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K-State Today

January 4, 2021

Intersession, spring syllabi statements reminder

Submitted by Brian Niehoff

Dear deans, department heads, faculty and graduate teaching assistants:

As we begin preparations for the start of the 2021 spring semester, please be sure to review the information about course syllabi. Remember to include the mandatory statements in your intersession and spring course syllabi, and please consider including suggested optional statements if they are important for you or your class. The website also includes a link to a syllabi template for online courses.

Please note there have been revisions to the syllabus statements website. These include the mandatory statement regarding the wearing of face coverings and an optional statement on mental health.

As you plan, remember that the academic calendar has been shifted for the spring semester, with a start date of Jan. 25, and a non-instructional well-being day on April 16.

Please make sure your final exam schedule is updated to reflect the spring 2021 exam schedule. COVID-19 capacities for classrooms are still in effect and will be throughout the spring 2021 semester until further notice. Thus, final exams should be scheduled using formats that adhere to those COVID capacities. If a synchronous exam is scheduled, it should fit within the appropriate time in the final exam schedule. As in spring and fall 2020, alternative final exam formats are acceptable and encouraged.

All faculty, instructors and graduate teaching assistants should refer to section F70-73 of the University Handbook to make sure they are in compliance with the final exam policy.

We ask you to pay close attention to the "Prep Week" rule that no examination — unit or final — may be scheduled seven calendar days prior to the first scheduled day of semester examinations.

Please contact our office at 785-532-6439 or niehoff@k-state.edu, if you have any questions.

We wish you a very successful and productive 2021 spring semester.

Best regards,


Brian Niehoff
Associate Provost for Institutional Effectiveness

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