The statements below have been developed in-house, gathered from other centers, and been shared by DU faculty to assist you when creating your syllabus. It is highly recommended that you adjust and personalize the statements to match your particular course and teaching approaches. These statements help set the tone of your class and demonstrate your willingness to engage with students as individuals. The bottom line with many of these policies is that students should let you know by the end of the first week of class if they need a particular accommodation.


At the University of Denver, we protect the intellectual property of all our faculty, and safeguard the privacy of all our students in online learning environments. To this end, students may not record, reproduce, screenshot, photograph, or distribute any video, audio, or visual content from their online courses. This restriction includes but is not limited to:
  • Pre-recorded and live lectures
  • Live discussions
  • Discussion boards
  • Simulations
  • Posted course materials
  • Faculty feedback forms
  • Visual materials that accompany lectures/discussions, such as slides
  • Virtual whiteboard notes/equations, etc.
As we engage in online learning as an academic community, it is imperative to be respectful of all. Keep in mind that if any student is identifiable in an online class recording, this may constitute a violation of the educational record protections provided under FERPA. Students with disabilities who need to record classroom lectures or discussions must contact the Disability Services Program to register, request, and be approved for an accommodation. All students are advised that students may tape classroom activities for this purpose. Such recordings are to be used solely for individual or group study with other students enrolled in the class that quarter/semester. They may not be reproduced, shared in any way (including electronically or posting in any web environment) with those not in the class in that quarter. Students who violate this policy will be reported to The Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities and may be subject to both legal sanctions for violations of copyright law and disciplinary action under Student Rights & Responsibilities Policies.

Required Use of Canvas and Contingency Ready Courses 

Per the fall 2021 COVID class policies, using our Learning Management System (LMS; Canvas) is required so that critical course materials are available to students. Though assignment submission isn’t explicitly required, the OTL strongly recommends the use of our LMS for assignment submission and the gradebook. See for information about:

Masking Requirements 

Masking requirements may vary depending on vaccination status and campus alert level. If we are on level “green” or higher, masks are required for all situations where five or more people are gathered, which covers most DU courses. For level green, if you are vaccinated and 6 feet away from your students, you may opt to lecture without a mask. If we move to level blue, you may lecture without a mask if you are 12 feet or further from your students. See below for sample language and masking guidelines PDF which can be shared in Canvas.

Students with Disabilities/Medical Issues

(developed by the Disability Services Program – more information and updates available at the DSP Faculty & Staff website)

Any participant who feels they may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact us privately to discuss their specific needs.  Additionally, please contact the Disability Services Program (DSP) located in room 440 of Ruffatto Hall; 1999 E. Evans Ave. to coordinate reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities. Phone: 303.871.3241. Information is also available online from the Disability Services website.

Religious Accommodations Policy

As part of its commitment to diversity and Inclusive Excellence, the University provides reasonable accommodations for students’ sincerely held religious beliefs or practices unless the University determines that such an accommodation would fundamentally alter the curriculum or academic program. Students are expected to examine the course syllabus for potential conflicts with religious beliefs or practices, and submit the Religious Accommodation Request webform to seek accommodation. [Requests for absences from an internship or externship, field placement, or other practical learning experience outside the classroom will be assessed on an individual, case-by-case basis in consultation with the University placement supervisor and the field placement supervisor.] Students who have conflicts with the overall class or experience schedule, such as the time and date the class is offered, are encouraged to find an alternative section for the class. For full details, including request process, visit the Religious and Spiritual Life web page.

Honor Code/Academic Integrity

All work submitted in this course must be your own and produced exclusively for this course. The use of sources (ideas, quotations, paraphrases) must be properly acknowledged and documented. For the consequences of violating the Academic Misconduct policy, refer to the University of Denver website on the Honor Code ( See also for general information about conduct expectations from the Office of Student Conduct.

View more samples at: Honor Code Abstract Samples for Faculty Use in Syllabi

Turnitin plagiarism detection software within Canvas

Students agree that by taking this course all required papers may be subject to submission for textual similarity review to for the detection of plagiarism. All submitted papers will be included as source documents in the reference database solely for the purpose of detecting plagiarism of such papers.

Inclusive Learning Environments

(developed by the Faculty Senate)

In this class, we will work together to develop a learning community that is inclusive and respectful. Our diversity may be reflected by differences in race, culture, age, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, and myriad other social identities and life experiences. The goal of inclusiveness, in a diverse community, encourages and appreciates expressions of different ideas, opinions, and beliefs, so that conversations and interactions that could potentially be divisive turn instead into opportunities for intellectual and personal enrichment.

A dedication to inclusiveness requires respecting what others say, their right to say it, and the thoughtful consideration of others’ communication. Both speaking up and listening are valuable tools for furthering thoughtful, enlightening dialogue. Respecting one another’s individual differences is critical in transforming a collection of diverse individuals into an inclusive, collaborative and excellent learning community. Our core commitment shapes our core expectation for behavior inside and outside of the classroom.


A critical part of building a learning environment that is inclusive of sexual orientation and gender identity is asking and correctly using someone’s name and pronouns. You can add your pronouns in Canvas at the beginning of the term so that we can refer to you using the correct pronouns. If your pronoun set is not available in Canvas, please let me know or fill out this survey to have your pronouns added. Preferred names and pronouns may change during the term, so feel free at any point to let me know that you would like to be addressed differently. As a community, we will strive to address each other with the names and pronouns identified in Canvas. If we make mistakes or are corrected, we will briefly apologize and correct ourselves. To learn more about personal pronouns and why they are important, please visit the “Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity” module on the Office of Teaching and Learning website. For student resources, please visit the “Gender and Sexuality” section on the DU Cultural Center’s website.

Mental Health & Wellness

As part of the University’s Culture of Care & Support we provide campus resources to create access for you to maintain your safety, health, and well-being. We understand that as a student you may experience a range of issues that can cause barriers to learning, such as strained relationships, increased anxiety, alcohol/drug concerns, depression, difficulty concentrating and/or lack of motivation. These stressful moments can impact academic performance or reduce your ability to engage. The University offers services to assist you with addressing these or ANY other concerns you may be experiencing. If you or someone you know are suffering from any challenges, you should reach out for support. You can seek confidential mental health services available on campus in the Health & Counseling Center (HCC) and My Student Support System (My SSP).  Another helpful campus office is Student Outreach & Support (SOS), where staff work with you to connect to all the appropriate campus resources (there are many!), develop a plan of action, and guide you in navigating challenging situations. If you are concerned about yourself and/or one of your peers you can send a SOS referral.

More information about HCC, MY SSP, and SOS can be found at:

Discrimination, Harassment & Gender-based Violence (Title IX)

Discrimination, harassment, and gender-based violence can happen to anyone regardless of race, class, age, appearance, gender identity, or sexual orientation. The University of Denver is committed to providing an environment free of discrimination on the basis of sex (gender), including sexual misconduct, sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking, and other protected classes, such as race, color, national origin, age, and disability.
The Office of Equal Opportunity & Title IX (EOIX) is responsible for responding to and investigating reports and complaints of discrimination, harassment, and gender-based violence. In addition, all non-confidential University employees are considered “responsible employees” and required to report such incidents to EOIX. For more information, please visit the Office of Equal Opportunity & Title IX website at

Center for Advocacy, Prevention, and Empowerment (CAPE)

The Center for Advocacy, Prevention, and Empowerment (CAPE) provides advocacy and support services to all student, staff, and faculty survivors of sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, and sexual harassment. They also offer consultation and resources to people who are supporting a survivor. All services are confidential and free of charge. For assistance during business hours, call 303-871-3853. You can also email For assistance after hours to speak to a mental health counselor on-call, please call 303-871-2205.

Student Athletes

If you are a student-athlete, you should inform me of any class days to be missed due to DU sponsored varsity athletic events in which you are participating. Please provide me with an absence policy form by the end of the first week of class. You will need to make up any missed lectures, assignments, and/or exams.

Use of Technology in the Classroom

Access to the Internet can be a valuable aid to the classroom learning environment. You may be encouraged to use a laptop, smartphone, or other devices to explore concepts related to course discussions and in-class activities. Keep in mind, however, that these technologies can be distracting – not only for you but to others in the class. Please avoid the temptation of social media, texting, or other off-topic diversions. Please review Restriction of Audio or Visual Recordings below.

Online and Web-supported Classes

It is your responsibility to procure reliable, readily-accessible Internet service in order to fulfill course expectations. I am under no obligation to accept late assignments or waive required tasks (e.g., discussion participation) due to lack of online access or malfunctioning computer hardware. Please consider identifying an alternative Internet source in case of technical problems. Look here for a list of computer labs on the DU campus. Computer support is available from the Information Technology (IT) Help Center.

Research Center Services

The University Libraries Research Center ( answers research questions seven days a week by phone, email, in-person, chat/IM or text.  One-on-one research consultations in the Anderson Academic Commons are also available on a drop-in basis or by appointment. Consultations help students at any stage of the research process, from refining a topic, to finding books and articles, to creating a bibliography.  The Research Center can also assist students with finding images, audio recordings, and videos for course projects. Telephone and Zoom video consultations are also available by request for distance students. Ask a question or make an appointment by calling 303-871-2905 or visiting Over 99% of the students who have visited the Research Center report they would recommend the Research Center to a friend or classmate.

Writing Center Services

For Face-to-Face Courses

The Writing Center provides writing support for undergraduate and graduate students at all levels, on all kinds of projects, and at any stage of the process: from generating ideas to learning new editing strategies. Consultants take a collaborative approach, working with you to help you develop your writing in light of your specific goals and assignments. To make an appointment for a free, 45-minute consultation, call 303-871-7456 or go to MyWeb > Student > Writing Center. Visit our website ( ) for hours and additional information.

For Online Courses

The Writing Center provides online writing support for graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in online courses at all levels, on all kinds of projects, and at any stage of the process: from generating ideas to learning new editing strategies. In our Zoom video conferences, consultants take a collaborative approach, working with you to help you develop your writing in light of your specific goals and assignments. To make an appointment for a free, 45-minute Zoom consultation, call 303-871-7456 or go to MyWeb > Student > Writing Center. Visit our website ( for hours and additional information.