University Policies and Resources

Pronouns: Students have the right to be recognized by their felt gender, and recognition of trans identities can be effectively modeled by the professor. Please let me know if I, or a member of the class, needs instruction on your preferred pronoun. Students who are unfamiliar with what people mean when they say they are trans, might wish to consult this basic resource.

Identity: Students are invited to speak freely, but with attention to how their words may affect other people. It is generally considered impolite to assume things, or ask questions, about a fellow student’s class, race, sexual, disability or gender identity, a student’s national origin or age, that you have not been told. When we get to know each other, more personal conversations will begin to come easily. It can also be unintentionally hurtful to make generalizations about entire categories of people, particularly when you are not a member of that group.

Disabilities: In keeping with the University’s policy of providing equal access for students with disabilities, any student with a disability who may need academic accommodations should contact the office of Student Disability Services. Students requesting any accommodations will need to meet with Jason Luchs, who will conduct an intake, and if appropriate, provide an academic accommodation notification letter. Mr. Luchs can also help work with us to give you the help and accommodations to which you are entitled.  All conversations about disability will be kept confidential, although a student is welcome to share that information with the class if it seems appropriate or useful.

Mr. Luchs’s office is located at 80 Fifth Ave, 3rd Floor (, 212.229.5626 x3135). You may access more information about Student Disability Services here.

Students with disabilities, or who have a chronic emotional or physical illness that is not registered as a disability, are urged to make an appointment with me upon joining the class so that we can get off to a good start.

Incomplete Coursework: A grade of Incomplete (“I”) indicates that your instructor has granted you an extension to complete outstanding work for a course. The grade of Incomplete will not be assigned automatically. It will only be assigned at the request of the student by the last day of class. Incomplete grades cannot be granted for students who are graduating seniors.

If circumstances require you to request a grade of Incomplete—and the instructor approves your request—the terms of the Incomplete should be agreed upon in writing, using the “Request for a Grade of Incomplete” form. This ensures that both the student and the instructor understand the exact nature of the required work, the manner in which it is to be submitted, and the date by which it must be submitted.

Your instructor will determine the deadline for submission of outstanding work. Students with a grade of Incomplete who do not complete their work by the agreed-upon deadline will receive a grade of Withdrawal/Failure (“WF”). Students who complete outstanding work according to the terms of the Incomplete will receive a letter grade. (The “I” will be converted to a letter grade after your instructor submits a Change of Grade form on your behalf.)

Libraries: This link gives you access to electronic databases, electronic publications, and the complete collection of The New School Library and NYU’s Bobst Library. As a New School student, you have borrowing privileges in both places: give yourself lead time, as sometimes books have to be transported from off site. Electronic books and articles can be downloaded directly to your computer or tablet. One of the greatest public resources in the city is the New York Public Library, on Sixth Avenue between 40th and 42nd Streets. Your library card is free; remember to take identification with you when you go. You can use your card to access NYPL databases and download music.

The New School Library offers frequent research workshops for students, the day, time, and location of which are posted here each semester. The library also provides one-on-one support for students who require additional assistance in conducting research for a paper or project. Students can contact the library about scheduling a one-on-one appointment with a reference librarian at this link.

Plagiarism: Plagiarism is the use of another person’s words or ideas in any academic work. (This could be using books, journals, Internet postings, or other students’ papers.) For further information on avoiding plagiarism through proper acknowledgements, including expectations for paraphrasing source material and forms of citation in research and writing, you may wish to consult the MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing (2nd edition), Chapter 6, on documentation. A PDF of the MLA Style Manual and other important guides that will help you with proper attribution can be found here. Review the appropriate materials, and then make an appointment, or drop in to, The University Learning Center, 66 West 12th street, 6th floor (straight across from the elevator) with your questions.

Remember these basic guidelines:

  • You must quote words taken directly from someone else, and provide a citation that allows another reader to find it again.
  • Simply rephrasing someone else’s words does not make them yours. In fact, it is better to quote and provide a citation.
  • You may not use another author’s idea without giving that person credit.
  • In digital work it is conventional to provide a hyperlink when the source is available on line.

All students should download and read the Academic Honesty and Integrity Policy. Note that you must receive prior permission from instructors to submit the same or substantially overlapping material for two different assignments. Submission of the same work for two assignments without prior permission is a violation of the Academic Honesty and Integrity Policy.