November 17, 2015



Participation in class discussion is a required element of the course. It is very important that everyone feels safe expressing their thoughts in class. Please speak to me privately if for any reason you do not feel comfortable speaking in class. We will do our best to remedy the situation.

  • Arrive on time, with required materials, homework, etc.
  • You are allowed one absence that won’t affect your grade. Use it wisely. If you know that you will need to miss class, plan accordingly so that I can have you make up that before coming to class. 
  • Ask and respond to questions and raise topics for discussion during class
  • Be courteous! Your body language speaks loudly. We are all adults—if you’re too tired to pay attention one day, or too ill to sit through a class without getting up, stay home. 
  • Do not distract others or yourself with your electronic devices. Computers should generally be put away unless you are asked to open them for class.
  • Come visit me in office hours–this is the best way to get questions answered if they are not addressed in class. 

Classroom Community

Each student in this class is expected to treat other students with respect and consideration regardless of race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, sexuality, economic background, religion, age, ability, etc. Hate speech or other acts of targeted discriminatory speech will not be tolerated. Any student’s behavior that intimidates or makes difficult the attendance of another student will be considered harassment. If you ever feel uncomfortable with a situation or a discussion that occurs before, during, or outside of class, please do not hesitate to talk to me, or, if you are not comfortable speaking with me, please talk to someone in the Office of Student Life or Counseling Services. Your best interests will always be respected in taking any action.

Title IX

Title IX makes it clear that all students should have equal access to higher education and should not be hindered based on their gender. Violence and harassment based on sex and gender are a Civil Rights offenses and are subject to the same kinds of accountability and the same kinds of support applied to offenses against other protected categories such as race, national origin, etc. If you or someone you know has been harassed or assaulted, you can find the appropriate resources here, including the names and contact information of your Title IX Coordinators. If you are a victim, or accused, of sexual misconduct you may also consider consulting with a Support Person. The Whittier College Support Person Program can provide non-judgmental support, accompaniment, advising, and information about the process of reporting. Support People are private, meaning they will not disclose any identifying information to the College.

If you do not want the Title IX Coordinator notified, instead of disclosing to me as your instructor, you can speak privately with the Whittier College Support Person Program (562-907-4233), the Counseling Center (562-907-4239 or 562-907-4911 after hours), or Project Sister (909-626-4357).

To learn about your rights as a student and how to protect and preserve the rights of your peers it is also strongly recommended that you familiarize yourself with the campus Sexual Misconduct Policy.

Content Warning

In this class, the topics of gender based violence, including sexual assault, rape, stalking, online stalking, harassment, doxxing, dating/domestic violence, and murder will emerge in readings, films, and class discussions. Making connections with the topics studied can be meaningful and important but they may trigger traumatic feelings. If you are worried about your ability to cope with feelings evoked by readings, films, and class discussions about sexual assault, rape, stalking, or dating/domestic/intimate partner violence, please discuss this as soon as possible with your instructor, the Dean of Students Office (562-907-4233), or Disability Services (562-907-4825).


Students desiring accommodations on the basis of physical, learning, or psychological disability for this class are to contact Disability Services. Disability Services is located on the ground floor of the Library, room G003, and can be reached by calling extension 4825. No requirement exists that accommodations be made prior to completion of this approved College process, but keep in mind that it will be more difficult for me to be accommodating if I do not know ahead of time. 

Academic Integrity

It is expected that all of the work you do for this class will be original, or otherwise cited. Plagiarism will result in a failing grade on the plagiarized assignment and possible disciplinary action by the university. We will review the proper way to use outside sources in order to avoid plagiarism; however, I encourage you to meet with me or email me if you are at all uncertain about where something like collaboration ends and plagiarism begins according to contemporary standards. If you are unsure about whether the work you are submitting is original, improperly cited, or plagiarized, consult with me, or with the institution’s entire Academic Honesty Policy.

Late Policy

Late work is penalized 1/3 of a grade per day, and is not accepted after one week. Failure to complete any of the course requirements will result in a failing course grade of “F.” If you know that you will be missing class, please notify me ahead of time so we can make alternate arrangements. If you fall ill or encounter some sort of emergency, notify me as soon as possible.

Communications Policy

As instructor, I reserve the right to ignore emails from unidentified senders. Please email me from an address that can be easily attributed to your identity (e.g. your email, or similar), be specific in your subject line (e.g. “Paper Questions”), and address the email appropriately. Expect a response within 8 hours during the workweek (I’m normally much faster). Messages received over the weekend will be addressed on  the following Monday. Emails the evening before an exam or assignment due date will most likely not receive responses.


These classroom policies are adapted from documents shared by Andrea Rehn & Bill Kronholm and Nadia Dawisha and Karen Dawisha