UWL Syllabus Policy Information & Statements

Syllabus legal statements

Each course syllabus should either contain the following text, or include a link to this page of statements that reflect UWL's legal obligations to students.

UWL encourages students to know the campus’ important policies related to academic integrity & misconduct, religious accommodations, sexual misconduct, student concern procedures, students with disabilities, and veterans & active military personnel. Individual instructors will articulate course requirements and any additional policies in the course syllabus and/or on a Canvas site associated with the course. UWL also encourages students to take advantage of  the campus’ many and varied student success resources.

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COVID-19 Health Statement

All UWL students are encouraged to be vaccinated against COVID-19.  All students are required to be masked in classrooms and other indoor campus communal spaces. Campus-wide mask guidance may change during the semester. Students with COVID-19 symptoms or reason to believe they were in contact with COVID-19 should call and consult with a health professional, such as the UWL Student Health Center (608-785-8558), regardless of their vaccination status.  Students who are ill or engaging in self-quarantine at the direction of a health professional should not attend class. Students in this situation will not be required to provide formal documentation and will not be penalized for absences. However, students should: 

  • notify instructors in advance of the absence and provide the instructor with an idea of how long the absence may last, if possible. 
  • keep up with classwork if able. 
  • submit assignments electronically. 
  • work with instructors to either reschedule or electronically/remotely complete exams, labs, and other academic activities.
  • consistently communicate their status to the instructor during the absence. 

Instructors have an obligation to provide reasonable accommodation for completing course requirements to students adversely affected by COVID-19.  This policy relies on honor, honesty, and mutual respect between instructors and students. Students are expected to report the reason for absence truthfully and instructors are expected to trust the word of their students. UWL codes of conduct and rules for academic integrity apply to COVID-19 situations. Students may be advised by their instructor or academic advisor to consider a medical withdrawal depending on the course as well as timing and severity of illness and students should work with the Office of Student Life if pursuing a medical withdrawal.

Academic integrity & misconduct expanding section

Information regarding student conduct disciplinary procedures is available in the student handbook and in the catalog which also articulates the UWL Student Honor Code.

Religious accommodations expanding section

Per the UWL Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs, “any student with a conflict between an academic requirement and any religious observance must be given an alternative means of meeting the academic requirement. The student must notify the instructor within the first three weeks of class (within the first week of summer session and short courses) of specific days/dates for which the student will request an accommodation. Instructors may schedule a make-up examination or other academic requirement before or after the regularly scheduled examination or other academic requirement.”

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As an employee of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, I am a mandated reporter of sexual harassment and sexual violence that takes place on campus or otherwise affects the campus community. This means that if I receive detailed or specific information about an incident such as the date, time, location, or identity of the people involved, I am obligated to share this with a member of UWL’s team in order to enable the university to take appropriate action to ensure the safety and rights of all involved. For students not wishing to make an official report, there are confidential resources available to provide support and discuss the available options. Please see Title IX for more resources or to file a report.

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Any student with a documented disability (e.g. ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Acquired Brain Injury, PTSD, Physical, Sensory, Psychological, or Learning Disability) who needs to arrange academic accommodations must contact The ACCESS Center (124 Wimberly Hall, 608.785.6900, ACCESSCenter@uwlax.edu) and meet with an advisor to register and develop an accommodation plan.  In addition to registering with The ACCESS Center, it is the student's responsibility to discuss their academic needs with their instructors.

You can find out more about services available to students with disabilities at The ACCESS Center website.

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Veterans and active military personnel with special circumstances (e.g., upcoming deployments, drill requirements, disabilities) are welcome and encouraged to communicate these, in advance if possible, to me. For additional information and assistance, contact the Veterans Services Office. Students who need to withdraw from class or from the university due to military orders should be aware of the military duty withdrawal policy.