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The University has an extensive set of COVID related-policies involving masks, vaccinations, etc. that we all must follow.

If you have questions about them, please feel free to raise them in class; I may not have up-to-date answers, but this will be a moving target.

Attendance problems for reasons of ill-health will not be penalized.

Academic Integrity

Plagiarism is the serious intellectual sin in the humanities. All work you submit must be your own in accordance with CAS guidelines (


Please inform me privately as soon as possible if you needs that need accomodating.

New York University provides reasonable accommodations to qualified students who disclose their disability to the Moses Center. Reasonable accommodations are adjustments to policy, practice, and programs that provide equal access to NYU‘s programs and activities. Accommodations and other related services are determined on a case-by-case basis, taking into consideration each student’s disability-related needs and NYU program requirements.

Religious observances

Should a due date or class meeting fall on a religious observance that is not an NYU holiday, please let me know and we can make accomodations. NYU’s policy on religious observances is online:

Counseling and Wellness

If you experience any health or mental health issues during this course, I encourage you to utilize the support services of the 24/7 NYU Wellness Exchange 212-443-9999.

If you are having mental health problems that are preventing you from attending class or completing assignments, please let me know as soon as possible.

Use of Electronic Devices

Laptops and tablets are allowed in class, and it is permissible to use them to refer to notes and readings. Nonetheless, I strongly encourage you to print out readings if you are able to do so; if you find the expense prohibitive, I am happy to print up to three week’s worth of readings in advance for any student who comes to office hours.

But we’re all sick of screens right now.

Web browsing, e-mail, etc., are not allowed. Not even when the activity is directly related to class discussion. If you think it’s critically important that you get a reference from Wikipedia or wherever to contribute to class, you can ask. But just post it to Brightspace afterwards.

Phones must remain in bags, pockets, etc. If I see you using a cell phone, I will mentally note a zero for the day in class participation. I may ask you to put it away, but often I will not say anything because to do so would be insulting to the peers you are ignoring.

You are not as sneaky texting under the table as you think you are.