Academic Policy and Instructional Resources

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Syllabus Templates (Box Files)

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Online and Hybrid Learning and Digital Collaboration

Inclement weather, illness, community emergencies, personal matters or other circumstances can impact our course and campus schedules. For helpful suggestions–from easy to heavy lift–on how to stay on track when the unexpected arises, find our resources here.

Duke Library

The Furman University Libraries offers many opportunities for collaboration and classroom support.  If you plan to use research assignments in your classes, the Outreach Services Librarians are your best resource for designing and implementing those assignments. They provide invaluable help for faculty in crafting research assignments and for students in conducting research.  Each academic department, major, and minor has a Library Liaison who is available to support your teaching and research.

Writing and Media Lab

The Writing & Media Lab (WML) is Furman’s writing center and multimedia composition center.  The WML helps students through one-on-one consultations about writing assignments, video projects, presentations, and more.  The staff of the WML can also help you plan, design, and implement multimedia assignments in your classes.  If you’re interested in asking your students to create a video, podcast, or other multimedia composition project, contact Jean Schwab, WML Assistant Director, for a consultation about your assignment.

Lightboard Studio

The Blended Learning Studio (BLS) is a resource for faculty and students, which provides a space for creating instructional videos and supplemental materials for class. Lecture capture, student project support, screencasting help, and other requests are supported.​​​  The BLS is also the home of the Furman Lightboard, a teaching tool for instructional video that allows lecturers to write on a board while facing their students. It significantly improves lecture capture by eliminating the problem of the whiteboard, which requires instructors to turn away from their students to write. There is also little to no post-production, so the process is quick.  Contact  Information Technology Services (ITS) for an appointment to talk about how you might use the Lightboard in your classes.

Information and Technology Services

Information Technology & Services (ITS) connects you with many technology and teaching resources on campus.  From workshops and technology support to collaborating on using technology in your classes effectively, ITS can partner with you.  The ITS website has Faculty & Staff Resources as well as a list of available services and collaboration tools. The FDC has collated material about several of our key instructional technology resources here.

Course Policies of Note

Class Attendance

According to University policy, the instructor sets the attendance requirement for each course. The following guidelines should be considered in effect unless otherwise stated:  Freshman will be withdrawn from a course if absent, for any reason, 15 percent of the class meetings.  Sophomores, juniors, and seniors will be withdrawn from a course if absent 25 percent of the class meetings. In both cases, a failing (F) grade will be recorded unless the absences were due to providential reasons, in which cases a withdrawal (W) grade may be assigned after consultation with the Associate Academic Dean. 

Accommodation Requests

The Student Office for Accessibility Resources is committed to helping qualified students with disabilities achieve their academic goals by providing reasonable academic accommodations under appropriate circumstances. Students who have a disability and who anticipate the need for an accommodation in order to participate in a course should register with the Student Office for Accessibility Resources. They will assist students and faculty members in getting the resources needed to participate fully in the class. The SOAR office can be reached at 864.294.2320 or at soar@furman.edu. Find additional information and request academic accommodations at the SOAR webpage. 

Final Exams and Culminating Projects

All students in a course are required to complete a final examination or culminating project at its scheduled time (Policies and Procedures File 122.3 C.3). An unexcused absence from a final exam results in an “F” on the examination (Policies and Procedures File 122.3 C.7). While are expected to complete final examinations and culminating experiences when scheduled no student will be expected to complete three scheduled final exams on the same day and may seek a scheduling exception in this circumstance. Exceptions, which must be approved by the Associate Academic Dean, are granted only in cases of extreme extenuating circumstances. Final exam scheduling exceptions are normally not granted for reasons related to family or personal travel or to accommodate for perceived difficulty. Requests to take the final exam or submit a culminating experience assignment at a time that differs from the University final exam schedule must be approved by the Associate Academic Dean.  

Nondiscrimination Policy and Sexual Misconduct

Furman does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, disability, age, religion, veteran status, or any other characteristic or status protected by applicable local, state, or federal law in admission, treatment, or access to, or employment in, its programs and activities. If you encounter any form of discrimination or harassment, including sexual misconduct (e.g. sexual assault, sexual harassment or gender-based harassment, sexual exploitation or intimidation, stalking, intimate partner violence), we encourage you to report this to the institution.   

Furman University has established a Bias Incident Response Team (BIRT), which may be convened to ensure that affected students, staff, faculty, and visitors to campus have access to appropriate resources and to facilitate a coordinated campus response to bias-related incidents that may impact campus climate. If you believe you have experienced a bias incident, you are encouraged to report this using the bias incident report form. 

If students wish to report an incident of sexual misconduct, they may contact Furman’s Title IX Coordinator, Melissa Nichols (Trone Center, Suite 215; Melissa.nichols@furman.edu; 864.294.2221). If they would like to speak with someone who can advise them but maintain complete confidentiality, they can talk with a counselor, a professional in the Student Health Center or someone in the Office of Spiritual Life. 

For detailed samples of content related to these policies sand more, please see the FDC syllabus template here.