TSU & Class Policies


You are expected to attend class regularly and arrive on time. Because this is a discussion-based course, being present to contribute to discussions is critical to what you get out of the course and also to your grade. Arriving late is disruptive and repeated lateness will be considered equivalent to an absence.

You may be absent two times with no penalty. You may also miss class without penalty for excused absences (these include you or a family member being ill, approved university activities, etc.), if you submit documentation for these absences. TSU policy allows instructors to fail students who incur three or more unexcused absences in a semester.


Your writing in this class should primarily consist of your own ideas expressed in your own words. However, academic work is collaborative in many ways and much of this class centers on dialogue between you and your fellow students. This means that you will sometimes use ideas from others (whether your classmates, our readings, or research you’ve done on your own) in your own writing. In this case, you will need to be careful not to present anyone else’s work as your own. To do this, use proper citations. If you use someone else’s ideas in a blog, say so. If you use someone else’s words, make sure they are in quotation marks. Properly citing any ideas you get from other people is important in academic work, and failure to do so is plagiarism.

My policy on plagiarism is that if you plagiarize in an assignment, you will have to redo the assignment and will receive no better than a 50 on it. You will also have to submit a statement demonstrating that you understand what plagiarism is and will not do it again. I will keep an eye on your work to make sure you abide by this. If you commit plagiarism a second time, you will fail the course. TSU policy also allows for repeated plagiarism to be reported to the Vice President for Student Affairs and the Vice President of Academic Affairs, who may take additional action.

Students in HIST 4325 are warned particularly against the following forms of academic dishonesty:

  • copying the work of other students on assignments (this includes sharing essays with each other and submitting those shared essays as your original work);
  • any copying without quotation marks and appropriate citation from books, newspapers, journals, Internet sources, etc.;
  • any use of facts or ideas paraphrased from another author without appropriate citation;
  • “borrowing” large quantities of another author’s work (or another student) and inserting it as your own, even if it is quoted and cited; and
  • changing several words in another author’s work, believing that it has been “paraphrased,” and inserting this work as your own (even if it has been cited.)


The instructor acknowledges and embraces the fact that all individuals have different learning styles, physical, or mental conditions that may affect their ability to participate in class or course related activities. This instructor will strive to afford all students with appropriate and feasible opportunities to learn and excel in this class. Any student, who has a condition which might interfere with his/her class performance, may arrange for reasonable accommodations by contacting the Office of Disabled Student Services. This office is located in room #117 Floyd Payne Student Center.  The phone number is (615) 963-7400.  You will be provided a document stating what type of classroom accommodations, if any, are to be made by the instructor.  It is your responsibility to give a copy of this document to the instructor as soon as you receive it.  Accommodations will only be provided AFTER the instructor receives the accommodation instructions from ODS; accommodations are not retroactive.


Sexual misconduct, domestic/dating violence, stalking: TSU recognizes the importance of providing an environment free of all forms of discrimination and sexual harassment, including sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.  If you (or someone you know) has experienced or is experiencing any of these incidents, there are resources to assist you in the areas of accessing health and counseling services, providing academic and housing accommodations, and making referrals for assistance with legal protective orders and more.

Please be aware that most TSU employees, including faculty and instructors, are “responsible employees”, meaning that they are required to report incidents of sexual violence, domestic/dating violence or stalking.   This means that if you tell me about a situation involving sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, or stalking, I must report the information to the Title IX Coordinator.  Although I have to report the situation, you will still have options about how your situation will be handled, including whether or not you wish to pursue a formal complaint.  Our goal is to make sure you are aware of the range of options available to you and have access to the resources you need. 

You are encouraged to contact TSU’s Title IX Coordinator to report any incidents of sexual harassment, sexual violence, domestic/dating violence or stalking.  The Title IX coordinator is located in the Office of Equity and Inclusion, McWherter Administration Building, Ste. 260 and can be reached at 963-7494 or 963-7438.  For more information about Title IX and TSU’s SART or policies and procedures regarding sexual, domestic/dating violence and stalking please visit:  http://www.tnstate.edu/equity.

If you wish to speak to someone confidentially, who is not required to report, you can contact the TSU Counseling Center, located in the basement of Wilson Hall, at 963-5611 or TSU Student Health Services, located in the Floyd Payne Campus Center room 304, at 963-5084.  You may also contact the following off campus resources:  Sexual Assault Center of Nashville at 1-800-879-1999 or http://www.sacenter.org or the Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic & Sexual Violence at 615-386-9406 or http://www.tncoalition.org .

Harassment & discrimination: Tennessee State University is firmly committed to compliance with all federal, state and local laws that prohibit harassment and discrimination based on race, color, national origin, gender, age, disability, religion, retaliation, veteran status and other protected categories.  TSU will not subject any student to discrimination or harassment and no student shall be excluded from participation in nor denied the benefits of any educational program based on their protected class.  If a student believes they have been discriminated against or harassed because of a protected class, they are encouraged to contact the Office of Equity and Inclusion at McWherter Administration Building, Ste. 260, 615-963-7494 or 963-7438, http://www.tnstate.edu/equity.

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