The AccessAbility Center/Student Disability Services ensures equal access and full participation to all of City College’s programs, services, and activities by coordinating and implementing appropriate accommodations. If you are a student with a disability who requires accommodations and services, please visit the office in NAC 1/218, or contact AAC/SDS via email (disabilityservices@ccny.cuny.edu), or phone (212-650-5913 or  212-650-8441)


Blackboard is required for all asynchronous classwork including assignments, participation, and grading. Please refrain from emailing your papers; you may do so just in case of real technical issues with Bb. 

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra will be used for synchronous office hours sessions. The direct link to the tool is available on the Bb menu. You can also access it through the Tools link. 

You are required to use Blackboard in Writing About Art for submitting all the assignments. Your grades will be posted on Blackboard.

If you experience any issues logging in, please contact

Service Desk
Location: NA 1/301 (main desk: inside the cITy TECH Center)
Phone: 212 650-7878

CCNY Laptop Loaner Program: https://www.ccny.cuny.edu/it/laptop-loaner-program.


-3 Short Papers* – 30% (10% each)
-3 Short Paper Outlines* – 15% (5% each)
-Term Paper – 35% (outline*- 10%;  final draft – 25%)
-Online Participation (discussion board posts, study-guide tests, extra credit submissions)  20%
Total: 100%

*Rewrites will be accepted. The grade for that assignment will be an average of the original grade and the grade on the rewrite.
**3% of the grade per day will be deducted for each assignment submitted after the deadline (this includes weekends).

Grading system
Grading Late Submissions

To acknowledge the effort of those who do submit their papers on time and discourage students from late submissions, 3% of the performance grade per day will be deducted for each assignment submitted after the deadline (this includes weekends). In other words, if the assignment was 24 hours late, the grade would be 3% lower than it would have been if the assignment was submitted on time. The grade would be 6% less if the assignment was submitted 48 hours after the deadline, and so on. This rule does not apply to students who requested (and received) an extension via email before the assignment due date and to students who gave me a letter issued by the AccessAbility Center/Student Disability Services (AAC/SDS).

No bulk submission of past due assignments is allowed after the last day of classes! This is a writing-intensive class. Each assignment builds upon the previous and it is of the utmost importance that the assignments are submitted on time. Writing is a skill and it takes time to develop one. Outlines submitted after the Final Draft due dates will be ignored at any point during the semester.


You may request an extension for the short paper assignments via email for a maximum of 6 days, but please specify the date when I should receive the submission form you. If I do not receive a submission from you after the date you specified in the extension request, I will take away 3% of the performance grade per day.

No extension is allowed for the term paper and online participation assignments.

Submitting the outlines and the final drafts for both short and term assignments at the same time is strongly discouraged. In that case, only the final draft will be graded and the outline ignored. 

Even though the policy may appear strict, it is designed to maintain your learning curve and quality of academic instruction while having in mind these truly remarkable circumstances. 

Online Participation

Online participation will be graded based on your discussion board posts, study-guide tests, and extra credit submissions. You will have one week to complete each online participation task and no late submissions will be allowed.  For each response, you will receive a 100 % if you submit it, or a 0% if you fail to submit by the end of the module.


The CUNY Policy on plagiarism states the following: Plagiarism is the act of presenting another person’s ideas, research or writings as your own. The following are some examples of plagiarism, but by no means is it an exhaustive list:

1. Copying another person’s actual words without the use of quotation marks and footnotes attributing the words to their source.

2. Presenting another person’s ideas or theories in your own words without acknowledging the source.

3. Using information that is not common knowledge without acknowledging the source.

4. Failing to acknowledge collaborators on homework and laboratory assignments.

5. Internet plagiarism includes submitting downloaded term papers or parts of term papers, paraphrasing or copying information from the internet without citing the source, and “cutting and pasting” from various sources without proper attribution.²

The City College Faculty Senate has approved a procedure for addressing violations of academic integrity.