Optional Syllabi Policy and Statement Information

Optional Syllabus Statements

The following statements have been developed by campus bodies for optional inclusion in syllabi. All are continually vetted for consistency with university policy and updated. Faculty with questions about these policies should contact Academic Affairs.

Academic Freedom

Per the Faculty Handbook, it is the policy of Appalachian State University to support and encourage within the law full freedom of inquiry, discourse, teaching, research, and publication for all members of the academic staff of this institution. Appalachian State University will not penalize or discipline members of the faculty because of the exercise of academic freedom in the lawful pursuit of their respective areas of scholarly and professional interest and responsibility.

Food Insecurity

Any student who has difficulty affording groceries or accessing sufficient food to eat every day, or who lacks a safe and stable place to live, and believes this may affect their performance in the course, is urged to contact the Dean of Students, 324 Plemmons Student Union, for a list of resources and support. The Mountaineer Food Hub and Free Store is a free resource with pantry and personal care items, located in the Office of Sustainability on the bottom floor of East Hall. There are also other campus pantries in the following locations: Belk Library, College of Education, Garwood Hall, Leon Levine, and College Access and Success in DD Dougherty. Furthermore, please notify the professor if you are comfortable in doing so. This will enable him/her to assist you with finding the resources you may need.

Public Sharing of Course Materials

All course materials, including video, may be subject to intellectual property protections under applicable law and regulation and are for the sole use of students enrolled in this class. Students do not have permission to copy or record materials except for personal use in the context of this class and students do not have permission to share any class materials, including videos, in any manner on any platform without the prior express permission of the faculty member teaching this course.

Mandatory Referral

Appalachian State University is committed to maintaining a safe learning environment for all students, regardless of sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender expression, and gender identity. To meet this commitment, and to comply with state and federal laws, Appalachian faculty are required to complete a referral to the Office of Title IX Compliance for any instances of Sex-Based Misconduct, such as sexual harassment, dating or domestic violence, stalking, sexual assault, or any form of gender-based harassment/discrimination. The purpose of the referral is to ensure you are made aware of the campus and community resources and support that are available to you at no cost and so that you are aware of your reporting options. Once a referral is made, a Case Manager will reach out to you privately, and discuss the resources and support available to you. You will not be required to participate in an investigation or discuss this incident and the university will not take action without your consent unless there is an immediate safety concern to the campus community. Whatever level of participation you choose, your privacy and confidentiality are of the utmost importance, which is why you may seek resources and support whether you participate in an investigation or not.  Please visit https://titleix.appstate.edu or call (828) 262-2144 for more information or follow us on Instagram @Appstatetix.