Creating a Course Syllabus

Content Suggestions

Below are some recommended content areas for Arts & Sciences Course Syllabi, along with language and specific information you can use:

  • 1. Course Title and Description - The course title and description should match what is in the Pacific course catalog.
  • 2. Evaluation and Assessment - A&S Policies states:
    "Faculty should include on their syllabi and discuss at the beginning of the semester how satisfactory performance is defined for passing the course and how grades will be determined and assigned."
  • 3. Statement of Attendance Policy - For instance, the A&S Catalog says that:
    "Instructors may lower a student's grade or may officially withdraw the student from the course through the tenth week of the semester for poor attendance or participation. Instructors may not drop pre-registered students from a course until after two class periods or the first academic week, whichever is less. Students should inform their instructors of unavoidable absence in advance. Assignment of makeup work is at the discretion of the instructor."
  • 4. Course Content, Schedule, and Assignments - Content, schedule and assignments should be provided on the syllabus. This is especially helpful for LSS clients who use electronic text services.
  • 5. Statement of Academic Conduct Policies - Include a general passage similar to the following, though you may state your own specific choice of sanction, as long as it abides by A&S policy:
    "Pacific University has no tolerance for academic dishonesty. It is university policy that all acts of academic dishonesty be reported to the Assistant/Associate Dean. Sanctions that may be imposed for academic dishonesty range from an "F" for the assignment, an "F" for the course, and suspension or dismissal from the university. Forms of academic dishonesty include, but are not limited to, plagiarism, fabrication, cheating, tampering with grades, forging signatures, and using electronic information resources in violation of acceptable use policies. Plagiarism is the use of someone else's words, ideas, or data without proper documentation or acknowledgment; it may entail self-plagiarism, i.e. reusing/resubmitting your own work without approval. Quotations must be clearly marked, and sources of information must be clearly indicated in all student work. Please consult the Academic Conduct Policies in the A&S Catalog."
  • 6. Availability of LSS (Learning Support Services) - Services and accommodations are available to students covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act. If students require accommodation, they must contact Edna K. Gehring, Director of LSS, at x2107. She will meet with students, review the documentation of their disabilities, and discuss the services Pacific offers. Contact should be at the earliest possible point in time. (Students must self-identify. Do not ask students if they have disabilities).
  • 7. Final Exams - Scheduled hours for final exams are part of the instructional hours for each course. When a student has three finals on the same day, the middle final will be rescheduled. Faculty will arrange times such that the faculty member gives only one alternative time for the final. Final exams should not be administered other than on the assigned dates and times (see the Registrar page for finals schedule).