Welcome to your first semester of college!

This course will help you develop college-level skills in academic writing, media creation, oral communication, and critical analysis.  Class time will be primarily discussions, class writing, film viewing, and activities centered around media analysis.  There will be minimal lecture.

The learning goals for this class are shared with Math 107 and as needed, class sessions may overlap.

All students should strive to be fully committed to be fully engaged in the lectures and discussions that take place.  You are expected to:

      • Actively participate in all class activities.
      • Volunteer contributions on a regular basis.
      • Arrive to class on time.  Bathroom breaks should be kept to a minimum, and should be taken silently and without class interruption.
      • Respect the professor and other students, especially during student presentations.


      • Students should not be using their computers for e-mail, checking social media or pursuing other activities not related to class.  Students may use computers for note taking, although as the exams in the class are based on readings rather than class lecture/discussion, the full attention of each student and commitment to discussion and other activities is the primary expectation.
      • Students should not be texting.  (Personal issues are certainly a part of life.  An emergency text requires that a student step out of class to handle such an emergency.  Such occurrences should be very rare.)
      • Having a beverage in class is absolutely allowed.  Students should refrain from eating in class.
      • Different viewpoints are encouraged and respected.  Students are encouraged to continue the discussion of themes and topics outside of class time.  However, outside identification of individuals with opinions different from you for the purpose of harassment, mockery, etc., is unacceptable.
      • The instructor reserves the right to require that a student leave who is causing a disruption in class.
      • Grades will be posted on Blackboard within a week of submission. Please monitor your grades regularly.
      • Assignments are due at the beginning of class on the due date. Students start the semester with four virtual late tickets.  For each class that an assignment is late, a student may request to use one ticket.
        • To redeem the ticket, a student must e-mail the professor requesting that a ticket be used prior to a class meeting.  (e.g., for an assignment three classes late, e-mail the professor three times, prior to each of the classes .) After the tickets are gone, late assignments will not be accepted.  It is recommended that students save tickets for unavoidable situations, etc..
        • Without a ticket left (or if a student doesn’t ask to use a ticket), late assignments will receive zero points.
        • No tickets may be redeemed after Thanksgiving.  The last two assignments are due as stated, no exceptions.
        • For each unredeemed ticket, a student will receive a bonus of five points at the end of the semester.
        • Assignments are due whether or not you attend class (see Attendance Policy below).
        • In the unfortunate instances of severe illness, hospitalization, etc., please discuss other arrangements with the professor.
      • The method for submitting assignments will be included with the assignment.  Unless otherwise noted, all submissions will be submitted digitally through Blackboard.
      • All projects and exercises must be original work. See page of notices concerning issues of plagiarism.
      • Lost assignments are never a valid excuse for a late submission. Careful handling of files and rigorous backup procedures should be followed.


      • Course information, schedules, and assignments will be on this website. Many readings (as indicated) and grades will be posted on Blackboard.
      • When you e-mail Professor Sarachan, use an appropriate subject and greeting (“Professor Sarachan,”) to receive a timely response. It is strongly that you use your Fisher e-mail to send the professor messages (so as to avoid getting your e-mail stuck in the SPAM filter.)  You will almost always receive a response within 24 hours.  Do not expect a response in the evening (if sent the same evening) or anytime Friday night or Saturday.

Statement of Inclusion

I believe we should all be respectful and supportive of each other, regardless of race, class, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, and gender identification.  Appreciation of diversity is a cornerstone of a college education. 
In and out of class, I seek to create an inclusive environment where students are encouraged to expand the boundaries of their knowledge and accept discomfort in the pursuit of understanding. In order to achieve this, I encourage all members of the class to develop habits of active listening, non-judgement, and curiosity.
 We identify ourselves in all sorts of ways, including ways that go beyond traditional gender designations of male and female. Some of us may, for whatever reason, choose names and/or pronouns (e.g., she, he, they, ze) that differ from those on our birth certificates or college records. All such choices are respected equally in this class.
If you feel comfortable, please inform me (privately, if you wish) about your own choice for how you wish to be referred to in class and in all our interactions, as well as any other issues that you think may be relevant and you wish to bring to my attention.

Attendance Policy

      • You will lose 15 points from your total grade out of 1000 after two (2) absences, and then 15 additional points for each absence after that.  After six (6) absences, you will receive an FA for the class.
      • Serious Illness/jury duty, etc. should be discussed with the professor.  Do not come to class sick.  Communication is the key to this policy.  (Don’t just skip class.)
      • It is your responsibility to first contact another student (or the professor as necessary) to find out what you have missed and make arrangements to make-up work.
      • Absences do not alter your responsibility to hand in assignments on time. (In cases when this is impossible, you must contact the instructor ahead of time.)
      • If you will be unable to fulfill requirements, it is your responsibility to drop the class. You may drop the class with no record on your transcript until Monday, September 30 at 4:30pm.  That can be somewhat complicated with learning communities, so please talk to the professor(s) first.

College Policy Concerning Students with Disabilities

In compliance with St. John Fisher College policy and applicable laws, appropriate academic accommodations are available to students. Requests for accommodations must be supported by appropriate documentation/diagnosis and determined reasonable by St. John Fisher College. Students with documented disabilities (physical, learning, psychological) who may need academic accommodations are advised to refer to the Disability Services website


Questions should be directed to the Coordinator of Disability Services in the Disability Services Office and Test Center, Kearny 300. Late notification will delay requested accommodations.

Professor Sarachan’s addendum: Please speak to me about any thing I can do to help your ability to learn and be successful in class.  Individuals learn differently and some methods of teaching can be more or less effective for different people.  I’d like to hear about and discuss what I can do to help you achieve success, whether or not this is related to a documented issue.  

Academic Honesty

The work that students submit must be 100 percent their own. Anything else is plagiarism, which is a serious offense both academically and professionally. Communications professionals who plagiarize the work of others are fired from their jobs; students can expect severe repercussions as well, starting with a grade of ZERO on any assignment that the instructor discovers has been plagiarized. (Plagiarism also is punishable by further sanctions, up to and including expulsion from school.)  The college’s academic honesty policy, which includes descriptions of problem practices, procedures for addressing suspected plagiarism and potential sanctions for violating the policy, is posted at http://www.sjfc.edu/PDFs/AcademicHonesty.pdf.
The professor will report all cases of plagiarism to the registrar’s office.

I will be discussing the use of copyrighted images in submitted work.  Although there are considerations of fair use, such action must be taken deliberately and thoughtfully.

Statement on Academic Integrity

“All students, regardless of level or school, are responsible for following the St. John Fisher College Academic Integrity Policy in addition to any other individual school’s or program’s academic expectations and/or professional standards. Every student is expected to demonstrate academic integrity in all academic pursuits at all times. If a student suspects that another student has violated the Academic Integrity Policy, he or she should contact the instructor for that course and provide support for that suspicion. Any finding of responsibility and associated sanctions for a violation of the Academic Integrity Policy is retained per the College records policy.

All students are expected to be familiar with the details of the Academic Honesty Policy (available via http://catalog.sjfc.edu/undergraduate/2016-2017/academic-information/integrity.dot