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Creating Course Outlines and Syllabi

Students work in a group in class.

Course 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.

Course Syllabi:
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 nrosero@mvcc.edu.

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 Policy and Procedure:

Plagiarism
The MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers defines plagiarism as using “another person’s ideas or expressions in your writing without acknowledging the source....” Of course, common sense as well as ethics should determine what you document. For example, you rarely need to give sources for familiar proverbs (‘You can’t judge a book by its cover’), well-known quotations (‘We shall overcome’), or common knowledge (‘George Washington was the first president of the United States’). But you must indicate the source of any appropriated material that readers might otherwise mistake for your own” (5th Edition, pp. 30, 33).

Plagiarism may range from isolated formulas, sentences, or paragraphs to entire articles copied from books, periodicals, web sites, speeches, or the writings of other students. Honesty requires that any work or materials taken from another source for either written or oral use must be acknowledged. Any student who fails to give credit for ideas or materials obtained from another source is guilty of plagiarism. Plagiarism, in any of its forms, whether intentional or unintentional, violates standards of academic integrity.  Plagiarism can occur in written, oral, electronic, and/or creative works.

Examples of plagiarism include, but are not limited to:

• Direct quotation of any source material whether published or unpublished without giving proper credit through the use of quotation marks, footnotes and other customary means of identifying sources. This includes complete sentences or paragraphs, or an entire piece of written work;
• Paraphrasing another person’s ideas, opinions, or theories from books, articles, web sites, etc., without identifying and crediting sources and/or “cutting & pasting” from various sources without proper attribution;
• Borrowing/copying facts, statistics, graphs, diagrams, photographs, or other illustrative or visual materials without identifying and crediting sources;
• Copying another student’s essay test answers;
• Submitting papers written by another person or persons;
• Working together on an assignment and then submitting individual copies of the assignment as one’s own individual work without course instructor approval;
• Buying, selling, downloading, or exchanging term papers, examinations, or other written assignments, or any part of them;
• Offering false, fabricated, or fictitious sources for papers, reports, or other any other assignment;
• Or any other act of plagiarism as defined by faculty within their syllabus

Cheating

Cheating includes, but is not limited to: using unauthorized notes, study aids, or information on an examination, test, assignment, etc.; altering a graded work after it has been returned, then submitting the work for regarding without the instructor’s consent; or allowing another person to do one’s work and submitting that work under one’s own name. Cheating also includes the possession and/or utilization, without authorization, of copies (in whatever form, e.g. hard copy, electronic, pictures, etc.) of tests, answer sheets, or other materials, however obtained, that could interfere with fair, accurate testing, as well as retaining, possessing, using or circulating previously given examination materials without authorization.

Duplicate Submission of the Same Work
Submitting the same work for more than one course is a violation unless the professor(s) assigning the work gives consent in advance. This includes work first produced in connection with classes at either MVCC or other institutions attended by the student.

Collusion

Collusion includes cooperation that results in the work or ideas of others being presented as one’s own (e.g., rather than as a group effort). However, ordinary consultation of faculty, library staff, tutors or others is legitimate unless the instructor has imposed stricter limits for a particular assignment.

False Information and Lying
This includes consciously furnishing false information to other students, faculty members and their representatives, advisors, administrators or representatives of the college offices with the intent to mislead. Instances would include but are not limited to misrepresenting activity outside of the classroom (reports on field work, internships, etc., activity within the classroom (falsifying data, research, etc.) and/or improperly seeking special consideration or privilege (e.g., for postponement of an examination or assignment deadline, etc.).

Falsifying Academic Documentation and Forgery

This includes any attempt to forge or alter academic documentation (including transcripts, letters of recommendation, certificates of enrollment or good standing, registration forms, drop/add forms, withdrawal forms, and medical certification of absence) or to falsify other writing in academic matters (e.g., any documentation provided to instructors) concerning oneself or others.

Theft, Abuse and Destruction of Academic Property
This comprises unauthorized removal, retention, mutilation or destruction of common property of the college that deprives others of equal access to these materials. Such property includes but is not limited to library materials, laboratory materials, computers and computer software, etc. This includes also sequestering library materials for the use of an individual or group; a willful or repeated failure to respond to recall notices from the library; and the removal or attempt to remove library materials from the library without authorization. The theft, mutilation or destruction of another student’s academic work, including books, notes, computer programs, papers, reports, laboratory experiments, etc. also falls under this type of violation. This also covers the unauthorized recording, sale, purchase, or use of academic lectures, academic computer software, or other instructional materials.

Unauthorized Use of Information Technologies

In the context of the completion of a course and/or assignments (contained within a course), the unauthorized use of computers or the college’s computer network (e.g., the unauthorized use of software, access codes, computing accounts, electronic mail and files) or other electronic devices (calculators, personal digital assistants, pagers, etc.) is prohibited.

Aiding and Abetting Academic Dishonesty
This includes intentionally: (a) providing material, information, or other assistance to another person with knowledge that such aid could be used to commit any of the proscribed acts noted above; or (b) providing false information in connection with any inquiry regarding academic integrity.

Bribery

Offering or giving any article of value or service to an instructor in an attempt to receive a grade or other benefits not legitimately earned or not available to other students in the class.

Academic dishonesty may result in penalties including, but not limited to, lower grades, expulsion from the class or expulsion from the college. 
  
Dated: August 9. 2012


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 153 of the Academic 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.

                                    [Note: If someone responds to this part of the statement, please contact DSO to discuss options.]               

In most instances, accommodations can easily be made (special seating, help finding note-takers, permission to record classes, time extensions on tests, etc.).  You may want to arrange to confer with staff directly regarding those students with more complex needs.  We will be happy to work with you to make whatever arrangements are necessary.

[revised January 2014]
 

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, in Room 153 of the Academic Building on the Utica Campus. (For the Rome Campus, students should contact the Student Services Office, PC A30, 334-7703). 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 January 2014]

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.


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:  Bailey Quinn Carey - bquinncarey@mvcc.edu; Jeanne Litz - jlitz@mvcc.edu

CAAH:  Donna Smith - dsmith2@mvcc.edu

CLLD:  Nancy Will - nwill@mvcc.edu

LAHS:  Renae Sirles - rsirles@mvcc.edu; Magan Leahy – mleahy@mvcc.edu; Christine Roberts – croberts@mvcc.edu   (Nursing, Allied Health, Respiratory Care); Donna Felitto – dfelitto@mvcc.edu  (Athletics, Physical Education)

STEM:  Diane Clark – dclark@mvcc.edu