Tip: All courses should provide information on university policies either in the syllabus or in the course site. Feel free to use any of the following policy descriptions and links in your course.

The University of Wisconsin - Madison is dedicated to a safe, supportive and non-discriminatory learning environment. It is the responsibility of all undergraduate and graduate students to familiarize themselves with University policies regarding Network Use, Disability Accommodations, Misconduct, Religious Beliefs Accommodation, FERPA, and Copyright.

Network Use Policies

Please read the UW-Madison's Responsible Use of Information Technology Policy.

Disability Accommodations

The University of Wisconsin - Madison is dedicated to a safe, supportive and non-discriminatory learning environment.

Students requesting special accommodations should contact the McBurney Disability Resource Center as soon as possible regarding a Verified Individualized Services and Accommodations plan (VISA). Once your accommodation plan has been determined and approved, you will need to contact your professor.

Additional information is available at the McBurney Disability Resource Center: http://www.mcburney.wisc.edu/students/howto.php.

Academic Misconduct

The University believes that academic honesty and integrity are fundamental to the mission of higher education and of the University of Wisconsin System. The University has a responsibility to promote academic honesty and integrity and to develop procedures to deal effectively with instances of academic dishonesty. Students are responsible for the honest completion and representation of their work, for the appropriate citation of sources, and for respect of others' academic endeavors. Students who violate these standards are subject to disciplinary action. UWS Chapter 14 identifies procedures to be followed when a student is accused of academic misconduct. For additional information, please refer to the section in the Student Handbook entitled Student Academic Disciplinary Procedures.

Please review the Student Academic Misconduct Policy and Procedures and the Student Non-academic Misconduct Policy.

Religious Beliefs Accommodation

Board of Regents policy states that students' sincerely held religious beliefs shall be reasonably accommodated with respect to scheduling all examinations and other academic requirements. Students must notify the instructor within the first three weeks of the beginning of classes (or within the first week of summer session and short courses) of the specific days or dates on which they will request accommodation from an examination or academic requirement. For additional information, please refer to Chapter UWS 22: Accommodation of Religious Beliefs.


FERPA – the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended – is a federal law that governs the privacy of student educational records, access to those records, and disclosure of information from them. For more information, please refer to Student Privacy Rights (FERPA).


Access to UW-Madison courses is restricted to registered students and their instructors. This site is maintained for educational purposes only. Unless indicated as being in the public domain, the content on the course site is protected by United States and foreign copyright laws. Materials that are drawn from other sources are in the public domain or used in compliance with the TEACH Act of 2002, as a Fair Use, or under the terms of a license. Unless otherwise expressly stated, the instructional materials provided with the course are only for your personal use in connection with the course or as otherwise allowed by copyright laws.