Class Policies

Be sure to follow all applicable instructions:

  • Failure to do so will adversely affect your grade.
  • If troubles loom, let me know right away so we can avert them.
  • Ask me right away if you are uncertain of anything.
  • If you have suggestions or requests to change anything - let me know in plenty of time.
  • Your continuing enrolment in this class indicates acceptance of these very strict policies.

Class Attendance

  • Attendance is not required.
  • If you do come to class, it is expected that you be prepared to participate.
    • You will have read and thought about all required readings, and will have questions or comments on them.
    • You will have completed all assignments.
  • If you plan to use class time for texting, sleeping, surfing the web, etc. that is your perogative, but please do it elsewhere. Neither snoring nor staring at your lap while clicking gently count as participation.

Paper Submission Requirements

  • Download and use the appropriate file as a framework for your paper.
  • Submit all parts of your assignment in a single file viaCanvas@UD'Assignments'.
    • It is very easy to miss a crucial step inCanvas@UD- make absoultely sure your file has uploaded, saved, and submitted correctly.
    • If you are in any doubt, email me a backup copy of your submission.
  • Don't forget the deadlines!! See 'late submissions' below for an account of the disaster that will result if you are late, and how to avoid it.

Proper Citation

  • Whenever you quote, paraphrase, refer to or otherwise make use of any work, published or not, you must ensure that you cite that work properly - including giving specfic page numbers for specific passages that you refer to, paraphrase, or quote..
  • The exact format you use and whether you use footnotes or collect references together at the end of a paper does not matter. Give enough information so that anyone reading your paper can easily track down all the sources that you have used.
  • You must always give the author’s name, title of the piece and the year of publication.
  • For journal articles also give the journal name and the relevant volume and page numbers. E.g. van Inwagen, Peter (1975). ‘The Incompatibility of Free Will and Determinism’, Philosophical Studies, Vol. 27, pp.185-99.
  • For books give the publisher and the relevant page numbers. E.g. John Perry (1978). A Dialogue on Personal Identity and Immortality. Hackett Publishing Company, Indianapolis. p.15
  • For chapters in books, treat the chapter like a journal article and the book like a book. Remember that the chapter author may be different from the book author (editor) – both should be given.
  • For internet resources, give the name of the site, the author and title of the piece, the URL, and the date you accessed the information.

NB: Use of sources without citation is plagiarism. Academic integrity is taken very seriously at the University of Delaware, and plagiarism is a grave violation of this standard. Be sure you understand what it is and its implications. It may result your failing the class and other sanctions. (Plagiarism detection software may be used.)
Failure to cite properly will result in grade penalties.


  • You must acknowledge anyone who has made any specific effort to help with your project, including your colleagues in a class and your revered professor.
    • To acknowledge general help collect acknowledgements at the end of the paper.
      E.g. "Thanks to David Hume and Mark Greene for comments on a early draft of this paper. Also to Immanuel Kant and students in PHIL-??? for helpful discussion."
    • To acknowledge specific points that you owe to someone else, insert a footnote at the relevant place explaining the contribution.
      E.g. “This question was raised by (personal communication / in conversation / in a lecture on the 15th May…)”.
    • Acknowledge the attempt to help, even if it didn't change the final paper: If in doubt, acknowledge.

Late Submission

  • Late submission and non-submission is a disaster!!!
    • Quizzes
      • Canvas@UD quizzes cannot be submitted after the deadline.
    • Written work (unless otherwise stated in the timetable)
      • Late written work will be accepted, on Canvas@UD, up to 72 hours after the deadline. The late submission penalties are one full grade for work up to 24h late, two full grades from 24-48h late, and three full grades from 48-72h late.
      • Work more than 72h late will not be accepted - it counts as non-submission. That's much worse than an F - a good-faith F gets you about 50% of the available credit, non-submission gets you zero.
    • Exceptions
      • If trouble looms, let me know ahead of time so that we can work something out.
      • My rate of approving exceptions after a deadline currently averages about twice a decade.
  • How to avoid disaster
    • Quizzes
      • Be sure to have a first go at all quizzes as soon as they are available
      • You can continue to refine your answers, saving your work as you go along, until you submit the quiz for grading or the deadline - whichever is sooner.
    • Written work
      • Save some kind of draft version - however sketchy, however incomplete - as soon as you can on Canvas@UD.
      • Save updated versions as you have them.
      • If you feel you must do more work after the deadline - email me to let me know that you intend to submit an improved version (by email). I may then (no guarantees) grade the improved version if it gets to me before I get to your original submission.
      • If you have trouble submitting via Canvas@UD for any reason, or are unsure that it worked, send your file by email BEFORE THE DEADLINE.
    • General
      • Keep Backups!
        • However you submit your work, you must keep backups and be prepared to resubmit if needed. Even if it was my fault that your work got lost, it will become your fault if you cannot supply another copy in a timely fashion.
  • Excuses
    • "Canvas@UD ate my homework"
      • Canvas@UD is the new dog. Like the old dog, it is accused of eating homework far more often than it actually does eat homework.
        Almost all problems are a result of rushing to submit near the deadline and missing a crucial step. So...
        • Be sure you have read and understood the Canvas@UD assignment / quiz submission instructions and that you know what a successfully confirmed submission looks like.
        • Allow plenty of time to to deal with any snags and for Canvas@UD to be slow.
        • Double check that you have completed every step of the submission process and that your completed submission is showing up in Canvas@UD.
    • Failure of your computer or internet connection is not an excuse
      • Leave time to get to a library / other computer if yours fails.
      • If you must travel at the time of a deadline it is your responsibility to ensure that you either submit before you travel or that you will have reliable, fast internet access while you are away (i.e. don't rely on your grandparents' damp string connection to the local telegraph office).
    • Even your own death on the day of the deadline is not a reliable excuse.
      • All assignments have ample availability and you should have something in at least two days ahead of time.


  • All work submitted may be used as an example to help in current or future instruction, or for the purposes of instructor/program review. Work used in this way will be used anonymously.