Placement in English courses is determined by the scores on ACT, SAT, AP, or IB. If a student earns a grade of A in ENGL 101, he or she is eligible to petition for honors placement. A successful petition admits the student to ENGL 105. If a student earns a grade of A in ENGL 102, he or she is eligible to petition for honors placement. A successful petition admits the student to ENGL 205.
If the requirement you want the course to fulfill is a general education requirement (the equivalent of ENGL 101, 102, or 200-level), you should contact Dr. Lancaster, the Associate Director of First- and Second-year English. If you want the course to fulfill a humanities requirement or to be the equivalent of a 300-level-or-above English course, you should contact Professor Conrad, Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Department of English. In both cases, you will need to arrange for an appointment so that the information about the study abroad course can be reviewed and the necessary forms completed.
As a general rule, students perform best in classes they attend regularly. This guideline is especially relevant for the required English courses because of the written work, discussion of various rhetorical principles, and peer review done in class. Students must follow the attendance policy outlined in the instructor’s syllabus.
Students are expected to attend all regularly scheduled meetings of their class, including those directly before and after vacation periods (see current Undergraduate Catalog, page 37). According to University policy, (passed, University Senate Rules and Regulations, 2/12/98), students may be exempt from required class activities at times of mandated religious observances. Students with a verifiable medical crisis (their own or that of a relative or friend) may be excused from being present for scheduled examinations and in-class papers.
First, it is extremely important that you discuss this problem with your teacher as soon as possible. Either stop by during your instructor's office hours or, if those times are not convenient for you, make an appointment with your teacher to see him or her at another time. During that meeting, explain your problem or concern to the teacher and ask him or her for feedback on the situation. Frequently, students and teachers find that they can resolve problems in this way.
If you've already met with your teacher and the two of you have not managed to generate a workable solution to the situation, you may make an appointment with Dr. Lancaster, the Associate Director of First- and Second-year English, to further discuss the situation. At that meeting, you will present your understanding of the situation and describe what steps you've taken to resolve it (such as meeting with the teacher). Dr. Lancaster will talk with you about what next steps might be taken.
Students who feel that a teacher has not assigned a course grade fairly should appeal to the Director of First- and Second-year English, who will mediate the case. Dr. Lancaster,the Associate Director of First- and Second-year English, can answer student questions about documentation and the process of the appeal. For a grade appeal to be accepted, the student must make a case that the instructor did not adhere to his or her announced standards, that is, that the student was not treated fairly by the instructor’s standards.
1. No appeals will be considered for single papers or quizzes.
ONLY the course grade may be appealed.
2. The student must try to resolve semester grade conflicts with the instructor first.
3. If the student and the teacher cannot resolve the conflict, the student may appeal to the FSE Director with the following materials:
4. No appeals will be considered without all of the above
When you have compiled your materials, please bring them to the English Department office in 3001G Wescoe. Please address your letter and materials to:
Professor Amy Devitt
Director of First- and Second-year English
1445 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 3001
Lawrence, KS 66045-7590
If a student decides to go forward with the appeal after talking to the Director, the Chair of the English Department will appoint a three-person committee to hear it. If the hearing sustains the instructor's original grade, the student may then appeal to the Judicial Board.
If the Departmental hearing sustains the student's appeal, the three-person committee will review the student's work, consult with the instructor, and assign a course grade. The instructor and the student will be informed of their right to appeal to the Judicial Board.
If the Judicial Board sustains the student's appeal, the three-person committee will, in accordance with University Senate Rules and Regulations 126.96.36.199, assign the course grade for the student. If the Board sustains the instructor's appeal, the instructor will assign the course grade.