Required Statements for Syllabi

All syllabi (graduate and undergraduate) are required to contain a statement about academic integrity. You can find complete information about undergraduate course syllabi requirements in the Undergraduate Degree and Course Catalog and about graduate course outlines, including the required academic integrity statement, on the Graduate Course Syllabi Guidelines page.

Undergraduate Syllabi

Academic integrity is critical to the learning process. It is your responsibility as a student to complete your work in an honest fashion, upholding the expectations your individual instructors have for you in this regard. The ultimate goal is to ensure that you learn the content in your courses in accordance with UB’s academic integrity principles, regardless of whether instruction is in-person or remote. Thank you for upholding your own personal integrity and ensuring UB’s tradition of academic excellence. For more information about policy and resources, refer to the Office of Academic Integrity website.

Graduate Syllabi

Academic integrity is a fundamental university value. Through the honest completion of academic work, students sustain the integrity of the university and of themselves while facilitating the university's imperative for the transmission of knowledge and culture based upon the generation of new and innovative ideas. For more information, please refer to the Graduate Academic Integrity policy.

Improper Distribution of Course Materials Policy (Optional)

To prevent students from sharing your intellectual property with companies that post and/or sell them, instructors must opt-in to this policy by including language in your syllabus. The recommended statement is:

All materials prepared and/or assigned by me for this course are for the students’ educational benefit. Other than for permitted collaborative work, students may not photograph, record, reproduce, transmit, distribute, upload, sell or exchange course materials, without my prior written permission. “Course materials” include, but are not limited to, all instructor-prepared and assigned materials, such as lectures; lecture notes; discussion prompts; study aids; tests and assignments; and presentation materials such as PowerPoint slides, Prezi slides, or transparencies; and course packets or handouts. Public distribution of such materials may also constitute copyright infringement in violation of federal or state law.  Violation of this policy may additionally subject a student to a finding of “academic dishonesty” under the Academic Integrity Policy and/or disciplinary charges under the Student Code of Conduct.

Additional Information to Include

In addition to standard language, instructors should also include their own specific rules and comments. These might include:

  • Limits of student collaboration.
  • Forbidden sources of assistance.
  • Standard penalties applied for infractions.
  • Rationale for the importance of academic integrity in the course, field of study or profession.
  • Other relevant concerns.