Behavior and Expectations

  • Participation:


    Some of the class sessions in this course are “plenary” sessions, which will typically be in a lecture format and where we will all meet together (in person and/or online via Zoom); other sessions are “breakouts,” where you will meet in your section groups. Both these sessions will be led by one of your professors. In addition, a third type of session (held every Friday) will be a peer-led “dialogue session, where you will meet in your section groups.


    Students are expected to attend all plenary, breakout, and dialogue sessions, and to be ready to participate, particularly in the breakout and dialogue sessions. Your professors reserve the right to “cold call” people who have not raised their hands. Students will need to have a connected device (phone, tablet, or laptop) that can send text messages for in-class polls. Please be in touch with your professors if this presents a hardship.


  • General Expectations:


    Students and faculty each bear a responsibility for maintaining an appropriate learning environment, which includes treating all in our class community with courtesy and sensitivity. Please do not use your devices during class for non-class matters, and if at all possible do not leave and then return to the classroom in the middle of class.


    Class rosters are provided to the instructor with the student’s legal name. We will gladly honor your request to address you by an alternate name or gender pronoun. Please advise us of this preference early in the semester so that we may make appropriate changes to our records. For more information on the standards of accountability for students and faculty at Wesleyan University, see the Standards of Conduct outlined by the Office of Student Affairs and the 15 regulations that comprise the Code of Non-Academic Conduct.


  • Online Learning Etiquette:


    All students are asked to have their cameras on for the duration of any online sessions, which helps all of us feel connected. If this presents difficulties because of limited connectivity or other reasons, please be in touch with the instructors so that we understand your situation.


This course is graded credit – unsatisfactory (Cr-U), which means that to earn credit in the class, you must complete the course assignments to a satisfactory level. If you cannot complete an assignment by the deadline, please let the instructors know ahead of time, and we can discuss accommodations. Due dates are listed on the Assignments page as well as on the Course Calendar.

More specifically, in order to achieve a satisfactory grade, you must:

  • Receive at least a “1” grade on 2/3rds (or more) of the Perusall readings
  • Complete the Introductory Unit Essay and all four Synthesis Essays
  • Receive at least a “check” grade on three of the Synthesis Essays
  • Complete all exercises and Journal Entries (there are six of these for each Live Like a Philosopher week)
If you run into difficulties, please be in touch with one of the instructors as soon as possible.

Covid-19 Code of Conduct

To protect your health and safety, the health and safety of instructors and staff, and the health and safety of your peers, all students must understand and adhere to the University’s Covid-19 Code of Conduct. Students are encouraged to review the code of conduct regularly to stay up to date on the current code. The course instructors reserve the right to refuse to allow any student into the classroom who does not adhere this code of conduct.

Time Commitment

While the exact time commitment for the class will vary individually and over the course of the semester, we recommend that you budget approximately three out-of-class hours for every class hour to complete the reading, assignments, and exercises. We have designed the class so that it should be feasible to satisfactorily complete the requirements with approximately twelve hours per week of time commitment. If you are spending more time than this on a regular basis we encourage you to check in with us.

Accommodation Statement

Wesleyan University is committed to ensuring that all qualified students with disabilities are afforded an equal opportunity to participate in, and benefit from, its programs and services. To receive accommodations, a student must have a disability as defined by the ADA. Since accommodations may require early planning and generally are not provided retroactively, please contact Accessibility Services as soon as possible.

If you have a disability, or think that you might have a disability, please contact Accessibility Services in order to arrange an appointment to discuss your needs and the process for requesting accommodations. Accessibility Services is located in North College, rooms 021/218, or can be reached by email (accessibility@wesleyan.edu) or phone (860-685-2332).

Religious Observances

Faculty make every effort to deal reasonably and fairly with all students who, because of religious obligations, have conflicts with scheduled exams, assignments, or required assignments/attendance. If this applies to you, please speak with us directly as soon as possible at the beginning of the term.

Discrimination and Harassment

Wesleyan University is committed to maintaining a positive learning, working, and living environment. Wesleyan will not tolerate acts of discrimination or harassment based upon Protected Classes or related retaliation against or by any employee or student. For purposes of this Wesleyan policy, “Protected Classes” refers to race, color, national origin, sex, pregnancy, age, disability, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, political affiliation or political philosophy. Individuals who believe they have been discriminated against should contact the Office for Equity and Inclusion at 860-685-4771.

Honor Code

All students of Wesleyan University are responsible for knowing and adhering to the Honor Code of this institution. Violations of this policy may include: cheating, plagiarism, aid of academic dishonesty, fabrication, lying, bribery, and threatening behavior. All incidents of academic misconduct shall be reported to the Honor Code Council at the Office of Student Affairs. Students who are found to be in violation of the academic integrity policy will be subject to both academic sanctions from the faculty member and non-academic sanctions (including but not limited to university probation, suspension, or expulsion). The Office of Student Affairs has more information.