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Program Policies


The Composition Program follows the add/drop schedule set by the Registrar’s Office. WR courses also feature waitlists, which usually close at 10AM on the Wednesday of Week 1. Students may add or drop writing classes up until the end of the Saturday of Week One.



For 121:  There are no prerequisites for registration in a WR 121 course. English language learners may, but are not required to, enroll in AEIS courses prior to registering for WR 121.

For 122/123: Successful completion of WR 121 or an equivalent officially approved by UO is required for enrollment in WR 122 or 123. Students who enroll in a course for which they have not met the prerequisites will be notified and dropped by the English Department. Academic advisors can assist students if they have questions about WR122 or 123 placement. 

* Students have the option to waive the 121 or 122 requirement by taking a waiver exam. The no-credit waiver exam is offered during Week 1 of Fall, Winter, and Spring terms at the UO Testing Center. Students should test to waive their writing requirement one term in advance of enrollment in a writing course. The WR 122 waiver exam is available only to students who have completed or tested out of WR121. Students may not attempt both the WR121 and WR122 exam during the same quarter. See the UO Testing Center website for further details and scheduling. 



Attendance is required for all 100-level Writing courses, which are discussion-based and require the active engagement of all students to fulfill the course learning outcomes. While instructors may set their own attendance policies, the Composition program’s policy is that any absence beyond two equivalent weeks of class (four absences for a 2-day/week class or six absences for a 3-day/week class) may result in course failure. Absences equivalent to three full weeks of class (six absences for a 2-day/week class or nine absences for a 3-day/week class) will result in course failure. Students should consult with instructors in the case of illness or other circumstances beyond a student’s control which preclude them from attending class long-term.


Academic Honesty 

All work submitted in Writing  courses must be the student’s original work  and be written exclusively for the course, which means students  may not submit papers or portions of papers that have been written for any other course. The use of sources (ideas, quotations, paraphrases) must be properly documented. Please refer to the Composition Program’s e-handbook resources as well as the Student Conduct Code on the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards website. In cases where academic misconduct has been clearly established, the award of up to an F for the final course grade is the standard practice of the Composition Program.  See your instructor if you have any questions about your use of sources. 


Academic Misconduct Procedures 

To ensure that the Composition Program maintains a consistent response to academic misconduct, misconduct cases are administered by the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards (OSCCS), and not by individual instructors. While misconduct cases are being evaluated, instructors cannot discuss the assignment(s) in question, but may continue to help students with all other course work. 

If an assignment is under evaluation for potential academic misconduct , the Composition Program will notify the student  by email and OSCCS will contact the student to schedule a meeting. Until a case is resolved through OSCCS, no work from the assignment in question can be included in assignments for the course. Students  are encouraged to communicate with instructors about guidelines and requirements for continuing coursework on a case-specific basis. 



The Director of Composition must approve requests for the grade “Incomplete” in advance of the end of the quarter. Such approval will be granted only in cases when some minor but essential aspect of the course cannot be completed by students through unforeseen circumstances beyond their control. 



The University of Oregon is working to create inclusive learning environments and works with the Accessible Education Center to execute reasonable accessibility-related accommodations in the WR classroom. Students with access issues should notify instructors in Week One and discuss any aspects of the  instruction or design of this course that result in disability-related barriers to their participation. Students may also contact the Accessible Education Center in 164 Oregon Hall at 541-346-1155 or


Observance of Religious Holidays 

Students who observe religious holidays at times when academic requirements conflict with those observances must inform instructors in advance of the holiday. Students are responsible for making up missed work according to a schedule determined in advance with  the instructor. 


Sexual- and Gender-Based Violence 

Any student who has experienced sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, coercion, and/or sexual harassment is encouraged to seek help. Please visit for information. You are also strongly encouraged to contact Renae DeSautel, Sexual Violence Response & Support Services Coordinator,, who will keep your information confidential. In addition, the UO Ombuds office (541 346-6400 or can provide confidential support and assistance. Students can also contact any pastor, priest, imam, or another member of the clergy. All of these people, including all UO faculty members, have an obligation not to reveal your name or other specific information without your permission, although faculty members do have to provide “general information” that will help us create a safer campus. Instructors can also reassign work partners and make other necessary accommodations.