FACULTY AND STUDENT INSTRUCTIONAL GUIDELINES
IV. Course Requirements and Textbooks
A. Accurate Course Descriptions and Syllabi
Faculty members are required at the beginning of each course to provide their students with an accurate syllabus. At a minimum, items to be covered in the course syllabus include prerequisites, course description, objectives, list of learning goals, outline of topics covered during the semester, attendance policy, the planned number and timing of major examinations and assignments, grading policy, the policy for making up missed course work (including examinations), required texts and other course material, the Statement on Academic Misconduct, and the Statement on Disability Accommodations. Students will be given timely notice of any changes in the syllabus. Any special considerations (e.g., opportunities to earn extra credit) offered to a student shall be available to all students in the class.
Faculty members must provide the departmental chairperson with a current syllabus for each course they teach. The chairperson is responsible for maintaining a file of current course syllabi, for monitoring the syllabi with regard to the above requirements, and for ensuring that the official course descriptions published in University catalogs agree with the syllabi and give an adequate summary of the material to be covered and the prerequisites and co-requisites needed to complete the course successfully.
Individual academic units have differing processes for selecting textbooks. The books selected must be reported on the textbook information forms supplied by the University.
C. Distribution of Materials in Class Subject to Copyright Policy
Faculty are expected to abide by federal copyright laws. For scholarly research or teaching purposes, a single copy may be made of a chapter from a book; an article from a periodical or newspaper; a short story, short essay, or short poem; or a chart, graph, diagram, drawing, cartoon, or picture from a book, periodical, or newspaper.
The guidelines for multiple copying are more complex. Multiple copies may be made for classroom use, but the making of such copies must meet rigorous criteria. Each copy must include a notice of copyright. Under no circumstances may more than one copy per pupil be made. Multiple copies must also meet tests of brevity, spontaneity, and cumulative effect. See Appendix H and Chapter Three, Section XIII.
D. Academic Honor Code
All students in attendance at The University of Alabama are expected to be honorable and to observe standards of conduct appropriate to a community of scholars. The University of Alabama expects from its students a higher standard of conduct than the minimum required to avoid discipline. At the beginning of each semester and on examinations and projects, the professor, department, or division may require that each student sign the following Academic Honor Pledge: “I promise or affirm that I will not at any time be involved with cheating, plagiarism, fabrication, or misrepresentation while enrolled as a student at The University of Alabama. I have read the Academic Honor Code, which explains disciplinary procedure resulting from the aforementioned. I understand that violation of this code will result in penalties as severe as indefinite suspension from the University.”
E. Collection of Student Fees
The University of Alabama has established administrative procedures for approving and collecting student fees. The procedures preclude faculty from imposing student fees or collecting money from students for any reason.