Office of the Provost

Important Information to be Included in Syllabus

Dear Colleagues:

Welcome back to the 103rd Autumn Term on the Hilltop! Please communicate the following statements to your students. Sharing this information in writing with your students will create a record that you have outlined the accommodations provided for by University policy. This also provides students with a reminder not only of the policies themselves, but also of how to access the services and accommodations available.

(Please Note: The Disability Accommodations statement has been updated and should be copied/pasted as is. Please do not add, subtract, or copy the old statement from a previous syllabus. Exception: Law school faculty members should consult with Stephen Yeager, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, for the specific statement appropriate for law syllabi.)

  • Disability Accommodations:Students needing academic accommodations for a disability must first register with Disability Accommodations & Success Strategies (DASS). Students can call 214-768-1470 or visit http://www.smu.edu/Provost/ALEC/DASS to begin the process. Once registered, students should then schedule an appointment with the professor as early in the semester as possible, present a DASS Accommodation Letter, and make appropriate arrangements. Please note that accommodations are not retroactive and require advance notice to implement.

  • Religious Observance: Religiously observant students wishing to be absent on holidays that require missing class should notify their professors in writing at the beginning of the semester, and should discuss with them, in advance, acceptable ways of making up any work missed because of the absence. (See University Policy No. 1.9.)

  • Excused Absences for University Extracurricular Activities: Students participating in an officially sanctioned, scheduled University extracurricular activity should be given the opportunity to make up class assignments or other graded assignments missed as a result of their participation. It is the responsibility of the student to make arrangements with the instructor prior to any missed scheduled examination or other missed assignment for making up the work. (University Undergraduate Catalogue)

  • Student Learning Outcomes: Please include in your syllabi all student learning outcomes, both those specific to your course, as well as those that satisfy major and general education requirements.

  • Final Exams: Final course examinations shall be given in all courses where they are appropriate, and some form of final assessment is essential. Final exams or final assessments must be administered as specified in the official examination schedule, and shall not be administered during the last week of classes or during the Reading Period. Please state clearly in the syllabus the date/time and form of the final exam or assessment.
This year for the first time we are including information about what to do in case of an emergency. You may wish to share the attached flyer (2017 Know What to Do) with your students.

If you wish, you may also include the following statement regarding the “campus carry” law: “In accordance with Texas Senate Bill 11, also known as the “campus carry” law, following consultation with entire University community SMU determined to remain a weapons-free campus. Specifically, SMU prohibits possession of weapons (either openly or in a concealed manner) on campus. For more information, please. For more information, please see: http://www.smu.edu/BusinessFinance/Police/Weapons_Policy.

As you begin the semester, please see the attached pages listing other recommendations and more information about DASS.  Thanks for your help with this.  A copy of this letter and the attachments will be posted on the Office of the Provost website at http://www.smu.edu/Provost/Pages/Default/PoliciesResources/ProvostMessages.