T+LL recommends that policies and procedures are explicitly stated on the syllabi for the subjects that you teach. For example, you might include language in your syllabus that clarifies:
- Homework submission guidelines
- Expectations for participation
- Permitted technology use
- Permitted collaboration
Additionally, you might consider including statements regarding
- Academic Integrity
- Special Accommodations for Students with Disabilities
- Student Mental Health
The following statements are tailored for the MIT context. You may use and modify them as you see fit.
From: Office of Student Citizenship, W20-507, (617) 258-8423
In this course, I will hold you to the high standard of academic integrity expected of all students at the Institute. I do this for two reasons. First, it is essential to the learning process that you are the one doing the work. I have structured the assignments in this course to enable you to gain a mastery of the course material. Failing to do the work yourself will result in a lesser understanding of the content, and therefore a less meaningful education for you. Second, it is important that there be a level playing field for all students in this course and at the Institute so that the rigor and integrity of the Institute’s educational program is maintained.
Violating the Academic Integrity policy in any way (e.g., plagiarism, unauthorized collaboration, cheating, etc.) will result in official Institute sanction. Possible sanctions include receiving a failing grade on the assignment or exam, being assigned a failing grade in the course, having a formal notation of disciplinary action placed on your MIT record, suspension from the Institute, and expulsion from the Institute for very serious cases.
Please review the Academic Integrity policy and related resources (e.g., working under pressure; how to paraphrase, summarize, and quote; etc.) and contact me if you have any questions about appropriate citation methods, the degree of collaboration that is permitted, or anything else related to the Academic Integrity of this course.
Special Accommodations for Students with Disabilities
From: Kathleen Monagle - Associate Dean, Student Disabilities Services
If you need disability-related accommodations, I encourage you to meet with me early in the semester. If you have not yet been approved for accommodations, please contact Student Disability Services at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I look forward to working with you to assist you with your approved accommodations.
Student Mental Health
As a student, you may experience a range of challenges that can interfere with learning, such as strained relationships, increased anxiety, substance use, feeling down, difficulty concentrating and/or lack of motivation. These mental health concerns or stressful events may impact your ability to attend class, concentrate, complete work, take an exam, or participate in daily activities.
Undergraduates: Please discuss this with Student Support Services (S3). You may consult with Student Support Services in 5-104 or at 617-253-4861.
Graduate Students: Please reach out to the deans for personal support in the Office of Graduate Education.
For urgent or after-hours concerns, please contact MIT Police.
MIT values an inclusive environment. I hope to foster a sense of community in this classroom and consider this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect. I welcome individuals of all backgrounds, beliefs, ethnicities, national origins, gender identities, sexual orientations, religious and political affiliations – and other visible and nonvisible differences. All members of this class are expected to contribute to a respectful, welcoming, and inclusive environment for every other member of the class. If this standard is not being upheld, please feel free to speak with me.