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Required Class Materials

Required Class Materials

Academic and Student Affairs
Date enacted or revised: 
Revised June 2007
The following materials are to be distributed by each instructor to his/her classes and a copy of each hand-out kept on file in the office of the appropriate department head or dean: a syllabus providing course objectives or learning outcomes, grading scale, how the student's grade will be determined, attendance policy, make-up policy, office hours, contact information for the instructor, and information about MSU policies for ADA, Diversity, and Emergency Preparedness.

As recommended by the Faculty Senate, Section 504 0f the 1973 Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), all course syllabi must contain the following statement: "Any student with a disability is encouraged to contact the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities in Kaufman, Room 119, (337) 475-5916. It is each student's responsibility to register with the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities when requesting any reasonable accommodation."  Students should visit the MSU web page at for information about policy and procedures regarding students with disabilities and information about diversity awareness and sexual harassment policies and procedures. The syllabus must also contain a statement about the expectation for the student to be aware of and abide by the Academic Integrity policy, found at

On a related note, the Task Force on Disabilities Services and Compliance also recommends that all faculty members be made aware of the emergency exits and areas of refuge in their buildings. Faculty should inform students about emergency exits and ares of refuges.This would ensure that communication between the student and faculty member was possible. 

These handouts should be given to the department head/dean by the tenth (10) day of class and should be reviewed and updated each semester.  The department head/dean should maintain a file of all course syllabi for a five-year period.