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MEMORANDUM  

TO:

 

FROM:

   

 

Faculty    and  Instructional  Staff  

Rhonda  Longworth,  Associate  Provost  and  Associate  Vice  President  for  Academic    

Programming  and  Services  

DATE:

  August  22,  2014  

 

SUBJECT:  

STUDENT  EXPECTATIONS  AND  COURSE  SYLLABI

 

 

 

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The  Division  of  Academic  and  Student  Affairs  by  policy  and  practice  affirms  certain  rights  students   and  faculty  have  with  regard  to  course  and  other  classroom-­‐related  matters.  Student   responsibilities  are  detailed  in  the   Student  Code  of  Conduct .  Faculty  may  expect  students  to  adhere  

  to  these  standards  and  expectations.  Students  may  expect  the  following  from  instructors:  

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Impartial,  fair  and  dignified  treatment;  

Reasonable  opportunities  to  ask  questions  and  to  express  ideas;  

4.

Respect  for  his  or  her  right  to  privacy  (FERPA)  for  certain  educational,  personal,  and  health   related  information;  

Clear  statements  of  standards  for  acceptable  work  in  advance  of  grading  and  other   assignments;  

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Knowledge  of  the  grading  system  early  in  the  semester  and  the  absence  of  unfair,  capricious   or  discriminatory  grading  categories;  

Prompt  return  of  examinations  and  other  assignments  with  verbal  and/or  written   explanations  of  deficiencies;  

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Posted  office  hours,  scheduled  at  times  most  beneficial  to  students;  

Explicit  and  early  description  of  the  penalties  for  academic  dishonesty;  

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Explicit  and  early  description  of  the  instructor's  policy  for  penalties  regarding  failure  to   attend  and/or  participate  in  class;    

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Advance  knowledge,  when  possible,  of  cancellation  of  class  or  office  hours.  Guaranteed   anonymity  during  course  evaluations;  

11.

Reasonable  accommodations  upon  the  provision  of  documentation  provided  by  the  

Disability  Resource  Center  (DRC).  Suggested  syllabus  language  may  be  found  at   http://www.emich.edu/drc/faculty_info/ .    

 

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106 Welch Hall

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The  best  way  to  clearly  establish  how  instructors  will  set  and  meet  most  of  these  expectations  is  to   provide  students  with  a  written  syllabus  and/or  policy  statement,  ideally  at  the  first  meeting  of  the   class.  The  most  effective  syllabi  contain  the  following  core  information  and  while  all  elements  are  

  strongly  recommended,  required  elements  are  starred.  

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A  list  of  required  and  recommended  course  materials(*);  

A  general  outline  of  the  course  content  and  an  approximate  time  schedule.  It  is  also  effective   to  add  a  statement  indicating  dates  are  subject  to  change;  

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The  type,  number,  date,  and  value  of  papers,  assignments,  quizzes,  examinations  and  some   explanation  of  the  way  in  which  grades  are  calculated  and  assigned(*)  ;  

The  policy  of  the  instructor  regarding  class  attendance,  late  or  missed  assignments  and   make-­‐up  examinations(*);  

Office  hours  and  other  methods  of  contacting  the  instructor  if  such  alternate  methods  are   provided(*);  

Notice  that  academic  dishonesty  will  be  penalized  and  how  it  will  be  addressed  within  the   grading  process  of  your  course  in  specific  terms;  

Notice  that  academic  dishonesty  can  be  reported  to  the  Office  of  Student  Conduct  and  

Community  Standards  (SCCS)  for  additional  discipline  that  can  result  in  suspension  or   permanent  dismissal;  

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Instructor  expectations  regarding  classroom  conduct  including  relevant  professional  norms   of  behavior;  

Language  regarding  any  support  services  available  to  students  enrolled  in  the  course  or  at   the  University  generally.  Sample  language  for  the  Writing  Center  is  available  at   http://www.emich.edu/uwc/resources/faculty.php

;  

10.

Statement  reminding  international  students  of  the  requirements  of  their  visas  to  study  in   the  United  States.  For  details  and  sample  syllabus  language,  visit   https://www.emich.edu/facdev/syllabus.php#emupolicies  (*).  

 

 

 

 

 

For  a  more  extensive  discussion  of  syllabus  content  and  best  practices,  visit  the  Faculty  

 

Development  Center’s  syllabus  resource  pages  at:   https://www.emich.edu/facdev/syllabus.php

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If  you  have  any  questions  or  concerns,  please  feel  free  to  contact  me  ([email protected],  7-­‐3200).  

 

 

 

 

 

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:    College  Deans  

Associate  and  Assistant  Deans  

Department  Heads  and  School  Directors  

Faculty  Senate  

AAUP  

Student  Government  President  

AVP  Student  Affairs  

AVP  Academic  Human  Resources  

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106 Welch Hall

734-487-3200 [email protected]

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