Guidance on Syllabus Content to Address the Impact of COVID-19 on Instruction

Guidance on Syllabus Content to Address the Impact of COVID-19 on Instruction

1. The Ad Hoc Academic Continuity Committee (ACC) has considered the potential impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the classroom and other instructional areas of the University. With a focus on issues important to the continued academic progress of our students and the success of our faculty, the committee has reviewed how course syllabi might be used to convey important information to students during the COVID-19 pandemic. This guidance addresses the potential impact of COVID-19 on students and instructors and provides communication solutions to manage potential disruptions to instruction.

2. Given the foregoing, the ACC recommends that all instructors include language in their syllabi which clarifies student and instructor expectations concerning the impact of COVID-19 on the instructional process. Below are samples of language on various topics that instructors may want to adopt, with or without revisions, and include on their syllabus.

3. Given the unique challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic and its potential impact on instruction during the reopening of Kent State University, the ACC recommends that these samples of proposed language be distributed to all instructors and posted online for their use.

Communication and Staying Informed

Sample of proposed language

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Health and Safety

Samples of proposed language:

Sample 1:


The Covid Preventation Strategy has been implemented to protect your health as well as the entire Kent State community.  When you are on campus you must follow the strategy.  As your instructor, I am committed to assuring a safe environment for all students.  Noncompliance by any student may result in cancellation of the class session for the day and referral to the Office of Student Conduct.

Sample 2:



Before you leave home, check for symptoms that you may be sick.


Answer YES or NO to each question below. 

o Fever or chills

o Cough

o Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

o New loss of taste or smell

o Fatigue

o Muscle or body aches

o Headache

o Sore throat, congestion, or runny nose

o Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea

o Within the last 14 days, have you been in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or has been placed in isolation for COVID-19?

o Have you had a COVID-19 test prescribed by a medical professional because you have recently had symptoms and you are currently waiting for the results?

o Have you been asked to self-isolate or quarantine by a medical professional or a local public health official?


If you answered YES to any of the questions above, immediately start self-isolation and remote instruction.  Immediately call the COVID Response Team at (330) 672-2525 and the university will guide you in navigating testing, tracking, and returning to campus.





Intellectual Property and Privacy

Sample of proposed language:



Any intellectual property displayed or distributed to students during this course (including but not limited to PowerPoint presentations, notes, quizzes, examinations) by the professor/lecturer/instructor remains the intellectual property of the professor/lecturer/instructor. This means that the student may not distribute, publish, or provide such intellectual property to any other person or entity for any reason, commercial or otherwise, without the express written permission of the professor/lecturer/instructor.  Additionally, students may not distribute or publish recordings and/or links to live classroom presentations, lectures, and/or class discussions.




Absence, Illness and Remote Instruction

Sample of proposed language:

Sample 1:

If you do not meet the health safety requirements listed in the Covid Prevention Strategy or become ill, you may access the course through synchronous remote technology available through Blackboard Collaborate Ultra; through a recording of our class session; or through notes and materials distributed on Blackboard and any notes your fellow students are willing to share.