PHIL 602, Section 001 and PHIL 421, Section 001
Instructions for Handing In Semester Paper
Semester papers are due by 7 PM on May 10. There is no separate final exam for either of these classes.
How to hand in the semester paper:
I. To submit your paper ON May 10, please bring it to my office (Robinson B 462) between 3 PM and 7 PM. I will be in my office during those hours to receive the papers.
II. If you wish to submit your paper BEFORE May 10, you have four options: either
(a) bring it to class; OR
(b) bring it to my office during regularly scheduled office hours on April 26 or May 1 or May 3; OR
(c) bring it to my office during exam period office hours (see the end of this handout for schedule); OR
(d) put it in an envelope that has no markings other
than my name, and put this envelope in my mailbox in Robinson B 465
before May 10. If you choose this option - which I do not recommend
- please send me an email message to confirm that I have received
Do not submit your paper by e-mail - chances are very good that it will not come through.
No matter how you decide to hand in this assignment, keep a copy of it.
(It’s a good idea to do this with all of your assignments for all of
your classes anyway.)
III. If you would like to have this paper returned to you with comments after the end of the semester, you have two options:
(a) when you hand in the paper, include a
self-addressed stamped envelope (a regular letter-sized envelope is
(b) visit the Philosophy Department Office (Robinson
B 465) to pick it up. I will let you know when the comments are
completed and the papers ready to pick up (see below).
IV. If circumstances occur that prevent you from handing this assignment in on time
and you need to request a grade of Incomplete, you must request the
Incomplete in writing at least 24 hours before the due date. (This can
be done either by email or on paper.) If sudden circumstances arise
less than 24 hours before the due date and time that prevent you from
getting the assignment in on time, you must provide documentation of
these circumstances or else your assignment will not be accepted. In
order for your assignment to be accepted later than the due date and
time, you must EITHER request an IN by 7 PM on May 9 (24 hours before
the due date) OR show documentation of an emergency that occurred on
May 9 or 10. If you hand in your assignment late and do not either
request an IN 24 hours before the due date and time or show
documentation of a problem that occurred on May 9 or 10, your
assignment will not be accepted.
V. The grades for this course must be submitted by May 12. That does
not give an instructor time to write substantive comments before the
deadline for grade submission (especially an instructor who has two
classes submitting papers on May 10.) Therefore grading and commenting will proceed in this way:
I will grade the papers and submit the letter grades by the deadline.
(Realistically speaking, this means that the grades should be processed
and available to you somewhere between the 13th and the 15th.) While I
grade, I always write down notes for the comments I wish to make.
(These notes are in a kind of shorthand and are not legible to the
untrained eye.) Then, once the grades are submitted, I will type out
the comments and attach them to your papers. If you have given me a
stamped self-addressed envelope, I will return your paper to you that
way. If you have not given me such an envelope, I will place your paper
in a sealed envelope with your name on it, and place these envelopes in
the clear plastic racks that are on the left-side wall inside the
Philosophy Dept. Office. This will be in late May. I will email you at your GMU email addresses to tell you when the papers are ready for pickup.
VI. Office hours during exam period:
Monday May 8: 3 - 6 PM Tuesday May 9: 4 - 6 PM
Wednesday May 10: 3 - 7 PM
Good luck with all of your exams and papers, and have a great summer.