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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. The syllabus is typically written by the instructor, but often follows guidelines provided by the program, the department, or the college. There is no central requirement for the contents of a course syllabus, but there is a culture that has been established around the expectations associated with this important document.

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.

Please refer to the link above for syllabus statements and guidance on the following topics:

  • Disability Services
  • Grievances and Solving Problems
  • Diversity
  • Counseling and Consultation Services / Mental Health Statement
  • Trigger Warning Language
  • Statement on Title XI (sexual harassment)
  • Student Safety Escort Service
  • Copyright

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.


The Ohio State University affirms the importance and value of diversity in the student body. Our programs and curricula reflect our multicultural society and global economy and seek to provide opportunities for students to learn more about persons who are different from them. We are committed to maintaining a community that recognizes and values the inherent worth and dignity of every person; fosters sensitivity, understanding, and mutual respect among each member of our community; and encourages each individual to strive to reach his or her own potential. Discrimination against any individual based upon protected status, which is defined as age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status, is prohibited.

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 rooms 5027 & 5029 Smith Labs.

Title IX--Sexual Harassment


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

Report an incident: