students in need of academic and financial support who have registered for the SEEK Program.

The Counseling Center


The Counseling Center at CCNY offers individual and group counseling and crisis intervention to students. Students will meet with a counselor for an intake appointment during which time the counselor will discuss the student’s concerns and help to identify an appropriate plan for treatment.

Public Safety


The Department of Public Safety is located in NAC 4/201. The general information number is 212 650 6911. The emergency number is 212 650 7777

Need help with the Commons? Visit our
help page
Send us a message
Skip to toolbar