Header image  
Ms. Vilhotti, Instructor  

Course Policies


Because of the collaborative and cooperative nature of our class, your attendance is crucial.  In ENG 101 students who miss 9 or more 50-minute classes will earn a grade of F.  That is, more than two weeks' worth of absences will result in failure to meet this element of the General Education Requirements, and you will need to repeat the course.  

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 obtains from the moment you are registered in the course.  As is the case for all courses, students experiencing extended medical or family emergencies during the semester should consult with their advisors about seeking a medical drop.

The first two weeks of missed classes will be counted as “excused” absences, and you will be allowed to make up all course work missed.  All make-up work must be submitted within a one-week period from the date of the absence.  If you fail to turn in make-up assignments or if the make-up assignments are of insufficient quality, then your grade will be penalized.  Because this policy includes all types of absences, those defined by the university as “excused” do not have to be cleared by the instructor beforehand.

No matter what the cause of an absence, as a student you are responsible for finding out what material was covered, getting notes, being prepared for class the day you return, and turning in subsequent assignments on time.  Since due dates for major projects are established at the beginning of the semester, and since these projects are developed over a series of class periods, be advised that submitting these projects late will result in a 1/3 letter grade deduction for every day the project is over due.

If you are absent during a scheduled peer review day and have not contacted me at least 2 hours prior to the class, you will be granted a 0% quiz grade for that day.

Tardy Policy

Instructor reserves the right to treat any set of three tardies as one absence. Arriving in class more than five minutes late is considered tardy.

Academic Integrity

Plagiarism is stealing, plain and simple, and I take it very seriously.  It is defined as the copying of 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, as well as 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 informal papers. I will provide you with plenty of training on how to use sources appropriately and we will discuss the finer points of plagiarism together.

The NCSU Policies, Regulations, and Rules on Student Discipline (http://www2.ncsu.edu/prr/student_services/student_conduct/POL445.00.1.htm) 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 the course.

See the Office of Student Conduct website for additional information about academic integrity: http://www.ncsu.edu/student_affairs/osc/AIpage/acaintegrity.html.

Paper Policies


Fortunately or unfortunately for you, I am one of those remaining few teachers who care deeply about grammatically and mechanically correct writing. A "clean" document often indicates a thoroughly revised, edited, and proofread document. It sends the message that someone (hopefully more than one) read, reread, and cares about that document. Finally, a correct document increases the credibility of the writer; if your document is littered with typos and gramatical carelessness, how is the reader expected to trust your data, argumentation, or logic? How will future gramatical carelessness look on resumes, cover letters, inter-office memos, and professional emails? In short, my policy regarding grammar will hurt me more than it will hurt you.

My policy is to take 3 points off each gramatical or mechanical error until a total of 15 points are subtracted. My experience has demonstrated that this policy is an effective motivation for students to thoroughly proofread their final products.

Multiple copies...

Please do not turn in the only copy of a paper to me.  Make sure you have another copy and that you have the paper saved on your USB stick or on your unity space.  Although I will be personally sympathetic to technological horror stories, please know now that your grade will still suffer.  Papers are due at the beginning of the class period on the due date.  Papers submitted late will incur a 1/3 letter grade deduction for each day the draft is over due.  Extensions are granted only on a case-by-case basis and only in instances of emergencies or unforeseeable situations of complication.  “Printer problems,” or even NCSU server errors are not acceptable “excuses” for a late paper.  Sorry.


Follow these guidelines for formatting your papers.  Failure to follow these simple rules will cause your grade to be lowered:

  1. All papers must be typed.
  2. All papers (as with all assignments) should be bound by a staple.
  3. In the upper left-hand corner of the first page, you should place the following information in the order listed below:
  • your name
  • course and section number (ENG 101 Section 013)
  • instructor's name (Ms. Vilhotti)
  • date (written out; i.e. May 8, 2008)
  • project number (for formal papers) or assignment description (for homework or informal papers)
  1. Papers should be double-spaced throughout, including your heading and the title.
  2. Use only a 12-point font, Times New Roman.
  3. Use standard margins: 1” from the top and bottom and 1.25” from the left and right of the page.  Do not right margin justify your documents.
  4. Place your last name and the page number in the upper right hand corner on every page after the first.
  5. All papers should be submitted with a “Works Cited” or “References” page that appears in correct bibliographic format.
  6. All papers must be submitted in a manila folder.
  7. Your name, course title, and section number should appear neatly on the tab of the manila folder.
  8. Please respect page minimums.  If an assignment calls for a 4-6 page product, a 3 and a quarter page paper only serves to incur the irritation of the person grading your paper.

The deal with extra credit

  • Each visit to the writing lab will earn you a 100% to replace your lowest quiz or homework grade.
  • Error analysis logs : if you successfully complete an error analysis log with thought and detail, you can earn up to 5 points extra credit on the project for which you create the log.

Conferences and office hours

A one-on-one meeting is the best way to make genuine headway with your writing.  I hope you do not wait until the last project to realize this.  I am available to meet with you to discuss your work as well as your general progress in the course. If my office hours are inconvenient for you, then please feel free to see me about scheduling an appointment.  I encourage you to take advantage of my office hours. 

The Computers

This is a computer-assisted composition class.  As such, you will be spending a great deal of time working on the computers on the days we are scheduled to meet in the computer classroom.  Here are some rules and helpful hints to make our time in the computer classrooms as productive as possible:

   1. Save documents to your own USB stick and to your unity/AFS space as a back-up.  Do not save to the computer, as any documents left on the computer when you log out are erased. 

   2. I will ask you to turn the computer monitors off when we are engaged in whole-group activities for which the computers are not needed.  Please do not attempt to surf the web, check email, or perform any other tasks on the computers when I have asked for the monitors to be turned off.  Although I too realize how addictive Facebook can be, I tend to find off-task behavior particularly offensive.  Be advised.

   3. Do not download software onto the computers.

   4. When we are drafting and /or editing, you will sometimes need to work with several copies of your work.  Be attentive to the situations when you will not want your original documents altered as part of the classroom activities.

   5. Check for viruses often.  As an NCSU student, you have free access (for home and school) to Norton Antivirus.  You can download it at http://www.ncsu.edu/it/antivirus/.

   6. Open containers of drink and food are not permitted anywhere near the computers.  Store them when entering the computer classroom.

   7. You are only allowed to print with my permission.  Printing is restricted to documents produced by students for English 101 only.