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Required Syllabi Statements

2018-19 Guidelines

Provide your students with a syllabus either on the UP Portal (class Moodle page) or on the first day of class. In keeping with the University’s commitment to the best pedagogical and assessment practices, all syllabi for courses must indicate the following:

  • Your office location, telephone number and email address
  • Your office hours (faculty members are required to maintain at least two hours per week for each 3-credit class section taught)
  • Schedule of Classes
  • Course purpose and learning objectives
  • Methods/Activities
  • Evaluation tools
  • Performance criteria
  • Grading standards or descriptors
  • Method of determining final grade and final grade descriptors referenced in the Bulletin and Faculty Handbook

Required Syllabus Statements

All syllabi must include the following statements on academic integrity, assessment disclosure, disability, and the availability of the University’s Learning Commons.

University of Portland’s Code of Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is openness and honesty in all scholarly endeavors. The University of Portland is a scholarly community dedicated to the discovery, investigation, and dissemination of truth, and to the development of the whole person. Membership in this community is a privilege, requiring each person to practice academic integrity at its highest level, while expecting and promoting the same in others. Breaches of academic integrity will not be tolerated and will be addressed by the community with all due gravity.

Assessment Disclosure Statement

Student work products for this course may be used by the University for educational quality assurance purposes.

Accessibility Statement

The University of Portland endeavors to make its courses and services fully accessible to all students. Students are encouraged to discuss with their instructors what might be most helpful in enabling them to meet the learning goals of the course. Students who experience a disability are also encouraged to use the services of the Office for Accessible Education Services (AES), located in the Shepard Academic Resource Center (503-943-8985). If you have an AES Accommodation Plan, you should make an appointment to meet with your faculty member to discuss how to implement your plan in this class. Requests for alternate location for exams and/or extended exam time should, where possible, be made two weeks in advance of an exam, and must be made at least one week in advance of an exam. Also, you should meet with your faculty member to discuss emergency medical information or how best to ensure your safe evacuation from the building in case of fire or other emergency.

Mental Health Statement

As a college student, you may sometimes experience problems with your mental health that interfere with academic experiences and negatively impact daily life. If you or someone you know experiences mental health challenges at UP, please contact the University of Portland Health and Counseling Center in Orrico Hall (down the hill from Franz Hall and Mehling Hall) at www.up.edu/healthcenter or at 503-943-7134. Their services are free and confidential, and if necessary they can provide same day appointments. In addition, they make after-hours phone counseling available if you call 503-943-7134 and press 3 outside of business hours. Also know that the University of Portland Public Safety Department (503-943-4444) has personnel trained to respond sensitively to mental health emergencies at all hours. Remember that getting help is a smart and courageous thing to do – for yourself, for those you care about, and for those who care about you.

Non-Violence Statement

The University of Portland is committed to fostering a community free from all forms of violence in which all members feel safe and respected. Violence of any kind, and in particular acts of power-based personal violence, are inconsistent with our mission. Together, we take a stand against violence. Join us in learning more about campus and community resources and reporting options, along with our prevention strategy, Green Dot on our Community Against Violence website, www.up.edu/cav.

Ethics of Information

The University of Portland is a community dedicated to the investigation and discovery of processes for thinking ethically and encouraging the development of ethical reasoning in the formation of the whole person. Using information ethically, as an element in open and honest scholarly endeavors, involves moral reasoning to determine the right way to access, create, distribute, and employ information including: considerations of intellectual property rights, fair use, information bias, censorship, and privacy. More information can be found in the Clark Library’s guide to the Ethical Use of Information at libguides.up.edu/ethicaluse.

The Learning Commons

The Learning Commons, located in Buckley Center 163, offers a variety of peer tutoring programs that facilitate your active learning and mastery of skills and knowledge. For questions about the Learning Commons, please send all correspondence to Jeffrey White, Administrator, at white@up.edu. The Learning Commons is a program of the Shepard Academic Resource Center.

Math Resource Center: Monday through Thursday, 6:00 p.m. through 9:00 p.m. during the first week of classes. Regular shifts begin the Sunday after the first week. For a course-specific schedule visit www.up.edu/learningcommons, or the reception desk in BC 163.

Writing Assistance: Start brainstorming ideas for your paper with a Writing Assistant. Visit www.up.edu/learningcommons to access our Writing Center schedule.

The Language Studio: Contact the language assistance hotlines to schedule a time to meet throughout the semester at chinesetutor@up.edu, frenchtutor@up.edu, germantutor@up.edu, or spanishtutor@up.edu.

Natural Sciences Center: Send your tutoring requests to biotutor@up.edu, chemtutor@up.edu, or physicstutor@up.edu.

Speech & Presentation Lab: Improve your presentations by requesting an appointment at speech@up.edu.

Group Work Lab: Make an appointment for your group project at groupwork@up.edu.

Nursing Tutoring: Our peer tutors for pathophysiology will begin providing peer support in BC 163 during the first week of classes to help you start the semester on the right path. Tutoring is available on a walk-in or appointment basis. Up-to-date schedule information is at www.up.edu/learningcommons/nursing.

Economics and Business Tutoring: For support in economics, OTM, finance, accounting, and business law courses, send requests for appointments to your discipline’s tutor email hotline: econtutor@up.edu, otmtutor@up.edu, financetutor@up.edu, accountingtutor@up.edu, or bizlaw@up.edu.

Learning Assistance Counselor: Learning assistance counseling is also available in BC 163. The counselor teaches learning strategies and skills that enable students to become more successful in their studies and future professions. The counselor provides strategies to assist students with reading and comprehension, note-taking and study, time management, test-taking, and learning and remembering. Appointments can be made in the on-line scheduler available to all students in Moodle or during posted drop-in hours.

Requirements for University Core Course Syllabi

In addition to discipline-specific goals and objectives, syllabi for all core courses are to contain clear statements of the:

  • Core question(s) to be addressed in the class;
  • Intended core goals(s);
  • Core skill(s), including performance objectives and means of assessment.

Voluntary Syllabus Statement

Academic Regulation Statement Policies governing your coursework at the University of Portland can be found in the University Bulletin at https://www.up.edu/registrar/.