Syllabus Requirements

Faculty Senate Policy 43-00 (http://senate.psu.edu/policies-and-rules-for-undergraduate-students/43-00-syllabus/) requires that a written (paper or electronic form) syllabus must be distributed to students in each course on or before the first class meeting, and the syllabus must remain available to students electronically until the end of the semester. The syllabus must include:

  • Contact information for all course instructors
  • Required course materials
  • Course content and expectations
  • Location of the program (i.e., class meeting times and location)
  • Course Goals and Objectives
  • Grade Breakdown by Assessment Type and Percentage
  • Examination Policy (include evening exam schedule, if applicable)
  • Academic Integrity Statement (See example below)
  • Information on procedures related to academic adjustments identified by the Office of Disability Services (See example below)
  • Information on available Counseling & Psychological Services (See example below)
  • Reporting Educational Equity Concerns through the Report Bias site (See examples below)

Syllabus Statement Examples

The University Faculty Senate Syllabus Policy 43-00 (http://senate.psu.edu/policies-and-rules-for-undergraduate-students/43-00-syllabus/) requires that in addition to other information, faculty members include statements about academic integrity, student disability resources, educational equity/report bias, and counseling and psychological services in every syllabus.

The following are examples of these statements that may be helpful to faculty in designing their syllabus. These statements may be used as they are or modified to fit your campus and/or academic unit. For example, they may provide direct links to student support services. The link to the report bias website must be included.


EXAMPLE ACADEMIC INTEGRITY STATEMENT

Academic integrity is the pursuit of scholarly activity in an open, honest and responsible manner. Academic integrity is a basic guiding principle for all academic activity at The Pennsylvania State University, and all members of the University community are expected to act in accordance with this principle. Consistent with this expectation, the University’s Code of Conduct states that all students should act with personal integrity, respect other students’ dignity, rights and property, and help create and maintain an environment in which all can succeed through the fruits of their efforts.

Academic integrity includes a commitment by all members of the University community not to engage in or tolerate acts of falsification, misrepresentation or deception. Such acts of dishonesty violate the fundamental ethical principles of the University community and compromise the worth of work completed by others.


EXAMPLE DISABILITY ACCOMMODATION STATEMENT

Penn State welcomes students with disabilities into the University’s educational programs. Every Penn State campus has an office for students with disabilities. Student Disability Resources (SDR) website provides contact information for every Penn State campus
(http://equity.psu.edu/sdr/disability-coordinator). For further information, please visit Student Disability Resources website
(http://equity.psu.edu/sdr/).

In order to receive consideration for reasonable accommodations, you must contact the appropriate disability services office at the campus where you are officially enrolled, participate in an intake interview, and provide documentation: See documentation guidelines
(http://equity.psu.edu/sdr/guidelines). If the documentation supports your request for reasonable accommodations, your campus disability services office will provide you with an accommodation letter. Please share this letter with your instructors and discuss the accommodations with them as early as possible. You must follow this process for every semester that you request accommodations.


EXAMPLE COUNSELING AND PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES STATEMENT

Many students at Penn State face personal challenges or have psychological needs that may interfere with their academic progress, social development, or emotional wellbeing. The university offers a variety of confidential services to help you through difficult times, including individual and group counseling, crisis intervention, consultations, online chats, and mental health screenings. These services are provided by staff who welcome all students and embrace a philosophy respectful of clients’ cultural and religious backgrounds, and sensitive to differences in race, ability, gender identity and sexual orientation.

Counseling and Psychological Services at University Park  (CAPS)
(http://studentaffairs.psu.edu/counseling/): 814-863-0395

Counseling and Psychological Services at Commonwealth Campuses
(http://senate.psu.edu/faculty/counseling-services-at-commonwealth-campuses/)

Penn State Crisis Line (24 hours/7 days/week): 877-229-6400
Crisis Text Line (24 hours/7 days/week): Text LIONS to 741741


EXAMPLE EDUCATIONAL EQUITY/REPORT BIAS STATEMENTS

Example 1

Consistent with University Policy AD29, students who believe they have experienced or observed a hate crime, an act of intolerance, discrimination, or harassment that occurs at Penn State are urged to report these incidents as outlined on the University’s Report Bias webpage
(http://equity.psu.edu/reportbias/)

Example 2

Penn State takes great pride to foster a diverse and inclusive environment for students, faculty, and staff. Acts of intolerance, discrimination, or harassment due to age, ancestry, color, disability, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religious belief, sexual orientation, or veteran status are not tolerated and can be reported through Educational Equity via the Report Bias webpage (http://equity.psu.edu/reportbias/).

Example 3

Penn State University has adopted a “Protocol for Responding to Bias Motivated Incidents
(http://equity.psu.edu/reportbias/reports/protocol-for-responding-to-bias-motivated-incidents)” that is grounded in the policy that the “University is committed to creating an educational environment which is free from intolerance directed toward individuals or groups and strives to create and maintain an environment that fosters respect for others.” That policy is embedded within an institution traditionally committed to
academic freedom (https://guru.psu.edu/policies/OHR/hr64.html) Bias motivated incidents include conduct that is defined in University
Policy AD 91: Discrimination and Harassment, and Related Inappropriate Conduct (https://guru.psu.edu/policies/ad91.html). Students, faculty, or staff who experience or witness a possible bias motivated incident are urged to report the incident immediately by doing one of the following:

* Submit a report via the Report Bias webpage (http://equity.psu.edu/reportbias/)
* Contact one of the following offices:

University Police Services, University Park: 814-863-1111
Multicultural Resource Center, Diversity Advocate for Students: 814-865-1773
Office of the Vice Provost for Educational Equity: 814-865-5906
Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs: 814-865-0909
Affirmative Action Office: 814-863-0471

* Dialing 911 in cases where physical injury has occurred or is imminent


Resources:

Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence: Syllabus Checklist
(http://www.schreyerinstitute.psu.edu/pdf/Syllabus_checklist_Aug2017.docx)

Administrative Policy R-5 Syllabus (http://undergrad.psu.edu/aappm/R-5-syllabus.html)


Effective 8/17/17