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Dear Hofstra faculty, 

Happy New Year! and welcome back (in advance) to the spring term of 2019, which will start to figure more and more in your thoughts over the coming weeks. I am sending as usual this regular notice on suggested syllabus wording, along with the letter (below) from Diane Herbert, Dean of the Center for Academic Excellence, about an array of Academic Support Services that you should be aware of and make students aware of as needed. She refers to instructions on Issuing an Alert in the Student Success Connect (SSC) platform and those instructions are attached.

Once again, as last year, all faculty will receive a prompt several weeks into the semester for the Mid-Semester Advisory Reports (MSAs) that are due at latest by the end of the 7th week of the term, which will be March 15th, 2019, but preferably earlier.
Please try to plan for an early response to the MSA, since these notifications are most valuable to students early on in the semester: the MSAs are not a ‘deep’ assessment and, despite the name, does not need to reflect a midterm grade, - and please keep in mind that students can see the Comments that faculty enter into the MSAs! 

Below you’ll find wording on Hofstra policies that you are encouraged to include in your undergraduate and graduate syllabuses: Or, now, we also have this wording conveniently located on the Provost webpage if you’d like to just list the topics on your syllabus, alert students orally, and add the link: “For specific policy wording relating to the following important matters: Academic Dishonesty; Student Access Services; Deadlines and Grading Policies; Absences for Religious Observance; Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Misconduct; the Center for Academic Excellence, see Hofstra Policies: Wording for Syllabuses: https://www.hofstra.edu/about/administration/provost/provost-hofstra-policies.html .” 

The wording is unchanged from last term, but please be sure to verify that your syllabi have the up-to-date wording and contact information. We’ve had multiple reports from students that the information on a syllabus was incorrect (i.e. not updated). 

We hope that all of these policies and services will help make the experience in the classroom and community more welcoming and productive for both professor and student. Thank you all for your attention to these important matters.

We wish you all a productive and rewarding semester in Spring 2018 and look forward to our work together. 



Neil H. Donahue
Vice Provost for Undergraduate Academic Affairs and Internationalization

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.”

•         Academic Honesty: Plagiarism and other forms of academic dishonesty are serious ethical and professional infractions.  For information regarding Hofstra’s statement of principles with respect 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 for undergraduate students and Faculty Policy Series #11G for graduate students (https://www.hofstra.edu/faculty/senate/senate_fps.html).  

Student Access Services (SAS):

If you believe you need accommodations for a disability, please contact for 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


Please be mindful of University deadlines; see the Spring 2019 Academic Calendar: https://www.hofstra.edu/studentaffairs/studentservices/academicrecords/academic-records-spring-2019-calendar.html .

Incomplete Policy: Hofstra’s policies regarding Incomplete grades, default grades, and associated deadlines can be found in the Undergraduate and Graduate Studies Bulletins under Class, Attendance, Grading Policies. http://bulletin.hofstra.edu/content.php?catoid=86&navoid=10655

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 (available at http://hofstra.edu/sexualmisconduct), please contact the Title IX Officer for Student Issues at (516) 463-5841 or StudentTitleIX@hofstra.edu or Public Safety at (516) 463-6606.  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. 


Letter from Diane Herbert, Dean of the Center for Academic Excellence

Dear Hofstra faculty,

Hofstra’s Center for Academic Excellence (CAE) within the Division of Student Affairs is dedicated to helping students achieve success in their academics and overall college experiences.  Since its inception, the CAE staff has worked closely with faculty and other offices within the DSA and throughout the University to ensure the success of our students.  Here are a few important reminders about our office.

First, the CAE is located on the third floor of the Axinn library. This collaborative space is where our one-on-one and most group tutoring appointments take place, and it is also a welcoming study and work space for our Hofstra students throughout the day. 

Second, as you may know, faculty can relay important information about their students through the Student Success CONNECT platform.  Faculty can report on an academic and/or personal concern regarding any of their students through their course rosters via the “ALERT” feature in CONNECT.  (See the attached document for instructions)

Lastly, the Center for Academic Excellence encourage faculty to invite a CAE staff member to their classes to deliver relevant workshops.  Below you will find a link with a smorgasbord of offerings in hopes that you welcome the opportunity to include us in some capacity to present to your students.  Our workshops last about 45 minutes.  Interested faculty should reach out within the first two weeks of the semester to maximize the likelihood of synchronizing schedules and to intentionally incorporate this resource into your syllabi.  Faculty can sign up quickly and simply by following this link:  http://www.hofstra.edu/studentaffairs/academic-excellence/events.html .

We look forward to continued partnerships with the faculty in our joint efforts to best serve our Hofstra community.  If you have any questions or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at


Diane Herbert, Dean for the Center for Academic Excellence