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Syllabus Addendum

Syllabus Addendum

The purpose of this syllabus addendum is to provide students with information that supplements the University catalog and other institutional policies. It is the student's responsibility to become familiar with these items and abide by all policies while enrolled at Doane University.

Catalogs and Calendars Study Time Course Evaluations
Title IX Credit Hour Definition Recording of Class Sessions
Doane Email Military Friendliness Library
Academic Support Religious Accomodations Well Being
Learning Management System Computer Requirements  

Catalogs and Calendars: Doane catalogs, calendars, and student handbooks are available at this website:  Policies regarding Academic Integrity and Grade Appeals are found in the catalog. 

Title IX Mandatory Reporting: At Doane, all university employees, including faculty, are considered “Mandatory Reporters.” A “Mandatory Reporter” is required to report incidents of sexual misconduct and relationship violence to the Title IX Coordinator and, thus, cannot guarantee confidentiality.  This means that if you tell a mandatory reporter about an incident of sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking and/or other forms of prohibited discrimination, he/she will have to share the information with the University’s Title IX Coordinator.  Sharing of this information does not mean that you are officially reporting the incident. This process is in place to ensure you have access to and are able to receive the support and resources you need. Please learn additional information (including confidential resources) at

Doane Email address: All Doane students are provided with a Doane email address. It is the responsibility of the student to check this email account on a regular basis to receive important information from faculty and other university personnel.  

Academic Support: Doane offers a range of academic support services for students.

Learning Management System and Campus Network: Doane University uses Blackboard ( as the learning management system for the facilitation of communication between faculty and students, submission of assignments and posting of grades. Due to upgrades or a technical outage, if Blackboard is unavailable for an extended period of time, contact your instructor if due dates will be missed.

Study Time: Expectation of the amount of time the course requires students to spend preparing and completing assignments. Typically, students should expect to spend two to three hours out of class for each credit hour of a course.  Actual time will vary depending on students’ backgrounds.

Credit Hour Definition: Doane University follows the federal guideline defining a credit hour as one hour (50 minutes) of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student work each week for approximately fifteen weeks (one semester), or the equivalent amount of work over a different time period (e.g., an 8-week term). This definition applies to courses regardless of delivery format, and thus includes on-ground, online, and hybrid courses (combination of on-ground and online).  It also applies to internship, laboratory, performance, practicum, research, student teaching, and studio courses, among other contexts.

Military Friendliness Academic Policy: Veterans and active duty military personnel with military obligations are encouraged to communicate to the faculty about these obligations. These communications need to occur within the first two weeks of a course, or as soon as military obligations are identified, and the student needs to provide relevant documentation to the faculty. If necessary, once the student has self-disclosed and provided proper documentation to the faculty, reasonable arrangements will be implemented to help the student complete their academic coursework.  More details on the policy are available in the university catalog 

Religious Accomodations:  A student who has a conflict with a scheduled exam, assignment, or required attendance due to a religious obligation (observance of a religious holiday, participate in required religious functions) must notify the faculty member in writing no less than one week prior to the absence. Students should contact the instructor to make arrangements for making up the coursework.

Computer Requirements: Minimum computer requirements for the successful use of Blackboard:

Course Evaluations: The faculty and administration of Doane value constructive and professional feedback from students. Information from the course evaluation is used for program and college accreditation. This information also provides faculty with formative feedback that could be used to impact and improve future instruction. The course evaluation is completed electronically by the student. Before completing a course evaluation, a student should reflect on their learning experience in order to provide thoughtful responses to the questions asked in the evaluation. The faculty and administration expect students to adhere to the tenets of professionalism when rating the course and faculty, especially when providing written comments. Any irrelevant or inappropriate comments will not be considered in relationship to impacting course instruction or as evaluative of faculty performance.

Recording of Class Sessions: Doane University prohibits recording and transmission of activities (e.g., lectures, discussions) that occur as part of a classroom session by a student unless permission from the course instructor has been obtained and all students in the course as well as any guest speakers have been informed that audio/video recording may occur.  A recording is defined as a video or audio replication or photographic image recorded on devices, including, but not limited to, audio recorders, video recorders, cellular phones, digital cameras, MP3 players, computers, tablets, and other handheld devices that records images and/or sound.  The only exception is when the Academic Success Center has authorized recording as an academic accommodation for a qualified student with a disability and has notified the instructor of that authorization.  If a student is given authorization to record any portion of a classroom session, that student understands that the recording is for the sole use of the individual student and may not be reproduced, sold, posted online, or otherwise distributed. A student does not have permission to reproduce or post the information on any social media (e.g., YouTube, FaceBook, etc.), or other public or private forum that would infringe on the privacy rights of others represented in the recording.  Public distribution of such materials may constitute copyright infringement in violation of federal or state law, or College policy. Violation of this policy may subject a student to disciplinary action under Doane's Student Code of Conduct and Resolution Process policies.

Doane Library: Doane’s Library provides both on- and off-campus access to databases, e-books, and full text articles published in peer-reviewed academic and professional journals. Access the library at the following link:  Contact a librarian for assistance by phone (402-826-8287 ) or by email ( 

Well-being: Recent National College Health Assessment results find stress, sleep problems, anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, concern for troubled friends and/or family members, internet/computer games, extracurricular activities, and substance abuse among the top health impediments to academic performance. Doane University offers a no-cost Counseling Center on our Crete campus for residential students and offers initial no-cost services and consultations through Continuum EAP to undergraduate students of Grand Island, Lincoln, Omaha, and Online. For more information, you can click here. Students are encouraged to contact the Counseling Center (located in the Padour Walker building, 402-826-8265) or contact Continuum EAP (402-476-0186; 800-755-7636; to schedule an appointment for support regarding personal problems and/or situational crises. For direct support or help now, text "START" to The Crisis Text Line at 741-741 or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).