Syllabi

Faculty Senate Syllabus Inclusion Items


Required Statements

All syllabi are required to include the following statements (for the most current language, please see the Faculty Senate website: http://facsenate.fsu.edu/Curriculum/Syllabus-Language):

University Attendance Policy: Excused absences include documented illness, deaths in the family and other documented crises, call to active military duty or jury duty, religious holy days, and official University activities. These absences will be accommodated in a way that does not arbitrarily penalize students who have a valid excuse. Consideration will also be given to students whose dependent children experience serious illness.
Academic Honor Policy: The Florida State University Academic Honor Policy outlines the University's expectations for the integrity of students' academic work, the procedures for resolving alleged violations of those expectations, and the rights and responsibilities of students and faculty members throughout the process. Students are responsible for reading the Academic Honor Policy and for living up to their pledge to “… be honest and truthful and … [to] strive for personal and institutional integrity at Florida State University.” (Florida State University Academic Honor Policy, found at http://fda.fsu.edu/Academics/Academic-Honor-Policy.)
Americans With Disabilities Act: Students with disabilities needing academic accommodation should:
  1. register with and provide documentation to the Student Disability Resource Center; and
  2. bring a letter to the instructor indicating the need for accommodation and what type.

Please note that instructors are not allowed to provide classroom accommodation to a student until appropriate verification from the Student Disability Resource Center has been provided.

This syllabus and other class materials are available in alternative format upon request. For more information about services available to FSU students with disabilities, contact the:

Student Disability Resource Center
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Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL 32306-4167
(850) 644-9566 (voice)
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sdrc@admin.fsu.edu
http://www.disabilitycenter.fsu.edu/

Recommended Language for Syllabi

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Syllabus Change Policy: Except for changes that substantially affect implementation of the evaluation (grading) statement, this syllabus is a guide for the course and is subject to change with advance notice.

Liberal Studies Inclusion Items


Liberal Studies core statement

All Liberal-Studies syllabi must contain the following core statement:

The Liberal Studies for the 21st Century Program at Florida State University builds an educational foundation that will enable FSU graduates to thrive intellectually and materially and to engage critically and effectively in their communities. In this way your Liberal Studies courses provide a comprehensive intellectual foundation and transformative educational experience.

Area-specific statements, as appropriate

Append the appropriate statement(s) below to the above core statement.

E-Series
This course has been approved as meeting the Liberal Studies requirements for the E-Series and thus is designed to help you become a competent analytical and flexible thinker and a lifelong learner.
Quantitative and Logical Thinking
This course has been approved as meeting the Liberal Studies requirements for Quantitative and Logical Thinking and thus is designed to help you become a critical analyst of quantitative and logical claims.
English Composition
This course has been approved as meeting the Liberal Studies requirements for English Composition and thus is designed to help you become a critical reader and a clear, creative, and convincing communicator.
Social Sciences
This course has been approved as meeting the Liberal Studies requirements for Social Sciences and thus is designed to help you become a critical analyst of theories and evidence about social forces and social experience.
History
This course has been approved as meeting the Liberal Studies requirements for History and thus is designed to help you become a critical analyst of theories and evidence about historical events and forces.
Humanities and Cultural Practice
This course has been approved as meeting the Liberal Studies requirements for Humanities and Cultural Practice and thus is designed to help you become a thoughtful patron of and participant in cultural practices.
Ethics
This course has been approved as meeting the Liberal Studies requirements for Ethics and thus is designed to help you become an ethically engaged citizen and a logical thinker.
Natural Sciences
This course has been approved as meeting the Liberal Studies requirements for Natural Sciences and thus is designed to help you become an effective interpreter of scientific results and a critical analyst of claims about the natural world.
“W” (State-Mandated Writing)
This course has been approved as meeting the Liberal Studies requirements for “W” (State-Mandated Writing) and thus is designed to help you become a clear, creative, and convincing communicator.
Scholarship in Practice
This course has been approved as meeting the Liberal Studies requirements for Scholarship in Practice and thus is designed to help you become a critical thinker, a creative user of knowledge for professional practice, and an independent learner.
Cross-Cultural Studies (X)
This course has been approved as meeting the Liberal Studies requirements for Cross-Cultural Studies (X) and thus is designed to help you become a culturally conscious participant in a global community.
Diversity in Western Experience
This course has been approved as meeting the Liberal Studies requirements for Diversity in Western Experience (Y) and thus is designed to help you become a culturally literate member of society.
Upper-Division Writing
This course has been approved as meeting the Liberal Studies requirements for Upper-Division Writing and thus is designed to help you become a flexible and proficient writer for professional purposes.
Oral Communication Competency
This course has been approved as meeting the requirements for Oral Communication Competency and thus is designed to help you become a clear, creative, and convincing oral communicator.
Computer Competency
This course has been approved as meeting the requirements for Computer Competency.

Minimum Grade Statements


Writing Courses

Syllabi for courses that fulfill the College-level Writing Requirement—including English Composition courses, “W” (State-Mandated Writing) courses, and all E-Series courses—must contain the following statement:

To demonstrate college-level writing competency as required by the State of Florida, the student must earn a “C-” or higher in the course, and earn at least a “C-” average on the required writing assignments. If the student does not earn a “C-” average or better on the required writing assignments, the student will not earn an overall grade of “C-” or better in the course, no matter how well the student performs in the remaining portion of the course.

Syllabi for courses that fulfill FSU's Upper-Division Writing requirement must contain the following statement:

In order to fulfill FSU's Upper-Division Writing requirement, the student must earn a “C-” or higher in the course, and earn at least a “C-” average on the required writing assignments. If the student does not earn a “C-” average or better on the required writing assignments, the student will not earn an overall grade of “C-” or better in the course, no matter how well the student performs in the remaining portion of the course.

Quantitative and Logical Thinking

Syllabi for courses that fulfill the Liberal Studies area of Quantitative and Logical Thinking must contain the following statement:

In order to fulfill the State of Florida's College mathematics and computation requirement the student must earn a “C-” or better in the course.

Natural Science Labs

Syllabi for courses that fulfill the laboratory graduation requirement (i.e., Natural Sciences laboratory (L) or combined lecture/laboratory (C) courses must contain the following statement:

In order to fulfill FSU's Natural Sciences Laboratory requirement, the student must earn a “C-” or better in the course.

Scholarship in Practice

Syllabi for courses that fulfill the Scholarship in Practice requirement must contain the following statement:

In order to fulfill FSU's Scholarship in Practice requirement, the student must earn a “C-” or better in the course.

Diversity

Syllabi for courses that fulfill the Cross-Cultural Studies (X) requirement must contain the following statement:

In order to fulfill FSU's Cross-Cultural Studies requirement, the student must earn a “C-” or better in the course.

Similarly, syllabi for courses that fulfill the Diversity in Western Experience (Y) requirement must contain the following statement:

In order to fulfill FSU's Diversity in Western Experience requirement, the student must earn a “C-” or better in the course.

Oral Communication Competency

Syllabi for courses meeting the OCC requirement must contain one of the following statements, as appropriate for the course:

for a 1-or-more hour course in oral presentations:
In order to fulfill FSU's Oral Communication Competency Requirement, the student must earn a “C–” or better in the course.
for a companion course:
In order to fulfill FSU's Oral Communication Competency Requirement, the student must register for the OCCR companion course and earn an “S.” The student's performance in the OCCR companion course will be reported as S or U separately from the overall course grade. The OCCR companion course may not be repeated for OCCR credit except for a student who fails the whole course.
for a separate 3-or-more hour course:
In order to fulfill FSU's Oral Communication Competency Requirement, the student must earn a “C–” or better in the course, and in order to receive a “C–” or better in the course, the student must earn at least a “C–” on the oral communication competency component of the course. If the student does not earn a “C–” or better on the oral communication competency component of the course, the student will not earn an overall grade of “C” or better in the course, regardless of how well the student performs in the remaining portion of the course.

Computer Competency

In order to receive a “C–” or better in the course, the student must earn at least a “C–” on the computer competency component of the course. If the student does not earn a “C–” or better on the computer competency component of the course, the student will not earn an overall grade of “C–” or better in the course, no matter how well the student performs in the remaining portion of the course.