Academic Resources

Academic Materials Fees and Fee-Based Programs

Academic Materials Feels (AMF)
In particular academic programs and courses, students must utilize materials in order to engage in a complete learning experience. These materials include consumables (chemicals, artistic media, animal care materials), equipment with limited life cycles (glassware, laptop computers), and components utilized in assembling systems (computer chips, electronic components). The use of these essential instructional materials is specific to particular courses or majors and, therefore, appropriately not included in the tuition paid by all students. In these courses, uniformity of the materials is essential to the pedagogical process and, thus, their acquisition must be governed.

Academic Fee-Based Programs
Fee-Based Programs are academic programs that rely solely on fees for instructional and all other related costs required to fully implement and deliver the academic program. These programs do not receive or utilize tuition funds. Revenue from these fee-based programs are subject to the Centralized Cost Recovery (CCR) policy.

Centers and Institutes

The University of Connecticut is home to over eighty-five Centers and Institutes which have been established to promote scholarly activity and/or support teaching, research, diversity or the outreach mission of the institution.

The University recognizes that Centers/Institutes require a commitment of resources and has developed guidelines regarding criteria for their establishment and review. These guidelines and a schedule for the review of Academic Centers/Institutes can be found on the Provost’s Office website.

Establishment & Review (.pdf) | Guidelines (.pdf) | Best Practices (.pdf)

New Centers/Institutes require the Provost’s approval. For any additions or edits to the listing of Centers/Institutes below, please contact Brandon Murray in the Provost’s Office.

References for Syllabi Links

The following policies from the University Senate, the Office of Institutional Equity, the Office of the Provost, and Community Standards are most often posted on undergraduate and graduate syllabi. Instructors may choose to reference this page on their syllabi.

In addition to the policies above, graduate syllabi include this additional policy:

Additional UConn policies are available on the Policies & Procedures website. Information regarding the development of a syllabus is available from the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning:

In addition, the Provost’s Office and Office of Institutional Equity recommend that faculty either include the language below or include a link to this page.

Policy Against Discrimination, Harassment and Related Interpersonal Violence

The University is committed to maintaining an environment free of discrimination or discriminatory harassment directed toward any person or group within its community – students, employees, or visitors. Academic and professional excellence can flourish only when each member of our community is assured an atmosphere of mutual respect. All members of the University community are responsible for the maintenance of an academic and work environment in which people are free to learn and work without fear of discrimination or discriminatory harassment. In addition, inappropriate amorous relationships can undermine the University’s mission when those in positions of authority abuse or appear to abuse their authority. To that end, and in accordance with federal and state law, the University prohibits discrimination and discriminatory harassment, as well as inappropriate amorous relationships, and such behavior will be met with appropriate disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal from the University. Additionally, to protect the campus community, all non-confidential University employees (including faculty) are required to report sexual assaults, intimate partner violence, and/or stalking involving a student that they witness or are told about to the Office of Institutional Equity. The University takes all reports with the utmost seriousness. Please be aware that while the information you provide will remain private, it will not be confidential and will be shared with University officials who can help.

More information is available at and

Statement on Absences from Class Due to Religious Observances and Extra-Curricular Activities

Faculty and instructors are strongly encouraged to make reasonable accommodations in response to student requests to complete work missed by absence resulting from religious observances or participation in extra-curricular activities that enrich their experience, support their scholarly development, and benefit the university community. Examples include participation in scholarly presentations, performing arts, and intercollegiate sports, when the participation is at the request of, or coordinated by, a University official. Such accommodations should be made in ways that do not dilute or preclude the requirements or learning outcomes for the course. Students anticipating such a conflict should inform their instructor in writing within the first three weeks of the semester, and prior to the anticipated absence, and should take the initiative to work out with the instructor a schedule for making up missed work. For conflicts with final examinations, students should contact the Office of the Dean of Students.

Faculty and instructors are also encouraged to respond when the Counseling Program for Intercollegiate Athletes (CPIA) requests student progress reports. This will enable the counselors to give our students appropriate advice.

Suggested Language from the Center for Students with Disabilities

The University of Connecticut is committed to protecting the rights of individuals with disabilities and assuring that the learning environment is accessible. If you anticipate or experience physical or academic barriers based on disability or pregnancy, please let me know immediately so that we can discuss options. Students who require accommodations should contact the Center for Students with Disabilities, Wilbur Cross Building Room 204, (860) 486-2020 or

Suggested Language from the Office of Emergency Management on Emergency Preparedness

In case of inclement weather, a natural disaster, or a campus emergency, the University communicates through email and text message. Students are encouraged to sign up for alerts through Students should be aware of emergency procedures, and further information is available through the Office of Emergency Management at