Create Your Official Course Syllabus
For each course you teach, you must develop and maintain a current course syllabus. The syllabus is the official document for a course. It is shared with students and is a permanent part of the instructional archives of the College. In the event of litigation, it may even become a legal document. The syllabus must be handed out to students no later than the second meeting of the class.
For your students' convenience and for your time management it is recommended that you put your syllabus online. You can do this through email or by using Canvas, the College's Learning Management System. Contact the Faculty Technology Center for more information.
The syllabus must contain the following:
- Your name and information about how students can reach you for help (home or office phone number, office hours, e-mail address, etc.)
- The complete name and number (including section number, if applicable) of the course
- Times, days and location of regular class meetings
- The current semester and year
- The name(s) of the required textbook(s)
- A description or list of the College-Wide Learning Goals for your course
- A detailed description or list of your expectations and the course requirements (papers, quizzes, class participation, homework assignments, etc.)
- Optional -your daily assignments. This can be listed on the first syllabus, or daily assignments can be added throughout the semester. Contact your program chair for advice.
- Attendance policy, if you have one (you do not need to require attendance unless you feel it is desirable for pedagogical reasons)
- Grading criteria and how final grades are determined
- Your policies on late assignments, grade disputes, missed exams and quizzes, and class participation
- List of related resources, outside readings, web sites, field trips, local agencies or organizations. We encourage you to take students off campus and provide them with alternative teaching experiences. Discuss them with your program chair to be sure all liability issues are covered.
- The statement, "This syllabus is subject to change."
- The statement, "If you have a disability for which you will need accommodations in this class, please let me know as soon as possible. You will be required to provide documentation of your disability to the Services with Disabilities program in the START Center in Carleson Hall at 801-832-2280 (TDD 801-832-2286). All disability information will remain confidential."
- The statement, "Please refer to the Academic Catalog or the Student Handbook for the College's statement on academic honesty."
Be sure to provide a copy of your syllabus to your school office. Copies will be kept on file and a copy will be submitted to the Provost's Office. If changes occur, you must submit a current syllabus to your school office unless your syllabus is on-line; then just submit a final hard copy to your school office at the end of the semester.
If it would help you to see syllabi from other instructors of the course before you develop your own, ask your program chair or the staff in the school office for copies.
Note: It is possible to change your syllabus during the term. However, any changes in requirements, grading criteria, attendance policy, etc. should be carefully considered, discussed with your program chair or dean, and given to every student in writing.