All instructors are expected to have a syllabus for the courses they teach. A syllabus is where students learn about the course, the instructor, and the instructor's expectations. This page contains information to make the syllabus an effective learning tool that complies with University policies.

Syllabus Resources

The following statements are required for all syllabi.

Diversity Statement 

As approved by University Senate in February 2017:

  • Option 1 – Includes Bias Response Team Information

    Ball State University aspires to be a university that attracts and retains a diverse faculty, staff and student body. We are committed to ensuring that all members of the campus community are welcome through our practice of valuing the various experiences and world views of those we serve. We promote a culture of respect and civil discourse as evident in our Beneficence Pledge. For Bias Incident Response information, go to http://cms.bsu.edu/campuslife/multiculturalcenter/bias-incident-reporting or email mc2@bsu.edu.
  • Option 2 – Does not include Bias Response Team Information

    Ball State University aspires to be a university that attracts and retains a diverse faculty, staff, and student body. We are committed to ensuring that all members of the community are welcome, through valuing the various experiences and worldviews represented at Ball State and among those we serve. We promote a culture of respect and civil discourse as expressed in our Beneficence Pledge and through university resources found at http://cms.bsu.edu/campuslife/multiculturalcenter.

Disability Services Statement

If you need course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability, please contact me as soon as possible. The Office of Disability Services coordinates services for students with disabilities; documentation of a disability needs to be on file in that office before any accommodations can be provided. Disability Services can be contacted at 765-285-5293 or dsd@bsu.edu.

Attendance Policies

Faculty are required to establish attendance policies for their courses and ensure that they communicate these policies through their course syllabi. In some cases, faculty may be asked to provide the last date of attendance for a student in association with financial aid requirement.

Students are expected to review course syllabi regarding absence guidelines and follow those guidelines.

Course attendance policies must be consistent with University policy. The University has a number of specific policies regarding student absences that are housed within different areas. Please find a link to attendance policies here.

COVID-19

For Fall 2021 semester, it is recommended that faculty clearly state the facemask policy in their syllabus:

In keeping with updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), effective Monday, August 9, 2021, all employees, students, and campus visitors -- irrespective of their vaccination status -- must wear a mask while inside any University building, with very limited exceptions. President Geoffrey S. Mearns communicated this change in health and safety protocol to our campus community on Wednesday, August 4. Read his email.

Protocols for fully vaccinated students effective June 15, 2021, the University has loosened restrictions for those who are fully vaccinated. Specifically, the following standards apply to fully vaccinated students:

  • Exempt from pre-arrival testing for the Fall 2021 semester (with attestation of vaccination status)
  • Not required to engage in physical distancing
  • Exempt from quarantine requirements if identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 (unless symptomatic after exposure)
  • Exempt from any mandatory surveillance testing.

The University continues to trust its campus community members to behave responsibly, including acting in a manner consistent with our policies and protocols if they have not been fully vaccinated. With that in mind, the University does not intend to actively and routinely inquire into people’s vaccination status. However, if a student is found to have submitted false or fraudulent information about having been vaccinated, or otherwise misrepresents their vaccination status in order to take advantage of the loosened restrictions for fully vaccinated persons, that student may be subject to discipline. 

Additional resources regarding COVID-19 information for faculty are the daily Notice of Circumstance letters and the Face Mask Accountability Fall 2021 toolkit.

Many faculty find it helpful to make students aware of both the academic ethics policy and the grade appeal policy.

You may consider clearly articulating your expectations regarding email and other course correspondence. Do you typically take 24-48 hours to respond? If so, consider mentioning that on the syllabus.

Do you have particular expectations for your students to use your correct pronouns or title? If so, consider including some guidance on those issues.

It may help for students to know what counts as a classroom disruption and how you plan to deal with those disruptions.

There are a wide variety of academic support services offered through Academic Affairs and University College. It is helpful for students to see those resources on a syllabus. Consider including the language below regarding the The Learning Center or the Writing Center. It is also helpful to put a link to the Counseling Center. And maybe even Cardinal Kitchen and other student success services

The Learning Center

The Learning Center offers free Tutoring and Academic Coaching for many courses at Ball State.  Students can make appointments for online (Zoom) or in-person (NQ 350) appointments. Unvaccinated students are required to wear masks and practice physical distancing in the Learning Center.  

To make an appointment, visit my.bsu.edu and click on “TutorTrac” in the Additional Tools section, or just go directly to https://ballstate.go-redrock.com.

Testing accommodations for students with disabilities are available for students who have received the appropriate documentation from Disability Services.  Tests may be administered in the Learning Center.  

Supplemental Instruction is available in select courses.  If you have an SI leader for your course, that person will provide students with information the first week of school regarding weekly study sessions.

For more information about all of our programming, visit bsu.edu/learningcenter or call 765-285-1006. Follow us on Instagram: BallStateLC.

The Writing Center 

All writers improve with practice and feedback, so as a student in this course, you are encouraged to use the Writing Center (in Robert Bell 295, Bracken Library, or online) to get additional feedback on your writing. To schedule a free appointment to discuss your writing, go to www.bsu.edu/writingcenter. Online and in-person appointments are available seven days a week; however, plan ahead because appointments book quickly!