University of Southern Indiana

Syllabus Statements

The following statements provide students with information about university policy and procedures relevant to courses. Please include in the syllabus these currently required and recommended university statements, which also are found in the Syllabus Template (updated August 2020)

Academic Continuity (Required)
In the event of an announced campus closure or emergency, it may be necessary for the university to suspend normal operations. During this time, the university may opt to continue instruction through online or alternative modes of delivery. Each student is responsible to monitor the USI homepage at www.USI.edu and their USI email for important general information and instructions regarding classes. Please also view the guidance on emergency procedures and information.

Academic Integrity (Required)
Academic integrity is the hallmark of truth and honesty in an engaged university community. Students have the right and responsibility to pursue their educational goals with academic integrity. All members of the university are accountable for their actions in maintaining high standards of academic integrity. Students are responsible for completing academic requirements without action and/or material that violates academic integrity.  Please view the Academic Integrity Policies and Procedures

Civility and Inclusion (Recommended)
The university is dedicated to a culture of civility among students, faculty, and staff.  The university embraces and celebrates the many differences that exist among the members of a dynamic, intellectual and inclusive community, and strives to maintain an environment that respects differences and provides a sense of belonging and inclusion for everyone. Any form of unlawful discrimination will not be tolerated. Each student has the right to be free from discrimination, including harassment, on the basis of race, sex, religion, disability, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, or veteran status.  If you have experienced discrimination, or know someone who has, you may seek help by contacting USI’s Civil Rights Coordinator, Carrie Lynn, at 812-464-1703 or at cnlynn@usi.edu.  Find more information in the Student Rights and Responsibilities: Code of Student Behavior and Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination policy.

COVID-19 Safety (Recommended)
The University of Southern Indiana is committed to providing a safe, on-campus learning environment for students and employees. It is the responsibility of each person at USI to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission and contribute to the overall safety of the campus community.

As a student and a member of the USI community, you are required to:

    1. Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms and report to a medical professional if you experience a fever of 100° F or higher, a dry cough, difficulty breathing, chills, fatigue, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, or loss of taste or smell;
    2. Use hand sanitizer when entering and leaving the classroom;
    3. Clean your classroom desk area before and after class, and clean any materials and equipment you used as directed by your instructor;
    4. Wear a face covering in the classroom and in university buildings.  Please work with the Disability Resources office if accommodation is needed regarding wearing face coverings;
    5. Maintain physical distancing of six feet or more whenever possible.  This includes sitting in the spaces marked in the classroom.  You should not loiter in the hallways outside of the classrooms between classes;
    6. Eating and drinking in the classroom will not be permitted;
    7. Stay home if you feel ill or if you have been exposed to someone who is ill or has tested positive for COVID-19.  Please email your instructor to make arrangements to complete missed classwork in these situations;
    8. Inform the University through the self-reporting form if you test positive or are presumed positive for COVID-19.  You will be contacted by a trained University employee regarding your next steps.

If a student or instructor tests positive for COVID-19, the University Safety Committee will work with the college dean, Dean of Students and/or Human Resources, and the Office of the Provost to determine the next steps for classroom instruction and other safety measures.

Students and employees who repeatedly disregard these safety guidelines are subject to disciplinary action and will be reported to the Dean of Students Office (students) or to an employee's supervisor.

Disability Accommodations (Required)
For on-campus courses
:  If you have a disability for which you may require academic accommodations for this class, please register with Disability Resources as soon as possible. Students who have an accommodation letter from DR are encouraged to meet privately with course faculty to discuss the provisions of those accommodations as early in the semester as possible. To qualify for accommodation assistance, students must first register to use the disability resources with Disability Resources located in Science Center Rm. 2206, 812-464-1961. To help ensure that accommodations will be available when needed, students are encouraged to meet with course faculty at least 7 days prior to the actual need for the accommodation. However, if you will be in an internship, field, clinical, student teaching, or another off-campus setting this semester, please note that approved academic accommodations may not apply. Please contact Disability Resources as soon as possible to discuss accommodations needed for access while in this setting.

For online learning courses:  If you have a disability for which you may require academic accommodations for this class, please contact Disability Resources at 812-464-1961 or email Disability Communications at usi1disres@usi.edu as soon as possible. Students who are approved for accommodations by Disability Resources should request their accommodation letter be emailed to them to forward to their online instructors. Due to the nature of online courses, some accommodations approved for on-campus courses may not apply. Please discuss this with Disability Resources to clarify as needed. Students who receive an accommodation letter from Disability Resources are encouraged to discuss the provisions of those accommodations with their professors before or during the first week of the semester. If you will be in an internship, field, clinical, student teaching, or another off-campus setting this semester please note that approved academic accommodations may not apply.  Please contact Disability Resources as soon as possible to discuss accommodations needed for access while in this setting.  For more information, please visit the Disability Resources website.

Title IX – Sexual Misconduct (Required)
USI does not tolerate acts of sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment and all forms of sexual violence. If you have experienced sexual misconduct, or know someone who has, you may seek help by contacting USI’s Title IX Coordinator, Carrie Lynn, at 812-464-1703 or at cnlynn@usi.edu. It is important to know that federal regulations and University policy require faculty to promptly report incidences of potential sexual misconduct known to them to the Title IX Coordinator. The University will work with you to protect your privacy by sharing information with only those who need to know to ensure we can respond and assist. If you are seeking help and would like to speak to someone confidentially, you can make an appointment with a counselor in the University Counseling Center by calling 812-464-1867.  Find more information about sexual assault prevention and response, including campus and community resources.

Online Materials and Recordings (Recommended)
Course Materials
My lectures and course materials, including presentations, tests, exams, outlines, and similar materials, are protected by copyright.  I am the exclusive owner of the copyright in those materials I create.  I encourage you to take notes and make copies of course materials for your own educational use. However, you may not, nor may you knowingly allow others to reproduce or distribute lecture notes and course materials publicly without my express written consent.  This includes providing materials to commercial course material supplies such as Course Hero and other similar services.  Students who publicly distribute or display or help others publicly distribute or display copies or modified copies of an instructor's course materials may be in violation of The Student Rights and Responsibilities: Code of Student Behavior.  Similarly, you own the copyright in your original papers and exam essays.  If I am interested in posting your answers or papers on the course web site, I will request your written permission.

Recorded Class Sessions
Some of the sessions in this course may be recorded or live-streamed.  Such recordings/streaming will only be made available to students registered for this class.  Students may not share these sessions with others not in the class or upload them to any other online environment.  Doing so would be a breach of the Code of Student Conduct, and, in some cases, a violation of the U.S. Department of Education Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

Student Basic Needs (Recommended)
Students who have difficulty affording food on a regular basis or lack a safe place to live and believe this may affect their class performance are encouraged to contact the Dean of Students Office. A list of resources is also available.

Syllabus Change Policy (Required)
The syllabus is a guide to the course and is subject to change with reasonable advanced notice as course needs arise.

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