Grading Information (and other course-related info.)

Grades will be determined based on the following factors and weightings:
(click on each below for a full description)
Discussion Questions
Article Presentation
Theory Paper (a.k.a. take-home midterm)
Research Proposal (a.k.a. final paper)
Student Topics
Participation & Contributions


Grading Scale:

Grades will be assigned using the following scale:
94.00% & above
90.00% - 93.99%
87.00% - 89.99%
83.00% - 86.99%
80.00% - 82.99%
77.00% - 79.99%
73.00% - 76.99%
70.00% - 72.99%
67.00% - 69.99%
60.00% - 66.99%
59.99% & below
= A / 4.0
= A- / 3.7
= B+ / 3.3
= B / 3.0
= B- / 2.7
= C+ / 2.3
= C / 2.0
= C- / 1.7
= D+ / 1.3
= D / 1.0
= F / 0.0


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Participation & Contributions:
This course is designed a discussion class. Your input and energy is vital to its success. Fifteen percent of your course grade is allotted to your contributions and efforts in class.

Attendance and Absence Policy:
Class attendance and participation is expected. Students are responsible for all announcements made in class, whether they are present or not. If you must miss a class, please let me know (via e-mail: Course grades for students missing an unacceptable number of class meetings may be adjusted at my discretion.

You are expected to complete assignments (e.g., discussion questions you are responsible for, presentations you are scheduled to make, papers to turn in) in a timely manner, and to meet the deadlines outlined in the course schedule or announced in class. If you cannot complete assignments on time because of an unforeseen occurrence (e.g., illness, family emergency etc.), or because of a school-related conflict (e.g., conflict with other course assignments or activities), please contact me immediately. Acceptance of late work will be at my discretion, and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Grade Changes / Regrade Procedure:
All grade disputes are to be made in writing (please type). We will not discuss or argue regrades in person. All requests for regrades must be made within two weeks after the exam or assignment is returned to the class (or within 2 weeks of the start of the following term for the research proposal).

When disputing a grade, you should state the dispute and the number of points you feel you should have received for the assignment or exam, and the reason you feel your work or answer is correct (including support from the readings or lecture notes). Please note that when you ask for an exam or assignment to be regraded it may be regraded in its entirety, and there is a possibility of losing points. All requests for regrades should be submitted to me along with the original assignment.

Understanding appropriate sources for citations:

For all assignments and exams, the following are considered appropriate and valid sources for citations and references:

  • Published journal articles, both in on-line and paper formats.
  • Professional handbook chapters and reviews (i.e., edited volumes with chapters written by psychological researchers).
  • Academic books (i.e., books written by psychological researchers).

The following are not to be used as citations in your work:

  • Information found on the internet, unless it is the on-line version of a scientific journal (e.g., accessing an electronic version of a journal on-line is fine). This includes Wikipedia and/or any other webpages.
  • Any undergraduate-level text book.

In short, you should always be working with the primary literature written by psychological researchers. If you have questions about a particular source, please ask.

A few of other important points:

  • Buy a stapler…Unstapled papers will not be accepted (or will have their grades adjusted). This includes paper clips, folded corners, etc. In short, make sure your papers are permanently secured with a staple or other such binding. And if your stapler won’t handle the number of pages you’re trying to staple, use a bigger stapler.
  • Silence your cell phones, and put them away during class. Please do not text-message or otherwise fiddle with your wireless communication devices in class.
  • Please do not submit papers or assignments electronically (i.e., don’t e-mail me with your papers attached). Spam filters and other such technological goof-ups make e-mailing papers problematic.

A few words about plagiarism and academic dishonesty:
I tend to have a relaxed and laid back teaching style, but do not mistake this for a lack of rigor. I take plagiarism and academic integrity very seriously. Plagiarism involves your use of another person’s work, words, or ideas without properly crediting them. This includes copying the work from another student’s paper or exam, as well as using direct quotes from a source, such as your textbook or a journal article, without citing the author. Simply rewording a sentence or passage from another source without giving credit is also inappropriate. Furthermore, using another person’s ideas without a proper citation is considered plagiarism as well. The best way to assure that your work does not plagiarize from another source is to liberally use citations within your work (e.g., be very thorough with your references—we will discuss APA style of references in class if necessary) and to ask me if you are ever in doubt. 

I feel very strongly about academic dishonesty—it will not be tolerated. Do your own work, and know and follow the Haverford College Honor Code.

A note on discussing relationships:
This course is meant as an overview of the research in the field of close relationships, and as a critical examination of the theories that guide this research. While it may be helpful to sometimes use examples from your personal experiences in discussion, this class is not the appropriate forum to disclose sensitive personal information or to seek guidance regarding your relationships. My training is in experimental social psychology, not clinical practice or therapy—am I not qualified to give advice regarding any individual’s personal relationships (and will not attempt to do so).

Accommodating student needs/disabilities:
Students who think they may need accommodations in this course because of the impact of a disability are encouraged to meet with me privately early in the semester. Students should also contact Rick Webb, Coordinator, Office of Disabilities Services (, 610-896-1290) to verify their eligibility for reasonable accommodations as soon as possible. Early contact will help to avoid unnecessary inconvenience and delays.