Course Requirements and Expectations
Clearly stating your expectations and course requirements allows students to plan and to understand how the course is structured. It can also help you avoid typical questions from students like the following:
- “Can I turn it in late?”
- “Can I get extra credit?”
- “Can I re-do the assignment?”
- “You didn’t tell us we had to…”
- “It wasn’t clear that…”
- “Can I revise an exam question if I interpreted it incorrectly?”
Social Media Policy
The following resources were finalized by the Social Media Policy Committee in May 2015. They provide information for both students and for faculty. The sections for students can be added to your course syllabi.
Friends and colleagues,
Social media are powerful, rapidly evolving tools for communication, information gathering, teaching, and learning. Like other media, robust use of social media has become integral to democratic processes in modern societies. Use of social media are generally protected from government interference by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
At the same time, use of these tools sometimes raises complex issues concerning ownership and fair use of intellectual property; personal privacy and legal protections for privacy in learning environments; and access to learning services. Social media may in some situations also pose significant challenges to academic integrity and social responsibility.
The guidelines offered below for social media use are intended for discussion throughout American University as practical measures for coping with the impact of these media on learning, teaching, and research. The proposed guidelines should be viewed as part of the overall AU umbrella of policies and guidelines for faculty, staff, and students. They are one part of the ongoing training, learning, and conversation needed across AU to keep pace with technological change and challenges.
Key concepts include:
- Separate your professional use of social media from your personal uses to the greatest extent possible, including by maintaining separate accounts.
- Establish clear policies for student use of social media in your courses that are consistent with the learning needs and opportunities of your subject, and ensure that students understand your policies.
- Establish terms of permitted uses of intellectual property created by the professor or by other students, including uses via social media.
- Ensure fair access for all students to all learning tools available at American University, including social media.
- Strengthen respect for the personal privacy of students and compliance with relevant federal, state, and local laws such as FERPA.
The Faculty Senate Adhoc Social Media Committee
Co-chairs: Ayman Omar & Jenise Overmier
Authors: Zoe Charlton, Barbara Emshwiller, Ayman Omar, Jenise Overmier, Jane Palmer, Chris Simpson, Scott Talan, and Brian Yates.