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K-State Course Syllabi Statements

All Course Syllabi Must Include the Following Statements:

  1. Statement Regarding Academic Honesty

    Kansas State University has an Honor and Integrity System based on personal integrity, which is presumed to be sufficient assurance that, in academic matters, one's work is performed honestly and without unauthorized assistance. Undergraduate and graduate students, by registration, acknowledge the jurisdiction of the Honor and Integrity System. The policies and procedures of the Honor and Integrity System apply to all full and part-time students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate courses on-campus, off-campus, and via distance learning. The Honor and Integrity System website can be reached via the following URL: www.k-state.edu/honor. A component vital to the Honor and Integrity System is the inclusion of the Honor Pledge which applies to all assignments, examinations, or other course work undertaken by students. The Honor Pledge is implied, whether or not it is stated: "On my honor, as a student, I have neither given nor received unauthorized aid on this academic work." A grade of XF can result from a breach of academic honesty. The F indicates failure in the course; the X indicates the reason is an Honor Pledge violation.

  2. Statement Regarding Students with Disabilities

    Students with disabilities who need classroom accommodations, access to technology, or information about emergency building/campus evacuation processes should contact the Student Access Center and/or their instructor.  Services are available to students with a wide range of disabilities including, but not limited to, physical disabilities, medical conditions, learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder, depression, and anxiety. If you are a student enrolled in campus/online courses through the Manhattan or Olathe campuses, contact the Student Access Center at accesscenter@k-state.edu, 785-532-6441; for K-State Polytechnic campus, contact Academic and Student Services at polytechnicadvising@ksu.edu or call 785-826-2974. 

    Additional Information for Faculty:

    Faculty members who need assistance with accommodating a student with a documented disability should contact the access services office on the appropriate campus. Assistance may include administration of course exams with extended time and/or distraction reduced environment or providing an alternate format of text materials.

  3. Statement Defining Expectations for Classroom Conduct

    All student activities in the University, including this course, are governed by the Student Judicial Conduct Code as outlined in the Student Governing Association By Laws, Article V, Section 3, number 2. Students who engage in behavior that disrupts the learning environment may be asked to leave the class.

Optional Syllabi Statements:

  1. If Course Materials are Copyrighted, also include:*

    Statement for Copyright Notification

    Copyright 20xx([your name here]) as to this syllabus and all lectures. During this course students are prohibited from selling notes to or being paid for taking notes by any person or commercial firm without the express written permission of the professor teaching this course. In addition, students in this class are not authorized to provide class notes or other class-related materials to any other person or entity, other than sharing them directly with another student taking the class for purposes of studying, without prior written permission from the professor teaching this course.

    * You may wish to inform students regarding copyright of your lecture materials or that you do not permit student note taking for subsequent posting on commercial websites. You also may wish to orally draw attention on the first day of classes to any such statements that you include in your syllabus. In addition to giving the notice of copyright, you should take steps to assure that your lectures are fixed in a tangible medium of expression, and hence protectable under the copyright laws. For this purpose, you can make detailed lecture notes, use detailed overheads, slides or online presentation slides, or tape record your lectures. These steps will strengthen your right to claim copyright in your lectures and will notify students of restrictions on their use. If you have lecture notes posted on a website, you may wish to protect them with a copyright notice as well. You can simply add the following information to any lecture materials or to your website: Copyright 20xx (your name here).

    *You also may wish to inform students that the K-State Student Conduct Code prohibits any illegal or unauthorized taking, selling, or distribution of class notes. Students violating this provision will be subject to discipline under the conduct code, including but not limited to possible expulsion from K-State.

  2. Academic Freedom Statement

    Kansas State University is a community of students, faculty, and staff who work together to discover new knowledge, create new ideas, and share the results of their scholarly inquiry with the wider public. Although new ideas or research results may be controversial or challenge established views, the health and growth of any society requires frank intellectual exchange. Academic freedom protects this type of free exchange and is thus essential to any university's mission.

    Moreover, academic freedom supports collaborative work in the pursuit of truth and the dissemination of knowledge in an environment of inquiry, respectful debate, and professionalism. Academic freedom is not limited to the classroom or to scientific and scholarly research, but extends to the life of the university as well as to larger social and political questions. It is the right and responsibility of the university community to engage with such issues.

  3. Weapons Policy Statement

    Kansas State University prohibits the possession and use of firearms, explosives, and other weapons on any University campus, with certain limited exceptions, which include use of weapons as part of approved University Programs, use of weapons by law enforcement personnel, and the lawful concealed carrying of handguns, as provided in the weapons policy, which may be found at: http://www.k-state.edu/police/weapons/index.html

  4. Concealed Carry Statement

    Under the Weapons Policy, individuals who carry a concealed handgun must have the handgun on or about their person at all times. Backpacks are appropriate for carrying a handgun as long as the backpack remains within the exclusive and uninterrupted control of the individual. A backpack or other bag used to carry a handgun must be within the immediate reach of the individual. Before bringing a concealed carry handgun into a University building, individuals who choose to carry a concealed handgun in a backpack, bag, etc., should consider whether or not they may be required to be separated from their handgun, such as being asked to go to the front of a classroom or to store bags in a particular area in a lab or exam room. In this course, the instructor may require students to place backpacks or other bags out of reach for safety or other reasons. The instructor will notify students in advance of this requirement so a student who carries a concealed handgun in a backpack or a bag may take steps to conceal the handgun on his or her person before arriving, or otherwise plan accordingly.

    *The following is an example of an advance notice to students related to concealed carry that could be used as is or modified as needed and included in the syllabus:

    In this class, students will be asked on a regular basis to participate in activities, such as engaging in group work, using the board, or performing short skits or role-playing scenarios. These activities may require students to either be separated from their bags or be prepared to keep their bags with them at all times during such activities. Students are encouraged to take the online weapons policy education module (http://www.k-state.edu/police/weapons/index.html ) to ensure they understand the requirements related to concealed carry.

  5. Campus Safety Statement

    Kansas State University is committed to providing a safe teaching and learning environment for student and faculty members. In order to enhance your safety in the unlikely case of a campus emergency make sure that you know where and how to quickly exit your classroom and how to follow any emergency directives. To view additional campus emergency information go to the University's main page, www.k-state.edu, and click on the Emergency Information button, located at the bottom of the page. 

  6. If you are a Safe Zones Ally, you may add:
    Safe Zone Statement

    I am part of the SafeZone community network of trained K-State faculty/staff/students who are available to listen and support you. As a SafeZone Ally, I can help you connect with resources on campus to address problems you face that interfere with your academic success, particularly issues of sexual violence, hateful acts, or concerns faced by individuals due to sexual orientation/gender identity. My goal is to help you be successful and to maintain a safe and equitable campus.

Optional Syllabus Template for Online Courses:

http://global.k-state.edu/faculty/resources