CS Undergraduate Assessment

Revised University Syllabus Requirements

Following consultation between the Student Government Association and the Faculty Senate, and a thorough review and vote by the Senate, we are pleased to inform you about revised University expectations regarding all course syllabi:

  • All instructors of record are required to provide students with a printed or published on-line syllabus for any course in which students receive academic credit and for non-credit courses required for a degree or academic certificate.
  • Students should receive or have access to the course syllabus no later than the first class meeting for lecture and lab courses, not later than the first day of the semester for on-line courses, and not later than the end of the first week of the semester for internships, practicum, independent study, readings, or any other courses. Exceptions to the time constraints of this policy may be made on a case-by-case basis by department chairpersons or school directors when instructors are assigned in an untimely manner.
  • Each department or school will maintain a file of current course syllabi either on-line or in printed copy throughout the semester, which will be available for public examination.

Note, further, that each course syllabus must contain the following information:

  • The name of the course, course and section numbers, course description, course objectives and learning outcomes, prerequisites and corequisites (if any), and semester and year offered;
  • The instructor's name, telephone number, e-mail address, department or school, office location and office hours;
  • Required purchases including texts, lab supplies, artistic supplies, professional and ancillary items;
  • A tentative outline that includes major topics, anticipated dates of assignments, performances, artistic submissions, and/or examinations;
  • Performance measures that will be considered for evaluation in awarding final grades;
  • Any policies of the instructor and/or department that may impact a student's enrollment or final grade;
  • Grading standards to be used in calculating final grades;
  • Attendance standards, if required.
  • Instructors are encouraged to include the following in course syllabi:

    • The University drop date;
    • Instructor's policy on make-up examinations, assignments or performance measures;
    • Recommended purchases including supplemental texts, lab supplies, artistic supplies, professional and ancillary items;
    • The University's Code of Academic Integrity;
    • Reference to University policies on academic misconduct, sexual harassment, and religious holidays, and information on services for students with disabilities.

    Instructors retain the right to modify the course syllabus for any reason throughout the semester provided that:

    • Fair and adequate notice is given to enrolled students either by e-mail, in writing, or through online publishing;
    • Modifications to the syllabus are not arbitrary or capricious, and;
    • c) Students are not unfairly disadvantaged by mid-semester changes to grading standards, attendance standards, or performance measures.

    This motion was passed after much review and debate.