The following list is based upon the University of Minnesota Faculty Senate
Classroom Expectations Guidelines.
Does your syllabus contain the following?
- Course title
- Course designator
- Course number
- Number of credits
- Day, time, and place of class meetings
- Instructor's name
- Office location
- Office hours
- At least one method of contacting you (phone, email, fax)
- A brief description of the course
- Required and recommended materials and the location of the materials
- Course goals, objectives, and expectations
- Course prerequisites
- Schedule of assignments, papers, projects, etc.
- Criteria for grading and grading standards (including the U of MN definition
- Make-up exam policy
- Senate student academic workload policy
- Statement on accommodations for students with disabilities
- Statement on classroom conduct
- Statement on academic misconduct
- Statement regarding sexual harassment
- Statement on penalties for late work
Would your students benefit from any of the following?
- Statement which encourages students to see you outside of class.
- Description of what the class will be like, including a description of
and rationale for your teaching methods.
- Clear guidelines detailing how students are to prepare for and behave during
a class session. (e.g. read the assignments BEFORE class, come on time, participate
in discussion, etc.)
- Statement describing what students can expect from you
- Description of special procedures or rules for this class (e.g., laboratory
rules and procedures)
- Advice on how to read/approach the materials for this class
- Advice on how to study for quizzes and exams
- Specific criteria for each graded assignment
- Statement on incomplete coursework
- Statement telling students how to dispute a grade for an assignment or
- Statement regarding extra credit
- Statement regarding exam re-takes and/or coursework resubmission
- Information on special services or resources which might be helpful to
- Other information which would help students succeed in this class