Components for University Syllabi Spring 2022

Spring 2022 Course Syllabi Policies and Procedures 


Your syllabus should reflect your personality, teaching style, and individual course.  Format, wording, design, etc., are decided by the faculty member; however, certain information needs to be provided to students via the course syllabus. Also, the syllabus must be ADA compliant and should be responsive (so that the size changes based on the size of the device being used). You will find below some required and some recommended elements for every syllabus. The required policies are included so that they are easy to copy and paste. These required policies are also available from Online@JSU as part of a shared/downloadable Canvas component. *Please note that certain policies and procedures may vary between colleges and/or departments.  To ensure that your syllabus is current and correct, please check with your college/department for official program specific policies.  *Due to COVID-19, special pandemic-related policies, procedures, and recommendations have also been included.  

Spring 2022 Required Sections and Policies

  • Course Prefix, Number, Section, Title, Credit Hours, Location, and Date/Time, Semester and Year
  • Instructor Name, Contact Information, Office Hours, Office Location
  • Course Description and Prerequisites— These must match the latest catalog.
  • Course Objectives
  • Student Learning Outcomes (derived from course objectives and should be assessed; all sections of a course should have the same SLOs)
  • Grading Procedures (how grade will be calculated and description of assignments)
  • Required Texts, Materials, Software, etc.
  • College/Departmental Attendance Policy (Note information in COVID-related policies)
  • All University Policies/Statements included below:

• Disability Resources

 Disabilities Resources: Any student with a documented disability needing academic adjustments or accommodations is requested to speak with Disability Resources, and the instructor, as early in the semester as possible. All discussions will remain confidential. Disability Resources is located on the second floor of the Houston Cole Library and can be contacted via email at or phone: (256) 782.8380.

• Military-Connected Student Statement

The Office of Veteran Services serves all active duty, guard, reserve, veteran, and dependent students at JSU. If you have any questions about Veteran Services, please contact (265) 782-8838,, or the physical location in the basement of Daugette Hall. If you are a student currently serving in the military (Active Duty, Guard, or Reserves) with the potential of being called to military service or training during the course of the semester, you are encouraged to contact your course instructor no later than the first week of class to discuss the class attendance policy. The instructor may make accommodations for this absence or suggest that you take the course at another time.

• Title IX Statement

JSU does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the educational programs or activities that it operates. JSU is required, by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Department of Education regulations to implement Title IX, not to discriminate in such a manner. This requirement to not discriminate in educational programs and activities extends to employment by the university and to admission thereto. Questions regarding Title IX and the implementing regulations should be referred to JSU’s Title IX Coordinator, to the Assistant Secretary of Education for Civil Rights, or to both. For more information about the Title IX grievance procedure, including how to report or file a complaint of sex discrimination, how to report or file a formal complaint of sexual harassment, and how JSU will respond to such complaints, please visit our Title IX website at (Links to an external site.)

• Tutoring and Academic Support

Student Success Center: The Student Success Center on the 2nd floor of the Houston Cole Library is your one-stop shop for student support and services:

Tutoring and Academic Support: The Student Success Center provides a range of academic support services which include tutoring, Supplemental Instruction (SI), academic workshops, success coaching, and mentoring. JSU offers FREE in-person tutoring and FREE online tutoring through to all students regardless of grade point average or classification. The concept behind tutoring services at JSU is to model high quality, effective, academic skills, provide content-specific supplemental instruction, and create a connection to the institution. Schedule an in-person tutoring appointment here: To schedule an online tutoring appointment through, click the academic resources tab on the Canvas page of this course.

English Writing Center:  For assistance with writing, The Writing Center is available in Stone Center and through online sessions.

• Academic Honesty Policy

In a University community, true knowledge can be gained only through honest means. All academic dishonesty is expressly prohibited. This policy is applicable for campus and distance learning activities. Students who violate this Academic Honesty Policy will be subject to disciplinary actions which could range from a zero on an assignment to failure of the course; repeated offenses can result in dismissal from the university. Violations include BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO, the following:

  1. The use of unauthorized materials or the receipt of unauthorized assistance during an examination or in the completion of any other assignment, exercise, experiment, or project for academic credit. Unauthorized materials may include, but are not limited to, notes, textbooks, previous examinations, exhibits, experiments, papers, or other supplementary items. 
  2. Copying or utilizing information from a paper of another student during an examination.
  3. Rendering unauthorized assistance to another student by knowingly permitting him or her to copy an examination, project, paper, assignment, exhibit, exercise, or other material to be submitted for academic credit. 
  4. Illegally obtaining or attempting to obtain unauthorized prior knowledge of an examination or test materials. 
  5. Selling or giving to another student unauthorized copies of tests or examinations or research assignments. 
  6. The use of a commercially prepared term paper or research project or the submission of a paper, project, or experiment completed by someone other than the student submitting any of the above for academic credit. 
  7. Falsifying class attendance. 
  8. Falsifying reasons why a student did not attend a required class or take a scheduled examination. 
  9. Taking an examination in the place of another student. 
  10. Making an unauthorized change in any reported grade or on an official academic report form. 
  11. Unauthorized collaboration between two students on an examination, paper, or project. 
  12. Plagiarism, which is the deliberate act of copying, writing, or presenting as one's own the information, ideas, or phrasing of another person without proper acknowledgment of their true source. 
  13. Making use of computing facilities in an academically dishonest manner.

Laptop Policy

Jacksonville State University students will need a laptop that runs either Windows or Macintosh operating systems. Students are encouraged to bring laptops to classes and learning spaces on campus to access virtual labs and other computing resources available online. This laptop requirement ensures you will have adequate and timely access to the electronic resources necessary to be a successful JSU Gamecock. Chromebooks, tablets, and smart phones cannot access all the electronic educational material and resources used at JSU and are therefore not suitable devices.


Spring 2022 Recommended Sections 

  • Expectations for Students (and faculty)
  • Course calendar
  • Website/Canvas LMS Access and Use
  • Late Work Policy
  • Assignment Descriptions
  • Dates for Scheduled Exams, Paper Deadlines, etc.
  • Tips for Success
  • Student Success Center Information
  • Writing Center Information
  • Disclaimer: Syllabus and schedule are subject to change with notification to students

Spring 2022 Recommended Sections for Online/Hybrid Courses

  • Link to JSU Guide for Online Learners (
  • Link to Information about Support and System Requirements (

Spring 2022 Pandemic-Related Policies, Procedures, and Recommendations  

Jacksonville State University has returned to more traditional operations for the 2021-2022 academic year, including in-person instruction, social activities and athletic events. The university is committed to offering students a full college experience while continuing to mitigate COVID-19. 

COVID-19 Guidelines for Spring 2022 

 After reviewing our current COVID-19 infection rates due to the Omicron variant of the virus, the university will be reinstating a mask requirement for all campus buildings effective Wednesday, January 12, to Friday, January 28. As with previous semesters, we will reevaluate continually and make adjustments as conditions change. 

  Until further notice, masks are required inside all university buildings, including: 
  • In classrooms and classroom buildings, regardless of distancing 
  • In personal meeting spaces, such as meetings between students and their faculty and advisors 
  • On campus sanctioned transportation  
  • Other indoor common spaces   
Exceptions include: 
  • When alone in offices and private workspaces 
  • While eating or drinking inside campus dining facilities 
  • When participating in physical exercise activities  
This policy applies to all students, faculty, staff, contractors, and campus visitors, regardless of vaccination status. Masks will be available at building entrances. Building managers, department heads, and other personnel may request masks and other PPE by submitting a request to Capital Planning and Facilities.    Additionally, if you are interested in getting a COVID-19 vaccine or booster, a clinic will be held on campus this Wednesday, January 12, 1-4 p.m., at the Recreation and Fitness Center. The Moderna vaccine will be available for individuals to receive first, second, third, and booster doses. Register for an appointment online.