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.

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.

COVID-RELATED SAMPLE SYLLABUS LANGUAGE

Please refer to the DU Protocols Page for all updates on current policies, and the COVID-19 Classroom Protocols (updated August 2021).

See the “Link to Classroom Guideline Summary PDF” below for a summary of all classroom protocols (credit to Rachel Walsh and Tracy Debellevue)

It is the expectation that you attend class in person as required unless you have made alternative arrangements with me prior to the start of class due to illness, medical reasons, [other reasons], or the need to isolate or quarantine due to COVID-19. As in any in-person course, attendance and participation are crucial for a complete understanding of course material. In choosing to attend the University of Denver, you’ve chosen to join a larger Community of Care, which means you’ve chosen specific responsibilities—including in this class. By enrolling in the University of Denver and in this course, you have agreed: 

  • Not to attend class when you’re sick.  
  • Not to attend class when you’ve been exposed to people who have or may have COVID-19.  
  • To follow the university’s masking policy  
  • [Other policies as relevant to the course.]

According to university policy: “When the University places DU students or personnel in isolation or quarantine, the individual will receive documentation within their MyHealth record to provide to instructors regarding the duration of their quarantine or isolation and when and under what conditions they may return to in-person activities. The student is responsible for providing this documentation to instructors. The DU COVID Team can provide verification of a student’s need to be isolated/quarantined should there be any question regarding compliance with University attendance and related COVID-19 policies. If a student must miss an in-person session due to illness (prior to having results from a COVID-19 test or when experiencing other symptoms of a communicable illness), the usual sickness policies should apply to the missed session. For example, if the instructor would normally require a doctor’s note, that policy should apply. If a student receives a positive COVID-19 test off-campus or is notified by a public health authority about the need to quarantine, they must provide this notification at reportCOVID@du.edu or by calling 303-871-COVD. The University will then place the student in isolation and quarantine pursuant to University protocols, and this policy will apply.” 

This course has been designed to transition to entirely online, should the need arise due to tightening local, state, or federal guidelines or campus closure. To that end, Canvas [other LMS, if applicable] will be utilized to support this course. It is recommended that you familiarize yourself with the Canvas container for this course as soon as the term begins.  

If you are self-quarantining/isolating, you can access course materials and complete course work by [as outlined by faculty member].   

The following will be available in our Canvas course [edit as necessary]:  

  • the course syllabus 
  • handouts  
  • readings  
  • assignment instructions
  • quizzes 
  • exams  
  • discussions
  • pre-recorded video lectures

Updates that affect the delivery method of this course will be communicated in a timely fashion. If it becomes necessary to move this course completely online, any changes will be communicated to the students via [identify communication platform]. [Insert any additional language about your communication plan.] 

Per campus policy, when the campus alert level is green, vaccinated individuals may remove their mask for speaking so long as 6 feet of social distancing between the speaker and the audience is maintained. When the campus alert level is blue, that distance increases to 12 feet. If campus alert levels allow, I will not be wearing a mask while lecturing at a distance. Regardless of campus alert levels, if you would like to speak with me in close quarters (before/after class or in my office), I will wear a mask and would prefer it if you would, too. [adjust based on your personal preferences]

 

University of Denver continues to use an alert level system from clear (low risk, high vaccination) to purple (severe risk). See here for details. At certain levels, mask requirements vary depending on your vaccination status.  

As we begin the fall term with level green, the following guidelines are in place based on vaccination status.  

Unvaccinated Individuals 

In level green, people without verified full vaccination must wear face coverings at all times except in private offices or residential rooms or while actively eating or drinking. 

Vaccinated Individuals 

Face coverings also are required for fully vaccinated individuals indoors for all classes and all in-person meetings/events with 5 or more people, except while actively speaking/performing at six feet or more distance from others or while actively eating or drinking. 

Should the university transition to level “clear”, campus policy states, “all DU personnel and students without verified full vaccination records must wear face coverings/masks at all times while indoors. Anyone may choose to wear a face-covering/mask at any time for any reason. While individuals with specific health risks or vulnerabilities may ask coworkers or classmates to wear a mask, because the University policy does not require individuals who are fully vaccinated to wear face coverings/masks, this cannot be required.” 

Documenting seating selection

To assist in contact tracing efforts, DU faculty have been asked to keep track of close contacts (6ft or closer) in classrooms of 20 or more students. Please help me by committing to sit in the same place each class day, learning the names of your close-by peers, and self-identifying your seat choice on the document provided [additional details about process that may vary from class to class].

When we engage in smaller group work, we will need to document the names of members of small groups. So that we can continue to engage in active learning and small group work, I will be asking you to help keep track of small group membership should we need it for contact tracing.

From the policy “To facilitate contact tracing, instructors must record selected seats in classes of 20 or more students. Instructors will be provided a floor plan of their classroom and asked to document the selected seats of each student and provide these assignments to the Office of the Registrar via the email address seatassignments@du.edu. Instructors are welcome to have students select their preferred seat on the first day and simply record these selections; however, students must sit in the same seats moving forward. In the event your pedagogical approach depends on reseating or if you have changes at the add/drop period, please provided an updated seating chart at that time. In contexts where seating is not utilized, instructors are instead encouraged to help students learn each other’s names to facilitate contact tracing if necessary. Instructors will be asked to provide an initial seating chart and to update this chart after the add-drop period as needed. To facilitate recording seat selections in larger classes, instructors will be provided stickers with their students’ names via their department and classroom seats will be numbered.”

To assist in COVID mitigation, students are not permitted to eat during classes, except where a student has an approved accommodation through the Disability Support Program (DSP). Please plan accordingly.

While an online course does not require physical attendance, active engagement and participation is necessary to successfully meet the learning outcomes. As such, students are expected to: 

  • Attend all synchronous Zoom sessions as outlined in the course calendar. Any in-person or Zoom sessions should be approached in the same way you would a traditional in-person class. Please communicate any absences to the instructor in advance, when possible.  
  • Complete all assignments by the due date 
  • Actively participate in class discussions. 
  • Log on at least X times a week 

In addition to these standards of participation, the instructor may use Canvas analytics to track your interaction with course materials, assignments, and other aspects of the course.

Thank you to Dr. Katherine Tennis (Teaching Assistant Professor; Director of the Undergraduate Research Program, Korbel) for sharing this language with the OTL! 

The format of this course may be slightly different from what you are accustomed to, so please read the following information very closely. This course will take place entirely online. There will be both “synchronous” (live) and “asynchronous” (on your own time) components of the course.   

  • Synchronous component: We will meet via the Zoom platform [number of times] per week at [time] in order to hold “live” (synchronous) class sessions. These meetings are required and I will take attendance.   
    • Please note that all times are noted in Mountain Standard Time (MST). You are responsible for calculating any time zone differences if you are away from campus and making sure that you make it into our online Zoom classroom on time.

       

       

  • Asynchronous component: You will also have required course components such as: pre-recorded lectures, podcasts, and readings that you are expected to complete before our synchronous session every week. These will all be made available to you via the Canvas platform and are organized into weekly modules.
  • Assignments: All assignments will also be completed asynchronously (on your own time).  
    • Please note once again that all deadlines are posted in Mountain Standard Time (MST), and you are responsible for calculating any time zone changes if you are away from campus in order to get your work submitted on time.   

The course will use the following technologies extensively. Please prepare accordingly.  

  • Canvas: All course materials and asynchronous work will be available through Canvas. Please be sure that you are able to access Canvas, and that all mails that I send through Canvas are getting to an inbox that you check regularly.  
  • Zoom: Our synchronous class sessions will be held via Zoom. Zoom is an interface for creating real-time meetings online. Please be sure to download Zoom prior to our first live session and test it to be sure it is working.  

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 (www.du.edu/honorcode). See also http://www.du.edu/studentconduct 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 Turnitin.com for the detection of plagiarism. All submitted papers will be included as source documents in the Turnitin.com 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.

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 https://www.du.edu/equalopportunity/.

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 cape@du.edu. 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.

RESTRICTION OF AUDIO OR VISUAL RECORDING, REPRODUCTION, AND DISTRIBUTION OF CONTENT IN ONLINE COURSES

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.

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 (http://libraryhelp.du.edu) 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 http://libraryhelp.du.edu. 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 (www.du.edu/writing/writingcenter/ ) 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 (www.du.edu/writing/writingcenter/) for hours and additional information.