Writing Program Policies
The writing program uses a directed self-placement process; incoming students fill out the directed self-placement form during New Student Orientation, and are then placed into a writing course in consultation with their advisor. If you have questions about your writing placement, please consult with your advisor, or contact the writing program director.
The writing program will award transfer credit for AP Exam scores of 3 and above on the English Language and Composition exam. A score of 3 earns credit for ENG W-130, and a score of 4 or 5 will be awarded credit for ENG W-131. You may also be awarded appropriate transfer credit for similar courses taken at other institutions; please see the campus admissions page for more details. All transfer requests for courses taken outside of the IU system must be approved by the Writing Program Director.
The following policies have been approved by the IU East College Composition Committee for use in all writing program courses. You should consult your instructor if you have questions about a particular course policy.
In order to succeed in any writing course, your attendance and participation are important. Your grade will be lowered at the end of the semester by 1/3 a letter grade for any absence beyond three except in unusual circumstances. Don’t hesitate to ask your instructor about your attendance record if you have questions.
Carefully document any reference to research materials with an in-text citation. In cases where references are not documented in a project, it will be returned to you without a grade to revise and edit. If the paper is not revised within one week, you will receive an “F” for the project. If there is more than one case in which you have a paper returned to you to revise due to authenticity issues, you may receive an “F” for the course.
Note that plagiarism is considered academic misconduct under the Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct. See #3, Plagiarism, in “The Code” for additional information.
Revision is strongly encouraged in all our writing courses. Over time, our ideas and writing will evolve—revision provides a means for capturing the learning that results. You may revise your work by substantially adding, deleting, and/or rearranging your writing. When submitting revision work, hand in your original and revised copy of your work. Your instructor may answer questions and provide feedback as you work toward revising your work. All revision work is due on or before the last day of the course.
In rare cases, after a few weeks into the semester, you may have a schedule conflict with your writing course meeting time due to a change in work schedule or family needs. Should this happen, contact the Director of Writing by e-mail or phone (765-973-8542). We will do our best to place you into a course at a time that meets your new schedule needs.