Syllabus Statements


Required syllabus statements

Optional syllabus statements


Required syllabus statements
Attendance policy for face-to-face instruction

This section is a face-to-face instructional class. Please refer to  Academic Operating Policy 12.09, regarding attendance expectations and accommodations.

*please note that this statement or similar is required for any course where attendance or participation is considered part of the course’s final grade. Any alternate statement must reference Academic Operating Policy (AOP) 12.09

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Continuity of Instruction

In the event that face-to-face classes are suspended due to extenuating circumstances, such as weather, the instructor will continue instruction in a manner that best supports the course content and student engagement. In this event, all instructors will notify students of the change via their university email address (the official vehicle for communication with students). At that time, they will provide details about how instruction and communication will continue, how academic integrity will be ensured, and what students may expect during the time that face-to-face classes are suspended. If a student becomes unable to continue class participation due to extenuating circumstances, (e.g., health and safety, loss of power, etc.)  the student should contact their instructor and advisor for guidance. For additional guidance, please refer to Academic Operating Policy 12.09.

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Disability Resource Center

Mississippi State University is committed to providing equitable access to learning opportunities for all students. The Disability Resource Center (01 Montgomery Hall) collaborates with students who have disabilities to arrange reasonable accommodations. If you have, or think you may have, a disability, please contact drc@saffairs.msstate.edu or 662-325-3335 to arrange a confidential discussion regarding equitable access and reasonable accommodations. Disabilities may include, but are not limited to, conditions related to mental health, chronic health, attention, learning, autism, brain injury, vision, hearing, mobility, speech, or intellectual disabilities. In the case of short-term disabilities (e.g., broken arm), students and instructors can often work to minimize barriers. If additional assistance is needed, please contact the Disability Resource Center.

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Student Honor Code

Mississippi State has an approved Honor Code that applies to all students.  The code is as follows: “As a Mississippi State University student, I will conduct myself with honor and integrity at all times.  I will not lie, cheat, or steal, nor will I accept the actions of those who do.” Upon accepting admission to Mississippi State University, a student immediately assumes a commitment to uphold the Honor Code, to accept responsibility for learning, and to follow the philosophy and rules of the Honor Code.  Student will be required to state their commitment on examinations, research papers, and other academic work.  Ignorance of the rules does not exclude any member of the MSU community from the requirements or the processes of the Honor Code.  For additional information, please visit the Honor Code Policy.

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Title IX

MSU is committed to complying with Title IX, a federal law that prohibits discrimination, including violence and harassment, based on sex.  This means that MSU’s educational programs and activities must be free from sex discrimination, sexual harassment, and other forms of sexual misconduct.  If you or someone you know has experienced sex discrimination, sexual violence and/or harassment by any member of the University community, you are encouraged to report the conduct to MSU’s Director of Title IX/EEO Programs at 325-8124 or by e-mail to titleix@msstate.edu.  Additional resources are available at Dean of Students Sexual Misconduct and Sexual Assault.

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University Safety Statement

Mississippi State University values the safety of all campus community members. Students are encouraged to register for Maroon Alert texts and to download the Everbridge App. Visit the Personal Information section in Banner on your MyState portal to register. To report suspicious activity or to request a courtesy escort via Safe Walk, call University Police at 662-325-2121, or in case emergency, call 911. For more information regarding safety and to view available training including helpful videos, visit ready.msstate.edu

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Optional syllabus statements
Honorlock Statement (from Center for Distance Education)

Honorlock may be proctoring your exams this semester. Honorlock is an online proctoring service that allows you to take your exam from the comfort of your home. You DO NOT need to create an account or schedule an appointment in advance. Honorlock is available 24/7, and all that is required is a computer, a working webcam/microphone, your ID, and a stable internet connection.

To get started, you will need Google Chrome and download the Honorlock Chrome Extension. When you are ready to complete your assessment, log into Canvas, go to your course, and click on your exam. Clicking "Launch Proctoring" will begin the Honorlock authentication process, where you will take a picture of yourself, show your ID, and complete a scan of your room. Honorlock will be recording your exam session through your webcam, microphone, and recording your screen. Honorlock also has an integrity algorithm that can detect search-engine use, so please do not attempt to search for answers, even if it's on a secondary device.

Honorlock support is available 24/7/365. If you encounter any issues, you may contact them through live chat on the support page or within the exam itself. Some guides you should review are Honorlock MSRs, Student FAQ, Honorlock Knowledge Base, and How to Use Honorlock. Good luck!

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Mandatory Reporter Status

Faculty may choose to notify students of their mandatory reporter status via a statement in the course syllabus. OCI recommends the following language:

As the instructor for this course, I have a mandatory duty to report to the university any information I receive about possible sexual misconduct.  This includes information shared in class discussions or assignments, as well as information shared in conversations outside class.  The purpose of reporting is to allow MSU to take steps to ensure a safe learning environment for all.  The university also has confidential resources available, who can provide assistance to those who have experienced sexual misconduct without triggering a mandatory reporting duty. Additional resources are available at https://www.oci.msstate.edu/focus-areas/title-ix-sexual-misconduct/ and at https://www.students.msstate.edu/sexual-misconduct-sexual-assault/.

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Videotaping of Classroom Lectures (sample language)

Provided by the Robert Holland Faculty Senate. Please see for background and copyright information for Videotaping of Classroom Lectures. 

Example 1: Classroom lectures are the copyrighted personal property of the instructor. Videotaping of classroom lectures is allowed for personal study use only. If you videotape a classroom lecture, you may share it with classmates enrolled in this course for study purposes only. No other use of the video is allowed. Violations will be reported to the Dean of Students.

Example 2: Classroom lectures are the copyrighted personal property of the instructor. Videotaping of classroom lectures is prohibited without express, written permission from the instructor. The instructor has the right to refuse videotaping requests, except in the case of accommodations documented with and approved by the Disability Resource Center. Violations will be reported to the Dean of Students.

Example 3: Classroom lectures are the copyrighted personal property of the instructor. If you need special classroom accommodations based on a disability, visit the Disability Resource Center in Montgomery Hall, call 662-325-3335, or visit their website, https://www.drc.msstate.edu/. Violations will be reported to the Dean of Students and the Disability Resource Center.

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