Stanford Policies

What to Include in Your Syllabus

Remind your students of the Honor Code.

The best prevention is to outline in detail what you expect from students. If applicable, what is plagiarism in the context of your course? If you allow collaborative homework, be sure to clarify what is permissible and what is not.

Students with Documented Disabilities

In your syllabus, include the following statement:

Students with Documented Disabilities
Students who may need an academic accommodation based on the impact of a disability must initiate the request with the Office of Accessible Education (OAE).  Professional staff will evaluate the request with required documentation, recommend reasonable accommodations, and prepare an Accommodation Letter for faculty dated in the current quarter in which the request is being made. Students should contact the OAE as soon as possible since timely notice is needed to coordinate accommodations.  The OAE is located at 563 Salvatierra Walk (phone: 723-1066, URL:

How do you handle requests for disability accommodations?  Here's the full list of faculty responsibilities from the OAE.

View OAE's short videos on accommodations

Examples of policy statements in syllabi

Affordability of and Access to Course Materials

Please include in your syllabus the following statement, and consider placing the books and materials of your course on reserve in one of the libraries.

Affordability of Course Materials

Stanford University and its instructors are committed to ensuring that all courses are financially accessible to all students. If you are an undergraduate who needs assistance with the cost of course textbooks, supplies, materials and/or fees, you are welcome to approach me directly. If would prefer not to approach me directly, please note that you can ask the Diversity & First-Gen Office for assistance by completing their questionnaire on course textbooks & supplies: or by contacting Joseph Brown, the Associate Director of the Diversity and First-Gen Office (; Old Union Room 207). Dr. Brown is available to connect you with resources and support while ensuring your privacy.