Syllabus: University Policies

Classroom Safety and Health Protocols (COVID-19)

Youngstown State University has been and will continue to implement evidence-based protocols to monitor and suppress coronavirus in accordance with public health guidelines. YSU will work directly with local public health officials to determine what guidelines are appropriate to implement within the context of our local community and will update protocols as needed. Faculty and students are expected to abide by all safety and health policies implemented by the University’s Office of Environmental Occupational Health and Safety as well as all applicable local, state, and federal mandates. YSU recommends that all faculty and students become fully vaccinated. Everyone must continue to perform a daily health assessment and report COVID through the reporting form to YSU COVID Support Staff. The following COVID-19 protocols must be considered during the current coronavirus pandemic for Fall 2021 instruction.

General Classroom Guidelines

  • Under the updated protocols, starting March 23, 2022, masks are no longer required anywhere on campus. All members of the YSU community are encouraged to be respectful of the decisions of others and to continue to take any necessary personal precautions against COVID-19.
  • Individuals on campus are encouraged to physically distance according to their personal needs
  • Disinfecting wipes/sprays will be provided in classrooms that are used for face-to-face course instruction
  • Faculty and students should wipe down their work areas at the beginning and end of each class
  • Any concerns/issues should be communicated immediately to EOHS

Instructor Safety Procedures

  • Faculty should use hand sanitizer before and after touching computers or other shared classroom items.
  • Faculty using classroom technology such as computers should sanitize the keyboard, mouse etc. prior to use

Student Safety Procedures

  • Students must always follow the YSU Safety and Health Guidelines while on campus and attending class
  • Students should wash their hands frequently in between classes and use hand sanitizer as needed
  • If you must cough or sneeze, be sure to cover your mouth even with a mask on, using your arm at the elbow joint

Given the uncertainties surrounding the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, these protocols are subject to change based on state and federal health guidelines. Changes will be communicated promptly through the usual communications channels. Please visit the University Coronavirus Information page for more information.

Statement of Non-Discrimination from the University

Youngstown State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, disability, age, religion or veteran/military status in its programs or activities. Please visit the Equal Opportunity and Policy Development & Title IX website for contact information for persons designated to handle questions about this policy.

Academic Integrity/Honesty

As outlined in The Student Code of Conduct, all forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited at Youngstown State. This includes plagiarism, the unauthorized use of tools or notes in taking tests or completing assignments, fabrication of data or information used for an assignment, working with others without permission from the instructor, and more. A student who is believed to have violated the academic integrity policy will meet with the instructor to discuss the allegations. The student may accept responsibility for the violation and any sanctions selected by the instructor, or they have the right to ask for a hearing before a hearing panel. The full Academic Integrity Policy can be found in Article III of The Student Code of Conduct, while further information on University procedures for alleged academic integrity violations can be found in Article V.

Student Accessibility

In accordance with University procedures, if you have a documented disability and require accommodations to obtain equal access in this course; please contact me privately to discuss your specific needs. To coordinate reasonable accommodations, you must be registered with Accessibility Services, located in Kilcawley Center Room 2082. You can reach Accessibility Services at 330-941-1372

Incomplete Grade Policy

An incomplete grade of “I” may be given to a student who has been doing satisfactory work in a course, but, for reasons beyond the control of the student and deemed justifiable by the instructor, has not completed all requirements for a course when grades were submitted. A letter grade MAY NOT be changed to an “I” (Incomplete) after the term has ended and grades have been recorded. For Fall Term courses, the final date to complete an “I” will be March 1 of the following term; for Spring Term courses, September 1; for Summer Term courses, October 1. These dates can only be extended with the approval of the instructor and the Dean of the College where the course is taught. Forms for extension of the deadline may be obtained and after obtaining the proper signatures, this form must be submitted to the University Records office 24 hours before the original deadline (i.e. for Fall Term courses, March 1 of the following term).

Attendance Expectations

Link to the YSU Attendance Policy which addresses excused absences for participation in university-sponsored events, government-related activities, religious observances, death of a family member, and documented personal illness. Describe your specific course attendance policy for unexcused absences.