Respectful participation: Please note that people come to this class with different kinds of academic expertise, different life experiences, and different customs (both individual and cultural). These differences can, and hopefully will, contribute positively to the substance and quality of class discussion. However, because these differences are often related to social inequalities, they can also be a source of misunderstanding and frustration. It is thus important to keep in mind that active, respectful class participation is as much about listening to and engaging the ideas of others as it is about speaking one’s own mind.

In-Class Technology: You are permitted to use laptops and tablets in class to reference readings and take notes.  However, I reserve the right to ban any student or the class as a whole if the device becomes disruptive or distracting in any way.

That said, you should be aware that recent research finds that students do better in class when they are not distracted by their devices.  Follow the following links to learn more:

Phones should be turned off/silenced and put away during class.  If your phone proves to be distracting or disruptive, I reserve the right to hold your phone on my desk during class.


Incompletes: Except in extraordinary circumstances and with proper documentation, incompletes will not be granted for this course. After-the-fact requests for extensions and incompletes will not be considered. I really mean this.

Grade Change Policy (for all assignments and exams): Students disputing an answer marked wrong must submit their dispute in writing: documentation of the grading error; evidence of the error (from the text or lecture materials). These requests should be submitted directly to Professor Hackett only.

Email Policy and Etiquette: Demonstrate to me that you are a college student and an adult.  Need I say more… If I must, review the tips on email correspondence with professors at the following links (also found under ‘Resources’).



Queens College takes cheating and plagiarism very seriously; if caught you may fail the course and/or be suspended from the college. Don’t copy other people’s work. This means that you should not take the words or ideas of another person and submit them without acknowledging the original author. Examples of plagiarism include copying from another student’s homework assignment or taking phrases, paragraphs or papers from course readings, the internet or other students and representing them as your own. You must always indicate when you have used an idea from someone else’s work; anything else constitutes stealing from others and violates both the ethics of this class and established academic standards. There are now sophisticated search engines that prove beyond a reasonable doubt when students have downloaded web-based material and submitted it as their own (CUNY Policy on Academic Integrity, adapted June 28, 2004). See

You should know that using cell phones or other devices during exams, or writing down exam questions, is considered a serious violation of the above policy! Such behavior will result in failure of the exam and immediate referral to Queens College’s Academic Integrity Officer.