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.

COVID-19 health statement expanding section

COVID-19 Health Statement

All UWL students are encouraged to be vaccinated/boosted against COVID-19. Campus-wide mask policy will be communicated centrally by UWL leadership and the guidance may change during the term. Students who are ill or engaging in quarantine/isolation due to COVID-19 at the direction of a health professional should not attend class and should be in direct communication with each of their instructors regarding coursework. Instructors have an obligation to make sure students have access to course materials associated with missed days due to COVID-19.

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.”

Sexual misconduct expanding section

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.

Student course and faculty-related concerns, complaints, and grievances expanding section
Students with accommodation needs expanding section

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.

Veterans, Active Military, and Military-Connected expanding section

Veterans, active military personnel, and immediate family members of a current service member with special circumstances (e.g., required military obligations, upcoming deployments, drill requirements, disabilities) are welcome and encouraged to communicate these, in advance if possible, to me. Absences meeting the Short Term Military Absence Policy parameters will be provided reasonable accommodations or opportunities to make up exams or other course assignments that have an impact on the course grade. Students who need to withdraw from class or from the university due to military orders should be aware of the military duty withdrawal policy. For additional information and assistance, contact the Veterans Services Office.