Sample Language for Inclusion in Syllabi

The Department of Linguistics Committee on Equity, Respect, and Inclusion have drafted sample language for inclusion in Linguistics course syllabi.  We hope you will consider including the following language and/or concepts and resources in your course syllabi.

Valuing Inclusion and Diversity

The University of Arizona strives to foster inclusive learning environments in which diversity is recognized and valued.  This course strives to create a civil and welcoming environment for everyone, including students of diverse ethnic, cultural, linguistic, national, and familial backgrounds and gender identities, ages, abilities, and veteran status.  Students and faculty are responsible for creating an inclusive learning environment through respectful and civil discussion in the classroom and inclusive practices in class and group work.

  • We will use the names and pronouns as selected and proposed by each individual in the course in acknowledgment of the intricate nature of our identities and in respect of each other’s integrity.  Students may request a University wide name change through LGBTQ Affairs at and learn more about name and pronoun use at http://lgbtq.arizona.edu/transgender-resources
  • If you anticipate or experience physical or academic barriers based on disability, pregnancy, or parenting status, please contact your instructor as soon as issues are known and contact Disability Resources (520-621-3268) to establish reasonable accommodations.  For additional information on Disability Resources and reasonable accommodations, please visit http://drc.arizona.edu/ or http://drc.arizona.edu/workplace-access/pregnancy-accommodations.
  • If you have questions about particular policies concerning gender equity, sexual harassment, or sexual assault, please contact the Office of Institutional Equity (http://www.titleix.arizona.edu/) or the Dean of Students Office (www.deanofstudents.arizona.edu).

Respectful and Careful Communication

All communication in this class adheres to the principles of civil discourse. Civil discourse is guided by mutual respect and appreciation. Diversity of knowledge is an asset to class discussions. In all communication, you are expected to be scholarly, professional, and respectful. Constructive criticism in discussion of course concepts is highly encouraged.  Mocking and/or bullying are never allowed. To be critical does not exclude being polite. See: