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Recommended Syllabus Information

This information is recommended to include in your syllabus as best practice. Click the numbered section headers for more information.

1. Course Information

  1. Location and days, time and duration
  2. Required materials and texts
  3. Course description: purpose, goals, outcomes
  4. Calendar of activities
  5. Last day to drop course
  6. Course requisites
  7. Relation of course with larger program, major, and/or curriculum
  8. Course evaluations and their importance (include date if done electronically in class)
  9. Special notes regarding online or hybrid courses

2. Instructor Information

  1. Office hours and location
  2. Phone and email address
  3. Brief instructor biography
  4. Brief teaching philosophy statement/approach to teaching

3. Grading Information

  1. Grading scales
  2. Grading rubrics
  3. Coursework guidelines (deadlines, submission, format, etc.)
  4. Rationale for required assignments/course work
  5. Participation

4. Policy Information

  1. Makeup policy
  2. Classroom use of cell phones, tablets, laptops, and other electronic devices
  3. Classroom language and behavior
  4. Classroom COVID-19 policies

5. Diversity and Inclusion Information

View this Word document for details on the following sections.

  • Diversity and Inclusion Statement
  • Content Warning (Safe Learning Environments)
  • Guidance for Productive Conversations
  • Gender and Pronouns
  • Accessibility

6. Sexual Misconduct and Mandatory Reporting

The following includes sample language you can include and personalize in your syllabus.

  1. Basic Information:

    All students and employees at Ohio University have the right to work and learn in an environment free from sexual harassment and other sexual misconduct. With the exception of the confidential resources listed below, all OHIO employees are required to report any instances of sexual harassment or other sexual misconduct to the Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equity and Civil Rights Compliance (ECRC).


    If you or someone you know has experienced sexual harassment or other sexual misconduct, and you would like to make a report, please contact OHIO’s Director of Equity and Civil Rights Compliance (ECRC) and Title IX Coordinator in any of the following ways:
     
    • Complete the on-line reporting form for sexual misconduct here: https://www.ohio.edu/equity-civil-rights
    • Walk-in or mail:
    • Office of Equity and Civil Rights Compliance
    • Kerri Griffin, J.D., Director and Title IX Coordinator
    • Ohio University
    • Lindley Hall 006
    • Athens, Ohio 45701
    • Phone: 740-593-9140
    • 740-593-9168
    • Email: titleix@ohio.edu or equity@ohio.edu

      When a report is made to ECRC, it leads to outreach where the alleged victim can receive information about their options for medical services, counseling, reporting to law enforcement, requesting an investigation, and other supportive measures, such as assistance with class adjustments, work schedules, housing arrangements, etc. If you are not yet ready to have something that happened to you or someone else reported, you can speak confidentially with the Survivor Advocacy Program (740-597-SAFE or https://www.ohio.edu/survivor), Counseling and Psychological Services (740-593-1616 or https://www.ohio.edu/student-affairs/counseling) or Campus Care (740-592-7100).
  2. Longer Personalized Option:

    We all share in the responsibility to create a safe learning environment for students and the campus as a whole. With the exception of the confidential resources listed below, all OHIO employees are required to report any instances of sexual harassment or other sexual misconduct to the Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equity and Civil Rights Compliance (ECRC). If you share that you or another OHIO student has had any of these experiences (including, but not limited to, through class discussion, papers, office hours, or other scenarios), it is my responsibility to notify ECRC.

    Your safety and the safety of others is important to me. Therefore, I take seriously my responsibility to report to the Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equity and Civil Rights Compliance. Reports are made to the Title IX Coordinator electronically at https://www.ohio.edu/equity-civil-rights by selecting the “report sexual misconduct” tab, by phone at 740-593-9140,by fax at 740-593-9168, or by email at titleix@ohio.edu or equity@ohio.edu.

    When a report is made to ECRC, it leads to outreach where the alleged victim can receive information about their options for medical services, counseling, reporting to law enforcement, requesting an investigation, and other supportive measures, such as, assistance with class adjustments, work schedules, housing arrangements, etc.

    If you are not yet ready to have something that happened to you or someone else reported to ECRC, you can speak confidentially with the Survivor Advocacy Program (740-597-SAFE or https://www.ohio.edu/survivor), Counseling and Psychological Services (740-593-1616 or https://www.ohio.edu/student-affairs/counseling) or Campus Care (740-592-7100)

     
  3. Shorter Personalized Option:

    All OHIO faculty and staff share in the responsibility to create a safe learning environment for students and for the campus as a whole. With the exception of the confidential resources listed below, all OHIO employees are required to report any instances of sexual harassment or other sexual misconduct to the Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equity and Civil Rights Compliance (ECRC), even if they learn of it through classroom assignments, discussions or the like. Reports are made to the Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equity and Civil Rights Compliance and can be made electronically at https://www.ohio.edu/equity-civil-rights by selecting the “report sexual misconduct” tab, by phone at 740-593-9140,by fax at 740-593-9168, or by email at titleix@ohio.edu or equity@ohio.edu. If you are not yet ready to have something that happened to you or someone else reported to ECRC, you can speak confidentially with the Survivor Advocacy Program (740-597-SAFE or https://www.ohio.edu/survivor), Counseling and Psychological Services (740-593-1616 or https://www.ohio.edu/student-affairs/counseling) or Campus Care (740-592-7100).

Confidential Resources

No information will be shared with third parties without your written permission, except in circumstances involving potential harm to self or others (e.g., suicide, homicide, or other life-threatening behaviors), suspected child or elder abuse or neglect, and court subpoena of counseling records.

Counseling and Psychological Services
740.593.1616

Campus Care
740.593.1660

The Survivor Advocacy Program
740.597.SAFE (7233)

Private Resources

Conversations are kept as confidential as possible, but information is shared with key staff members so the University can offer resources and accommodations, and to take action if necessary, for safety reasons.

Ohio University Police Department
740.593.1911

The Office of Equity and Civil Rights Compliance
740.593.9140

The Office of Community Standards and Student Responsibility
740.593.2629

7. Additional Considerations

  1. Welcome statement
  2. Resources: Finding help/available support along with contact information
  3. Advice for success
  4. Questions from students
  5. Student Affairs One-Stop Student Resource Hub