Sample Syllabus Statements
Albright College Faculty Resources – Sample Syllabus Statements
Faculty are encouraged, although not required, to include statements about academic support resources in their syllabi. For the convenience of faculty, examples of such statements are provided here for:
- General Statement of Academic Support
- Academic Learning Center Statement
- Writing Center Statement for Traditional/Residential Courses
- Writing Center Statement for School of Professional Studies and Online Courses
- Accessibility and Advocacy (ADAAA) Statement on Services for Students in the traditional residential college program
- Accessibility and Advocacy (ADAAA) Statement on Services for Students in the School of Professional Studies
- Library Services
- Example Grade Policy
- Course Unit System and Fourth Hour of Quality
- Classroom Recording Policy
- Faculty examples and best practices for inclusivity and equity statements
- Attendance in Online Asychronous Courses
- Mental Health Matters
Faculty are strongly encouraged to all statements in their syllabi, so that students know where to turn for support. In addition, faculty should follow the Faculty Handbook requirements in constructing their syllabi.
Overall syllabus statement on academic support for traditional undergraduates
Albright College students have academic support resources available to them at no charge. The Academic Learning Center (ALC) offers course-specific tutoring, hands-on learning strategies instruction, and academic counseling to supplement faculty advisement. The Writing Center offers tutoring to assist with writing and reading support for any class. The Student Accessibility and Advocacy Office (SAA) is the source for impairment-related accommodations related to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and its Amendments (ADAAA). Students who receive accommodations from the SAA office should meet with course instructors privately and in a timely manner to discuss the Academic Accommodation Letter (AAL) provided by that office. Please note that IEPs and 504 plans do not apply to college level courses. For help or further information, contact the ALC at email@example.com or 610-921-7662 (located in Teel 309A); the WC at firstname.lastname@example.org or 610-921-7540 (located in Jake’s Place near the mailroom); and the Student Accessibility and Advocacy office at SAA@albright.edu or 610-929-6639 (located in the Campus Center Conference Room).
Academic Learning Center Syllabus Statement
The ALC offers various resources to assist Albright students with their academic success at no charge. The ALC offers course-specific peer tutoring for many general education classes at the 100-200 level. You can schedule to meet with a peer tutor in person or online by selecting the ‘ALC Subject Tutor Schedule’ at this link: https://alb.mywconline.com/. Peer tutoring takes place in the ALC Subject Area Tutoring Lab located in the outdoor tunnel near Jake’s Place. The ALC also offers one-on-one academic coaching for upper class students on study skills, time management, note-taking, and learning strategies. (The Office of Student Success offers academic coaching for first-year students.) To schedule an academic coaching meeting with a staff member in the ALC, contact by phone at 610-921-7662 or email email@example.com. The ALC main office is in Teel Hall 309A.
Writing Center Syllabus Statement for Traditional/Residential Courses
You are encouraged to visit the Writing Center early and often throughout the semester to help build a strong foundation for writing in this course and in all of your courses. In-person and online sessions are available. The center’s peer tutors and director will work with you at any stage of the writing process, from developing and organizing ideas to revising and editing drafts. Rather than editing your work for you, writing tutors will actively engage you in meaningful conversations about your writing and help you learn new strategies. Tutors are also available to discuss approaches to managing the college reading workload and reading more effectively. The center is located in Jake’s Place near the mailroom and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (610) 921-7540. Appointments are strongly recommended to ensure availability. View the current schedule and make an appointment at http://alb.mywconline.com or visit the center in person for assistance.
Writing Center Syllabus Statement for School of Professional Studies and Online Courses
You are encouraged to visit the Writing Center early and often to help build a strong foundation for writing in this course and in all of your courses. The center’s peer tutors and director will work with you at any stage of the writing process, from developing and organizing ideas to revising and editing drafts. Rather than editing your work for you, writing tutors will actively engage you in meaningful conversations about your writing and help you learn new strategies. Tutors are also available to discuss and practice approaches to managing the college reading workload and reading more effectively. The center is located on the main Reading, PA campus in Jake’s Place near the mailroom and can be reached at email@example.com or (610) 921-7540. For in-person or online chat sessions, use our appointment system at alb.mywconline.com. For e-mail-based feedback (margin comments on an essay), you can submit an essay using a form at the Albright Writing Center website. The Writing Center may not be available during some holidays or when day classes are not in session.
Americans with Disabilities Acts and Amendments (ADAAA) Syllabus Statement on Services for Students in the traditional residential college program
Consistent with the ADAAA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, Albright College welcomes students with disabilities into the college’s educational programs. If you need impairment-related academic adjustments in this course, please contact Sherry Young, Director of Student Accessibility and Advocacy, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, by phone at 610-929-6639, or in her office, in the Campus Center Conference Room. Students who use accommodations should meet with course instructors privately and in a timely manner to discuss their Academic Accommodation Letter (AAL). Please note that IEPs and 504 plans do not apply to college-level courses.
Americans with Disabilities Acts and Amendments (ADAAA) Syllabus Statement for Students in the School of Professional Studies
Consistent with the ADAAA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, Albright College welcomes students with disabilities into the college’s educational programs. If you need impairment-related academic adjustments in this course, please contact Sherry Young, Director of Student Accessibility and Advocacy, by email at email@example.com, by phone at 610-929-6639, or in her office, in the Campus Center Conference Room on the Reading Campus. Students who use accommodations should meet with course instructors privately and in a timely manner to discuss their Academic Accommodation Letter (AAL). Keep in mind that timeframes of SPS classes are delivered in an accelerated fashion. Please note that IEPs and 504 plans do not apply to college-level courses.
Library Services Sample Syllabus Statement
The Gingrich Library provides resources to assist Albright students with their class projects and research needs. Library materials include books, e-books, print and electronic journals, databases and DVDs. All students have complete access to the Gingrich Library catalog, electronic books, and its electronic databases from on-campus, in residence halls or off-campus. Reference librarians are available in the Center for Computing and Mathematics (CCM) to answer questions and help students use resources and find appropriate materials. Students are encouraged to contact a librarian at any stage of the research process. The portal to the library is located at http://library.albright.edu. Real-time “Ask a librarian” chat services are often available on the library main page.
Grading Policy Sample Syllabus Statement
Grades are often posted in more than one location: on Self Service, on Canvas, by code on a class’ own website, etc. Please note that grades posted on Self Service are from the College’s information system and therefore are considered the student’s official grades. Students are responsible for knowing their grades and academic status and inquiring to professors about any discrepancies.
Course Unit System and Fourth Hour of Quality Sample Syllabus Statement
Albright College uses a course unit system to support a greater depth of learning for students. Because each course unit is the equivalent of four credits, compared to the usual three credit course at schools using the credit system. Classes that meet only three hours per week also require one extra hour per week of learning over the 15-week term, totaling 15 hours of work outside the classroom. These 15 hours are above and beyond the usual course readings, homework, and examinations. These learning activities must result in something the faculty member can evaluate (paper, presentation, journal, reflection paper, problem set, etc.). For this course, the fourth hour requirement is met by _______________. Albright’s rigorous academic program expects approximately two to three hours of work outside class for each instructional hour of class.
Classroom Recording Policy Sample Syllabus Statement
The audio or visual recording of class lectures, discussions, simulations, and other course-related activity by either students or instructors is governed by the College’s class recording policy, available in the Catalog. Albright’s policy on class recording balances the needs of students who are differently abled, the intellectual property concerns of its instructors, and the privacy of its students. Any audio or visual recording made by a student during a class, regardless of the recording device, requires the instructor’s written consent prior to the class and the student’s signed agreement with the terms of the College’s policy. Prior to a student recording of any class activity, the student and the instructor must sign a recording agreement and file it with the Office of Student Accessibility and Advocacy (if the recording is an approved disability accommodation) or with the Academic Dean’s office (if not an accommodation). Violations of this Class Recording Policy may be directed through academic dishonesty procedures or the Office of Community Standards, and could involve civil or criminal violations.
Diversity and Inclusion Sample Syllabus Statements and Links to Other Institutions’ Statements, and Considerations for Creating Such Statements
Matt Fotis – Inclusivity Statement (with physical and mental ability added by Beth Kiester)Every student in this class, regardless of background, sex, gender, race, ethnicity, class, political affiliation, physical or mental ability or any identity category, is a valued and equal member of the group. We all bring different experiences to this class and no one experience has more value or import than another. In fact, it is our different experiences that will enrich the course content. I encourage every student to share their own experiences as they are relevant to the course, but I also stress that no student is ever presumed to speak for anything or anyone more than their own experience or point of view. Furthermore, in this classroom, you have the right to determine your own identity. You have the right to be called by whatever name you wish, and for that name to be pronounced correctly. You have the right to be referred to by whatever pronoun you identify. You have the right to adjust those things at any point. If there are aspects of the instruction of this course that result in barriers to your inclusion or a sense of alienation from the course content, please contact me privately without fear of reprisal. If you feel uncomfortable contacting me, please contact the Office of the Dean of Students.
Ian Rhile – Inclusivity Statement
· Having an awareness of how my practices and policies may leave students behind and working to include those students. In addition, considering how exceptions to course policies affect every student.
· Creating course structure during and outside of class. This includes providing resources and assignments that promote your success; having clear expectations for your work and feedback; and providing structure to classes.
· Providing active learning opportunities during class.
· Providing practice that mimics examination questions.
· Designing a course around explicit learning objectives.
· Using a fair grading scheme.
· Providing accessible course materials.
· Learning about you as a person, including learning the name you use, spelling and pronouncing it correctly, and using your pronouns. In addition, telling you about myself.
· Considering students as developing learners who need practice rather than having fixed, innate abilities.
· Providing time for you to think in class to not rush you.
· Facilitating discussions with your peers in groups.
· Providing opportunities for everyone in class to participate.
· Responding to microaggressions.
· Using a warm tone.
· Providing opportunities for you to reflect on your course performance.
· Asking for and using your feedback.
() Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Glossary. University of Washington College of the Environment. Accessed 11 January 2023.
(2) My thinking about inclusion is heavily influenced by Hogan, K. A. Sathy, V. Inclusive Teaching, Strategies for Promoting Equity in the College Classroom. WVUP, 2022.
(3) Eddy, Sarah L.; Hogan, Kelly A. CBE Life Sci. Educ. 2014, 13, 453-468; DOI: 10.1187/cbe.14-03-0050.
(4) Active learning decreases gaps between groups of students and promotes student learning. See (a) Freeman, S.; Eddy, S. L.; McDonough, M.; Smith, M. K.; Okoroafor, N.; Jordt, H.; Wenderoth, M. P. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U. S. A. 2014, 111, 8410-8415. (b) Theobald, Elli J. et al. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U. S. A. 2020, 117, 6476-6483.
Themes from statements at other institutions, and links to their statement: U. of Central Florida; Winona State U. ; Yale U.; U. of Central Missouri; U. of Delaware; Purdue U.
- Statements may be framed in terms of classroom civility, inclusion/inclusivity, diversity, equality/equity, etc.
- They may refer to nondiscrimination, sexual harassment/title IX, anti-bias and disabilities policies explicitly, or to diversity/inclusion committees or plans.
- Lists of identities are common but not always present. List: background/experiences, sex, gender/gender identity/gender expression, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity/national origin/national identity/region, class, political affiliation/ideology, age, intellectual and physical ability, income/socio-economic class, religion/ faith and non-faith perspectives, military
experience/military or veteran status, primary language, education, family status, cognitive style, communication style, genetic information.
- Recurring language: respect, valued, reference to the mission/values of the institution, community, inclusive environment, intersection, beliefs, backgrounds, experiences, behaviors, worldviews,
contact instructor, dean, committee
- Negatives: threaten, harass, discriminate, bully, intimidate, hate speech
- In The Compass, there are the following: anti-discrimination policy (hate speech in particular), Title IX policy for sexual assault/rape, sexual harassment. There are several diversity pages, including the Foundational Definitions on the CITE-C, on the Albright website.
Questions to consider – from Brown University Inclusivity Links
- What are your discipline’s conventions and assumptions? How might students with varying backgrounds respond to them?
- What role does your respect for and engagement with diversity in the classroom play in your personal teaching philosophy?
- What positive learning outcomes can come from respecting difference in the classroom? How can you highlight these?
- What do you want your students to know about your expectations regarding creating and maintaining a classroom space where differences are respected and valued?
- Is your statement inclusive of different types of diversity, including, but not limited to, race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, socioeconomic status, religion, and disability?
- Which campus resources would you like to direct your students to for further support?
- What kind of classroom environment would your students like to see? How might you include them in the conversation about standards for classroom civility?
Attendance in Online Asychronous Courses
Success in this course is dependent on your active participation and engagement throughout the course. As such, students are required to complete all assignments by the due date, and to actively participate in class discussions.
Students will not be marked present for the course in a calendar week if they have not posted to a discussion forum, submitted an assignment or completed an assessment in that calendar week.
Additionally, students are expected to:
- Log on at least three times a week – on different days in order to complete weekly assignments, assessments, discussions and/or other weekly deliverables as directed by the instructor and outlined in the syllabus;
- Participate in the weekly threaded discussions, this means that, in addition to posting a response to the thread topic presented, students are expected to respond to each other and comment and questions from the instructor and/or other students;
- This depends on the format of the discussions and instructor expectations for student participation.
If you find that you cannot meet the class’ minimum discussion and assignment requirements due to a personal circumstance, please contact your instructor as soon as possible.
The Faculty Handbook states the following regarding syllabus content:
XII.D. Syllabi. During the first class of every course, the faculty member will distribute or post a syllabus which must include: name, time and location of course; instructor contact information and office hours; course description; learning objectives; readings and other course materials; number and type of assignments; course schedule; and methods of evaluating student performance, including point distribution. Statements regarding College policies on academic dishonesty, learning disability accommodations, and instructor expectations for student conduct are strongly encouraged. As the course progresses, the instructor may distribute or post a modified syllabus to achieve the course goals as necessary.
Syllabi should also describe an attendance policy and any potential impact on course grading. For courses meeting three hours per week, a statement on the fourth hour of quality is also required (see other links in Faculty Resources regarding these two policies).
Templates of sample syllabi statements on these issues and related polices are available on the Academic Affairs website for faculty resources at: http://www.albright.edu/academics/fac_res/course_dev.html.
Mental Health Matters:
The Gable Health and Counseling Center offers students the chance to meet with therapists at no charge. Students are encouraged to make appointments to receive confidential care for small and large issues. If you, or anyone close to you on campus, are suffering from any mental health issues, you are encouraged to reach out and use the services on campus to get the care you need. The office is open from Monday through Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm and appointments are scheduled from 10-6 M-TH and 9-5 on Fridays. Students can set up a meeting with a therapist on campus by walking to the Gable Health Center located on campus at 1829 Linden Street or by calling the Gable Health Center at 610-921-7532.