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Academic Calendar

Fall Semester 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012
Labor Day (No Classes) Sept. 7 Sept. 6 Sept. 5
Ranger Welcome – New Freshman Orientation Sept. 1 Aug. 31 Sept. 6
Instruction Begins Sept. 2 Sept. 2 Sept. 7
December Graduation Application Deadline October 1 October 1 October 1
Thanksgiving Recess Nov. 26-29 Nov. 25-28 Nov. 24-27
Instruction Ends Dec. 16 Dec. 16 Dec. 16
Commencement Dec. 20 Dec. 19 Dec. 18
Final Examinations Dec. 17-23 Dec. 17-23 Dec. 17-23
Winterim Session 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012
Instruction begins Dec. 28 Jan. 3 Dec. 27
Instruction ends Jan. 16 Jan. 15 Jan. 14
Spring Semester 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012
Martin Luther King Day (No Classes) Jan. 18 Jan. 17 Jan. 16
Instruction Begins Jan. 19 Jan. 18 Jan. 17
May Graduation Application Deadline March 1 March 1 March 1
Spring Break March 14-20 March 13-19 March 11-17
Instruction Ends May 8 May 7 May 5
Final Examinations May 10-15 May 9-14 May 7-12
Commencement May 15 May 14 May 12
Summer Session 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012
1st 4-Week Session Instruction Begins May 17 May 16 May 21
Memorial Day (No Classes) May 29-31 May 28-30 May 26-28
1st 4-Week Session Instruction Ends June 12 June 11 June 16
2nd 4-Week & 8-Week Sessions Instruction Begins June 14 June 13 June 18
Independence Day (No Classes) July 4-5 July 4 July 4
2nd 4-Week Session Instruction Ends July 10 July 9 July 14
3rd 4-Week Session Instruction Begins July 12 July 11 July 16
August Graduation Application Deadline August 1 August 1 August 1
3rd 4-Week & 8-Week Sessions
Instruction Ends
August 7 August 6 August 11

MLA Resources

All papers for my writing and literature class must be written using MLA style. An excellent online resource for basic in-text and works cited guidelines is Purdue’s OWL:

Online Writing Lab

The UW-Parkside library also has several print copies of the MLA Handbook.

It is the responsibility of the student to use MLA properly. However, in my composition classes, there is a unit on proper citation, and in my literature classes, I do not count MLA mistakes against your graded responses. Instead, those responses should be used to learn proper citation for the final paper.

If you have questions about proper citation that are not covered by the OWL site or the MLA Handbooks in the library, please be sure to check with me.

Department of English Statement on Academic Misconduct

The English Department regards any type of academic misconduct as a serious offense. Academic misconduct can take many forms, including plagiarism, collusion, or cheating on tests or exams.

I. Plagarism is the deliberate presentation of the writing or ideas of another as one’s own.

  1. You must acknowledge the sources of any information in your work which is not either common knowledge or personal knowledge. Common knowledge, such as the dates of Bill Clinton’s presidency or the freezing point of water, is information that belongs generally to the educated public. Personal knowledge is something that you know through your own direct personal experience.
  2. You must acknowledge direct quotation, either by using quotation marks or indenting longer passages. Without quotation marks, or indentation, a quotation is plagiarized even if it is followed by an in-text citation or a footnote.
  3. If you rephrase the original passage from the source by merely changing a few words or altering its structure, you are still committing plagiarism. Ask your instructor for help if you are having trouble paraphrasing appropriately.
  4. If you use the ideas, examples, or structure of a source without acknowledgement, you are plagiarizing.
  5. If you purchase, download, borrow, or steal a paper, or any part of a paper, written by someone else, and present it as your own work, you are plagiarizing.
  6. You also cannot use an assignment for more than one course without prior written approval from both instructors.

II. Collusion (i.e. allowing someone else to write, revise, or edit your academic work) is also a form of academic misconduct. Changes or corrections can be suggested by an instructor, peer editor, tutor, or even a friend or family member, but the person cannot revise or edit the paper for you.

III. Cheating. On quizzes, tests, or exams, you must abide by the rules established by your instructor. For example, if you are told you cannot use books or notes, then using notes during the exam is considered to be academic misconduct. Obviously, you cannot use answers that have been provided by anyone else (whether voluntarily or involuntarily), and you also cannot use an illegally obtained copy of the test or exam to gain an unfair advantage over your fellow students.

Penalties for academic misconduct can be severe, ranging from a failing grade on the assignment to suspension or even expulsion from the University of Wisconsin System. Students may appeal these penalties following procedures outlined by UWS 14, the section of the UW System’s code on academic disciplinary policies and procedures.

Tutoring Center

Students can visit the Tutoring Center (WYLL D180) for help in math without an appointment. They can also visit the Center to make one-hour appointments for help in other subjects (such as chemistry, anatomy & physiology, music, digital arts, and economics).  Students may also visit the Ranger Writing Center (WYLL 107) for help with writing assignments for any class. Students visiting the Ranger Writing Center are allowed one drop-in visit per semester in addition to being able to schedule 30-minute appointments with writing tutors. Students are limited to two tutoring appointments per subject per week.

Students can call the Tutoring Center (595-2044) during the following hours to arrange an appointment. The hours for both Centers are

  • Mondays & Tuesdays: 8:30 am to 6:00 pm
  • Wednesdays & Thursdays: 8:30 am to 7:00 pm
  • Fridays: 8:30 am to 12:00 pm

Beginning this semester, we’re also offering study skills tutoring. Study skills tutoring will be available on an appointment basis for students who need help with skills such as time management, study methods, note-taking, and/or reading strategies.  While general subject tutors also cover these skills in conjunction with assisting with content area issues, our study skills tutors will help us serve more students by offering another tutoring option and helping students learn skills they can apply across curriculum.

Disability Services Statement

It is the University’s policy to provide, on a flexible and individual basis, reasonable accommodations to students who have documented disabilities that may affect their ability to participate in course activities or to meet course requirements. Students with disabilities are encouraged to contact Disability Services for a letter of verification to provide to their instructors. Disability Services is located in WYLL D175 and can be reached at 595-2372 or kirby@uwp.edu

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