Required Syllabi Information for Spring 2021

Information on required syllabi elements may be found in the Operations Manual Sections 15.2.k and l.  Specific language regarding accommodations for students with disabilities and class absences for religious holy days is provided below.  Faculty should also consult with their college/department for additional required syllabi information.

The University is committed to providing an educational experience that is accessible to all students.  If a student has a diagnosed disability or other disabling condition that may impact the student’s ability to complete the course requirements as stated in the syllabus, the student may seek accommodations through Student Disability Services (SDS).  SDS is responsible for making Letters of Accommodation (LOA) available to the student.  The student must provide a LOA to the instructor as early in the semester as possible, but requests not made at least two weeks prior to the scheduled activity for which an accommodation is sought may not be accommodated.  The LOA will specify what reasonable course accommodations the student is eligible for and those the instructor should provide.  Additional information can be found on the SDS website.

The University is prepared to make reasonable accommodations for students whose religious holy days coincide with their classroom assignments, test schedules, and classroom attendance expectations.  Students must notify their instructors in writing of any such Religious Holy Day conflicts or absences within the first few days of the semester or session, and no later than the third week of the semester.  If the conflict or absence will occur within the first three weeks of the semester, the student should notify the instructor as soon as possible.  See Operations Manual 8.2 Absences for Religious Holy Days for additional information. 

Recommended Syllabi Information for Spring 2021

In addition to the required syllabi information, faculty are strongly encouraged to include the following information in their syllabus.  A PDF of the recommended syllabi information can be found at (for faculty who would prefer to link to the information in their syllabus). 

Students are expected to comply with University policies regarding appropriate classroom behavior as outlined in the Code of Student Life.  This includes the policies and procedures that all students have agreed to follow in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  All students are required to wear a face mask when in a building, including a classroom.  The University has reduced the density of its classrooms, which in some instances results in 6 feet or more of distance between students, but in other instances it may be less.  Regardless, wearing face masks and maintaining as much distance as is possible are vital to helping slow the spread of COVID-19.  In the event a student disrupts the classroom environment through the failure to comply with the reasonable directive of an instructor or the University, including the refusal to wear a face mask, the instructor has the authority to ask that the student immediately leave the space for the remainder of the class period.  Additionally, instructors have been asked to report such incidents to the Office of Student Accountability for possible follow-up.

The University of Iowa prohibits discrimination and harassment on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, disability, genetic information, status as a U.S. veteran, service in the U.S. military, sexual orientation, gender identity, associational preferences, or any other classification that deprives a person of consideration as an individual (  For more information, contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity (, or 319-335-0705, or  Students may share their pronouns and chosen/preferred names in MyUI, which is accessible to instructors and advisors.

The University of Iowa supports and upholds the First Amendment protection of freedom of speech and the principle of academic freedom in order to foster a learning environment where open inquiry and the vigorous debate of a diversity of ideas are encouraged. Students will not be penalized for the content or viewpoints of their speech as long as student expression in a class context is germane to the subject matter of the class and conveyed in an appropriate manner.

The University of Iowa prohibits all forms of sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, and related retaliation.  The Interim Policy on Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct governs actions by students, faculty, staff and visitors.  Incidents of sexual harassment or sexual misconduct can be reported to the Office of Sexual Misconduct Response Coordinator (OSMRC) or to the Department of Public Safety.  Students impacted by sexual harassment or sexual misconduct may be eligible for academic supportive measures and can learn more by contacting OSMRC.  Information about confidential resources can be found here.  Watch the video for an explanation of these resources.

Students are encouraged to be mindful of their mental health and seek help as a preventive measure or if feeling overwhelmed and/or struggling to meet course expectations.  Students are encouraged to talk to their instructor for assistance with specific class-related concerns.  For additional support and counseling, students are encouraged to contact University Counseling Service (UCS) at 319-335-7294 during regular business hours to schedule an appointment.  Additional information about UCS can be found at  After hours, students are encouraged to call the Johnson County Community Crisis Line at (319) 351-0140 or dial 911 if having a mental health emergency.  Find out more about UI mental health services at:

Student Care & Assistance provides assistance to University of Iowa students experiencing a variety of crisis and emergency situations, including but not limited to medical issues, family emergencies, unexpected challenges, and sourcing basic needs such as food and shelter.  More information on the resources related to basic needs can be found at:  Students are encouraged to contact Student Care & Assistance in the Office of the Dean of Students (Room 135 IMU,, or 319-335-1162) for support and assistance with resources.

Some of the sessions in this course will be recorded or live-streamed.  Such recordings/streaming will only be available to students registered for this class.  These recordings are the intellectual property of the faculty and they may not be shared or reproduced without the explicit, written consent of the faculty member.  Further, students may not share these sessions with those not in the class or upload them to any other online environment.  Doing so would be a breach of the Code of Student Conduct, and, in some cases, a violation of state and federal law, including the Federal Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).