Syllabus Addendum

Syllabus Addendum - SPring 2024

This addendum is provided as a resource to USAO students. This information supplements course syllabi and institutional policies, it does not replace them. It is the student's responsibility to understand course requirements and abide by University policies while enrolled at USAO.


Spring 2025 Academic Calendar
Holidays, Breaks and Special Events
New Year's Day Holiday - January 1 | offices closed
Martin Luther King Jr. Day - January 20| no classes, offices closed
Spring Break - March 17-21 | no classes, offices closed March 20-21
Spring Triad - April 3
Enrollment Dates
Summer and Fall Enrollment Opens for Seniors and Juniors - March 24
Summer and Fall Enrollment Opens for Sophomores and Freshmen - March 26
Important Dates Main Campus - 15-Week Term Online - Spring A 7-Week Term Online - Spring B 7-Week Term
First Day of Classes January 16 January 20 March 10
Fees for Late Registration Begin January 17    
Last Day to Add a Course January 24 January 24 March 14
Last Day to Drop a Course January 29 January 24 March 14
Last Day to Apply for Graduation February 21    
Midterm Grade Reports Due March 11, 8:00 am    
Last Day to Withdraw with an Automatic 'W' March 28 February 28 April 18
Last Day of Classes April 25 March 9 April 27
Study Day April 28    
Final Exams April 29 - May 2    
Commencement May 3    
Grades Due May 6, 8:00 am March 12, 8:00 am May 6, 8:00 am

Final exam schedule

For more information on enrollment, adding, dropping, and withdrawing, see the USAO course catalog. You can also contact your advisor, the Office of the Registrar, and the Financial Aid Office for more information.

Financial Aid Policies and Procedures


Drover Alert is USAO's emergency notification system. Alerts are issued upon unplanned campus closures for weather related emergencies or confirmation of a serious threat or dangerous situation which threatens the safety of USAO students, faculty or staff. Drover Alerts may only be withheld if these alerts would compromise efforts to contain the emergency.

Review or update your emergency notification contact information.


Academic dishonesty in any form (plagiarism, fabrication, cheating, forgery, or any other) is a violation of the Academic Code of Conduct and will not be tolerated. For more on the Academic Code of Conduct please see the USAO student handbook.


The Student Success Center (SSC) is located on the top floor of Nash Library in room 305. The SSC exists to assist and support all USAO students. In addition to designated class tutors for some classes, there are free tutoring services, weekly study groups, and academic mentoring.


Students are responsible for attending the classes for which they have registered. Students are responsible for reading assignments, meeting deadlines, understanding course requirements, and monitoring their progress. Faculty are available during office hours and by appointment to assist; tutoring and counseling services are available, but it is the responsibility of the student to seek assistance. No specific number of free absences is authorized. Instructors have the authority to determine the validity of student explanations given for absences. Students late for class should see the instructor at the end of the class period. Irregular attendance and habitual tardiness may seriously affect the course grade. When students representing the university must be absent during the school day, they should discuss (in advance) the proposed absences with their instructors and make the necessary arrangements for any work that will be missed.


USAO uses Canvas as its learning management system. Instructors may use Canvas for their courses in a variety of different ways. Be sure to check Canvas daily for all of your courses. Access Canvas using your OneLogin account. Click the Help button in Canvas for 24-hour assistance. or


USAO faculty and staff want you to succeed. Faculty have office hours every week to assist students. If you have questions or concerns, please contact us


The life of a USAO student is not always easy. Sometimes you might feel overwhelmed with academic, career, relationship, family, and other concerns. If you are feeling confused, overwhelmed, stressed, anxious or not even sure how you feel, you are not alone. We want to help you. The USAO Counseling Office is staffed by licensed mental health professionals who provide individual counseling for personal, social, family and academic concerns. Their goal is to provide services and activities that promote the development of healthy lifestyles and the acquisition of problem-solving and decision-making skills. Please contact us.


Disability Services assists USAO students with disabilities by ensuring that qualified students with disabilities receive reasonable and appropriate accommodations and services. USAO is committed to providing equal opportunities for higher education to academically qualified individuals who are disabled. Disability Services staff will serve as a liaison in arranging reasonable accommodations. Students with disabilities are encouraged to notify and collaborate with Disability Services to identify, establish the need for, and obtain accommodations. If you have a learning disability, psychiatric disability, or physical disability and need accommodations, or have questions about whether you qualify, please contact Disability Services to make an appointment.

The University has a continuing commitment to providing reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities. Like so many things this Fall, the need for accommodations and the process for arranging them may be altered by the COVID-19 changes we are experiencing and the safety protocols currently in place. Students with disabilities who may need some accommodation in order to fully participate in this class are urged to contact Disability Services, as soon as possible, to explore what arrangements need to be made to assure access. During the Fall, 2020 semester, the Disability Services Office can be reached by email at


Some classrooms are equipped to record classes. Lecture capture video (via the lecture capture system Panopto) may be made available to students registered for the class through Canvas. The use of lecture capture is intended to supplement, not replace, the classroom experience. Duplication or redistribution of lecture capture recordings is prohibited without appropriate consent. Furthermore, lecture capture recordings are for personal educational use in that course and no other use. Any other use is prohibited without appropriate consent. Students can request at any time to have lecture capture turned off should the lecture or discussion involve sensitive topics. Students are strongly encouraged to contact the instructor if they have any concerns or questions about lecture capture.


Course materials provided by your instructor are protected by state common law and federal copyright law. As a student in the course you are authorized to utilize these resources for your own personal educational use and no other use. You are not authorized to distribute or copy any resources provided by your instructor or to make any commercial use of them without the instructor’s express permission.


Changes to the syllabus, procedures, assignments, and course may be made at the discretion of the instructor. The instructor will notify you of any significant changes.


Campus Calendar:

Course Catalog:

COVID-19: What You Need to Know:



Financial Aid:,, (405) 574-1251, Troutt Hall 112


Registrar:, (405) 574-1204, Troutt Hall 204

Student Handbook: 

Student Services:

Student Success Center:,, (405) 574-1316, Nash 305

Title IX: