Appendix H

10/18/16

SENATE COMMITTEE ON UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION

Change to Senate Policy 43-00 (Syllabus)

(Legislative)

Implementation: Upon Approval by the Senate

Introduction and Rationale

One in four college students have been diagnosed with or treated for a mental illness nationwide (http://www.nami.org/Learn-More).  As a university, we strive for student success and one factor in a student’s ability to achieve success is their mental health. As reported by President Barron in his April 7, 2016 blog post:

Universities across the country are facing a major challenge – the mental health of our students…. Our Division of Student Affairs has added 20 positions related to student health and CAPS (Counseling and Psychological Services). The growth in positions has had a positive impact, but the challenge remains as the number of students seeking assistance continues to grow…. Through the Center for Collegiate Mental Health our faculty and staff are working to connect practice, research and technology to benefit students, mental health providers, administrators, researchers and the public. (http://diggingdeeper.psu.edu/)

In many cases, students are unaware of the resources available to them and do not receive the help they need. At the same time, faculty are not trained to recognize the signs that might indicate a student needs help and may not also be aware of the resources that are available. The revision proposed here would add a provision to Senate Policy 43-00 that would require faculty to include a statement on their syllabus related to counseling and psychological services, similar to the already required disability statement. The addition of a statement on counseling and psychological services will not only better inform students of the resources available to them, but strengthen faculty ties to the issue of mental health.

This legislation further proposes to add to Senate Policy 43-00 model language for both the disability statement and the new counseling and psychological services statement. (The former is currently only found on the website for the Office of Disability Services.) Incorporating model language directly into the policy statement will make it easier for faculty to comply with these requirements.

CURRENT POLICY:

43-00 Syllabus

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. In addition to course content and expectations, the syllabus must include contact information for all course instructors, the course examination policy, grade breakdown by assessment type and percentage, required course materials, and the academic integrity policy for the course, and information on procedures related to academic adjustments identified by the Office of Student Disability Resources. Changes to the syllabus shall also be given to the student in written (paper or electronic) form.

RECOMMENDATION:

Please note that the following contains bold text for additions.

43-00 Syllabus

A written (paper or electronic form) syllabus must be distributed to students in each course on or before the first class meeting. In addition to course content and expectations, the syllabus must include contact information for all course instructors, the course examination policy, grade breakdown by assessment type and percentage, required course materials, and the academic integrity policy for the course, information on procedures related to academic adjustments identified by the Office of Student Disability Resources, and information on available Counseling and Psychological Services. Changes to the syllabus shall also be given to the student in written (paper or electronic) form.

Related resources:

 CLEAN COPY:

43-00 Syllabus

A written (paper or electronic form) syllabus must be distributed to students in each course on or before the first class meeting. In addition to course content and expectations, the syllabus must include contact information for all course instructors, the course examination policy, grade breakdown by assessment type and percentage, required course materials, and the academic integrity policy for the course, information on procedures related to academic adjustments identified by the Office of Student Disability Resources, and information on available Counseling and Psychological Services. Changes to the syllabus shall also be given to the student in written (paper or electronic) form.

Related resources:

SENATE COMMITTEE ON UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION

  • Andrew J. Ahr
  • Barbara A. Barr
  • Jesse Barlow
  • Paul Bartell
  • Kathy Bieschke
  • Linda Caldwell
  • Gretchen Casper
  • Richard Duschl
  • David Eggebeen, Co-Vice Chair
  • Joyce Furfaro
  • Yvonne M. Gaudelius
  • Sammy Geisinger
  • David Han
  • Clare Kelly
  • Ellen Knodt
  • Keefe B. Manning, Chair
  • Karen Pollack
  • Janina M. Safran
  • David R. Smith
  • Samia Suliman
  • Mary Beth Williams
  • Matthew Wilson, Co-Vice Chair
  • Richard Young

SENATE COMMITTEE ON STUDENT LIFE

  • Sidharth Agrawal
  • Gilbert Ambler
  • Paul Barney
  • Mark Brennan
  • Terry Ford
  • Kevin Harwell
  • Katie Jordan
  • Matthew Kaag
  • Barrett Lee
  • Martha Levine
  • Shawn Lichvar
  • Mary Miles, Co-Chair
  • Alex Shockley, Co-Chair
  • Damon Sims