A. Accurate Course Descriptions and Syllabi

Faculty members are required at the beginning of each course to provide their students with an accurate syllabus. The Office of Institutional Research and Assessment develops and implements an online syllabus management application (UA-OSM) to host and store official syllabi in a single, central location. The application also ensures consistency of syllabi forms and content across the curriculum. More information about the UA-OSM is available from the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment. Some sections of the UA-OSM application are mandatory for all syllabi. Academic units can request additional fields be added to the UA-OSM for their courses.  More information is provided in the University’s Syllabus Policy.

Students shall 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.

The chairperson is responsible for guaranteeing faculty post course syllabi to UA-OSM and for monitoring the syllabi with regard to the above requirements.

B. Textbooks

UA’s Textbook/Course Materials Policy and regulations follow prescriptions of the Alabama state law enacted in 1993 and the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) of 2008. More information is available from the University Supply Store (Supe Store). To comply with these laws, The University of Alabama has an established policy that all textbook/course materials requests must be sent to the University Supply Store because of its University designation as the central distribution location. In addition to compliance with regulations, this policy ensures that the University will make available all of the necessary course materials for students.

Course materials information can be submitted through department offices or directly to the University Supply Store. The University Supply Store is required to make available all course materials and anthology/packet orders to established off-campus stores within 48 business hours of receipt. An efficient process has been developed to comply with the state mandate as well as with the HEOA for course materials information to be posted on the University course registration website.

Additionally, state ethics laws prohibit faculty members from using their position as University employees to obtain personal gain for themselves, for family members, or for any business with which the person is associated unless the use and gain are otherwise specifically authorized by law. No faculty member (or family members or associated businesses) who is an author of requested course materials may make the decision as to whether their course materials will be used; instead, University policy requires approval by a textbook selection committee. Individual academic units are responsible for developing procedures for selecting textbooks. See Chapter 3, XII. B.

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 Copyright Policy, Chapter 3, Section XIV.

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 Academic Honor Pledge.

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.