In keeping with our mission to support faculty research about teaching and learning, the CTL hosts a collection of print and online resources to cover a wide variety of teaching topics:
Furnished with comfortable couches and laptop tables – as well as a microwave, refrigerator, and single-serve coffee maker – the Cave is also a quiet place for faculty to do individual and collaborative work or to relax between classes or over lunch. If Cave is locked, faculty may request a key from the library desk.
The CTL's substantial collection of print resources are located on nearby shelving in the library.
Thanks to the hard work of our CTL Faculty Fellow, John Lanci, and our student Communications Assistant, Greg Passineau, the CTL is now maintaining a bibliography of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning resources using the RefWorks database.
Searchable by keyword -- and also organized by topic -- the database is an easy way to access articles on a variety of teaching topics, such as community-based learning, faculty-student collaboration, spirituality in the classroom, and general "good teaching" advice. It also lists many of the books available in the CTL's Reading Room.
Access the database here. And if you're interested in learning more about using RefWorks to organize your own bibliographies, check in with one of our reference librarians.
You are welcome to borrow any or all of the following statements as you assemble your syllabus.
Classroom Accommodation Statement
Stonehill College is committed to providing a welcoming, supportive and inclusive environment for students with disabilities. The Office of Accessibility Resources (OAR) provides a point of coordination, resources and support for students with disabilities and the campus community. If you anticipate or experience physical or academic barriers based on disability, please let me know so that we can discuss options. You are also welcome to contact OAR to begin this conversation or to establish reasonable accommodations for this or other courses. OAR is located within the Academic Services & Advising Suite in Duffy 104. For additional information please call (508) 565-1306 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Diversity and Inclusion Statement
Stonehill College embraces the diversity of students, faculty, and staff, honors the inherent dignity of each individual, and welcomes their unique cultural and religious experiences, beliefs, and perspectives. We all benefit from a diverse living and learning environment, and the sharing of differences in ideas, experiences, and beliefs help us shape our own perspectives. Course content and campus discussions will heighten your awareness to these differences.
There are many resources for anyone seeking support or with questions about diversity and inclusion at Stonehill. Resources are infused throughout the Mission Division, Academic Affairs, and Student Affairs. If you’d like more information on how to get connected to resources, the Office of Intercultural Affairs is a good first stop: Location: Duffy 149, Phone: 508-565-1409, Email: email@example.com.
If you are a witness to or experience an act of bias at Stonehill, you may submit a bias incident report online or on the Stonehill App. If you would like to learn more on bias incident prevention and response, or submit a report please visit: http://www.stonehill.edu/offices-services/intercultural-affairs/bias-response-protocol/
A personal note from your professor… If you ever have a concern about my behavior or that of another student in the class, please, please feel free to approach me in person, by email, or with an anonymous note under my door… whatever it takes so that I can continue to work on creating an inclusive classroom environment. Thank you.
Honor Code Statement
My expectation is that you will adhere to the Stonehill Academic Honor Code and Academic Integrity Policy found in the 2015-2016 Hillbook under Academic Policies and Procedures.
In this course, [provide your definitions, limitations, requirements, and expectations when it comes to: students working with one another and producing a single collaborative product or individual products, instances and restrictions on when and what types of information can be shared, examples of unauthorized assistance, preferred citation style along with examples, concept of original work, examples that illustrate and differentiate paraphrasing from plagiarism, etc].
When in doubt, always verify with me if something is being done properly or is allowable in this class rather than simply make an assumption based on the fact that it was or is currently allowable in another class.
A violation of Stonehill's Academic Integrity Policy may, at my discretion, result in but is not limited to [provide possible sanctions]
Resources for Academic Support Statement
The Center for Writing and Academic Achievement (CWAA) provides academic support services in a welcoming, professional environment that emphasizes collaborative learning and peer tutoring, supplemented with professional-level support. The CWAA offers a variety of academic support services, including peer tutoring in writing, math, and foreign languages.
The CWAA is located in MacPháidín Library, Room 314. Drop-in hours are offered Sunday – Thursday. Students can visit the CWAA website to view schedules, make appointments, or request a tutor.
Faculty members are responsible for ensuring that their courses meet their department’s curricular needs and the College’s expectations for rigor.
When classes are cancelled due to inclement weather or for other reasons, faculty members have the following options to make up for missed class time:
accommodate for the missed instructional time within remaining class meeting times
assign additional material outside of class (e.g. additional readings or assignments, online media, or a recorded lecture)
schedule an on-site make-up class at a time acceptable to all class members (the Registrar’s office can assist faculty with identifying times that work with students’ schedules; Administrative Assistants in your building can help with finding rooms)
schedule a synchronous online make-up class (not on the day classes are cancelled) at a time acceptable to all class members
The faculty member’s right to change the syllabus to make-up for missed class time should be made clear to students. Faculty are encouraged to add a statement to their syllabi making this expectation explicit, e.g. “In the case that the College cancels classes due to inclement weather or other unforeseen reasons, students may be expected to complete additional work outside of class or to attend a make-up class scheduled by the professor.”
How will the decision be made to schedule a make-up day/evening?
The College will only schedule a “make-up day” (or make-up evening) if the number of class meetings per week for any day of the week falls below 13.
How will make-up days be scheduled?
If more than one day of class is cancelled, the Senior Leadership will work with the Faculty Senate leadership and the Registrar’s Office to decide how to make-up the class time.
If the number of class meetings falls below 13, the first of the two Reading Days will be used as a make-up day.
If additional days are cancelled, the Senior Leadership will work with the Faculty Senate leadership and the Registrar’s Office to consider whether one or more of the following options will be used to make-up the additional class time:
Thursday before Easter (day classes)
Monday after Easter (for day or evening classes)
A Saturday before the last week of classes
Campus Resources Available for Substitution
The following offices provide programming that could be scheduled instead of cancelling class. As much notice as possible should be provided when offering one of the classes below, as they are offered based on the availability of the sponsoring department. This is a great option if you know you will be absent for a conference, family engagement etc. when planning your syllabus for the semester.
Lead with Courage: Responding to Everyday Bias on Campus
This training session is designed to give community members knowledge, skills, and awareness to become pro-social bystanders in the Stonehill Community and beyond. Participants will:
Learn about different types of bystanders and their actions.
Better understand our Stonehill community expectations about bystander intervention.
Develop a common language around microaggressions, bias incidents, and hate crimes.
Learn techniques to become a pro-social bystander.
Learn more about campus resources to support bystander intervention
Facilitators: Members of the Bias Incident Prevention & Response Team
Available: As a scheduled class
Contact: Latesha Fussell, Director of Intercultural Affairs, firstname.lastname@example.org
Information Skills Instruction
Evaluating online information
Evaluating the reliability and biases of websites
Selecting and researching within databases relevant for your discipline
Additional research support topics.
For sample ideas and lessons, please visit Library Information Skills Curriculum and our Class/Activity Plans
Facilitators: Members of the Library Staff
Available: As a scheduled class
Contact: email@example.com or call 508-565-1313 to schedule.
Career Development Center Workshops
The Career Development Center offers many programs that could be offered in place of a class meeting. To see what options are available, visit their Programming Opportunities page.
Facilitators: Career Development Center
Available: As a scheduled class but will consider last minute requests
Contact: Andrew Leahy or office liaison
If a student is exhibiting inappropriate behavior in a classroom setting, faculty should consider the options below. While faculty actions will depend upon circumstances, the following responses are generally recommended.
For additional, more general information regarding recognizing and responding to students of concern, please click here.
Types of Behaviors
Behaviors that are Annoying/Causing Discomfort
Behaviors that are annoying/causing discomfort that do not lead you to feel unsafe or threatened may include:
- Not picking up on social cues
- Interrupting you
- Talking loudly asking a lot of questions
- Talking about things that do not relate to class
- Standing within personal space boundaries
- Disrespectful/rude behavior
- Monopolizing your time
- Not listening to you
- Emailing you incessantly
If a student is exhibiting these behaviors, ask to speak with them. In a calm and respectful manner, name the behavior that you feel is annoying/causing discomfort, let them know the behavior needs to stop, give them the opportunity to change the behavior, and establish expectations moving forward. If the behavior continues, notify the appropriate department chair, academic dean, and Student Affairs at 508-565-1363.
Behaviors that are Disruptive
Behaviors that are disruptive that may cause you to feel unsafe include:
- Yelling or being excessively loud
- Under the influence of a substance(s)
- Refusing to leave or cooperate
- Significantly distracting other students
- Destruction of property
If a student is exhibiting these behaviors, instruct the student to stop the behavior and ask them to leave the class immediately (in accordance with policy A15.7 Dismissal of a Student from Class). In addition, contact Campus Police at 508-565-5555 and Student Affairs at 508-565-1363 to inform them of the situation so appropriate follow up can take place.
If the student will not leave the classroom, dismiss the class and immediately contact Campus Police at 508-565-5555.
Behaviors that are Threatening/Risk to Safety
Behaviors that are threatening and pose an imminent risk to safety may include:
- Acts of physical aggression
- Threats of violence
- Direct threat to harm self or others
- Mention of weapons or violence as a way to solve problems
- Expressions of anger/agitation/inability to cope with stress
If you witness any of these behaviors, immediately dismiss the class and notify Campus Police at 508-565-5555.
After the Incident
Following the incident, be sure to document in detail what transpired. Also, notify the Student Affairs at 508-565-1363, as well as the appropriate department head and academic dean.
Your personal safety is paramount. If you are ever worried about your safety, please notify Campus Police immediately at 508-565-5555.