Skip to content Skip to navigation

General Course Policies

Honor Code

The Honor Code is the University's statement on academic integrity written by students in 1921. It articulates University expectations of students and faculty in establishing and maintaining the highest standards in academic work:

  1. The Honor Code is an undertaking of the students, individually and collectively:
    • that they will not give or receive aid in examinations; that they will not give or receive unpermitted aid in class work, in the preparation of reports, or in any other work that is to be used by the instructor as the basis of grading;
    • that they will do their share and take an active part in seeing to it that others as well as themselves uphold the spirit and letter of the Honor Code.
  2. The faculty on its part manifests its confidence in the honor of its students by refraining from proctoring examinations and from taking unusual and unreasonable precautions to prevent the forms of dishonesty mentioned above. The faculty will also avoid, as far as practicable, academic procedures that create temptations to violate the Honor Code
  3. While the faculty alone has the right and obligation to set academic requirements, the students and faculty will work together to establish optimal conditions for honorable academic work.

Faculty and Lecturers should report violations of the honor code to the Department Chair and Judicial Affairs.

Course Fees for Art Practice Courses

Course fees for art practice courses have been eliminated, beginning with the 2020-2021 academic year.

Students with Special Accommodations

Faculty and Lecturers have the right to request verification of a student's eligibility for any requested accommodations.  Office of Accessible Education (OAE) staff will provide a verification letter to students to deliver to the lecturer. Students are responsible for providing this verification in a timely manner (i.e. beginning of quarter or as soon as disability is identified). OAE staff will recommend accommodations (i.e. extended time for exams, separate room for testing, ASL interpreter, etc); please contact them to clarify accommodations or to make modifications if you believe the accommodation severely alters the intention of the assignment or course.

  • All disability-related information should be treated as confidential. Lecturers do not have the right to ask about the nature of the disability; if a student chooses to disclose this information, it should be treated with confidentiality.
  • Please notify students that accommodations are available by making an announcement during class or by putting the following accommodation information on your syllabus:
Students with Documented Disabilities

Students who have a disability that may necessitate an academic accommodation or the use of auxiliary aids and services in a class, must initiate the request with the Office of Accessible Education (OAE). The OAE will evaluate the request with required documentation, recommend appropriate accommodations, and prepare a verification letter dated in the current academic term in which the request is being made. Please contact the OAE as soon as possible; timely notice is needed to arrange for appropriate accommodations. The Office of Accessible Education is located at 563 Salvatierra Walk (phone: 723-1066; URL:

Faculty/Lecturer Absences

Faculty and Lecturers are expected to attend all regular class sessions unless prior arrangement has been made with the DFO and the Department Chair.
In the event that a conflict arises with one of your scheduled sessions or you are ill on the day of your class and cannot teach, please contact the DFO and the Department Chair immediately so that appropriate arrangements can be made. 

Course Evaluations

Students complete course and section evaluations online through Axess. Students have two weeks before the end of the quarter to complete evaluations, please remind them to do so. You will be sent a reminder, with instructions, from the Registrar’s Office during the quarter. Evaluation results are available one to two days after the grade submission deadline. Evaluations are not available for courses with less than 3 students.

Any questions about evaluations may be directed to the Student Services Specialist.

Course Scheduling Timeline

The course schedule for the academic year is determine in late January and early February of the preceding year. Any remaining course titles must be identified by March 1. Title changes thereafter may be permitted if University timing allows.
Instructors should be identified for each course at the time the course is added to the draft schedule. Instructors to be identified (TBD) should be rare and must be named by the following deadlines in order to allow sufficient time to process their appointment:
To teach in Fall: June 1
To teach in Winter: September 1
To teach in Spring: January 1

To teach in Summer: March 1

Pronoun Guide for Instructors

The Student Services website contains a pronoun guide for students. This resource provides helpful information about when students do and do not want to share their pronouns. The Stanford IDEAL (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Access in a Learning Environment) initiative also contains a resource for pronoun data use and protection.