Syllabus Policy

Syllabus Policy

Effective: January 3, 2011
Last Updated: Approved by EPC April 28, 2010; amended and approved by Campus Assembly November 9, 2010, updated & approved by EVCAA April 28, 2017; revised by TLC 10-31-18; approved by EVCAA 1-10-19
Policy Owner: Academic Affairs

During the first week of class, regardless of delivery mode, each instructor is required to provide a course syllabus in written or electronic form to every student in each section of each course taught (including individualized courses). In order to help students complete the course to the best of their abilities, the syllabus must contain:

  1. Course subject designator, number, section (if applicable), credit hours, and title, and the current semester.
  2. Class meeting times and location(s).
  3. Instructional staff (including TAs) names and contact information: office hours, office location, and e-mail address.
  4. Course pre-requisites and/or co-requisites, as applicable.
  5. Required and supplemental course materials such as textbook(s), online readings, software, and computer use.
  6. If the course is in the Liberal Education Program, a statement of the category (or categories) that the course fulfills.
  7. Student learning outcomes for the course, which includes Liberal Education Program category student learning outcomes as applicable.
  8. Type of each graded course component (e.g. exams, quizzes, homework, papers, presentations, participation in discussion, blogs, attendance) with the relative weight and the identification of student learning outcomes measured by each component. Approximate dates should be included recognizing that certain revisions may occur if necessary.
  9. Final exam date, time, and location (when available). If a “common” final exam is to be given, date, time, and location should be announced as soon as the common exam is officially scheduled.
  10. Special outside-of-class requirements as applicable (e.g. field trips, performances, service learning, exams outside of regular class time).
  11. Attendance requirements and penalties for non-attendance. 
  12. Statement on participation by students needing academic accommodations, and availability of disability support services. 
  13. Statement about the availability of mental health and stress management support at UMD Health Services.
  14. Instructor’s policies on late and make-up work, extra credit, and appropriate and inappropriate use of technology in the classroom.
  15. Mask Requirement: As of August 3, 2021 the University of Minnesota requires all students, staff, and faculty to wear masks when indoors regardless of vaccination status. Visit the UMD Safe Campus webpage for up-to-date COVID information.  

Additionally, it is recommended that all syllabi include links to the following policies:

  1. Student Academic Integrity policy
  2. Appropriate Use of Class Notes & Course Materials policy
  3. Excused Absence policy
  4. Final Exam policy
  5. Teaching & Learning: Instructor & Student Responsibilities policy
  6. Grading & Transcripts policy
  7. Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault, Stalking and Relationship Violence policy
  8. Equity, Diversity, Equal Employment Opportunity, and Affirmative Action policy
  9. Academic Freedom and Responsibility policy
  10. Disability Services policy

Recommended syllabus statements can be found at: Recommended Policy Statements for Syllabi