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Syllabus statements

We offer a host of sample syllabus statements that faculty may copy, adjust, use as they see fit for their pedagogical needs. We would love to build up this buffet of syllabus statements even more. If you would like to submit a sample syllabus policy or statement for faculty to use freely, please contact us at ctle@vcu.edu.

Video to share with your students that provides a great overview of policies every student should know:

Sample inclusive teaching statements

customize your own statement so that it rings true for you and captures the essence of your own values.

Many faculty are now including inclusive teaching statements that not only convey diversity values, but also illustrate a recognition of and commitment to infusion of inclusive and equity-based practices in their classrooms and their disciplines at large.

Faculty have written these to include in their syllabi, build an online module, and even record videos of them reading the statement to students. Of course, you will want to customize your own statement so that it rings true for you and captures the essence of your own values.

Hopefully, some examples will serve as a starting point to create your version:

Thank you to the VCU Howard Hughes Medical Institute grant, Tricia Hardt Smith, and Thea Pepperl for permission to share portions of their statements.

Sample Land Acknowledgement

Acknowledgement of Traditional Custodians of the Land: I would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land we are on today, the Powhatan Confederacy, and pay respect to their elders past and present.

Thank you to Amy Rector for sharing her syllabus statement for land acknowledgement above.

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