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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.

Academic SupportInstructor RecordingsStudent Athlete Academic Expectations
AI StatementLearning Management SystemStudy Time
Catalogs and CalendarsLiabilityTitle IX
Computer RequirementsLibraryWell Being
Course EvaluationsMilitary Friendliness 
Credit Hour DefinitionReligious Accommodations 
Doane EmailStudent Recording of Class SessionsForce Majeure

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

AI Statement: At Doane University, the responsible use of generative AI is permitted for academic purposes with the explicit guidance of course instructors. Generative AI must be used ethically and in accordance with Doane University's Academic Dishonesty policy and procedures found in Doane University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs.

When submitting an assignment for evaluation you: (1) make sure the facts are verified and accurately expressed, especially if they originate from generative AI resources; (2) make sure that all sources that go beyond common knowledge are suitably attributed; (3) make sure all specific requirements of the assigned work are respected, such as with transparency and documentation of process, or have been explained where this is not possible.

If any statement above is not true, whether by intent or negligence, you have violated your commitment to truth, and possibly other aspects of academic integrity, which will be subject to disciplinary action under university policies and procedures. Course instructors will provide specific guidance on what tools are permitted or not permitted, when they are allowed or not allowed, and why the tools are allowed or not allowed for particular coursework. 

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

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

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.

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.

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.  

Instructor Recordings of Class Sessions: The instructor may record portions of this class for educational purposes. The recordings will be shared only with students enrolled in the course and will be deleted at the conclusion of the course. Students may not reproduce, post, or distribute any recordings provided by the instructor.

Learning Management System and Campus Network: Doane University uses Canvas ( 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 Canvas is unavailable for an extended period of time, contact your instructor if due dates will be missed.

Liability: Doane University reserves the right to make changes to the curriculum, course structure, course schedule, course offerings, course modality, course instructors, calendar, graduation requirements, costs, or any of its policies, procedures, and practices without notice.  Doane does not guarantee any particular educational outcome. The University is not responsible for, or bound by, any typographical errors related to policies, dates, tuition, or fees that are listed within the catalog, marketing material, or on our website. 

Doane LibraryDoane’s Librarians are available to help with student research. Request an appointment online, by email ([email protected]), or by phone (402-826-8287). The Library provides both on- and off-campus access to databases, e-books and physical books, and full text articles published in peer-reviewed academic and professional journals. Access library resources from the library website.

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 Accommodations: 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.

Student 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. 

Student Athlete Academic Expectations:


  • Excused absence -  travel, competitions, or medical purposes. 
  • Unexcused absence - leaving class early, arriving late, or missing a scheduled make-up exam for any unexcused athletically related activity, for example, practices, individual instruction, strength and conditioning, or the like.
  1. All student athletes’ excused absences will be posted on the shared Google spreadsheet within 48 hours prior to the event. The Athletic Department Executive Assistant owns the spreadsheet. 
  2. Excused absences are only for travel, competitions, or medical purposes such as diagnostic tests or doctors’ appointments that can only be scheduled at a specified time. The spreadsheet will be updated during the week as the travel rosters may change due to injury, illness, or other circumstances.
  3. Student athletes are expected to contact their instructor via email prior to the absence for any work they will miss. Contacting the instructors includes expected travel and competitions, or medical purposes as well as changes due to weather-related delays or other extenuating circumstances. 
  4. Student athletes will not leave class early, arrive late or miss a scheduled make-up exam for any unexcused athletically related activity, for example, practices, individual instruction, strength and conditioning, or the like. If a student athlete leaves class early or arrives late for any unexcused athletically related activity, the instructor is asked to please notify the coach of that time to verify and, as needed, correct the issue. 
  5. Student athletes must be allowed an appropriate time to transition from classes to athletics and vice versa. 
  6. Student athletes may substitute their study hall times (in coordination with the team’s coach) to visit with faculty during a faculty member’s office hours, work with faculty librarians, or to receive Academic Success Center services such as tutoring, group study, etc. 
  7. Priority will be given to classes, labs, and COE students’ field experiences, including student teaching, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
  8. Athletic personnel may attend their athletes' courses for the duration of the course meeting time, and instructors may attend practices. Parties will communicate via email with each other prior to attending the course or practice.  
  9. In-season student athletes must have one calendar day off per week from any athletically-related activity. In the off-season, student athletes must have two calendar days off per week from any athletically-related activity.

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.

Title IX: Doane University is committed to providing a safe and productive learning environment for all students that is free of all forms of discrimination and harassment, including sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. Under current Title IX guidelines, there are Responsible and Referral Employees. Anyone can report to Title IX, but not everyone is mandated to do so. In the best interests of our students and the Doane community, faculty are encouraged to report.

Responsible Employees are obligated to report incidents of sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, and stalking to the Title IX Coordinator. Those who function as Campus Security Authorities (CSAs) are considered Responsible Employees; for example, campus directors and athletic coaches. Most employees (including professors) are Referral Employees, who are obligated to provide resources but are not obligated to report. Confidential Resources, those with legally protected confidentiality (such as our campus counselors) will not share information except in very specific circumstances. Again, in the best interests of our students and community, faculty are encouraged to report. Please learn additional information (including confidential resources) at

Please contact any of the following on-campus and local resources to report incidents or seek confidential support:

Reporting Options

  • Equity Compliance Officer/Title IX Coordinator: Leah Cech, [email protected], 402.826.8118
  • Residential Life & Education Emergency Line (for Crete Residential students): 402.826.8475
  • Doane Safety Office: [email protected], 402.826.8669

Confidential Options for Students
Counseling Center
You may call the number to schedule an appointment, or contact any one of the counselors directly. There is no cost for a student to receive counseling and there is no limit to the number of sessions they can be seen for.
Darcy Dawson, [email protected] 
Myron Parsley, [email protected]
Mindy Parker, [email protected] 

Health and Wellness
Jody Yank (APRN), [email protected] 
[email protected] 

Hope Crisis Center (Crete): Free and confidential.
24-hour crisis line: 1.877.388.HOPE (4673)
6am-10pm text line: 402.971.0855
Make an appointment
[email protected] 
[email protected]

Voices of Hope (Lincoln): Free and confidential.
24-hour crisis line: 402.475.7273

WCA (Omaha): Free and confidential.
24-hour crisis line: 402.345.7273

Well-being: Doane University values students’ overall health and well-being, including their physical, mental and emotional health and understands the role that well-being plays in a student’s academic and overall success. Students can experience many stressors while they are in college: lack of sleep, financial, relationships, substance use issues, and more that can impact their academic performance and personal well-being.

Doane University encourages students to reach out to resources if they are experiencing concerns, need guidance, or need help.

Doane University Counseling Office (Monday-Friday 9:00-4:00)
Crete campus- Padour Walker building or emailing counselors directly
[email protected], [email protected], [email protected]

Lincoln Campus- Fred Brown Building Room 306 (Wednesdays 3:00-7:00) or Telehealth services (Monday - Friday 9:00 - 4:00) Email [email protected] for an appointment

24/7 support:

  • 911
  • 988 (National Suicide Prevention Lifeline)
  • Text Hello to 741-741
  • Doane Campus Safety

Doane University Student Health and Wellness (Monday-Friday, 8:30-4:00)

Force Majeure: The duties and obligations of Doane University may be modified or suspended immediately and without notice because of force majeure causes beyond Doane’s reasonable control and occurring without its fault or negligence including, but not limited to, acts of God, fire, war, governmental action, terrorism, epidemic, pandemic, weather, national emergencies, or other threats to the safety of students or staff. If such an event occurs, Doane’s duties and obligations may be modified, suspended, or postponed until such time as Doane, in its sole discretion, may safely resume operations.  Doane may, at its option, and in its sole discretion, alter the academic year schedule or provide alternate means of instruction, including, but not limited to, distance or remote learning.