Professor Johnson’s Policies

Marshall University Policies

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Letter grades are based on the percentage of points received out of a total number of points possible. Grades will be determined on the following point percentage system: 92-100 A, 85-91 B, 77-84 C, 70-76 D, 0-69 F. You can review your grade standing at any time by checking your “My Grades” link in MUOnline. Tests, quizzes, exercises and assignments will be graded and returned to you as soon as practical–usually the next class meeting for on campus classes and within a week for online courses.

If you have 100% attendance, are punctual, meet deadlines and complete all work in an acceptable manner you should expect a grade of C; if you do the work well, a B; and if you do it really well, an A.

  • The grade of A is awarded for outstanding work. Such work shows great initiative, resourcefulness and conscientious execution.
  • The grade of B is awarded to excellent work that is clearly above average, reflects good choice of topic/subject and is something special.
  • The grade of C is for average work that meets all assignment requirements and is accurate, neat and error free.
  • The grade of D is for poor work that fails to meet requirements, and/or includes some errors and/or demonstrates carelessness, incompleteness or sloppiness.
  • The grade of F is given for unacceptable work that is far short of requirements, is superficial, is late or shows minimal effort.

I include specific grading criteria in the syllabus for each course.

SOJMC Diversity Statement

This statement affirms the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications’ commitment to an environment of teaching and learning, which recognizes and welcomes diversity of race, color, culture, sex, sexual orientation, age, religion, national origin, marital status and economic, political and ethnic backgrounds. Consistent with Marshall University’s dedication to this principle, the School of Journalism and Mass Communications is committed to developing the potential of all students by creating and maintaining an environment that promotes and fosters understanding in a multicultural, global community. The dean and faculty believe that a diverse faculty, staff and student population value differences and similarities among people and supports the mission of the organization. — Adopted 12/01/2010

In addition, I am committed to full accessibility. If you need help, ask. Disabled Student Services may be found at Prichard Hall 117, 304.696.2271.

My Responsibility Statement

You, as future journalists, editors, strategic communications practitioners and managers are influencers and leaders of other people. Therefore, you must appreciate that talking across (and about) race, gender, class, geography, age, sexual orientation and other differences requires an awareness of those differences deeper perhaps than the average person possesses.

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