Academic Affairs Manual (ACD)

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Effective: 10/1/2006

Revised:  7/1/2011

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ACD 304–10: Course Syllabus

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Purpose

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To provide students with course information

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Source

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Office of the Provost of the University

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Applicability

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Faculty and academic professionals
Graduate teaching assistants/associates
Employees engaged in teaching

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Policy

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The distribution of a course information sheet or syllabus is required for all university undergraduate courses and strongly recommended for graduate courses. The syllabus is a statement of intent and serves as an implicit agreement between the instructor and the student. It must be made available (hard copy or online) during the first week of classes, and a hard copy available to students must be kept in the academic unit office for a period of not less than one year from the date the course was offered. The following information, at minimum, should be included in the syllabus:

  1. instructor’s name, office/room number, telephone number, and e-mail address
  2. office hours and a statement indicating how to contact the faculty member for an appointment outside office hours
  3. overall course objectives and expected learning outcomes
  4. grade policies
  5. absence policies and the conditions under which assigned work and/or tests can be made up, which should include:
    1. the instructor’s general policy
    2. excused absences related to religious observances/practices that are in accord with ACD 304–04, “Accommodation for Religious Practices”
    3. excused absences related to university sanctioned events/activities that are in accord with ACD 304–02, “Missed Classes Due to University-Sanctioned Activities”
  6. lists of any required readings, assignments, examinations, special materials and extracurricular activities
  7. policy regarding expected classroom behavior (e.g., use of pagers, cell phones, recording devices)
  8. policy requiring academic integrity and against plagiarism (see Student Academic Integrity Policy)
  9. policy against threatening behavior, per the Student Services Manual, SSM 104–02, “Handling Disruptive, Threatening, or Violent Individuals on Campus”
  10. notification, if appropriate, warning students that some course content may be deemed offensive by some students and how to bring this to the attention of the instructor or, alternatively, to the unit chair or director

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  11. a reminder to students when requesting accommodation for a disability that they must be registered with the Disability Resource Center (DRC) and submit appropriate documentation from the DRC.

The instructor may want to state that the course content, including lectures, are copyrighted material and students may not sell notes taken during the conduct of the course (see ACD 304–06, “Commercial Note Taking Services” for more information).

An optional statement may be included in the syllabus indicating that the information in the syllabus, other than grade and absence policies, may be subject to change with reasonable advance notice.

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Cross-References

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  1. ACD 304–02, “Missed Classes Due to University-Sanctioned Activities”
  2. ACD 304–04, “Accommodation for Religious Practices”
  3. ACD 304–06, “Commercial Note Taking Services”
  4. the Student Services Manual, SSM 104–02, “Handling Disruptive, Threatening, or Violent Individuals on Campus”

    and

  5. SSM 700, “Disability Resources.”

 


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