Hacking Rhetoric



This classroom should be a safe space for all members of our learning community where we can all engage in calm, cool, collected and courteous discussion and debate. To that end, we will all follow some basic codes of behaviour:

No trolling: Do not engage in any communication (speech, email, physical behaviours, etc) which belittle or injure anyone in this class (or anyone). I have zero tolerance for sexual harassment, bullying and hate speech, and I will not hesitate to remove you from the classroom and, if necessary, from the course.

Don’t hack anything that will get you arrested: We will be hacking some stuff in class and you’ll be expected to do some outside of class, too. I will not ask you to do anything illegal. If I come to understand that you’re engaging in anything illegal, it is my obligation to report you to the appropriate authorities.

Don’t hack anything that will get me deported: Selfish, but important.


It is department-wide policy that you cannot pass an RHE course if you miss more than two weeks of class. For us, that means that if you miss five or more class sessions, you will fail this course. There is no distinction between ‘excused’ and ‘unexcused’ absences, with the exception of religious holidays; please see the full DRW policy below for details.

If you do need to miss a class, it’s helpful if you can let me know in advance so I can plan class accordingly. It’s your responsibility to catch up on any work or information missed.

Partial absence: Days on which you attend less than 60 minutes of class (arriving 15 minutes late or leaving 15 minutes early) will be recorded. If this happens twice, it will be recorded as one absence from class. If you attend less than 45 minutes of class (arriving 30 minutes late or leaving 30 minutes early), you will be marked absent for the day. Please be considerate of the other students in the class if you must enter the room late or leave early.

Personal electronics

Laptops, tablets, e-readers and other silent, pedagogically-useful technologies may be used in class with permission or as directed by the instructor. Almost all of the time, they should be in your bag and turned off.

Research suggests that using personal electronics in class is likely to reduce your grade. Other students’ laptop use is regularly reported as the single most distracting thing in the classroom. For your own good, and that of your peers in the class, please keep the personal tech out of sight.

Lab computers

We are lucky enough to be in this awesome room with computers for your use during class time. Please limit your use to stuff that’s relevant to class. To protect the university’s investment, please keep food and drinks on the centre tables only.

Late work

All assignments are due on the days listed in the Schedule. Late work will negatively affect your Learning Record Assessment.

If you submit late work, plan on receiving it back with my feedback in the next ‘grading cycle’ — ie, when the next assignment is returned. For peer-reviewed major assignments, be aware that peer revision is a required part of the assignment and you must have a full draft ready to work with on the due date to complete peer review. The assignments in this course build on each other and you will produce multiple drafts of the major assignments. Falling behind on the assignments means that you will get less useful feedback from your peers and myself, and you will have less time to revise your work. This will quickly put you at risk of failing the course. If you are having trouble with an assignment and believe that you cannot produce a complete assignment by the due date, please let me know as early as possible, no less than 24 hours before the assignment is due so we can discuss your situation.

Late work turned in after December 1 will not receive feedback. I will not accept work turned in after Monday, December 9 (when your Learning Record final evaluation is due).

Academic integrity

The Office of the Dean of Students maintains a comprehensive page on academic integrity, as does the Department of Rhetoric & Writing–and there’s a long spiel in the PDF version of the syllabus, which I commend to your attention.

In short, submitting any work that is not your own for credit constitutes plagiarism (whether you copy, buy, are given, etc, that work). Allowing anyone else to write work for you or substantively edit it constitutes collusion.

The penalties for this are dire–and I’ll simply quote the Department policy here:

PENALTIES. If you have any questions or doubts about the way you are employing sources or getting assistance in writing a given paper, consult your instructor before handing it in. The penalties for plagiarism or collusion can be severe. In all demonstrable cases of either offense, the DRW recommends that its instructors fail the student for the entire course, not just for the paper.

Beck’s underlining. I, and the Department, take academic integrity very seriously. If you are concerned all about your writing process, please come see me.

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