First-Year Writing Program Policies
Criteria for Evaluation of Writing in English 100, 101, and 202.
Assignments in ENG 100, 101, and 202 are designed to develop students’ understanding of, and facility with, practices of critical reading and writing in academic communities. In evaluating students’ formal written work, instructors look for a purposeful response to the audience and situation, a clear and logical argument, thoughtful use of textual evidence, and effective use of appropriate formal and stylistic conventions. These criteria are based on the ENG 100 and 101 course objectives, which support NC State’s General Education Program for Writing, Speaking, and Information Literacy, and are grounded in the Outcomes for First-Year Composition adopted by the Council of Writing Program Administrators in 2000.
Successful writing in ENG 100 and 101 demonstrates critical thinking and rhetorical awareness in the areas described below. Instructors adapt these general criteria to the specifics of individual assignments when developing peer review guidelines, grading rubrics, and other course materials.
Logic and Argument
Formal and Stylistic Conventions
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All courses in the First-Year Writing Program (ENG 100, 101, and 202) follow the same absence policy. Because of the collaborative and cooperative nature of these courses, class attendance is crucial. During the regular semester, students who accrue more than two weeks' worth of absences as defined by the learning environment will fail with a grade of F.
More than two weeks' worth of absences will result in failure to meet the Introduction to Writing component of the General Education Requirement, and students will need to repeat the course.
For the purposes of accrual, this policy does not distinguish between "excused" and "unexcused" absences, even in the case of emergencies. All absences count toward the total number, and this policy begins as soon as students are registered in the course. Students experiencing extended medical or family emergencies during the semester should consult with the instructor about seeking a medical drop.
While all absences count toward the absence limit, students will be allowed to make up missed coursework in accordance with the university’s excused absence policy. Instructors will establish make-up assignments, standards for evaluation for these assignments, and a reasonable period after the absence within which they must be turned in. Student grades may be affected if students fail to turn in make-up assignments or if the make-up assignments are of insufficient quality.
Students are responsible for catching up on all missed work. Due dates for major assignments are established at the beginning of the semester and absence from class does not affect these due dates or potential late assignment penalties.
Learning Environment Updates for Spring 2021
First-Year Writing Courses will be offered in three learning environments in Spring 2021: Hybrid, Online Synchronous, and Online Asynchronous. See this page for descriptions of each format.
Hybrid and Online Synchronous Courses
These course formats require students to attend classes during regularly scheduled times. Students are expected to attend these course meetings as they are scheduled, in-person or remotely. Missed class meetings may accrue as absences.
Online Asynchronous Courses
This course format does not follow a regularly scheduled meeting pattern, though instructors may offer optional synchronous meeting times with students. Students are required to complete assignments on time to fulfill instructors’ attendance expectations. Missed or late assignments may accrue as absences.
Plagiarism is defined as copying the language, phrasing, structure, or specific ideas of others and presenting any of these as one's own, original work; it includes buying papers, having someone else write your papers, and improper citation and use of sources. When you present the words or ideas of another (either published or unpublished) in your writing, you must fully acknowledge your sources. Plagiarism is considered a violation of academic integrity whenever it occurs in written work, including drafts and homework, as well as for formal and final papers.
Revealing or sharing another student's course work to which he or she may have access as a member of the class is considered a form of academic dishonesty prohibited by the Code of Student Conduct. As a condition for enrollment in this class, students may only share another student's course work with third parties after obtaining the express consent of the student author and the course instructor. 'Sharing with third parties' includes posting or causing the course work to be posted on social-networking or other websites. Violations of this condition will be reported to the Office of Student Conduct, which may take further action.
The NCSU Code of Student Conduct sets the standards for academic integrity at this university and in this course. Students are expected to adhere to these standards. Plagiarism and other forms of academic dishonesty will be handled through the university's judicial system and may result in failure for the project or for the course.
Instructors may ask students to sign the Academic Integrity Pledge below:
Policy on Honors Credit
The First-Year Writing Program does not offer special Honors versions of ENG 101 or participate in Student-Initiated Honors Contracts. Honors enhancements typically involve the addition of independent research and writing. Because writing and research form the core of ENG 101 and the expectations in those areas are already quite extensive, this course is not an appropriate place for honors enrichment. ENG 101 is designed as an introduction to college-level discourse for all students entering the university community.
Permission to audit first-year writing courses is provided only in exceptional circumstances.
Any student who wishes to audit a course offered by the First-Year Writing Program, including ENG 100, 101, or 202, must obtain approval from the Director of First-Year Writing prior to the first day of any term in which the student is seeking to audit a course.
Additionally, students seeking to audit ENG 100, 101, or 202 should be aware of NC State’s Policies, Rules, and Regulations on auditing courses (REG 02.20.04), which state, in part, that “the degree to which an auditor must participate in class beyond regular attendance is optional with the teacher; any such requirements should be clearly explained in writing to the auditor at the beginning of the semester.” As such, a contractual agreement that establishes clear expectations for the auditor’s participation / class involvement must be signed by the course instructor and the prospective auditor prior to the first day of any term in which the student is seeking to audit a course.
Note that degree-seeking students at NC State must earn a grade of C- or better in ENG 101 (and ENG 202 for appropriate transfer students) in order to satisfy the Introduction to Writing component of the University’s General Education Program (GEP).
Credit earned by audit may not be used to satisfy the Introduction to Writing component of the GEP.
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Maintaining Class Enrollment Caps
The First-Year Writing Program is invested in a high-quality experience for all of its students. Because this experience is heavily dependent on class size, it is the policy of the First-Year Writing Program not to override the number of available seats offered, as specified in the Schedule of Courses, in any section of our courses (ENG 100, ENG 101, and ENG 202).
Inquiries concerning this policy should be addressed to the Director of the First-Year Writing Program, not to individual course instructors.
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Permission to Conduct Research
The First-Year Writing Program at NC State recognizes the importance of research on the teaching of writing. All researchers, including faculty, staff, and students, on- and off-campus, regardless of funding support, must secure Program permission before soliciting participants and beginning data collection. Please see our full policy here which outlines the process and criteria for human-subjects reasearch and research exempt from Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval.
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