Syllabus Design

The following are best practices and UofT policies related to course syllabi; some of these include suggested wording for your syllabus.
 
AccessAbility statement – http://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/~ability/faculty_syllabus.html
Suggested statement for your syllabus: "Students with diverse learning styles and needs are welcome in this course. In particular, if you have a disability/health consideration that may require accommodations, please feel free to approach me and/or the AccessAbility Services Office as soon as possible.
AccessAbility Services staff (located in Rm SW302, Science Wing) are available by appointment to assess specific needs, provide referrals and arrange appropriate accommodations 416-287-7560 or email . The sooner you let us know your needs the quicker we can assist you in achieving your learning goals in this course."
 
Academic Integrity - Suggested statement for your syllabus:
"The University treats cases of cheating and plagiarism very seriously.  The University of Toronto’s Code of Behaviour on Academic Matters (http://www.governingcouncil. utoronto.ca/policies/behaveac.htm) outlines the behaviours that constitute academic dishonesty and the processes for addressing academic offences.
Potential offences in papers and assignments include using someone else’s ideas or words without appropriate acknowledgement, submitting your own work in more than one course without the permission of the instructor, making up sources or facts, obtaining or providing unauthorized assistance on any assignment.
On tests and exams cheating includes using or possessing unauthorized aids, looking at someone else’s answers during an exam or test, misrepresenting your identity, or falsifying or altering any documentation required by the University, including (but not limited to) doctor’s notes.
Please avoid academic dishonesty, have confidence in your own ability to learn and grow academically by doing your own thinking and writing!  I know you can learn a lot about genetics and yourself in this course."
 
Academic Handbook (Dean’s Office, UTSC) - http://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/~vpdean/documents/Academic_HandbookOctober_2012Final_000.pdf
 
Appropriate Use of Technology - http://www.provost.utoronto.ca/policy/use.htm
 
Copyright - http://www.governingcouncil.utoronto.ca/Assets/Governing+Council+Digital+Assets/Policies/PDF/ppmay302007.pdf
 
Developing a Course Syllabus (CTSI) - http://teaching.utoronto.ca/teaching-support/course-design/developing-a-syllabus/
 
Equity - Universtiy Policy (UTSC Academic Handbook,Section IX) - http://hive.utsc.utoronto.ca/public/dean/Academic_HandbookOctober_2012Final_000-7.pdf
 
Illness Verification Form – http://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/ctl/sites/utsc.utoronto.ca.ctl/files/resource-files/Verification-of-Illness-or-Injury-form-Jan-22-2013.pdf
 
Intellectual Property (CTSI) - http://teaching.utoronto.ca/teaching-support/course-design/developing-a-syllabus/ - “Recording or photographing any aspect of a university course - lecture, tutorial, seminar, lab, studio, practice session, field trip etc. – without prior approval of all involved and with written approval from the instructor is not permitted. For further information on University policies, please refer to the following links for details.
 
Privacy - http://www.provost.utoronto.ca/Assets/Provost+Digital+Assets/Provost/Provost+Digital+Assets/Provost/fippa.pdf
 
Strategies for Instructors for Laptops in the Classroom - UTSC
 
Turnitin (Plagiarism Detection Software) - If instructors plan to use Turnitin in their course(s), they must insert this statement in their syllabus:
"Normally, students will be required to submit their course essays to Turnitin.com for a review of textual similarity and detection of possible plagiarism. In doing so, students will allow their essays to be included as source documents in the Turnitin.com reference database, where they will be used solely for the purpose of detecting plagiarism. The terms that apply to the University's use of the Turnitin.com service are described on the Turnitin.com web site."