Composition Program Policies

Attendance policy. It is mandatory for all students to attend class regularly and be on time. Students who miss more than six (6) class periods for MWF classes or more than four (4) class periods for TR classes should expect to fail the course. Students who represent the university in some capacity (e.g., athletes) and who miss class are excused but must make up all assigned work. Students who suffer from a documentable chronic illness or family emergency will also be excused. For other possible excused absences (funerals, jury duty, etc.), students should see the instructor as soon as possible. Students must realize that even excused absences in excessive amounts can result in their failing the course.

Tardy policy. See individual instructors' syllabi for details.

Late work policy. See individual instructors' syllabi for details. 

Revision policy. See individual instructors' syllabi for details.

Academic Integrity policy. Academic integrity means honest and responsible scholarship. It is the foundation to your success in this course and at Emporia State University. A student who submits any written work as his or her own, which is taken in whole or part from another person’s writing without proper acknowledgement and documentation, is guilty of plagiarism. This includes improper documentation, attribution, or citation (i.e., direct quotes and paraphrases). A student who submits a plagiarized paper, or who allows another person to copy his or her work with the intent to deceive, is subject to any one, or all, of the following actions:

  1. Receiving a 0 grade for the assignment;
  2. Receiving an F grade for the course;
  3. Being reported to the university for possible disciplinary action.

The Director of Composition and Department Chair shall be notified of all such infractions in composition courses before any of the above actions are taken. Please refer to the University Policy Manual, section 3D.0801, “Academic Dishonesty Policy”:

The faculty member in whose course or under whose tutelage an act of academic dishonesty occurs has the option of failing the student for the academic hours in question, or for any components or requirements for that course. If the student fails the course as a result of academic dishonesty, a course grade of XF may be assigned by the instructor of record to the student’s transcript. […] Departments, schools, and colleges may have provisions for more severe penalties. Emporia State University may impose penalties for academic dishonesty up to and including expulsion from the student’s major or from the University. In addition, acts of academic dishonesty shall be grounds to deny admission to a department or program.

Concealed Carry policy. Beginning July 1, 2017, the Kansas Personal and Family Protection Act (K.S.A. 75-7c01 et seq) allows the concealed carry of handguns on public college and university campuses, including Emporia State University. Individuals must be legally eligible to carry and 21 years of age or older. This policy includes handguns only, and weapons must be concealed at all times and in the immediate control of the carrier.

In this class, students will be asked on a regular basis to participate in activities such as engaging in group work, using the board, or other classroom proceedings as determined by your instructor. As such, these activities may require students to either be separated from their bags or be prepared to keep their bags with them at all times. Students who decide to carry concealed weapons are urged to review the ESU Weapons Policy FAQs.

You can access the FAQs at this site.
For more information, see the State of Kansas Concealed Carry Statues at this website.

Course and program assessment. In accordance with best educational practices, some of your work may be collected for the purpose of assessing this specific course, the Composition Program, and the overall curriculum. These papers could be used for assessing course goals, establishing rubrics, modeling, publication, or other purposes. If you would prefer that your work not be used in this way, please let your instructor know in writing.

Student concern forms. In an effort to contribute to student success and retention at ESU, and as a component of the University’s Strategic Plan, your instructor will work as an advocate to ensure your success in this class. If your instructor has any concerns for your academic success, they will fill out an Academic Early Alert form or a CARE Team Report form for you through Buzz-In, and an individual from the Student Advising Center (SAC) will be contacting you to follow up. 

Actions that may necessitate the submission of an Early Alert include: Poor attendance, changes in grades/coursework, tardiness, late or missing assignments, insufficient effort, or other issues. Actions that may necessitate the submission of a CARE form include: bullying, depression, aggressive or erratic behavior, harassment, substance abuse, or other issues.

Access the SAC website here.

Campus (Writing) Resources

Students who may seek accommodations. Emporia State University will make reasonable accommodations for persons with documented disabilities.  Students need to contact the Director of Student Accessibility and Support Services (SASS) and your writing instructor as early in the semester as possible to ensure that classroom and academic accommodations are implemented in a timely fashion. SASS is located in Plumb Hall 103. All communication among students, the Office of Disability Services, and the professor will be strictly confidential.


Phone: (620) 341-6637

Access the SASS website here. 

Writing Center. Peer writing partners are available at the Writing Center, located on the second floor of the William Allen White Library, 209 C, and they can help you with all your writing projects at all stages of the writing process. The center accepts both appointments and walk-in sessions. For more information, visit the website listed below.. You also have a Writing Center Course on Canvas for easy-to-find information and answers for common questions.


Access the Writing Center website here

English Language Learner (ELL) Lab. Specialized writing tutors are also available at the English Language Learner Lab for those who are not native speakers of English. The ELL Lab is located within the Writing Center and is staffed by individuals with specific training for working with multilingual students.

Access the ELL Lab website here.

Research assistance. The Emporia State University Libraries and Archives has a ton of resources for you to make research an easy and fun experience. Your composition class is also assigned its own library liaison, who will be meeting with your class multiple times throughout the semester. Ask your instructor for more details.

Access the LibGuide for Composition II here.

Access the ESU Library website here.

Help in other subjects. ACES, the Academic Center for Excellence and Success, enhances academic success by providing student academic support, including peer tutoring, research assistance, and individual and small-group workshops. Tutoring is available in many subjects across the curriculum. Contact info for ACES is found below.


Phone: (620) 341-5033
Access the ACES website here.

Student Wellness. If you are feeling stressed out or are struggling with balancing school, work, and/or personal life, ESU can provide counseling services from professionally trained staff and supervised interns. Located at 250 SE Morse Hall, the Counseling Center is open M-F, 8:00am-5:00pm. Contact info is found below.


Phone: (620) 341-5222

Mental Health Center of East Central Kansas (after-hours emergencies): (620) 343-2211

ESU Police and Safety office: (620) 341-5337

Access the Student Wellness and Counseling Services website here.

Composition Program Help. If you have any questions about the policies and procedures of this course you can certainly reach out to your composition instructor. Or, you can contact the Director of Composition, Dr. Kat O’Meara, using the contact info below.


Phone: (620) 341-5298