Often we write syllabi as contractual type documents, but these documents often create distance between faculty and student rather than bringing them together. Many Texas State students are first-generation college students and have difficulty navigating the language of the syllabus. Of course you'll need to include the required information, but take this opportunity to use the syllabus as a warm welcome. For example, students often don't know what you mean by "office hours." You could explain to them that you will be in your office (or on ZOOM) waiting to help them personally with questions they have, no appointment necessary.
Texas State syllabus policies and requirements can be found in AA/PPS 02.03.01 section 13.01 at https://policies.txstate.edu/division-policies/academic-affairs/02-03-01.html.
Here are some other syllabus statement examples from faculty members at Texas State that are intended to create a welcoming environment. If you have developed any statements that you would like to share, please email them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or submit with the link at the top of this page.
|First-Gen||Food Insecurity||(COVID-19) Roadmap||Netiquette|
|Multi-Cultural Policy (Link)|
As a first-generation faculty member, I understand being the first in your family to attend college can be challenging as you navigate additional obstacles in addition to being a first-year student. We will discuss resources that can help you, including student organizations, mentors and support services. Use them! I did. I am happy to help you connect to resources and services. You have made it this far. Keep going!
Any student who faces challenges securing their food or housing and believes this may affect their performance in the course is urged to contact the Dean of Students for support. Furthermore, please notify me if you are comfortable in doing so. I will try to provide any resources or services I may be aware of.
Bobcat Bounty is Texas State’s on campus food pantry and distributes food items every Thursday from 5-7 pm, visit https://bobcatbounty.txstate.edu for more information.
Civility in the classroom is very important for the educational process and it is everyone’s responsibility. If you have questions about appropriate behavior in a particular class, please address them with your instructor first. Disciplinary procedures may be implemented for refusing to follow an instructor’s directive, refusing to leave the classroom, not following the university’s requirement to wear a cloth face covering, not complying with social distancing or sneeze and cough etiquette, and refusing to implement other health and safety measures as required by the university. Additionally, the instructor, in consultation with the department chair/school director, may refer the student to the Dean of Students Office for further disciplinary review. Such reviews may result in consequences ranging from warnings to sanctions from the university. For more information regarding conduct in the classroom, please review the following policies at https://policies.txstate.edu/division-policies/academic-affairs/02-03-02.html, Section 03: Courteous and Civil Learning Environment, and https://studenthandbook.txstate.edu/rules-and-policies/code-of-student-conduct.html, number II, Responsibilities of Students, Section 02.02: Conduct Prohibited.
Students and faculty are full partners in fostering a classroom environment that is conducive to learning. Our actions should promote respect for both one another and the traditions of collegiate learning. This includes synchronous online sessions such as those conducted in Zoom or MS Teams, among other venues.
Students are expected to dress and act appropriately and professionally for all video and synchronous sessions. This includes creating videos for classes and participating in real-time video conferences or exams. It is expected that the video is turned on and you be in a private setting. We will not host meetings while you are driving or not in a confidential environment to respect your privacy and ensure your safety. It is also recommended that you use headphones with a microphone to minimize audio interference. Reasonable exceptions to this policy will be made for students who do not have access to a computer, camera, headphones, or internet access.
Texas State policy (PPS 4.02) states that disruptive behaviors will not be tolerated in any type of learning environment. Examples of such behaviors include but are not limited to: making loud noises, speaking without recognition, making personal threats or insults, eating or drinking in classrooms, sleeping during class, using electronic equipment prohibited by the instructor or disrespectful of other students, using inappropriate or vulgar language, or taking other actions that others might find offensive, demeaning, or disrespectful.
Any violations of this policy will be dealt with according to TXST policy UPPS No. 07.10.05, Student Behavior Assessment Team.
For further guidance, please see AA/PPS No. 02.03.02 (4.02) and Section 2.02 of Texas State’s Code of Student Conduct.