10. Special Policies

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1.) Cell phones must be turned off during class. Texting or answering a call in the classroom is disrespectful to your classmates and to the instructor. You will lose attendance points if your phone rings, if you are texting, or if you are talking on the phone.

2.) No open laptops unless we are researching as a class.

3.) No headphones or music players in class unless we’re working on projects. Generally, we will listen to the radio as a class.

4.) Letters of recommendation: As you begin your college career, which might eventually involve asking professors to recommend you for graduate programs, jobs, or internships, please be aware that professors are not obligated to write references for any student who asks us. I don’t write a reference for a student unless I can write a very positive and specific one. Therefore, your job as a college student is to become the kind of student professors can rave about in recommendations — hardworking, friendly, intellectually inquisitive, and honest. Consider maintaining relationships over time with professors, so that they know you well enough to write for you. Many juniors and seniors tell me they wish they had thought about this during their first year.

5.) NOTICE OF NON-PERMISSION TO SELL OR DISTRIBUTE NOTES OR RECORDINGS OF CLASS LECTURES
Note-taking is encouraged, however no one has permission to sell or distribute notes or recordings of class lectures.

Letters of rec statement borrowed from here.