Fairmont State University Standard Syllabus Statements

Purpose

The syllabus establishes the structure of the course and communicates what students will learn, how they will be assessed and evaluated, and what is required for them to be successful. The syllabus also documents instructor intentions and sets the tone for the course. An instructor can circumvent a host of student misunderstandings and grievances over the course of the semester by clearly communicating course expectations within the syllabus.

The mission and standards of the department, University, and accrediting agencies are also often reflected in the syllabus. Departments are required to store a copy of each course syllabus every semester for national accreditation and course reviews. Make sure to check with your Department Chair to confirm college or program-specific syllabus requirements.  

Blackboard Accessible

Faculty should ensure their course syllabi are uploaded as a PDF and accessible for students on Blackboard.

Common Course Syllabus

All courses at Fairmont State University share common syllabus components approved by the Faculty Senate in the Spring, 2021.

Syllabus Components:

  • General Course Information
    • Course prefix, number, and title
    • Course section
    • Semester offered and year
  • Instructor Contact Information
    • Instructor name, phone, email
    • Instructor office location and office hours
  • Course Description (include any prerequisites/corequisites)
  • Textbook and Course Material
  • Technology Requirements
  • Course Delivery
  • Course Learning Outcomes
  • Assignments/Assessments
  • Evaluation and Grading Scale
  • Course Map OR Connecting Learning Outcomes with Assessment Measures
  • Course Policies and Guidelines
    • Communication with Instructor
    • Attendance Policy
    • Assignment Expectations (e.g., make-up policy, submission requirements)
  • Academic Support and Resources
  • Course Outline

Syllabus Template   

The syllabus template contains all the required syllabus components and suggested wording that is not required but frequently used.


Syllabus Statements

Academic Integrity

Fairmont State values highly the integrity of its student scholars. All students and faculty members are urged to share in the responsibility for removing every situation which might permit or encourage academic dishonesty. Cheating in any form, including plagiarism, must be considered a matter of the gravest concern. Cheating is defined here as:

  • the obtaining of information during an examination;
  • the unauthorized use of books, notes, or other sources of information prior to or during an examination;
  • the removal of faculty examination materials;
  • the alteration of documents or records; or
  • actions identifiable as occurring with the intent to defraud or use under false pretense.

Plagiarism is defined here as the submission of the ideas, words (written or oral), or artistic productions of another, falsely represented as one's original effort or without giving due credit. Students and faculty should examine proper citation forms to avoid inadvertent plagiarism.

Accessibility Services

Through collaboration with institutional allies, networks, and community partners, Accessibility Services leadership contributes to the development of equitable higher education experiences for all students who have disabilities.  These services are available to any student, full or part-time, who has a need because of a documented disability. It is the student’s responsibility to register for these services and provide any necessary documentation to verify a disability or the need for accommodations. Students must provide their professors with a copy of their academic accommodation letter each semester in order to receive accommodations. Faculty, students, and the Office of Accessibility Services must cooperate to ensure the most effective provision of accommodations for each class.

If you are a person with a disability and anticipate needing any type of accommodation in order to participate in your classes, please advise your instructors and make appropriate arrangements with the Office of Accessibility Services.

Accessibility Services is located in the Turley Student Services Center (304) 367-4141. For additional information, please visit the Fairmont State Office of Accessibility Services webpage.

Assessments, Surveys, and Course Evaluations

Fairmont State University values students’ opinions. Your participation in special assessments, surveys, and course evaluations assists us in improving the services of the institution and the effectiveness of classroom instruction. These are to be viewed as course requirements and completed to the best of your ability and with full attention.

Attendance

Students are expected to attend regularly the class and laboratory sessions of courses in which they are registered.  Regular attendance is necessary to the successful completion of a course of study and is an integral part of a student's educational experience.  Each instructor shall make available on the first day of class what the attendance requirements are and what penalties shall be imposed for nonattendance.

Consent to Recording

Learning technologies, online testing, and other virtual deliveries of content may require the audio and/or visual recording of you for educational purposes, by enrolling in this course, you consent to such recording for this stated purpose unless you advise the instructor in writing of your objection at least five days following receipt of this notice.

Copyright Notice

Material presented in this course may be protected by copyright law.

COVID-19 Provisions

Following guidance from the CDC as well as State and Local Officials, Fairmont State reserves the right to determine the method of delivery of class content, and modify classroom configuration to comply with COVID-19 safety guidance.  The University also reserves the right to institute mandatory safety protocols including requiring students to wear masks at all times while in the classrooms.

Social Justice Statement

Fairmont State University is committed to social justice. I concur with that commitment and expect to maintain a positive learning environment based upon open communication, mutual respect, and non-discrimination. Our University does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, age, disability, veteran’s status, religion, sexual orientation, color, or national origin. Any suggestions as to how to further such a positive and open environment in this class will be appreciated and given serious consideration. If you are a person with a disability and anticipate needing any type of accommodation in order to participate in this class, please advise let me know, and make appropriate arrangements with the Office of Accessibility Services (304-367-4141).

Title IX

Title IX makes it clear that violence and harassment based on sex, gender, and gender identity are Civil Rights offenses subject to the same kinds of accountability and the same kinds of support applied to offenses against other protected categories such as race, national origin, etc. If you or someone you know has been harassed or assaulted, you can find the appropriate resources at FairmontState.edu/Title-IX, by calling 304.367.4386, or by emailing HR@fairmontstate.edu.  

Fairmont State is a tobacco and vapor-free campus

Additional information about all policies can be found online in the Student Handbook Additional student resources can be found online on the Student Resources Page.