Program Policies

Deferment

The Analytical Writing Program will make every effort to accommodate students when they first enroll at UCSD. However, in those instances where the number of students exceeds the available number of seats, it will be necessary to defer enrollment for some students. Students who cannot enroll due to sections being full must contact the AWP program coordinator, who will attempt to help them find an available seat. If there are available seats in our courses, students must sign up or forfeit a quarter of eligibility. If no seats are available, the program will defer enrollment for these students. The program coordinator will record the names of deferred students and share that list with the college advisors. Students whose enrollment has been deferred will not lose a quarter of eligibility.

Quarters of Eligibility

Each quarter in which a student does not make a good faith attempt to enroll counts as a lost term of eligibility. Students placed in ELWR 1 will have up to three consecutive quarters to complete the Entry Level Writing Requirement, whether they enroll or not.

Students placed in ELWR 2A-2B have up to five consecutive quarters to complete the Entry Level Writing Requirement, as long as they enroll right away. Students who complete 2A and 2B can thus enroll in 1 for up to three subsequent quarters. Exception: Students placed in ELWR 2A-2B who do not attempt to successfully complete 2A within the first three quarters will be disqualified.

Diversity

The Analytical Writing courses are populated by a diverse student community. We celebrate our students’ differences and are interested in helping our students discover how these differences contribute to their intellectual lives. We also insist that these differences are treated with respect. No one can learn in an environment in which he or she is not comfortable. If you feel that you have been disrespected in the classroom by a peer, alert your instructor. If you believe that an instructor has treated you unfairly, see the director of the program. In turn, if you think you might have inadvertently been disrespectful to a peer, talk it over with your instructor, who can help you rectify your mistake.

Attendance

Attendance is mandatory. We have a program-wide policy that permits two absences. Coming late to class twice counts as one absence. Missing a meeting with your group, your instructor, or your mentor will also count as an absence unless you make arrangements with your instructor in advance. If you exceed the equivalent of two absences, you may be asked to withdraw or risk failing the course.

Late Papers

All papers, including drafts and the smaller assignments leading up to them, must be turned in by the deadline. Late papers can severely affect your progress in the course and will affect your final course grade. If your paper is not complete, come to class and explain why to your instructor. Late submissions may result in a failing course grade. Moreover, because the portfolio readers will take into consideration all drafts of your work as they determine whether or not you are ready for college writing courses, completing work on time and allowing time for revision are both important to your progress. If you have extenuating circumstances, discuss them with your instructor well in advance and see what sort of accommodation might be made. Do note that fabricating an excuse to turn in a late assignment is a violation of the university’s academic integrity policy and could result in sanctions.

Academic Integrity

By participating in the Analytical Writing course, you are declaring that you will do your own work. According to the UCSD Policy on Integrity of Scholarship, you shall not “engage in any activity that involves attempting to receive a grade by means other than honest effort.” According to the policy, you are not allowed to:

  • Complete, in part or in total, any assignment for another person;
  • Have any of your course work be completed, in part or in total, by someone else;
  • Plagiarize or copy even part of the work of another person or source and submit it as your own work;
  • Employ aids excluded by the instructor in completing any assignment;
  • Alter graded class assignments, then resubmit them for re-grading;
  • Submit substantially the same material in more than one course without prior authorization; and
  • Misrepresent, to your instructor, any aspect of your writing process, or any reasons for your absences or late work. Lying to your instructor for any reason is a violation of the university’s academic integrity policy. Honesty is always the best policy when it comes to your work and to your behavior in this class.

Doing your own work is essential so that your instructor can assess your writing challenges and help you address them. Students may not use unauthorized aids, sources, or websites of any kind. Students also may not get inappropriate help, which includes having others write or edit your papers for you. If you haven’t done your own work, your instructor is likely to see that there is a discrepancy between your out-of-class written work and the writing we ask you to do “on the spot” in class. Should your instructor have reason to believe that you are getting inappropriate help, you may be charged with violating the university’s academic integrity policy, and your portfolio might fail. Be careful when you are using sources: if you patchwrite (paraphrase sloppily) or aren’t careful about citing the sources you are drawing from, you could be charged with academic dishonesty, even if you did not intend to plagiarize. If you have any questions about how to complete this particular course with integrity, please ask your instructor.

Grading

To satisfy the university’s Entry Level Writing Requirement, ELWR courses must be taken for a letter grade. However, your assignments and final papers will not receive letter grades. Instead, you will receive written commentary on how well your papers demonstrate your ability to meet the course’s nine objectives. You will learn to assess your own work according to the same criteria. The final portfolio project will be assessed by your instructor and another instructor, also using these criteria, in order to determine whether or not you will pass on to your college writing program. Portfolios that demonstrate competency in the nine objectives will be passed with a grade of C or above. If your portfolio passes, you will be able to enroll in your college writing program—provided that you have also met the attendance policy and that you have been a conscientious student and peer. If your portfolio demonstrates that you are not ready for college writing, you will receive a grade of C- or lower for the course. You will then need to re-enroll in Analytical Writing. Note that students enrolled in 2A-2B submit their portfolio at the end of 2B. The criteria for determining your final course grade are more fully articulated on the ELWR 1 and ELWR 2A-2B syllabi.

Adding/Dropping

You may add, drop, or change an Analytical Writing section by using TritonLink during the open enrollment period. After the open enrollment period ends (roughly one week after the beginning of classes), all adds, drops, and changes must be approved by the Analytical Writing Office. You are responsible for ensuring that the Registrar’s Office has an accurate record of your enrollment.

Appeals

Because the portfolio determines the final course grade, any appeal regarding the portfolio assessment must follow the regulations as articulated by the university. For more information, see how to appeal a grade.

Re-Enrollment Challenge Portfolio

In order to be re-enrolled in the university after having been disqualified for not satisfying ELWR in the allotted time, students will have to do the following:

Students who have completed at least one ELWR class must:

  1. Pass a COPE-approved composition course, with a C or better, and
  2. Submit a portfolio that consists of:
    1. The graded written work completed in the aforementioned course
    2. An essay from the student’s most recent ELWR course, as well as a reflection on how that essay does or does not meet the nine objectives of the Analytical Writing Program
    3. A short essay written on site and monitored by an instructor from the Analytical Writing Program (when it is not possible for the student to be on-campus, the process can be monitored via Skype*)

Students who have either not taken the AWPE or who have taken the AWPE but failed to complete at least one ELWR class must:

  1. Pass a COPE-approved composition course, with a C or better, and
  2. Submit a portfolio that consists of:
    1. The graded written work completed in the aforementioned course
    2. An essay assigned by the Analytical Writing Program, based on a selection of readings provided by the Analytical Writing program, along with a reflection on how that essay does or does not meet the nine objectives of the Analytical Writing Program
    3. An essay written on site and monitored by an instructor from the Analytical Writing Program (when it is not possible for the student to be on-campus, the process can be monitored via Skype*)

Completed portfolios will be reviewed by a committee comprised of two readers:  a representative of the Analytical Writing Program (either the Director or the Associate Director) and a representative of the College Writing Program that the student hopes to enroll in (either the Director or Assistant Director). The two readers must agree. If a student’s portfolio does not pass, the student will be required to complete an additional COPE-approved composition course with a C or better and to submit a new portfolio, as outlined above. Students may only submit a new portfolio once a year.

Note: Students will be able to appeal their disqualification only if they have used every allotted term in an attempt to fulfill their ELWR.

*In order to ensure the integrity of this process, the protocol for monitoring on Skype will be that the instructor will take screen shots of the student’s essay, to ensure that the essay that the students sends matches the essay that he or she actually wrote in the presence of the monitor.