Required Statements

Updated August 2018

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 There have been many cases of out of date statements remaining on syllabi in spite of these reminders.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 academic adjustments (accommodations) for a disability, please contact the Office of Disability Services (ODS), visit the ODS website–, located in Room 309 of 804 University Avenue, or call (315) 443-4498 or TDD: (315) 443-1371 for an appointment to discuss your needs and the process for requesting academic adjustments. ODS is responsible for coordinating disability-related academic adjustments and will issue students with documented Disabilities Accommodation Authorization Letters, as appropriate. Since academic adjustments 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.

SU University Policies

Students should review the University’s policies regarding: Diversity and Disability; the Religious Observances Notification and Policy; and Orange SUccess –

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.

Discrimination or Harassment (Optional)

The University does not discriminate and prohibits harassment or discrimination related to any protected category including creed, ethnicity, citizenship, sexual orientation, national origin, sex, gender, pregnancy, disability, marital status, age, race, color, veteran status, military status, religion, sexual orientation, domestic violence status, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression or perceived gender.

Any complaint of discrimination or harassment related to any of these protected bases should be reported to Sheila Johnson-Willis, the University’s Chief Equal Opportunity & Title IX Officer. She is responsible for coordinating compliance efforts under various laws including Titles VI, VII, IX and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. She can be contacted at Equal Opportunity, Inclusion, and Resolution Services, 005 Steele Hall, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY 13244-1120; by email:; or by telephone: 315-443-0211.

Federal and state law, and University policy prohibit discrimination and harassment based on sex or gender (including sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic/dating violence, stalking, sexual exploitation, and retaliation). If a student has been harassed or assaulted, they can obtain confidential counseling support, 24-hours a day, 7 days a week, from the Sexual and Relationship Violence Response Team at the Counseling Center (315-443-4715, 200 Walnut Place, Syracuse, New York 13244-5040). Incidents of sexual violence or harassment can be reported non-confidentially to the University’s Title IX Officer (Sheila Johnson Willis, 315-443-0211,, 005 Steele Hall). Reports to law enforcement can be made to the University’s Department of Public Safety (315-443-2224, 005 Sims Hall), the Syracuse Police Department (511 South State Street, Syracuse, New York, 911 in case of emergency or 315-435-3016 to speak with the Abused Persons Unit), or the State Police (844-845-7269). I will seek to keep information you share with me private to the greatest extent possible, but as a professor I have mandatory reporting responsibilities to share information regarding sexual misconduct, harassment, and crimes I learn about to help make our campus a safer place for all.

Educational Use of Student Work (Optional)

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.

[2A – Add the following Statement only if you intend to use submitted student academic work for educational purposes during the current semester:]

I intend to use academic work that you complete this semester for educational purposes in this course during this semester. Your registration and continued enrollment constitute your permission.

[2B – Add the following Statement to #2 or #2A above only if you intend to use submitted student academic work for educational purposes during future semesters:]

I intend to use academic work that you complete this semester in subsequent semesters for educational purposes. Before using your work for that purpose, I will either get your written permission or render the work anonymous by removing all your personal identification.

[2C – Add the following Statement to #2 or #2A or #2B above only if you are teaching a course in which students will complete a capstone project required for the degree:]

As a generally accepted practice, honors theses, graduate theses, graduate research projects, dissertations, or other capstone projects submitted in partial fulfillment of degree requirements are placed in the library, University Archives, or department for public reference.

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:

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:

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.

To search for answers to your Blackboard questions, visit the Answers self-help knowledge base at  If you have problems logging in or need assistance with Blackboard, contact the ITS Service Center at: or 315.443.2677.  The Syracuse University Blackboard support team will assist you.