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Syllabi Statements

Required Statements

All faculty are requested to include the following statements in their syllabi for all courses.

Academic Honesty: Use of the intellectual property of others without attributing it to them is considered a serious academic offense. Cheating or plagiarism will result in a failing grade for the work or for the entire course. Repeat offenses result in dismissal from the University. University guidelines require that all infractions be reported to the Student Conduct Officer on our campus.

Students with Disabilities: Kent State University recognizes its responsibility for creating an institution atmosphere in which students with disabilities can succeed. In accordance with University Policy Subpart E…104.44, if you have a documented disability, you may request accommodations to obtain equal access in this class. Please contact the student accessibility coordinator on campus:

Amanda Weyant
Student Accessibility Coordinator
Hoover Counseling Center
330-244-5047
aweyant1@kent.edu

After your eligibility for accommodations is determined, you will be given a letter which, when presented to instructors, will help us know best how to assist you.

Class Cancellations & Campus Closings: Announcements of class cancellations and/or campus closings will be made on the campus homepage. In the case of an emergency, weather-related or otherwise, please check the website at stark.kent.edu for information on the buildings and times of the closing. While information may be broadcast by radio and television, this should be confirmed by the website, which is the official announcement of the campus and which will be the information used to determine issues related to student attendance, rescheduling of tests, and other concerns.

Optional Statements

The following statements are optional, but have been requested by the bodies indicated.

Requested by Student Services:

Course Withdrawal: If you are considering withdrawing from this course, please consult with a staff member in the Office of Student Services, 132 Main Hall. Withdrawal from a course can affect financial aid, student status, or progress within your major. For withdrawal deadlines, please refer to www.kent.edu/registrar/calendars/.

Requested by Dean Williams for Kent Core courses:

Kent Core: This course may be used to satisfy a Kent Core requirement. The Kent Core as a whole is intended to broaden intellectual perspectives, foster ethical and humanitarian values, and prepare students for responsible citizenship and productive careers.

Requested by Honors College Dean Williams for WIC courses:

Writing Intensive: This course may be used to satisfy the Writing Intensive Course (WIC) requirement. The purpose of a writing-intensive course is to assist students in becoming effective writers within their major discipline. A WIC requires a substantial amount of writing, provides opportunities for guided revision, and focuses on writing forms and standards used in the professional life of the discipline.

Requested by Honors College Dean Williams for Diversity courses:

Diversity: This course may be used to satisfy the University Diversity requirement. Diversity courses provide opportunities for students to learn about such matters as the history, culture, values and notable achievements of people other than those of their own national origin, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, age, gender, physical and mental ability, and social class. Diversity courses also provide opportunities to examine problems and issues that may arise from differences, and opportunities to learn how to deal constructively with them.

Requested by Stark Security:

Stark Campus Security: You may want to add the Stark Campus Security number to your cell phone contacts: 330-705-0430. When using a campus phone, you can directly dial Security at 53123 or call 911.

Requested by Stark Network Services:

FlashLine Support: Contact the Kent Helpdesk at 672-HELP or visit www.kent.edu/is/helpdesk. If you have difficulties logging into Stark Campus computers, contact helpdesk-stark@kent.edu or 330-244-3490.

General Advice

Interim Assistant Dean Kasturiarchi also has the following general advice:
  1. It's best to use Kent State email for non-private correspondence with students. Please list your Kent State email address on your syllabus. Be cautious that your email signature for students does not include private contact info.
  2. Blackboard mail can be used private correspondence with students.
  3. Please use your Blackboard grade book for secure listings of on-going class scores/grades that your choose to provide. Don't give out grade or other private information over the phone or other non-secure interfaces.
  4. It's best not to include your home or cell phone number on the syllabus. This regrettably implies 24-7 access to some students. Please list your office number and office hours.
  5. Stark Campus Security: You may want to add the Stark Campus Security number to your cell phone contacts: 330-705-0430. When using a campus phone, you can directly dial 53123 to reach security or call 911.

  6. FlashLine Support: Contact the Kent helpdesk at 672-HELP or visit www.kent.edu/is/helpdesk. If you have difficulties logging into Stark Campus computers, contact helpdesk-stark@kent.edu or 244-3490.

  7. If you need help learning how to use Blackboard Vista or other instructional technologies, contact our educational technology designer:

    Katie Baer
    447 Main Hall
    330-244-3447 (x53447)
    kbaer5@kent.edu

Guidelines Regarding Extra Credit/Bonus Assignments:
While recognizing the wide range of courses taught on our campus and the right of individual faculty members to design their courses in whatever manner they believe is appropriate, there remain professional standards, which should be maintained by all faculty. Grades in a course should be determined based on students' performance on assessments which are based on their mastery of course material. In general, use of “Extra Credit” or “Bonus” assignments is discouraged. However, if extra credit must be assigned, the following guidelines should be applied:

  • Extra credit assignments should only be given if they are directly related to the course material.
  • Extra credit assignments should allow students to acquire knowledge related to the course that would not be practical to obtain in the classroom.
  • Extra credit work should not account for a significant portion of students' grades.
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