Course Syllabus Information for Students
Hofstra University currently has a zero-tolerance policy that mandates the wearing of masks in buildings on campus (other than your own residence hall room or when you are alone in your own office). Guidelines and policies are reviewed and updated as more information is provided by local, state, and federal agencies and with guidance from our healthcare partners, Northwell Health. Face masks help prevent the spread of COVID-19. The University expects that our community will use, as recommended by the CDC, KN95, KF94, or surgical/procedural masks, especially in the classroom. Surgical/procedural masks are available for free throughout campus. Face masks should fit snugly over your mouth and nose and sit under your chin. Neck gaiters, bandanas, or loosely fitting face coverings are not considered appropriate against COVID-19. Based on the mask mandate, food or drink will not be permitted in class. Any student refusing to wear an appropriate mask or in a proper manner will be asked to leave the class immediately. If the student does not leave immediately, the class will be dismissed. The student will also immediately be officially withdrawn from the class, given a grade of W for the course, and be otherwise subject to additional discipline.
Campus Closures/Snow Days
When the campus is closed for snow or other inclement weather, faculty are encouraged to hold classes remotely whenever pedagogically appropriate. Meeting remotely during campus closures eliminates the need to use snow/study days later in the semester. The decision to do so is left to the discretion of each faculty member and is communicated to students in a timely manner.
On snow days or other school closures, childcare, weather emergencies, bandwidth, technology or other home arrangements may interrupt class attendance. Students who are experiencing these issues should speak with faculty about possible ways to participate in class and/or catch up on missed work.
Participating in class—including attending in-person or synchronous online class meetings—is an essential part of a Hofstra education.
Instructor and Student Responsibility:
It is the responsibility of each instructor to specify clearly on the course syllabus all class attendance and participation requirements, including policies related to missed assignments, quizzes, and exams. When a student fails to attend class as required, it remains the student’s responsibility to contact the instructor by email prior to or immediately after class time to explain the absence. Given the serious nature of the Covid-19 virus, instructors recognize that students who do not feel well should not come to an in-person class meeting. It is the responsibility of the student to discuss with the instructor and make up any missed assignments, quizzes, or exams and to fulfill all class participation requirements in a timely manner. Students who are required to isolate or quarantine as a result of COVID-19 concerns should inform Student Health Services at 516-463-6745. As is the case for other confirmed health and emergency circumstances that may influence students' attendance in classes, faculty will receive notification of anticipated absence(s) via email from the Dean of Students Office or the Center for University Advising. Students will be directed to talk with faculty about the most appropriate way to continue to participate in class and/or catch up on missed work.
Instructors should warn students whose repeated absences are cause for academic concern and inform students if they are in danger of failing the course because of the amount of work or class participation missed. Instructors are encouraged to reinforce attendance and other academic concerns by issuing an Alert through the Navigate app (formerly known as Connect) feature in the Hofstra Portal. If needed, and if permitted under relevant policies, the student may drop or withdraw from the course. Students with long-term illnesses that prevent regular attendance should coordinate with their academic advisors and Student Access Services (SAS) for appropriate accommodations.
Classes are scheduled to be in-person. However, there may be occasion when a synchronous online class meeting is warranted. In that instance and for pedagogical, academic honesty, and security reasons, instructors may require students to have their web cameras turned on during synchronous online class meetings, labs, and exams. If specific testing software is required for exams, the student is responsible for making sure it works properly before an exam. Instructors should clearly indicate on the syllabus any course requirements for camera use. If a student has compelling technological or environmental reasons for leaving the camera off during class, the student should communicate directly and privately with the instructor to request an exemption and explore possible solutions.
Availability of Class Material When Students are Unable to Attend Class:
Each faculty member will determine a method(s) to accommodate students who cannot attend class(es) due to medical reasons and are enrolled in classes which include an in-person component. Some examples of course materials faculty may make available include PowerPoint presentations, class notes, recorded classes, or other resources deemed appropriate by the instructor. It is understood that only students enrolled in the course may view any materials posted online. It is important to note that there are some limited instances, e.g. due to the nature of the course material and assignments or based on licensure or accreditation standards, where classes cannot be completed without participation on campus or in a clinical setting. In these instances, the major department will work with the student to make alternative arrangements to help students stay on track in their degree program.
Hofstra University places high value upon educating students about academic honesty. At the same time, the University will not tolerate dishonesty, and it will not offer the privileges of the community to the repeat offender. The academic community assumes that work of any kind--whether a research paper, a critical essay, a homework assignment, a test or quiz, a computer program, or a creative assignment in any medium--is done, entirely and without unauthorized assistance, by the individual(s) whose name(s) it bears. Students bear the ultimate responsibility for implementing the principles of academic honesty. For more information, please visit hofstra.edu/fps/11.html.
In the spring of 2012, the University community affirmed a new expression of commitment by instituting the Hofstra University Honor Code. The Honor Code is a statement of shared values.
- 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 Values. 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 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 or Faculty Policy Series #11G.
Students who need accommodations for a disability should 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 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 the instructor 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, Room 107 Mack Student Center, SAS@hofstra.edu, 516-463-7075.
Resources for Students who are Pregnant:
Students who are pregnant, who wish to request adjustments related to their pregnancy or pregnancy-related condition, such as opportunities to make up missed work, excused absence from class, or extensions, should contact Student Access Services, Room 107 Mack Student Center, SAS@hofstra.edu, 516-463-7075. Students who wish to learn more about how the University supports students who are pregnant in continuing their education should contact the Title IX Officer Coordinator for Student Issues at 516-463-5841 or StudentTitleIX@hofstra.edu.
Temporary Adjustments/Academic Leave of Absence:
Students who experience a medical event (e.g., hospitalization) or who have a short-term health condition (longer than 10 days), including a COVID-19-related condition, which they believe may require temporary adjustments to participate in class, please contact:
Student Access Services
Room 107 Mack Student Center
Students seeking an academic leave of absence from the University (i.e., for a minimum of one full fall or spring semester) should visit our Academic Leave and Withdrawal page for more information.
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 their religious beliefs will be given an equivalent opportunity to register for classes or make up any examination, study, or work requirements that the student may have missed because of that absence on any particular day or days.
For important dates and University deadlines, see the Academic Calendar webpage.
Grade Policy and Deadlines:
Discriminatory Harassment, Sexual Assault, Dating & Domestic Violence, and Stalking
Hofstra prohibits sexual and other discriminatory harassment, stalking, domestic and dating violence, and sexual assault (collectively, “Gender-Based Offenses”). Students who believe they have been subjected to any of these Gender-Based Offenses should refer to Hofstra’s Nondiscrimination Policy for information about applicable policies and how to submit reports. Students may contact the Title IX Coordinator for Student Issues at 516-463-5841 or StudentTitleIX@hofstra.edu or contact Public Safety at 516-463-6606, or, for concerns involving employees or other nonstudents, the Title IX Coordinator for Employee Issues, at 516-463-6859 or HumanResources@hofstra.edu. 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.