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Classes and Exams

2.1 The Syllabus

Each course and each section of multisectioned courses taught at the University must have a syllabus on file in the office of the dean of the college/school in which the course is offered. Accrediting organizations require that these syllabi, as well as the final exams of the course, be kept on file. The filing also helps the departments, programs, and deans answer student questions about course requirements. Be sure that each syllabus and each examination is labeled with the course number and title, semester date, and the instructor's name. The dean's office of each college/school will notify their faculty about the procedure for submission of these materials to their office.

The syllabus is meant to be a detailed outline of the course, including

  • the specific learning objectives of the course explicitly listed
  • notes on how students will be graded, as well as the grading scale to be used
  • the numbers of papers and exams that will be required and their weight in the final grade
  • a list of the material that will be covered, including recommended reading
  • notes on how students taking four-credit courses will be required to commit additional time to the course—through extra readings or assignments, for example
  • attendance policies and outcome resulting from nonattendance (see section 2.3)
  • expectations for class participation
  • policies on late papers and missed exams
  • possibilities for extra credit and/or revision of work
  • the expectation that written work be comprehensible and grammatically correct
  • the instructor’s name, office location, telephone number, email address, and office hours
  • discussion of the University Policy on Academic Integrity and the sanctions therein (see section 4)
  • a paragraph to make students aware of the University services available for students with disabilities. A sample paragraph you can use is given in section 8.5 (italicized portion).