Required Statements

Updated August, 2017

In order to comply with institutional policies and government regulations, you are required to include several syllabi statements related to academic integrity and disability accommodations. You also can include a statement on ownership of student work. Since the statements may have changed since the last time you taught, please copy and paste these ones over the previous versions. There have been many cases of out of date statements remaining on syllabi in spite of these reminders. Please eliminate the statement from earlier syllabi on computer literacy skills. This is no longer a formal requirement.

Academic Integrity

Syracuse University’s Academic Integrity Policy reflects the high value that we, as a university community, place on honesty in academic work. The policy defines our expectations for academic honesty and holds students accountable for the integrity of all work they submit. Students should understand that it is their responsibility to learn about course-specific expectations, as well as about university-wide academic integrity expectations. The policy governs appropriate citation and use of sources, the integrity of work submitted in exams and assignments, and the veracity of signatures on attendance sheets and other verification of participation in class activities. The policy also prohibits students from submitting the same work in more than one class without receiving written authorization in advance from both instructors. Under the policy, students found in violation are subject to grade sanctions determined by the course instructor and non-grade sanctions determined by the School or College where the course is offered as described in the Violation and Sanction Classification Rubric. SU students are required to read an online summary of the University’s academic integrity expectations and provide an electronic signature agreeing to abide by them twice a year during pre-term check-in on MySlice. For more information about the policy, see

Disability-Related Accommodations

Syracuse University values diversity and inclusion; we are committed to a climate of mutual respect and full participation. If you believe that you need accommodations for a disability, please contact the Office of Disability Services (ODS),, located at 804 University Avenue, third floor, or call 315.443.4498 for an appointment to discuss your needs and the process for requesting accommodations. ODS is responsible for coordinating disability-related accommodations and will issue “Accommodation Letters” to students as appropriate. Since accommodations may require early planning and generally are not provided retroactively, please contact ODS as soon as possible.  Our goal at the iSchool is to create learning environments that are useable, equitable, inclusive and welcoming. If there are aspects of the instruction or design of this course that result in barriers to your inclusion or accurate assessment or achievement, please meet with me to discuss additional strategies beyond official accommodations that may be helpful to your success.

Religious Observances Policy

SU’s religious observances policy, found at, recognizes the diversity of faiths represented in the campus community and protects the rights of students, faculty, and staff to observe religious holy days according to their tradition. Under the policy, students should have an opportunity to make up any examination, study, or work requirements that may be missed due to a religious observance provided they notify their instructors no later than the end of the second week of classes for regular session classes and by the submission deadline for flexible-formatted classes. Student deadlines are posted in MySlice under Student Services/Enrollment/My Religious Observances/Add a Notification.

MSLIS: School Media Assessment (for School Media students only)

The School Library Media Program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) through the Syracuse University School of Education. As a part of that accreditation, the School Library Media Program must assess student performance on the competencies that correlate to program outcomes. The competencies which are assessed are identical to the items on your Competency Checklist.  As a part of School Library Media Program planning, course-embedded assessments have been aligned with student competencies. For CAEP reporting, each faculty member with competency-based, course-embedded assessments is asked to rate (1=Ineffective, 2=Developing, 3=Effective or 4=Highly Effective) candidates’ performance on the respective competencies. This is the same rating scale students use when completing the competency checklist. Scoring is conducted for key assignments and not all assignments for a course.

What this means for you:

Your individual score is NOT a grade and it is part of an aggregate report. If a student is performing at an Ineffective or Developing level, a comment is submitted with the score, which is also aggregated. Individual scores and comments are not associated with specific student names.

Student Academic Work Policy

Student work prepared for University courses in any media may be used for educational purposes, if the course syllabus makes clear that such use may occur. You grant permission to have your work used in this manner by registering for, and by continuing to be enrolled in, courses where such use of student work is announced in the course syllabus.

Course Evaluation Syllabus Statement (Optional)

The following statement regarding course evaluations is encouraged, but it is optional.  While this statement refers specifically to an end of course evaluation, you should also include any additional information you wish to communicate to students regarding other types of course evaluations that you may do during the course:

Course evaluations:  There will be an end of course evaluation for you to complete this term. This evaluation will be conducted online and is entirely anonymous. You will receive a notification from the Syracuse University Office of Institutional Research & Assessment (OIRA) department in your email account with the evaluation website link and your passcode. Please take the time and fill out this evaluation as your feedback and support of this assessment effort is very much appreciated.  The school carefully reviews ratings and comments that you submit, and these factor into decisions about course, program and instructor development.

Blackboard (Optional)

The following statement regarding the use of Blackboard is encouraged if you are using it in any way, but it is optional:

Use of Blackboard: This course involves the use of Syracuse University’s Blackboard system as an online tool. The environment is composed of a number of elements that will help you be successful in both your current coursework and your lifelong learning opportunities.  To access Blackboard, go to the following URL:   Use your Syracuse University NetID & Password to log into Blackboard.  This specific course will appear in your course list.

If you have questions regarding technical aspects of Blackboard, please submit a help ticket to the iSchool dashboard at My.iSchool Dashboard at Log in with your NetID, select “Submit a Helpdesk Ticket,” and select Blackboard as the request type.  The iSchool Blackboard support team will assist you.