You can set the tone for your learning environment by considering adding these statements to your syllabus along with the required and recommended ones. It shows students that you value and respect the difference in intellectual exchange and are aware of current campus conversations surrounding campus climate.
Then, share your syllabus throughout your course. If you only talk about your syllabus on the first day, you’re telling them it doesn’t contain any information vital to their success. If you don’t treat your syllabus as essential, why should they? Think about what steps you can take in your teaching to continue the conversation and create a culture of inclusion in your course.
Do you have additional examples? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additionally, use the CELT’s Learner-Centered Mindful Syllabus Checklist (Printable Text), or download CELT’s Learner-Centered Mindful Syllabus Checklist (PDF).
Related to ISU’s Principles of Community
Students are responsible for living the tenets established in ISU’s Principles of Community: Respect, Purpose, Cooperation, Richness of Diversity, Freedom from discrimination, and the Honest and respectful expression of ideas. Visit ISU’s Principles of Community website (http://www.diversity.iastate.edu/principles-of-community)
Regarding a student's name, gender identity and/or gender expression
Class rosters are provided to the instructor with the student’s legal name. I will gladly honor your request to address you by an alternate name or gender pronoun. Please advise me accordingly early in the semester so that I may make appropriate changes to my records.
Supporting student health and wellness
- Iowa State University is committed to proactively facilitating all students’ well-being. We welcome and encourage students to contact the following on-campus services for their physical, intellectual, occupational, spiritual, environmental, financial, social, and/or emotional needs:
- Student Wellness call 515-294-1099 or via website (http://studentwellness.iastate.edu);
- Thielen Student Health Center call 515-294-5801 (24/7 Medical Advice) or via website (http://www.cyclonehealth.org);
- Student Counseling Services call 515-294-5056 or via website (https://counseling.iastate.edu);
- Recreation Services call 515-294-4980 or via website (http://recservices.iastate.edu).
- Students dealing with heightened feelings of sadness or hopelessness, thoughts of harm or suicide, or increased anxiety may contact the ISU Crisis Text Line (Text ISU to 741-741) or contact ISU Police Department 515-294-4428.
- Basic needs. To learn effectively, you must have basic security: a roof over your head along with a reliable place to sleep and enough food to eat (view the Food Security at ISU Student Wellness page). If you’re having trouble with any of those things, please talk with me or the Dean of Students Office (email email@example.com, phone 515-294-1020). Together we can work to meet those needs.
- Responsible Employee: Iowa State University is committed to creating an educational, work, living, and campus environment that is free from all forms of sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, and unlawful discrimination and harassment on the basis of protected class. As a responsible employee, I am responsible for reporting all incidents of prohibited sexual harassment, including sexual assault, stalking, and dating and domestic violence, to the university’s Title IX coordinator. Students can choose to discuss their experiences confidentially with the following resources: ACCESS (Assault Care Center Extending Shelter and Support) at 515-292-0500; ISU Student Counseling Services at 515-294-5056; and Thielen Student Health Center at 515-294-5801.
- Green Dot Project: A green dot is any choice, behavior, word or attitude that promotes everyone’s safety and communicates utter intolerance for power-based personal violence in our Iowa State University community. A green dot is anything you do to make our community safer. What is your Green Dot? Visit the Green Dot – Student Wellness website (http://www.studentwellness.iastate.edu/greendot/).
About mutual respect and professionalism
You are expected to treat your instructor and all other participants in the course with courtesy and respect. Your comments to others should be factual, constructive, and free from harassing statements. You are encouraged to disagree with other students, but such disagreements need to be based upon facts and documentation (rather than prejudices and personalities). It is the instructor’s goal to promote an atmosphere of mutual respect in the classroom. Please contact the instructor if you have suggestions for improving the classroom environment. It is preferable if students discuss issues directly with the instructor, however, students may also leave a note in the instructor’s mailbox.
Relevant to the ISU Inclusive Language policy
All university publications and communication, whether oral or written, shall use inclusive language and illustrations. Inclusive language refers to language that makes every attempt to include comprehensively all groups in the community. Whenever possible, selection of academic materials will also reflect efforts to uphold this university policy.” Visit the Policy Library’s Inclusive Language website (http://www.policy.iastate.edu/policy/language).
Related to usability, disability and design
I am committed to creating a course that is inclusive in its design. If you encounter barriers, please let me know immediately so that we can determine if there is a design adjustment that can be made or if an accommodation might be needed to overcome the limitations of the design. I am always happy to consider creative solutions as long as they do not compromise the intent of the assessment or learning activity. You are also welcome to contact the Student Accessibility Services (515-294-7220) to begin this conversation or to establish accommodations for this or other courses. I welcome feedback that will assist me in improving the usability and experience for all students.