UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

Academic Standards and Expectations for Syllabi

The University of Wisconsin - River Falls promotes safe, inclusive, and effective learning environments that protect the rights and promote the interests of faculty and students.  Faculty and students are encouraged to review the inclusivity expectations and academic policies and procedures below. 

Inclusivity Expectations


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1. The University of Wisconsin-River Falls strives to maintain our campus as a place of work and study for faculty, staff, and students that is free of all forms of prohibited discrimination and harassment.  If you have concerns about such behavior, contact your instructor, the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards at 715-425-4555, or the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at 715-425-3833.  For a list of prohibited behaviors and protected classes or to report something that is inappropriate using an online process, please use this form

2. The University of Wisconsin-River Falls welcomes students with disabilities into its educational programs, activities, residential halls, and everything else it offers.  Those who will need academic adjustments or accommodations for a disability should contact the Ability Services Office.  Decisions to allow adjustments and accommodations are made by the Ability Services Office on the basis of clinical documentation that students provide to sufficiently indicate the nature of their situation.

Academic Misconduct

Language regarding the University of Wisconsin-River Falls Academic Misconduct code, including a discussion of the appropriate policies and procedures to be followed in any case of potential misconduct, is located here

"UWS Chapter 14 is the chapter of the University of Wisconsin System Administrative code that regulates academic misconduct" for all campuses in the UW System and outlines the process by which the code is adjudicated.

UWS 14.03 defines academic misconduct as follows:

Academic misconduct is an act in which a student:

  • seeks to claim credit for the work or efforts of another without authorization or citation;
  • uses unauthorized materials or fabricated data in any academic exercise;
  • forges or falsifies academic documents or records;
  • intentionally impedes or damages the academic work of others;
  • engages in conduct aimed at making false representation of a student's academic performance;
  • assists other students in any of these acts.

Examples include but are not limited to:

  • Cutting and pasting text from the web without quotation marks or proper citation;
  • Paraphrasing from the web without crediting the source;
  • Using notes or a programmable calculator in an exam when such use is not allowed;
  • Using another person's ideas, words, or research and presenting it as one's own by not properly crediting the originator; stealing examinations or course materials;
  • Changing or creating data in a lab experiment;
  • Altering a transcript;
  • Signing another person's name to an attendance sheet;
  • Hiding a book knowing that another student needs it to prepare an assignment;
  • Collaboration that is contrary to the stated rules of the course, or tampering with a lab experiment or computer program of another student.

If you are accused of misconduct, you may have questions and concerns about the process. If so, you should feel free to call the Office of Student Conduct & Community Standards at 715-425-0720, send an emailmail, and/or consult its website for additional information.
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General Expectations for Syllabi

The information below highlights the expected elements that should be visible on all UWRF undergraduate and graduate syllabi. The faculty and instructional academic staff are prompted to include the elements identified here and, if there are questions, refer to Chapter 8 of the Faculty and Academic Staff Handbook and the relevant Faculty Senate motions and University of Wisconsin System Administration policies that both contextualize and specify the elements appropriate to any UWRF course syllabus.

Faculty and Academic Staff Handbook:  8.2.2 Syllabi

A syllabus for each course must be filed in the office of the Dean of the College in a form prescribed by the College and University Curriculum Committees.  

It is recommended that all faculty and instructional staff complete a syllabus for each class, where appropriate, to be handed out to students; the syllabus may include the following items:

COURSE NAME and COURSE NUMBER
CLASSROOM
INSTRUCTOR OFFICE HOURS
OFFICE TELEPHONE
REQUIRED TEXTBOOK AND OTHER REQUIRED MATERIALS
COURSE OBJECTIVES
DESCRIPTION OF MAJOR ASSIGNMENTS AND GRADING POLICY: 

  • Grading: (include how the grade will be determined and what will comprise final points);
  • Exams: (format of exams and approximate dates);
  • Assignments: (include what assignments will be, such as papers, cases, and other projects and points assigned to each);
  • Other course requirements/expectations:
  • ATTENDANCE POLICY
  • FINAL EXAM DATE
  • LATE WORK POLICY
  • COURSE OUTLINE: DATE, TOPIC, ASSIGNMENT (list outline by week, day or sequence)