In our classroom, I hope to foster a meaningful, mature climate of mutual respect where we learn and communicate together as a community. I intend to treat my students as adults in a professional, pleasant environment, and I expect nothing less in return. While we encourage lively discussion of sometimes controversial topics, I will not tolerate aggressive or disrespectful remarks in the classroom. Please keep cell phones on silent or vibrate and only text or call in the case of an emergency. Please do not ask to leave class early; with few exceptions, early departures from the classroom will be counted as absences. Please do not bring guests to class without asking first and having a good reason to do so.