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Sisters in the Struggle: Kentucky Women in the Civil Rights Era, 1920s-1970s: 1e. Course Policies

Course Policies

Course Policies


Ethics and the Crafting of History: In the process of working together in this class to research, analyze and write the history of Kentucky women, students will work to retain the trust and respect of each other and the public at large.  This includes a shared strong belief in the integrity of historical productions and the records on which those creative works are based.  In other words, the ethics of history require us to be open about how and where we found our resources - using scholarly formats of bibliographies and annotations so that the public may discover the process by which the historical interpretation was crafted. Acknowledging the work of other historians is not only an important part of scholarly integrity but also an important way to build an academic community. Historians believe that there should be multiple and conflicting perspectives and that public critical inquiry enriches and deepens the dialogs in the historians scholarly community and improves the larger communities in which we all live.  According to the American Historical Association's "Statement on Standards of Professional Conduct" (, historians should:

·         "practice their craft with integrity"

·         "honor the historical record"

·         "document their sources"

·         "acknowledge their debts to the work of other scholars"

·         "respect and welcome divergent points of view even as they argue and subject those views to critical scrutiny"

·         "remember that our collective enterprise depends on mutual trust," and "never betray that trust."


Plagiarism, Cheating, and Incivilities: All academic work, written or otherwise, submitted by students to their instructors or other academic supervisors, is expected to be the result of their own thought, research, or self-express. In cases where you feel unsure about a question of plagiarism involving your work, look at the Ombud's website ( where you can find a paper on the definition of plagiarism and a tutorial. See also Part II of Student Rights and Responsibilities (6.3.1 at A first offence of plagiarism will earn a failing grade on the assignment in question; and you will not be allowed to submit any further work without a conference with me during which you show a draft of your work. The second offence will deserve a more public hearing by the History Department Chair and Ombud with a permanent record being established in your academic file.  Students shall respect the dignity of all others and positively value differences among members of our academic community. Open discussion and debate aid academic discovery and students have the right to respectfully disagree. Students have the right to take reasoned exception and to voice opinions contrary to those offered by the instructor and/or other students (S.R. 6.2.1). Equally, faculty has the right - and the responsibility - to ensure that all academic discourse occurs in a context characterized by respect and civility. Students shall not engage in attacks of a personal nature or make statements denigrating another on the basis of race, sex, religion, sexual orientation, age, national/regional origin or other irrelevant factors (


Attendance: The class will meet twice a week in a combined lecture/discussion format, with frequent in-class activities involving the interpretation of primary documents.  Because each class meeting is very important practice in analyzing historical sources about Kentucky women in the 20th century and in getting to know your project partners, attendance is mandatory. Participation in discussion and interpretive activities is crucial, and issues raised in either context will be included on the in-class exams.  Tardiness is disruptive to the scholarly discussions underway and rude to your classmates. If extenuating circumstances force you to be late or absent, discuss the situation with your group members AND me at least one day before the class meeting. More than two unexcused absences will result in the loss of 5 percentage points off the final grade for each absence.


Late Work: All work is due on the day assigned, so students should plan far in advance so to make sure no work is late. Your group work and blog entries cannot be late - this part of the students' work is similar to their attendance in class. Late work affects your overall grade in a variety of ways. If you wish to maintain full credit for a scheduled assignment, you must in advance negotiate with me and your team to find an acceptable compromise within a week of the original deadline. You will not be allowed to make up for a responsibility you have in this class unless you have communicated with us to make alternative arrangements before the scheduled date and time.


Accommodations: Any student in need of special accommodations in order to meet the requirements of the course should inform the instructor at the beginning of the semester. Any student with a special educational need who is taking this course and needs classroom or exam accommodations should contact the Disability Resource Center, 257-2754, Room 2 Alumni Gym,