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Policy Statements for MSE-WE Syllabi

Course Syllabus Recommendations


Section (A) of Faculty Rule 3335-8-19 (modified April, 2016) states: Each course as defined in rule 3335-8-01 of the Administrative Code will have a syllabus to be provided to each student explaining how the student's performance will be assessed. University policy further requires that it be made available to students at the beginning of, and throughout the conduct of the course. 

Instructors should view the link above for details concerning the contents of a well written syllabus as well as important policy statements that may be included in the syllabus.

The MSE department adheres to the university policies on academic integrity, accommodation of students with disabilities, and sexual harassment. These are department-wide standards; additional instruction may be provided by individual course instructors.

Academic Integrity, Academic Misconduct

Academic misconduct may be found in any action that tends to distort the accurate assessment of any student’s individual accomplishments that are evaluated for the purpose of grading or conferring academic credit. Note that a student may be guilty of academic misconduct, for example, by cheating, collaborating, plagiarizing, or by allowing another student to cheat, collaborate, or plagiarize. Note also that the distortion applies, for example, to exams, homework assignments, and laboratory work. To the extent that any class activity (for example: attendance or participation) is used for evaluation for the purpose of grading or conferring academic credit, falsifying or distorting such activity, or permitting another student to falsify or distort such activity, represents academic misconduct.

Academic integrity resources

Additional guidance about what represents academic integrity and misconduct, and related university-wide policies and procedures.

Video: OSU Academic Integrity video The university has developed an excellent short video on the seriousness of this subject.

OSU Committee on Academic Misconduct

OSU Code of Student Conduct

OSU Student Advocacy Center

OSU Office of Academic Affairs

Course-specific exceptions or amplifications to the departmental and university statements outlined above will be provided by the faculty instructor in writing, preferably as part of the course syllabus.

Note: Students should not request nor accept guidance on these matters from a teaching assistant, fellow student, or anyone other than the faculty instructor of record for this course.

Disability Accommodation

Students with disabilities that have been certified by the Office for Disability Services will be appropriately accommodated and should inform the instructor as soon as possible of their needs. The Office for Disability Services is located in 150 Pomerene Hall, 1760 Neil Avenue; telephone 614-292-3307, TDD 614-292-0901;

Any student who feels s/he may need an accommodation based on the effect of a disability should contact the Office for Disability Services to coordinate reasonable accommodations for documented disabilities.

Office of Disability Services contact

Web: Office of Disability Services

Phone: 614-292-3307
TDD: 614-292-0901

150 Pomerene Hall
1760 Neil Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210

Advice on such matters is also available from the MSE department’s undergraduate advisor (1xxx-5xxx courses) and graduate coordinator (6xxx-8xxx courses) whose offices may be found in room 143 Fontana Labs.

Title IX--Sexual Harassment

Title IX is a portion of the United States Education Amendments of 1972, Public Law No. 92-318, 86 Stat. 235 (June 23, 1972), codified at 20 U.S.C. Section 1681-1688. It was renamed the Patsy Mink Equal Opportunity in Education Act in 2002. It states (in part) that: No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.

An April 2011 "Dear Colleague" letter issued by the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights states, "The sexual harassment of students, including sexual violence, interferes with students' right to receive an education free from discrimination and, in the case of sexual violence, is a crime." It is the responsibility of institutions of higher education "to take immediate and effective steps to end sexual harassment and sexual violence." The letter illustrates multiple examples of Title IX requirements as they relate to sexual violence, and makes clear that, should an institution fail to fulfill its responsibilities under Title IX, the Department of Education can impose a fine and potentially deny further institutional access to federal funds.

[The paragraph below may be added to a course syllabus.]


Title IX makes it clear that violence and harassment based on sex and gender are Civil Rights offenses subject to the same kinds of accountability and the same kinds of support applied to offenses against other protected categories (e.g., race). If you or someone you know has been sexually harassed or assaulted, you may find the appropriate resources at or by contacting the Ohio State Title IX Coordinator, Kellie Brennan, at