Sample Policy and Resource Statements for Course Outlines

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Sample Policy and Resource Statements for Course Outlines contains (links to) policies and (links to) sample language for a variety of course outline/syllabus needs. 

  • Official policy statements are indicated: the wording of these may not be altered.
  • Sample resource statements may be adapted as needed for your own instructional purposes.
  • For more information on course outline/syllabus preparation, see "Course Design." 
  • NOTE: This is a continually growing file, gathering useful syllabus inserts for easy perusal.

1. "Land Acknowledgement" (from the Strategic Plan; do not alter)

Lakehead University respectfully acknowledges its campuses are located on the traditional lands of Indigenous peoples.

Lakehead Thunder Bay is located on the traditional lands of the Fort William First Nation, Signatory to the Robinson Superior Treaty of 1850. Lakehead Orillia is located on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabeg. The Anishinaabeg include the Ojibwe, Odawa, and Pottawatomi nations, collectively known as the Three Fires Confederacy.

Lakehead University acknowledges the history that many nations hold in the areas around our campuses, and is committed to a relationship with First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples based on the principles of mutual trust, respect, reciprocity, and collaboration in the spirit of reconciliation.

2. "Student Code of Conduct Policies" (official policy statements [do not alter] & helpful teaching tools)

3. Lakehead's Accommodation Statement (official statement [do not alter])

  • Lakehead University is committed to achieving full accessibility for persons with disabilities/medical conditions. Part of this commitment includes arranging academic accommodations for students with disabilities/medical conditions to ensure they have an equitable opportunity to participate in all of their academic activities. If you are a student with a disability/medical condition and think you may need accommodations, you are strongly encouraged to contact Student Accessibility Services (SAS) and register as early as possible. For more information, please email or visit

4. Writing Support Syllabus Statement

Your ability to write clearly and with purpose is crucial to your academic success. Because the writing process takes time and expectations vary across disciplines (and from one instructor to another), it is important to manage this process carefully. The following guidelines will help you do that:

  1. Start early – The writing process involves several steps: prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing. You will do your best work when you follow all the steps. Prewriting involves thinking about what you’ve learned on a topic, often assisted by note-taking, so that your reflections become your writing. It is often the longest and most important step!
  2. Read the guidelines – Every assignment has a specific purpose, audience, length, and format. Pay close attention to these specifications and revisit them as you work on the assignment. Also, remember that different academic disciplines use different styles of documentation. In this course, we will use [____], information about which may be found [____]. 
  3. Seek support – Writing is hard work, but you are not alone. Your instructor is there to help you. Don’t be afraid to ask for guidance or drop in during office hours. 
  4. Put in the time – Writing is a valuable skill, and any time spent developing your writing ability will contribute to your success, both in university and in your personal career. 
  5. Visit the Academic Support Zone – The Academic Support Zone’s writing coaches will work with you at any stage of the writing process from interpreting the guidelines and finding sources to composing and editing drafts. Rather than editing your work for you, writing coaches will engage you in conversation about your writing and help you develop your skills in alignment with assignment expectations and course objectives. 

Find Lakehead University’s free writing support at and visit to book an appointment.

For more information about the stages of the writing process please consult “Steps for Academic Writing” [link to infographic is yet to come]

5. "Participation Policy Examples"

  • "[A] collection of participation polices, ranging from a brief three-sentence statement to a detailed three-paragraph breakdown of marks"
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