Policies and Office Hours

Office Hours

You can check my calendar to make an appointment during my office hours. If those times don’t work for you, though, I’m more than happy to arrange a meeting with you outside of my scheduled hours.


While I do my best to respond to your emails quickly, don’t expect me to do so on Sundays. Following the wisdom of people like Wendell Berry and Andy Crouch, I endeavor to stay off my computer on Sunday. I’ll often get back online Sunday evening, so I may be able to respond then, but I’d encourage you to carve out time for rest and for God and to stay away from the digital “ecosystem of interruption technologies.”

Classroom Environment

In order for all of us to make the most of our time, please act in a respectful and responsible manner during class. This includes no hats, no headphones, no text messaging, no ringing/buzzing/beeping things, and no laptops (you’ll learn better with your laptop closed; really). Respect for your fellow students also means conducting our conversations with politeness and consideration for others’ positions.

Academic Integrity    

All Spring Arbor students must abide by the university’s academic integrity policy; this is designed to help you practice the proper gratitude toward others in the conversations in which you engage. St. Bonaventure’s (1221-1274) definition of an author still holds true:

A man might write the work of others, adding and changing nothing in which case he is simply called a ‘scribe’ (scriptor). Another writes the work of others with additions which are not his own; and he is called a ‘compiler’ (compilator). Another writes both others’ work and his own, but with others’ work in principal place, adding his own for purposes of explanation; and he is called a ‘commentator’ (commentator), rather than an author. But he who writes both his own work and others’ but with his own work in principal place adding others’ for purposes of confirmation; such a man should be called an ‘author’ (auctor).

You are responsible for making yourself aware of and understanding the policies and procedures in the Undergraduate Catalog (p. 41) that pertain to Academic Integrity. These policies include cheating, fabrication, falsification and forgery, multiple submission, plagiarism, complicity, and computer misuse. If there is reason to believe you have been involved in academic dishonesty, you will be referred to the Office of Student Judicial Affairs. You will be given the opportunity to review the charge(s). If you believe you are not responsible, you will have the opportunity to claim such. If you violate SAU’s policy on academic integrity, you will receive a zero on the essay and may fail the course. You should consult with me if you are uncertain about an issue of academic honesty prior to the submission of an essay.

Disability Services

Spring Arbor University, in compliance with Federal regulations and in support of our efforts to enable students to maximize their God-given talents and abilities, provides the Academic Student Connections (ASC) office to direct academic services for students with disabilities. Students with disabilities may request accommodations as provided within federal law. Documentation and requests should be made to the Disability Services Coordinator as early in the semester as possible to prevent delays in accommodation. Students may contact Willie Lewis in the Academic Student Connections (ASC), 517-750-6479 or 517-750-6481. Further information regarding policies and guidelines can be found on the SAU website.


Submission of Essays

Essays submitted late will be penalized one letter grade each succeeding day. Essays turned in on the due date but after the first five minutes of class will be penalized one half of a letter grade.