Syllabus Creation Resources

We’ve included resource you may find helpful as you prepare your syllabus.  These include links and sample language you may use in your syllabus about various college policies.  Feels free to adapt or ignore these resources as you see fit.


Syllabus Queries: Questions to ask as you prepare your syllabus

A Syllabus Template

Universal Design (slides from the May Conference on Universal design)

Syllabus design handout


Sample Syllabus Language for Various Policies and Resources


Academic Resource Commons:

The Academic Resource Commons (or ARC) is Bates’ Learning & Writing Center, every students’ one-stop for academic support. ARC offers workshops, drop-in labs, one-on-one tutoring and a variety of other resources designed to support you as you navigate your courses. ARC is students helping students! Whether you’re visiting the Writing Center, a PALS session, a science drop in-lab, a content tutor, a learning strategies advisor, or any other ARC service, you’ll be working with a fellow Bates student who has been through what you’re going through and has insight to offer based on their own experiences.

To access or to learn more about ARC services, visit our front desk in Ladd Library (turn left when you enter the library, and look for the sign) or on the web at

Commitment to Diversity:

Bates is committed to creating and fostering a learning and working environment based on open communication, mutual respect, and a celebration of “the transformative power of our differences.” If you encounter sexual harassment, sexual violence, or discrimination based on race, color, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or disability, we encourage you to report it to Gwen Lexow, Director of Title IX and Civil Rights Compliance, at or 207-786-6445.
 Additional information, including a list of support resources, is available at and

alternative language:

Bates faculty are concerned about the well-being and development of our students, and are available to discuss any concerns.  Students should be aware that faculty are legally obligated to share disclosures of sexual violence, sexual harassment, relationship violence, and stalking with the college’s Title IX Officer to help ensure that the student’s safety and welfare is being addressed.

If you or someone you know has been harassed or assaulted, you can find a list of resources at You may also contact the Title IX Officer, Gwen Lexow directly. She can be reached at or 207-786-6445.

Title IX Statement

Title IX prohibits all forms of gender-based discrimination, including sexual assault and harassment, in federally funded education programs. Title IX reads: “no person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.

Title IX applies to academic programs and extends to Bates sponsored off-campus programs (including Fall Semester Abroad) as well. Though a private institution, Bates receives federal monies to support financial aid packages.

If you or someone you know has been harassed or assaulted, you can find a list of resources at You may also contact the Title IX Officer, Gwen Lexow directly. She can be reached at or 207-786-6445.


Sexual Misconduct Statement
Bates is committed to providing a community built on trust and mutual respect, where all can feel secure and free from harassment. Sexual misconduct including sexual violence, sexual harassment, intimate partner violence, and stalking, violates a person’s rights, dignity and integrity and is contrary to our community principles and the mission of the college. The college is committed to fostering a community that promotes prompt reporting of sexual misconduct and timely and fair resolution of sexual misconduct reports. Creating a safe, respectful, and inclusive environment is the responsibility of everyone at Bates.

We encourage all members of our campus community to seek support for and report all incidents of sexual harassment and sexual misconduct directly to the Title IX Officer, the Deputy Title IX Coordinators or Bates Security.  These individuals will assist in eliminating the misconduct, preventing its recurrence, and addressing its effects. The Title IX Office can be reach at or 207-786-6445.


Non-Discrimination Statement
Bates College is committed to the principle of equal opportunity and providing an educational and work environment free from discrimination. The college prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, age, disability, genetic information or veteran status and other legally protected statuses in the recruitment and admission of its students, in the administration of its education policies and programs, or in the recruitment of its faculty and staff.  Bates College adheres to all applicable state and federal equal opportunity laws and regulations.

Violations of this policy can be reported to Gwen Lexow, Director of Title IX and Civil Rights Compliance, at or 207-786-6445.


Accessible Education

Bates College welcomes students with disabilities and values their diverse experiences and perspectives. Students who wish to request reasonable accommodations must do so through Abigail Nelson, Assistant Dean of Accessible Education and Student Support. Students should email, call 207-786-6222, or visit Lane Hall 101 to schedule an initial appointment. Please feel encouraged to speak with me after class or during office hours if you have a disability that may impact your work in this course or to discuss the implementation of approved accommodations.

Academic Integrity Statement

[Standard; taken from Darby Ray’s FYS syllabus]


As a Bates student you have joined an academic community deeply engaged in inquiry, intellectual exchange, and the testing and creation of knowledge. This is now your academic community, and you are invited to add your voice to the ongoing scholarly conversation—a conversation that values, acknowledges, and depends on the work and ideas of others.

Using and crediting sources properly not only lends credibility to your work but also keeps you clear of plagiarism. Misusing sources can take many forms, ranging from innocent but incomplete citations to outright and intentional deception. Upholding academic integrity means that the work you submit must be your own unless collaboration is specifically allowed, that you use only those resources allowed, that you express yourself in your own words unless you are quoting, and that you properly acknowledge and cite the ideas, information, and other work that you used or that contributed to your understanding.

Your academic work is governed by The Bates College Statement on Academic Integrity,found here and by any additional standards I set in this syllabus or in individual assignments. The Statement on Academic Integrity provides a fuller discussion of academic integrity and definitions of plagiarism, misuse of sources, and cheating. You are responsible for reading the Statement carefully and abiding by its terms.

Violations of academic integrity are serious and can result in severe consequences at both the course and college levels. Depending on the circumstances of the violation, I will assign a failing grade for the assignment and/or the course, require work to be redone, and/or impose other consequences; in addition, I will refer the matter to the Dean of Students for possible institutional action. Procedures for suspected violations are explained here: