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Recommended Syllabus Language

Notifying Students of Responsible Campus Partner Reporting Obligation

The OEC recognizes that faculty may sometimes feel stuck between establishing trust and rapport with students and fulfilling the Responsible Campus Partner reporting obligations. The best way for faculty to navigate this tension is to be clear and transparent with their students about their role as a Responsible Campus Partner.

The following language is recommended for inclusion in course syllabi, especially (though not exclusively) in courses dealing explicitly with topics such as sexual assault, women and gender studies, and other academic content that may elicit disclosures of past experiences with sexual violence and associated trauma.  

Notice of Reporting Obligations for Responsible Campus Partners

As an instructor, I am considered a Responsible Campus Partner (“RCP”) under Loyola’s Comprehensive Policy and Procedures for Addressing Discrimination, Sexual Misconduct, and Retaliation (located at www.luc.edu/equity). While my goal is for you to be able to share information related to your life experiences through discussion and written work, I want to be transparent that as a RCP I am required to report certain disclosures of sexual misconduct (such as sexual assault, sexual harassment, intimate partner and/or domestic violence, and/or stalking) to the University’s Title IX Coordinator.

As an instructor, I also have a mandatory obligation under Illinois law to report disclosures of or suspected instances of child abuse or neglect (https://www.luc.edu/hr/legal-notices/mandatedreportingofchildabuseandneglect/).

The purpose of these reporting requirements is for the University to inform students who have experienced sexual/gender-based violence of available resources and support. Such a report will not generate a report to law enforcement (no student will ever be forced to file a report with the police). Furthermore, the University’s resources and supports are available to all students even if a student chooses that they do not want any other action taken. Please note that in certain situations, based on the nature of the disclosure, the University may need to take additional action to ensure the safety of the University community. If you have any questions about this policy, you may contact the Office for Equity & Compliance at equity@luc.edu or 773-508-7766.

Language About Pronouns

Faculty at Loyola strive to foster inclusive classroom environments, both in-person and online. Respecting pronouns and using gender-inclusive language not only helps students feel like they belong in your classroom, but also better ensures that they are fully present in their academic experience and do not experience impediments to their learning. Developed by the Loyola University Chicago School of Law, the language below can set a tone of inclusivity from the start of any course.

Use of Appropriate Names and Pronouns

Addressing one another at all times by using appropriate names and gender pronouns honors and affirms individuals of all gender identities and gender expressions. Misgendering and heteronormative language excludes the experiences of individuals whose identities may not fit the gender binary, and/or who may not identify with the sex they were assigned at birth.

If you wish, please share your gender pronouns with me and the class when you introduce yourself; and/or on your name placard; and/or on your Zoom profile. If you do not wish to be called by the name that appears on the class roster or attendance sheet, please let me know. My goal is to create an affirming environment for all students with regard to their names and gender pronouns.

Language about Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

Students with disabilities who have been certified to receive academic accommodations through the Student Accessibility Center (SAC) may be uncertain how to present notice of their accommodations to faculty. Providing guidance in course syllabi for students with disabilities who seek to utilize academic accommodations can alleviate some students' concerns and encourage students to communicate with faculty about their need for accommodations.

Please see the "Faculty Role" page on the SAC website for recommended syllabus language about accommodations. For questions about syllabus language or granting students' certified accommodations, please feel free to contact the SAC at 773.508.3700 or sac@luc.edu.