Syllabus Policies

 

A syllabus is a document that details your course goals and expectations and also serves as an invitation to students as they enter your course. Rather than being just a schedule of readings, your syllabus can help students take responsibility for their own learning.

A clear statement of both your own policies (on, for example, attendance, late work, or cell phone use in class) as well as Georgetown University policies can give students the information they need to succeed. Here are examples of how some colleagues include university policy statements on their syllabi:


Honor Code

Academic Integrity and Courtesy

As a Jesuit, Catholic university, committed to the education of the whole person, Georgetown expects all members of the academic community, students and faculty, to strive for excellence in scholarship and in character. The University spells out the specific minimum standards for academic integrity in its Honor Code, as well as the procedures to be followed if academic dishonesty is suspected. Over and above the honor code, in this course we will seek to create an engaged and passionate learning environment, characterized by respect and courtesy in both our discourse and our ways of paying attention to one another.

Honor System

I strongly believe in adherence to the Georgetown honor system and expect that you do too. I comply with reporting requirements. That said, DO collaborate with your classmates in study or conversation groups. DO give credit to your fellow students when appropriate. DO read the honor system booklet: http://gervaseprograms.georgetown.edu/honor/system/

Honor System

All students are expected to maintain the highest standards of academic and personal integrity in pursuit of their education at Georgetown. Academic dishonesty, including plagiarism, in any form is a serious offense, and students found in violation are subject to academic penalties that include, but are not limited to, failure of the course, termination from the program, and revocation of degrees already conferred. All students are held to the Georgetown University Honor Code. For more information about the Honor Code see http://gervaseprograms.georgetown.edu/honor/


Students with Documented Disabilities

Special Accommodations

If you believe that you have a disability that will affect your performance in this class, please contact the Academic Resource Center (arc@georgetown.edu) for further information. The center is located in the Leavey Center, Suite 335. The Academic Resource Center is the campus office responsible for reviewing documentation provided by students with disabilities and for determining reasonable accommodations in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and University policies.

Accommodations for students with disabilities

Students with documented disabilities have the right to specific accommodations that do not fundamentally alter the nature of the course. Please alert me should you require accommodations.


Title IX Sexual Misconduct Statement

Please know that as a faculty member I am committed to supporting survivors of sexual misconduct, including relationship violence and sexual assault. However, university policy also requires me to report any disclosures about sexual misconduct to the Title IX Coordinator, whose role is to coordinate the University’s response to sexual misconduct.

Georgetown has a number of fully confidential professional resources who can provide support and assistance to survivors of sexual assault and other forms of sexual misconduct. These resources include:

Jen Schweer, MA, LPC
Associate Director of Health Education Services for Sexual Assault Response and Prevention
(202) 687-0323
jls242@georgetown.edu

Erica Shirley, Trauma Specialist
Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS)
(202) 687-6985
els54@georgetown.edu

More information about campus resources and reporting sexual misconduct can be found at http://sexualassault.georgetown.edu.

Georgetown University and its faculty are committed to supporting survivors of sexual misconduct, including relationship violence and sexual assault. University policy requires faculty members to report any disclosures about sexual misconduct to the Title IX Coordinator, whose role is to coordinate the University’s response to sexual misconduct.

Georgetown has a number of fully confidential professional resources who can provide support and assistance to survivors of sexual assault and other forms of sexual misconduct. These resources include:

Jen Schweer, MA, LPC
Associate Director of Health Education Services for Sexual Assault Response and Prevention
(202) 687-0323
jls242@georgetown.edu

Erica Shirley, Trauma Specialist
Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS)
(202) 687-6985
els54@georgetown.edu

More information about campus resources and reporting sexual misconduct can be found at http://sexualassault.georgetown.edu.


Special Concerns

Depending on the nature and content of your course, there may be other departmental or university policies that affect your students. Here’s one example:

Working with Minors

Given that this course is a community based learning course Georgetown University’s policy for faculty and students who work with minor applies to all students enrolled in this class. During the first week of the semester, please read the policy and accompanying materials, sign the signature page, and return the signature page to me. In addition, you will complete a liability form, contract, and time record form. All forms should be available on https://hoyalink.georgetown.edu/organization/cbl