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 Learning Center or the Writing Center.
Student Affairs offers assistance to students through the Basic Needs Hub and has a recommended syllabus statement below. It is also helpful to include a link to the Counseling Center, 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.
To make an appointment, visit my.bsu.edu and click on “Navigate” in the Additional Tools section, or just go directly to https://bsu.navigate.eab.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 during weekdays, Bracken Library First Floor West in the evenings, or online during any of our regularly scheduled hours) to get additional feedback on your writing. The Writing Center offers free planning, feedback, and accountability sessions (in person and online) to all students composing essays, reports, reflections, research projects, web content, lesson plans, slideshows, poster presentations, resumes, and other digital or print texts. To schedule a free appointment to discuss your writing, go to http://www.bsu.edu/writingcenter. Online and in-person appointments are available; however, plan ahead because appointments book quickly!
The Basic Needs Hub
If you are having difficulty affording enough food, do not have a safe and reliable place to sleep, and/or experiencing an emergency or crisis, help is available through the Basic Needs Hub. The Basic Needs Hub has information, resources, and provides individualized support to students. To talk with a supportive staff member about your experience, receive one on one assistance, or learn more about resources, you can submit a Basic Needs Assistance Form.