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.

Academic Success

Appalachian provides opportunities for students to develop, enhance and implement strategies that promote academic success. The Student Learning Center provides free tutoring for a range of academic subjects and academic skill building through Academic Success Courses and Peer Academic Coaching. Academic skill building areas include time management, organization, study strategies, and note-taking. The University Writing Center is a free resource available to all App State students to assist with any stage of writing assignments.  

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: Appalachian Hall (Honors College), Belk Library (Room 222), Broyhill School of Music (Room 226), Everyone Eats Food Pantry (Leon Levine Health Sciences- Room 542G), Garwood Hall (Room 231), MS Shook Health Services (Miles Annas Bldg), Rankin Science West (Room 327), Reich College of Education (James Center), Student Access (DD Dougherty), Walker Hall (Room 203), and Wellness and Prevention Services (next to the App State Post Office).  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. For more information, Click Here.

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/Gender-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 Parties are made aware of the campus and community resources and support that are available at no cost as well as their reporting options. Once a referral is made, a staff member within the Office of Title IX Compliance will reach out to privately discuss available resources and support. Parties are not required to meet with the Office to discuss an incident or file a formal complaint.  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 is of the utmost importance, which is why you may seek resources and support whether you file a formal complaint or not.  Please visit https://titleix.appstate.edu or call (828) 262-2144 for more information.