We can best support your learning when you attend every class session. The class sessions will be dedicated to discussion, activity, and application. So it is vital for your success that you attend. However, we do not wish anyone to risk their health and well-being. If you feel you need to miss class, please contact one or both of us in advance.

  • Attendance is required. 
  • 1 allowed absence. 
  • More than one will lead to a ⅓ letter grade reduction. 


We will support you and do everything to ensure that you can submit your best work by the deadline. However, life happens and things come up. Students may submit 2 reading responses and 2 reflection assignments up to 3 days late. If an unusual circumstance arises, students may request an extension on one of the major assignments as long as the request is made before the due date via email.


There are multiple forms of academic misconduct. First is plagiarism, which is a violation of academic integrity and UCSB policies. Plagiarism occurs when a writer deliberately passes off another’s words or ideas without acknowledging their source. For example, turning in another’s work as your own is plagiarism. Plagiarized assignments (including copying of a friend’s homework) will receive a grade of 0 and may result in additional disciplinary action. You can view the university’s policy on student conduct at http://www.sa.ucsb.edu/Regulations/student_conduct.aspx.

Second is misuse of sources, occasions when a writer does not properly cite a source, misuses quotations, includes too much of an original source in a paraphrase or summary, or commits similar unintentional violations of academic protocol. If you misuse sources, we will work together on appropriately incorporating and/or citing the sources. Note that some audiences/instructors will consider misuse of sources to be plagiarism; for this reason, it is extremely important for you to identify the conventions associated with source use and citations in any class.



We are dedicated to facilitating the experience of students with learning and physical differences. Please see us for support for this and other classes.

Providing academic accommodations to students with disabilities is a shared responsibility of the campus. Students with disabilities are responsible for ensuring that the Disabled Students Program (DSP) is aware of their disabilities and for providing DSP with appropriate documentation. DSP is located at 2120 Student Resource Building and serves as the campus liaison regarding issues and regulations related to students with disabilities. The DSP staff works in an advisory capacity with a variety of campus departments to ensure that equal access is provided to all disabled students.

We are open to accommodations to meet your needs, but please talk to us sooner rather than later, especially if you are just beginning your time at UCSB.

LGBTQ support

Under Title IX, university students are protected from harassment and discrimination based on gender and sex. If you feel uncomfortable or in need of support at any time related to your gender, sex, and/or sexual orientation, please contact your TA and/or course instructor immediately. If you would like to disclose information related to pronouns, name changes, or identities, we encourage you to do so. UCSB’s Resource Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity on the 3rd floor of the Student Resource Building is also available to advocate and be of support to students.

Non-discrimination policy

All students have the right to learn and participate in a classroom environment free of intimidation, harassment, and discrimination based on characteristics such as gender, race, age, sexual orientation, disability, religious or political beliefs and affiliations. We will address any related issues that surface immediately; please help us to cultivate a positive classroom environment by communicating any concerns that you have.

Managing stress

Personal concerns such as stress, anxiety, relationships, depression, cultural differences, can interfere with the ability of students to succeed and thrive. For resources, contact UCSB Counseling & Psychological Services (​CAPS​). These are really kind people who have dedicated their careers to supporting students’ mental health.