Required Syllabus Content

The following policies should appear (in some form) on every 110 syllabus. For administrative policies, go here; for student support resources, go here

English 110 aims to teach you not only skills of writing but habits of mind and work—to show you how writers go about the actual work of drafting, revising, and refining their essays. You thus need to attend class regularly—ready to learn, participate, and write.

However, we also realize that life can sometimes conspire against perfect attendance. Indeed, the UD Faculty Handbook recognizes several categories of excused absences—including religious holidays, participation in athletic events or other activities representing the university, serious illnesses or deaths in the family, serious personal illnesses, and short-term military service.

If you need to miss a class for one of these reasons, you must obtain the documentation described in the Handbook in order for your absence to be excused. Even then, you are still responsible for any work due that day.

There is also a second category of absences, usually involving minor illnesses like colds and flus, which require, in the words of the Faculty Handbook, “reasonable communication” between you and your teacher. If at all possible, you should inform your teacher beforehand if you cannot attend a class. Whether your absence is reasonable or not depends entirely on the judgment of your teacher.

Finally, there is a third category of unexcused absences. Avoid these. Your teacher may specify grade penalties for unexcused absences in their course syllabus.

Students With Disabilities
We want all students to have the best possible chance to succeed in English 110. If you believe you may need an accommodation based on a disability, you should contact the Office of Disability Support Services (DSS) as soon as possible. DSS is located at 240 Academy Street, Alison Hall, Suite 130.  Phone: 302-831-4643. Fax: 302-831-3261. Website: Email:

Title IX and Possible Instances of Sexual Misconduct

If, at any time during this course, I happen to be made aware that a student may have been the victim of sexual misconduct (including sexual harassment, sexual violence, domestic/dating violence, or stalking), I am obligated by federal law to inform the university’s Title IX Coordinator. The university needs to know information about such incidents to, not only offer resources, but to ensure a safe campus environment. The Title IX Coordinator will decide if the incident should be examined further. If such a situation is disclosed to me in class, in a paper assignment, or in office hours, I promise to protect your privacy–I will not disclose the incident to anyone but the Title IX Coordinator. For more information on Sexual Misconduct policies, where to get help, and reporting information please refer to At UD, we provide 24 hour crisis assistance and victim advocacy and counseling. Contact 302-831-2226, Student Health Services, to get in touch with a sexual offense support advocate.

Academic Integrity
Any work that you submit at any stage of the writing process—draft, thesis and outline, bibliography, etc., through final version—must be your own; in addition, any words, ideas, or data that you borrow from other people and include in your work must be properly documented. Failure to do either of these things is plagiarism. The University of Delaware protects the rights of all students by insisting that individual students act with integrity. Accordingly, the University severely penalizes plagiarism and other forms of academic dishonesty.

Course Evaluation
You are expected to complete the online student evaluation for this course. This survey will be available for you to complete during the last two weeks of the semester via Apart from being an expectation of the course, your evaluation provides valuable information to me and to the Department.