In the Classroom
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UIC Disability Accommodation Policy: UIC is committed to making reasonable accommodation in order to provide equal opportunity to students with disabilities to the college experience. In order to receive academic and/or campus accommodations, students are responsible to self-identify as a person with a disability and request reasonable accommodations.
Students should direct their requests for reasonable accommodation to the UIC Disability Resource Center (DRC). After completing an interactive and iterative intake process, the DRC will document the accommodations determined to be reasonable and appropriate in a Letter of Accommodation.
Once in receipt of a Letter of Accommodation, a student’s instructor will implement accommodations as applicable in their program or course. An official Letter of Accommodation may be created at any time during the semester, but instructors and academic programs are only obligated to implement accommodations going forward from receipt of the letter, i.e. not retroactively.
UIC Policy: Pregnant students have rights to reasonable accommodations under Title IX. To request pregnancy- or postpartum-related accommodations, students should contact the Title IX Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 312-996-8670.
UIC Religious Accommodation Policy: The faculty of the University of Illinois Chicago shall make every effort to avoid scheduling examinations or requiring that student projects be turned in or completed on religious holidays. Students who wish to observe their religious holidays shall notify the faculty member by the tenth day of the semester of the date when they will be absent unless the religious holiday is observed on or before the tenth day of the semester. In such cases, the students shall notify the faculty member at least five days in advance of the date when they will be absent. See here for additional caveats, religious calendars, and guidance for instructors.
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Syllabus Expectations & Resources
UIC requires that all courses have a syllabus. For the 2024 Higher Learning Commission re-accreditation process, reviewers will look for transparency, consistency across the curriculum, and alignment with UIC policies.
Starting Fall 2023, all syllabi must fully comply with the UIC Syllabus Policy and Higher Learning Commission guidelines and expectations. LAS has created some resources to facilitate compliance. See the LAS Teaching Excellence website for further details, a compliance checklist, and optional compliant syllabus templates.
General Education Teaching Resources
- LAS General Education Teaching Resources – this site is a comprehensive guide to teaching general education courses. It provides toolkits, best practices, and guidelines.
- LAS General Education Core Website – an overview of General Education courses, categories, and general education learning outcomes.
- LAS EPC Guidelines – Consult these guidelines if you are planning on creating an online general education course.
- LAS General Education Core, Explained
Developing Online Courses & Using Online Tools
- LAS EPC Guidelines – approved detailed guidelines for creating online courses. Consult these guidelines if you are planning on creating an online course.
- CATE Syllabus Toolkit for Synchronous Online Courses
- CATE Syllabus Toolkit for Asynchronous Online Courses
- Best Practices for Asynchronous Discussions – a useful guide for creating engaging asynchronous discussions from Bryn Mawr College.
UIC definitions of available course modalities can be found here. The format for each class section should be determined during the scheduling “pre-proof” process. Once registration begins, the modality should not be changed. In exceptional circumstances, approval can be sought from LAS Academic Affairs.
- Inclusive Teaching Toolkit – resources provided by the Center for the Advancement of Teaching Excellence to help instructors create a diverse and accessible student-centered classroom.
- Social Justice Education Resources – helpful resources for creating inclusive and equitable teaching practices and curriculum.
- Drop-In Hours Guide – a guide of best practices and outreach strategies to encourage students, foster a sense of belonging, and enhance academic achievement.
- Disability Resource Center
- Accessible Teaching Guide – a guide of best practices to create an accessible and inclusive online class that meets the various needs of students with disabilities.