Syllabus Policies and Statements
Academic Policies and Syllabus Statements
Academic policies presented here are those that are at the institutional level and
exist in the WVU Catalog. Syllabus statements are Faculty Senate approved and provide
guidance to students in negotiating other aspects of course experience.
Students are responsible for reviewing and understanding these polices if they are referenced in the syllabus.
These syllabus statements are optional. However, if a statement is used, it must
appear in the syllabus exactly as it is listed below.
Academic Integrity Statement
- Academic Standards Policy, including Academic Dishonesty
Accessibility Statement (see Inclusivity Statement)
- Adverse Weather Statement
- Appropriate Use of Technology Statement
- Attendance Policy
- Campus Safety Statement
- COVID-19 Syllabus Statement
- Inclusivity Statement
- Incomplete Policy
- Sale of Course Material Statement
- Sexual Misconduct Statement
- Student Evaluation of Instruction Statement
Academic Integrity Statement
The integrity of the classes offered by any academic institution solidifies the foundation of its mission and cannot be sacrificed to expediency, ignorance, or blatant fraud. Therefore, instructors will enforce rigorous standards of academic integrity in all aspects and assignments of their courses. For the detailed policy of West Virginia University regarding the definitions of acts considered to fall under academic dishonesty and possible ensuing sanctions, please see the West Virginia University Academic Standards Policy. Should you have any questions about possibly improper research citations or references, or any other activity that may be interpreted as an attempt at academic dishonesty, please see your instructor before the assignment is due to discuss the matter.
Academic Standards Policy, including Academic Dishonesty
The WVU Catalog contains the full
Undergraduate Academic Standards Policy and
Graduate Academic and Professional Standards Policy
Adverse Weather Statement
In the event of inclement or threatening weather, everyone should use his or her
best judgment regarding travel to and from campus. Safety should be the main concern.
If you cannot get to class because of adverse weather conditions, you should contact
your instructor as soon as possible. Similarly, if your instructor(s) are unable
to reach the class location, they will notify you of any cancellation or change
as soon as possible, using agreed upon methods to prevent students from embarking
on any unnecessary travel. If you cannot get to class because of weather conditions,
instructors will make allowances relative to required attendance policies, as well
as any scheduled tests, quizzes, or other assessments. [adopted 9-8-2014]
Appropriate Use of Technology Statement
Use of technology in the classroom should always be directly related to class activities and/or course learning outcomes. Inappropriate technology use can be an impediment to learning and a distraction to all members of the class. As such, inappropriate use of technology in the classroom may be considered a disruption of the class and constitute a violation of the WVU Student Conduct Code and could potentially result in a referral to the Office of Student Conduct. Use of technology in the classroom when specifically prohibited by the instructor may also constitute a violation of WVU’s Academic Integrity policy.
Attendance PolicyThe WVU Catalog contains the full Attendance Policy.
Campus Safety Statement
The WVU Police are committed to creating and maintaining a safe learning environment
for all students, faculty, and staff. Part of this mission includes educating the
campus community on how to respond to potential campus threats, such as the threat
of an active shooter on campus or other suspicious behaviors. Fortunately, WVU
Police offer training - both online and in-person - on how to handle a variety
of campus safety scenarios. All students are encouraged to visit the
WVU Police webpage, in particular the content under the
Active Shooter training program. Students are also encouraged to report any
suspicious behaviors on campus using the
Report a Threat portion of the webpage. Additional materials on campus safety
prepared by WVU Police, including special safety tips and training, will also be
provided on our eCampus page. [adopted 10-2-17]
COVID-19 Syllabus Statement
WVU is committed to maintaining a safe learning environment for all students, faculty, and staff. Should campus operations change because of health concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is possible that this course will move to a fully online delivery format. If that occurs, students will be advised of technical and/or equipment requirements, including remote proctoring software.
In a face-to-face environment, our commitment to safety requires students, staff, and instructors to observe the social distancing and personal protective equipment (PPE) guidelines set by the University at all times. While in class, students will sit in assigned seats when applicable and wear the required PPE. Should a student forget to bring the required PPE, PPE will be available in the building for students to acquire. Students who fail to comply will be dismissed from the classroom for the class period and may be referred to the Office of Student Conduct for further sanctions.
If a student becomes sick or is required to quarantine during the semester, they should notify the instructor. The student should work with the instructor to develop a plan to receive the necessary course content, activities, and assessments to complete the course learning outcomes.
The West Virginia University community is committed to creating and fostering a positive
learning and working environment based on open communication, mutual respect, and
If you are a person with a disability and anticipate needing any type of accommodation in order to participate in your classes, please advise your instructors and make appropriate arrangements with the Office of Accessibility Services. (https://accessibilityservices.wvu.edu/)
More information is available at the
Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (https://diversity.wvu.edu/) as
well. [adopted 2-11-2013]
The WVU Catalog contains the full
Sale of Course Material Statement
All course materials, including lectures, class notes, quizzes, exams, handouts,
presentations, and other course materials provided to students for their courses
are protected intellectual property. As such, the unauthorized purchase or sale
of these materials may result in disciplinary sanctions under the
Student Conduct Code. (https://studentconduct.wvu.edu/campus-student-code)
Sexual Misconduct Statement
West Virginia University does not tolerate sexual misconduct, including harassment, stalking, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, or relationship violence [ BOG Rule 1.6]. It is important for you to know that there are resources available if you or someone you know needs assistance. You may speak to a member of university administration, faculty, or staff; keep in mind that they have an obligation to report the incident to the Title IX Coordinator.
If you want to speak to someone who is permitted to keep your disclosure confidential, please seek assistance from the Carruth Center, 304-293-9355 or 304-293-4431 (24-hour hotline), and locally within the community at the Rape and Domestic Violence Information Center (RDVIC), 304- 292-5100 or 304-292-4431 (24-hour hotline).
For students at WVU-Beckley, contact the
Women’s Resource Center at 304-255-1585 (toll free at 1-888-825-7836) or
REACH at 304-340-3676. For students at WVU-Keyser, contact the WVU-Keyser
Psychological Counseling Services Office at 304-788-6976, and locally in Keyser,
Family Crisis Center, 304-788-6061 or 1-800-698-1240 (24-hour hotline).
For more information, please consult WVU's Title IX Office (https://titleix.wvu.edu/resources-offices).
Student Evaluation of Instruction Statement
Effective teaching is a primary mission of West Virginia University. Student evaluation
of instruction provides the university and the instructor with feedback about your
experiences in the course for review and course improvement. Your participation
in the evaluation of course instruction is both strongly encouraged and highly
valued. Results are strictly confidential, anonymous, and not available to the
instructor until after final grades are released by Admissions and Records. Information
about how you can complete this evaluation will provided by your instructor. [adopted