Freshman Connections


  1. Students will be expected to submit an essay. Taking notes, brainstorming, outlining, drafting, and revising are all encouraged. The amount of time provided is intended to allow for some prewriting, drafting, and revising, but budget your time accordingly.
  2. One of the expectations of academic work is that you refer to the writing of others. In this case, you will be expected to refer directly and specifically to the Common Reader in your essay; this includes summary, paraphrase, and/or direct quotations, as appropriate to the point and purpose of your essay. Any direct references to the Common Reader or any other texts must be appropriately cited (in any format; see explanation below).
  3. Students are expected to submit their own work. By enrolling at Ball State University, you are agreeing to the terms and conditions of the Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities. You should read Section VII, the Student Academic Ethics Policy prior to logging in for the exam. For the Common Writing Assignment,

You may:

  • discuss the text with others in advance of the exam (before logging in)
  • practice writing about the text and discuss that writing with others (before logging in)
  • refer to the text and/or any of your own notes during the exam
  • do independent research before or during the exam, keeping in mind that you have just two hours to complete the assignment; any references to external texts (online or otherwise) must include appropriate citation (in any format)

You may not:

  • have someone else write the exam for you
  • discuss the text, assignment, or your own essay with someone during the exam
  • copy and paste information or quotations from Internet sources
  • have someone else revise, edit, or proofread your exam before submitting

*If there is any reason to suspect that a student has violated the Student Academic Ethics Policy, Ball State personnel will take any necessary steps to determine whether the essay is, in fact, the student’s own work.

Citation Format

For the purposes of this essay, any citation format (MLA, APA, CSE, Chicago, or other) is acceptable, as long as it provides, in the form of endnotes, footnotes, or in-text citations, all of the information necessary for a reader to locate the cited passage. Generally, this includes the author, title, publisher, publication date, page number(s), and medium (print, DVD, Web, CD-ROM, etc.). Have this information ready, if possible, before you begin the exam. For MLA and APA Style guidelines, visit the Online Writing Lab at Purdue.

Freshman Connections
Melinda M. Messineo Department of Sociology
Ball State University
Muncie, Indiana 47306

Phone: 765-285-5530
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