Students are required to attend and participate in all field trips, meetings with experts, seminars, and other activities. Students are also required to attend the orientation program scheduled for the 1st week of the semester. No more than one unexcused absence is allowed for any required activity and/or field trip. Students should be certain of the times, dates, locations, and proper attire for each event. For any absence, students must do a three-page paper analyzing the topic missed, including the current issues, ethical questions, and proposals for changes in current public policy. The paper must be turned in no later than one week from the date of the missed field trip or activity. Additional requirements may be assigned for lateness to field trips and/or program activities and such assignments are due no later than one week from the late/missed field trip or program activity.
Honor Pledge -
All students must include and sign the following pledge on their committee hearing, protest/demonstration, and field trip make-up papers:
On my honor, I have attended the committee hearing /protest /demonstration / field trip about which I have written, have written this briefing paper without assistance from anyone, and have properly documented any references which I have used in the preparation of this paper.
Internship Grading Standards -
Students are graded on standards approved by their home campus and indicated in their respective college catalog or website.
On-Campus Reader -
Each student must have an on-campus reader for their final internship report. The student must have their on-campus reader’s approval for the type, length, and due-date of your report/project/paper, and any other on-campus requirements. Dr. Joyner will inform the student’s on-campus reader of their participation in all field trips, activities, and completion of community service hours. This information is used in determining the student’s grade.
Congressional Committee Summary -
Students are to attend a hearing of an US House or US Senate committee or subcommittee meeting and write a two to three page summary or analysis of their observations. Students can check www.senate.gov or www.house.gov for committee hearing times. Most hearings are held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Students are given a guide sheet for what to write in the report.
Protest / Demonstration -
Students are required to participate in or observe a live protest or demonstration. They are required to write a three-page paper analyzing what they have observed, including the nature of the protest or demonstration, what people expect to achieve, and their views on the experience. Students are given a guide sheet for what to write in the report.
Community Service -
A minimum of twelve hours of community service is required of each student during their Washington Semester. Students are to prepare a list of their community service hours, including hours, location, time and brief description of job, to be turned in to the LCWS Office. No single service event can count for more than half of the required number of hours.
Internship Evaluation -
A student’s on-site supervisor will be contacted by Dr. Joyner or Laura Groth to discuss the performance of their internship duties. Students are responsible for giving the supervisor an evaluation form which must be completed and returned to the LCWS office. The evaluation is sent to the student’s on-campus reader and is required for their academic credit.