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Syllabus requirements

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Academic Affairs
Faculty
Graduate/Adult/Transfer
Omaha Instructional Site
Registrar
Title IX/Sexual Misconduct
Traditional Undergraduate
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Policy statement

In order to implement and monitor a number of academic policies, it is important
that the Academic Affairs Office have copies of course syllabi for all current
courses. Syllabi should be submitted electronically to the Office of Academic Affairs
prior to the first day of class.


Syllabi should include:


Student Attendance Policy. Regular class attendance is intended for all students.
Specific attendance requirements vary. Each instructor determines their own
attendance requirements and provides a written statement of them to each class during
the first week of the semester. A copy of this statement is sent to the Academic Affairs
Office and is open to examination by students.

 

Grading Policy. Faculty members shall publish their grading policy for all students in
their classes. This should include all criteria that may be involved in formulating a
student's grade. If, for example, grades will be derived solely from test scores and class
participation, then this should be published for students. (The policy requires that a copy
of the grading policy for each class be on file in the Academic Affairs Office and that it
be open to examination by students.)


Policy Statement on the University’s Commitment to Students with Disabilities.
According to the policy adopted in January of 1997, the following statement is to be
communicated to all students in each class. Faculty members are urged to include this
statement in course outlines/syllabi: “Nebraska Wesleyan University maintains a
supportive academic environment for students with disabilities. To assist us in that
effort, Federal law requires that students with disabilities notify the University, provide
documentation, and request reasonable accommodations. If you need accommodations
in this course, please contact Prof. Sandy McBride, the Services for Students with
Disabilities Coordinator (Old Main 126, 402-465-2346,
smcbride [at] nebrwesleyan.edu).”


Statement on Academic Integrity. In addition, faculty members are encouraged to
include the following Statement on Academic Integrity. “Academic integrity is one of
the basic principles of a university community. Nebraska Wesleyan University
encourages and expects the highest standards of academic honesty from all students.
The Code of Student Conduct states that students found to have engaged in academic
dishonesty, which encompasses such activities as cheating, plagiarism, unauthorized
collaboration, and misrepresentation, are subject to disciplinary sanctions. Refer to
Article V of the Code of Student Conduct for examples and definitions of academic
dishonesty along with possible sanctions. Violations of academic integrity will result at
least in the failure of the assignment and/or course and could result in Student Conduct
Board process.”

 

Title IX Statement. Instructors may reword the statement to fit the voice or tone of
the syllabus, provided the modified text contains the following:
• Statement of the university’s commitment to Title IX
• Reporting section on faculty members as mandatory reporters
• Resources section on the availability of confidential resources on and off
campus for the relevant site (Lincoln/Omaha) and the
titleix [at] nebrwesleyan.edu mail address.

 

Faculty should consult the Canvas Commons for the most up-to-date version of Title IX resources, as personnel may change.

 

(Longer Version of Reporting Text)
Title IX Reporting
As an instructor, one of my responsibilities is to help create a safe learning environment
on our campus. I also have a reporting responsibility under The Title IX Educational Act
of 1972, which prohibits violence, harassment, and discrimination based on sex and
gender. It is my goal that you feel able to share information related to your life experiences in
classroom discussions, in your written work, and in our one-on-one meetings. I will seek
to keep information you share private to the greatest extent possible. However, for the
sake of NWU students’ safety and welfare, I am required to share information regarding
sexual misconduct or information about a crime that may have occurred on NWU’s
campus with a Title IX Coordinator. Confidential resources and assistance from the Title
IX office are available for all NWU students.


(Shorter Version of Reporting Text)
Title IX Reporting
The Nebraska Wesleyan community and I seek to create a safe learning environment for
our students. This includes promoting freedom from violence, harassment, and
discrimination based on sex and gender. For the sake of NWU students’ safety and
welfare, I am required to share information regarding sexual misconduct or information
about a crime that may have occurred on NWU’s campus with a Title IX Coordinator.


Confidential resources and assistance from the Title IX office are available for all NWU
students.
Confidential Resources
Confidential assistance is also available for students. If you or someone you know has
been harassed, assaulted, or discriminated against because of sex or gender, the following
resources are available:
On Campus Confidential Resources (Lincoln):
Campus Victim Advocate: advocate [at] nebrwesleyan.edu Campus Minister: Rev. H.
Eduardo Bousson: ebousson [at] nebrwesleyan.edu
NWU Personal Counseling Services: 402-465-2464

 

Off Campus Confidential Resources (Lincoln):
24-hour Crisis Line (402) 475-7273
Voices of Hope (Relationship violence, sexual assault, and abuse support center)
2545 N Street; Lincoln, NE 68510; Office: (402) 476-2110
Off Campus Confidential Resources, Omaha:
• Women’s Center for Advancement (402) 345-6555
o Women's Center for Advancement can help Omaha and Council Bluffs
students who are experiencing issues of sexual assault, dating violence,
domestic violence, harassment, discrimination, or stalking.
o 24-hour crisis hotline, victim advocacy, free behavioral health services,
free legal services including immigration, support groups, advocacy for
women connected to the military, support services for human trafficking
victims, financial literacy classes, life skills workshops, health & wellness
partnerships, career clothing closet, employment coaching.
• 24-hour Crisis Line (English and Spanish)
o 8:00AM-5:00PM, M-F http://www.wcaomaha.org
o (402) 475-7273
o 3801 Harney Street, Omaha, NE 68131


NWU Title IX Resources:
For information about campus Title IX resources and related policies, see the “Sexual
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Misconduct Prevention and Response” page on the NWU website:
https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu/inside-nwu/sexual-misconduct-prevention-an…
Title IX Coordinator, Lincoln: Natasha Sutliff, titleix [at] nebrwesleyan.edu, 402-432-6925
Title IX Coordinator, Omaha: Amy Harrison, titleix [at] nebrwesleyan.edu, 402-827-3555

 

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