Student Resources


Classroom Policies:

Zero Grade Policy

All uploads to Canvas and MyReviewers must be complete drafts of the correct assignment.

If you upload a draft that is

  • incomplete
  • blank
  • the incorrect assignment

you may receive a zero for that assignment and I may not provide any feedback on the work you submit.

Technology Requirement

In many ways, ENC 1101 and 1102 function as face-to-face/online hybrid courses. FYC requires consistent access to the Internet, MyReviewers, Canvas, word processing, and a printer. FYC requires that you monitor Canvas closely, as all assignment and weekly plans are posted here. Additionally, all major assignments are turned in to MyReviewers (see below for more information), and it is through MyReviewers that you will conduct peer reviews, view your reviews and my comments, and also compose your revision plan.

Further, instructors update the weekly modules frequently to adapt to the needs of the class and regularly send out emails, both to advise of changes or to clarify class discussions or points of confusion. As such, it is mandatory that you have Canvas notifications turned on and that you are receiving (and regularly checking for) notifications, updates, and emails from me.

You are required to check your USF email account on a regular basis, and use of this account is mandatory. If you use an e-mail address other than your USF address, you will be required to forward your USF mail to your regular e-mail address so that you do not miss any announcements.

Students who come to the university without necessary computer skills are provided access to numerous resources, including an IT Help Desk that is available by e-mail at, or by phone at (866) 974-1222.

Additionally, the USF IT Login Help Service is available.

See the USF IT Website for more information and assistance.

MyReviewers tutorials are available on this website.

Canvas tutorials are available through Atomic Learning.

USF students have access to free printing (up to $2.50 a day) and computer use in the library, campus computer labs, and the Marshall Center.

Paper Archival Policies

Part of a process-driven writing course is seeing how your writing evolves from draft to draft as well as over the semester. Instructors may require you to attach his or her comments to your revision (or keep these in a folder). You should keep all teacher as well as peer commentary on your work until you have received your final grade for the course. If you have questions regarding the grade for an English Composition class, you will be asked to produce all the written work completed during the semester. Please keep in mind that your instructor is not responsible for returning your work after the final week of the semester.

Attendance Policy

Attendance is mandatory for all in-class, individual, and group meetings/conferences. It is your responsibility to contact the me regarding information about any missed work.

For the purposes of this course, there is no differentiation between excused and unexcused absences. Students are allotted two absences free of penalty, regardless of the reason for missing class. Students who have incurred more than two absences will have their final grade lowered by 1/3 of a grade for each missed class beyond two (e.g. if a student’s final grade is an “A-”, yet they have missed three classes, the final grade is a “B+”). Employment schedules, athletic training and practice schedules, and personal appointments are not valid reasons for scheduled absences. If an emergency or unforeseen situation should arise, please contact me so appropriate action can be taken.

Please alert me in advance regarding documented absences based on the following:

●  Court Imposed Legal Obligations (Jury Duty, court subpoena, etc.)

●  Military Duty

●  Religious Holy Days

●  Ongoing Medical Conditions. Note: In addition, students facing extenuating circumstances, such as a debilitating illness or injury (physical or mental) that inhibits him/her from attending class or completing assignments, must work with the appropriate on-campus organization, which will then act as a liaison on behalf of the student and help me determine appropriate action. These organizations include the Center for Victim Advocacy & Violence Prevention, Students with Disabilities Services, and Students of Concern Assistance Team (SOCAT).

●  USF Athletics Participation: Note: Any student who intends to miss class because he or she is participating in a scheduled USF athletics event is expected to present a schedule of such events to me by the third week of the semester if he or she intends to be absent for a class or an announced examination.

If you are aware that you will be missing class, you must notify me in advance whenever possible. Advance notification dramatically increases the chance of accommodation.

 Missing a scheduled conference with me or a small group workshop will be treated the same as any other absence.

Remember that being physically present does not necessarily indicate mental “presence.” I reserve the right to count any student absent who is not engaged with the class (i.e. sleeping, texting, Facebook-ing, tweeting, or not paying attention). Students should come to class and conferences prepared, which means that readings and assignments should be completed with great care. In addition, your conduct in class and during conferences, particularly the respect for and engagement with your classmates and myself, affects your participation grade, which is calculated by instructor discretion.


Please respect your classmates and me by getting to class on time.  I will take attendance once at the beginning of class. Three tardies, whether to classes or conferences, will equal one absence.

Because the small group workshops meet for only 15 to 18 minutes, tardiness is not acceptable. If you are late to a small group workshop, you will be counted absent.

Student Conduct Policies:

  • A positive learning environment is important for students and instructors. Please observe common classroom courtesies:
    • Turn off or silence cell phones before class begins. And please, no texting.
    • We will be using laptops on designated days in class, and I will let you know ahead of time. If it is not one of those days, please don’t bring your lap top to class.
    • While students are encouraged to provide criticism to help peers improve their work, disrespectful or disruptive behavior and comments will not be tolerated, online or in person.
    • Submitting any work with intentionally inflammatory or offensive material is unacceptable.
    • If any behaviors interfere with instruction, whether in the classroom or online, I will then follow policies regarding your conduct from the USF Handbook.

Disruption of Academic Process Policy

According to university policy, disruption of academic process is defined as the act or words of a student in a classroom or teaching environment, which in the reasonable estimation of a faculty member: (a) directs attention from the academic matters at hand, such as noisy distractions; persistent, disrespectful, or abusive interruptions of lecture, exam, or academic discussions, or (b) presents a danger to the health, safety, or well-being of the faculty member or student. Consequences for disruption of academic process will depend on the seriousness of the disruption. Please see the Academic Dishonesty And Disruption Of Academic Process policy.

Disability Accommodations

Students in need of academic accommodations for a disability may consult with the Office of Students with Disabilities Services to arrange appropriate accommodations. Students are encouraged to meet with me during the first week of class to discuss accommodations (see Students with Disabilities Services) and are required to give reasonable notice prior to requesting an accommodation. As accommodations are NOT retroactive, any grades earned before a student requests accommodations will stand. Each student must bring a current Memorandum of Accommodations from the Office of Student Disability Services that is a prerequisite for receiving any accommodations. Accommodated examinations through the Office of Student Disability Services require two weeks’ notice. All course documents are available in alternate formats if requested in the students’ Memorandum of Accommodations (see faculty responsibilities)

The Students with Disabilities website can be an excellent resource for students with disabilities.

The grade of “I” (Incomplete) will be given for only very compelling reasons. Assigning a student the grade of “I” for ENC 1101 or 1102 must be approved by me and the Director of Composition. For more information, refer to the USF Undergraduate Catalog’s “I” Grade Policy under Grades, Scholarship Requirements, and Review Procedures.

Incomplete Grade Policy

The grade of “I” (Incomplete) will be given for only very compelling reasons. Assigning a student the grade of “I” for ENC 1101 or 1102 must be approved by me and the Director of Composition. For more information, refer to the USF Undergraduate Catalog’s “I” Grade Policy under Grades, Scholarship Requirements, and Review Procedures.

Grade Grievance Policy

The English Department, like other departments at US, follows Student Academic Grievance Procedures. Accordingly, please note that USF only changes grades when the review process determines that an incorrect grade has been assigned: The term “incorrect” means the assigned grade was based on something other than performance in the course, or that the assignment of the grade was not consistent with the criteria for awarding of grades as described in the course syllabus or other materials distributed to the student. In the case of all other academic grievances, the University reserves the right to determine the final outcome. In other words, you may disagree with an instructor’s grade on an assignment, yet this disagreement does not constitute sufficient evidence to warrant a change of grade. However, if an instructor made a mathematical error or based your grade on something other than his/her assessment of your performance in a course, then a grade change could be warranted.

A student interested in disputing a grade needs to carefully review the student Academic Grievance Procedure outlined more in depth on this website. He/she should first meet with his/her instructor, as mentioned in the grievance procedure. Should a student wish to proceed with a grade grievance after the teacher meeting, he/she should contact Dr. Erin Trauth, Associate Director of First-Year Composition, for a grade grievance conference. Students may then file a notification letter within three weeks of the triggering incident to Dr. Trauth, Department of English, CPR 306, 4202 E. Fowler Avenue, Tampa, FL 33620. The student should specify precisely why they believe the grade needs to be changed based on USF’s Academic Grievance Procedure.

Policies for Late and Missed Work:

Instructors expect that you will complete your work on time. Instructors will not accept late in-class assignments or late out-of-class homework assignments for any reason. Your instructor may accept late drafts (intermediate and final) of major projects. However, late projects will be penalized (see below).

A due date and time will be assigned for project drafts. Note that all Intermediate and Final drafts must be uploaded to BOTH MyReviewers and Canvas. A Turnitin score will be assigned to your submission to Canvas.

Additionally, My Reviewers and Canvas note the date and time that each document is uploaded, and this will be used to note when your essay has been submitted. If you are unable to complete work due to an unforeseen circumstance, please speak with your instructor immediately so appropriate action can be taken. As with attendance, immediate contact with instructors drastically increases the chances of possible accommodation.

Major Project Deductions for Late Work:

● Any draft (intermediate or final) that is submitted on the due date, but after the designated submission time, will be penalized by 1/3 of a letter grade.

● For every 24 hours the project is late one whole letter grade will be deducted (an “A” becomes a “B” and so on).

● Until you have successfully uploaded your draft (intermediate or final) to both MyReviewers and Canvas, and your draft has received a Turnitin score, your submission will be considered late.

Revision Policy

This course focuses on the writing process, and a major component of that process is revision in response to feedback. Therefore, students may be penalized for submitting a final draft that has not been significantly revised. Instructors may reduce your final draft grade by a full letter grade, and you may also lose the opportunity to receive instructor feedback.


MyReviewers is the companion site to the University of South Florida’s First-Year Composition Program and General Education writing courses. At MyReviewers web site, you can learn more about grading criteria, upload essays for review, conduct peer reviews, access Community Comments stylistic and grammatical exercises, and review teachers’ feedback. For Projects 1 through 3, this course requires you to upload the intermediate and final drafts of your projects, conduct peer review, and write your revision plans using MyReviewers.

All FYC instructors will use MyReviewers when grading intermediate and final versions of major projects and peer review. MyReviewers will also be used by students to complete peer reviews (to include document markup, grammatical and stylistic Community Comments, and endnotes) of the Project I, II, and III intermediate drafts.

The following should be considered:

  1. It is the responsibility of the student to upload projects to the correct folders for grading. To do this, students need to use their USF Net ID to log on to MyReviewersStudent documents must be uploaded in PDF format. There is a step-by-step instruction manual for uploading, viewing, and peer reviewing documents in MyReviewers and via the MyReviewers Tutorials on the FYC site.
  2. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that they have uploaded a complete draft of the correct assignment. If you upload an incomplete draft, a draft that does not follow the project guidelines, or a draft of another project, you may receive a zero for that draft. See “Zero Grade Policy” in the “Grading” section for more details.
  3. Once instructors finish commenting on and grading students’ projects, students will log in to My Reviewers to view their grades, and the instructor’s and peers’ comments.

FYC Assessment

MyReviewers employs a rubric to enhance accuracy and consistency in grading.  In addition to enabling instructors to provide feedback regarding five criteria – analysis, evidence, organization, style, and format – MyReviewers enables instructors to include comments on students’ documents. MyReviewers also provides instructors and students with an endnote text box that teachers can use to make substantive comments on students’ projects.

Students can learn more about the rubric that will be used to assess their writing by visiting the MyReviewers website or by reviewing the Rubrics for each project on the project pages of this website.


As previously noted, students submit Intermediate and Final Drafts both to MyReviewers and to Canvas. A Turnitin (a plagiarism detection site) score will be assigned to the Canvas submission. Until your draft is submitted to both Canvas and MyReviewers, the draft will be considered late.

Writing Studio:

USF’s Writing Studio (Links to an external site.) offers assistance to any student who wants to improve his or her writing skills. Rather than offering editing assistance, during a session in the Writing Studio, consultants and students work together to enhance the organization, development, grammar, and style of any type of writing across the disciplines. Students are encouraged to visit the Writing Studio at any stage during the writing process, from brainstorming and pre-writing to final polishing. The USF Writing Studio is conveniently located on the second floor of the library. Walk-ins are welcome dependent on availability, but students are encouraged to make an appointment by visiting the Writing Center during office hours, calling 813-974-8293, or scheduling an appointment online through Accudemia (Links to an external site.). Additional feedback is available via SmartThinking, an online tutoring center, which is accessible via Canvas.

Plagiarism and Academic Honesty

Plagiarism includes the use of a quotation, that is, the exact words of a text (interview, lecture, periodical, book, or website), without quotation marks and documentation; the paraphrasing of ideas or passages from a text without documentation; the inclusion from a text of information not generally known to the general public without documentation; and the following of the structure or style of a secondary source without documentation. To facilitate your understanding of the plagiarism policy, please see the FYC site

USF FYC Plagiarism Policies

It is your responsibility to make yourself aware of these policies using the resources that are available—the FYC website documents, your e-text, and discussion with your instructor if necessary. Students who plagiarize will be subject to FYC’s policies as detailed at the link above. If a student has plagiarized, they will automatically earn an “F” on the assignment because each assignment in this course asks you to create an original argument that you author yourself. The ideas of others can inform your argument when they are properly attributed to their sources. Using the ideas or words of others without proper attribution, however, is not acceptable. Students who plagiarize will possibly earn an “FF” in the course, depending on the situation. Students who have questions regarding plagiarism should contact me before submitting papers.