grading and course regulations

Notations on your marked papers such as A4*, A13, refer to the course handout Righting Writing. Please read this handout; if you are not chuckling as you read a given antirule, then you do not understand that rule!

Late assignments will be penalized at a rate of 2% per day or part day late (this includes weekend days). Assignments more than two weeks late will not normally be accepted.

If you have a minor ailment, please use the on-line MSAF. You should contact me by e-mail immediately after submitting the form. I will usually then grant you (at most) a one-week extension on the assignment, based on the original due date. Use these forms wisely (and honestly!), as you only get one per semester. For any major medical or other problem leading to absence, you should go to your faculty/program office, and they will contact me accordingly.

If you miss a quiz, but use an MSAF or documented excuse, your mark will normally be pro-rated based on the quizzes you did write. This applies when you present me proof of attendance of, say, an undergraduate commerce case competition or a sports competition for which you are required to leave on Friday afternoon. Missed exams must be negotiated through the Dean’s office.

Students registered with SAS should come to see me as soon as possible after the start of the semester. I would like to know who you are and if there is any special assistance you require, while you should provide me with a copy of your accommodations letter.

Please retain a copy of all your graded papers and assignments.

E-mail policy: In accordance with faculty policy, you should use your own McMaster e-mail account ( for all e-mail correspondence with me. This policy protects confidentiality and confirms the identity of the student.

The scale used by the Registrar's Office ( ) will be used to convert number grades into final letter grades. 

You will have the opportunity to evaluate my teaching and the course as a whole towards the end of the term.

Academic integrity policy: Academic dishonesty consists in misrepresentation by deception or by other fraudulent means and can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: “Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty”), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university. Examples of academic dishonesty are 1. Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained. 2. Improper collaboration in group work. 3. Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations. It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various kinds of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, specifically Appendix 3, located at

© Richard T. W. Arthur 2016