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New Faculty Guide | Classroom Support

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Preparing for class

As you prepare your syllabus, it may be helpful to review or direct students to AU’s academic integrity code. Also consider emergency preparedness by including an insert in the syllabus about AU’s emergency policy. You can also seek technological assistance for Blackboard or utilize Wimba if you ever need to teach remotely.

The university library offers specific information for faculty. Faculty members are always welcome to request books, journals, databases, other electronic products, and media materials. Please feel free to consult with the collection managers in your subject areas and notify the library every time you identify a research need. 

If you anticipate projects requiring students to use particular software or technological skills, you may want to direct students to access (Web-based Software Training Library) for free. You may also direct students to specialized computer labs including the Advanced Statistical Network which provides access to statistical software, database access and technological assistance.

Working with students

Before you meet your students, become familiar with the services offered for students at AU. First, review the student handbook given to new students.

You may want to direct students to the academic support and access center or the counseling center. It is recommended that you include a statement in your course syllabus, on Blackboard, or on a separate handout.

If students or your entire class could benefit from consultation with the Writing Center, in 228 Battelle-Tompkins, invite a Writing Consultant to visit your class or include a note about the Center’s services in the syllabus. Contact Dr. Janet Auten (x2991), who directs the Center, for further information or to schedule a visit. 

As a global university, American University has a long tradition of welcoming international students and scholars to our campus. To assist faculty and students, International Student & Scholar Services, the Academic Support and Access Center, and the College Writing Program (Dept. of Lit.) collaborate to offer the International Student Academic Success Network. The academic support team offers academic support based in three unites of the university. The Writing Lab in the Academic Support and Access Center specializes in working with students for whom English is not their first language.


Support for AU Students - Biolerplate Insert for Syllabi

American University provides numerous services that help students maximize their academic success and social and emotional wellbeing. Faculty is strongly encouraged to include this information on course syllabi. You are free to cut and paste this section into your syllabus.

  • Academic Support and Access Center MGC 243, 202-885-3360. All students may take advantage of the Academic Support and Access Center (ASAC) for individual academic skills counseling, workshops, Tutoring and Writing Lab appointments, peer tutor referrals, and Supplemental Instruction. The ASAC is located in Mary Graydon Center 243. Additional academic support resources available at AU include the Bender Library, the Department of Literature's Writing Center (located in the Library), the Math Lab in the Department of Mathematics & Statistics, and the Center for Language Exploration, Acquisition, & Research (CLEAR) in Asbury Hall. A more complete list of campus-wide resources is available in the ASAC.

    Students with Disabilities
    If you wish to receive accommodations for a disability, please notify me with a letter from the Academic Support and Access Center. As accommodations are not retroactive, timely notification at the beginning of the semester, if possible, is strongly recommended. To register with a disability or for questions about disability accommodations, contact the Academic Support and Access Center at 202-885-3360 or, or drop by ASAC in MGC 243.

  • Counseling Center MGC 214, 202-885-3500 is here to help students make the most of their university experience, both personally and academically. We offer individual and group counseling, urgent care, self-help resources, referrals to private care, as well as programming to help you gain the skills and insight needed to overcome adversity and thrive while you are in college. Contact the Counseling Center to make and appointment in person or by telephone, or visit the Counseling Center page on the AU website for additional information. 
  • Center for Diversity & Inclusion MGC 201, 202-885-3651 is dedicated to enhancing LGBTQ, Multicultural, First Generation, and Women's experiences on campus and to advance AU's commitment to respecting & valuing diversity by serving as a resource and liaison to students, staff, and faculty on issues of equity through education, outreach, and advocacy. 
  • OASIS: The Office of Advocacy Services for Interpersonal and Sexual Violence 202-885-7070 provides free and confidential advocacy services for anyone in the campus community who experiences sexual assault, dating or domestic violence or stalking.

    American University expressly prohibits any form of discriminatory harassment including sexual harassment, dating and domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. The university is and equal opportunity, affirmative action institution that operated in compliance with applicable laws and regulations, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, personal appearance, gender identity and expression, family responsibilities, political affiliation, source of income, veteran status, an individual's genetic information or any other bases under federal or local laws in its programs and activities.

    If you experience any of the above, you have the option of filing a report with the AU Department of Public Safety 202-885-2527 or the Office of the Dean of Students 202-885-3300 Please keep in mind that all faculty and staff - with exception of counselors in the Counseling Center, victim advocates in the Wellness Center, medical providers in the Student Health Center, and ordained clergy in the Kay Spiritual Life Center - who are aware of or witness this conduct are required to report this information to the university, regardless of the location of the incident. 
  • The Writing Center First floor of Bender Library offers free, individual coaching sessions to all AU students. In your 45-minute session, a student writing consultant can help you address your assignments, understand the conventions of academic writing, and learn how to revise and edit your own work. Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday. Call 202-885-2991 to arrange a session. Meanwhile find handouts, information, and a weekly writer's blog at the Writing Center website and on Facebook.