Syllabus Construction Guide

Flexibility of Instructional Methods and Continuity of Education

Classroom Responsibilities (Approved by the Lander Faculty)

Lander’s Honor Code

Lander’s Inclement Weather Policy

Lander’s ADA Policy

Cell Phone Policy

Notice of Nondiscrimination

 

Syllabus Construction Guide

A downloadable guide to help prepare your syllabus.

Syllabus Guidelines

 

Flexibility of Instructional Methods and Continuity of Education

Because of circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic, this course may rely upon flexible instructional models that allow for nontraditional types of learning. Depending upon circumstances relevant to the entire university, specific classes, and specific individuals, courses may make extensive use of recorded and/or livestreamed class sessions as well as other instructional methods that allow students to learn without being present in the same room at the same time.   

If, for any reason, Lander University finds it necessary to suspend face-to-face classes, this course will continue, with all instruction, assessments, and feedback delivered electronically. In such an event, it will be important for you to have access to high speed Internet and a reasonably up-to-date computer with a Windows or MacOS operating system that is capable of both playing and recording video. This means you will need an integrated webcam or a separate webcam that you can connect your computer. Some classes may deliver tests with the Respondus Lockdown Monitor, a video test proctoring service, which will not work on a Chromebook or similar non-Windows/MacOS devices. This tool will record you and your testing environment while you take your test, and the recording will be available to your instructor for review in the event that there are any concerns about potential violations of the Lander University honor code. You can watch this video for a short overview of this academic integrity tool.

In the event of a suspension of face-to-face classes, the university will do everything in its power to support students and provide any equipment they may need to continue learning remotely. Students should make every effort to communicate these needs to the Lander ITS Help Desk before leaving campus.

 

 

Classroom Responsibilities (Approved by the Lander Faculty)

All Lander students will . . .

  • read and follow their professors’ syllabi, including course guidelines and procedures, to be prepared for class
  • check their Lander email accounts daily and check blackboard daily (if used in class) for class announcements, assignments, etc.
  • be aware of each professor’s absence and tardy policies
  • communicate concerns about classes to their professors, including asking for clarification if the student does not understand an assignment or expectations
  • be courteous to peers, professors, and the learning environment, avoiding the following disruptive classroom behaviors: sleeping, inappropriate talking, inappropriate laptop use, rudeness, doing homework for other classes, text messaging, or answering cell phones
  • not give, use, or receive unauthorized aid in academic activities because these are serious violations of academic integrity
  • know and accept the consequences of committing plagiarism, which could include receiving a failing assignment grade, failing the course, or being suspended from the University.

 

 

Lander’s Honor Code

The Lander University Academic Honor Code may be found in the Lander Student Handbook.  You are responsible for understanding the possible consequences of violating the code.

 

Lander’s Inclement Weather Policy

I encourage you not to risk traveling to campus if weather conditions are hazardous and prevent safe travel.  If you miss a class due to travel conditions and the University is not closed you are responsible for all material covered in class during your absence.  Whenever classes are canceled, Lander will inform local TV and radio stations. In addition information will be posted at the Lander website: www.lander.edu.  A recorded message will also be provided at (864) 388-8000. Students should also sign-up for the Lander Alert System, simply log into the MyLander Campus Portal.

 

Lander’s ADA Policy

If you have a physical or learning disability, you must contact the Lander University Wellness Center, 388-8885, studentwellness@lander.edu to receive reasonable accommodations. Once the Wellness Center has received appropriate documentation, your instructors will be informed of approved accommodations.

 

Cell Phone Policy

Cell Phones are to be turned off before entering the class (lab, clinical, etc) and shall remain off for the duration of the class.  If there is an extenuating circumstance which requires the cell phone to be on during a class, the student must obtain permission prior to the class from the instructor to leave the phone on vibrate.  Cell phones are not to be visible or used at any time, especially during quizzes or exams.  Each instructor reserves the right to further restrict use of cell phones in class and to determine the consequences of not following this policy.

 

Notice of Nondiscrimination

Lander University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, national origin, age, disability, veteran’s status, genetic information or protected activity (e.g., opposition to prohibited discrimination or participation in any complaint process, etc.) in employment, educational programs and activities, admissions and financial aid.  This includes a prohibition against sexual harassment and sexual violence as mandated by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. Individuals experiencing discrimination or sexual harassment, or those that have reason to believe another person is being subjected to such, are encouraged to contact the Title IX Coordinator in person, by mail, telephone, electronic mail, using the contact information listed, or by completing an online complaint form. Reports may be made at any time (including during non-business hours) by using the telephone number or electronic mail address, or by mail to the office address. Please visit Title IX and Statement of Non-Discrimination to access the respective complaint forms and learn more about the grievance process.

Title IX Coordinator: Tracy Clifton
Office Phone: 864-388-8055    
Office Location: Room 347, Grier Student Center
Mailing Address: 320 Stanley Avenue, CPO Box 6012, Greenwood, SC 29649

Inquiries about the application of Title IX may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator and/or to the Assistant Secretary of Civil Rights (OCR@ed.gov).