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Syllabus Guidelines

Instructors are expected to distribute a course syllabus on the first day of class. The course syllabus should contain information noted in the three sections below.

Also see Useful Information for Preparing the Syllabus.

Course Information

  • Course Title
  • Course and Section Number
  • Meeting Location and Times
  • Name of Instructor
  • Instructor Contact Information
    Office phone number and address, email address; office hours
  • ELMS Site or Course Webpage
  • Required Textbooks
    Include ISBN numbers if available
  • Required Technology
    For example, personal response devices (clickers), calculator, or software package
  • Prerequisites
  • Method for Communication with Students Outside the Classroom
    Regarding class cancellation, room change, or other timely announcements
  • Emergency Protocol
    Means by which courses will be continued / completed in case of an emergency that closes the University for an extended period of time

Course Description, Goals, and Expectations

  • General Description of the Course
  • Statement of Course Goals and / or list of Student Learning Outcomes
    Refer to University, Department, and/or General Education Learning Outcomes when applicable.
  • Course Schedule
    Outline of activities for each course meeting
  • Due Dates
    Specify Major Scheduled Grading Events (including exam dates and the final exam) and due dates for other assignments.
  • Expectations for Students
    Expectations for participation, contribution to group work, and other information supporting a successful student experience in the context of the course.
  • Grading Procedures
    Include how assignments and exams are weighted within the course grade. Indicate how the final course letter grade will be determined.

Course Procedures and Policies

  • Course Attendance Policy
    • Include a course policy that is consistent with that stated in the "Attendance and Assessment / Examinations" section of the Undergraduate Catalog.
    • Specify the nature of the in-class participation expected and the effects of absences on the student's grade.
    • Include an explanation of how religious holidays, inclement weather, excused absences and make-up exams will be handled. Click here to see possible language for establishing expectations for medically necessary absences.
  • Written Absence Policy
    Include a course policy that is consistent with the "Attendance and Assessment / Examinations" section of the Undergraduate Catalog and as covered by University Policies on Religious Observance and Student Medically Necessitated Absence from Class.
  • Academic Integrity Expectations
    Include the Honor Pledge and course specific standards related to academic integrity.
  • Arrangements for Students with Disabilities
    Include information about how students may receive appropriate accommodations for disabilities.
  • Copyright Notice
    Indicate that class lectures and other materials are copyrighted and that they may not be reproduced for anything other than personal use without written permission from you.