Creating Course Outlines and Syllabi
For each course offered at MVCC, one course outline has been developed and maintained (reviewed/ revised yearly) in the Outlines file. You may access the Outline for the course you are teaching by going to https://banner.mvcc.edu/ and logging into the secure area of SIRS. Click on the Registration menu and then the first menu for Outlines and search for your course outline file under the proper course prefix. If you do not find an outline for the course you are teaching, please contact the Dean of the Center who hired you to teach the course.
You must develop a syllabus for each class that you are teaching. At a minimum, your syllabus for each class you teach should include the following information:
• College Name, term and year
• Instructor Information – Your name, title, office location, office phone number, and MVCC email address
• Office hours – Adjuncts (on-site and online instructors) are required to maintain formal office hours of 1 hour, per week, per course taught. In addition, you may also notify students that you are available by appointment and via campus email to assist them.
• Course Name, Number and CRN
• Catalog Description
• Course Pre/Corequisites (if applicable)
• Major Topics
• Measurable Student Learning Outcomes (found on the Course Outline)
• Specific instructor policies for grading, missed/late exams and assignments, extra credit, etc.
• Specific instructor policies for between class meeting communications (e.g., MVCC email, BlackBoard, voicemail, etc.)
• Specific instructor attendance policy – e.g., number of permitted absences with no penalty and penalties for absences beyond what is permitted
• Class cancellation procedures – NOTE: The College has a class cancellation policy (consult the MVCC web site at www.mvcc.edu)
• Required textbook(s) and other materials
• OSSD Statement (the Disability Statement is in your binder)
• Academic Integrity Policy
• Course calendar/schedule – what will be discussed each class session or weekly; due dates for assignments; quiz/exam dates
Your syllabus may also include the following items as appropriate:
• Assumption of Risk Statement
• Lab safety
• Disclaimer – e.g., The policies and procedures contained in this syllabus are subject to change in the event of extenuating circumstances or at the instructor’s discretion
• Policies concerning lateness, class participation, available support services, instructions for continued study in the event of College closing
• In-class use of laptops, cell phones, pagers, mp3 players, tablets, and other electronic devices
• Reference to College policies contained in the Student Handbook and online
• Specific chapter learning objectives
A copy of your course Syllabus must be emailed each semester to the Center Secretary where it will be stored in the Outlines account in the appropriate term folders.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call Norayne Rosero at 792-5623 or email at email@example.com.
The following statements are provided to you for inclusion in your syllabi & course outlines. It is also important to include this disclaimer in your syllabi & outlines:
The instructor reserves the right to alter any element of this syllabus including course content and policies that govern how the classroom operates.
1. Academic Integrity:
Academic honesty and integrity is expected in all work done for this class. Submitting the same work in more than one course without the permission of the involved instructors, copying the work of other students, using published work (Internet material is considered published work) without proper citation or otherwise attempting to receive academic credit for work that is not your own are all serious offenses. Academic dishonesty may result in penalties including, but not limited to, lower grades, expulsion from the class or expulsion from the college.
2. Classroom & Campus Civility:
Mohawk Valley Community College is committed to civility in and out of the classroom. MVCC believes everyone has the right to an environment that creates the safe opportunity for educational, professional and social development. MVCC recognizes its responsibility to model and encourage a culture of civil behavior.
3. Disability Self-Identification Statement :
Please make this or a similar announcement to each of your classes at the beginning of the semester. You should also include this statement on your course outline/syllabus in order to be sure to reach those students who may have missed the class announcement. This enables us to assess the disability-related
needs of these students and take whatever steps are necessary to insure that those needs are met:
"I would appreciate hearing from anyone in the class who has any type of disability (e.g., physical, learning, psychiatric, vision, hearing, etc.) which may require some special accommodation. Please see me during my office hours so that we can discuss your needs. Before services can begin, you must also contact the Disability Services Office, 792-5644, in Room 104H of the Payne Hall Building on the Utica Campus. (For classes on the Rome Campus, students should be referred to the Student Services Office, PC A30, 334-7744). Staff members will review your documentation, determine your eligibility for accommodations, and decide what those accommodations will be."
If you plan to show uncaptioned DVDs or require the use of any uncaptioned audio/visual materials, please also include the following statement:
Uncaptioned educational DVDs and/or other uncaptioned audio-visual materials will be shown in this class. Anyone with a hearing disability should discuss this with me during office hours.
[revised Fall 2015]
4. Working with Students with Disabilities in Online Courses
As online courses increase, so too will the number of students with disabilities enrolling in them. For most of these students, the appeal of online courses is the same as it is for any other student, but for some there is an added benefit. These courses can be an excellent way for students to avoid disability-related barriers that make it difficult or even impossible for them to function successfully in courses that are offered in the college classroom. The vast majority of these students will need no accommodations at all, because the nature of online courses will allow them to circumvent the problems they would ordinarily encounter. Others will need some minor considerations. However, there are design elements you may choose to employ that could create new and at times insurmountable barriers to access. Please contact Tamara Mariotti to ensure that your entire course is accessible to individuals with disabilities and that it complies fully with federal regulations regarding accessible web content.
The accommodation process will, for the most part, parallel that which occurs when the student is physically present in the college classroom, with the primary difference being the medium in which our communication takes place.
Please use the following procedure when working with students in the online environment:
- Include this statement about self-identification and accommodation in your course syllabus:
"I would appreciate hearing from anyone in the class who has any type of disability (e.g., physical, learning, psychiatric, vision, hearing, etc.) which may require some special accommodation. Please email me so that we can discuss your needs. Before services can begin, you must also contact the Disability Services Office, 792-5644, inRoom 104H of the Payne Hall Building on the Utica Campus. (For the Rome Campus, students should contact the Student Services Office, PC A30, 334-7744). Staff members will review your documentation, determine your eligibility for accommodations, and decide what those accommodations will be. Students who notified me regarding accommodation needs in a previous semester must do so again each subsequent semester."
If you plan to show uncaptioned videos or require the use of any uncaptioned audio/visual materials, please also include the following statement:
Uncaptioned educational DVDs and/or other uncaptioned audio-visual materials will be shown in this class. Anyone with a hearing disability should discuss this with me.
[Note: If someone responds to this part of the statement, please contact DSO to discuss options.]
[revised Fall 2015]
5. DGV Statement:
Several years ago, MVCC initiated a program titled “Diversity-Global View” (DGV), which gave each of our graduates a chance to participate in educational experiences designed to increase awareness of intercultural perspectives. Our goal in doing so was to enhance our students’ understanding of the realities faced by individuals as a result of their race, ethnicity, cultural background, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, academic abilities and interests, age, religious beliefs, and physical ability. To that end, all graduates who matriculated into programs in fall 2008 or more recently, or who have changed their major since 2008, are now required to complete the DGV components associated with the degree or certificate program in which they are enrolled. For more information please visit http://www.mvcc.edu/students/registration/dgvrequirement.cfm.
6. Title IX Statement:
Title IX states that no person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance. Protections also extend to sexual harassment and sexual assault or violence that impairs or interferes with access to equitable educational and employment opportunities. For more information, please visit the Title IX website at www.mvcc.edu/title-ix
[revised Fall 2015]
7. Sustainability Statement
Mohawk Valley Community College is committed to development and implementation of a comprehensive sustainability plan. To that end, we are beginning by asking students, faculty, and staff to actively participate in energy conservation measures and proper recycling on campus. The Green Bins in every classroom are intended for all recyclables. They can take Paper, Plastic, Metal and Glass. Containers should be clean* and empty. Any materials that cannot be recycled should be place in garbage cans. It is also important to turn off lights and computers when leaving a room. Together we can make an impact on conserving our resources. Remember to reduce, reuse and recycle!
*Clean means free of food residue, so pudding and yogurt containers should be rinsed. Drink bottles need to be empty but do not need to be rinsed.
[revised Fall 2013; Fall 2015]
Who Receives My Syllabus?
Please send a copy of your syllabi to the appropriate Center Senior Office Specialist where they will be stored in the Outlines account in the appropriate term folders.
Center Senior Office Specialist emails:
BISS: Jeanne Litz - firstname.lastname@example.org
CAAH: Donna Smith - email@example.com
CLLD: Nancy Will - firstname.lastname@example.org
LAHS: Morgan Orlandi (temp.) - email@example.com; Heidi Lanphere (temp.) - firstname.lastname@example.org (Nursing, Allied Health, Respiratory Care); Donna Felitto – email@example.com (Athletics, Physical Education)
STEM: Brittany Fuller - firstname.lastname@example.org; Stephanie Cuda - email@example.com