Lindenwood University Syllabus Policies cover a wide range of topics including COVID policies, assessments, and more.
The policies below are in effect for Fall 2020 as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Face Coverings and Other PPE in the Classroom
A face mask or other face covering is required at all times in campus public spaces, including classrooms. Students who arrive at an on-ground class meeting without a mask will be denied entry to the classroom and asked to return to class after retrieving their mask or participate virtually from their residence. Students who are unable to wear a mask due to a documented medical condition should contact Jeremy Keye (email@example.com), the Manager of the Student Support and Accessibility Program, to secure accommodations (see Reentry Protocol for Accommodations below).
Students who refuse to comply with the mask mandate cannot be allowed to remain in the classroom. The instructor should email the Dean of Students, firstname.lastname@example.org. If the student refuses to leave, the faculty member should call Public Safety, x4911. As with all student conduct violations, the Dean of Students will appropriately sanction the student. The following statement has been added to the 2020-2021 Student Handbook:
Lindenwood values the health and safety of all members of its campus community. To help maintain the health and safety of our campus community, students are required to follow all health and safety protocols, requirements, and rules established by the University. Violations of the same may result in disciplinary action. Because of the uncertain and evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, the University reserves the right at its sole discretion to make changes to its health and safety protocols, requirements, and rules.
Plexiglas barriers have been installed in each classroom to provide instructors the ability to teach safely without wearing a mask. Instructors who fail to wear a mask when not behind protective plexiglass barriers should be reported to HR (email@example.com).
N.B.: Instructors do not have discretion to allow students to attend class without face coverings in the absence of a documented accommodation from the Student Support and Accessibility Program.
- Unable to wear a mask (PPE) due to medical reasons - Students unable to wear a mask (PPE) for medical reasons must notify the Accessibility Program Manager (Jeremy Keye, firstname.lastname@example.org) prior to or during the first week of the semester. Students requesting accommodations to waive the PPE requirement must submit medical documentation from a licensed professional that details the student’s diagnosis and specify the need for the PPE waiver.
- Students required to quarantine due to exposure or testing positive for Covid-19 but who do not have the proper technology needed to fulfill classroom obligations should contact the Accessibility Program Manager. To explore technology solutions, the student will need to complete the accommodations process.
- Students at higher risk of severe illness due to Covid-19 (underlying medical conditions, immunocompromised, etc.) who believe accommodations are needed should contact the Accessibility Program Manager to complete the accommodation process and submit supporting medical documentation.
- Students with existing accommodations on file but who are in need of modifications due to Covid-19 should work with the Accessibility Program Manager and Faculty to make the appropriate and reasonable adjustments.
- Students with a documentable learning or medical disability that would require either an all in-class environment or an all-online class environment, within a hybrid course format, must complete the accommodations process with the Accessibility Program manager for the appropriate and reasonable arrangements.
- Students with general concerns about labs, physical distancing, and other classroom functions, but who do not require accommodations, should discuss those concerns with their faculty.
- Students requiring accommodations for religious reasons should contact the University Chaplain, Dr. Nichole Torbitzky to discuss needs based on faith and traditions.
Authentication and Ethics Agreements
Due to the increased use of virtual learning and assessment, students will be required to complete authentication and ethics agreements in each of their hybrid lecture courses. Students who refuse to complete the Ethics Agreement will be dropped from the course. Students who refuse to complete subsequent authentication requirements will be withdrawn from and charged for the course and subject to other financial consequences if the change moves them from full-time to part-time status. All other standard provisions of the university’s Student Authentication policy apply.
Food and Drink
Food is not allowed in the classroom. Students may bring water. They may remove their mask to take a drink, but must then immediately replace the mask.
Attendance of In-Person Class Sessions
Students will not be penalized for the modality in which they elect to engage with the course content, and may decide on a week-to-week basis how they will engage. Medical documentation to attend remotely is not required. Students will have an equal opportunity to complete all coursework in a traditional lecture class without attending face-to-face meetings. Some classes, such as labs, studios, and other experiential courses, may require in-person attendance when equivalent online learning opportunities are not available. Instructors will inform students before the course begins if their course requires in-person attendance.
For students who choose to attend in-person sessions of lecture courses, instructors will pre-assign attendance groups to adhere with social distancing guidelines for the classroom size. Pre-assigned groups will promote contact tracing and reduce potential transmission (i.e., students may expect to attend in-person sessions with the same group of classmates for the entire term). All course meetings will maintain physical distancing as much as possible, in accordance with CDC guidelines.
Students may be required to attend synchronous course meetings at the discretion of the instructor. This means that students may be required to participate in a course at a specific time, even if they participate remotely, and that the instructor will count the student absent if they cannot or do not participate at that time. Synchronous meetings should be required only as much as is necessary to complete course objectives. Instructors should make every effort to alleviate burdens on students participating from different time zones, especially internationally.
Instructors are required to offer all assessments in the virtual environment, except in the case of certain lab and studio courses in which in-person assessments are necessary.
Instructors will articulate a clear and specific make-up work policy in each course, and have been encouraged to demonstrate flexibility and leniency when supporting students who are dealing with a COVID-related challenge. As much as reasonably possible, instructors should allow students to make up work missed due to illness without penalty. This guideline reduces pressure students feel to attend in-person class sessions or make use of on-campus study spaces while ill. Students who miss class due to illness should make up missed coursework as quickly as possible after recovery. In most cases, one to two weeks should be sufficient. If possible, instructors should avoid asking for documentation. However, instructors may require official documentation of illness at their own discretion in order to maintain standards of fairness to all students in the class.
When delivering information that students may find useful or necessary via video conference, instructors are asked to record that session so that any students who miss the meeting or need to review may have access. Because students have reduced in-person access to their instructors, this additional measure will help support their learning.
Students should be aware that all synchronous class sessions, whether in-person or online, may be recorded for the purpose of being viewed by students in the class for educational reasons. Students who participate remotely in recorded conferences who do not want to be readily identifiable may turn off their webcam and/or change their display name.
All recordings made with Canvas Conferences will be available for two weeks from the time of creation in the Big Blue Button/Canvas Conferences tool and then will be deleted and purged. The university will be unable to recover expired recordings, so students should make every effort to access and download any recordings they need within 14 days of their creation. Faculty members may also download recordings and provide them to students via the Canvas “Files” function. Students may not distribute recordings to anyone who is not enrolled in the specific course and section for which the recording was produced—in other words, recordings must remain within the Canvas shell of the course. This requirement protects the privacy of recorded students and the intellectual property of the instructor. The instructor alone may grant access in exception to these guidelines, and all conference recordings remain the sole property of the instructor except in cases where the instructor has given explicit permission in writing for the university to use recordings.
Should a student or instructor who attends class in person have a positive COVID test within 14 days of their most recent in-person attendance, all members of the class with whom the person had contact will be notified. Instructors will be required to cease in-person sessions for two weeks if they were not wearing a mask, were not physically distancing, or were exposed for more than 15 minutes. If none of those requirements were met, the instructor and any exposed classmates would be advised to self-monitor. In cases of instructor illness or quarantine due to exposure, every effort should be made to continue coursework and instruction online until the instructor is able to return to the classroom. Instructors should remain in communication with supervisors so that assistance may be provided in instances where instruction cannot continue.
A grade of I (incomplete) is given at the end of a term only for incomplete coursework due to exceptional circumstances beyond the student’s control, such as an extended illness, hospitalization, or death of a close relative requiring absence from class for a significant period of time. When assigning an incomplete grade, the professor should consider whether the student is capable of successfully completing the course. Incompletes should be offered only toward the end of the term for students who are, at the time, successfully completing the coursework.
These standing policies are in effect for all classes at Lindenwood University for the 2020-21 academic year.
Academic Integrity at Lindenwood University
Lindenwood University students belong to an educational community invested in the exploration and advancement of knowledge. Academic integrity is a critical part of that investment: all students have a fair opportunity to succeed, and as such, all students owe their classmates, instructors, administrators, and themselves the duty of scholarly and creative work untainted by plagiarism, dishonesty, cheating, or other infringements of academic integrity. In turn, instructors, staff, and administrators will also uphold these policies in order to promote student intellectual development and preserve the integrity of a Lindenwood degree.
As part of this educational community, students are expected to familiarize themselves with the university’s policies on Academic Honesty in the Lindenwood University Student Handbook and to adhere to these policies at all times. Students are also encouraged to consult the resources of the university library and the Writing Center for assistance in upholding the university honesty policy.
Academic Dishonesty includes plagiarism, cheating, and lying or deception.
- Cheating is giving or receiving unauthorized aid on an examination, assignment, or other graded work. Regardless of where the aid comes from—e.g., cell phone, crib sheet, or another student—it qualifies as academic dishonesty.
- Lying/Deception refers to dishonest words, actions, or omissions directed at university personnel by a student in order to improve the academic or financial standing of any student at the university.
- Plagiarism is the fraudulent presentation of another person’s ideas or work as the student’s own, or the presentation of the student’s own previous work as new and original.
When a student, whether by accident or design, does not properly acknowledge sources in any academic assignment where original work is expected, that student is stealing the ideas and effort of another.
For all assignments completed entirely or in part out of class, the instructor reserves the right to interview the student about the work to verify authorship. A student who is unable to demonstrate a basic understanding of the submitted work will be reported for academic dishonesty and an appropriate penalty will be applied.
Consequences of Academic Dishonesty
The penalty for the first reported offense of academic dishonesty will be determined by the instructor and may result in a reduced or failing grade on the work/test, failure in the course, or other appropriate penalty. Upon a first report of dishonesty, the student is also required to complete an online Academic Integrity Tutorial. A charge for the tutorial will be applied to the student’s Bursar's Office account. For undergraduate students, a second offense will result in failure of the class, and a third offense will lead to expulsion from the university. Graduate students will be expelled after a second offense is reported.
Any questions concerning this policy should be directed to the Associate Provost for Academic Operations, who maintains confidential records of academic dishonesty reports. These records are accessible only to the Provost and Associate Provost and are not linked to the student’s academic or financial records at the university.
Students with Disabilities
If you have a disability or believe you may have a disability that requires reasonable accommodations for participation in a course, you must contact your Student Support and Accessibility Coordinator and notify your instructor during the first week of class so that accommodations can be made.
The Student Support and Accessibility Coordinator is Mr. Jeremy Keye, (636) 949-4510; JKeye@lindenwood.edu.
Reasonable accommodations will be made to ensure that students with disabilities have a fair opportunity to perform at their potential. Students are responsible for providing the instructor with a Campus Accessibility Faculty Notification Form specifying classroom accommodations. Your academic advisor can also help with this process. These records are not linked to the student’s academic or financial records at the
Expectation of Student Work
Student work is defined as assignments, homework, and other academic activities to be completed outside of instructional time, including reading, studying, writing, research etc. Students should expect to spend a minimum of two hours per week completing this work for each credit hour enrolled (thus 6 hours of work outside of class for a 3-hour course), although the time spent outside of class may increase based on the topic and level of the course.
Recording and Electronic Devices
During classroom instruction and testing, the use of cameras, video, audio taping devices, or any other kinds of electronic devices (including telephones, tablets, Google glasses, and Bluetooth devices) by students is allowed only after obtaining permission from the instructor; otherwise, the use of such devices is prohibited.
Electronic devices used for prosthetic or accessibility purposes may only be used after the faculty member has received a signed accommodation letter from the Accessibility Officer. Any recordings made may not be redistributed to anyone not a member of the class without the express written permission of the instructor and all student subjects of the recording.
It is the intent of Lindenwood University that all members of the university community comply with the provisions of the United States Copyright Law. This Copyright policy serves to uphold the university’s commitment to protecting the principles of intellectual property, as well as to protect the rights of its faculty to make appropriate use of copyrighted works for acceptable educational purposes. This policy applies to all university faculty, staff, and students who wish to make use of copyrighted works, whether in print, electronic, or other form. Implicit in this policy is the “Fair Use Act” which applies across the board to uses in the traditional classroom environment and the TEACH Act which is an exception to the “Fair Use Act” for distance learning.
Students may not distribute copyrighted materials to others, either physically or electronically. This includes PowerPoints, handouts, podcasts, etc.
Course syllabi are subject to change if the instructor deems it necessary in order to accomplish the course objectives. Students will be notified in writing of all substantive changes to the course syllabus.
Using a webcam or camera on a mobile device to record and submit video content within the secure Canvas Learning Management System is a condition of enrollment in all online and hybrid courses at Lindenwood. Instructors may also ask students enrolled in online or hybrid courses to record and post video content in a class discussion board or participate in a recorded class video conference. Students with a reasonable need or hardship that prevents or prohibits them from any of these video requirements may appeal, in writing, to their instructor, who will submit appeals for review and resolution to the Office of Student and Academic Support.
Lindenwood takes academic integrity very seriously; therefore, compliance with student authentication requirements is a condition of enrollment in all online and hybrid courses. As per the Higher Education Opportunity Act (Public Law 110–315), student authentication is defined as “processes to establish that the student who registers for a distance education course or program is the same student who participates in and completes the program and receives the academic credit.” The methods of student authentication incorporated into a particular course can be found in its syllabus. Examples include but are not limited to live or video proctoring, authentication technology, video assignments, video conferences, and extensive writing assignments. To facilitate authentication measures, all students in any online or hybrid course must have ready access to a webcam or camera on a mobile device. Students who enroll in online or hybrid courses must also have a current photo, confirmed by a valid form of identification, within Lindenwood's student information system. Students who refuse to complete initial authentication requirements by the end of the add period or who reject or refuse to complete the Ethics Agreement will be dropped from the course. Students who refuse to complete subsequent authentication requirements will be withdrawn from and charged for the course and subject to other financial consequences if the change moves them from full-time to part-time status. Authentication costs are disclosed prior to enrollment via fees included in course schedules.