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Fall 2019

Fall Academic Calendar

Information for Faculty: The course syllabus shares important information and provides specific requirements to ensure that students and faculty, alike, have a rich and fulfilling semester. As you prepare syllabi for the Fall 2019 semester, please include university policies, use an accessible format, and update course information. {Undergraduate faculty: please plan to submit your mid-semester advisories.} Thank you for your efforts.

University Policies
What follows are Hofstra policies that you are encouraged to include in your undergraduate and graduate syllabi. Feel free to alert students orally and include in your syllabi the following statement:
“For specific policy relating to: Academic Honesty; Student Access Services; Deadlines and Grading Policies; Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Misconduct; Absences for Religious Observance, see Hofstra Policies for students at University Policies for Course Syllabi.

Accessible Format
In order to meet the diverse needs of students at the university, please provide each course syllabus in an accessible format. This format makes organization clearer, text easier to read, and the digital document accessible to users of adaptive technology. Here are some suggestions: Once the syllabus is ready to share, provide a digital version so that students can enlarge text, change colors, or make adjustments that meet their needs. You can do this by posting it on blackboard or sharing it online.

  • Include headers to divide content into sections.
  • Bold headers, important phrases, and due dates to highlight important information.
  • Include descriptive hyperlinks rather than cutting and pasting full URL addresses into the document. (See the “how to” hyperlinks video created by Microsoft Office.)
  • Make use of bulleted lists and paragraph breaks to separate large amounts of text.
  • When using color, make sure there are strong color contrasts so that text is readable. Use bold type with color to signify important information

Once the syllabus is ready to share, provide a digital version so that students can enlarge text, change colors, or make adjustments that meet their needs. You can do this by posting it on blackboard or sharing it online.

Update Course Information
Please take a moment to verify that each syllabus for the Fall 2019 semester has up-to-date course and contact information
. Inclusion of these policies and services will help make the experience in the classroom and community more welcoming and productive for both faculty and students.

Mid-Semester Advisory Reports
To provide students a gauge of their academic performance, undergraduate faculty are encouraged to submit mid-semester advisory reports of “satisfaction” or “reason for concern” for enrolled students. Mid-semester occurs on Friday, October 18, 2019--the last day of the seventh week of the semester.

Information for Students:

University Policies for Course Syllabi
Academic Honesty:

  • Hofstra University Honor Code: “As a member of the Hofstra community I pledge to demonstrate integrity and ethical behavior in all aspects of my life, both inside and out of the classroom. I understand that I am accountable for everything I say and write. I will not misrepresent my academic work, nor will I give or receive unauthorized assistance for academic work. I agree to respect the rights of all members of the Hofstra community. I will be guided by the values expressed in the P.R.I.D.E Principles. I accept the responsibility to follow this Honor Code at all times.”
  • Honor Code Short Form: “I pledge on my honor that I have done this work with honesty and integrity, without giving or receiving unauthorized assistance.”
  • Turnitin for Textual Similarity Review: “Students agree that by taking this course all required papers may be subject to submission for textual similarity review to Turnitin.com for the detection of plagiarism.  All submitted papers will be included as source documents in the Turnitin.com reference database solely for the purpose of detecting plagiarism of such papers. Use of the Turnitin.com service is subject to the Usage Policy stated in the Turnitin.com site.”
  • Academic Dishonesty: Plagiarism and other forms of academic dishonesty are serious ethical and professional infractions. For information regarding to academic honesty, examples of violations, procedures for handling violations, as well as a student’s right to appeal a charge, see Faculty Policy Series #11.

Student Access Services (SAS):
If you believe you need accommodations for a disability, please contact Student Access Services (SAS). In accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, qualified individuals with disabilities will not be discriminated against in any programs, or services available at Hofstra University. Individuals with disabilities are entitled to accommodations designed to facilitate full access to all programs and services. SAS is responsible for coordinating disability-related accommodations and will provide students with documented disabilities accommodation letters, as appropriate.

Please note that accommodations may require early planning and are not retroactive; please contact SAS as soon as possible. All students are responsible for providing accommodation letters to each instructor and for discussing with him or her the specific accommodations needed and how they can be best implemented in each course. For more information on services provided by the university and for submission of documentation, please contact Student Access Services, 107 Student Center, 516-463-7075

University Deadlines:
For important dates and University deadlines, see the Fall 2019 Academic Calendar.

Grade Policy and Deadlines:
Hofstra’s policies regarding Incomplete grades, default grades, and associated deadlines can be found in the Undergraduate bulletin and in the Graduate Studies Bulletin .

Discriminatory Harassment, Relationship Violence and Sexual Misconduct
Hofstra prohibits sexual and other discriminatory harassment, stalking, domestic and dating violence, sexual assault and other sexual misconduct (collectively, “Gender Based Offenses”). If you or someone you know believes they have been subjected to any of these Gender Based Offenses, help is available. To make a report, or for more information about Hofstra’s Student Policy Prohibiting Discriminatory Harassment, Relationship Violence, and Sexual Misconduct, please contact the Title IX Officer for Student Issues at (516) 463-5841 or StudentTitleIX@hofstra.edu or Public Safety at (516) 463-6606. More information about the University’s Harassment Policy online. Confidential resources and support are also available from medical and counseling professionals in the Student Health and Counseling Center (516-463-6745) and clergy in the Interfaith Center.

Absences for Religious Observance
Hofstra University recognizes that students and/or faculty may from time to time miss class due to religious observances. Students who anticipate missing class for this reason should notify faculty members in advance. Likewise, faculty members who anticipate missing class for religious observance should notify students in their classes.

As per Faculty Policy Series 12 (B): “No student shall be expelled or refused admission to Hofstra University because he or she is unable to participate in any examination, study or work requirement because of his or her religious obligations and practices. However, all students are expected to complete all assignments and examinations. It is understood that no adverse or prejudicial effects shall result to any student who avails him or herself of religious observances. The University, faculty, and student shall work together to achieve a reasonable accommodation concerning any conflicts between educational and religious obligations.”

In accordance with New York State Law, each student who is absent from school because of his or her religious beliefs will be given an equivalent opportunity to register for classes or make up any examination, study, or work requirements that he or she may have missed because of that absence on any particular day or days.