A. Written Report:
1. Report will reflect an effort by each student to research some aspect of Constitutional Law.
2. Report must be no less than 7 ½ pages and no more than 10 pages in length. It should be typewritten and double-spaced, using a size 12 font, New Times Roman or Arial ONLY. The Works Cited pages are not included in this count. 20 points will be deducted for each page short of the minimum 7 ½ pages.
3. Report should be written using correct grammar and punctuation.
4. Report will be written using the MLA format with internal documentation and a works cited page listing at least four references, only half of which can be from the Internet. Any references from the Internet must be peer-reviewed research, not blogs or someone’s opinion. Major news sources are ok (MSNBC, FOX, CNN, ABC, CBS, etc. Government and university sites are usually ok, but check first. DO NOT USE WIKIPEDIA!! If you do, it will not be counted as a source. In fact, I may count off it you use it. It is unreliable and not an academic source.
5. An MLA style guide can be found at.
https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/ Follow the style guide exactly when writing your paper.
6. Reports shall be submitted no later than the date indicated on the class schedule page. Late reports will be accepted, but 10 points will be deducted for each day late, beginning at one minute past the time deadline on the due date. Students may submit their papers early. The paper will be submitted electronically through the link “paper” on the welcome page of Moodle. It’s your job to submit it. Don’t email it to me. If it has been correctly submitted, you will receive an email from turnitin. If you do not have this email, then you have not submitted the paper. An originality report will be generated for you. Any paper with a similarity report greater than 25% will not be graded and will receive a zero. You might want to submit early and revise if the originality report is too high. If you have to resubmit after the due date, you will have contact me and I will have to delete the previous submission. Before the due date, the paper can be resubmitted at will as often as you like.
7. Papers will be graded along the following guidelines:
a. Any failure to comply with MLA format results in the loss of 20 points (this includes form of bibliography entries, notes, format of pages, etc.). 20 points will be lost for each lack of compliance with MLA. If your page numbers are out of compliance, that’s minus 20 points. If a bibliographic entry is out of compliance, that’s another 20 points, etc. Any paper submitted in an APA, ASA, or any other format other than MLA will not be graded and will receive a zero.
b. Failure to comply with any requirements found in syllabus is minus 20 points. 20 points will be lost for each reference less than the requirement of 4. However, a complete lack of references will result in a zero.
c. The lack of a works cited page or parenthetical citations of references (internal notes referencing your works cited) will result in a zero. This constitutes plagiarism (claiming someone else’s work as your own) & is illegal.
d. Direct quotes must be in
8. The topic of the paper can reflect the student’s interest in a specific problem related to Criminology or Penology, or it can evaluate a particular sociological study or perspective of some aspect of Criminology or Penology. A few sentences describing the proposed project will be required and must be submitted on the date indicated on the class schedule and approved by the ins