UMaine Syllabus Policies

University of Maine Administrative Policy Statements

UMaine Policies Required on Each Syllabus

Academic Honesty
Students Accessibility Services Statement
Course Schedule Disclaimer
Observance of Religious Holidays/Events
Sexual Discrimination Reporting
Student Responsibility to Stay Up-To-Date on COVID I9 Policies
COVID-19 Statement

Additional Policies Often Highlighted by Computing Instructors on Syllabi

Student Conduct Expectations
Classroom Civility
Inclusive and Non-sexist Language
Copyright Notice for Materials Accessible through the Course Website
Contingency Plans in the Event of an Epidemic

Academic Honesty:
Academic honesty is very important. It is dishonest to cheat on exams, to copy term papers, to submit papers written by another person, to fake experimental results, or to copy or reword parts of books or articles into your own papers without appropriately citing the source. Students committing or aiding in any of these violations may be given failing grades for an assignment or for an entire course, at the discretion of the instructor. In addition to any academic action taken by an instructor, these violations are also subject to action under the University of Maine Student Conduct Code.  The maximum possible sanction under the student conduct code is dismissal from the University. (Last copied July 2020)
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Students Accessibility Services Statement :
If you have a disability for which you may be requesting an accommodation, please contact Student Accessibility Services, 121 East Annex, 581.2319, as early as possible in the term. Students who have already been approved for accommodations by SAS and have a current accommodation letter should meet with me (the instructor of the course) privately as soon as possible. (Last copied July 2020)
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Course Schedule Disclaimer (disruption clause):
In the event of an extended disruption of normal classroom activities (due to COVID-19 or other long-term disruptions), the format for this course may be modified to enable its completion within its programmed time frame. In that event, you will be provided an addendum to the syllabus that will supersede this version. (Last copied July 2020)
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Observance of Religious Holidays/Events:
The University of Maine recognizes that when students are observing significant religious holidays, some may be unable to attend classes or labs, study, take tests, or work on other assignments. If they provide adequate notice (at least one week and longer if at all possible), these students are allowed to make up course requirements as long as this effort does not create an unreasonable burden upon the instructor, department or University. At the discretion of the instructor, such coursework could be due before or after the examination or assignment. No adverse or prejudicial effects shall result to a student’s grade for the examination, study, or course requirement on the day of religious observance. The student shall not be marked absent from the class due to observing a significant religious holiday. In the case of an internship or clinical, students should refer to the applicable policy in place by the employer or site. (Last copied July 2020)
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UMaine Student Conduct:
All students are expected to conform to numerous numerous conduct policies and regulations as set forth in the UMaine Student Handbook.
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Classroom Civility:
Civility should be conveyed to all others through courteous expression, politeness, esteem and regard for others, and a general respect for others, regardless of differences from self.

Inclusive and Non-Sexist Language:
The use of sexist language is highly discouraged in this course. Language that reinforces sexism can arise from imprecise word choices that may be interpreted as biased, discriminatory, or demeaning even if they are not intended to be. Accordingly, communications in this course, whether delivered orally or in writing, shall be free of sexist language.
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Sexual Violence Policy:

Sexual Discrimination Reporting

The University of Maine is committed to making campus a safe place for students. Because of this commitment, if you tell a teacher about an experience of sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking, relationship abuse (dating violence and domestic violence), sexual misconduct or any form of gender discrimination involving members of the campus, your teacher is required to report this information to Title IX Student Services or the Office of Equal Opportunity.

If you want to talk in confidence to someone about an experience of sexual discrimination, please contact these resources:

For confidential resources on campusCounseling Center: 207-581-1392 or Cutler Health Center: at 207-581-4000.

For confidential resources off campus:  Rape Response Services: 1-800-871-7741 or Partners for Peace: 1-800-863-9909.

Other resources:  The resources listed below can offer support but may have to report the incident to others who can help:

For support services on campusTitle IX Student Services: 207-581-1406Office of Community Standards: 207-581-1409University of Maine Police: 207-581-4040 or 911. Or see the OSAVP website for a complete list of services. (Last copied July 2020)

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Copyright Notice for Materials Accessible through this Course Website
Most materials accessible through this site, such as linked articles, should be assumed to be copyright protected.
1.  Unless the “fair use” provisions of copyright law apply or language is contained in a work permitting its use, permission should be obtained from the copyright holder for copying the work.
2.  Use of the instructor prepared web pages and the slides affiliated with each lecture on the syllabus may be assumed to be controlled by the University of Maine System Broad Application Copyleft License (proposed, current, or future) or through any similar open access license that may be posted at the bottom of each web page.
3.  All class videos (lectures) should be assumed to be copyright protected in accordance with the University of Maine System Statement of Policy Governing Patents and Copyrights. (See with full policy last downloaded July 2020 at

Student Responsibility to Stay Up-To-Date on COVID I9 Policies
To keep our campus safe, students are expected to comply with all University policies related to the COVID-19 pandemic. For the latest guidance, please visit

Contingency Plans in the Event of an Epidemic
In the event of an influenza or similar epidemic that precludes the ability to meet in face-to-face sessions, assume that the instructor will either (1) host the course on the usual url for the class at the normal time and everyone will participate at a distance or (2) record a video of the lecture the instructor would have otherwise presented in person and post it for viewing by downloading from the syllabus and/or from a web streaming video site. All other reading and module assignments should proceed as usual. If you yourself become sick, simply inform the instructor and the instructor will arrange appropriate extensions based on your particular circumstances.