Syllabus (Faculty): University Policies and Guidance to Include in Course Syllabus

This page lists the University policies and guidance pertaining to teaching, learning, and student support services. This information is updated each semester based on information provided by the University administration or faculty and student support units. This page is linked from the Accessible Syllabus Template located in the IDLT Teaching Toolkit.

University Policies and Information

Academic integrity/plagiarism

Students are reminded that the expectations and academic standards outlined in the Student Academic Code (3C2) apply to all courses, field experiences and educational experiences at the University, regardless of modality or location.

Plagiarism is the use of another person’s words or ideas without crediting that person. Plagiarism and cheating will not be tolerated and may lead to failure on an assignment, in the class, or dismissal from the University, per the SIUE academic dishonesty policy. Students are responsible for complying with University policies about academic honesty as stated in the University’s Student Academic Conduct Code.

University Guidance on Artificial Intelligence (current as of: Fall 2023)

[University suggested statement – faculty are encouraged to modify as needed for individual or departmental course plans or policies involving AI]

Unless expressly allowed by the instructor, the use of artificial intelligence (AI) tools and applications (including ChatGPT, DALL-E, and others) to produce content for course assignments and assessments is a violation of SIUE’s academic policy and is prohibited.

Regular and Substantive Interaction

Regular and substantive interaction (RSI) is required as part of new U.S. Department of Education regulations for distance (online) education and it supports student learning in all learning environments (online, face-to-face, hybrid, hyflex, etc.). SIUE faculty participate in RSI by initiating frequent and timely opportunities to engage with students. Because there are several ways to implement RSI, such as facilitating online discussions, scheduling a Zoom conference with a student, or holding regularly scheduled review sessions before tests, RSI may look different in every class. To learn more about RSI, use the Online Tips links for Faculty and Students in your Blackboard course websites or visit the Faculty Resources for Regular and Substantive Interaction webpage.

Recordings of Class Content

Faculty recordings of lectures and/or other course materials are meant to facilitate student learning and to help facilitate a student catching up who has missed class due to illness or quarantine. As such, students are reminded that the recording, as well as replicating or sharing of any course content and/or course materials without the express permission of the instructor of record, is not permitted.

Diversity and Inclusion

SIUE is committed to respecting everyone’s dignity at all times. In order to learn, exchange ideas, and support one another, our virtual and physical classrooms must be places where students and teachers feel safe and supported. Systems of oppression permeate our institutions and our classrooms. All students and faculty have the responsibility to co-create a classroom that affirms inclusion, equity, and social justice, where racism, sexism, classism, ableism, heterosexism, xenophobia, and other social pathologies are not tolerated.

The Inclusive Excellence, Education, and Development Hub is an excellent resource for students for support and community. Any person who believes they have experienced or witnessed discrimination or harassment can contact the Office of EOA/Title IX Coordination (618) 650-2333 or

Pregnancy and Newly Parenting Policy

This policy and procedure are established to ensure the protection and equal treatment of pregnant students, students with pregnancy-related medical conditions including as a result of the termination of pregnancy, and students who become new parents including parents adopting or fostering to adopt for the first 12 weeks a child is in the home, in accordance with Federal and State guidelines and regulations. "New Parents" refers to a parent who has recently welcomed a newborn or adopted a child or is fostering to adopt a child and needs support to mitigate the disruption in academic progress within the first 12 weeks of parenting or a parent that needs support due to medical necessity attributed to pregnancy or delivery of a child; care of newborn; or lactation within the first year of child's life or legal adoption/fostering. Visit Policies & Procedures - Student Rights and Conduct - Newly Parenting Policy - 3C15 to view the full policy and learn how to request accommodations through the Office of Equal Opportunity, Access, and Title IX Coordination (EOA).

Technology Privacy Information

We will be using Blackboard in this course. View the Anthology Blackboard Privacy Statement to review how your data is being used and stored.

Additional Support

Services for Students Needing Accommodations (ACCESS)

[Option 1:] Students needing accommodations because of medical diagnosis or major life impairment will need to register with Accessible Campus Community & Equitable Student Support (ACCESS) and complete an intake process before accommodations will be given. Students who believe they have a diagnosis, but do not have documentation, should contact ACCESS for assistance and/or appropriate referral. The ACCESS office is located in the Student Success Center, Room 1203. You can also reach the office by emailing us at or by calling 618-650-3726.

If you feel you would need additional help in the event of an emergency situation, please notify your instructor to be shown the evacuation route and discuss specific needs for assistance.

[Option 2:] It is the policy and practice of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville to create inclusive learning environments. If there are aspects of the instruction or design of this course that result in barriers to your inclusion or to accurate assessment of achievement—such as time-limited exams, inaccessible web content or the use of non-captioned videos—please contact Accessible Campus Community and Equitable Student Support (ACCESS) as soon as possible. In order to properly determine reasonable accommodations, students must register with ACCESS either online at or in person in the Student Success Center, Room 1203. You can also reach the office by emailing us at or by calling 618-650-3726.

If you feel you would need additional help in the event of an emergency situation, please notify your instructor to be shown the evacuation route and discuss specific needs for assistance.

Academic and Other Student Services

As an enrolled SIUE student, you have a variety of support available to you, including:

If you find that you need additional support, please reach out to me and let me know.

Cougar Care

Dealing with the fast-paced life of a college student can be challenging, and I always support a student's decision to prioritize mental health. Students have access to counseling services on campus (Student Success Center, 0222). Make an appointment by visiting or by calling 618-650-2842.


SIUE has partnered with TimelyCare to deliver a virtual health and well-being platform for students. The service provides 24/7 access to virtual care at no cost!  

Students can go to or directly download the TimelyCare app from the app store to register with their school email address. Students can then start visits from any web-enabled device – smartphone, tablet, laptop, or desktop – anywhere in the United States.

What services are available?
• TalkNow - 24/7, on-demand emotional support.
• Scheduled Counseling - Select the day, time, and mental health provider you choose. (9 visits per year)
• Health Coaching - Support for developing healthy behaviors.
• Basic Needs Support - Get connected to low or reduced-cost community resources.
• Self-Care Content - Yoga and meditation sessions and group conversations with our providers on a variety of health and well-being topics.

SIUE Campus Climate Reporting Form

The information submitted will help us respond to any incident you or whomever you are reporting on behalf of may have experienced; and aid us in improving our campus climate so that it is safer and enhances belonging and inclusion for faculty, staff, students, and the community. Submit the form here:

Student Success Coaches

Student success coaches work across campus to serve the SIUE student population with the tools and resources to adjust to and meet the demands of the college experience. Success coaches provide direct services such as time management support and referrals to campus resources. If you find yourself in need of academic or personal support, or in a situation that is preventing you from being successful in the classroom, please utilize Starfish to connect with a coach as soon as possible. The sooner you engage, the sooner you can access the information or tools you need that may help you get back on track.

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OwnerMatt S.GroupSouthern Illinois University Edwardsville
Created2023-10-27 14:19:19Updated2024-02-23 10:12:01
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