Et al.: All aboard the disclaimer train
If we are going to keep seeing syllabi as a contract between teachers and students, perhaps I need to start including somehting similar to Dorcasina's Maifesto.
My favorite part:
I have been informed, each time completely inaccurately, that I do not like a particular student merely because of the student's age, sex, hair color, town of origin, computer font, politics, food preferences, diagnosed disability, or choice of eau de parfum. (I have also been told that a student disliked me for each of the above reasons). In neither case was it true. If I don't like you, it's probably because you are a) dumb, b) belligerent, c) rude, d) unkind, or e) arrogant. If you are certain none of these applies, then I guarantee that the reason is a)