Lindenwood University Syllabus Policies cover a wide range of topics including COVID policies, assessments, and more.
Lindenwood University continues to monitor changes with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. PPT, CERT, and several other University working groups have created policies and protocols to help protect our campus community. These are based on guidelines and best practices from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other state and local public health entities. As with all policies, Lindenwood reserves the right to review and modify policies in the best interest of the campus community at any time and they are likely to change as the pandemic situation continues to evolve.
Face Coverings and Other Precautions in the Classroom
All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear masks indoors. Students can remove their masks in their residential rooms. Outdoors, vaccinated individuals do not need to mask. Unvaccinated individuals who are unable to maintain physical distancing outside are required to wear their masks.
Physical distancing indoors, including in offices, meeting/common space, classrooms, on-campus residences, and athletic/recreational facilities will not be required.
Classroom seating charts may be required by instructors for contact tracing purposes.
A higher standard of safety may be required in some specialized classes such as labs and performing arts. Consult the individual course syllabus for further guidance.
Expectations for Student Attendance and Participation
Students are expected to participate in class activities and assessments based on the type of course in which they are registered.
For example, if the course is an ‘on-ground’ course, students are expected to attend the scheduled class sessions in-person, including in-person activities and exams.
If the course is an ‘online’ course, students are expected to engage in regular and substantive interaction through asynchronous activities.;
Courses that are shown in the schedule as ‘hybrid’ have scheduled in-person sessions, in which students are expected to attend. Students enrolled in a hybrid course will also engage in significant online learning to enhance their in-person learning.
A full listing of course modes and definitions is available in the university catalog.
The Use of Hyflex as a Mode of Delivery
Hyflex courses (in which students have a choice to join the sessions in a synchronous online, in-person, or asynchronous manner) may be offered from time to time, but only at the discretion of the faculty member and dean, and only when this option is the best way to serve a particular group of students.
There are classes on the schedule designated as Hyflex and they are labeled with the FLX designation on the schedule.
For Fall 2021, Hyflex is not a mainstream mode of delivery for Lindenwood students.
Addressing Student Needs / Making Accommodations for Students
All students at Lindenwood University are expected to attend all classes and all class activities for which they have enrolled. Students who miss class are expected to inform the instructor and to make up the work to the instructor’s satisfaction. At times, absence from class may be unavoidable—as in instances of prolonged illness, hospitalization, mandatory religious practices, or participation in an approved student activity. Please see the university attendance policy for further information.
Students unable to wear a mask or face covering for medical reasons must notify Jeremy Keye, Manager, Student Support and Accessibility Program at email@example.com before or during the first week of the semester to begin the interactive reasonable accommodation process.
Students required to quarantine due to exposure or isolate as a result of testing positive for COVID-19 and who do not have the technology needed to fulfill classroom obligations and students who are at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 (underlying medical conditions, immunocompromised, etc.) who believe accommodations are needed, should contact Jeremy Keye, Manager, Student Support and Accessibility Program at firstname.lastname@example.org to engage in the interactive reasonable accommodation process.
Students with existing accommodations who may need modifications due to COVID-19 should contact Jeremy Keye, Manager, Student Support and Accessibility Program at email@example.com for assistance.
Students seeking either all in-person classes or all virtual classes, or some variation thereof, based on disability should contact Jeremy Keye, Manager, Student Support and Accessibility Program at firstname.lastname@example.org to begin the interactive reasonable accommodation process.
Students with non-disability accommodation concerns about labs, physical distancing, and other classroom functions should discuss those concerns with their faculty.
Students seeking accommodations for religious reasons should contact the University chaplain, Dr. Nichole Torbitzky at email@example.com to discuss individual needs, based on faith and traditions.
Students who are unable to join their courses in-person due to accommodations or extenuating circumstances may be required to obtain additional technology (as recommended by the instructor) in order to engage effectively with the course.
Mandatory 14-day quarantine: If your exposure was due to a close household contact such as a roommate, housemate, or suitemate, then you do not qualify for a modified release date and must quarantine for the full 14 days.
Symptom Free after Exposure for Ten (10) Days: If you have remained completely symptom free through and including the tenth day of quarantine, you may discontinue quarantine for the remainder of the 14 days. Your exposure date is Day 0.
Symptom Free after Exposure for Seven (7) Days AND Negative Test after Exposure: If (1) you have remained completely symptom free through and including the seventh day of quarantine, AND (2) you have received a negative COVID-19 PCR test result from a medical provider (NOT an at-home test) which was collected on or after the fifth day following the exposure, you may discontinue in-home quarantine for the remainder of the 14 days. Your exposure date is Day 0.
If you qualify and opt for a shortened quarantine, you should continue to monitor for symptoms through day 14 after exposure. Should you develop any symptoms, please return to your residence and complete the Initial Assessment Survey.
Students and employees who are exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19, and are asymptomatic, will not have to quarantine if they have been fully vaccinated and show proof of vaccination.
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 university.
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.