The statements below have been collected from various centers across campus to assist you when creating your syllabus. It is highly recommended that you adjust and personalize the statements to match you 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.”

COVID-RELATED SAMPLE SYLLABUS LANGUAGE

Please refer to the DU COVID-19 website for all updates on current policies.

This course will comply with University of Denver’s COVID-19 Protocols for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Social Distancing in accordance with state and local orders and federal guidelines. See here for the complete policy. It is the expectation that students attending physically shall wear a face covering that:  

  • Cover the nose and mouth at all times  
  • Fit snugly but comfortably against the face  
  • Include multiple layers of fabric  
  • Allow for breathing without restriction  
  • Be disposable or be washable and machine dryable without being damaged or changing shape  
  • Be looped around the ears or tied behind the head and neck  
  • Remain in place until taken off safely  
  • Be replaced with one that does not need to be frequently adjusted if the initial face covering moves during work  
  • Be replaced when they become dirty, wet, and/or difficult to breathe through. 

Failure to comply with DU’s protocols for face coverings constitutes a violation of the honor codeIf you are not wearing a face covering, the professor will ask you to do so. Refusal will result in the professor asking you to leave the classroom. 

Thank you to Dr. Doug Hesse (Professor and Executive Director of the Writing Program) for sharing this language with the OTL. 

Safe Behavior in this Class 
Teaching and learning have always required safe classroom environments, so the current requirements in light of Covid-19 simply extend some principles of behavior long established in higher education. But these requirements are vital extensions, given the debilitating and deadly threat of the Coronavirus, not only for you personally but for those around you. 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 practice social distancing always, keeping at least six feet from everyone else. 
  • To wear a mask—and wear it effectively—at all times 

This course will adhere to social distancing guidelines outlined in University of Denver’s COVID-19 Protocols for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Social Distancing in accordance with state and local orders and federal guidelines. See here for the complete policy. 

All university personnel, students, and visitors shall maintain social distancing at all times while on campus to help prevent the spread of disease. This policy impacts in-person attendance as well as faculty-student interactions out of class such as during office hours. It is the expectation that social distancing measures include:  

  • Maintain 6-foot distancing from other individuals whenever possible.  
  • Classroom seating and workspace should be at least 6 feet apart.  
  • Office hours will be accomplished through online conferencing, email or phone.  
  • Unavoidable in-person meetings should be short in length and in a room where participants can keep a distance of six feet apart.  

Social distancing should also be practiced as you enter and exit the classroom and during course breaks [if applicable]. [Based on classroom and building layout, faculty should consider providing guidelines and recommendations to discourage congregating in the halls. Please feel free to consult the OTL to brainstorm solutions for this.]  

Failure to comply with DU’s protocols for social distancing constitutes a violation of the honor code.  

As communicated by the registrar’s office on August 3, 2020, “Students should note that in-person courses at the University of Denver for Fall 2020 were specifically designed to have an in-person component due to the high impact qualities of the course. Students who are able to attend in-person class sessions should do so in order to have an optimized experience. If a student is scheduled for an in-person class but would prefer to take the class in a fully online modality, it may be possible to work with the instructor to secure this arrangement; however, this option is not guaranteed, and in most cases the student experience will be best served by finding a class taught in the preferred modality from the outset.” 

If you have opted to join this course, 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, 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 the event that you find yourself experiencing COVID-19 related symptoms, I request that you do the following:  

  • Stay home! This is best way to prevent spreading COVID-19 as supported by scientific evidence.  
  • Please provide a screen shot of the symptom monitoring response that asks you to quarantine and let me know of your absence.  
  • If you are self-quarantining/isolating, you can attend class virtually [as outlined by faculty member] 

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.  

Per University of Denver Action Plan for Fall Return to Campus, this course has been designed to transition to fully 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. As noted in the action plan, “Regardless of class modality, student work shall be turned in digitally, with exceptions for such fields as the studio arts where physical artifacts are essential. Instructors requesting exceptions should clearly explain the need for students to submit physical work and provide the means to do so safely and conveniently. Instructors teaching in-person or hybrid courses should not distribute or receive paper materials. 

 

To this end, 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 and all changes will be communicated to the students via [identify communication platform]. [Insert any additional language about your communication plan.] 

The following language is lifted directly from the university’s COVD-19 Responsibility and Enforcement Protocol document. Faculty may choose to adopt this language into their syllabi as well.  

The University requires that all employees and students comply with the following personal responsibilities. Protocol urls are stable and linked below. Please check for the most up to date protocols regularly. 

COVID Canvas Course: All University employees and students must promptly complete the Trail Back to Campus course in Canvas to learn about the University’s plans to mitigate the spread of the virus and to cultivate a culture of personal responsibility. This is due for Sturm College of Law by 8-17-2020, and for the remainder of campus by 8-31-2020. 

Face Coverings: All University employees, students, and visitors must wear a face covering at all times while on campus (inside buildings and outside) to help prevent the spread of the virus, with limited exceptions. Specifically, face coverings are not required for children under 3 years of age, and for certain medical conditions with documentation. Please note that while exceptions for medical reasons will be accommodated to the best of our ability, we cannot provide an accommodation that places others at risk; therefore, an accommodation to participate in class or related activities in person without a face covering will not be permitted. 

Social Distancing: All University employees, students, and visitors must maintain 6 feet distance at all times while on campus to help prevent the spread of the virus. Social distancing is defined on campus as 6 feet distancing and maximum 50% room occupancy. Following signs and guidance within rooms should accomplish this; for questions, please ask your building’s Building Manager (name and contact information available at the COVID-19 Portfolio site).  

Cleaning and Disinfection: All University employees, students, and visitors must assist in maintaining a clean work and learning environment by cleaning and disinfecting personal spaces they use upon entry and exit. DU custodial staff will clean and disinfect common areas.  

Symptom Monitoring: All University employees, students, and visitors coming to campus must complete the symptom monitoring survey. Employees and students must complete the survey twice each day on days they are on campus (before arrival and after departure), and once per day when they are not planning to come to campus. Visitors must be granted access following the visitor protocol and must complete the visitor symptom monitoring survey no more than 2 hours before arrival on campus. The Denver Department of Public Health & Environment requires that University employees perform symptom monitoring.  This process assists in limiting the spread of the virus, identifying clusters early, and establishing quantitative data for contact tracing.  

Contact Tracing: The University strongly encourages all employees, students, and visitors to download the digital contact tracing app.  Use of the app is voluntary.  Widespread use of digital contact tracing will increase the University’s ability to manage the spread of the virus. Information on downloading the contract tracing app will be forthcoming. All employees, students and visitors must participate in manual contact tracing interviews and must provide complete and truthful information in a timely manner.  

Testing: All employees and students coming to campus must complete a mid-nasal swab RT-PCR test for the virus that causes COVID-19 before their Fall Return to Campus. A negative test result, either one completed via DU, or uploaded at myhealth.du.edu, is necessary for return access to campus. This also applies to individuals who are already on campus. Testing is one of the most effective ways to identify and quarantine asymptomatic individuals thereby significantly reducing transmission rates.  

Quarantine refers to remaining in your home to the greatest extent possible when you may be exposed but are not positive or symptomatic and isolation refers to remaining in your home when positive or symptomatic. 

All employees and students must quarantine if they have: 

  • Been identified as having close contact with a person who tested positive or is presumed positive with COVID-19 
  • Have traveled outside the US or to a US state that has high and escalating incidence of COVID-19. 

And isolate if they have:  

  • Have tested positive or are presumed positive as diagnosed by a medical provider;  

Reporting of Positive Test Result: All employees and students who are coming to campus, or have been on campus in the last 14 days, must promptly report positive COVID-19 test results to reportCOVID@du.edu so that the University can initiate appropriate contact tracing and building closure or disinfection. 

Because this is a hyflex course, there are multiple ways in which you might attend class meetings. Some of you might choose to attend class in-person, and some of you might choose to participate online (by connecting via Zoom). You are expected to participate in all class meetings (either in person or virtually) if at all possible, as your engagement in these synchronous sessions is important not only for your own learning, but for our learning as a group – we will all benefit from your full presence!  However, if you are not able to attend a class session in either of these ways, I ask that you let me know ahead of time, and I will provide you with a set of asynchronous online activities for you to complete instead.
 

Note: How this looks for your own class will depend upon which “version” of hyflex you choose to implement. In particular, your policies related to attendance/participation will depend in large part on whether, in addition to an in-person meeting option, you are providing just synchronous online options, or just asynchronous options, or both… and on whether it is wholly up to students to decide which mode of participation they choose or whether students are “assigned” to particular modes. Included here is a starting point. See also the sample language for online, in person and online course with required synchronous component to lift language to help you customize this for your particular needs. 

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.

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

(Additional academic integrity statements can be found here)

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.

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:

Health & Counseling Services

My SSP 24/7 confidential services for students (Links to an external site.)

Student Outreach & Support (SOS) and SOS Referrals

Title IX

Gender 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.  The Center for Advocacy, Prevention and Empowerment (CAPE) provides programs and resources to help promote healthy relationships, teach non-violence and equality, and foster a respectful and safe environment for all members of the University of Denver community.  All services are confidential and free of charge.

For assistance during business hours, call 303-871-3853 and ask to speak to the Director of CAPE. After hours, please call the Emergency & Crisis Dispatch Line at 303-871-3000and ask to speak to the CAPE advocate on call.

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, smart phone, or other device to explore concepts related to course discussions and in-class activity. 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 Facebook, texting, or other off-topic diversions.

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.

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.

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.

Close Menu