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Course Design

Syllabus Policy Language

Course and university policies you choose to include in your syllabus are an opportunity to develop an inclusive and supportive learning environment. University policies—such as accessibility, academic honesty, and Title IX—provide information and  resources that connect students to the Notre Dame community. Course policies—attendance, participation, technology, etc.— communicate your expectations of student behavior in your specific course.

These sample syllabus policies are provided as a starting point for adding policies to your syllabus. Instructors typically select those policies that are most relevant to their course context and modify them as needed. We recommend using inclusive, student-centered language that signals your commitment to student learning and growth. 


Considerations: An accessibility policy signals to students that you are committed to equity and students’ diverse learning access needs. You

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Considerations: The best attendance policy is one that promotes student learning. Your policy should explicitly state your requirements for class

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Honor Code

Language that you might use to highlight the Honor Code in a syllabus for an undergraduate course. (source: email from Patrick Murphy, August

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Considerations: Including a statement on inclusion illustrates your commitment to creating spaces where all students are welcome, valued, and provided

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Mental Health

Considerations: A mental health or wellbeing statement signals your care for students as individuals and your commitment to their success

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Considerations: Privacy and confidentiality policies communicate when and how student data will be collected and used and/or outline the expectation

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“In the event of an emergency situation or disruption to normal campus operations (weather, health emergency, etc.), our class will

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